I am trying to research my family that was from Sicily. They came over to US around 1860. The problem is I think they may have changed their names somewhat. If someone might be able to assist me I would appreciate it.
The family names are Messina and Sigari. I have only found one spelling of Messina but I have come across several spellings of Sigari, Segaree, Seagree. The only thing I know right now is the family left Italy and settled in the panhandle of Florida. The father's name was Joseph Frank Sigari who was married to Mary Messina. Thanks for any help you can give! Charlotte
1870 United States Federal Census about Joseph Sigari Name: Joseph Sigari Estimated birth year: abt 1817 Age in 1870: 53 Birthplace: Italy Home in 1870: Yalachicola, Franklin, Florida Family and neighbors: View Results Race: White Gender: Male Value of real estate: View image Post Office: Yalachicola
Other Information: Birth Year <1820> Birthplace SICILY Age 60 Occupation Fisherman Marital Status M <Married> Race W <White> Head of Household Joseph SIGRI Relation Self Father's Birthplace SICILY Mother's Birthplace SICILY
Source Information: Census Place Apalachicola, Franklin, Florida Family History Library Film 1254127 NA Film Number T9-0127 Page Number 132A
1880 abt Domenico Sigari, married:
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace Domingo SIGIRI Self M Male W 26 ITALY Sailor ITALY ITALY Lavinia SIGIRI Wife M Female W 21 FL Keeping House GA GA Mary A. SIGIRI Dau S Female W 2 FL At Home ITALY FL Ginsey MCLEAN Other S Female W 25 FL Domestic Servant GA GA Addie BAREMORE Other S Female W 11 FL At Home GA GA ------------------------------
abt Domenico Sigari:
Event(s): Birth: 04 AUG 1855 , Sicilia Region, Italy Death: 15 NOV 1913 Marriages: Spouse: Luverna Agnes OR Laura Barmore Marriage: 13 SEP 1877 Apalachicola, Franklin, Florida
..... in the census of 1870( I cannot show the picture because the server don't work) Joseph, if this is your Joseph, it is born in 1817....
Thank you so much for the information! And so quick! Is there any information on when Joseph died?
Or any listing of who his parents were? Do you know how difficult it would be for me to get a copy of his birth certificate in Sicily? I've been able to locate some distance cousins but their information stops at Joseph too.
Do you know where in Sicily your family came from. I checked Sigari manifest's and this is what I've come up with -
1 Sigari, Alfonso from Fort Impevile 2 Sigari, Angelo from Pofi 3 Sigari, Antonio from Gallico 4 Sigari, Antonio from Betargoni 5 Sigari, Bernardo .... 6 Sigari, Calogero from Canicatti, Sicily 7 Sigari, Carmela from Spezia 8 Sigari, Carmelo Augusta, from Siracusa 9 Sigari, Carmelo from Melillo 10 Sigari, Francesco from Spezia 11 Sigari, Francesco from Spagice 12 Sigari, Francisco from Mazzara, Sicily 13 Sigari, Gaetano Ferruzzano, from Reggio Calabria 14 Sigari, Leonarda from Canicatti, Sicily 15 Sigari, Michele from New Haven, Conn. (Torro del G. ) 16 Sigari, Paolo from Catona
Do any of the locations sound familiar? I can direct you to the microfilm so you can look for birth acts, marriages etc. if you can narrow it down some.
There are films you can order from the LDS church for the town of Palermo in the province of Palermo. The risk you run is that if your family was born in another town in the province of Palermo, and not born in the actual town of Palermo, the films won't do you much good. I'll post the link for the films but maybe you can find out from a family member if Palermo was the town or province.
Select any of the highlighted options, after it comes up in the upper right hand corner you will see view film notes, select that and it will give you the films and their corresponding numbers. There are films for census info, church, civil etc.
Please let us know what the actual town name is after you talk to your relatives.