Help solve a mystery

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Help solve a mystery

Post by montagno » 19 May 2012, 05:53

Hello all,

This is not a typical request and I am not sure if this is the right forum.

I am trying to find the name of my grandmother ( not sure if she is Italian). I don't have much information to go on and I have been searching for years.Here is what I know.

My father's name is Albert John Newell, he was born in Brooklyn NY , 11/27/1941

His father's name was Albert Newell he was born 02/24/1912, possibly in Canada.
He married Clara F. Montagno??? she was born Oct. 31, 1922, possibly born in NY. This is not my grandmother they were possibly married after my dad was born.

Any information on their marriage or my dad's birth certificate would be greatly appreciated.

I have exhausted all of my resources. Please help.


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Re: Help solve a mystery

Post by nicolefazio » 19 May 2012, 12:47

Im searching ..
I did find the older Albert Newell's Birth Certificate, which doesn't help, Ill keep searching.

Name: Albert Harold Newell
[Harold Newell]
Date of Birth: 24 Feb 1912
Gender: Male
Birth County or District: York
Father's Name: John Newell
Mother's Name: Virtue Dawe
Archive Name: Archives of Ontario
Archive Series: MS929
Archive Reel: 224

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Re: Help solve a mystery

Post by suanj » 19 May 2012, 16:56

Hi maybe the Clara maiden name could be Montagano??
I found a
1930 United States Federal Census about Clara Montagano
Name: Clara Montagano
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1923
Birthplace: New York
Race: White
Home in 1930: Brooklyn, Kings, New York
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Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Name: Frank Montagano
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Name: Fileamena Montagano
Mother's Birthplace: Italy


Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace:

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Household Members:
Name Age
Frank Montagano 38 ( Born in Celenza Valfortore , IT on 24 May 1891)
Fileamena Montagano 37
Pasquale Montagano 9
Clara Montagano 7
Maria Montagano 4
[4 1/12]
June Montagano 1
[1 6/12]

seeming the only Clara probable... just a suggestion..
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Re: Help solve a mystery

Post by Tessa78 » 19 May 2012, 23:33

Have you sent for Albert (b. 1912) Social Security Application?
It should have the names of his parents, AND possibly his spouse...

Info from SSDI
First Name: Albert
Middle Name:
Last Name: Newell
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 24 February 1912
Social Security Number: XXX-XX-XXXX
Place of Issuance: New York
Last Residence: Eustis, Lake, Florida
Zip Code of Last Residence: 32726
Death Date: 14 December 1993
Estimated Age at Death: 81

To request the SS-5 ... t/main.jsp

You can also send for this death record from Florida if you do not have it.

Name: Albert Newell
Event: Death
Event Date: 14 Dec 1993
Event Place: Lake, Florida, United States
Gender: Unknown
Age: 81
Race: White
Estimated Birth Year:
Source File: Fdi15.txt
Source File Line Number: 242293
Source CD Number: FDI15
Certificate Number: 138423


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