Cefalu Family of Bogalusa, Louisiana

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Cefalu Family of Bogalusa, Louisiana

Postby kimhamilton » 04 Sep 2012, 18:45

I am looking for any information on the Cefalu family of Bogalusa, Louisiana.
They originated from Cefalu, Italy. The first generation information I have is
Rosario Cefalu married unknown Papa
they had 1 child Charles Cefalu
unknown Papa died in childbirth

Rosario Cefalu married Mary Papa (unknown Papa's sister)
they settled in Bogalusa, Louisiana where they are both died and are buried.
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Re: Cefalu Family of Bogalusa, Louisiana

Postby carmine1917 » 07 Sep 2012, 00:03

I think I know someone researching the same town, message me please
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Re: Cefalu Family of Bogalusa, Louisiana

Postby adelfio » 07 Sep 2012, 17:44

There are records of Cefalu Palermo online at familysearch.org
https://beta.familysearch.org/search/im ... Fwaypoints

Do you have some birthdates I looked on ancestry.com at the public trees for Rosario Cefalu they have all different birth dates for him

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Re: Cefalu Family of Bogalusa, Louisiana

Postby vj » 09 Sep 2012, 01:22

for everyone's reference:
from FamilySearch
Louisiana, Deaths Index, 1850-1875, 1894-1956

name: Rosario Cefalu
death date: 04 Apr 1929
death place: Bogalusa, , Washington, Louisiana
gender: Male
race (original): Italian
race (standardized): Italian
age: 63
estimated birth year: 1866
birth place: Cefalu, Italy
marital status: Married
spouse's name: Mary Cefalu
father's name: Tony Cefalu
mother's name: Mary Perrona

film number: 2388341
image number: 01625
certificate number: 5953
digital folder number: 4219290
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Re: Cefalu Family of Bogalusa, Louisiana

Postby adelfio » 09 Sep 2012, 22:44

I have checked the online records of Italy, Palermo, Termini I...on (Tribunale), 1862-1910 Cefalù for birth records of Rosario Cefalu and Mary Papa and came up empty
How accurate are their birth dates?
How about the ancestry.com family tree info?

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Re: Cefalu Family of Bogalusa, Louisiana

Postby kimhamilton » 17 Sep 2013, 18:31

Thank you so much for the replies! I am so sorry it has taken me so long to return to this site. I began working on my mother's family line (Much easier!) and took a break from the Italian side!

The information I have comes from the family history, which is quite spotty! (Im surprised at how very little big Italian families talk about the past!) As close as they are! It did not help that the generation that traveled to the US never learned English and the generation that is left to carry on the family line does not know Italian nor the Italian history.

The family lore is that

Rosario moved to the US to avoid a crackdown either by the law or by the mafia, ? , He was said to have changed his name from Blanco to Cefalu upon his exit. He was married at the time to a wife __________ PaPa. Upon his arrival in the US they settled in Bogalusa, LA and the wife passed away after giving birth to their son. Rosario either went back to Cefalu, Italy and married her sister Mary Papa or sent for her to come to America and marry him and take care of her sister's family. This fact is known to be true. But the name of the sister is not known.

I am having trouble getting a copy of Mary Papa Cefalu's Death records but continue to try. (Louisiana red tape!)

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!

Thanks!

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Re: Cefalu Family of Bogalusa, Louisiana

Postby adelfio » 18 Sep 2013, 03:20

Marriage of Rosario Cefalu and Rosa Papa
INDEX#57
1888 Oct 23rd in the town of Cefalu appeared Rosario Cefalu age 22 (1866) fisherman born in Cefalu son of deceased Antonio Cefalu and deceased Maria Pirrone married Rosa Papa age 14(1874)weaver born in Cefalu daughter of deceased Pietro Papa and Antonina Curreri

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https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... 1882328464

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