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gnealogy Franco D'Alessandro

Postby mariabeth » 24 Jan 2006, 08:45

I am looking for information on Franco D'Alessandro my great grandfather.
He left Palermo Sicily around 1895 and settled in the United States in West Orange New Jersey. He built a tavern with a hotel on top. He married Elizabeth Bossi who was born in Orange New Jersey. If anyone has any information please let me know.
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Re: gnealogy Franco D'Alessandro

Postby mfjp » 24 Jan 2006, 10:50

Hi Mariabeth,

What was the name of his Tavern? Maybe we can look something up for you.

1930 United States Federal Census Record info about Frank Dalessandro

Name: Frank Dalessandro
Age: 65
Estimated birth year: abt 1865
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Dalessandro
Race: White
Home in 1930: West Orange, Essex, New Jersey

Living with son Frank age 26...

Would this be your Great Grandfather?

http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/1523/1930cen7dg.gif

Year of immigration is listed as 1885...?

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Re: gnealogy Franco D'Alessandro

Postby ricbru » 24 Jan 2006, 17:55

mariabeth wrote:I am looking for information on Franco D'Alessandro my great grandfather.
He left Palermo Sicily around 1895 and settled in the United States in West Orange New Jersey. He built a tavern with a hotel on top. He married Elizabeth Bossi who was born in Orange New Jersey. If anyone has any information please let me know.
Thank you
Mariabeth :lol:


Here Francesco D'Alessandroat Ellis Island

Here Francesco D'Alessandroat Castel Garden

I hope it helps, bye Riccardo :lol:

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Re: gnealogy Franco D'Alessandro

Postby mariabeth » 05 Feb 2006, 19:26

Hi Ricardo,


Yes that is my great grandfather the name of the tavern was the Cable Car. How did you find that information, also is there away to find out what village my great grandfather came from. Wow, I am so excited.
thanks so much
mariabeth :D

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Re: gnealogy Franco D'Alessandro

Postby vj » 06 Feb 2006, 03:16

mariabeth,

If the following information looks correct, it may take more digging to find the location in Italy that your g grandfather is from.
Generally great clues can be found in the ship's manifests - these are free
to view from the Ellis Island database from 1892 thru 1924.

Riccardo has posted above some great links

But if the following information from ancestry.com is correct, your family emigrated from Italy before 1892.
If this is the case, also use Riccardo's link to Castle Garden for more information.
and ... Ancestry.com has more manifests for viewing, but it's a $$ site.
(ancestry.com has a free 14 day trial - just don't forget to cancel, if you don't already have a subscription)

Census from Ancestry;
if you're not familiar with the census, you should notice a lot of errors...

1930 - mfjp transcribed above, and use the great link that mfjp provided for the actual page

1920 Census West Orange, Essex, NJ

Franco's Mother-In-Law?
(one household above Franco's)
7 Nassau St
Paulina BOSSEY, 66 yrs old, widow. immig 1870 NA (naturalized)

34 S. Valley Rd
Frank STURSANDRO (D'ALESSANDRO) 53 yrs old, immig 1885 NA 1887
Saloonkeeper - Owns Business
Owns House
wife Elizebeth, 43 yrs old, b NJ
son Nicholas, 21 yrs old, b NJ, Stenographer - Office
son Andro, 18 yrs old, b NJ, Saloonkeeper - At Home
daughter Paulina, 17 yrs old, b NJ, Stenographer - Office
son Frank, 13 yrs old, b NJ

1910 Census West Orange ward 1, Essex, NJ
24 (prob 34) S Valley Rd

Frank ALEXANDRO (D'ALESSANDRO) 42 yrs old b Italy, immig 1880 NA
Retail Merchant - Liquor, Employer
Owns House
wife Elizabeth, 33 yrs old b NJ, married 17 yrs
6 children, 6 living
daughter Annie, 16 yrs old b NJ
son Nicholas, 12 yrs old b NJ
daughter Rosa, 14 yrs old b NJ
son Henry, 8 yrs old b NJ
daughter Lena, 7 yrs old b NJ
son Frank Jr, 4 yrs old

1900 Census West Orange, Essex, NJ
Valley Rd

Frank D'ALLESANDRO (D'ALESSANDRO) b Mar 1866 in Italy
Saloon Keeper
Rents House
wife Elizabeth, b Nov 1877 in NJ
married 7 years, 3 children born, 3 living
daughter Annie, b Mar 1894 in NJ
daughter Rose, b Sep 1896 in NJ
son, Nicholas b Dec 1898 in NJ

There appear to be 2 Census for Franco's in-laws and a bit more info on his son Nicholas. I'll post these.

mariabeth,
Hope this information on you ggrandfather Franco helps.
Please post any questions you have - there are a lot of talented folks here with tons of experience in helping people trace their families.
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Re: gnealogy Franco D'Alessandro

Postby vj » 06 Feb 2006, 03:43

Franco D'ALESSANDRO
in-laws?

