My grandfather and grandmother immigrated to the US in the early 1900's...my grandfather (Franco Antonio Agazio) entered through Canada somewhere around 1900 , and my grandmother (Marietta Rota) in 1912 we think through Ellis Island...although I can't find her in the Ellis Island database. I do not know where in Italy they came from, however I have sent away for their naturalization paperwork and hope to get that info soon. I've been told that my grandmother was a mail order bride and would like to know if anyone else have found this type of thing.
Arranged marriages were performed when both parties were present. There was no such thing as a "mail order bride " from Italy. If marriages were arranged and both parties were single then she would have been accompanied to the USA and married here in a religious ceremony. Civil marriages may have been performed with a stand-in representing the husband so that she could obtain documents. File form 81 with NARA go to www.genealogylookups.com/narchives.htm for her arrival and www.archives.ca for grandfather's arrival in canada. Peter