I am looking for any information regarding the Barbalaci Family. My mother's name was Margaret Dominica Barbalaci and my grandmother's surname was Muia. I believe there were 6 siblings: Michael, Anthony, Augie, Anna, Nora, and Margaret . Their parents were immigrants from Colabria (sp) entering Ellis Island around the late 1800's. They settled in Newark, New Jersey, USA. I know my Grandmother died after giving birth to my Mother; circa 1908. Margaret married John Anthony Mastrangelo in April 1934. Both of my parents are deceased: John Anthony died in June 1970 and Margaret died in February 1991. I am aware of only one first cousin. Our first Grandson was born 2 weeks ago and this quest is very important to my sons and myself.
Thank you so much! I did find original birth , marriage,and death certificates quickly. I could not locate specific towns or comunes as you mentioned but will check the sites you offered and here is more information:
maternal: Domenica M. Barbalaci ( Barbalacci ; marriage certificate)
Birth: October 25, 1908
Death: February 2, 1991
great maternal: Marianna Muia ( Marion Murra ; marriage certificate)
great paternal : Gueseppe Barbalaci
As you can see, there are different spellings to last names as these were taken from original documents that I thought were in our safety deposit box! Guess who's taking a ride to the bank:))
This is the manifest for Marianna Muia arriving 4-20-1899. Her destination is husband Giuseppe Barbalaci. Notice her son is on line below her. Michele, but a different last name, but destination is to father, the same as the mother. Possibly a child from a previous marriage?
Notice the numbers written in the occupation column. In 1941 he applied for something that caused them to check his manifest. Probably filed his first papers (Declaration of Intent) towards citizenship. You can write NARA to look for naturalization papers.
Or file a freedom of information request with the INS. They have a copy of all naturaliztions that occured after 1906.
I was so wrapped up with the Ellis Island site that I never checked this Forum. I cannot believe how fast many of you found more information, while I was spending hours searching for Marianna Muia. Yes Antony Barbalaci was my Mother's brother but I have to reread the information you sent to me.
I will check in later and let you know if I found more on all the research you sent to me.
Evana wrote:Hi All, I was so wrapped up with the Ellis Island site that I never checked this Forum. I cannot believe how fast many of you found more information, while I was spending hours searching for Marianna Muia. Yes Antony Barbalaci was my Mother's brother but I have to reread the information you sent to me. I will check in later and let you know if I found more on all the research you sent to me. Thanks Again, Evana
There is microfilm for the town of Cicala. However the film is limited to 1809-1861. You can order and rent the film for about $3.50 a roll depending on your location.
suanj wrote:Cicala Common is only in Catanzaro province/Calabria region; the correct surname is Barbalaci, very rare currently in Calabria... regards, suanj
Many of you have helped and Suanj, this news is very interesting because I was hoping that I had some family still located in Italy. through all the links I have been given, by many genrous people, I will try to do some more research.
Your information was very helpful and I will check the sites you gave me. I am grateful for all the help many of you have given me, but my computer is from the " Dinosaur" age! I plan on going to my younger son's house on Sunday so he can help me get to these links quickly:) I will let you all know the progress I have made.