Information on Luigi Bianchini and Parents

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Information on Luigi Bianchini and Parents

Postby amorphose » 16 Jul 2010, 19:47

Hello! I'm brand new here! I don't know how I didn't find this forum earlier, but I'm very glad I did now because from looking around it looks like there are many helpful members around! :D

Anyway, I've been researching my family tree and I haven't had trouble with anyone except my great-grandfather.

Here's what I know:
His name was Luigi Bianchini.
He was born on February 18, 1891.
He died in February of 1971 in Steubenville, Ohio.
His wife's name was Mary Mastros.
His children were:
Gemma Tokarchik
John Bianchini, Sr. (this is my grandpa)
Claudia Clevenger
Bill Bianchini
Minnie Maragos
Nancy Bianchini
Louis Bianchini

To my knowledge they all lived in the Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia-area and were all born in the United States, because I've found information on their mother and she was born here to immigrant parents. Luigi and Mary must've married in the US, but I can't find their marriage records.

I found what I believe to be Luigi's record of passing through Ellis Island here:
http://www.ellisisland.org/search/passR ... 0980100081

It says he came from Spoltore, Italy but I know nothing about what happened in his life before he came to America so I can't be sure, but it's the only Luigi Bianchini that passed through Ellis Island with the correct birth year. (He could've come through another port though, I don't know..)

I did get in contact with my great-Aunt Claudia and she gave me a bit of information I'm not sure about... She said she didn't ask her parents many questions so knows as much as I do, but she said Luigi may have been his middle name back in Italy and his first name could've been listed as William or Guglielmo in Italian records. This hasn't turned up anything for me though...

If the Ellis Island record is indeed my great-grandfather then the ship manifest states his joining his Uncle Neri Guglielmo and cousin Giuseppina (Josephina?) It gives the same information for the three people listed after him as well... so I tried to find out who those three people were and only came up with one name: Tommaso Ricci. So if this Luigi Bianchini is my grandfather he traveled here with Tommaso Ricci and two other people to join this Neri and Giuseppina I've never heard of... I couldn't really make out Neri and Giuseppina's last name but I'm pretty positive it was Buteoni or Zuteoni... I can't find anything on that surname though.

As you can see, I have quite a bit of information, but I'm not sure if any of it is really what I'm looking for. I'd just really like to figure out where my great-grandfather actually came from in Italy and I really, really want to find the names of his parents so I can complete the last section of my tree.

Thank you so much in advanced for ANY help you can give me! I'll really appreciate it!! :)

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Re: Information on Luigi Bianchini and Parents

Postby vj » 16 Jul 2010, 21:19

Welcome to the Forum :D !
Thank you for the very complete overview
We'll be happy to see what we can do to help
(note: sometimes traffic on the forum slows down on the weekends)
Do you have all of your family's census and US military registration records? Sometimes these can hold important clues.
Thank you, Valarie
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amorphose wrote:...I found what I believe to be Luigi's record of passing through Ellis Island here:
http://www.ellisisland.org/search/passR ... 80100081...


Looking at the actual manifest on Ellis Island, it appears to be mis-linked
Same manifest from ancestry. com

1912 manifest page 1
http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/8186/1912.jpg
page 2
http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/6747/191201o.jpg

7 Sep 1912, SS Sant Anna, Naples to NY
line 21

Luigi Bianchini 21, abt 1891
- single
- last residence Spoltore (probably Spoltore, province of Pescara, Abruzzo Region)
- leaving father Bruno in Spoltore
- destination Steubenville Ohio
- joining his brother Giovanni
- born in Spoltore
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probably brother Giovanni's 1909 manifest

page 1
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0018
page 2
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0018

31 Aug 1909, SS Germania, Naples to NY
line 18

Giovanni Bianctsini (mistranscribed) 22, abt 1887
- single
- last residence Spoltore
- leaving father Bruno
- destination Steubenville Ohio
- joining his cousin Angelo Tortora
- born in Pianella (probably Pianella, province of Pescara, Abruzzo region)
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1942 WWII Draft Registration Card
http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/982/1942g.jpg

signed Luigi Bianchini (transcribed Lugi Beanchine)
702 Slack Street
Steubenville Jefferson Ohio
51 years old
born 18 Feb 1891 in Spoltore Italy

