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Cassata Family

Postby smnth921 » 09 Jun 2009, 13:20

I am looking for any information on my great-great grandfather. His name is Michelangelo Cassata. He was also known as Mike or Michael. He was born in Ventimiglia di Sicily in 1875 and came to live in New York City in 1899. He died in 1964. His wifes name was Grace Marie and they had eight children together. I believe she was from the same town but they met and were married in the US.

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Re: Cassata Family

Postby vj » 09 Jun 2009, 13:26

Hello and Welcome to the Forum!
We'd all be happy to help :D .
Do you need help with US or Italian records (or both)
Do you have any US records for your family (census, military, ship manifests, etc)?
Thanks!
Valarie

Note: may be the same family in this post:
http://italiangenealogy.tardio.com/Foru ... glish.html

edit: added
The two manifest mentioned in the other post
Note: possible naturalization notations are in sequence

1899 Michelangelo Cassata
married?

1899 Grazia La Mantia
may be traveling with family

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Re: Cassata Family

Postby smnth921 » 09 Jun 2009, 14:57

I am looking for anything and everything I can find. I have very little documentation. All I do have is a citizen application for both of them and their funeral mass cards.

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Re: Cassata Family

Postby vj » 09 Jun 2009, 15:05

Here's a start:

1930 census

Home in 1930:
1626 Canarsie Road, owns $9000
Brooklyn, Kings, New York

head Michael Cassatto 55, abt 1875 IT
- married age 29, abt 1904
- immig 1897, Al
- scaffolder (?)
wife Grace Cassatto 49, abt 1881 IT
- immig 1899 Al
Ferdinand Cassatto 24, abt 1906 NY
- electrician, eletric
Charles Cassatto 20, abt 1910 NY
- distributor, ice cream
Carmelo Cassatto 21, abt 1909 NY
- laborer, plumbing
Michael Cassatto 20, abt 1910 NY
- laborer, plumbing
Mary Cassatto 18, abt 1912 NY
David Cassatto 15, abt 1915 NY
Joseph Cassatto 13, abt 1917 NY
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1920 census

Home in 1920:
1620 East 92nd Street, rents
Brooklyn Assembly District 2, Kings, New York

head Micheal A Cassatto 44, abt 1876 IT
- immig 1900, Al
- mason, buildre
wife Mary Cassatto 39, abt 1881 IT
- immig 1900, Al
John Cassatto 15, abt 1905 NY
- helper, machine(?) co
Ferdinand Cassatto 14, abt 1906 NY
Charles Cassatto 13, abt 1907 NY
Carmelo Cassatto 10, abt 1910 NY
Mariano Cassatto 8, abt 1912 NY
Mary Cassatto 7, abt 1913 NY
David Cassatto 4, abt 1916 NY
Joseph Cassatto 2, abt 1918 NY
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1910 census

Michael was married twice.
1899 Manifest apparently lists 1st wife & son


Home in 1910:
Brooklyn Ward 32, Kings, New York

head Michael Cassada 34, abt 1876 IT
- married twice
- married 6 years, abt 1904
- immig 1899, Al
- laborer, mason work
- owns house with mortgage
wife Marie G Cassada 30, abt 1880 IT
- 5 children
- immig 1899
John Cassada 5 abt 1905 NY
Ferdinando Cassada 4, abt 1906 NY
Charles Cassada 3, abt 1907 NY
Charmelo Cassada 2, abt 1908 NY
Mariano Cassada 2/12, abt 1909 NY

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Re: Cassata Family

Postby smnth921 » 09 Jun 2009, 15:11

Note: may be the same family in this post:
italiangenealogy.tardi...glish.html

This is actually my grandfathers post from last year. I am picking up on his research for him since he is in poor health.

1899 Michelangelo Cassata
married?

The dates and other information look right but I am not sure about the marriage and the traveling companions.


1899 Grazia La Mantia
may be traveling with family

This could definitely be her! Can anyone make out the information on the relative she was going to join?

Thanks much!!

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Re: Cassata Family

Postby vj » 09 Jun 2009, 15:32

Possible 1904 marriage record:
(poor transcription of Michael's last name?)

