I took the advice of some people who responded to my questions a couple of weeks ago and wrote to the town of Accettura, Italy to get my g-grandfather's birth certificate. I heard back today and it hasn't even been two weeks! In fact, I didn't even get the LDS microfilm that I sent away for yet!
In any event, they found his record and his birth name is Giuseppe Donato LARAIA! He was born July 17, 1873, even though he wrote down on the WW I draft that he was born July 13, 1873. I do have his signature on his marriage license in 1897 and it sure looks like he signs it Laraio. What are the chances that they read the name wrong over in Italy (they sent me a transcription, not the copy of the record). Or, is there a better chance that he changed the spelling of his name from Laraia to Laraio? His brother Rocco came over in 1902 and his spelling is Laraio as well. If he changed it, why would he change it?
It says his parents names are Francesco Laraia and Maria Filippo - so a new Italian surname to research. That makes sense and agrees with the names that Rocco and Giuseppe gave their firstborn male and female children (Frank and Mary).
So now that I have his parents name and a new surname, how can I find information on Francesco and Maria in Accettura? All I have are names!
Also, I did a search of the white pages in Accettura and there are 3 or 4 Laraia's still living there. Should I write to them? There are also Filippo's and Sarricchio's (my g-grandmother) living there as well.
Also, I know that Teresa Sarricchio (Giuseppe's wife) was born sometime between 1882-1884. Can I write to them with that information and see what they find? Or is that too general.
I know I have a lot of questions, but I am so excited to get a response! Finally I making headway on the mysterious Italian side of my family!
That is so great that you got a response. Definitely write letters to the people in the phone book and back to the town for the date of birth for Teresa. Usually towns are responsive if you give them a range of five years. If you give them a range of 20, you will probably not get a response.
I am very new to this and am trying to track my relatives in Accettura when I saw this posting from Annette. Can you please tell me how to contact the town officials in Accetura? I am traveling there in August to try to meet any relatives I can find.
I know the birth dates of my great grandfather and great grandmother who emigrated to the U.S., and the names of my great-great-grandparents but not the dates of their births.
Any and all information from anyone will be greatly appreciated.
Hi Jim and welcome. I will find the post that describes how to do this. While I had good luck with writing to Accettura directly, I had better luck ordering microfilm from FHC and looking through the microfilm. In just 6 months time, I went from 2 surnames (Laraia and Sarricchio) in Philadelphia to 15 surnames and back to the 1700's in Accettura. This group has been very instrumental in helping me find my Italian ancestors.
Just curious - what are your surnames? Like I said I have 15 of them now, all from Accettura and since Accettura is a very small town, I wonder if some are the same as mine. Plus, I have indexes on my computer of some of the births from certain years and I have indexed marriage records from 1867-1870.
my name is francesco sarricchio, i am looking for family ties, my farther was guiseppe,i have an uncle who live in nottingham called antonio and an auntie who lives in germany terressa, we live in scunthorpeand my father worked on the steel works and married an english lady called christine smith
would be great to see if i am involved with the family that you are talking about
If you write to Accettura (or email - email included below) with your father's date of birth, they should get back to you with his birth record and that will list his parents names. Here is the information on how to do that:
Comune di Accettura
75011 Accettura (MT)
Send a self-addressed but not stamped envelope. Most towns do not charge for the record, so don't send any money with your request.
Does anyone know if you can send an e-mail to Frazzano, in Messina Province, Sicily for genealogical info also? I read yesterday that the town only has around 1000 people there, at least today. I'm searching for Castrovincis from there.
So encouraged to hear how much success folks are having at researching family in Accettura. I'm brand new to this, but pretty desperate. I'm trying to find my mother's family who may have originated in Accettura. Mom's not well, and so I'm in a HUGE rush.
Can anyone help me? I am trying to find the family of Vincenzo Piliero who married Marie Belmonte (or Marie Antonia Belmonte) in about 1885 and emigrated to the US. The best fact I have is that the Piliero family has a gigantic engraving of "San Guiliano Martire" on the tombstone with the Piliero's in New York. Every avenue with US documents fail to give me a town, city, area in Italy. Family relatives only knew 'Napolitano', which together with the statue has taken me here to Accettura. I'm hoping for a miracle in a hurry.
I was wondering if this 1890 arrival manifest could be correct for your ancestors:
New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
Name: Vincenzo Piliero Arrival Date: 17 Nov 1890 Birth Year: abt 1864 Age: 26 Gender: Male Ethnicity/Race/Nationality: Italian Place of Origin: Italy Port of Departure: Marseilles, France and Naples, Italy Destination: New York Port of Arrival: New York Port Arrival State: New York Port Arrival Country: United States Ship Name: Neustria Search Ship Database: Search the Neustria in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Hi! I found their marriage record and guess what - you are related to me! I have Piliero's and Belmonte's in my ancestry too, but my great-grandmother was a Sarricchio and that is Vincenzo's mother's name! Here are the details of their marriage:
Vincenzo Piliero b. 1862 was the son of Carmine Piliero and Ferdinanda Sarricchio.
Antonia Belmonte b. 1863 was the daughter of Gennario and Maria G. Paseinno.
They were married on 22 Jul 1886 in Accettura.
I will try and find their birth records later today. Ferdinanda Sarricchio was my g-g-g-grandfather's sister. PM me your email address and I can send you the documents I have for your family. I am heading to the FHC today and will try and copy their marriage records for you. Annette