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Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby bobellis75 » 21 Jun 2011, 20:37

Hello...I'm fairly new to genealogy and trying to trace back through my dad's side of the family. My grandmother's maiden name is Fontanini. Her father is a John Fontanini, and it seems his father is a Dominic Fontanini. I THINK!!! :?

Anyway...I did find some info saying Dominic came from Italy to the US in 1909...found via the Ellis Island website information for a Domenico Fontanini who came over in 1909...maybe he changed his name??

If anyone out there has information or a lead for me to follow - I would appreciate it!

Thanks in advance for your help!!
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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby pink67 » 22 Jun 2011, 14:42

Do you believe these 1920 and 1930 censuses could be correct for your ancestors's family?

1930 United States Federal Census
about Dominic Fontanini
Name: Dominic Fontanini
Home in 1930: Crocker, Polk, Iowa
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Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1888
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Mary Fontanini
Race: White
Occupation:
Education:
Military Service:
Rent/home value:
Age at first marriage:
Parents' birthplace: View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Dominic Fontanini 42 head, born in IT, immigr. year 1909
Mary Fontanini 40 wife, born in IT, immigr. year 1910
John Fontanini 19 son, born in Iowa
Joe S Fontanini 18 son, born in Iowa
Aldo Fontanini 16 son, born in Iowa
Hugo Fontanini 15 son, born in Iowa
Violet Fontanini 12 daughter, born in Michigan
Catherine Fontanini 8 daughter, born in Michigan
Rose Marie Fontanini 3 7/12 daughter, born in Iowa

1920 United States Federal Census
about Dominick Fontareni
Name: Dominick Fontareni[Dominick Fontaneni]
[Dominick Fontanini]
Home in 1920: Detroit Ward 19, Wayne, Michigan
Age: 32
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1888
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
[Head]
Spouse's Name: Mary Fontareni
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Year of immigration: 1909
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Dominick Fontareni 32
Mary Fontareni 29
John Fontareni 9
Joseph Fontareni 8
Otto Fontareni 6
Hugo Fontareni 5
Violet Fontareni 2[2 2/12]

Possible 1909 arrival manifest:

7 november 1909
Fontanini Domenico, age 22, married, from Frassinoro to Des Moine to join his brother Antonio, leaving in Italy, Frassinoro his wife Maria . This was his second arrival having been in the U.S. before, from 1904 to 1907

page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0014

page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0014

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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby pink67 » 22 Jun 2011, 15:24

This is the possible 1910 arrival manifest for Domenico's wife, Maria Bertucci:

4 june 1910
Bertucci Maria, age 20, female, married, housekeeper, from Frassinoro (leaving in Frassinoro her mother Maria Bertucci) to Des Moine to join her husband Domenico Fontanini

page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0006
page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0006

From the payment site Ancestry.com the marriage act in Frassinoro (Modena Province - Emilia Romagna Region) of Domenico and Maria (Clarice):

Marriage act number 38 - Year 1909

Groom:
Fontanini Domenico, age 22, single, farmer, born and resident in Frassinoro, son of the livings Luigi and Beatrice Parenti

Bride:
Bertucci Clarice, age 19, single, housewife, born and resident in Frassinoro, daughter of the late Giuseppe and of the living Maria Domenica ??

image here:
http://postimage.org/image/2oc7n3iw4/


From the marriage banns the birth act of Clarice Bertucci:
http://postimage.org/image/24m270o4/

http://postimage.org/image/26rsgbvo/

Birth Act of Domenico Fontanini:
http://postimage.org/image/264mxgys/

http://postimage.org/image/270252ck/

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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby pink67 » 22 Jun 2011, 15:46



Birth Act number 56 - Year 1887
Fontanini Domenico was born in Frassinoro on the day 18 may 1887. Son of Luigi Fontanini, age 38, farmer and of a single woman who didn't wanted to be recognized.
Luigi did the declaration of the birth.
Domenico was subsequently legittimate as son of Luigi Fontanini and Beatrice Parenti at the time of their marriage celebrated on the day 10 october 1889 in Frassinoro. Marriage act number 30 year 1889

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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby bobellis75 » 22 Jun 2011, 18:14

wow. Talk about service! ; )

Yes...I believe that Domenico/Dominic is my G-G-G Grandfather. John I believe is my G-G Grandfather (I know my grandmother's father is John Fontanini). I had fount some bare bones info here and there but nothing this in depth! Much appreciated...I will take this info and check into it with my family and make sure I'm on the right track, but I believe this is correct.
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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby aron75 » 06 Jan 2012, 23:02

