I fear I might be looking for names that were misspelled after emigration to the USA. The death certificate here in Minnesota for Lucia Sartori (1859-1926) lists her parents as Frank Forsinengo and Maria Scheverney. Lucia reported having been born in Brenta, Varese, Lombardia. There was mention of a relative from the Piedmonte, also. I do not find these surnames in any index or list, except for Forsinengo, Cesar, her brother, in Census lists for the USA. I feel this is a long-shot. Has anyone heard of these surnames? I am wondering if Fosinengo is modified from Forsini or Forengo? Perhaps Scheverney is a variant spelling of Chiaverini? I am perplexed. Any help would be deeply appreciated.
Hi, here Cesare Forsinengo 1° trip: Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1945 about Cesare Forstnego Name: Cesare Forstnego Arrival Date: 29 Apr 1914 Age: 22 Years Estimated Birth Year: abt 1892 Gender: Male Ethnic Background: Italian (North) (Italian) Port of Departure: Genova, Italy Ship Name: America Port of Arrival: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Friend's Name: Luisa Lartosi Last Residence: Italy Birthplace: Brenta, Italy father Pietro in Brenta, joining at aunt Lucia Sartori in St Paul, Minnesota
Cesare Forsinengo 2°trip: New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 about Cesare Forsinengo Name: Cesare Forsinengo Arrival Date: 17 Oct 1919 Birth Date: abt 1891 Birth Location: Italy Birth Location Other: frenta Age: 28 Gender: Male Ethnicity/ Nationality: Italian (South) (Italian) Port of Departure: Napoli Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: Duca D Aosta father Pietro in Brenta,joining at aunt Lucia Sartori in St Paul, Minnesota; already in USA from 1914 to 1915.
Cesare Forsinengo 3°trip: New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 about Cesare Forsinengo Name: Cesare Forsinengo Arrival Date: 1 Mar 1930 Birth Date: abt 1891 Birth Location: Italy Birth Location Other: brenta Age: 39 Gender: Male Ethnicity/ Nationality: Italian (North) (Italian) Port of Departure: Genoa, Italy Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: Roma
HI! You are right :Forsinengo is a very unusual surname, not even listed in the Italian phone directory. Just a wild guess: the surname Fornengo is found in the Provinces of Novara and Verbania in Piedmont, near the Province of Varese, just across Lake Maggiore. Maybe worth a look. On the contrary Sartori is very common in Valcuvia, the valley north the town of Varese and near the lake where Brenta is located. Brenta is a tiny village, not exactly a town, so hopefully if you write to the Comune someone can help you with Cesare's birth record. Even if the surname is misspelled surely there weren't many children named "Cesare" born there in 1891-92. Most employees are overworked, with no time to spare for unusuale questions, but in small communities it is always possible to find somebody interested in local history. Just try and don't be disapponinted if they don't aswer!
As Lucia was born in 1856 you could also try to find her baptismal record, or that of Pietro, but nowadays parish priests often are in charge of more than one parish , and don’t always have the time to look at old records.
Parrocchia Santi Vito e Modesto VIA ALLA CHIESA, 7 – 21030 Brenta (VA) – Tel: 0332 604977
This is the website of the association of local historians and archivists of Valcuvia. Unfortunately the text is only in Italian, but you can contact them, writing in English Go to “contatti” on the right of the page http://www.archiviostoricovalcuvia.org/home
Paola, Thank you for this information! I've been away from the site for a while and just found your note today. I will try your suggestions for my research. Lucia (nee Forsinengo) Sartori was my 2nd great grandmother. She emigrated to Saint Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and oldest daughter, Palmyra. John Sartori died in 1896. Lucia managed to raise her children alone, after some farming out. Palmyra (nee Sartori) Cantieri was my father's maternal grandmother. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. Best wishes, MaryAnn