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Searching for Tommasi's and hit a Wall - Help?

Postby waaa » 25 Apr 2010, 16:29

Hello,
I've been searching through the forums and haven't found any hints, so I figured I would post and see if someone could maybe throw me a line...

I've gotten as far as the family coming to New York from Sicily but don't seem to be able to get much further, here's what I have thus far:
Michael Tommasi married Sebastiana (Anna) Falbo in Pachino, Italy. They had 6 children: Corrado T., Salvatore L., Antoinette, Michael Gabriel, Francesco J., and Guy J.

Michael Tommasi was the son of Corrado Tommasi and Antoinette Alezzio, along with 8 siblings: Michael, John, Joe, Salvatore, Marriano, Anthony, Vincent, Sebastiano, and Grace.

I have very limited information on that generation and much less as I go up the family tree. My Aunt Tony (Antoinette) believes that Corrado's parents were Michael and Grace - again, I have not been able to find anything on them.

I have found that there are many Tommasi families throughout Sicily, as it appears to have been a common surname. There are still a dozen or so Tommasi's in Pachino, but alas, I do not speak the language.

Does anyone have any assistance that they could offer? Any/all help would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Searching for Tommasi's and hit a Wall - Help?

Postby vj » 25 Apr 2010, 17:47

Welcome to the Forum
We would be happy to help!
Its generally recommended that folks gather all of their US records before searching for family records in Italy. With exact birth dates and names it's easier to confirm that you are researching the correct family in Pachino and Melilli.
Do you need help locating any US records?
Thank you, Valarie

For reference, Sebastiana Falbo's 1913 manifest from Ellis Island
Travelling with brother-in-law Giuseppe Tommasi
from ancestry. com

page 1
http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/2596/1913wt.jpg
page 2
http://img532.imageshack.us/img532/9923/191301.jpg

Ship Name: Verona
Arrival Date: 2 Dec 1913
Port of Departure: Naples, Italy
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Lines 26-27

Name: Sebesttiana Falbo
Estimated birth year: abt 1889 Age: 24
Birth Location: Italy Birth Location Other: meldlli
Gender: Female
Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: Italian (South) (Italian)
Nativity: Italy

Microfilm Serial: T715 Microfilm Roll: T715_2231
Page Number: 123
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Sebastiana Falbo 24, abt 1889
- last residence US, Conn
- leaving father-in-law Corrado Tommasi in Pachino
- non immigrant alien
- destination Middletown Connecticut
- in US before, Conn 1908-1912
- joining husband Michele Tommasi at 14 Hanover Street
- born in Melilli (Siracusa, Sicily)

daughter Antonina Tommasi 10 mos, abt 1913
- has possible naturalization notation
- born in Melilli (Siracusa, Sicily)
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possible 1910 census
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/5618/1910v.jpg

Home in 1910:
14 Hanover Street
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut

boarders:
Mike Tomas 28, abt 1882 IT
- married once, 2 years, abt 1908
- immig 1909, Al
- laborer, brickyard
Annie Tomas 20, abt 1890 IT
- 1 child born
- immig 1909

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Re: Searching for Tommasi's and hit a Wall - Help?

Postby waaa » 25 Apr 2010, 19:20

Hi Valarie,

Thanks for the feedback. The information below matches with what I have - I had an account with Family Tree Maker for awhile and was able to gather some of that information (as well as a login on the Ellis Island site). I 'think' I've gone about as far as I can go with the US information, at least as best as I can tell. The interesting thing on my Aunt Tony (Annie Tomas/Antonia Tommasi above), she was actually born on the boat on the way to Italy 10 months prior to their return.

I did check the family search site by the Latter-Day Saints, but found nothing... :(

I have Michael Tommasi (1882-1954) and Anna Falbo (1889-1939). Unfortunately, date wise, that's as good as I have going back.

I have been told that Michael Tommasi delivered the family wine from Pachino to the neighboring villages. One of the villages was Mellini, where he met and fell in love with Anna Falbo. Beyond that, I have very little.

Suggestions as to where to go next?

Thanks
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Re: Searching for Tommasi's and hit a Wall - Help?

Postby vj » 25 Apr 2010, 19:54

Hey Ron!
Thank you for the update
Here's some information that may help with your search for records in Pachino and Melilli.
Please excuse the length of the post.
Valarie
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Your nearest Family History Center can order records for Pachino and Melilli on microfilm.
You may want to start with the civil records.
The cost is about $6 mo (rent), you’ll need to go to the center to order & view them.
You may want to call 1st to verify the hours your center is open.

Topic:
Italy, Siracusa, Pachino - Civil registration

Titles:
Registri dello stato civile, 1820-1929 Pachino (Siracusa).
Ufficio dello stato civile

film notes for Pachino: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library ... ato+civile &columns=*,0,0
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Topic:
Italy, Siracusa, Melilli - Civil registration

Titles:
Registri dello stato civile, 1820-1929 Melilli (Siracusa).
Ufficio dello stato civile

film notes for Melilli: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library ... ato+civile &columns=*,0,0
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Family History Library Catalog:
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library ... t_fhlc.asp
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In case you aren’t familiar with the Family 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 FamilySearch guides:
Italy Research Outline
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Also from FamilySearch (PDF format)
Italian Records Extraction - An Instructional Guide
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Three books that may help you find, read & understand your records:

Italian Genealogical Records
How to Use Italian Civil, Ecclesiastical, &
Other Records in Family History Research

By Tafford R Cole
google book link

A Genealogist’s Guide to
Discovering Your Italian Ancestors
How to find and record your unique heritage
By Lynn Nelson
google book link

Finding Italian Roots
By John Philip Colletta, PhD
google book link

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Re: Searching for Tommasi's and hit a Wall - Help?

Postby waaa » 25 Apr 2010, 20:40

Hi Valarie,
Wow - fantastic!
Sounds like it will take some time, but an excellent path! Thank you so much for the material and references!
Wish me luck! :)
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Re: Searching for Tommasi's and hit a Wall - Help?

Postby vj » 25 Apr 2010, 21:07

Ron :D
Good luck!
Italian records are wonderful.
Valarie

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Re: Searching for Tommasi's and hit a Wall - Help?

Postby Casa28 » 05 May 2010, 01:23

Hi waaa,

I happen to have info on one Corrado Tommasi and Antonina, (unfortunately I couldn't make out her lastname, the only letters I could make out were two z's.) They married in 1881, Pachino.

His parents were Michele Tommasi and Concetta Calvo and they were also married in Pachino, in 1846.

Not sure if this is the right family, if so, I have even further than this.
Good luck!


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