Am new to the forum, but am looking for direction...
My great-grandfather, Sabato "Sam" Torsiello (1888-1966), came to the US in 1906, followed by his wife, Giovannina "Jennie" Parisi (1888-1954). Settled in Newark, NJ. I have all of their info while in US, but cannot seem to find anything about the family in Italy prior to immigration.
I believe Sabato and Giovannina were from Calabritto, based both on Ellis Island records and family information. Sabato's mother, Irene Bonelli (abt 1860-1929), did eventually come to the US and lived with Sabato and Giovannina. Irene's mother was reportedly Rachel Merola, but I have no info on Irene's father.
I also have no info on Sabato's father, Anthony (Antonio?) Torsiello.
Giovannina's mother was supposedly Elizabeth Bevalqua, but I have no idea if this is correct or if it was, in fact, spelled this way. No info on her father.
Can anyone point me in the right direction as I have hit the proverbial "brick wall" on this?
www.tuttitalia.it/campania/62-calabritto is the website for the town and scroll down to MUNICIPIO for address of UFFICIO DI STATO CIVILE (Vital Recs) at that address. Its FREE of charge for birth,marriage and death records
You also might consider visiting your nearest LDS Family History Center. They have available the microfilms for Calabritto including the birth (nati), death (morti), and marriage (matrimoni) for the years 1861-1910.
Ordering a copy of his application for his social security card, which now costs $27, should yield his parents' names and his place of birth. If you click on the left option under tools, it will generate a letter which you can send to Social Security. Personally I would not order it through Vital Check, as I have read about too many problems with ordering through that company.
Hi this is Sandy Torsiello Lind I remember my Aunt Mary telling me where her parents came from (my Grandparents - Sabato Torsiello and Giovannina Parisi). Either Sabato or Giovanina are from the following towns: Caloveto (87060 CAL CS 0983 Caloveto) and Caposele (83040 CAM AV 0827 Caposele). I am not sure which one goes with which town. She told me of their Paese (Calovetone, Caposelese) which meant the town they came from. They were from different towns, either they moved to Avellino and married or met and then moved to Avellino, I am not sure which way that went, but they were farmers in Avellino, Italy..(83100 CAM AV 0825 Avellino).
That's all that she had told me and all that I can remember.
The numbers and abbreviations with the town names are for the following categories [C.A.P.]83100-this is like a postal code/[Region]CAM-Campagna/[Province]AV-Avellino [Tel.Prefix] 0825 [Town Name]Avellino
I would like to contact an agency in Italy to try to locate any other records, but I don't know where to start.
Sabato Torsiello, "United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918" Name: Sabato Torsiello Event Type: Draft Registration Event Date: 1917-1918 Event Place: Newark City no 8, New Jersey, United States 316 N 10th St Gender: Male Birth Date: 13 May 1888 Birthplace: Valva-Salerno, Campania, Italy Valva is an Italian town and municipality in the Province of Salerno in the south-western region of Campania Nationality: Italy Affiliate Publication Title: World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards PAGE LINK https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... n134914580 Affiliate Publication Number: M1509 GS Film number: 1753733 Digital Folder Number: 005218915 Image Number: 02608