WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?

Are you looking for an Italian surname? Do you need more information about your family heritage?
This is the right place to start your genealogy search.
User avatar
tinkrrbel
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 3
Joined: 07 Jun 2007, 00:00
Location: Florida

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?

Postby tinkrrbel » 08 Jun 2007, 20:04

I have just begun researching my Grandmother and Grandfather from Italy. I have been unable to find them in census records or in passenger lists and I am becoming frustrated! Any help would be appreciated. Here is what I know:

Both reportedly born in Contessa Entellina, Province of Palermo, Italy. Unknown DOB.

Emigrated to New Orleans, LA, sometime between 1890 and 1905. Had two children, also reportedly born in Contessa Entellina, named Anthony (possibly Antonino) and Mary (possibly Marie), that traveled with them. Port of departure supposedly Palermo; port of arrival supposedly New Orleans.

The only documentation that I have begins with my Grandfather, Nicholas Lombardo. I have a Certificate of Baptism from St. Peter's Catholic Church in Reserve, LA. Info as follows:

Childs Name: Nicolas (different spelling than Nicholas, which is what he used) Lombardo

Parents: Antonino Lombardo and Josephina Catara (possibly Cataro)
born in: This Parish (???) on August 28, 1905.
Baptized September 4, 1905.
Sponsors: Bernardo & Rosa Montalione (unknown if any relation).

Shortly after my Nicholas' birth, sometime between 1906-1908, Antonino died in New Orleans. I can not find any death records for him.

BRICK WALL! ANY TIPS????

THANKS!

Christine (Lombardo) Sheflin

User avatar
vj
Master
Master
Posts: 8069
Joined: 16 Aug 2002, 00:00

Re: WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?

Postby vj » 08 Jun 2007, 20:18

Christine,
Welcome to the Forum!
We'll see what we can do to get you over that wall :wink: .
Did Josephine remarry a Russo (sp?) & move to Chicago
by 1920? May have a census ... (will link in a bit)
Valarie

User avatar
tinkrrbel
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 3
Joined: 07 Jun 2007, 00:00
Location: Florida

Re: WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?

Postby tinkrrbel » 08 Jun 2007, 20:28

I just called my father. Yes, she did remarry a Frank Russo and they eventually settled in Chicago. He is unsure when. They apparently had 8 more children, in addition to the three she had with Antonino. How did you find that? I checked Ancestry.com for days. What am I doing wrong?

User avatar
vj
Master
Master
Posts: 8069
Joined: 16 Aug 2002, 00:00

Re: WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?

Postby vj » 08 Jun 2007, 20:34

1920 Russo Lombardo census
Home in 1920:
211 W 23rd Street
Chicago Ward 1, Cook (Chicago), Illinois
Francesco Russo 47
wife Josephine 38 (abt 1882) IT
- immig 1900
step daughter Mary Lombardi 16 (abt 1904) LA
step son Nick Lombardi 15 (abt 1905) LA
all Russo children born in IL
son Bruno 12
son George 10
daughter Rose 8
daughter Fanny 6
son James 3 9/12
son Sam 7 2/12

User avatar
vj
Master
Master
Posts: 8069
Joined: 16 Aug 2002, 00:00

Re: WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?

Postby vj » 08 Jun 2007, 20:40

How did you find that? I checked Ancestry.com for days.
What am I doing wrong?


Christine,
Absolutely nothing!
It just takes a bit of practice to use the ancestry
search feature.
I looked for a Lombard*
born in 1905
born in Louisiana

Generally, you can start a search with what you
know for sure, then start modifying if you don't
get results:
- shorten names to as little as three letters
(with an * at the end)
- eliminate first and or last names
- search only by location and birth date/location
Lot's of combinations!

Once you get the first record, you have more clues for
the next.

OK?
Valarie

User avatar
tinkrrbel
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 3
Joined: 07 Jun 2007, 00:00
Location: Florida

Re: WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?

Postby tinkrrbel » 08 Jun 2007, 22:22

Thanks Valarie! I will try again. I really want to find a record with both my Grandmother and Grandfather so I can trace them back to Italy. if I have any more problems, I will post. Thanks again! My Dad is sooooo excited!

User avatar
vj
Master
Master
Posts: 8069
Joined: 16 Aug 2002, 00:00

Re: WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?

Postby vj » 08 Jun 2007, 22:48

Christine,
I'm so glad we could help :D !
No doubt you'll find that record :wink:
Please let us know if you get stuck again!
Valarie


Return to “Italian Genealogy”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot], Yahoo [Bot] and 9 guests