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Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby tripolirt » 06 Jan 2007, 18:48

Like many others I'm trying to find some distant relatives from Sicily.
My Grandfather Paul / Pasquale / Tripoli born in Messina Sicily in 1894 and migrated to the United States between 1899 and 1905 arriving in New York.
Im trying to find some birth records or something that would indicate the names etc. of his birth parents. Can anybody help with how I should go about obtaining such documents.

Also, my Grandmothers, Pauls wife, parents were Giuseppe Terrizzi and Grace Terrizzi. grace mainden name was Paone. Both migrated as a married couple in the 1890's to New York from Torregratta Italy. I would also like to know their birth place and birth parents.

Any ideas what I should do?

rick Tripoli

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Re: Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby vj » 06 Jan 2007, 19:43

Hi Rick :D
Welcome to ItalianGenealogy!
We'll all see what we can do to help.
Before we direct you to resources in Italy,
you should be sure to gather all the US records
you can. It should help you to identify the correct
family records in Italy.
- What records do you already have?
Ship Manifests? Census? Military? Birth, Marriage, Death?
If we know what you have, we won't be
duplicating your work.
- It would also help to know:
Where your family lived,
Spouses names, Children's names,
Birth dates & locations, etc.
What do you think?
Valarie

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Re: Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby vj » 06 Jan 2007, 20:15

For example, a search of Ellis Island turned up these three possible manifests,
which you may already have.

Tripoli Family
possible related 1914 manifest Line 26
page 2 Line 26
29 April 1914 SS Prinzess Irene Naples to NY
Antonino Tripoli, 25 (abt 1889)
- single
- last residence Torregrotta Messina
- father in Torregrotta is Bartolo??
- going to Johnstown, PA (Cambria)
- joining brother Paolino on Maple Ave
- born in Torregrotta Messina
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Terrizzi Family
possible 1902 manifest Line 15
24 Apr 1902 SS Archimede Napoli to NY
Guiseppe Terrizzi, 26 (abt 1876)
- single?
- last residence Torregrotta (Messina)
- going to Barnesboro, PA (Cambria)
- joining cousin ?? Pavone?

possible 1905 manifest Lines 1-2
16 Feb 1905 SS Prinzess Irene Naples to NY
Guiseppe Terrizzi, 28 (abt 1876)
wife Grazia, 23 (abt 1881)
- last residence Roccavaldina (Messina)
- going to Barnesboro, PA (Cambria)
- joining cousin Salvatore Ferrara
- Guiseppe in Barnesboro PA 1901-1904

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Re: Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby tripolirt » 06 Jan 2007, 23:13

:D
Wow amazing how quick you do this. My fathers name is Bartolo / Bartolomeow. I never thought that My Grandfathers fathers name would be the same. this must be true because Paolino (Paul) Is Anthony's brother (Alias Uncle Tony) Paul is a WW1 vet and was a Coal Miner in Cambria PA.
It took me a week to find what you did in an hour. YOUR AMAZING. This is getting exciting now. I have what you have. I have the cencus information and all for both parties in the USA.
I guess what I would like is to play this out as far as we can.
Can you find out what Paolino's and Anthony's mothers name and origin is and so on? Paul and Tony are not the only brothers. Below is the family living together in PA. One confusing thing. Anna Terrizzi is Paolinos wife I think the Dentz family you see has Anna at 14 years old. The rest of the Dentz are my aunts and uncles first names. So how does she become a Dentz from a Terrizzi? Or a Terrizi from a Dentz?. Im going to attach some more stuff too.

1920 United States Federal Census
about Paul Tripoli
Name: Paul Tripoli
Home in 1920: Croyle, Cambria, Pennsylvania
Age: 25 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1895
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Lodger
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Year of Immigration: 1914
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 730
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Joe Dentz 43
Gladys Dentz 38
Annie Dentz 14
Jennie Dentz 12
Pete Dentz 8
Maggie Dentz 6
Mary Dentz 4 3/12
Carmela Dentz 1 6/12
Joe Demarco 29
Joe Depoala 31
Tony Tripoli 30
Paul Tripoli 25


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Ohio Deaths, 1908-1944 and 1958-2002
about Anna Tripoli
Name: Anna Tripoli
Birth Date: 17 Dec 1905
Birth State: Pennsylvania
Birth Country: United States

Gender: Female
Race: White


Death Date: 22 Mar 1996
Death Time: 7:10 PM
Hospital of Death: Long-Term Care Facilities
City of Death: Mentor
County of Death: Lake
Certificate: 021528
Age at Death: 90
Hospital Status: Other/Nursing Home

Social Security Number: 287-22-1993
Father's Surname: Terrizzi
Mother's Maiden Name: Paone
Marital Status: Widowed
Education: 12
Armed Forces Indicator: No
Industry of Decedent: Own Home/At Home
Occupation of Decedent: Housewife/Homemaker



Ohio Deaths, 1908-1944 and 1958-2002
about Paul Tripoli
Name: Paul Tripoli
Birth Date: Est. 1895
Birth Country: Remainder of World

Gender: Male
Race: White

Residence City: Cleveland
Residence County: Cuyahoga
Residence State: Ohio
Residence Country: United States

Death Date: 6 Jul 1980
City of Death: Richmond Heights
County of Death: Cuyahoga
Certificate: 049055
Age at Death: 85
Certifier: Physician
Autopsy: Yes, used for certification

Social Security Number: 272-07-7116
Marital Status: Married

Census Tract: 1178

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Re: Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby vj » 07 Jan 2007, 00:21

