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Searching for The Corneto Family

Postby corneto » 16 Jun 2008, 19:08

Hello everyone,

I’m an American citizen trying to trace my Italian genealogy. Specifically I'm trying to find out the name and as much information about my Great Grandfather. I’ve done some research and here are the facts I know for sure so far:

· My grandparents are first generation American citizens (born in NYC, USA and their their parents from Italy).

My grandfather was Gaetano Corneto

SSN: 099-09-1751

Born: 6 Apr 1906

New York

Died: 21 Feb 1975

Orange, California



My grandmother was Ida Spano

SSN: 123-22-9393

Born: 2 Nov 1905

New York

Died: 20 Jul 1992

Butte, California

· I know that Gaetano and Ida’s parents were born in Italy


· Corneto is a pretty rare name I've found so hopefully that will help me track him down.


That’s all I’ve been able to find so far. I guess my question is can anyone direct me to any person, company or website that I can contact to try and track down my great grandfather (father of Gaetano Corneto). I'd like to ultimately find any documentation that will lead me to obtaining dual citizenship.

Thanks,

Anthony Corneto



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Re: Searching for The Corneto Family

Postby suanj » 16 Jun 2008, 19:38

I found this record, and maybe right:
1930 United States Federal Census
about Gaetano Cornato
Name: Gaetano Cornato
Home in 1930: Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1906
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's Name: Lavena
Mother's Name: Francis
Spouse's Name: Aida
Occupation:

Education:

Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace: View Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Lavena Cornato 64 (Letterio right first name- Cornato?? father greek mother italian)italian imm. 1900
Francis Cornato 66 (italian imm 1907
Gaetano Cornato 24(son)
Aida Cornato 25 ( daughter in law)
Leonard Cornato 5 (grandson)
Thomas Cornato 3 ditto
Jack Calante 10 nephew


1920 United States Federal Census
about Lettice Corneta
Name: Lettice Corneta
[Lettero?? Corneto]
Home in 1920: Brooklyn Assembly District 3, Kings, New York
Age: 55 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1865
Birthplace: Italy

Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Francis
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Home owned: Rent
Year of Immigration: 1898
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 427
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Lettice Corneta 55 (Letterio Corneto father italian -mother italian;..?)
Francis Corneta 56
Thomas Corneta 13

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more:
New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
about Letterio Corneto
Name: Letterio Corneto
Arrival Date: 13 Nov 1900
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1861
Age: 39
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: Italian

Ship Name: Spartan Prince
Search Ship Database: Search the Spartan Prince in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Line: 26
Microfilm Serial: 15
Microfilm Roll: T715_159
Page Number: 56

coming from Messina-Sicily, Italy

it could be your ancestor? regards, suanj
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Re: Searching for The Corneto Family

Postby misbris » 16 Jun 2008, 19:46

Hi and welcome to the forum,

Have you looked at Ellis Island records at all? If your grandparents were born here, then their parents were the immigrants. Here is the only Corneto which seems to be a possibility. What do you think?

http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0026

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Re: Searching for The Corneto Family

Postby misbris » 16 Jun 2008, 19:49

Hey suanj,

I think we found the same guy!!!!!

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Postby suanj » 16 Jun 2008, 19:50

yes misbris I believe that is the right finding! kisses, suanj
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Postby misbris » 16 Jun 2008, 19:51

Spano manifest is going to be impossible to find unless we know Ida's father's first name.

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Postby misbris » 16 Jun 2008, 19:57

NY deaths.

Corneto Frances 74 y Aug 19 1938 16552 Kings C653
Corneto Litterio 77 y May 19 1942 10366 Kings C653

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Postby suanj » 16 Jun 2008, 19:59

great find misbris!!!!
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Re: Searching for The Corneto Family

Postby corneto » 16 Jun 2008, 20:39

WOW WOW WOW...

This is incredible that within an hour I have received this response. You guys are AMAZING. Thank you thank you thank you... I just wanted to reply quickly and now I will go over in detail with what you've found.

