Antonio Maffei Lucca Tuscany

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Antonio Maffei Lucca Tuscany

Postby Frankiene » 22 Jul 2006, 06:10

:D Hello! I am looking for info on my Great great grandfather. His name was Antonio Maffei and he was from Lucca Tuscany Italy. He immigrated to the United States in 1892 with his wife and son. I have the ship records from Ellis Island, but am trying to find info from Italy as I am totally fascinated with it. His wife's name was Camilla last name I am unsure of and their son was named Angelo. If anyone can point me in the right direction I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

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Re: Antonio Maffei Lucca Tuscany

Postby vj » 22 Jul 2006, 06:32

Is this the correct manifest?
page 1 http://ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup_wei ... &line=0088
page 2 http://ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup_wei ... &line=0088
SS Werra, 18 Jul 1892, Genoa to NY
lines 88-92
MAFFEI, Antonio, 29
wife? Camilla, 29
son? Angelo, 1y 6m?
son? Adone, 2m
All going to NY

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Re: Antonio Maffei Lucca Tuscany

Postby Frankiene » 22 Jul 2006, 07:00

Hello! Yes, this is the right family. Antonio is my great great grandfather, he passed away as a result of an injury at the mine he worked in, and Camilla passed away just a few years after they arrived here when their baby died. My ggrandfather is Arthur, who was born in Montana, USA after they arrived. Any help would be awesome!! Thank you.
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Re: Antonio Maffei Lucca Tuscany

Postby vj » 22 Jul 2006, 07:38

MAFFEI family

Frances,
there are some real experts here on the forum that can direct you on how to research Italian records!

Generally, it's suggested that you do all your US records research first.
It appears you haven't got much here to go on:
Antonio's death record in Montana from 1909?
His first wife's death record?
Angelo's WWI Draft Card indicates his town of birth, as you stated
Lucca Tuscany Italy and exact birth date: 20 Feb 1891.
It appears he was naturalized by 1918, so those records may have his mother's maiden name?

Since you already have a birth date, parent's names and a town in Italy,
one of our experts should be able to direct you on next steps in Italy!

I understand that requesting records whether from a Family History Center or directly from Italy takes some time.
During the waiting periods you may want to read up on research in Italy?
There are several excellent books on the subject, some favorites:
Italian Genealogical Records by Tafford Cole
Finding Italian Roots by John Philip Colletta, PhD
Discovering Your Italian Ancestors by Lynn Nelson

I hope this helps a bit, while we wait for someone to jump in and get you started!

Valarie :wink:

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Re: Antonio Maffei Lucca Tuscany

Postby wldspirit » 22 Jul 2006, 13:40

No expert here....just love genealogy and my Italian roots...... :P
But here are a few pointers:
all request must be made in Italian, no English!!
If you do not speak Italian, here are some easy, interactive form letters:
http://www.circolocalabrese.org./resour ... /index.asp
and here is the website with fax number as well as zip code, known there as "cap"........
http://www.comuni.it./pbase/?IDcom=3870

Also, here is a great guide to get you started:

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/ ... =Italy.ASP

hope this helps.......
wldspirit :wink:

*and Vj is right......it is better to gather all US documents first!!

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Re: Antonio Maffei Lucca Tuscany

Postby Frankiene » 22 Jul 2006, 20:38

Thank you both so much!! What I have here for US records are obits for Antonio, Arthur and their families, I have Antonio's Immigration papers, the ship manifest, death notice for Arthur, Antonio's War papers (from Italy in Italian) and then current records on my grandma and her sister. If Arthur was born at home there will more than likely be no birth records, same for my grandma. I had Angelo's (Arthur's brother) draft card rechecked and it did not contain the name of his parents. I am rechecking the NARA to see if I can find some more info, but it so far doesn't show parents on that one as well. I am going to do some more checking on Camilla to see if I can find a maiden name and see where that might lead. Her, Antonio and Angelo(1st son) were all born in Italy. Thanks again for all your help, eventually I'll get it all figured out!!

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Re: Antonio Maffei Lucca Tuscany

Postby jcsm400 » 22 Jul 2006, 20:53

Hi,

To research the family in Lucca, you can order the LDS (Mormans) films. These films are the birth, marriage, & death acts for the years 1866-1935.
Here is a link to the available films.

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

LinK to locate your nearest LDS-Family History Center.

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library ... et_fhc.asp

And a guide to how to obtain the films from your FHC.

http://italiangenealogy.tardio.com/Foru ... =2581.html

Hope this helps.

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Researching in San Vitaliano, Napoli, Italy & Armento, Potenza, Italy.

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Re: Antonio Maffei Lucca Tuscany

Postby jcsm400 » 22 Jul 2006, 21:01

QUOTE: "If Arthur was born at home there will more than likely be no birth records, same for my grandma."

You may want to check for delayed birth records.

jcsm
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Re: Antonio Maffei Lucca Tuscany

Postby wldspirit » 23 Jul 2006, 00:45

Just a thought....do you know what parish they attended? You may want to
check for records there as well....surely Arthur was baptized........
wldspirit


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