I am in need of help. My great-grandfather moved to the United States in 1907 or 1908. Unfortunately, our family that remained in Italy did not get passed down to each subsequent generation, so I find myself beginning from scratch to try and locate my ancestors.
This is what I know. John (I believe his real name was Giovanni) Forni, born in 1890 in Bologna Province (maybe the City of Decima) immigrated to the US on the Canopic Ship (I believe) in late 1907 or early 1908 from Napoli to Boston, Massachusetts. A few years later his wife, Ida, followed him.
Any information or guidance of how I can take up the search to locate my family still in Bologna Province today, would be greatly appreciated.
Ship Name: Canopic Arrival Date: 11 Nov 1907 Port of Departure: Naples, Italy Port of Arrival: Boston, Massachusetts
line 9 Giovanni Forni, 17 born abt 1890 - single - laborer - last residence Bologna, Decima* - leaving father Alfonso in San Matteo di Decima - destination Plymouth MA - joining brother Vincenzo - born in Bologna, Decima
* San Matteo della Decima is a frazione (fraction/village) in the comune (municipality) of San Giovanni in Persiceto, Bologna Province, Emilia-Romagna Region
Event Type: Marriage Event City: Bridgewater Marriage Date: 28 Aug/2 Sep 1919
Name: John Forni Residence: Bridgewater Mass Birth Date: abt 1891 in S Matteo Decima Italy Marriage Age: 28 First Marriage Father Name: Alfonso Forni Mother Name: Lauro (Laura) Feranti (Ferranti)
Spouse Name: Ida Bergonzi Residence: Boston Mass Birth Date: abt 1896 in Italy (Metti*) Spouse Marriage Age: 23 First Marriage Spouse Father Name: Giuseppe Bergonzi Spouse Mother Name: Luigio (Luigia) Padovani
* possibly the frazione Metti, in the comune Bore, Parma Province, Emilia-Romagna Region
And from the site Familysearch.org the possible birth act for Giovanni:
Birth Act number 160 - year 1890
Forni Giovanni was born in San Giovanni in Persiceto, hamlet Decima, house number 206, on the day 10 november 1890, son of Alfonso Forni, age 40, day-labourer, and of his wife Laura Ferranti (maiden name) age 39, housekeeper.
I took the two photos of the two halves of the 1907 manifest that vj was so nice to find and post. I combined them into one photo, I turned down the excessive brightness a little, I fixed a few things, I cropped it a little, I resized it to 70% so it isn't such a big file size, but it is still easily readable, then I posted it for you: