Thank you to all who have replied so far to help me get started with this. I have a lot of work ahead of me and appreciate your input as to which resources are out there for me to use. Are there different sites such as this one for different nationalities? I am half Polish from my Father's side and do have my Grandmother's name, birthdate, & possible year of immigration.
I have been trying to find the Ellis Island records for my Italian grandparents & also my Polish grandparents. Very interesting that no records show up even though I know they each entered the USA through there. Any idea why that is? I logged on as a member for the Ellis Island records. My Polish grandparents names are: Walenty (William) Luszcz - original spelling of surname - later, or at the time changed to Luscz. Not sure of arrival date. DOB 1889, died 1935 Sophia Zajàc - maiden name - came from Stykulv (sp?) Poland 1908 or 1909. DOB 1895 , died 1981 Yonkers, N.Y. My Italian grandparents being Clemente & Rose Berardo from Trivento, Italy.
Walenty (William) Luszcz - original spelling of surname - later, or at the time changed to Luscz. Not sure of arrival date. DOB 1889, died 1935 Sophia Zajàc - maiden name - came from Stykulv (sp?) Poland 1908 or 1909. DOB 1895 , died 1981 Yonkers, N.Y.
Perhaps the correct town was Stykow....
19 january 1910
Zofìa Zajac (or Zayanc) , age 16, female, single, polish, last residence and place of birth Stykow, leaving in Poland her father (can't recognize the name), going to Pennsylvania, Windber (Somerset County) to join her brother in law?..
Note the naturalization mark on her line: 6 - 47469 - 6/11/36 - 505 The first number, 6, is the District number of the INS naturalization Office of MD panhandle, Western OH, Western PA
just for references the 1920 and 1930 census from Ancestry.com:
1920 United States Federal Census
Name: William Lust Home in 1920: Windber, Somerset, Pennsylvania Age: 30 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1890 Birthplace: Poland Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)[Head] Spouse's Name: Sophie Lust Father's Birth Place: Poland Mother's Birth Place: Poland Marital Status: Married Race: White Sex:Male Home owned: Rent Year of immigration: 1906 Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age William Lust 30 Sophie Lust 25 Victoria Lust 7 Mary Lust 5 Stella Lust 1 [1 4/12] Helen Lust 3
1930 United States Federal Census
Name: William Lust Home in 1930: Windber, Somerset, Pennsylvania View Map Age: 40 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1890 Birthplace: Poland Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's Name: Sophie Lust Race: White Occupation: Education: Military Service: Rent/home value: Age at first marriage: Parents' birthplace: View image Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age William Lust 40 Sophie Lust 35 Helen Lust 13 Stella Lust 11 John Lust 9 Mike Lust 6 Francis Lust 4
Laura, Yes, the above census records are of my family, with Mike - age 6 at the time, being my father, who will be 88 next month! Thank you so much!! I had totally forgotten that they, whomever "they" were had changed the spelling of our last name to Lust! Wow!! So great! Advice on which research tools to use & or sign up for. Can I truly find everything I need through Ancestry.com?
I found two arrival manifests for Walentin's brother Josef Luszcz:
18 february 1910 Luszcz Josef, age 25, male, married, place of residence and place of birth Stykow, leaving in Poland (Stykow) his wife Maria, going to Windber PA to join his brother Walenty Luszcz. Previous stay in the U.S. (Windber) from 1904 to 1907
18 june 1913 Luszcz Josef, age 29, male married, from Stykow, leaving there his wife Maryanna, going to NY - Schenechtady to join his brother in law Jan Furmann. Previous stay in the U.S from 19?? to 1910 in Windber PA.
My name is Lorri Berardo. My grandfather was Nicholas Berardo (brother of Clemente) from Yonkers, Ny. My father was Patsy (Pasquale) Berardo son of Nicholas & Angelina LaGuardia Berardo. My father died was I was 6 so I really don't have too much info. I really appreciate the 50th anniversary pic that was posted as well as the obit. If someone has more info to share I would greatly appreciate it.
My name is Lynn Angela(Berardo) Warner. My father, Pasquale Berardo, passed away when I was three years old in 1966 and I have very little information about this side of my family. My father's parents were Nicolas Berardo and Angelina LaGuardia Berardo. I do believe that Clemente DiGiovanni Berardo and Nicolas were brothers... which means we are related! I would like any information but would love to begin with finding out the names of my great-grandparents... parents of Nicolas and Angelina. This research is all so new to me. Any suggestions are appreciated! Thank you! Lynn