This was the last piece of my struggle. I've made so many strides with the different names in my family and have many of you to thank. The last person I am struggling with is my great grandmother. Out of all those I struggled with, I can't believe it's her! It must be because how stubborn she was. This is the old great grandparent of mine that I have memories of.
I know Grace was born 7-4-1896 in Sicily (Palermo I believe). She had passed 9-4-87 in Buffalo, NY. Grace was married to Samuel (Salvatore) Cordova and I would have to assume they married either in Youngstown Ohio or Buffalo NY. They had three children (Frances/my grandma, Caroline, and Jon). According to census records, Grace immigrated between 1912-1913, naturalized in 1917. Her marriage I would assume was sometime after 1913, but before 1916 when my grandmother was born. I believe Grace's father's name is Ignazio and her mother, Caroline/Calogera Belfiore. I haven't had actual proof yet of these. She did have two brothers to my knowledge (Rosario-1885) and Antonio.
I haven't been able to find any birth records or her immediate family records. I spent hours digging through Palermo records on ancestry.com and came up blank.
Any help, like always, would be greatly appreciated. This is the final person I am researching to send me in the right direction of success.
Hi, I believe that Grace first name was Orazia, changed in Grace in USA. I found this arrival:
First Name: Orazio Last Name: Russo Ethnicity: Italy, Italian South Last Place of Residence: Funnefreddo, Italy Date of Arrival: Apr 12, 1912 Age at Arrival: 18y Gender: FMarital Status: S Ship of Travel: Venezia Port of Departure: Naples Manifest Line Number: 0011
born in Fiumefreddo, father Ignazio in Fiumefreddo http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipM ... 880070037& abt the first name: NAME: Grace (Orazia) Russo BIRTH: 07-04-1896 (7 Apr 1896) - Italy DEATH: 09-04-1987 (9 Apr 1987) - Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States of America SPOUSE: Samuel (Salvatore) Cordova and by marriage record the birthyear is 1893... maybe the arrival that I found could be right... suanj
suanj - I am learning that I need to be more creative in my searching. The record validates the parent names that I had! Phew! It's interesting seeing "Trank" as John's wife was named Francesca. The marriage certif as well as the birth register you posted are very helpful.
Marty - always coming through with more info! I thank you for the info on Rosario. I was actually able to link the numerous children he and Antoinette had. Busy man (and busy woman)! Antonio married Isidora (unknown last name).
Side note and question: I cannot run that video you linked me to Marty. I run Linux at home and I don't believe it's compatible on my computer. I will have to view the video once I visit my mother or sister since they run Windows.
When you are searching using Familysearch.org, are you just typing in known information and searching from there? I see the birth registrar you posted for Orazia. I type in the info and I know (even limiting the info) to search and I don't come up with that info. I'm just trying to see what I may be doing wrong so I can better start researching her parents now.
Then click on Fiumefreddo and it will bring up the towns records that are available look for indexes in the back of the year(MOST OF THE TIME) your searching between years. Indexes list the surname and first name and a index number for the record you seek just work your way back to the record you seek by the index number Birth and death records are 3 to a screen page marriage 2 records per screen page Make a little notebook keep track of the town and index year and page it is on your always going back to indexes