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Searching for Starace family records

Post by jstarace » 30 Apr 2013, 22:12


I'm trying to put together my family tree and possibly pursue dual citizenship in Italy. I've been able to locate all documents in the US but have hit a brick wall when trying to locate any documents in Italy. The record I'm looking for is my Great Grandfathers birth certificate. So far I've found out the following about him

Name - Michael Starace
DOB - 4/29/1888
Birth Place - Italy (I've found some documents saying Napoli, Gallipoli or Lecce)
Fathers name - Frank or Francesco (depending on document) Starace
Mothers name - Annunziata Carotenuto

Spouse's name - Rose Fusco

He immigrated to the US when he was 8 years old so that'd be around 1896 and lived in New York the remainder of his life.

I'm not sure which way to go from here, I'm trying to complete this search without having to involve an investigator but it's looking like that is my only option as I can't really afford to (though I wish I could) head to Italy and find the documents myself.

Can anyone here help with the search or possibly point me in the right direction?


Jason Starace

PS. My grandparents have always said we were cousins to Achille Starace but as of now I can't prove that but I figured it may help with locating documents as we should be from the same area.

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Re: Searching for Starace family records

Post by suanj » 01 May 2013, 16:33

Hi, I believe that your ancestors coming from Napoli or Napoli area because Starace and Carotenuto are surnames of Napoli town and Napoli province...
abt Michele Starace birth date:
I found this census:
1900 United States Federal Census about Micke Staraci
Name: Micke Staraci
[Micke Starace]
Age: 10
Birth Date: Jul 1889

Birthplace: Italy
Home in 1900: Manhattan, New York, New York
[New York]
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1896
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Frank Staraci
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Name: Annie Staraci
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Frank Staraci 28 b. Jan 1872 IT married in 1886
Annie Staraci 25 b. Jun 1874 IT
Micke Staraci 10 b. Jul 1889 IT
Mary Staraci 8 b. Feb 1892 IT
Patrick Staraci 7 b. Mar 1893 IT
Rosie Staraci 2 b. Dec 1897 NY
Clementina Staraci 1 b. Oct 1898 NY

Frank Starace, "New York, State Census, 1905"
Name: Frank Starace
Residence Place: Manhattan, New York, New York
Age: 30
Birth Year (Estimated): 1875
Birthplace: Italy
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Race: W
Family Number: 340
Page: 10
Reference ID: 19
GS Film number: 1433116
Digital Folder Number: 4518331
Image Number: 00250
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Frank Starace M 30y Italy
Wife Armwyiata Starace F 28y Italy
Son Michele Starace M 16y Italy
Daughter Marie Starace F 14y Italy
Son Patrick Starace M 11y Italy
Daughter Rosina Starace F 8y United States
Daughter Clara Starace F 6y United States
Son Luigi Starace M 4y United States

Frank Starace, "United States Census, 1910"
Name: Frank Starace
Event Place: Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Immigration Year: 1895
Birthplace: Italy
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Household ID: 69
Page: 4
Household Gender Age Birthplace
SELF Frank Starace M 44y Italy
WIFE Nunciata Starace F 40y Italy
SON Michael Starace M 23y Italy
DAU Mary Starace F 19y Italy
SON Patrick Starace M 17y Italy
DAU Rose Starace F 13y New York
DAU Clara Starace F 11y New York
SON Louis Starace M 9y New York

but by:
U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Michael Charles Starace
Name: Michael Charles Starace

City: Manhattan
County: New York
State: New York
Birth Date: 30 Apr 1886
Race: White
Draft Board: 165
next of kin: Frank Starace..

Also I found a Achille Starace:
New York, Naturalization Records, 1897-1944 about Achille Starace
Name: Achille Starace
Birth Date: 5 Nov 1854
Birth Place: Italy
Arrival Year: 1870
Naturalization Record Type: Petition for Naturalization
born in Napoli..
the problem is : it is the birthplace Napoli or some commune in Napoli province?
Selected U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974 about Francisco Starace
Name: Francisco Starace
State: New York
Court Type: District Court
Court Location: Southern District, New York
Naturalization Record Type: Petition for Naturalization

born on 19 jan 1866; no birthplace just Italy; in NY from 10 Feb 1895
it could be interesting to find the ship's manifest.. you have it?
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