I'm looking for some information regarding the Romeo/Ionta family from the Calabria region of Italy. I've been able to go back only to a certain point in the 1800s, and have had roadblocks since that point. Since I can't afford to make a visit right now myself, I thought maybe one of you would have some information.
George Romeo (b.5 Feb 1874) - from stories my family tells me, they lived in the Calabria region of Italy, possibly Cosenza. Romeo is basically the Italian version of Smith, so it's hard to make sure that it's him. He immigrated in 1898 to the U.S. and died in Oct 1933. Angelina Maria Ionta (b.1865) - Wife of George Romeo, she immigrated to the US in probably around the same time as George, though I have not been able to verify this. Their son Albert, was born in the U.S. shortly after 1898, so this is why I'm making this conclusion. Pasquale Ionta - All I have on Pasquale is that he was born in Lazio, Italy. He is listed on Angelina's death certificate, which is my only source of information on Pasquale. Vincenza Dascoli - All I have on Vincenza is that she was born in Lazio, Italy as well. She is listed on Angelina's death certificate.
I have not been able to find George's parents names. Any help would be appreciated. If it's in Italian, I have a friend who can translate, so any help in any language would be great!
are you sure that son Albert was born in the U.S.?
Found these marriage records on Familysearch.org:
"Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935"
Nome: Albert Romeo Titoli e termini: Tipologia di evento: Marriage Data dell'evento: 06 Nov 1920 Luogo dell'evento: Berrien, Michigan Età: 21 Anno di nascita (approssimativo): 1899 Nome del padre: George Titoli e termini del padre: Nome della madre: Santo Titoli e termini della madre: Nome del coniuge: Josephine Stillo Titoli e termini del coniuge: Età del coniuge: 19 Anno di nascita del coniuge (approssimativo): 1901 Nome del padre del coniuge: Pasquale Titoli e termini del padre del coniuge: Nome della madre del coniuge: Constable Titoli e termini della madre del coniuge: Numero identificativo di riferimento: Numero di bobina di FamilySearch: 2240873 Numero della cartella digitale: 4655522 Numero immagine: 01582
Nome: James Romeo Titoli e termini: Tipologia di evento: Marriage Data dell'evento: 19 May 1919 Luogo dell'evento: Berrien, Michigan Età: 24 Anno di nascita (approssimativo): 1895 Nome del padre: George Titoli e termini del padre: Nome della madre: Sante Titoli e termini della madre: Nome del coniuge: Anna Moore Titoli e termini del coniuge: Età del coniuge: 19 Anno di nascita del coniuge (approssimativo): 1900 Nome del padre del coniuge: Charles Titoli e termini del padre del coniuge: Nome della madre del coniuge: Moore Titoli e termini della madre del coniuge: Numero identificativo di riferimento: Numero di bobina di FamilySearch: 2240676 Numero della cartella digitale: 4654099 Numero immagine: 0090
Name: George Romero Titles and Terms: Event Type: Census Event Year: 1920 Event Place: Benton Harbor Ward 4, Berrien, Michigan, United States District: 75 Gender: Male Age: 45 Marital Status: Married Race: White Race (Original): White Can Read: Yes Can Write: No Relationship to Head of Household: Head Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head Own or Rent: Own Birth Year (Estimated): 1875 Birthplace: Italy Immigration Year: 1897 Father's Birthplace: Italy Mother's Birthplace: Italy Sheet Number and Letter: 14B Household ID: Line Number: 64 Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Affiliate Publication Number: T625 GS Film number: 1820757 Digital Folder Number: 004311582 Image Number: 00263 Household Gender Age Birthplace Head George Romero M 45 Italy Wife Mary Romero F 50 Italy Son James Romero M 24 Italy Son Albert Romero M 21 Italy Daughter Josephine Romero F 16 Illinois Daughter-in-law Anna Romero F 19 Ohio
And I think this may have been the birth record for daughter Josephine born in Illinois, Chicago:
"Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922"
"Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915"
Name: Gisseppa Romeo Birth Date: 21 Aug 1903 Birthplace: Chicago, Cook, Illinois Gender: Female Race (Original): W Race: White Father's Name: Gennasa Romeo Father's Birthplace: Italy Father's Age: 28 Mother's Name: ...ia A Santochirico Mother's Birthplace: Italy Mother's Age: Christening Date: Christening Place: GS Film number: 1287751 Digital Folder Number: 4271459 Image Number: 174 Reference ID: v 48A p 288
and from Ellisisland.org the arrival manifest for Angela Maria
27 august 1902
Santochirico Angela Maria (maiden name), age 34, female, married, peasant, from Serino to Chicago (199 Ewing street) to meet her husband Gennaro Romeo, travelling with her child Gennaro age 8 male (later James) and Umberto age 4 (later Albert)
So I was able to find Gennaro Romeo, and you were right, Albert (my great-grandfather) was born in Italy. No one in my family knew. They were horrible about passing down their heritage and stories.
Anyways, I'm trying to use the Archivio di Stato Napoli, and however awesome my French is, my Italian is poor. Can anyone tell me where to go to get to a similar search like they have for Cosenza? Website is below.
I'm looking for some sort of database where I can type first name and last name, approximate birthdate (or range) and city of origin or something like that. I've gathered that Gennaro is from Serino, so any more help would be appreciated.
There are no database online for Serino town. But if you're familiar with the Family History center you can go to your nearest center and ask them to rent microfilms for the civil registrations in Serino: