the year 1869, the day 19 of August month, to hours 6.00 P.M. and minutes.... in the Town Hall, in my presence A... BARONE Ferdinando Major and civil records Officer of Caulonia Common, it is appeared FUDA Nicola late Vincenzo of age 32, domiciled in Caulonia ... that declared me, that, to hours 4.00 P.M. of day 17 current month, in the house of Santa Maria Street, from SPANO' Grazia of Domenico of age 24, seamstress, legitimate wife cohabitant with he, it is born a child of female gender, that they given the first name of Caterina.
To above writing and to this act, they are present as withnesses LUCIANO Pasquale of age 43 and CALCIONE Vincenzo of age
50, farm hand, both residents in this Common.
Read the present act to declaring and to withnesses, is signed by me, having said the others of being illetterate..
Yes, the document is definitely of poor quality..the only reason I realized it was 1889 is because I was looking at the film from 1889 that Trish suggested to find my grandmother birth act...I assumed it was her because of the name although I should have realized it wasn't...my grandmother was Domenica Caterina so I goofed there!
Trish, Suanj I searched the whole film and haven't found my grandmothers birth act.
I was always told she was born in 1889 in Mammola but I guess she wasn't. Was is my next step?
Just like we ask everyone else here on the forum, what actual proof do you have on your ancestor?
Do you have her death certificate? This could tell you her parents' names as well as maybe a town of origin.
Do you have her marriage record? Depending if it was in Italy or Canada, it could have some great clues on it. If it was Italy, it would state what town she was born in.
I don't remember you telling me about your mother's side while I was conducting the research for your father's side. Hmmm.... but then again, my mind is going..LOL So maybe I forgot what you had asked me about your mother's side. But you also have to remember that your ancestor could have been born within a 5 year span of the birth year you have.
Also, if you are using the films from the Province of Reggio di Calabria, then I suggest that you go through the whole roll of film for there are various towns on the film for that year.
I'm doing that right now with those films from Reggio di Calabria for the towns of Pazzano and Bivogni.
Please tell us what actual documentation you have on her and what information the family has told you about her.
I only have a "Memory Card" from my grandmothers death that states her birth date as August 24 1889 and her death date as April 14, 1975 Locri, Regio Calabria. I know the death date is correct..I remember it since I was only in Canada 14 days when it happened. Dad says she was born in Mammola.
I have tried writing to Mammola twice with no answer..I even emailed them. I did get a hold of someone in Locri who said she first married in Locri in 1913 and they were going to send the information but they never did. I can only guess her birth year is wrong..the films Trish gave me are correct.
This is the film I ordered for Domenica Caterina Fuda..
Nati 1889 Benestare - Stilo Morti 1889 Agnana - Siderno Marina - FHL INTL Film [ 1800909 ]
Lots of Fudas listed but my grandmother wasn't one of them. Should I order more film from the year before and the year after? If so which one would that be? God, I wish I could just get an answer from Italy..If I had the actual death certificate or even her first marriage certificate it would make things easier.
Thank You for all your help. I have my Dad's birth certificate but because she was previously married to my grandfathers brother who died in the War she married in the comune therefore the mothers name on Dad's birth certificate is listed as unknown. All his brothers and sisters birth certificates state the same thing.
She did have a child with her first husband who is still alive (she 94 years old) but I'm having trouble obtaining her birth certificate or any other certificates for that matter..no one is answering my letters and its been a year now.
I have no problem ordering any films you suggest..plan to keep them all on permanent loan at the FHC anyway. Once they're here I don't plan to let any go since you never know when you might need them again. Besides, at $21. for 3 rentals I think is fairly cheap if I do it a it at a time.
By the way..couldn't find Domenica anywhere..and yes, Caterina was either a nickname or middle name...all the first born females (born to the sons) in my family were named Caterina though...and those born to the daughters gave the second females the name Caterina.