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Postby aburr » 22 Jul 2011, 17:45

I am just starting on doing my italian geneology. My mother is second generation italian. Can anyone give me hints on where to start? I know my grandfather was a Marrucca. (may be spelled differently.) He came from Piano di Sorrento. according to ship manifests I have found, he was born in Sant Agnello. My mother gets upset everytime I ask about him. I think she is afraid of what I may find.
any assistance would be great.

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Re: Just starting

Postby Tessa78 » 27 Jul 2011, 02:18

Hello Tony, and welcome!

Can you provide a first name for "Marrucca"?
An approx. date of birth?
Where did he live in US?

Don't know if you have tried these free sites...
https://www.familysearch.org/ (have to register, but it's free)
http://www.italiangen.org (has NYC vital records indexed)

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Re: Just starting

Postby Tessa78 » 27 Jul 2011, 02:21

If you are certain that he was born in Sant'Agnello, you can write directly to the comune (town) for his birth record... Civil records are held at the town level in Italy.

Address:
Ufficio dello Stato Civile
Piazza Matteotti, 24
80065 Sant'Agnello (NA)
ITALY


Make your request in Italian...
Help with letters:
http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/pearlsofwi ... talrecords
http://www.circolocalabrese.org/resourc ... civile.asp

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Re: Just starting

Postby Tessa78 » 27 Jul 2011, 02:26

Found an "Aniello Marrucca" living in New Jersey in 1930 with his brother-in-law "Tony Pontecorvo...

Ring a bell?


1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Aniello Marneca
[Aniello Marrucca]
Home in 1930: Asbury Park, Monmouth, New Jersey
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Age: 31
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1899
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Brother-in-Law
Race: White
Household Members:
Name Age
Tony Pontecorvo 35
Raphaela Pontecorvo 35
Mary G Pontecorvo 5
Marino Pontecorvo 4 2/12
Rose Pontecorvo 3 1/12
Giacomo Pontecorvo 11/12
Aniello Marneca 31
Mattio Pontecorvo 40

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Re: Just starting

Postby aburr » 27 Jul 2011, 03:44

Tessa,
He is my Grandfather. They mispelled his last name on the census. (Marneca)
His first name was Aniello. What you postwd above is everything I know so far. Thanks for the assistance so far.

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Re: Just starting

Postby Tessa78 » 27 Jul 2011, 16:45

Hi Tony,

There is a Family Tree for Aniello Marrucca on Ancestry... is that yours?
Owner's name is burmac66...

Has names of his parents, date of birth and death, and a photo...


Aniello Marrucca McNamara/Burr Family Tree

* Birth: 28 Apr 1898 - Italy
* Death: Sep 1968 - Asbury Park, Monmouth, New Jersey, USA
* Parents: Giacomo Marrucca, Rose D'Esposito
* Spouse: Ella Ann Aschettino

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Footnote indicates that this is a picture of Aniello in his Italian Navy Uniform.


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Re: Just starting

Postby aburr » 28 Jul 2011, 00:53

Tessa,
Yes, that would be the family tree my wife started. All of the information we have is there. The one problem I have run across is the surname. Marrucca does not come up at all in the italian surname search. During the 1930 census the US Government had him down as Marneca. As I said earlier, my mom does not like to talk about him at all. She has 3 brothers and 1 sister. 2 have since passed away, and the third lives in Jersey. Mt aunt doesn't really like to speak about him or my grandmother at all either. Every ti,me I bring it up the emotions start flying. I decided to post here to maybe get a fresh perspective on where I should start/ or go in my search. I really would love to know if we have any relatives left in Italy. I am going to send a letter to the commune and see what information I can dig up. Thanks for the help so far.

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Re: Just starting

Postby Tessa78 » 28 Jul 2011, 04:23

Marrucca does not come up at all in the italian surname search. During the 1930 census the US Government had him down as Marneca.


The name "Maresca" exists today in Piano di Sorrento AND Sant'Agnello.... Maybe that is the spelling :-D

There are 133 listings for "Maresca" in the Italian Phone Book for Piano di Sorrento.

http://www.paginebianche.it/execute.cgi ... i+Sorrento

There are 72 listings in Sant'Agnello.
http://www.paginebianche.it/execute.cgi ... %27Agnello

Looks like you might find some relatives :-)

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http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/pearlsofwi ... #relatives

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