Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

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Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby OrangeGreen » 13 Apr 2010, 22:15

Hi Everyone - I've only just begun my search and I'm quickly learning that there is going to be A LOT of work involved! I'm curious, does anyone have any information (or tips on how I can find information) for my family name: Quaresima?

I know that my GGF was Vincenzo Quaresima born around 1895 (I think) and his dad was Filippo Quaresima. As far as I know, they were both born in Girifalco.

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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby PeterTimber » 13 Apr 2010, 22:19

are you talking abou the surname Quaresima or the people called Quaresima?...your family? The surname by the way is local in origin. =Peter=
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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby vj » 13 Apr 2010, 22:21

Welcome to the Forum Joe :D !
From this site there are currently over 107 folks with your surname in Girifalco
http://italia.indettaglio.it/eng/cognomi/cognomi.html
What type of information are you looking for?
(US records? how to find records in Girifalco?)
Thank you, Valarie

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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby OrangeGreen » 13 Apr 2010, 22:22

I'm talking about the surname. By saying it's local, I'm guessing you've worked with the name before? And by local, what exactly does that mean?

Thanks for the quick reply :)

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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby OrangeGreen » 13 Apr 2010, 22:23

vj wrote:Welcome to the Forum Joe!
From this site there are currently over 107 folks with your surname in Girifalco
http://italia.indettaglio.it/eng/cognomi/cognomi.html
What type of information are you looking for?
Thank you, Valarie


Thanks Valarie! I'm ultimately trying to build a tree... so any information that could help me do that, I guess, is what I'm looking for.

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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby vj » 13 Apr 2010, 22:29

Joe,
We all be happy to help you look.
Generally it's recommended that you find all of your US records before searching in Italy.
You'll want to be sure you're researching the correct folks in your town of origin, first names repeat a lot in families in Italy :wink: .
Where did your family live in the US?
If you don't have a program to organize the records that you find, this site has a very nice free one (PAF)
Free PAF Family History Software
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp
Valarie

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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby vj » 13 Apr 2010, 22:35

Does this WWI Card from Buffalo belong to your family?
from ancestry. com (subscription site)

1917 WWI Draft Registration Card
http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/4282/1917p.jpg

Vincenzo Quaresima 22
322 North Division
Buffalo, Erie, NY
born 7 Jun 1895 in Girifalco Catanzaro Italy
laborer for International Railway in Buffalo NY
supports father and mother in Italy

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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby OrangeGreen » 13 Apr 2010, 22:39

vj wrote:Joe,
We all be happy to help you look.
Generally it's recommended that you find all of your US records before searching in Italy.
You'll want to be sure you're researching the correct folks in your town of origin, first names repeat a lot in families in Italy :wink: .
Where did your family live in the US?
If you don't have a program to organize the records that you find, this site has a very nice free one (PAF)
Free PAF Family History Software
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp
Valarie


Thank you!! The reason I've started in Italy is because I have many living relatives there and I'm first-generation Canadian. So I have almost no history on this side of the world. My grandfather is still living and I met my GGF (his dad) shortly before his death. I just learned from my dad that my 2nd GGF was named Filippo - so I thought I'd start there to see how far back I could go.

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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby vj » 13 Apr 2010, 22:42

edit: added address

This is one way to confirm a few key dates and relationships:

Research in Girifalco by writing to the comune:

Italian form letter generator with instructions:
http://www.circolocalabrese.org/resourc ... civile.asp

Or other helpful form letters:
http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/pearlsofwi ... tters.html

Address:

Comune di Girifalco
Ufficio dello Stato Civile
Piazza Umberto I 1
88024 Girifalco CZ
ITALY


http://www.tuttitalia.it/calabria/62-girifalco/
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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby OrangeGreen » 13 Apr 2010, 22:42

vj wrote:Does this WWI Card from Buffalo belong to your family?
from ancestry. com (subscription site)
1917 WWI Draft Registration Card
http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/4282/1917p.jpg


Hmm... that's a great question. My father told me that my GGF (Vincenzo) spent some time working in the US. I found what I think is his landing record at Ellis Island on 27 April 1912 (http://www.ellisisland.org/search/passR ... 48&sID=127)

Is there any way he could have been drafted for the war???

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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby vj » 13 Apr 2010, 22:43

Not sure about drafted, but if he were in the US he would have registered in 1917 or 1918

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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby OrangeGreen » 13 Apr 2010, 22:44

BTW... how did you find that WWI Card?

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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby vj » 13 Apr 2010, 22:52

Joe,
Re: WWI Card - many of us have subscriptions to ancestry. com
For your search in Girifalco this may help (please excuse the length of this post)
Valarie
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Your nearest Family History Center has records for Girifalco 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 Girifalco: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library ... +Girifalco &columns=*,0,0

Topic:
Italy, Catanzaro, Girifalco - Civil registration
Titles:
Registri dello stato civile di Girifalco (Catanzaro), 1809-1910 Girifalco (Catanzaro).
Ufficio dello stato civile
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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby vj » 13 Apr 2010, 23:06

OrangeGreen wrote:...My father told me that my GGF (Vincenzo) spent some time working in the US. I found what I think is his landing record at Ellis Island on 27 April 1912 (http://www.ellisisland.org/search/passR ... 48&sID=127)...


For reference, your 1912 manifest from ancestry. com
line 19

page 1
http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/2974/1912k.jpg
page 2
http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/8516/191201k.jpg
special inquiry page, last line
http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/5994/1912si.jpg

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Re: Quaresima in Girifalco, Catanzaro

Postby PeterTimber » 13 Apr 2010, 23:13

Quaresima is local in origin wqhich means that it is not listed in the Italian surname dictionary but is still an Italian surname. Other surnames not listed are those imported from other countries and Italianized. Local surnames are usually based upon nicknames,anecdotes, occupations, physical appearances or holidays etc. etc. and then later become first names and still later become last names which happened around the 1200 to 1300's . The word dictionary for Quaresima is LENT and obviously of religious origin. =Peter=
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