Does this website help out with Sicilian geneaology? I know some people consider Italian and Sicilian the same. But I have relatives recently from Italy who say " no way" they are considered two seperate nationalities and countries. From what I heard the Italians frown upon the Sicilians.
Anyhow, Im interested in my great-great grandparent just for geneaology purposes, not dual citiznship. My GG grandma is Serafina Basilotta from the region Nicosia and her brothers from Catania in Sicily. I have no name for her parents. She came to America at 5 and married Joseph Paonessa.
Their daughter Mary (marie) Paonessa married Antonio Passaro. These are my great grandparents.
Their daughter Josephine Passaro is my grandma who is still living.
DeFilippis78 wrote:... My GG grandma is Serafina Basilotta from the region Nicosia and her brothers from Catania in Sicily. I have no name for her parents. She came to America at 5 and married Joseph Paonessa...
What US records have you found?
Do you have approx birth years and locations?
Found this 1894 manifest, but w/o more information it's hard to tell if it's your family.
Luigi Basilotta 52, abt 1842
- last residence Nicosia
(comune of Nicosia, province of Enna, (was Catania), Sicily) Providenza D'Amico 45, abt 1849
children Epifania 14 (edit: corrected name to feminine)
Serafina 5, abt 1889
Is this the correct marriage record?
If it is, a copy from the NYC Archives should have her parent's names.
That 1894 manifest is correct. The only issues I had with it is all the kids are listed as BARILOTTA which I dont think is a true last name and Luigi is BASILOTTA. Im ot sure if he is related to them. It would make sense since it was all children coming over that he is some relation though. Unless that was allowed for kids to come by themselves. Im not sure who Providenza is though. I do know for a fact that Basilotta is her maiden name because I have my great grandmas social security application and she listed her mother as Sarah Basilotta although her true name is Serafina
I cant find any record on her siblings accept Giovanni and Michele who changed their name to the american form of John and mMchael Basilotta. But cant find the others.
I have to check out those websites and marriage certificate. I always heard of her husband as Joseph not Guiseppe although it means the same.
I cant wait to check those links out though. Thanks.
Barilotta is proabably a misspelling of Basilotta since children are usually listed after parents on a manifest
(the children would not have travelled alone) Providenza is travelling under her maiden name, she is probably Luigi's wife & the children's mother
In Italy women keep their maiden names
She would not have taken her husband's name until she arrived in the US & adopted US customs
Do you know if Serafina or her brothers named any of their children Louis or Providenza(Providence)?
There has been a strong custom in Italy that determines how children are named:
The first male is named after his paternal grandfather. The second male is named after his maternal grandfather. The first female is named after her paternal grandmother. The second female is named after her maternal grandmother.
Ha! How funny! Serafina had 11 children and 2 of them are Louis and Providence! I never even thought of that. I wasnt sure about keeping the maiden name on the ship because when my other grandparents came over in 1911 they are on the ship manifest with the same last name. Im going to apply that custom of naming children when looking into my other relatives too! You have been so helpful!
I'm so glad we could help!
Since Providenza/Providence (prov*) is such an unusual name, when you get stuck looking for census records - try looking for children without last names (it eliminates all the misspellings and bad transcriptions).
It may help you locate Serafina's brothers
This really works well when you know a location
Please let us know if you get stuck
DeFilippis78 wrote:... I saw that there are the italian last names Ameco, Amico, D'Ameco and D'Amico...so Im not sure which one Im looking for. Is one a more popular surname for the sicilian region ...