musaccosteve wrote:Is it likely that my grandfather, Domenico Musacco (1874-1937), was not born in the province of Bari as I initially was told, and listed as the last place he lived, according to the Ellis manifest? I did a search for musacco on http://www.paginebianche.it and found no hits for the province of Bari. However, there were 12 Musaccos found for the commune of Puglia in the province of Foggia .... http://www.paginebianche.it/execute.cgi ... &om=0&td=4. Puglia is 45 miles from the Bari airport.
Steve, as you can see from this map ( http://www.gens.labo.net/en/cognomi/gen ... me=MUSACCO ), the surname Musacco is quite rare in Italy. Under the circumstances, the fact that there appear to be none in Bari today may not be indicative of the past. Keep in mind also that many Italians (and Europeans and even young Americans) these days choose to forego landline telephone service entirely and use only cellular devices. Considering this fact and the general rarity of the name, it is entirely possible that a few Musacco's do exist in Bari but simply are not listed in the standard telephone directories.
Also, Italy's provincial borders have changed over the decades and new provinces occasionally created. When my paternal grandparents left Roccasecca, for example, it was a part of the province of Casserta. Years later, the province of Frosinone was created and Roccasecca became part of the new province. I haven't researched the Foggia/Puglia/Bari connection, but please do consider the possibility that there is more than meets the eye.