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Looking for De Leonardis family

Postby DeLeonardis » 15 Feb 2008, 23:19

Hi, I'm researching my husband's family and need some help. I'm in SC but all his family is in NY so hard for me to get certain info. My husband's grandfather was Giovanni (also went by John) De Leonardis. He came to NY in 1900 from San Marco Dei Cavoti, Italy when he was about 9 years old. John's parents were Lorenzo De Leonardis and Concetta Colarusso. He had 2 brothers, Goffredo & Diodero, and a sister, Mathilda. I'm trying to find more info on Lorenzo and Concetta De Leonardis but keep running into a brick wall. Any help on this would be much appreciated!

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Re: Looking for De Leonardis family

Postby vj » 16 Feb 2008, 00:41

Hi and Welcome to the Forum!
Were you interested in help with US or Italy records, or both?
Did Lorenzo and Concetta De Leonardis come to the US?
Do you have all of Giovanni’s records in the US?
Thanks! Valarie

For reference, is this Giovanni’s WWI Card?
1917 WWI Draft Registration Card

John De Leonardis
27 ½ Morton, Manhattan, New York, NY
Born 18 Feb 1891
In San Marco Dei Cavoti
Alien
Tailor
Single

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Re: Looking for De Leonardis family

Postby DeLeonardis » 16 Feb 2008, 00:47

Thank you Valerie. That is John's WWI card. I'm interested in both US and Italy information. I have some of John's stuff but still trying to get more. Trying to find more on his parents caused it seem like they just don't exist for me right now. I've look on census for them and immigration but just cannot find anything so looking for help on that. Also forgot to mention that John's wife was Filomena D'Onofrio if that help. Thanks again!

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Postby DeLeonardis » 16 Feb 2008, 00:52

Hi Valerie and thank you! That is John's WWI card. I'm interested in both US and Italy records. I have some records on John but still searching for more. I'm trying to find his parents because they just don't seem to exist for me right now cause I've look for them on immigration records and census in NY. So was hoping maybe someone could help me out on finding them in Italy before they came to US. I have tried using either De Leonardis or DeLeonardis as their names but still no luck. Also forgot to mention that John's wife was Filomena D'Onofrio if that help any. Thanks again! Myra

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Re: Looking for De Leonardis family

Postby vj » 16 Feb 2008, 00:53

Myra,
Thank you for the clarification :D .
We'll all see what we can do to help.
Valarie

1942 WWII Draft Registration Card
page 2
John De Leonardis
1332 75th Street, Brooklyn, Kings, NY
Born 18 Feb 1891
In Benevento
Person who will always know address, Flora De Leonardis

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Re: Looking for De Leonardis family

Postby vj » 16 Feb 2008, 00:58

Myra, have you tried this resource?
Valarie

These may help locate New York City records:
Dr Steve Morse One Step Search Pages for New York
NY Naturalization
NYC Birth Records 1891-1902 requires ancestry.com subscription
NYC Groom Index 1864-1936
NYC Bride Index ????-1937
NYC Death Records 1891-1948
New York Cemeteries (Mts Hebron, Carmel & Zion)

Ordering NYC Vital Records
New York City Archives

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Surname/ Given Name/ Month of Marriage/ Day of Marriage/
Year of Marriage/ County/ Certificate Number

DeLeonardis Giovanni Feb 9 1918 Manhattan 25547
D'Onofrio Flora Feb 9 1918 Manhattan 25547

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Re: Looking for De Leonardis family

Postby Biff83 » 16 Feb 2008, 01:02

1909 manifest line 17
Page 1
Page 2

Giovanni De Leonardis
Age 18, Year of birth about 1891
Occupation Tailor
Last residence and place of birth San Marco
Nearest relative in Italy Father Lorenzo
Destination New York to join uncle
Did not state he was in US previously

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Re: Looking for De Leonardis family

Postby DeLeonardis » 16 Feb 2008, 01:06

I have tried some of those resources...was actually using them earlier today. But thank you for the NYC archives records...that will help on ordering records if I need to. Thank you for the WWII card on John. I forgot to mention that his wife's nickname was Flora so that reminded me seeing that card. Look like I posted twice before because I thought it didn't go through the first time so oops. :-)

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Re: Looking for De Leonardis family

Postby vj » 16 Feb 2008, 01:13

Hey Biff :D !
uncle's name: Orsoleo, Generoso ??

Myra, dos that sound familiar at all?

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Re: Looking for De Leonardis family

Postby DeLeonardis » 16 Feb 2008, 01:14

Thank you Valerie! I'm so excited about their wedding date! I've been looking for that and just wrote a letter to my mother-in-law asking for that date. I'll be saving that marriage index site for future use.

Biff, thank you for the immigration post. I've been looking for the wrong date. I assumed he came in 1900 because on the 1930 census...it look like 1900 but guess I read it wrong...thank again!

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Re: Looking for De Leonardis family

Postby DeLeonardis » 16 Feb 2008, 01:17

Hmm...no that name is not familiar but I was looking at John's mother's name. Her name was Concetta Colarusso...wondering if the spelling change?

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Re: Looking for De Leonardis family

Postby vj » 16 Feb 2008, 01:20

1910 census
Giovanni with his aunt & uncle?

Home in 1910:
68 West 3rd Street
Manhattan Ward 15, New York, New York
head Generoso Orsillo 50
wife Giovanna Orsillo 51
nephew John Deleonardis 18

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Re: Looking for De Leonardis family

Postby Biff83 » 16 Feb 2008, 01:22

Hello Valarie :D !
I'm seeing Gennaro something. Need some more time to decipher.
I stand corrected Generoso Orsillo it is

Myra,
If he first came to the US in 1909 by himself, his parents may have remained in Italy, and that's the reason you can't locate any US records for them.

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Re: Looking for De Leonardis family

Postby DeLeonardis » 16 Feb 2008, 01:30

Biff, I'm beginning to realized that. My husband does not know a lot about his family history. His family never told him much about their history so I'm trying to put the pieces together for him. His father is dead and his mother only know so much on that side so thank again for all this help. I'm so excited!

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Postby Biff83 » 16 Feb 2008, 01:34

delete--incorrect record

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