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Immigration to South Africa

Postby andre_sa » 14 Jul 2007, 13:29

Does anyone have any information on ships and family's etc that emigrated to South Africa....i know my family is one of a few that settled in a small village near Cape Town. Any information would be helpfull.

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Re: Immigration to South Africa

Postby ricbru » 14 Jul 2007, 14:48

Give us more and any details and we show you the right way
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Re: Immigration to South Africa

Postby andre_sa » 14 Jul 2007, 15:15

Thanx Riccardo

Am not sure of exact dates that they arrived in SA, or left Italy. My Family, Antonio Sieni who was married to Cecilia Elizabeth Helena Tallie left Sicily and settled in a small fishing village in Cape Town called Langebaan and i know a number of other Italian families settled there aswell. At the time SA was a british colony, and on his application for citizenship, in 1906 it states he had resided there 15 years, so im assuming they arrived in 1891. We believe they were from Messina and i believe they came to SA together, although they were married in SA. Going on the info of their marriage certificate, and on his death certificate, he was born in August 1868, and she was born in 1873 sometime.

Just basically after any new info anyone can offer, my grandfather has been trying to trace Antonio Sieni's birth certificate down since about 2002, and now i am trying.

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Re: Immigration to South Africa

Postby suanj » 14 Jul 2007, 15:41

maybe the Cecilia surname could be TALLO or TALLILLI .... Tallie don't exist...
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Re: Immigration to South Africa

Postby andre_sa » 14 Jul 2007, 16:06

Thanx Suanj

Will have a word with my grandfather and look into that, i appreciate the help !

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Re: Immigration to South Africa

Postby andre_sa » 14 Jul 2007, 17:59

Had a chat with my grandfather...the information on Cecelia is a bit sketchy. She was apparently born in SA, but her father Alfred Tallie was Italian....again though because its so sketchy it could have been one of those surnames you mentioned, and not sure where in Italy he is from. So that means Antonio Sieni must have gone to South Africa alone.

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Re: Immigration to South Africa

Postby andre_sa » 14 Jul 2007, 18:12

Another thing.....i know the churches kept alot of records back in those days....would i be able to trace maybe a baptism certificate or something of those sorts from the catholic diocese of Messina to get more info ? I had a look at their website, but obviously being in Italian i dont know what im looking at.

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Re: Immigration to South Africa

Postby ricbru » 14 Jul 2007, 19:12

Since he was from Messina (or Messina province) to know where he was born you can request his military draft card or military record to

Archivio di Stato di Messina

http://www.archivi.beniculturali.it/UCB ... me=MESSINA

I hope it helps,
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Re: Immigration to South Africa

Postby andre_sa » 14 Jul 2007, 19:46

Thanx for the link there Riccardo.....do i need to write to them, or will they reply to an email if i send it to the address on that site ? And do i need to translate it into Italian, or will English suffice ?

Again thanx for all the help !

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Re: Immigration to South Africa

Postby ricbru » 14 Jul 2007, 20:10

you should write a request in italian to their email, and ask if they can send you the copy of the document directly to your personal address
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