Anastasio Family of Motta Santa Lucia, Calabria

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Anastasio Family of Motta Santa Lucia, Calabria

Postby Anastasio2054 » 12 Nov 2015, 14:42

Can anyone help with some information about families on the Italian & U.S. sides? I have a 1910 Ellis Island passenger record I believe could be my grandfather, Alfonso Anastasio of Brooklyn, NY. He was 16 at the time of arrival from Naples on the ship Perugia in 1910. Thanks!

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Re: Anastasio Family of Motta Santa Lucia, Calabria

Postby Tessa78 » 12 Nov 2015, 21:55

Welcome to the forum :-)

Could this be your grandfather's WWII REgistration Card in 1942 - residing on Utica Ave., Brooklyn? The DOB is correct for an arrival at age 16 in 1910 :-)

Alfonso Santo Anastasio
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

Name Alfonso Santo Anastasio
Event Type Draft Registration
Event Date 1942
Event Place Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
Residence Place Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Gender Male
Employer Alfonso Santo/Anastasio (actually listed as J. Walter Gallagher, Inc.)
Birth Date 25 Mar 1894
Affiliate ARC Identifier 2555973 ... 1XQ?i=5167

In the NYC Death Index. - Death in 1989
Alfonso Anastasio
United States Social Security Death Index

Age 95
Given Name Alfonso
Surname Anastasio
Birth Date 23 Mar 1894
State New York
Last Place of Residence Staten Island, Richmond, New York
Previous Residence Postal Code 10308
Event Date 19 Sep 1989

Was he a tailor?

According to the manifest you referenced above...

Alfonso (and his siblings, Nicolino and Grazia) and his mother, Maria Giovanna Serianna (who was a widow) were joining his brother, Antonio Anastasio at 327 E. 12th Street, NY. Leaving Maria Giovanna's brother, Fortunato Serianna in Motta S. Lucia...
Here is a POSSIBLE 1915 NY Census for the family at E. 12th St.
Maria Giovanna is listed as "Jennie" (an Americanzation of Giovanna) and she is head of household - no husband listed
Children listed as: Joseph (Antonio? or anothr son?), age 27; Alfonzo, age 22: Nick, age 15; and Maria (Grazia?) age 14.
All three sons are tailors... ... bel=Return


Not finding any online records for Motta S. Lucia, Calabria
However, you can write directly to the Comune of Motta S. Lucia, and request the birth record for Alfonso Anastasio (25 March 1894) and the marriage record of his parents by giving his mother's maiden name.
Ufficio dello Stato Civile
Piazza Castello
88040 Motta Santa Lucia (CZ)

Help with letters of request in Italian.
There is no cost for the records, but be sure to include a photo ID and your email address should they have questions of you. ... tter3.html


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Re: Anastasio Family of Motta Santa Lucia, Calabria

Postby Anastasio2054 » 13 Nov 2015, 05:23

Yes!!! He was a tailor and I believe his brother's name was Nick.

Not sure about the WWII but at first glance I'd say the death record is accurate. Also have to retrieve my Ancestry PW...

I will show this to may father. I'll let you know after I do. Even if only a piece of this is correct, I want to express my sincere gratitude to you for sharing this with us.

Thank you!

Richard Anastasio

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Re: Anastasio Family of Motta Santa Lucia, Calabria

Postby Tessa78 » 13 Nov 2015, 14:00

Glad to help :-)


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Re: Anastasio Family of Motta Santa Lucia, Calabria

Postby Tessa78 » 13 Nov 2015, 15:29

Hello Richard! :-)

POSSIBLE 1920 US Census of Alfonso Anastasio (spelled without the "o" on this census) and family
Tailor, Residing at East 7th St, NYC
with wife, Josie, and son, Alfonso Jr.
According to this census (which can be inaccurate) Alfonso immigrated in 1909 (close enough)... and was naturalized in 1918.
Do you have his naturalization records?

Alfonse Anastasi
United States Census, 1920

Name Alfonse Anastasi
Event Type Census
Event Year 1920
Event Place Manhattan Assembly District 8, New York, New York, United States
Gender Male
Age 25
Marital Status Married
Race White
Race (Original) White
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Head
Birth Year (Estimated) 1895
Birthplace Italy
Immigration Year 1909
Father's Birthplace Italy
Mother's Birthplace Italy
Alfonse Anastasi Head M 25 Italy
Josie Anastasi Wife F 23 New York
Alfonse Anastasi Jr. Son M 0 New York ... 1910-1990~


Located what appears to be his Petition for Naturalization in 1918 in Georgia :-)
DOB and Place of birth are correct - and arrival information (1910) is correct.
Looks like he was stationed at Camp Hancock, Georgia in 1918 ...
This date agrees with naturalization date on the 1920 US Census above :-)
On the top right of the image is a physical description which includes "scar on left knee"
NOTE: on the second page (image below) at the bottom you will find his Certificate of Naturalization # -- 1060401
You can request that at NARA (National Archives) - I will post the link at the end of his post.

Name: Alfonse Anastasio
Age: 24
Birthdate: 23 Mar 1894
Birth Place: Catanzano, Italy (this is the province for Motta S. Lucia)
Record Date: 24 Jul 1918
Record Place: Augusta
Petition Number: 1753M
Court Location: Augusta, Georgia
Title/Description: Augusta Naturalization Petitions 6/18 - 7/18 (Box 11)
Record Type: Petitions

Image of the Petition ... sePUB=true
PAGE 2 ... 0612-00017

ALSO... located his WWI Military Service Record
Inducted at Local Board #114 in Manhattan 28 May 1918
Residing at 326 E. 12th St. NYC
Training at Camp Hancock, GA
Honorably discharged January 1919
His Army Serial Number is at the top of the record :-) ... 0020-00011

AND... his WWI Civilian Draft REgistration Card (1917)

Same DOB, Place of birth, and resident address.
Occupation - Tailor :-) ... sePUB=true

NARA link to order naturalization records
(you will need to register, but it is free) - the records fee is small, and they are pretty prompt. :-) ...

ADDED *****
Alfonso and family in the 1940 US Census?
Occupation - tailor -
Name: Alponns Anastasio
Age: 45
Estimated birth year: abt 1895
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Italy
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: New York, Kings, New York
Map of Home in 1940: View Map
Street: Cortelyou Road
House Number: 2920

Inferred Residence in 1935: New York, Kings, New York
Residence in 1935: Same House
Citizenship: Alien
Sheet Number: 13B
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 369
Occupation: Tailor
Industry: Mens Wear
House Owned or Rented: Rented
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 37
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 4th grade
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 40
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
Income: 1600
Income Other Sources: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Alponns Anastasio 45
Josephine Anastasio 48
Alphons Anastasio 20
Frank Anastasio 15
Victor Anastasio 12
Eddie Anastasio 7
Richard Anastasio 2


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