I hope someone is around to notice this reply! My direct ancestor is also Luigi Fontanini. I knew of Beatrice Parenti as well, though my dad remembers her mother referring to her as "Beatria." In any case, I am trying to find informtion on Luigi & Beatrice. My direct ancestor from Luigi was Pete, or Pietro Fontanini. According to the informaiton in this thread, it seems possible he may have been only a HALF brother to Domenico. Pete was born in 1889 and if Domenico was born "of a single woman who didn't wanted to be recognized" this suggests to me Beatrice was NOT the birth mother of Domenico, and therefore possibly not the birth mother of Pete either.

In any case, Pete married Ida Battani born in the small village of Pietra Volta. One of their offspring was my grandmother, Mary Marie married name Demsky, and my dad is Bruce Demsky.

I'm looking for any information on Luigi & Beatrice. Has anyone found anything?

Thanks!
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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby Tessa78 » 07 Jan 2012, 19:40

aron75 wrote:I hope someone is around to notice this reply! My direct ancestor is also Luigi Fontanini. I knew of Beatrice Parenti as well, though my dad remembers her mother referring to her as "Beatria." In any case, I am trying to find informtion on Luigi & Beatrice. My direct ancestor from Luigi was Pete, or Pietro Fontanini. According to the informaiton in this thread, it seems possible he may have been only a HALF brother to Domenico. Pete was born in 1889 and if Domenico was born "of a single woman who didn't wanted to be recognized" this suggests to me Beatrice was NOT the birth mother of Domenico, and therefore possibly not the birth mother of Pete either.

In any case, Pete married Ida Battani born in the small village of Pietra Volta. One of their offspring was my grandmother, Mary Marie married name Demsky, and my dad is Bruce Demsky.

I'm looking for any information on Luigi & Beatrice. Has anyone found anything?

Thanks!


Regarding your statement above... you will notice that Laura indicated in her post that at the marriage of Luigi and Beatrice there was an official Act of Recognition that Domenico was their son. This would mean that Beatrice was, indeed, the mother of Domenico. To know who was the mother of Pietro, you would need to find his birth record :-)

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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby aron75 » 07 Jan 2012, 20:37

Thank you Teresa. Let me clarify. I do believe Beatrice Parenti was the mother of my great grandfather Pietro. I know Pietro and Domenico were brothers. I was just a little confused with the terminology. I did not know "an official act of recognition" meant she was actually the mother of Domenico. I thought that could mean Beatrice had "adopted" Domenico. Could we assume at the time of Domenico's birth that Luigi & Beatrice were not yet married? And this is why the "official act" took place later? In any case, thank you very much for your clarification. Do you know where I might find Pietro's Italian birth certificate? I'm really most interested in finding Luigi's and Beatrice's Italian birth certificate if possible. Thank you in advance!
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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby Tessa78 » 07 Jan 2012, 23:45

Hello again :-)

I checked the records available from Ancestry and they begin in 1901 and end in 1910 :-(

It is possible that Luigi and Beatrice had been married in the church and not by civil registration when Domenico was born. Finding the records may help to make it clearer. You might also request Domenico's baptism from the church to see if his parents are listed there.

You could write directly to the Comune of Frassinoro to request birth and marriage records.

Address:
Ufficio dello Stato Civile
Piazza Miani, 16
41044 Frassinoro (MO)
ITALY


Help with letters of request in Italian...
http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/pearlsofwi ... talrecords
http://www.circolocalabrese.org/resourc ... civile.asp

Not sure of this address for the church....
Parrocchia Di Frassinoro
Piazza Abbadia 1
41044 Frassinoro (MO)
Italy


Letter to parish priest in Italian...
http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/pearlsofwi ... rishpriest

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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby Tessa78 » 08 Jan 2012, 01:38

Another option is to rent and view the films available from the LDS at your local Family History Center...
They have microfilmed records of civil registrations for Frassinor from 1806-1929
http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/pearlsofwi ... rishpriest

To find your nearest center...
http://familysearch.org/eng/

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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby aron75 » 09 Jan 2012, 17:06

Thank you Tessa!
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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby Pietravolta » 26 Jan 2012, 11:35

My name is Maurizio Tonelli (age 57). My mother Iole Battani (age 85) lives in Pietravolta, near Frassinoro. My Grandfather's name is Giovanni Battani (1997-1985), brother of IDA (1892-1985). I have found on internet: IDA's son SARG is recentry dead in Des Moines... Do you know if Laura Ceretti was another doughter of IDA? It would be strange that the two brothers have died in one week away.
I have photos of the parents of my grandfather, Giuseppe Battani and Fidalma Fontanini.
I will ask my mother news of Luigi Fontanini, Beatrice Parenti, etc.
Two sisters (Ida & Lina) and two brothers (Giulio é Armando) of my grandfather emigrated to the U.S.
Fidalma wept so much for the remoteness of his four children, she didn't see them ever again.
Giovanni Battani (1997-1995) married Fortunata Stefani (1903-1980)
Four children:
1) my mother MARIA IOLE married TONELLI GIGLIO (age 88), 2 children (Maurizio & Mauro - twins- age 57)
2) NORINA BATTANI(1929-2011) died on 27 October, married Giovanni Medici, 1 daughter Nadia (age 50)
3) MARIA ADRIANA (1934) married PICCININI ERIO (1931-2009), 1 daughter Monica (age 45)
4) GIUSEPPE LUIGI BATTANI (1943-1985) married ANNA GHINI, 1 son PAOLO BATTANI (age 44)

I will send you more news soon.
Have you some photos/pictures of IDA?
Thank you. Dear regards
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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby aron75 » 15 Feb 2012, 23:09

Maurizio,

Hello! Your information is FANTASTIC. THANK YOU. I know the name Laura Ceretti. I am asking my dad more about her. My goodness yes I would love to see pictures! I have a couple pictures of Pete & Ida and will share them with you. I also have pictures of all the brothers of Pete Fontanini--so all the sons of Luigi. I also have a picture of "unknown Italians." Maybe you can help. Maurizio, it is fantastic to have met you! We are some kind of cousin! Email me at aronjanuary@yahoo.com and then I will email you back my pictures.
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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby Pietravolta » 16 Feb 2012, 22:31

Dear Aron,
i have found on web (jewishaz.com) these notices:

Aron Demsky & Suzanna Eller

Suzanna Eller and Aron Demsky, both of Seattle, were married June 14, 2009, at The Lakeside at Lake Union in Seattle.

Parents of the couple are Bobbi and Richard Eller of Phoenix; Linda McCormack of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and Bruce Demsky of Waterloo, Iowa.

Principal attendants were Michelle Koch and Troy Gatewood. Other attendants included Nicole Dunn, Elizabeth Vanderhoof, Kelli Carroll, Anita Dingrani, Justin Demsky, Benjamin Koch, Aaron Averbuch and Jack Dingrani.

After a honeymoon in Malta, Sicily and London, the couple is at home in Seattle.

I am sorry: in the year 2009 we must go to Pietravolta together.
Have you read my e-mail?

Bye
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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Postby bobellis75 » 25 Feb 2012, 17:47

pink67 wrote:This is the possible 1910 arrival manifest for Domenico's wife, Maria Bertucci:

4 june 1910
Bertucci Maria, age 20, female, married, housekeeper, from Frassinoro (leaving in Frassinoro her mother Maria Bertucci) to Des Moine to join her husband Domenico Fontanini

page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0006
page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0006

From the payment site Ancestry.com the marriage act in Frassinoro (Modena Province - Emilia Romagna Region) of Domenico and Maria (Clarice):

Marriage act number 38 - Year 1909

Groom:
Fontanini Domenico, age 22, single, farmer, born and resident in Frassinoro, son of the livings Luigi and Beatrice Parenti

Bride:
Bertucci Clarice, age 19, single, housewife, born and resident in Frassinoro, daughter of the late Giuseppe and of the living Maria Domenica ??

image here:
http://postimage.org/image/2oc7n3iw4/


From the marriage banns the birth act of Clarice Bertucci:
http://postimage.org/image/24m270o4/

http://postimage.org/image/26rsgbvo/

Birth Act of Domenico Fontanini:
http://postimage.org/image/264mxgys/

http://postimage.org/image/270252ck/

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Ok...been a while since I've checked in here...so did domenico marry Clarice or Maria/Clarice? Also...some of the image links don't seem to be working anymore, I can see his birth record and the Ellis island stuff but not her birth records...I am just digging back into this line after a busy couple of months...very excited at some of this info and hopefully making new headway. Also had a brief email exchange with Aron and looking forward to seeing if we can help each other out....thanks again for the great response and info here
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