30 November 2011

A Little Humor

Six retired Italian Floridian fellows were playing poker in the condo clubhouse when Guido loses $500 on a single hand, clutches his chest, and drops dead at the table.

Showing respect for their fallen comrade, the other five continue playing, but standing up.

At the end of the game, Giovanni looks around and asks, "So, who's gonna' tell his wife?"

They cut the cards. Pasquale picks the low card and has to carry the news.

They tell him to be discreet, be gentle, don't make a bad situation any worse.

"Discreet? I'm the most discreet person you'll ever meet. Discretion is my middle name. Leave it to me!"

So, Pasquale goes over to the Guido's condo and knocks on the door.

The wife answers through the door and asks what he wants? Pasquale declares: "Your husband just lost $500 in a poker game and is afraid to come home."

"Tell him to drop dead!" yells the wife. "I'll go tell him." says Pasquale.

29 November 2011

Salvatore Pizzano: 1883-1968

World War 1 Draft Registration:

World War II - Old Man's Draft Registration
Naturaulization Index:

Naturalization Index:Name: Salvatore Pizzano
Address: 339 Vale Street
Chelsea, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Age: 49
Index #: 3546896
Date of Admission: April 4th 1932.
Date Certificate Issued: April 4th 1932
U.S. District Court at Boston, Massachusetts
Petition No. 138839

WW-1 Draft Registration Card 1917
Name: Salvatore Pizzano
Address: 339 Vale Street
Chelsea, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Age: 35
Birth: Jan. 8, 1883
Birth Location: Italy
Occupation: Cabinet Maker
Employer: Self Employed
Address: 339 Vale Street
Chelsea, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Contact Person: Maria Pizzano
Address: 339 Vale Street
Chelsea, Massachusetts
Height: Medium
Build: Medium
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Dark Gray

WW-II “Old Mans” Draft RegistrationName: Salvatore Pizzano
Address: 339 Vale Street
Chelsea, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Age: 59
Birth: Jan. 8, 1883 (Birth Record #: 3)
Birth Location: Torre Le Nocelle, Italy
Occupation: Cabinet Maker
Contact Person: Mrs. Phyllis Pantano
Address: 339 Vale Street
Chelsea, Massachusetts
Employer: Self Employed
Address: 339 Vale Street
Chelsea, Suffolk, Massachusetts

28 November 2011

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27 November 2011

1940 Census Update

At a recent meeting of our genealocial society, one of our members wanted to know if you could purchase your own copy of the 1940 census when it is released next year. Nobody had an answer. However, I found the answer today and thought I'd pass it on to you. I will not be purchasing it; I'll wait until it's online.

The following was published by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration:

The National Archives Trust Fund is taking pre-orders for the 1940 Census data and enumeration district maps on hard-drives and hard-drive arrays. We will also be offering microfilm copies, starting April 2, 2012, of the 1940 Census data and enumeration district maps.It is important to note that the National Archives and Records Administration will also be hosting all 18+ terabytes of data online, free of charge, for viewing and download. You can purchase the entire set for "only" $200,000 in digital form. If you prefer microfilm, it will set you back $580,750. However, you can purchase individuals states for much less.

26 November 2011

Cecilia Pizzano: 1907-1915

Birth Index, City of Chesea, 8 Nov 1907, p.20

Death Certificate: 30 Sep 1915

In the Leading Americans of Italian Descent article on Filomeno Pizzano, at least one child is missing as one of his children.
In the birth index above is listed the following:
Entry 887
Born: Nov. 8, 1907
Name: Ozelia Pizzano
Father: Filmeno Pizzano
Mother: Lizzie Drinkwater
Address: 3 Pembroke St. Chelsea, Massachusetts
Father's Occupation: Carpenter
Father born in: Italy
Mother born in: Italy

The death certificate reads:

Name: Cecelia Pizzano
Address: 30 Summit Avenue, Chelsea, Massachusetts
Born: Nov. 8, 1907
Died: Sept., 30, 1915 at Frost Hospital
Cause: Multiple burns with resulting shock caused by the accidental igniting of clothing. (Bonfire)
Father: Filomeno Pizzano
Mother: Elisa Bevilacqua

25 November 2011

Leading Italian American - Filomeno Pizzano

Leading American of Italian Descent in Massachusetts, p. 625

PIAZZANO, FILOMENO: Proprietor of Pizanno Hardware Co., 351 Broadway, Revere. Born Torre le Nocelle, Avellino, Italy, March 27, 1882. Son of Salvatore Pizzano and Angela Rotondi. Educated in the public schools of his native town. Came to America in 1902, settling in Chelsea. Studied designing and drawing. Was in contracting business for 20 years. In the hardware business since 1922. Married Elisa Bevilacqua, June 6, 1902. Children: Salvatore; Angelo, manager of father’s store; Fred, a graduate of Chelsea High School, was member varsity football team, now sergeant in U.S. Air Corps, as chief radio instructor; Giorgiana; Phyllis and Charles. Mr. Pizzano is interested in civic affairs and gives his services freely to any worthy cause. Member: Kiwanis Club; Torrese Society; past governor of the Moose; chairman of Troop 41, Boy Scouts of Revere, on Scouts Committee and member of Scouts Board of Review. Has travelled extensively throughout the U.S., and Canada, and Italy. Res.: 30 Summit Ave., Chelsea.

