My grandfather, Luigi Jacomo Lumina was born in 1890 in the village of Santa Maria Valdisotta. I am trying to find out more information about his parents and siblings. My mother thinks that her paternal grandfather was married twice, and thinks there were children from both marriages, but does not know the specifics. This is a pretty remote village in the Alps, and was wondering how I might go about obtaining this kind of information. Any guidance would be appreciated!
Welcome to the website Santa Maria is a frazione (suburb) of Valdisotto so all the civil records would be held in the comune di Valdisotto. When did Luigi come over to the USA and how old was he was he married then ? With a little more info we can show you your best route to find info
Just for reference, from ancestry.com the 1930 census:
1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Lewis Munina [Lewis Mussina] Gender: Male Birth Year: abt 1890 Birthplace: Italy Race: White Home in 1930: Madison, Dane, Wisconsin View Map Marital Status: Married Immigration Year: 1889 Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's Name: Anna Munina Father's Birthplace: Italy Mother's Birthplace: Italy Occupation: Education: Military Service: Rent/home value: Age at first marriage: Parents' birthplace: View image Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Lewis Munina 40 Anna Munina 31 Lawrence Munina 6 Virginia Munina 5 Gloria Munina 4
He immigrated in 1912 at the age of 21 and was single at that time. He married my grandmother in 1922. She was born in Isolaccia, Lombardia, Italy. His church still stands in Santa Maria, but my grandmother's burnt down and records were lost.
In reading some of the information in this forum, I was feeling discouraged as it sounded like obtaining records/information can be quite challenging and take a long time. If I were to write to the comune of Valdisotto, would I need to have them written in Italian? And what would I expect to find on birth records? Perhaps this is in your link Tessa, as I haven't opened them yet, so please disregard if it further explained there. I will also write to the other Lumina families you had listed - thanks so much for that infomration.
Hello, I am from the Giovanni Ponti family and it lists we are from Valdisotta. I see someone else in the family was on here a few years ago researching the Lumina families. They are cousins of mine. I am just starting out learning about Italian geneology. My great grandfater Giovanni was married to a Christina Zina. She was born in Livingo, Italy. I know they had three of their children there before my GG came to the United States I think in 1902. Then sent for his wife and three children. There was an Anna,born in 1899, Lena born in 1900 and Mello or Milo, born in 1902. It says they were born in Valdidentro Italy When he came to the United States he came with his best friend I have been told by the last name of Ponty. The ship they came on was "La Champagne" I think. Came into Ellis Island New York. I just am throwint this out there to see if anyone answers this post. I have no idea what I am doing.
Any help would sure be appreciated. I am interested in any kind of information regarding my family. Thanks so much. Jacque from Wisconsin in the United States