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Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby Kaylie » 12 Feb 2012, 18:08

I have been trying to find reecords of any kind for my husband's uncle Giuseppe Petralia, born in Prizzi in 1904. I have searched baptisimal records for him but there are none. Giuseppe immigrated to the US but there are no records on the Ellis Island site. We believe he was in some kind of "trouble" and did not enter the country by the usual means. He did change the spelling of his last name to Petrolio and it remained that spelling until he died in 1957 in New York. I have searched the SS death index and there are no records for him either under Petralia or Petrolio. He did marry (no children) - spouse was Lena Birilli. Any help you can give me as to where I else I can look for him? Since his wife and siblings are deceased, I have to rely on my research in order to find any information on him. He did exist; he and his wife were family friends. His occupation was a tailor.
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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby suanj » 12 Feb 2012, 19:04

Hi, I found this record, maybe interesting:

U.S. Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995
about Giuseppe Petrolia
Name: Giuseppe Petrolia
Age: 46
Birth Date: 15 Feb 1903
Issue Date: 12 Jul 1949
State: New York
Locality, Court: Eastern District of New York, District Court

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It could be the person that you are searching for?
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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby Kaylie » 12 Feb 2012, 21:35

This might be a duplicate reply to your message since I am having some problems with my computer.
Yes! this is my husband's uncle Giuseppe. We both recognized his address in Brooklyn. I believe the document you attached is a receipt for his US Naturalization. Now that I have his full date of birth and the spelling of his name, perhaps I can resume my search. Thank you for taking the time to respond to me and also attach the document. Can I ask where you obtained the document and how you attached it to the message you sent to me? Also can you suggest other sitess I can research so that perhaps I can find more information. I hope that this is the first of many documents I will find on Zio Giuseppe!! Grazie ancora!!
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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby suanj » 12 Feb 2012, 22:47

Hi, I found the document by ancestry.com; and used this website for to post the picture
http://www.postimage.org/

I searched in this database

Italy, Catholic Church Records
Palermo
Prizzi
San Giorgio Martire / church)
Battesimi 1892-1911 (baptisms)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... c=11906495

the index from 1901 to 1906( by first names starting with "G"; the records are in latin, so Giuseppe becoming Josephi, and start with "J") and I no found Giuseppe Petralia son of Salvatore Petralia and Epifania Boccellato(or Buccellato)

maybe Giuseppe was middle name?
when Giuseppe emigrated?
he married in Italy or in USA?
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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby suanj » 12 Feb 2012, 23:06

I found this record abt Lena Birilli:

1920 United States Federal Census
about Lena Birillo
Name: Lena Birillo
[Ona Boville]
Age: 10
Birth Year: abt 1910
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1920: Manhattan Assembly District 8, New York, New York
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Name: Francis Birilh
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Francis Birilh 46
Joe Birilh 22
Sarah Birilh 17
Dominik Birilh 15
Lena Birillo 10
Paul Birillo 52


1910:


1910 United States Federal Census
about Lena Berilli
Name: Lena Berilli
Age in 1910: 1 2/12
[1]
Birth Year: abt 1909
[1909]
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1910: Manhattan Ward 17, New York, New York
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Antonio Berilli
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Name: Frances Berilli
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Antonio Berilli 41 b. IT
Frances Berilli 40 b. IT
Maggie Berilli 16 b. IT
Joseph Berilli 13 (b. 5 Oct 1897 - Castroreale, Sicilia, Italy)
Sarah Berilli 9
Domenick Berilli 5
Lena Berilli 1 2/12
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Antonio Birilli died in 1918; I believe that Lena married at Giuseppe around 1930
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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby Kaylie » 13 Feb 2012, 20:56

Thank you for all of the information you have sent to me. The Census information on Lena Birilli sounds like it might be her. She was born in 1909 and died in 2007 and did have (to my knowledge) 2 brothers Joe and Dominick; dont remember any other siblings. Can you tell me where I could view the census documents?

As for Zio Giuseppe, as far as we know his only name was Giuseppe. Do not know when he immigrated to the US (questionable entry - no information on Ellis Island.org for him. He did marry Lena Birilli in the United States. How did you come about the information about his marriage in 1930. I would very much like to see this documentation or the cited information. I appreciate your help with my searches. The only thing that saddens me is that I cannot find any information on my maternal or paternal ancestors who were all born and died in Riposto (provincia Catania) Sicily. Unfortunately the only ancestors who immigrated to the US were my grandmothers and one of my grandfathers. All others never immigrated. All I have is their names. Grazie mille por il tuo lavoro!!
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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby suanj » 13 Feb 2012, 22:55