1900 Census Orange ward 4, Essex, NJ
26 Nassau? St
John BOSSI, b Sep 1848 in Italy, 51 yrs old, immig 1872 NA? (can't read)
Hat Sizer
Owns House
wife Polly, b Sep 1852 in Italy, immig 1874
married 26 years, 2 children born, 1 living
Washerwoman

1880 Census Orange, Essex, NJ
Valley St

John BOSSE (BOSSI) 31 yrs old, b Italy
Hat Maker
wife Pauline 27 yrs old, b Italy
daughter Elizabeth 4 yrs old, b NJ
father Francisco (BOSSI) 60 yrs old, b Italy, married
Hat Maker

Also information on Nicholas D'ALESSANDRO, Franco's son
this is from his WWI darft card - a few inconsistencies with the census
(but, that's not unusual)

3 Sep 1918
WWI Draft Registration Card
Nicholas Fred D'ALESSANDRO
address 34 S. Valley Rd, West Orange, NJ
age 19 years
born 24 Dec 1899
native born: yes, Italy
citizen by father's naturalization - yes
occupation: Ass't Chief Clerk, Foster? Engraving Company
109 Monroe St, Newark, NJ
nearest relative: Frank D'ALESSANDRO
34 S. Vally Rd, West Orange, Essex, NJ
physical description: Tall, Slender, Blue eyes, Brown hair

Social Security Death Index Record (SSDI)
Nicholas Dalessandro (D'ALESSANDRO)
Last Residence (where benefits mailed): Hackettstown, Warren, NJ
Born: 24 Dec 1898
Died Apr 1979
SS# Issued: New Jersey (before 1951)

mariabeth,
there's plenty more to be found
hope this gives you a bit more information than you had
this forum is a great place to ask your questions
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Re: gnealogy Franco D'Alessandro

Postby mariabeth » 06 Feb 2006, 06:13

Thank you so much for all the information you have locate about my family. I am so grateful and appreciative of what you have found out. Its really quite exciting and am thrilled to have it. I am new to website and may be asking repetitive questions.
But is all the information you got for me did you find it at acestory.com?
Also, have you found any information on Franco D'Alessandro parents. I have been told he was from Palermo and he supposedly lost a leather factory from gambling. I don't know if that is true or not but what I heard.
I'm wondering his parents came to this country also. If franco was born in 1866 than I guess a fair guess is that his parents were born in between 1830-1840's.
Thanks so much
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Re: gnealogy Franco D'Alessandro

Postby mariabeth » 06 Feb 2006, 06:16

Oh gosh, that info about the leather factory, was about Franco D'Alessandro born in 1866 not his father. thanks

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Re: gnealogy Franco D'Alessandro

Postby vj » 06 Feb 2006, 20:32

mariabeth,

We're all really happy to help

Yes, the census, WWI card and SSDI were from ancestry.com

There are a lot more sources of info that can help that don't require a subscription

If you post your questions on this thread everyone can keep track of what we already have found

Question - Franco D'Alessandro's parents?
May have stayed in Italy...

Does anyone in your family have any documents that may help you zero in on the exact town in Italy? Some examples: old address books, letters,
pictures, etc

Other idea's?

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Re: gnealogy Franco D'Alessandro

Postby mariabeth » 07 Feb 2006, 07:02

Hi,

Unfortunately I believe I am the only one with any real information regarding the where abouts of Franco/Francesco (not sure which name is his. As I wrote earlier I only know he was from Palermo, and that supposedly he lost a leather factory due to gambling.
Hmmm so frustrating..... IF you can direct me to any other sites that have good info let me know.
thanks mariabeth

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Re: gnealogy Franco D'Alessandro

Postby nuccia » 07 Feb 2006, 08:21

Mariabeth,

I don't know if this site will help any but have a look at it. If you click in the lower corner where it says LDS Family Search Results, some Francesco D'Alessandro's pop up. Although the years of birth are different, there are some from Palermo. Maybe relatives from way back? Always good to explore new avenues....

http://www.kindredkonnections.com/cgi-b ... sh+0-0+0+1

Let us know what you think.

Nuccia :D


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