How do I start looking for my grandfather and his family when I can't even find him listed in the Ellis Island records? I've been told that he was either from Naples or Bari. I am guessing that he came to New York abt
1910-1915. Are there any Caroccia's anywhere?
I've also been told that my grandmother came thru Ellis Island, but I can't find her in that data base either. I've submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act to the Immigration and Naturalization service for both my grandparent's Naturalization files. What I had to include was their exact dates of birth and the county and state where they applied for naturalization. I think the naturalization application should have their port of entry and where in Italy they came from...hopefully it will also include the names of their parents. I'm hoping once I know the port of entry I will be able to find the ships manifest. Here's 2 links that may be helpful:
Thanks for the info - I need to start somewhere. Although I am in the dark because I don't know when he was born or where. Unfortunately, no one from an "older generation" is left. Thanks again.
If you know his name then file form 81 witgh NARA for anybody with that name. Go towww.genealogylookups.com/narchives.htm for the form 81. If you can approximate the year of entry or place of entry into the USA all the better.....by the way when he came to the USA where did he gfo to live?? Did he come in with his wife? If you know his wife's first and last name (Italian woman do not lose their maiden name NEVER!) then you can check for that. Peter