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My Italian Roots

Postby Madeline72 » 30 Jun 2013, 06:01

I am trying to find family roots in Casteltermini, Sicily.

The only information I can provide is that my maternal grandmother was born Maddelena (sp) Mortorano, and she married my grandfather (whom I never knew as he died before I was born) whose last name was Geraci. They had 5 children, 2 boys, Pasquale and Frank (Chicco), and 3 girls, Mamie, Angeline, and my mother, Josephine. I don't know if any other children were born and may have died early deaths but I never heard them talking about any such siblings. Josephine was the only one of their children born in the US. I believe my grandmother was born around 1870 but am not positive.

I remember my uncle Pasquale (Pat) talking about Casteltermini and San Calogero. Can you guide me as to where I can get additional information? I am getting on in years and would like to leave my grandchildren as much information I can find regarding the family history.

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Re: My Italian Roots

Postby suanj » 01 Jul 2013, 12:25

Hi
here the arrival on Apr 23, 1910 of Maddalena MARTORANA (right spelling) with children: Pasquale, Filomena, Maria, Francesco joining at husband Luigi Geraci in Trenton, NJ:
pag 1 http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0011
pag 2 http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0011
all coming from and born in Casteltermini
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Re: My Italian Roots

Postby suanj » 01 Jul 2013, 12:32

1920 census:
1920 United States Federal Census about Lewis Grace
Name: Lewis Grace
[Lewis Gerace]
[Luria Gerace]
Age: 51
Birth Year: abt 1869
Birthplace: Italy
Home in 1920: Trenton Ward 5, Mercer, New Jersey
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1907
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mary Grace
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Home Owned: Own
Able to Read: No
Able to Write: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Lewis Grace 51
Mary Grace 46
Patcy Grace 24
Angeline Grace 16
Frank Grace 14
Josephine Grace 7
[7 6/12]
Mamie Sola 20 ( maybe Filomena Gerace married Sola; widowed)
Peter Sola 4
[4 7/12]


1930 census:

1930 United States Federal Census about Madeline Geraci
Name: Madeline Geraci
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1874
Birthplace: Italy
Race: White
Home in 1930: Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey
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Marital Status: Married
Immigration Year: 1910
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's Name: Louis Geraci
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Occupation:

Education:

Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace:
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Household Members: Name Age
Louis Geraci head
58
Madeline Geraci wife
56
Frank Geraci son
23
Josephine Geraci daughter
18
Angeline Fordetta daughter
26
Frank Fordetta son in law
38
Louis Fordetta grandson
8
Josephine Fordetta grandaughter
7


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Re: My Italian Roots

Postby suanj » 01 Jul 2013, 12:35

Luigi Geraci arrival:


First Name: Luigi
Last Name: Geraci
Ethnicity: Italy, Italian
Last Place of Residence: Castelberimi, Sicily
Date of Arrival: Sep 26, 1907
Age at Arrival: 40y Gender: M Marital Status: M
Ship of Travel: Sannio
Port of Departure: Palermo
Manifest Line Number: 0003


pag 1 http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0003
wife Maddalena Martorana in Casteltermini

pag 2 http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0003
joining at brother in law Giuseppe Martorana
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Re: My Italian Roots

Postby Paolo47 » 01 Jul 2013, 13:05

I believe this is the marriage record, May 1891
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... :531378848
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Re: My Italian Roots

Postby Paolo47 » 01 Jul 2013, 19:59

I believe this is the marriage record, May 1891
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... :531378848

Hello again :D
On the marriage record..Luigi is abt 23 and father is Pasquale and mother is Filomena Minardi(sp)
Maddalina is abt 20 and father is Francesco and mother is Maria Angela Esposito.

These records are online at https://familysearch.org/search/image/i ... %3D1946817

I am looking for more records as time permits,
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Re: My Italian Roots

Postby Tessa78 » 01 Jul 2013, 20:11

Paolo47 wrote:
I believe this is the marriage record, May 1891
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... :531378848

Hello again :D
On the marriage record..Luigi is abt 23,a sulfur miner and father is deceased Pasquale and mother is deceased Filomena Minardi(sp)
Maddalena is abt 20, a seamstress, and father is deceased Francesco and mother is Maria Angela Esposito.

These records are online at https://familysearch.org/search/image/i ... %3D1946817

I am looking for more records as time permits,
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Re: My Italian Roots

Postby Paolo47 » 01 Jul 2013, 23:55

Hello again :D Hi T :lol:

Here is a birth record for Francesco Geraci.. born 1896.
http://postimg.org/image/x1c53cwnz/

Francesco only lived 2 years and a month.
http://postimg.org/image/8dmgnxs03/

After the girls were born, the next son was Francesco, born 1905.
http://postimg.org/image/5d0kaffkx/

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Re: My Italian Roots

Postby Paolo47 » 02 Jul 2013, 12:56

Here is Pasquale's birth record, born 1893,
http://postimg.org/image/p17l0pd81/

Filomena's birth record, born 1898,
http://postimg.org/image/5e2evafa5/

Mariangela's birth record, born 1902,
http://postimg.org/image/vp8hy4f07/

Also the death record for great grandmother Filomena Minardi, 1883
http://postimg.org/image/5vh4kj221/

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Re: My Italian Roots

Postby Tessa78 » 02 Jul 2013, 15:44

Hi Paul! :D

Great finds!
From the records provded from you and suanj :D the poster has LOTS of great information.

Madeline, if you need translations... just let us know!

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Re: My Italian Roots

Postby Paolo47 » 03 Jul 2013, 00:38

Thank you, T :D :wink:

Can you read the names on Filomena's death record?? I have never seen a
given name similar to the one for her father.

Also, I looked long and hard for the death record for great grandfather,Pasquale,
with no success. It would be nice to know who his parents are.

You and suanj and the rest, have a safe holiday, if it is one where you are.

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Re: My Italian Roots

Postby Tessa78 » 03 Jul 2013, 03:15

Paolo47 wrote:Thank you, T :D :wink:

Can you read the names on Filomena's death record?? I have never seen a
given name similar to the one for her father.


Also, I looked long and hard for the death record for great grandfather,Pasquale,
with no success. It would be nice to know who his parents are.

You and suanj and the rest, have a safe holiday, if it is one where you are.

Paul


Her father's given name is Giambattista.
It may look odd because it is split between two lines :-)

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