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Vito Torrisi search

Postby Torrisi_aus » 25 Apr 2015, 08:13

My grandfathers name was Vito Torrisi born 8th April 1899 born in Gairre, Catania Italy. He emigrated to Australia in 1926. We have a few details from Australian records but nothing from his time in Italy or his military involvement. Paperwork we have indicated he served from 1917-1920. I am trying to find any information as my father and his sister have little to information about their father.

If you can help point me in the right direction that would be amazing

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Re: Vito Torrisi search

Postby Tessa78 » 25 Apr 2015, 11:57

Hello Vicky!
Welcome to the forum :-)

There are records for Giarre, Catania, available online at the free site, familysearch.org
I have checked the birth indexes for years 1898-1900 and do not find a Vito Torrisi.
The only male birth with the surname Torrisi was on 10 February 1899. The child was named Salvatore, born to Pietro Torrisi, 36, laborer and to his wife, Angela Di Bella.
#49 at the top left...
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... ,349173401

Can you tell me the name of his sister? If her birth record can be located it will give us the names of their parents. Then I can go back to the Torrisi births I did find in those years to see if Vito was recorded with a different given name...

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... %3D2043496

EDIT TO ADD:
Is this your grandfather? Can you tell us if he was married in Italy?
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cg ... 7&ref=acom

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Re: Vito Torrisi search

Postby Torrisi_aus » 25 Apr 2015, 13:48

Hi Tessa,
His Sister's name was Concetta Torrisi and she married Vito Musumeci.
Yes this is my Grandfather, he (Vito) married Saenta Torrisi (we think the spelling of this may be wrong as we knew her as Sanita). He also had a younger brother Salvatore. The records we have from Australian National Archives gives us a few details but nothing previous to his immigration to Australia in 1926. His paper work says he was in the Italian Military from 1917-1920.

Let me know if there is anything else I can try to give you.
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Re: Vito Torrisi search

Postby Torrisi_aus » 25 Apr 2015, 13:51

And yes the link you gave is to my grandfather and grandmothers grave sight.
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Re: Vito Torrisi search

Postby suanj » 25 Apr 2015, 15:42

Hi, I replied your pm.
Riccardo is a my good friend....
your ancestor was born no in Giarre town but in a suburb of Giarre: Macchia di Giarre... he married Santa Caltabiano ( born in Sant'Alfio di Giarre, other Giarre's suburb) on 22 jul 1922 #23.
Here the Vito birth act:
Macchia di Giarre 8 Apr 1899 #83
Vito Torrisi son of Vito (sr) Torrisi 28 old, farmhand, and of Maria Parisi(maiden name)

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... ,954411301
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Re: Vito Torrisi search

Postby Tessa78 » 25 Apr 2015, 16:03

Great find, suanj! :D

After searching the indexes in Giarre, and finding no records, I also thought it was not the birthplace. I am so happy that you found it!

Here is the Birth of Santa Caltabiano in 1902

#44
Father: Antonio, 40, laborer residing in Sant'Alfio
Mother: Rosaria Barbagallo, his wife, residing with him.
Child: born 29 July 1902 at 4 PM, and given the name SANTA

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https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... ,954412501


Birth of Vito's sister Concetta in 1900

#224
Father: Vito Torrisi, 30, laborer residing Macchia
Mother: Maria Parisi, his wife
Child born on 1 December 1900 at 2 AM at the place at Via Carcare(?), no number.
Given the name CONCETTA
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https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... ,954411301

Request for Publication of Marriage Banns in 1894 for Vito Torrisi and Maria Parisi
[These are the parents of Vito Torrisi :-) ]
#47
Dated 22 December 1894
Groom: Vito Torrisi, single, 23, laborer residing in Macchia; son of deceased Giovanni and of deceased Concetta Mangano.
Bride: Maria Parisi, single, 19, manufacturer/trader, daughter of Vito (age 69, laborer residing in Macchia) and of Filippa Sorbello (manufacturer/trader residing in Macchia)
Banns posted on 23 and 30 December 1894, and 3 January 1895.
Documents presented were death acts of parents of the groom.
The parents of the bride were present to give their consent.

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... ,954411301

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Re: Vito Torrisi search

Postby adelfio » 25 Apr 2015, 16:35

Prego! Suanj and T
Marriage of Vito Torrisi and Santa Caltabiano
Index#22
1922 July 26th in the town of Sant'Alfio church of Sant'Alfio marriage of Vito Torrisi son of Vito Torrisi and deceased Maria Parisi married to Santa Caltabiano daughter of Antono Caltabiano and Rosaria Barbagallo

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Re: Vito Torrisi search

Postby suanj » 25 Apr 2015, 17:42

Hi Tessa, thanks....
Giarre have some hamlet very large... and the civil records was microfilmed no with those of Giarre...
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Re: Vito Torrisi search

Postby Torrisi_aus » 25 Apr 2015, 23:17

Feeling completely overwhelmed. Thankyou Thankyou.
My aunty (vito's daughter) did say he was born in Macchia, but records we found said Giarre. Guess its a lesson that records aren't always right.

Were you able to see anything about his Military involvement? records here when he was Inturned in Aus say he served fro 46 months from 1917-1920??

Thankyou!!

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Postby suanj » 26 Apr 2015, 06:47

Macchia is a Giarre's hamlet..
a hamlet is no a town but just a part of a town, far from the city.
So Giarre birthplace is correct and all civil certificates must be request in Giarre, but Macchia hamlet specifically, just for let understand that hewas born in a hamlet of Giarre outskirts...
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Postby suanj » 26 Apr 2015, 06:49

abt military service the copy of record (Foglio Matricolare) can be requested in Catania Archive of State, providing all data and paying... suanj
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Re: Vito Torrisi search

Postby Torrisi_aus » 26 Apr 2015, 11:31

Thanks Suanj, How do I go about requesting it? Is there a link to tell me what to do?
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Postby suanj » 26 Apr 2015, 12:31

you can send the request abt birth and marriage certificates ,by regular mail to:
Ufficio di Stato Civile
DELEGAZIONE COMUNALE MACCHIA
Via Principe Di Piemonte, 44
95014 Giarre (CT)
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Re: Vito Torrisi search

Postby Torrisi_aus » 26 Apr 2015, 13:13

thanks again, your help has been great.

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Re: Vito Torrisi search

Postby Torrisi_aus » 26 Apr 2015, 23:37

Sorry to bug you, just checking if I need to send payment aswell? As Im in Aus Im not sure how it would work?


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