I can't find any info. on the Leonardini Family from San Pietro Vara, Lugurie, Italy.
I'm looking for the ancestors of Luigi Leonardini (b. abt 1880 d. abt. 1918 in Oakland, CA) and his wife Anna Armanino (b. abt 1885). They were married abt. 1907.
They had three children, Milly, Alma and Alfonso all born in Oakland, California.
I'm having a hard time finding Luigi's parents and siblings, would anyone have this information or know where to look? I've looked on Ancestry and Rootsweb and couldn't find anything. I was told that Luigi may have had about 12 siblings.
The good news is that San Pietro Vara is a "frazione" (neighborhood or suburb absorbed by VARESE LIGURE Posatle 19028, La Spezia Province)
The bad news is that the civil records for either the frazione or the comune of Varese Ligure are not onmicrofilm at your nearest Mormon church family history library.
You might wish to go to www.comuni.it and for Varese Ligure and ask them what civil records are available intheir Uffico di Stato Civile and whether there nay be duplicate records in La Spezia. You might also wish to write to The La Spezia archivi di Stato, Military records for your grandfathers conscription records (REGISTRO DI LEVA) asking the the Uffico di Stato for that address in la Spezia as well.
If you need to write in Italian and cannot do so then go to www.mangeruca.com for form l;etters ion Italian for documents, military records and letters to potential relatives who may be livingin Varese Ligure at this time by going to www.paginebainche.it putting in your surname in the first line and varese Ligure inthe second line and clicking CERCA. =Peter=
Name: Luigi Leonardini Birth: abt 1881 Departure: Havre Arrival: 4 Apr 1903 - New York, New York joining at Giambattista Leonardini brother in Oakland; this could be the 1920 census of Giambattista Leonardini:
1920 United States Federal Census about G Leonardini Name: G Leonardini
[G Leonardin] Home in 1920: Oakland, Alameda, California Age: 43 years Estimated Birth Year: abt 1877 Birthplace: Italy Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's Name: Giuchitta Father's Birth Place: Italy Mother's Birth Place: Italy Marital Status: Married Race: White Sex: Male Home owned: Own Year of Immigration: 1898 Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Image: 636 Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age G Leonardini 43 Giuchitta Leonardini 44 (Giuditta)
Domini Roncone 19 stepson
Anita Leonardini 10
California Death Index, 1940-1997 about Gianbatt Leonardini Name: Gianbatt Leonardini Sex: MALE Birth Date: 5 Mar 1878 Birthplace: Italy Death Date: 27 Jul 1965 Death Place: Calaveras
California Death Index, 1940-1997 about Giudetta Leonardini Name: Giudetta Leonardini Sex: FEMALE Birth Date: 9 Jul 1886 Birthplace: Italy Death Date: 30 Dec 1968 Death Place: San Joaquin Mother's Maiden Name:
New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 about Luigi Leonardini Name: Luigi Leonardini Arrival Date: 4 Apr 1903 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1881 Age: 22 Gender: Male Port of Departure: Havre Ethnicity/RaceÂ/Nationality: Italian Ship Name: La Bretagne Search Ship Database: View the La Bretagne in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database Port of Arrival: New York, New York Line: 4 Microfilm Serial: 15 Microfilm Roll: T715_336 Page Number: 138 coming from Varese Ligure (as PeterTimber wrote San Pietro Vara is a big fraction of this Comune)
Joining his brother Leonardini Giambattista in Stockton CA
New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 about Anna Armanino Name: Anna Armanino Arrival Date: 21 Sep 1907 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1890 Age: 17 Gender: Female Port of Departure: Havre Ethnicity/RaceÂ/Nationality: Italian (North) (Italian) Ship Name: La Lorraine Search Ship Database: View the La Lorraine in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database Port of Arrival: New York, New York Nativity: Italy Line: 19 Microfilm Serial: T715 Microfilm Roll: T715_997 Birth Location: Italy Birth Location Other: varsse (lig) Page Number: 104
coming from Varese Ligure, joining her brother Armanino Giovanni in Stockton:
This is a Draft Registration card for another (?) Leonardini GianBattista living in Stockton....
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Giam Battista Leonardini Name: Giam Battista Leonardini City: Not Stated County: San Joaquin State: California Birth Date: 30 Jul 1883 Race: White Roll: 1544321 DraftBoard: 0
1930 United States Federal Census about Gianbettiste Leonardini Name: Gianbettiste Leonardini Home in 1930: O'Neal, San Joaquin, California Age: 45 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1885 Birthplace: Italy Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's Name: Louise Race: White Occupation:
Age at first marriage:
Parents' birthplace: View Image Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Gianbettiste Leonardini 45 Louise Leonardini 39 Ernest Leonardini 21 Edna Leonardini 18 Eunice Leonardini 13
1910 United States Federal Census about Lematdine Luigi Felice Name: Lematdine Luigi Felice right spell: last name Leonardini Age in 1910: 30 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1880 Birthplace: Italy Relation to Head of House: Head Father's Birth Place: Italy Mother's Birth Place: Italy Spouse's Name: Anna Home in 1910: Oakland Ward 1, Alameda, California Marital Status: Married Race: White Gender: Male Year of Immigration: 1904 Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Lematdine Luigi Felice 30 Anna Felice 20 Malice Felice 1 7/12
My grandfather, Peter William Leonardini was one of three sons who lived in the neighboring town to Pietro di Vara in the family mill. He was born in 1877 and died outside of Stockton, CA in 1959. He emigrated at the turn of the century and came directly to San Francisco to work the boat from San Francisco to Stockton/Sacramento. In the 20's he sent for my grandmother.
I don't know if he had cousins in the neighboring town and I'm not familiar with a Luigi Leonardini. The bishop in Varese, though, could help you. They have the records right there in the office. You have to pass through Pietro Di Vara to get to Varese Ligure (based on the river Vara that runs through both of them)
I haven't heard of my grandfather having cousins with large families, but my grandmother's family (also from a neighboring hill town, named Cesena) had three sisters that married three Armanino brothers (lore has it that there was a fourth but she nixed it). Some of their children emigrated as well (including the Armanino son who sells the pesto in local stores).
My great grandfather was Gianbattista Leonardini, brother to Pietro, and Luigi. They are buried at St Mary's Cemetery in Oakland. My dad's cousin, Marilyn, is still living and knows the children of Pietro and more of the Leonardini family. If you need more information, contact me, and I can get you in touch with Marilyn Maffeo Giannelli.
This is in response to KLittleford. I am a descendent of Jeanbattista Leonardini--brother of Luigi, Pietro, Giovanni, Guiseppe, et al--from Oakland. I would love to contact him/her. We still have family that is connected. My cousin's mother was Anna and her father--I believe was Giovanni.