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Re: Information on Luigi Bianchini and Parents

Postby vj » 16 Jul 2010, 23:00

edited obituaries

Louis Bianchini
Steubenville, Ohio
Louis Bianchini, 69, of Steubenville died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at home.
He was born Aug. 15, 1936, in Steubenville, a son of the late Luigi and Mary Maestros Bianchini.
Surviving are one brother, Bill Bianchini of Wintersville; two sisters, Claudia Clevenger (John) of Wintersville and Minnie Maragos of Toronto; ...


Nancy D. Stupelli
STEUBENVILLE
Nancy D. Stupelli, 50, of Steubenville died May 28, 1990, at Ohio Valley Hospital...
Surviving are ... three sisters, Gemma Tokarchik of Steubenville, Minnie Maragos of Toronto, and Claudia Clevenger of Wintersville; and three brothers, Bill Bianchini, Louis Bianchini and John Bianchini, all of Steubenville.
She was born Nov. 1, 1939, in Steubenville, a daughter of the late Luigi and Mary Mastro Bianchini...

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cemetery transcription

Union Cemetery, Steubenville

BIANCHINI, LUIGI 1891-1971
BIANCHINI, MARY K. 1907-1983

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Re: Information on Luigi Bianchini and Parents

Postby vj » 16 Jul 2010, 23:23

Since you have Luigi Bianchini's social security number, you could order his social security application ($27)
It will confirm his place of birth and parent's names

Social Security Application SS-5

About the SS Application:
http://genealogy.about.com/od/online_re ... equest.htm
The SS-5, or Application for Social Security Number is a great resource for learning more about individuals who died after about 1960, and generally includes the following:
- Full name
- Full name at birth, including maiden name
- Present mailing address
- Age at last birthday
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Father's full name
- Mother's full name, including maiden name

- Sex
- Race as indicated by the applicant
- Whether the applicant ever applied for Social Security or Railroad Retirement before
- Current employer's name and address
- Date signed
- Applicant's signature


Order form SSA-711 (can be done online):
http://www.ssa.gov/foia/html/foia_guide.htm

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Re: Information on Luigi Bianchini and Parents

Postby vj » 17 Jul 2010, 01:37

Mastro

Mary Mastro (1907-1983)

- probable parents Antonio Mastro and Catherine (Caterina) Marino/Merino/Murino
- probably born in Carnegie, Allegheny, PA

from ancestry. com

possible 1920 census
With mother Katie running a boarding house in Steubenville
http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/2893/1920t.jpg
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possible 1910 census
With mother Catherine running a boarding house in Carnegie under her maiden name
http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/9854/1910b.jpg
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possible 1900 census
Antonio and Catherine with two children in Carnegie
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/2246/1900mh.jpg
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From the FamilySearch pilot
http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsea ... html#start

probable death record for Mary’s brother

Name: Joseph Mastro
Death Date: 03 Dec 1943
Death Place: Steubenville, Jefferson Co., Ohio
Birth Date: 01 Jun 1900
Birthplace: Carnegie, Penna.
Death Age: 43 years 6 months 3 days
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Race or Color: American
Street Address: 409 S. 7th St.
Occupation: Foundry Worker
Residence: Steubenville, Jefferson Co., Ohio
Burial Date: 06 Dec 1943
Cemetery Name: Union
Spouse's Name: Jeannette Lamatrice
Father's Name: Anthony Mastro
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Name: Katherine Marino
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Film Number: 2024186
Digital Folder Number: 4057829
Image Number: 2018
Certificate Number: fn 77504
Collection: Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953

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Re: Information on Luigi Bianchini and Parents

Postby amorphose » 17 Jul 2010, 01:55

Thank you so much! This is HIGHLY appreciated! Everything you got looks totally legit. In fact, the information you found on Mary even looks more likely to be my great-grandma that what I'd already practically accepted as true myself.

