Thanks to some very helpful people on this site and some good folks at the records office in San Clemente,Caserta I have been able to trace back 6 generations of my father’s father and his family. My only task left is to discover how all the various individuals fit within the family members I have already identified – probably brothers and sisters – but still researching. The key was finding the correct Italian spelling for my name – turned out it was MAIENZA – then everything fell into place.
I am having no luck with my father’s mother and her family probably because I haven’t figured out the Italian spelling of the name.
My grandmother’s name was Anna DeAugustine – her name was probably some form of D'Agostino but I have found no other spelling of her name on documents in US.
She was born on January 21, 1891 in Briano, Caserta, Italy (according to my grandfather’s Dominic’s naturalization papers) I can’t find a US marriage record but I think they were married somewhere in western Pennsylvania.
My grandmother’s parents were Frank and Mary. I believe my grandmother had three brothers Peter, James, and Anthony all born in Italy. I have some US census info on these folks but nothing from Italy. Here is where I need some help. I have found TWO areas in the Province of Caserta named Briano
Hi Frank I think the surname is d'Agostino If it is the frazione of BRIANO there are records online at ancestry.com for Caserta, like Erudita says record are kept at the Comune of Caserta for the frazione I checked that date January 21, 1891 and 1892 in Caserta, in the birth records Parte I and Parte II found nothing but that might be the wrong birthdate or the town of Villa Di Briano might be the right one your searching for .I did see the SURNAME SPELLED D'AGOSTINO. THE PROBLEM IS THERE IS NO INDEX FOR THAT YEAR 1891 OF THAT SECTION SO YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH EACH RECORD TO SEARCH for Ann d'Agostino