1910 census :
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1920 census:
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I remember that Lena was not a member of Frances Birillo family in 1930 .. so maybe she was married... but also it is possible another explanation....
I no saved the 1930 census sorry.. I hope that my suggestion is correct.... I cannot find the marriage record; I searched from 1920(!) to 1937 and nobody Lena Birilli...

http://stevemorse.org/vital/nymarriages ... ndex=bride

I found the marriage of:
Birilli Domenico Jun 2 1928 14515 (1928) Manhattan
Bodalomenti Pietrina Jun 2 1928 14515 (1928) Manhattan


and

Birilli Joseph Jul 30 1921 30156 (1921) Manhattan
Fonn Anne Jul 30 1921 30156 (1921) Manhattan


abt Joseph Birilli (Lena brother) birthdate I found it in a genealogic tree on ancestry.com

Joseph Birilli
Birth 5 Oct 1897 in Castroreale, Sicilia, Italy
Death Living
Death 25 Aug 1993 in Burlington, Skagit, Washington
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parents:
Antonio Birilli
1869 – 1918
Frances Birilli
1870 – ..
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spouse:
Anna Fronn (or Fonn)
1902 – 1993
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Joseph siblings:
Maggie Birilli b.1894
– Sarah Birilli b.1901
– Dominick Birilli b.1905
– Lena Birilli b.1909
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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby BBinFL » 06 Oct 2013, 04:52

Lena and Joe are my Aunt and Uncle. They Baptized me.
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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby Kaylie » 07 Oct 2013, 16:13

Would like to know more about your relationship to Aunt Lena & Uncle Joe. BB inFl can you say who you are? Uncle Joe and my father-in-law were brothers. look fwd to your reply.
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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby BBinFL » 07 Oct 2013, 20:18

I am related on the other side of the family. Lena is my father's sister. They were wonderful people. Lena's mother, my grandmother, lived across the hall at 63rd Street. In fact, I was born in Grandma's apartment.
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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby Kaylie » 08 Oct 2013, 14:51

I have been researching my husband's side of the family for several years now and did not think that I would hear anymore information from the question I put out to Italian Genealogy so long ago. Although I had much success in finding ancestors back to the 1600's, I could not find much on Uncle Joe except for an application for citizenship that was sent to me by one of IG's members. I started looking at Aunt Lena's family. My family and I lived on 69th Street (walking distance from her apartment). I knew your Aunt Margie and her husband, your cousins Lillie and Vivian and some of your cousins who lived on 66th street. I even knew your grandmother Frances (always saw her when we went to visit Aunt Lena). Is your father Dominic who lived in Lake Hiawatha or Aunt Lena's other brother (whom I believe lived in California?) My mom and dad were very good friends of Lena and Joe and in fact, Aunt Lena, being the perennial matchmaker, introduced me to my husband (who happened to be Uncle Joe' nephew.) We were always in touch with Aunt Lena even after she moved down to Deltona. She even got to meet my children. I would like to continue this "conversation" by private email. If you would like to do the same, I will send you a private email through Italian Genealogy and you can let me know whether you wish to continue. I will send you my personal email in the private message. Thanks for writing back. I hope we can continue to correspond.
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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby suanj » 17 Oct 2013, 16:52

Hi maybe you already have the 1940 census, however here the record:
Joseph Petrolio, "United States Census, 1940"
Name: Joseph Petrolio
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Assembly District 9, Brooklyn, New York City, Kings, New York, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 37
Marital Status: Married
Race (Original): White
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Birthplace: Italy
Birth Year (Estimated): 1903
Last Place of Residence: Same House
District: 24-1009
Family Number: 227
Sheet Number and Letter: 11B
Line Number: 63
Affiliate Publication Number: T627
Affiliate Film Number: 2572
Digital Folder Number: 005458242
Image Number: 00348
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Joseph Petrolio M 37 Italy
Wife Lena Petrolio F 31 New York
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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby Kaylie » 17 Oct 2013, 18:48

Thank you. Yes I have viewed the census but unfortunately, I have not been able to find any other documents related to his birth or his entry into the US. The only thing I am certain of is that he did change his surname from Petralia to Petrolio. There are no Ellis Island arrivals for him under either name, no marriage records (was married in the US) and no records in the social security death index.
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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby suanj » 19 Oct 2013, 16:55

I found the baptism record of Giuseppe Petralia baptized in San Giorgio Martire church in Prizzi on 23 Feb 1903 #61 son of Salvatore Petralia and of Epifania Boccellato: (in latin)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... :683635291

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Re: Trying to find Uncle born in Prizzi

Postby Kaylie » 19 Oct 2013, 20:59

Grazie! I will attempt to find this record on the family search site. I hope I can remember how I was able to search the digitized site. Grazie ancora!!
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