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Another 19th Century Cursive Deciphering Question

Postby borderline » 26 Mar 2009, 04:53

Hi,
Could someone chime in on the name of the mother on this birth certificate? The first name is Rosaria, age 34, but I can't figure out her last name.

My best guess, if all of those dots are "i's", is something like "Sibilica" or "Scibilia"

This is from Milazzo (Messina) in 1853.

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Re: Another 19th Century Cursive Deciphering Question

Postby jwazevedo » 26 Mar 2009, 05:35

Hi Jeff,

While waiting for the Italian experts to chime in with the real answer, let me just ask if in the rest of the document the names are in first-last order, as you're assuming the mother's name is here. On all of my family's birth certificates (from Northern Italy), the names are listed last-first. Just a thought.

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Re: Another 19th Century Cursive Deciphering Question

Postby maribor » 26 Mar 2009, 05:39

Dear Jeff,
it seems to be Scibilia. I've found that more than 5% of italians with this last name are living in province of Messina. Take a look at this site: http://cognome.alfemminile.com/w/cognom ... bilia.html
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Re: Another 19th Century Cursive Deciphering Question

Postby borderline » 26 Mar 2009, 05:44

Thanks, and great website!
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Re: Another 19th Century Cursive Deciphering Question

Postby JohnArmellino » 26 Mar 2009, 05:47

As per the surname search engine at http://italia.indettaglio.it, there are approximately 133 individuals with the surname Scibilia in Milazzo today.
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Re: Another 19th Century Cursive Deciphering Question

Postby liviomoreno » 26 Mar 2009, 07:37

Definitively Rosaria Scibilia.

As pointed out by John and Maribor, Scibilia is a surname rather popular in Sicily.
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