Family from Volturara Appula

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Family from Volturara Appula

Post by suzieprice » 21 Feb 2010, 17:12

My Italian family lived in Volturara Appula, Foggia, Puglia, Italy. Most of the children from the Giuseppe Spirito/Concetta Villani family immigrated in the early to mid 1900's and went to USA and Argentina. I am specifically interested in connecting with some cousins that left Italy at a young age after the parents Antonio Carusillo and Maria Giovanna Spirito died. They went to live with an uncle Ralph Spirito (given name Orazio Raffaele Spirito) in Argentina. Does anyone know how to research Italians that went to Argentina? Of course I would be interested in connecting with family still in Italy also.
I would also welcome any inquiries of marriages for Volturara Appula as I have researched these at the Family History Center and have names and dates to share for the time frame of about 1860-1880's.
My grandfather Michele Spirito resided in Elkhart, Indiana after he immigrated up until his death. I think that Elkhart had a good many families from Volturara Appula that decided to settle there.

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Re: Family from Volturara Appula

Post by PeterTimber » 22 Feb 2010, 00:04

There is no Ralph (RAFAEL=Spanish Raffaello=Italian) Spirtio listed int he Argentina telephone directory but there are 100+ persons surnamed Spirito.

I sugbgest you go to and put in Spirito and see how many have first names that appear to be familiar to you as being family names. You may wish toput in your own first names asa well.

If you wish tocheck further please let me know and if you have any additional information like what town or province did they klive in Argentina would behelpful. =pETER=

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Re: Family from Volturara Appula

Post by meverson47 » 08 Sep 2012, 20:16

My family also came form the same area, Giuseppe Antonio Montagano, he came over in 1900's and also lived in Elkhart, Indiana in the Harrison Steet neighborhood. You might want try Facebook as that is where I found several of my cousins. How do I find more into from Italy

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Re: Family from Volturara Appula

Post by suanj » 11 Sep 2012, 15:14

Hi, a friend of IG had problem in the birth finding of him ancestor
Pasquale Palena; here the arrival:

First Name: Pasquale
Last Name: Palena
Ethnicity: Italy, Italian South
Last Place of Residence: Volturara, Italy
Date of Arrival: Sep 12, 1912
Age at Arrival: 15y Gender: M Marital Status: S
Ship of Travel: America
Port of Departure: Naples
Manifest Line Number: 0026 ... 0984080146&

also Pasquale lived in Elkhart, IN

1930 United States Federal Census about Pasquale Poleno
Name: Pasquale Poleno
Home in 1930: Elkhart, Elkhart, Indiana
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Age: 32

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1898
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Frances
Race: White


Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace:
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Household Members: Name Age
Pasquale Poleno
Frances Poleno
Mary L Poleno
1 6/12

after he moved in Mishawaka, IN:

1940 United States Federal Census about Patsy Polens
Name: Patsy Polens
Age: 43
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1897
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Italy
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Mishawaka, St Joseph, Indiana
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Street: East Fourth Street
House Number: 505
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: Mishawaka, St Joseph, Indiana
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Citizenship: Naturalized
Sheet Number: 17A
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 517
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Household Members: Name Age
Patsy Polens
Frances Polens
Mary Lou Polens
Josephine Polens
Marjorie Polens
Catherine Polens
Richard Polens

Social Security Death Index about Patsy Polino
Name: Patsy Polino
SSN: xxxxxxxxxxx
Born: 2 Apr 1897
Died: Oct 1962
State (Year) SSN issued: Indiana (Before 1951)

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Pasquale Polino
Name: Pasquale Polino
County: Elkhart
State: Indiana
Birthplace: Italy
Birth Date: 21 Mar 1897
FHL Roll Number: 1503794
DraftBoard: 2

born in Volturara Appula..
Volturara Appula Commune no found the birth act, and the clerk was no collaborative...

My inquiry to you:
you found some Palena surname in the marriage records of Volturara Appula ...?
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