Anyone or their ancestors from San Paulo, Foggia?

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Anyone or their ancestors from San Paulo, Foggia?

Postby Oberto » 22 Mar 2009, 04:59

Anyone or there ancestors on this forum from the village of San Paulo, near Foggia, Italy? My grandfather, Joseph Di Santo, was born there on Dec. 7th, 1915. The original spelling of his name was De Santo but this was changed on Ellis Island to it's present form.
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Re: Anyone or their ancestors from San Paulo, Foggia?

Postby wldspirit » 22 Mar 2009, 06:18

Welcome to ItalianGenealogy!!

Ellis Island did not change anyone's name, it's a common myth.
Names were badly misspelled and badly transcribed. Accents were hard
to understand which led to further mistakes.....

However, once in America, immigrants would Americanize their names...
make the spelling and pronunciation easier, sound more American and fit in with their new home.

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Re: Anyone or their ancestors from San Paulo, Foggia?

Postby suanj » 22 Mar 2009, 12:00

the name town is San Paolo di Civitate .. the civil records byMormon's microfilms are available

Topic Italy, Foggia, San Paolo di Civitate - Civil registration

Titles Registri dello stato civile, 1809-1929 San Paolo di Civitate (Foggia). Ufficio dello stato civile

http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library ... umns=*,0,0

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Re: Anyone or their ancestors from San Paulo, Foggia?

Postby Oberto » 23 Mar 2009, 04:35

Thanks. MY grandpa came over in 1929. His father had been here for some time and worked to save up enough money to bring the family over. They settled in Burlington NJ (on the east side of town with the other Italians).
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