I have been researching on Ancestry.com and cannot find any good databases to search in from Italy. Once I find a passenger list of a family member immigrating from Italy, I usually come to a dead end in the research. Naturalization papers offer some information but without access to Italian databases, I usually cannot go any further. I have found several Alleva families in the NY area, mine being the Alleva's from Yonkers. Other Alleva families in Brooklyn and Iron Mountain, Michigan. My dilemma is in trying to link these Alleva families somehow when all USA data fails. My grandfather, Frank Alleva from Yonkers came to America in 1913 with his brother Victor and mother Rosario Lupo. My G-grandfather is Francesco Alleva. There are several Francesco's that came to the USA, none of which I can confirm as my relative. I wanted to be able to locate Francesco, father of Frank and Victor but also find out if he had any siblings that may link me to the Brooklyn or Iron Mountain Alleva families. Any ideas? Thanks Frank
Obituaries can be very helpful in cases like this.
If you know the date and place of an ancestor's death, you can often find the obituary online through a pay service such as this one.
If that doesn't work out, another option probably at little or no cost, is to contact the research desk at the public library serving the area where the death occured. They can review newspaper archives and usually find an obit. I obtained obits (1950's - 1960's) for all four of my grandparents in this manner and learned for the first time the names and then current locations of several of their siblings.
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from the 1913 arrival manifest for your grandfather Franco Alleva, his mother Maria Lupo and brother Vittorio you can see that she stated she was widow and was leaving none in Italy (Capestrano)....
She stated she was joining her son Antonio Alleva in Yonkers - NY
Possible 1910 arrival manifest for Antonio Alleva:
Antonio Alleva, birth year 1893, single, from Capestrano (leaving his mother Rosaria in italy) joining his friend Giovanni Di Loreto in NY...
Considering he stated his mother was the nearest relative in Italy we can think that his father was already dead on 1910...
Hi Frank, I believe we might be related. My grandmother was Anna Alleva from Capestrano....her brothers were Frank and Victor (Chickie). There was another brother. I think his name was Leo. Do you have brothers named Mario and Joseph and sisters named Angela, Roseann, and Annabel? Victor had two sons named Frank and Joseph. You can email me at email@example.com if this is the family you are looking for!
My grandmother was Yole Colassaco Alleva married to Frank Alleva of Cedar Street, Yonkers, NY. My father was Mario Luigi Biasiolli (aka:Robert Jackson). Yole was married to my grandfather, Mario Biasiolli, in Ital-Somalia in 1940. My father was born in 1941, 3 months after his father passed away from contracting malaria. Yole was from Capestrano, Italy and according to a bible she had written in and left to us she and Frank Alleva were married March 21, 1948 in Capestrano, Italy (both of their hometown). Yole moved to the US with Frank shortly after leaving my father in Italy with his Aunt Giovanna Cerasoli. A few years later he was sent to the US as a young boy to live with his mother and the Alleva family in Yonkers, NY. Annabell and Joseph were children of Yole & Frank together and Roseanne, Frank and Angela were children of Frank Alleva's previous marriage to Julia Onorato who pre-deceased him. Frank Alleva came to the US in 1913. I'm sure you already know all this, but this is as far as I've gotten as I just started researching. I'm trying to trace the Colassacos/cerasoli's and Biasiolli's
Yes, I knew your grandmother. We called her Aunt "Yola." Her husband Frank was my grandmother's brother. I have met your father, Mario. I believe he was an airline pilot. I used to play with Annabelle, and I believe she is deceased, but I do not know what happened to her. We are about the same age. I also remember Roseanne and Angela. I believe Rosanne lives in Washington State and Angela in Venezula. Did I get all this right . Email me and I will send you my phone number if you would like! firstname.lastname@example.org
@villaking. Sorry it has been a while since I have logged in here. Life caught up with us. I believe everything you have said is accurate. Im not too sure about Angela. After my father passed away in Sept 2011 I started trying to do some genealogy but keep get stuck on my father's Italian side. Especially his father's side, Mario Biasiolli, because my father didn't know his dad since he died before my father was born. Anyways, I'll reach out to you via email. ~Diana