LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER

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LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER

Postby J9Birdie » 29 Mar 2009, 00:10

My grandfather, Donato Stefano or DiStefano was born in Avellino, Italy on July 3, 1888. We think he came to the US via Boston. I have had no real luck finding information. Supposedly he came around the 1900's from Naples. Some have said he arrived in 1900, but that would make him only 12 at the time of arrival. Also suggested that he came with a Joseph DiStefano? Any clues or help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Janine

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Re: LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER

Postby PeterTimber » 29 Mar 2009, 00:43

where were they destined to and why do you think they arrived in Boston?=peter=
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Postby wldspirit » 29 Mar 2009, 09:40

For reference:

U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

Name: Donato Stefano
Birth Date: 3 Jul 1888
RESIDENCE: Bx, Nys
284 E 148 St.
Birth: Avellino, Italy
Race: White
Roll: WWII_2251757
wife: Carmela

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Re: LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER

Postby pink67 » 29 Mar 2009, 10:33

At the time of the 1930 he stated 1900 as year of immigration...

1930 United States Federal Census
about Danie Steffans
Name: Danie Steffans
Home in 1930: Bronx, Bronx, New York
Age: 39
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1891
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Carmela
Race: White
Occupation:

Education:

Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace: View Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Danie Steffans 39 head, born in IT, year of immigr. 1900
Carmela Steffans 27 wife, born in IT, year of immigr. 1922
Nicola Steffans 7 son, born in NY
Frank Steffans 5 son, born in NY
Anna Steffans 4 daughter, born in NY
Filomena Steffans 2 daughter, born in NY

Address: 284 East 248th Street, Bronx (same as military enlistment Wldspirit found)

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Re: LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER

Postby J9Birdie » 29 Mar 2009, 14:09

Thank you to all who helped me find info about my Grandfather. I can't believe the quick responses and details!!!
I believe my Grandfather arrived in Boston and lived with relatives in Waltham, Massachusetts. When he married my Grandmother Carmela it stated he lived at 11 Felton Street in Waltham and my Grandmother lived at 23 Williams Street in Waltham. They later moved to Bronx, NY.

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Postby pink67 » 29 Mar 2009, 14:16

We're happy to help! :D

So, possible this is his military enlistment for the first world war... Birth date doesn't matches but he was living in Waltham - MA and declared he was born in Avellino :!:

From Ancestry.com:

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Donato Stefano
Name: Donato Stefano
City: Waltham
County: Middlesex
State: Massachusetts
Birthplace: Italy
Birth Date: 1 Apr 1888
Race: Caucasian (White)
Roll: 1674461
DraftBoard: 0

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Re: LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER

Postby ricbru » 29 Mar 2009, 14:29

J9Birdie wrote:My grandfather, Donato Stefano or DiStefano was born in Avellino, Italy on July 3, 1888. We think he came to the US via Boston. I have had no real luck finding information. Supposedly he came around the 1900's from Naples. Some have said he arrived in 1900, but that would make him only 12 at the time of arrival. Also suggested that he came with a Joseph DiStefano? Any clues or help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Janine


Dear Janine,
if you want to can get a copy from his real birth record contacting Avellino civil record office, at the following address

Comune
Ufficio di Stato Civile
Piazza del Popolo
CAP 83100 Avellino - Italy

info@comune.avellino.it

or you can contact your nearest
Family History Library (www.familysearch.org)
This is the microfilm to rent, from Avellino civil records

Nati 1882-1891 FHL INTL Film
1608188

I hope it helps
bye Riccardo :lol:

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Re: LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER

Postby J9Birdie » 29 Mar 2009, 16:50

Thanks again for all the much needed help!!! Is there anyway to try to find what ship he would have come over on? If he arrived in 1900 he would have had to be with someone because he was only 12 years old. There's a possibility he came with a Joseph Stefano or DiStefano. Any help is much appreciated. Janine

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Re: LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER

Postby ricbru » 29 Mar 2009, 18:18

A Joseph Stefano or DiStefano maybe is his father
you can request to NARA to have a copy of the manifest.
Before requesting the manifest check with his birth certificate if Giuseppe (Joseph) is his father
I hope it helps
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Re: LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER

Postby J9Birdie » 29 Mar 2009, 23:25

Unfortunately I do not have his birth certificate, but Joseph was not his father. His father's name was Nicola.

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Re: LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER

Postby ricbru » 30 Mar 2009, 06:42

So Joseph could be a cousin or an uncle
bye Riccardo

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Re: LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER

Postby J9Birdie » 30 Mar 2009, 17:43

Hi Ricardo. I believe Joseph was his brother. Thanks. Janine


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