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Acquaviva?

Postby djstan » 06 Feb 2007, 21:47

I am doing research on my husband's family. I found his paternal grandparent's immigration papers, which say their last residence in Italy was Acquaviva. My husband's father, who was born in the U.S. and passed away in 1992, always said they were from Abruzzo area. I have found several Acquaviva's in Italy. Does anyone know how I can find which one he actually came from? His name was Irineo Staniscia, and he married Assunta Valente. They immigrated to Philadelphia, PA., USA, in 1901.
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Re: Acquaviva?

Postby jcsm400 » 06 Feb 2007, 22:23

There is:
Acquaviva - comune: Roccaspinalveti - province: Chieti - region: Abruzzo

Acquaviva is a hamlet of Roccaspinalveti. This is where your husband's ancestors' will be recorded.

Roccaspinalveti's civil registries 1809-1900 have been filmed by the LDS Church (Mormons)>

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library ... o+civile++

These films can be ordered/rented & viewed at your local LDS-Family History Center.

Locate your FHC>

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library ... et_fhc.asp

Your local FHC may have an Italian-Englisn dictionary available, but they will also have an Italian-English genealogical word list (small fee) that I find very helpful when translating the records.

If you have any questions or need anything else, at anytime, please don't hesitate to ask.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Acquaviva?

Postby djstan » 06 Feb 2007, 22:58

Thank you so much. There is a FHC about 3 minutes from my home, so I'll go tomorrow and order the films.
Maybe you can help me also with my husband's mother's side. Her parents were Achille Santacroce and Assunta D'Urso from Formia. Achille immigrated to Philadelphia in 1900, and Assunta followed him in 1901. Do you happen to know if the LDS also happens to have films for this area?

Thanks!

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Re: Acquaviva?

Postby vj » 06 Feb 2007, 23:56

Staniscia Family
Not much help on the town location...

1901 manifest lines 5-7
17 Jun 1901 SS Britannia Naples to NY
(on Ellis Island as Valente Staniccia)

Irineo Staniscia 33* (abt 1868)
- last residence Acquaviva
- destination Phila? PA
- joining brother-in-law
wife Valente 21 (abt 1880)
son? Chiarina? 1 (abt 1900)

* there is a 1942 WWII Draft Card for a
Irineo Staniscia on Moore St, dob 19 Jan 1878
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Re: Acquaviva?

Postby djstan » 07 Feb 2007, 00:56

Thank you. I do have the ship's manifest and the WWI and WWII Draft cards, as well as 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses. I believe I've found everything that I can on Ancestry.com and the Ellis Island site, so I guess the next step is trying to get records from Italy.
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Re: Acquaviva?

Postby jcsm400 » 07 Feb 2007, 01:52

The LDS does have films for Formia, but only for 1808-1865.
I'm experiencing technical difficulties & can't seem to link, so here is the list.

Edit: List deleted, see below
For records not on the films, here is the contact information.

Ufficio di Stato Civile
Comune di Formia
Piazza Municipio, 1
04023 FORMIA (LT)
ITALY
Phone Number: (+39) 0771-7781
Fax: (+39) 0771-771680
Emial: info@comune.formia.lt.it

Request should be in Italian. When writing include a self addressed return envelope, a copy of your photo ID & if you can get them several international reply coupons. These are obtained from your main post office. People are having trouble getting these & I have heard that even without them you get a response. They pay for the return postage, so it's a small price to pay if you can do it.

Here is a interactive form letter for the request.

www.circolocalabrese.org/resources/lett ... civile.asp

Please do me a favor & copy the films & let me know so I can delete the list, so I won't get killed by the administrator :!: :lol: :lol: :lol: .....Just kidding about getting killed.

:) jcsm

Thanks!

Keep us posted on your progress & jusk ask if you need further assistance or have question(s).

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Re: Acquaviva?

Postby djstan » 07 Feb 2007, 02:07

I've copied the list, so you can delete it now. You've been such a big help to me, I don't want to risk losing you. :lol: :wink:

Thanks again for your help! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!

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Re: Acquaviva?

Postby jcsm400 » 07 Feb 2007, 05:21

djstan,

Are the posted records for your family?

Let us know if you need anything?

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Re: Acquaviva?

Postby djstan » 07 Feb 2007, 13:05

jcsm,

Yes, the posted records are for my husband's family. "Son Chiarina" is actually a daughter who was called Clara here in the US, and Irineo, or "Frank" here in the US, was 23 when he came over, not 33, and his wfe's maiden name, "Valente", was listed on the ships manifest as her first name, which was Adorina, I made an error on my first post and put Assunta, which is the name of the my husband's maternal grandmother. Over here Adorina was called Annie. . When they came to PA they lived with her brother Pietro Valente. After much searching, I now have them in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses, and WWI and WWII draft cards for Irineo, as well the ship's manifest and a detainee record. They were detained at Ellis Island for three days while Adorina's brother wired them the money to travel from New York to PA. It's amazing how the names were mangled on some of the censuses.

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Re: Acquaviva?

Postby jcsm400 » 07 Feb 2007, 15:47

Hi djstan,

Thanks for letting us know about the records. This way members will not be duplicating research already done.

Keep us poosted your progress!

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Re: Acquaviva?

Postby Lbmiller » 15 Aug 2011, 21:05

djstan,
my great-grandmother was Clara (chiarina) Staniscia. DId you find out what town they were from? Also did you get any info from the LDS history center?
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