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Need Help Finding DELL'APA AND FOLINO

Postby traysee08 » 22 May 2010, 05:12

I just found this site this evening and hope someone can help give me some guidance. I am trying to track relatives in Gagliano. I have had letters translated that my great grandmother wrote to my grandfather back in 1917, 1923 and 1926. This is what I have. My greatgrandmother signed all her letters as Caterina Folino, yet my great grandfathers name we thought was Francesco Dell'Apa. We have always spelled our last name as DeLapa so can only assume somewhere that one L was dropped. My grandfathers Baptismal Cert. reads he was... Antonio Dell'Apa of Francesco and Caterina Folino, born on October 24, 1888 and baptized in this church S.M. Assenata of Gagliano of Catanzaro on March 17, 1925.

None of this makes sense because he married my grandmother on November 19, 1916 at the Italian Church of St. Joseph , Lockport NY. We were told he came to the US in 1905.

So was his last name Dell'Apa or Folino? Or was Dell'Apa used when he was baptized? Or was my great grandmothers maiden name Folino? Ugh!

Any help in where to start would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Re: Need Help Finding DELL'APA AND FOLINO

Postby maestra36 » 22 May 2010, 06:12

Women in Italy, even married ones, always use their maiden names, so the fact that she signed as Caterina Folino and not as Caterina Dell'Apa would be correct. Folino would be her maiden name which she used regardless of her marital status. Even in her death record, she would appear as Caterina Folino and not as Caterina Dell'Apa.

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Re: Need Help Finding DELL'APA AND FOLINO

Postby Tessa78 » 23 May 2010, 00:10

Hi traysee :-) Welcome to the forum.

Continuing with maestra's information... Hi Peg :D

A birth record for Antonio Dell'Apa would read:
son of Francesco
AND
Caterina Folino

No need to repeat father's surname...but mother is identified by HER surname.

Could your grandfather have traveled back to Italy after he was married? Might he have been baptized there (for any number of reasons)? This would be written on his birth record as a notation...

If you can scan and post the record we might be able to help you solve the mystery...

T.

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Re: Need Help Finding DELL'APA AND FOLINO

Postby Tessa78 » 23 May 2010, 00:33

Here is the 1920 Census for the Antonio Delapa family living in Lockport, NY
Immigration date for Antonio is listed as 1907 (not always accurate)

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1920 United States Federal Census

Name: Antonio Delapa
Home in 1920: Lockport Ward 2, Niagara, New York
Age: 30
Estimated birth year: abt 1890
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
[Head]
Spouse's name: Mary
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Year of Immigration: 1907
Able to read: No
Able to Write: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Antonio Delapa 30
Mary Delapa 20
Catherine Delapa 2
[2 1/12]

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Re: Need Help Finding DELL'APA AND FOLINO

Postby Tessa78 » 23 May 2010, 00:38

Possible 1910 Census for Antonio (age 20) living in Rochester, NY. Next line down lists possible brother or cousin, Paolo Delapa, age 26.

Antonio's immigration date listed as 1907.

Paolo's immigration date listed as 1906.

http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/7567 ... census.jpg

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Re: Need Help Finding DELL'APA AND FOLINO

Postby Tessa78 » 23 May 2010, 00:58

Here is a possible Border Crossing card for Paul (Paolo) Dellapa dated 1908. Originally from "Galiano".

Going to join father Francesco in New York.

Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956
about Paul Dellappa
Name: Paul Dellappa
Arrival Date: 31 May 1908
Age: 23
Birth Date: abt 1885
Birthplace: Galiano
Birth Country: Italy
Gender: Male
Race/Nationality: Italian

Port of Arrival: Newport, Vermont, USA
Arrival Contact: Father Francisco

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Re: Need Help Finding DELL'APA AND FOLINO

Postby Tessa78 » 23 May 2010, 01:48

WWI Registration Card for Anthony Delapa in Lockport, NY

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birthdate given as 28 October 1889

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Re: Need Help Finding DELL'APA AND FOLINO

Postby oilman19 » 23 May 2010, 12:02

If you don't have very much contemporary info about your ancestors in U.S., you may find a wealth of info on fultonhistory.com. This site has indexed news events, primarily in NY state, for a over 100 years. I have found it very helpful for a glimpse of my wife's ancestral history.
In fact, I believe Tessa78 is the person who led me to it. She is very helpful.
Good luck,

Jim
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Researching surnames Ianniello, Tamburrino, Mattora/Martora/Mattori & Scialla in Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Caserta, Campania.

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Re: Need Help Finding DELL'APA AND FOLINO

Postby vj » 28 May 2010, 13:51

To answer your question on your other post
Many people have had success writing to possible family
This may help you locate family currently living in or near Gagliano.
Valarie

White pages:
http://www.paginebianche.it/index_en.html

Form Letter to a Possible Relative

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Re: Need Help Finding DELL'APA AND FOLINO

Postby vj » 28 May 2010, 14:13

As suggested by Jim, in case you haven't seen this, here's Anthony Delapa's 1959 obituary from
http://www.fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html

Niagara Falls Gazette
Monday, 19 Jan 1959
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