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Finding my ancestors

Postby KittyCat1 » 06 Jul 2013, 04:52

Hi all.

I am new to this board and am looking forward to researching my family with your help.

First, I would like to trace my grandfather's family. Based on the manifest of Oct 19,1907 he (Giuseppe Pandolfo) came from Partanna, Sicily and his father' s given name was Nicolo. I also know his birthdate was May 8,1882.

I would like to find any of his siblings and their children. I would also like to trace the family lineage before his parents.

If anyone can help direct me to resources etc. I would be extremely grateful.

Thanks so much! :)
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Re: Finding my ancestors

Postby erudita74 » 06 Jul 2013, 13:20

KittyCat1 wrote:Hi all.

I am new to this board and am looking forward to researching my family with your help.

First, I would like to trace my grandfather's family. Based on the manifest of Oct 19,1907 he (Giuseppe Pandolfo) came from Partanna, Sicily and his father' s given name was Nicolo. I also know his birthdate was May 8,1882.

I would like to find any of his siblings and their children. I would also like to trace the family lineage before his parents.

If anyone can help direct me to resources etc. I would be extremely grateful.

Thanks so much! :)



There are microfilmed records for the town not currently available online. These would have to be rented through a local family history center.

Registri dello stato civile di Partanna (Trapani), 1820-1910

Here's info on how to order microfilms and about how to find a local center

https://familysearch.org/films/

https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator

Unfortunately, these centers are staffed by volunteers and so the days and hours of operation vary from one center to another. Also microfilm rental has gotten very expensive-as much as $7.50 for one roll of microfilm which remains at your local center for abt a month.

You should watch the website www.familysearch.org under the category of Continental Europe, as records are being put online very frequently and at no cost. You might also want to do a search on that website of your names as well, as you may find some information that way.

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Re: Finding my ancestors

Postby KittyCat1 » 06 Jul 2013, 14:26

Thanks for your input! I will definitely check these out. My local library has a microfilm center. That division is closed currently because the library is moving but I will get there as soon as they reopen.

I am planning a trip to Sicily in April 2014 and want todo as muchas I can beforehand to make the trip memorable.

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Re: Finding my ancestors

Postby Tessa78 » 06 Jul 2013, 15:25

In addition to the great resource erudita :-D has provided above...
You can also write directly to the Comune of Partanna to request birth record of your grandfather (1882) and his father Nicolo (give a range of about 1855 - 1862 for Nicolo birth for starters)

Address:
Ufficio dello Stato Civile
Via Vittorio Emanuele, 78
91028 Partanna (TP)
ITALY


You should write your request in Italian :-)
Help with letters...
http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/pearlsofwi ... talrecords
http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/pearlsofwi ... tter3.html
http://www.circolocalabrese.org/genealo ... ecords.asp

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Re: Finding my ancestors

Postby KittyCat1 » 03 Sep 2013, 23:55

Hi Tessa78

I just received a reply from the Comune di Partanna which certified my grandfather's birth there. Such a thrill! I now know my great grandparents names. I would live to learn addresses as I am going to Sicily in April.
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Re: Finding my ancestors

Postby Tessa78 » 04 Sep 2013, 01:52

KittyCat1 wrote:Hi Tessa78

I just received a reply from the Comune di Partanna which certified my grandfather's birth there. Such a thrill! I now know my great grandparents names. I would live to learn addresses as I am going to Sicily in April.


If you can scan the document, we can translation for you. If it is a copy of the original birth record and not an extract, there is usually a street or road mentioned.

You can upload to an imagesharing site such as www.postimage.org
Use the "Thumbnails for Forum1" to copy and paste your image.

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Re: Finding my ancestors

Postby BarbV_in_VT » 04 Sep 2013, 03:18

KittyCat1 -

when we went to Sicily (knowing very little Italian) we found that the people in the towns went out of their way to find more information for us. When your family came from the town they invariably welcome you as "belonging". We wrote to the town before we went, so they expected us (you can thank whoever sent you the record) and tell them when you will arrive and that you hope to find more ancestors.

By the way, we were told that they are not allowed to accept any gratuity in the town offices but you can give a little gift (I guarantee they will be helpful and nice!!) We took "collectible" gold Sakajawea dollar coins (easy to carry) but something from your town would also be nice. In Villalba, there were 4 people (including the local policeman) in the office trying to find the record for us (they did find it!!)

You will love Sicily - and it is so exciting to walk on the same roads and look out over the save vistas as your ancestors did - makes it so real!

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Re: Finding my ancestors

Postby KittyCat1 » 04 Sep 2013, 04:14

Thanks for your suggestions. The document that I received today is not the actual birth certificate, but a certificate of registration. It gives my grandparents' names, but no addresses.

I will take your advice Barb and send a note to the person who sent me the document expressing my gratitude and my desire to learn more about my family. I hope I will have a similar experience finding my relatives. In any event, it will be an awesome experience to walk the same streets as my ancestors did so long ago.

This visit to Sicily will be a dream come true and I'm sure I will not be disappointed!
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