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Sereno from Calabria

Postby legnoduro » 08 May 2006, 00:02

Hello
I am looking for any information about my grandfather Amidio (He alternately spelled his name Amedeo & Emidio and was called Michael in english.) Sereno. Born in 1888 in Fagnano-Castello, Cosenza of Francesco Sereno and Filomena Rinaldo. He claims he entered the US in 1908 but I cannot find any listing of him from any of the usual ports of entry. Family rumor has it that he came through South America and might have been a foundling. He declared his parents names and birth city on his US Social Security application and I am wondering if these were foster, adoptive or his biological parents. Any hints as to where to go from here would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby jcsm400 » 08 May 2006, 06:04

LDS (Mormans) have films for the town of Fagnano-Castello, Italy

Civil registration records 1809-1910

Link to the available films:

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library ... o+civile++

Link to locate your nearest FHC:

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library ... o+civile++


You can rent the appropriate film for his birth act. The rental fee is about $5.50/5.75 for about a month. Each center has the equipment to view the records & also to make copies.

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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby legnoduro » 08 May 2006, 06:08

Thank you! I just checked and there is a location nearby. I appreciate your help.

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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby jcsm400 » 08 May 2006, 07:05

Your welcome!



Where did your Amido (Michael) Sereno settle in the US? Do you have him on census records?



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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby legnoduro » 08 May 2006, 08:05

I have a record of him on the 1920 census taken in Elizabeth, NJ. It is here that he reveals that he entered in 1908. It is also on this census that his name is spelled Amidio. He is listed here with his wife and his first two daughters, my aunt and my mother. I tried to search the 1910 census records but have had no luck. I have tried the Ellis Island site search, the Philadelphia records and the Boston records but to no avail. How could he have arrived without a record of him? I also have his marriage certificate which shows he was in Elizabeth in 1916. On this certificate his first name is spelled Emidio. Thank you so much for your interest and help.

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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby jcsm400 » 08 May 2006, 08:08

I found this manifest:

Amedeo Senero
Age: 20 male, single (born abt 1889)
Place of birth: Chieti
POD: Naples
POA: Philadelphia
Date of arrivel: 5/1/1909
Ship of Travel: Taormina
Last Residence: Chieti
Nearest relative in Italy: Mother, Giovina Miglanico?
Going to: 64 & Venti??, Philadelphia, PA?, father's cousin?

I'll link the images & hope someone can read it better than me! :wink:
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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby legnoduro » 08 May 2006, 08:15

I saw that manifest but according to his Social Security application he said his mother's name was Filomena not Giovanna. The Philadelphia connection would otherwise make sense. The other problems I have is his birth place and residence. Although Cosenza is not that far from Chieti and I guess he could have traveled to Abruzzi but he declared that he was born in Fagnano Castello.

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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby jcsm400 » 08 May 2006, 08:23

Links for above manifest. Line 24

page 1

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/1456 ... pg11hn.jpg

page 2

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/1456 ... pg11hn.jpg

town of origin is different than provided information.

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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby legnoduro » 08 May 2006, 08:25

Sorry, I am new posting so please be patient with me. I edited my previous post and it responds to your last post.

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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby jcsm400 » 08 May 2006, 08:30

Is this his social security death info?

Social Security Death Index Record

Name: Emidio Sereno
SSN: 139-09-5039
Last Residence: New Jersey
Born: 29 Dec 1888
Died: Sep 1964
State (Year) SSN issued: New Jersey (Before 1951 )
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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby legnoduro » 08 May 2006, 08:31

Yes.

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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby jcsm400 » 08 May 2006, 08:35

Not all manifests are online. There is also the problem of transcribing errors, missed linked manifests, etc, etc. So he is listed somewhere!

Will keep poking around.
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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby legnoduro » 08 May 2006, 08:38

Again, I have to thank you so much for your time and efforts!

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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby jcsm400 » 08 May 2006, 08:57

You may want to pm member vj. She is really good at finding manfest. Tell her about the Philly one above, so she knows you are looking for another one.

Hopefully you will find his birth act record in Fagnano-Castello

Good luck with your research & keep us posted.


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Re: Sereno from Calabria

Postby jcsm400 » 08 May 2006, 09:01

All of us here really enjoy helping, so if you need any more assistance, you know where to come.



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