Scoppi Family

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Scoppi Family

Postby Sangay » 17 Jun 2011, 16:34

I am trying to find my husband's Italian ancestors, one of whom might have been Felice Scoppi who was born in Rionero in Vulture, Basilicata, probably between 1840 and 1860. Hopelessly vague, but any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Scoppi Family

Postby johnnyonthespot » 17 Jun 2011, 17:14

Sangay wrote:I am trying to find my husband's Italian ancestors, one of whom might have been Felice Scoppi who was born in Rionero in Vulture, Basilicata, probably between 1840 and 1860. Hopelessly vague, but any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


It is always best to begin with what you know for certain and then work backwards.

For example, you know with certainty your husband's name and those of his parents. The next step is to get his parent's birth certificates showing the names of their parents, and so on, and so on.

At what point in the ancestry you have traced thus far do you delve from "this person I am certain of" to "this person may belong in my tree"?
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Re: Scoppi Family

Postby Sangay » 17 Jun 2011, 23:54

Thanks for your suggestions. I have traced the family back as far as is possible in the UK, which is where we live, and the original UK Scoppi who emigrated from Italy first appears on the 1881 census at the age of 30. The problem is that we do not know where he came from in Italy, or how he travelled. I have tried, without success, to find shipping details. Given that Scoppi is an unusual name in Italy I am hoping it shouldn't be too difficult to trace his origin.
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Re: Scoppi Family

Postby Tessa78 » 18 Jun 2011, 01:51

Is this the family in 1891 Census?

1891 England Census
about Stephen Scoppi
Name: Stephen Scoppi
Age: 40
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1851

Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Mary A Scoppi
Gender: Male
Where born: Italy

Civil parish: Clerkenwell
Ecclesiastical parish: St James
County/Island: London
Country: England
Registration district: Holborn
Sub-registration district: St James Clerkenwell
ED, institution, or vessel: 6
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 223
Folio: 58
Page Number: 8
Household Members:
Name Age
Stephen Scoppi 40
Mary A Scoppi 29
Ellen Scoppi 9
Louisa Scoppi 7
Joseph Scoppi 4
Albert Scoppi 1



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Re: Scoppi Family

Postby Sangay » 03 Jul 2011, 15:25

Thanks, yes we already have the census information, back to the 1881 census, and all of them have 'Italy' as Stepheno Scoppi's origin. We have just returned from two weeks in Umbria where we found a ruined village called Scoppio but it's unlikely that there is a connection! I shall have to make further enquiries of records in London, immigration in the 1880s, ships etc. And possibly Italian registers. There may be a link to Basilicata, Felice Scoppi, who lived there in the 1870s, but whether there will be any records available is another matter.
Many thanks for your interest, though.
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