I just assumed she'd been born in Ohio... So I thought this was her:
http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/5513/dvimage.gif

It lists Atheleo & Adeline Mastros as the parents of a Mary Mastros born in Jefferson County, Ohio-- but it makes more sense that her mother would've been named Katherine and that would be where her middle name came from.

Oh, thank you so, so much! I can't express my gratitude well enough. :D

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Re: Information on Luigi Bianchini and Parents

Postby vj » 17 Jul 2010, 13:14

Oh my!
You're very welcome!
We all enjoy helping folks find their families.
You had very complete information that made the search easier :D .
Valarie
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1930 census for Kate Mastro
- living with children
- including daughter Anna Tille(?) and her family (also on the 1920 census), and son Joseph and his family
- same address as 1920 census - 409 South 7th Street, and same address as son Joseph's 1943 Death Certificate

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/359/1930x.jpg

Home in 1930:
409 South 7th Street
Steubenville, Jefferson, Ohio
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from the FamilySearch pilot and FamilySearch beta sites

It appears that Catherine remarried
(note: birth dates are not necessarily correct on death records)

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/3513/catmas.jpg

Name: Catherine Mastro Pugliese
Death Date: 12 Mar 1947
Death Place: Steubenville, Jefferson, Ohio
Birth Date: 25 Jun 1882
Birthplace: Italy
Death Age: 65y 8m 19d
Gender: Female
Marital Status: widowed
Race or Color: Caucasian
Street Address: 409 So 7th St
Occupation: house work
Residence: Steubenville, Jefferson, Ohio
Burial Date: 16 Mar 1947
Burial Place:
Cemetery Name: Fort Steuben Burial Estates
Spouse's Name: James Pugliese
Father's Name: Frank Murino
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Name: Anna Unknown
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Film Number: 2372925
Digital Folder Number: 4076104
Image Number: 02076
Certificate Number: 17720
Collection: Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953
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neat search site for Jefferson County
http://www.digitalshoebox.org/index.php

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Re: Information on Luigi Bianchini and Parents

Postby amorphose » 18 Jul 2010, 16:15

Thank you! :D :D :D I'm gonna try really hard now to find out more about Bruno, Antonio, Frank & Anna! Thanks for all your help!!

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Re: Information on Luigi Bianchini and Parents

Postby amorphose » 19 Jul 2010, 21:23

Would someone be able to provide tips for me on how to find people in the Italian records? I've tried using the search engine provided by the Church of Latter Day Saints and haven't been able to come up with anything! Thanks! :)

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Re: Information on Luigi Bianchini and Parents

Postby vj » 19 Jul 2010, 22:34

amorphose wrote:Would someone be able to provide tips for me on how to find people in the Italian records? I've tried using the search engine provided by the Church of Latter Day Saints and haven't been able to come up with anything! Thanks! :)


Hi :D !
Not many original Italian records are online.
You'll need to order your family's records on microfilm from the FamilySearch Library.
Please excuse the length of the following note, I didn't want to leave anything out.
Valarie
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Your nearest Family History Center can order records for Splotore on microfilm.
The cost is about $6 mo (rent), you’ll need to go to the center to order & view them.

Topic:
Italy, Pescara, Spoltore - Civil registration

Title:
Registri dello stato civile di Spoltore (Pescara), 1809-1910 Spoltore (Pescara).
Ufficio dello stato civile

film notes for Spoltore:
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library ... ++di++Spol &columns=*,0,0
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In case you aren’t familiar with the Family History Center & Italian records

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You may want to call first to verify the hours they're open.
Most centers are staffed with very helpful volunteers.

A helpful essay written by Trish, one of our forum members:
Steps for Finding Microfilm at the Family History Center

Family History Library Catalog:
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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 to find, read & understand your records:

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

By Tafford R Cole
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A Genealogist’s Guide to
Discovering Your Italian Ancestors
How to find and record your unique heritage
By Lynn Nelson
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Finding Italian Roots
By John Philip Colletta, PhD
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