Rick,
You're right the dentz is confusing, they're back to being
Terrizzi's in 1930.
Do you suppose the name was taken down incorrectly
in 1920?
Valarie

possible 1930 census
Name: Joe Terrizzi
Home in 1930:
2119 Murray Hill, rent $30
Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Household Members:
head Joe Terrizzi 53 (abt 1877)
- married age 28 (abt 1905)
- immig 1905 Na
- laborer, outside
wife Grace 48 (abt 1882)
- married age 23
- immig 1905 Na
(children all born in PA)
son Pete 18 (abt 1912)
daughter Maggie 16 (abt 1914)
daughter Mary 14 (abt 1916)
daughter Carmello (a) 11 (abt 1919)
daughter Rose 9 (abt 1921)
daughter Nickalena 7 (abt 1923)

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Re: Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby vj » 07 Jan 2007, 00:25

"Can you find out what Paolino's and Anthony's mothers name and origin is and so on? Paul and Tony are not the only brothers"

Rick,
Did you find Paul's manifest - if after 1906 he may have listed his
mother as his relative in Italy.
Did anyone besides Paul & Tony come to the US?
If so, their manifests would be a good place to look too.
Valarie

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Re: Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby tripolirt » 07 Jan 2007, 02:50

If you think Dentz is confusing wait until you hear this! my grandmother, who I know as Anna Terrizzi has her last name spelled on my fathers birth certificate as Derrizzi and it's a clear "D" I heard from my sister that my uncle Pete Dentz / Terrizzi changed his name from Dentz to Terrizzi. Maybe they all did huh?
Somewhere on the Ancestry.com site I found Paul Tripolis military enlistment record which along side his name was his 3 or 4 brothers names and guess what I can't find it again. Then again this gets awful confusing so maybe I found it in the Cambria county PA historical records I dont know any more.
Joseph Tripoli was my Fathers Brother and his wife was and still is Rosemary. I can't find her anywhere in Ancestry.com
Maybe they were all Mafia and botched the records so they couldn't be found right? :-)

Rick

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Re: Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby tripolirt » 07 Jan 2007, 02:54

Oh your question. I don't have Pauls manifest and I can only pull up a few things of him on the Ancestry site. All his brothers came over as far as I know.
Its funny how they all lived together in a pac when they came over. I live in the Bay Area of California now and I see the asians and Mexicans all do the same and I said to myself how can they live like that? That was before I started this search ;-)

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Re: Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby jcsm400 » 07 Jan 2007, 02:58

Hi Rick,

What US vital records have you obtained to get the parents names for Paul? Complete marriage record (you want the application even more than the certificate)? SS application? Death certificate?

Have you obtained death certificates for Joseph & Grace Terrizzi?.....Also should provide birth town & parents names.

These records plus the birth records for Paul's & Anna's children should provide/verify town of origin (Torregrotta).

Now, the LDS Church (Mormons) have filmed the civil registries (BMD) for Torregrotta from 1866 to 1910 & we can & will provide the film information for you, but the question is, do you want it now or after verification?.......The more information you have from US records, the easier you will be able to trace the correct families through the filmed records.

Let me/us know.

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Re: Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby tripolirt » 07 Jan 2007, 03:05

I have none of what you ask. My mother left little and who would have known I would want to find it later in life. I should have asked when i could. However, if one doesn't have hand me down documents is there any way to dig them up?

Rick

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Re: Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby jcsm400 » 07 Jan 2007, 03:11

Yes. These can be obtained......Give me some time & I'll check for the correct places to obtain them from. Do you have death information for Joe & Grace? I see it for Paul & Anna.

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Re: Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby jcsm400 » 07 Jan 2007, 03:17

Is this the WWI you are looking for?

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/9050/tripoliwwihi8.jpg


Where are Paul & Anna on the 1930 census? Did they marry in PA?
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Postby tripolirt » 07 Jan 2007, 03:30

This is all I have for Grace / Grazia
about Grace Terrizzi
Name: Grace Terrizzi
Birth Date: Est. 1882

Gender: Female
Race: White

Residence City: Cleveland
Residence County: Cuyahoga
Residence State: Ohio
Residence Country: United States

Death Date: 28 Jun 1965
Hospital of Death: Long-Term Care Facilities
City of Death: Euclid
County of Death: Cuyahoga
Certificate: 43720
Age at Death: 83
Certifier: Physician
Autopsy: Yes, not used for certification

As far as Giueseppe / Joe goes I only know here died in 1950 in Cleveland Ohio. can I find out the "Given Names and their variations?

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Re: Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby jcsm400 » 07 Jan 2007, 04:02

For all Ohio records...... You can even request Joe's death certificate for an additional fee.

Ohio Department of Health
Revenue Room
246 North High Street
P.O. 15098
Columbus, OH 43216
(614) 466-2531

Here is the price information & printable forms>

http://www.vitalrec.com/oh.html#County

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Re: Looking for records of an ancestor from Messina Sicily

Postby vj » 07 Jan 2007, 04:14

Wondered what connected these two families
(since they were from the same town)!

related 1920 manifest
page 2
2 Dec 1920, SS Duca Degli Abruzzi, Napoli to NY
Line 27
Pietro Tripoli, 38 (abt 1882)
- married
- last residence Torregrotta, wife Michele
- in NY 1906-12
- joining godfather Giuseppe Terizzo
box 362 South Fork (Cambria) PA
- born in Torregrotta
(note: may have naturalization notations)


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