Surname Given Name Marriage Date County Certificate Number

Capato Michelangelo Jan 3 1904 Manhattan 848
Lamantia Grazia Jan 3 1904 Manhattan 848
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These may help you locate New York City records:

Dr Steve Morse One Step Search Pages for New York
NY Naturalization
NYC Birth Records 1891-1902 (requires ancestry. com subscription)
NYC Groom Index 1864-1936
NYC Bride Index ????-1937
NYC Death Records 1891-1948

Ordering NYC Vital Records
New York City Archives

from NYC records by the Italian Genealogical Group
http://www.italiangen.org/

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Re: Cassata Family

Postby vj » 09 Jun 2009, 15:44

smnth921 wrote:... 1899 Grazia La Mantia ...
This could definitely be her! Can anyone make out the information on the relative she was going to join?


Image

best guess:
Uncle Giovanni Leone (at) No 1589 2nd Ave (between) 82nd & 83rd (Streets)

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Re: Cassata Family

Postby smnth921 » 09 Jun 2009, 16:21

Awesome!Well, Thank you all for such greath information!

The census information is defintely them!

I am very curious about my ggf being previously married. The arrival record says his wife was named Concetta and they were going to her father whose last name looks like Leone. They had a child named Giovanni who was 1mth old in 1899.

Whats the best way to find out about these people?

It looks like my ggm was also going to her Uncle Giovanni Leone. Her oldest son with my ggf was John.

Alot of these names are very similar especially the Leone. Do you think it is just coincidental.

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Re: Cassata Family

Postby smnth921 » 09 Jun 2009, 16:55

Note: possible naturalization notations are in sequences.

Is it possible to look up records based on this notation?

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Re: Cassata Family

Postby vj » 09 Jun 2009, 19:26

smnth921 wrote:I am very curious about my ggf being previously married. The arrival record says his wife was named Concetta ... Whats the best way to find out about these people?


Hi!
Since they aren't in the NY Death Record Index, I'm guessing writing to their comune for birth and marriage records would probably be a good next step:

interactive letter
http://www.circolocalabrese.org/resourc ... civile.asp

Address:

Ufficio dello Stato Civile
Comune di Ventimiglia di Sicilia
Piazza Santa Rosalia
90020 Ventimiglia di Sicilia PA
ITALY
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smnth921 wrote:wife was named Concetta and they were going to her father whose last name looks like Leone. They had a child named Giovanni who was 1mth old in 1899.
... It looks like my ggm was also going to her Uncle Giovanni Leone. Her oldest son with my ggf was John.
Alot of these names are very similar especially the Leone.
Do you think it is just coincidental.


I think that when you write away to their comune for records you'll probably find that they were linked in some way :wink: .
Valarie
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You could also review your family’s records on microfilm.

Your nearest Family History Center has records for Ventimiglia di Sicilia on microfilm.
The cost is about $6 mo (rent), you’ll need to go to the center to order & view them.

Family History Library Catalog:
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library ... t_fhlc.asp

film notes for Ventimiglia di Sicilia

Italy, Palermo, Ventimiglia di Sicilia - Civil registration
Registri dello stato civile di Ventimiglia di Sicilia (Palermo), 1820-1905 Ventimiglia di Sicilia (Palermo).
Ufficio dello stato civile
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In case you aren’t familiar with the Famly History Center & Italian records

FamilySearch Home Page
Includes how to find your nearest local Family History Center

A helpful essay written by Trish, one of our forum members:
Steps for Finding Microfilm at the Family History Center
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Italian Record Research from the FamilySearch guides:
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Also from Family Search (PDF format)
Italian Records Extraction - An Instructional Guide

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Re: Cassata Family

Postby vj » 09 Jun 2009, 19:36

smnth921 wrote:Note: possible naturalization notations are in sequences.

Is it possible to look up records based on this notation?


This may help:
Manifest Markings

It appears that the markings indicate that their manifests were checked in 1942 by the Southern District Court of NY, probably as part of the naturalization process.

This website may help:
NYC records by the Italian Genealogical Group
http://www.italiangen.org/

I checked the records on footnote. com, that database is only 31% complete...

You can also try USCIS

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Re: Cassata Family

Postby smnth921 » 10 Jun 2009, 12:17

Thanks everyone! I have some manual research to do.

Can anyone recommend anyone, or a service, who can research and get copies of Italian records without being too expensive?


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