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Postby daniella09 » 11 Jan 2009, 06:54

My grandmother maria filomena fotia (born 1909) was the daughter of Pasquale and Rosa Fotia based in Reggio Calabria. I'm looking for information on her father and mother and any brothers or sisters she may have had (birth certificates, address, siblings)... Any idea where to start?

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Postby nuccia » 11 Jan 2009, 07:49

Was your grandmother actually from Reggio Calabria or from a town in Reggio Calabria Province? This would be important to know if you are planning to write away for any certificates of any kind.

Also,do you know what Rosa's Maiden Name was? You would need to also find that out because women in Italy did not take their husband's name..as a matter of fact, they still don't.
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Postby daniella09 » 11 Jan 2009, 08:22

Thank you for the quick reply!

My grandmother was from Benestare in Reggio Calabria.. Not sure about Rosa's maiden name ... working on it now... Do you know of any good online references in italy where I can search for calabrian records?

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Postby nuccia » 11 Jan 2009, 11:31

I actually have some records for Benestare on permanent loan at the FHC. Unfortunately I don't have 1909. I think I have 1888, 1889, & 1903 or 1904. I would have to look to confirm.

The best I can do for you is check the records I do have the next time I go there and copy whatever records I can find with that surname and post them on my website Calabria Exchange.

Meanwhile, here is a ship manifest for a [url=http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.asp?MID=00121084030236794688&order_num=709211802&ORDER_ID=1600177162&pID=100273060359&lookup=100273060359&show=\\192.168.4.227\images\T715-2848\T715-28480552.TIF&origFN=\\192.168.4.227\IMAGES\T715-2848\T715-28480553.TIF]Giovanni Fotia[/url] born in 1903, whose father is also Pasquale in Benestare heading for Ohio. Looks like this could be a brother of Maria Filomena since the age is very close. The manifest is two pages so here is Page 2.

First Name: Giovanni
Last Name: Fotia
Ethnicity: Italy
Last Place of Residence: Benestare, Italy
Date of Arrival: Oct 06, 1920
Age at Arrival: 17 Gender: M Marital Status: S
Ship of Travel: Noordam
Port of Departure: Boulogne-Sur-Mer
Manifest Line Number: 0009
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Postby nuccia » 11 Jan 2009, 11:45

Looks like Pasquale made a trip in 1910 to visit Ohio and his brother in law, Michele Siciliano (a Siciliano also traveled with Giovanni on the manifest posted above). He lists his wife as Rosa in Benestare.

First Name: Pasquale
Last Name: Fotia
Ethnicity: Italian South
Last Place of Residence: Benestare, Reggio C.
Date of Arrival: Apr 23, 1910
Age at Arrival: 39y (born 1871) Gender: M Marital Status: M
Ship of Travel: Friedrich der Grosse
Port of Departure: Naples
Manifest Line Number: 0021

[url=http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.asp?MID=00121084030236794688&order_num=709211802&ORDER_ID=1600177162&pID=101325050051&lookup=101325050051&show=\\192.168.4.227\images\T715-1460\T715-14600153.TIF&origFN=\\192.168.4.227\IMAGES\T715-1460\T715-14600154.TIF]Page 1[/url]
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and again Pasquale traveled in 1913.

[url=http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.asp?MID=00121084030236794688&order_num=709211802&ORDER_ID=1600177162&pID=100618100236&lookup=100618100236&show=\\192.168.4.227\images\T715-2066\T715-20660814.TIF&origFN=\\192.168.4.227\IMAGES\T715-2066\T715-20660813.TIF]Page 1[/url]
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This time he lists his wife as Maria Romeo. Looks like her name may have been Maria Rosa Romeo.
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Postby daniella09 » 15 Jan 2009, 11:07

Thank you! that's more information than i had.. This gives me a good starting point to work out her parents history...my father seems to think that pasquale fotia's father married a Maria Garreffa...might help filter through this information...

if you do happen to come across records from Benestare in 1909 - it would be good to know if Maria Filomena Fotia's birth is registered... it may have more details about her parents...

Would the churches in Benestare keep birth/ death/ marriage records around that time? Are they available in some form?

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Postby PeterTimber » 15 Jan 2009, 12:57

Yes records are accesible but there is one procedure for civil offices and another for church records, usually in Italian language =Peter=

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Postby nuccia » 16 Jan 2009, 00:24

daniella,

I think a letter to the Comune of Benestare will get you an actual copy of her birth act (we want the long version as it's much more detailed) and confirm her parents names. Garreffa is a common name in those small comuni as is Romeo and Maria is the number one name so it's best to make sure.

Meanwhile, I will try and keep looking for you.
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Re: Aiuto! Looking to trace grandmother's ancestry in C

Postby Ida6 » 11 Feb 2009, 03:35

Daniella,

What a coincidence, my grandfather's name was Pasquale Fotia married to Maria Francesca Garreffa both from Benestare. The Garreffa name runs far back,we have a small community just on the edge of Benestare named after us because we're all related named Rione Garreffa.Could we possibly be related? Please tell me more about your family.You an contact me by email. Love to hear from you.


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