I'm currently researching my family genealogy and have hit a roadblock. I'm researching the DiMattia family and I know some basic information from census records, but can only get so far due citizenship and name spelling variations. I'm sure that I'm not the first person to run into this, but maybe someone can help.
I know the my great grandfather Dominic DiMattia came to America in 1903-04. Dominic and the rest of the family show up on on the 1920 and 1930 census. Dominic's father Joe DiMattia is on the 1930 census.
It says on the 1930 census that Joe immigrated to American in 1884.
I've tried everything to find more information about Joe, but I have had no luck. I know his estimated time of birth is around 1850 and the he was not an American citizen at the time of the 1930 census.
I would love some help/suggestions about finding out more about him.
Do you have the ship manifest for Dominic (probably Domenico) DiMattia?
Dominic's approx. DOB?
What is Dominic's wife's name? Do you know her maiden name?
Names of children?
Where in US did he settle (where was he on the 1920 and 1930 censuses?)
2) Prefixes such as Di come and go, even in Italian documents. One of my grandfather's came from a line of Di's, but when he was born in Italy his birth certificate is missing the prefix. Curiously, his own two Italy-born daughters are one with the Di and one without. Later, when he became a naturalized US citizen, he used a De prefix (with a following space).
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I believe that is your ancestor in 1910 census:
1910 United States Federal Census about Dominique Bumalia Name: Dominique Bumalia
[Dominique Demalia] ( no, right: Dominique/Domenico DeMattia) Age in 1910: 23 Estimated birth year: abt 1887 Birthplace: Italy Relation to Head of House: Head Father's Birth Place: Italy Mother's Birth Place: Italy Spouse's name: Ateacarta Bumalia ( Ida Accardo DeMattia/DiMattia)
Home in 1910: Police Jury Ward 4, St James, Louisiana Marital Status: Married Race: White Gender: Male Year of immigration: 1897 Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Dominique Bumalia 23 Ateacarta Bumalia 19 Philipine Bumalia 1 6/12 married from 2 years...
1910 United States Federal Census about Jos Dematia Name: Jos Dematia [Jos Demalia] Age in 1910: 55
Estimated birth year: abt 1855 Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Spouse's name: Mary Dematia
Home in 1910: Police Jury Ward 4, St James, Louisiana
Marital Status: Married
Year of immigration: 1897 Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age
Jos Dematia 55 Mary Dematia 50
Social Security Death Index
about Domenico Dimattia Name: Domenico Dimattia
Last Residence: 70802 Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America
Born: 5 Mar 1886
Died: May 1967 State (Year) SSN issued: Louisiana (1962)
You can request Dominic's SS application which will includehis place of birth in Italy...
With his place of birth, parents' names, and his Date of birth, you will then be able to write directly to the comune in Italy for his birth record. This will give information about his parents, including their age and place of birth, and occupation. If they were born in same comune, you can then request their birth and marriage records to follow the family back in time.
Hi Peg thank you!
I believe that Domenico was sicilian... also it is possible that the spelling of surname was Di Matteo... for bad luck no birthplace in :
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Damenico Dimettio Name: Damenico Dimettio
County: East Feliciana
Birth Date: 5 Mar 1886
FHL Roll Number: 1684672