First I'd like to say this is a great site. I've read so many threads and seems everone is eager to help each other. Here is my problem. (I'll give some personal info I shouldn't hoping it helps)
My Name is J. Robert Carosiello (I went by John as a child but my birth certificate shows only "J."
My fathers name was John Peter Carosiello. I was told he was born in Philadelphia PA and raised there. I was also told he was a "Jr." but he never used the "Jr." on anything. Supposedly his father "my grandfather" came from Italy.
I've checked the Ellis Island site and there is no matching name. There is Giovanni (John) but there are several.
My father died several years ago and I never met my grandparents. I had an Aunt Catherine in Philadelphia and she had three kids, Vincent, Richard and Anthony. I cant find them either.
I have my fathers SSDI info. I sent the the Pennsylvania Dept. of Vital Statistics for a copy of my fathers birth certificate and was told I could not get one. Something about homeland security and identity theft.
Where else can I go to look for information on my family? I've done google to death. My mother-in-law found something on geneology or ancestry dot com with the correct name. But its from the 1930 census. Which list (the would be grandfather) living in Ohio. But my father was born in PA in 1930.
I guess they could have moved after the census was taken but I'm finding that hard to believe. I never heard of any relative in Ohio, talk was always about South Philly, PA.
Suggestions of where totry next?
I appreciate any suggestions.
what his your fathers DOB? and your father's DOD? also, do you know his mother's name? do you have any other dates? such as grandparents Birth, when they came to America...any of that...if you give us all the info you have...we can better help you.
I think the 1930 data was to hint that was my grandfather. But I dont hold much water with that.
Something else I remember but doubt it is relevant:
My father told me a story when I was a kid
"When he was a teenager (15 i think) he joined the army under his brothers name. Which I think is Paul or maybe peter."
He was injured and that brother received compensation for the purple heart.
Then my father told me he went back in the Army for Korea under his own name. Agian receiving a purple heart.
I know for a fact he pulled a Veterans Compensation for Non-Connection disabiltiy.
I did call the VA when I found out he died. I gave them his ssn and name, date of birth and did varify that they "Stopped sending checks" but would not release any other info from his C-file. They wouldn't give me any birth or parent information.
from the US Public Record Index:
Name: John P Carosiello Street address: 546 W Forest Grove Rd City: Vineland County: Cumberland State: New Jersey Zip Code: 08360 Phone Number: 856 Record Number: 553125979
Name: John P. Carosiello SSN: 169-22-2453 Last Residence: 08360 Vineland, Cumberland, New Jersey Born: 14 Dec 1930 Died: 8 Jan 2006 State (Year) SSN issued: Pennsylvania (Before 1951)
Name of Deceased: John P. Carosiello Age at Death: 75 Birth Date: abt 1931 Death Date: 8 Jan 2006 Newspaper Title: Daily Journal, The Newspaper Location: Vineland, NJ, Us Obituary Publication Date: 10 Jan 2006 Locations Mentioned in Obituary: Vineland
(If you call the local library they can usually send you a photocopy for about $10 and usually an obit is a wealth of info.)
WWI Draft card...maybe your grandfather?
Name: John Carosiello City: Philadelphia County: Philadelphia State: Pennsylvania Birthplace: Italy Birth Date: 15 May 1897 Roll: 1907525 DraftBoard: 1
Name: John Carosiello Birth Year: 1923 Race: White, citizen (White) Nativity State or Country: Pennsylvania State: Alaska
Enlistment Date: 24 Jul 1943 Enlistment State: Pennsylvania Enlistment City: Philadelphia Branch: No branch assignment Branch Code: No branch assignment Grade: Private Grade Code: Private Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life
Education: 1 year of college Civil Occupation: Ship Fitter or Boring Mill Operator or Engine Lathe Operator* (Lathe operator, heavy. ) An asterisk (*) appearing after a job title indicates that a trade test for the particular occupation will be found in the United States Employment Service Manual, Ora Marital Status: Single, without dependents Height: 00 Weight: 000
Name: Peter J Carosiello Birth Year: 1925 Race: White, citizen (White) Nativity State or Country: Pennsylvania State: Alaska
Enlistment Date: 13 Nov 1943 Enlistment State: Pennsylvania Enlistment City: Philadelphia Branch: No branch assignment Branch Code: No branch assignment Grade: Private Grade Code: Private Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life
Education: 1 year of high school Civil Occupation: Gas And Oil Man Marital Status: Single, without dependents Height: 99 Weight: 999
If you have a copy of your birth cert. from the clerks office of the town/city you were born in, usually an uncertified copy is about $10 and a certified copy is about $30 (depending on municipality)...it should obviously have your father's name on it.
from there follow the link I gave you to get a copy of his SS registration form...they are nice people...it just sometimes takes a while...and you may have to call them if you don't receive anything...but once you get it...it will have his parents names listed, and where he was born and when and that...
also through that link is military registrations, that you can get copies of draft cards and such...
they have all the prices listed for the searches and copies as well.
possible SSDI for your grandfather (keep in mind: dates as well as name spellings don't always match what we think it should):
Name: John Carosiello SSN: 166-05-4770 Last Residence: 08021 Clementon, Camden, New Jersey, United States of America Born: 12 Aug 1897 Died: Jan 1966 State (Year) SSN issued: Pennsylvania (Before 1951)
possible ship manifest:
Name: Giovanni Carosiello Arrival Date: 14 Apr 1922 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1897 Age: 25 Gender: Male Port of Departure: Naples, Italy Ethnicity/RaceÂ/Nationality: Italian (South) (Italian) Ship Name: Taormina Search Ship Database: View the Taormina in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database Port of Arrival: New York, New York Nativity: Italy Line: 26 Microfilm Serial: T715 Microfilm Roll: T715_3101 Birth Location: Italy Page Number: 123
(on this it says he is going to canada...then I found this) From the Niagara Falls border Crossing
Name: Giovanni Carosiello Arrival Date: Aug 1922 Age: 25 Birth Date: abt 1897 Gender: Male
I know at this point there is nothing here that positively links me to these people but you folks have me almost in tears of joy finding all of this.
While typing my first post, I felt there was no information that I could search towards and now I have all these options.