Searching for records of biological grandfather Vezio Benini

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Searching for records of biological grandfather Vezio Benini

Post by ugthar123 » 06 Jul 2018, 07:00

My biological grandfather disappeared sometime in 1945. My dad never knew or met his biological father and I am trying to fill in the missing gaps of our family tree. The information I have came from my grandmother in an interview in 1995 before she passed away, and I am trying to find record of my grandfather before my dad passes away as well. This is what we supposedly know:

Name: Vezio Benini
Date of Birth: November 14, 1921
Born in or near Montecatini Terme in the province of Pistoia
Vezio had 3 brothers.

He met my grandmother in Vienna Austria in 1943, and may have previously been a prisoner of war. I have looked all over the internet for anything and have found nothing on this man, and really need the community support. Any help is appreciated in trying to track down birth records, death records, and military records.

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Re: Searching for records of biological grandfather Vezio Benini

Post by adelfio » 06 Jul 2018, 14:41

Hi
What was your grandmothers name?


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Re: Searching for records of biological grandfather Vezio Benini

Post by ugthar123 » 06 Jul 2018, 16:42

Hello.

At the time my grandmother met my grandfather (sometime in 1943), she was still technically married to another man (her husband died in the war) so her name was Helene Janosh, but her maiden name was Bartalski. My grandmother never married my biological grandfather.....I guess the story goes he got pissed when he found out my grandmother was still technically married.

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Re: Searching for records of biological grandfather Vezio Benini

Post by adellagreca » 11 Jul 2018, 20:48

Mike,
I checked the white pages (paginebianche.it) for Montecatini Terme and found 14 Benini with phone number and address in Montecatini and nearby towns.
Have you considered going through that route to find the whereabouts of your grandfather? Vezio is not a common name and if they heard of him they would know. That said, I would not identify myself as a grandson immediately to assure some kind of reply, but a simple letter to all the names in the Prince of Pistoia may do the trick.
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Post by ugthar123 » 13 Jul 2018, 05:22

This is an interesting approach, one that I have not considered or thought of yet. The chances of him being alive are incredibly slim, but these might be family members that might have information.

Also, considering the timeframe, would the province of Pistoia hold any civil registration records at this point, and possibly military records?

Thank you again for your help.

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Post by gaspaol » 13 Jul 2018, 08:20

His military record should be kept at the Florence state archive in the Pistoia military district collection.
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Post by ugthar123 » 14 Jul 2018, 02:05

Is this email address to the Florence state archive?

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Post by gaspaol » 14 Jul 2018, 05:27

ugthar123 wrote:
14 Jul 2018, 02:05
Is this email address to the Florence state archive?
Yes, it is
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Post by ugthar123 » 20 Jul 2018, 04:32

I sent an email to them, and have yet to get a response. Is there a particular format of request I should send them? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Much thanks!

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Post by gaspaol » 20 Jul 2018, 13:21

It can take a while. Just wait for some weeks and most probably you will eventually receive a reply.
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Re: Searching for records of biological grandfather Vezio Benini

Post by ugthar123 » 03 Aug 2018, 19:29

The state archive of Pistoia came back with no results. They have no military records. Is it possible that military records could be kept at a different archive than from where he was supposedly born?

I was also able to fit together clues that he was either stationed in, or spent time in Risano (Risan - Montenegro) during the Italian occupation and annexation there in 1943. Would knowing this be of any benefit to searching for military records?

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