Quickly I will say that:
Leonard Cornato 5 (grandson)
Thomas Cornato 3 ditto
THEY ARE MY UNCLES! So you guys really do know your stuff.

Thanks again... The search continues.

Anthony Corneto

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Re: Searching for The Corneto Family

Postby corneto » 16 Jun 2008, 22:44

Hello,

It's clear now that you've found my great grandparents! I'm still amazed you found them so fast. I knew my grandmother Aida and grandfather Gaetano. I also knew my uncles Leonard and Thomas. So Lavena is my great grandfather and Francis is my great grandmother! Thank you!


Lavena Cornato 64 (Letterio right first name- Cornato?? father greek mother italian)italian imm. 1900
Francis Cornato 66 (italian imm 1907
Gaetano Cornato 24(son)
Aida Cornato 25 ( daughter in law)
Leonard Cornato 5 (grandson)
Thomas Cornato 3 ditto

So since my ultimate goal here is to start the process for requesting Italian citizenship, apparently I need to know everything I can about Lavena. Does anyone know how this process works? What more information do I need to find about my great grandfather Lavena? How do I apply and where do I apply?

Any help about this process would be so greatly apprecaited.

Thank you!!!

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Re: Searching for The Corneto Family

Postby suanj » 17 Jun 2008, 09:23

Hi, the right italian spelling of first name is Letterio and not Lavena; Lavena in the wrong transcription of Letterio... before of anything you can look up the Mormon's microfilms abt Messina civil records http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library ... i+Messina+%%20%20&columns=*,0,0
so you will have the right data abt your ancestors and after you can request the italian certificates,-helpful for dual citizenship- in Messina Town Hall, regards, suanj
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Re: Searching for The Corneto Family

Postby corneto » 17 Jun 2008, 19:29

suanj wrote:Hi, the right italian spelling of first name is Letterio and not Lavena; Lavena in the wrong transcription of Letterio... before of anything you can look up the Mormon's microfilms abt Messina civil records http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library ... i+Messina+%%20%20&columns=*,0,0
so you will have the right data abt your ancestors and after you can request the italian certificates,-helpful for dual citizenship- in Messina Town Hall, regards, suanj


Suanj,

Thanks again. A couple questions for you if you wouldn't mind.
1. How do you know that Letterio Corneto was born in Messina? Are you sure of that?
2. When I went to the website you mentioned for Messina Civil Records I can't seem to view any films. How do I do that?

Thank you!

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Re: Searching for The Corneto Family

Postby misbris » 17 Jun 2008, 21:11

Hey Anthony,

If you look at the ship's manifest I found, it says that Letterio came from Messina. Also, suanj is an expert on Italian names and localities. Believe me, if she says he was from Messina, he was from Messina. :wink:

The FHC has the records for Messina, but you cannot view them on line. :cry: You have to go to a Family History Center to order the microfilm. It costs approximately $6. per roll, take about 3 to 4 weeks to come in, and has to be viewed at the center. Use this link to find a center near you.
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library ... et_fhc.asp


You can request the birth certificate from Messina, but you must know the date of birth. That is why suanj suggested that you look for Letterio in the records. Both his first and last name are pretty rare, so you should be able to find him. Once you establish his birthdate you can send for birth records.

Also check other family records, to see if you can find out Frances's (probably Francesca) maiden name. If not, also look for Letterio's marriage record in the microfilm.

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Re: Searching for The Corneto Family

Postby suanj » 18 Jun 2008, 04:39

great reply misbris.... in adding, from ship's manifest reading of Letterio, I cannot understand the brother in law name... but ... this could be interesting to know... kisses, suanj
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Re: Searching for The Corneto Family

Postby misbris » 18 Jun 2008, 14:49

Ciao suanj, :lol:

I can't read the brother-in-law's name either, but take a look at the next two names. They are from Messina as well. Do you think all three are traveling together? This might be Letterio's sister and her husband.

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