Note: Pizzano was spelled 3 ways in this article.

Births for 25 November:
DE MINICO, Carmine
25 November 1853, Torre Le Nocelle, Avellino, Campania, Italy

24 November 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Births for 24 November:

b. 24 Nov 1824, Torre le Nocelle, Avellino, Campania, Italy
d. 7 Jan 1825, Torre le Nocelle, Avellino, Campania, Italy

FRONCILLO, Francesco
b. 24 Nov 1826, Torre le Nocelle, Avellino, Campania, Italy
d. 28 Sep 1839, Torre le Nocelle, Avellino, Campania, Italy

LOMBARDI, Litzia (Lillian)
b. 24 Nov 1906, Revere, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
d. 24 Jul 2003, Everett, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

22 November 2011

Passport Application: Carmine A. Fieremonte

Passport Application # 30520

Carmine A. Fieremonte
Born: Avellino, Italy, 1 Sep 1884
Emigrated: Sailing aboard the Cassero ?? from Naples, Italy on or about 24 Jun 1897
Resided in the United States 10 years, from 1997 to 1907 at Boston, Mass.
Naturalized in Boston, Mass. 26 Feb 1906
Permanent Residence: Boston, Mass.
Occupation: Machinist
Will return to the United Sates: Within two years
Signed: 22 Apr 1907
Age: 22
Stature: 5’3½”
Forehead: High
Eyes: Brown
Nose: Medium
Mouth: Medium
Chin: Round
Hair: Chestnut
Complexion: Dark
Face: Round
Witness: Alexander Ferris
Address: 13 Cooper St. Boston, Mass.
Passport to be set to: Alex H. TrowbridgeAddress: 112 Post Office Building, Boston, Mass.

21 November 2011

The Tree is Up!

Not much genealogy got done today; it was time to put up the Christmas Tree.
9'6" high
1460 lights
I sometimes wonder why I still put one up!

More Carmine Antonio Fieremonte

Two days ago I featured Carmine Antonio Fierimonte from an entry in the book, Leading Americans of Italian Descent in Massachusetts.
It states that he was born 1 Sep 1886 in Montemiletto, Italy. I believe the correct date is 1 Sep 1884 as indicated in the above documents. I also have his passport application with the same date.

It also states that he married Marinetta Bevilacqua of Malden, June 13, 1913. I do not believe the location is correct. I have not been able to find a marriage record or index between the years of 1910 to 1915 in Massachusetts to prove that statement.

Naturalization Index:
Name: Carmine Antonio Fierimonte
Address: 11 Hudson Street
Boston Suffolk, Massachusetts
Certificate #: 445-77
Birth: Sept. 1, 1884 in Italy
Date of Naturalization: Feb. 26, 1906

WW-1 Draft Registration Card 1917
Name: Carmine Antonio Fierimonte
Address: 23 Sheridan Street
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Age: 34
Birth: September 1, 1884
Race: White
Citizenship: Naturalized
Occupation: Boiler Maker
Employer: Fore River Plant
Address: Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Wife: Marinetta Fierimonte
Address: Montemiletto, Italy
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

20 November 2011

1940 Census Records Free to the Public

Archives.com Parent Company Inflection Awarded Project to Make 1940 Census Records Free to the Public:

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 17, 2011 -- Archives.com, the website that makes discovering your family history simple and affordable, has joined in partnership with the National Archives of the United States to provide the public with free digital access to the 1940 Federal Population Census beginning on April 2, 2012. In close collaboration with the National Archives, Archives.com will build a website for researchers to browse, view, and download images from the 1940 Census, the most important collection of newly released U.S. genealogy records in a decade.
Archives.com is pleased to contribute to this momentous project, allowing researchers to digitally access the latest release of the U.S. Federal Population Census, the ultimate resource for family historians, at no cost. Census day occurred April 1, 1940 and due to the 72-year privacy restriction these records will be available to the public for the first time in 2012.

CEO Matthew Monahan said, "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this historic moment and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the advancement of online genealogy research. Access to 1940 Census records will allow researchers to discover new family members and previously unknown connections to the past. We're happy to have the opportunity to facilitate the discovery of these records, which document over 130 million U.S. residents, more than any previous U.S. Census."

The 1940 Census will be available to the public April 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time) on a new website created in collaboration between Archives.com and the National Archives. The collection will consist of 3.8 million images that the National Archives scanned from over four thousand rolls of microfilm. Public access to the images will not require payment or registration, and will be available to any person with internet access. The name and web address of the website will be announced at a later date.

Chief Digital Access Strategist for the National Archives Pamela Wright notes, "The importance of the 1940 Census cannot be underestimated. At the National Archives, we have been preparing for the launch of these records for years. We are working closely with Inflection to ensure researchers will be able to search the 1940 Census when it opens next year." At launch, researchers will be able to search the 1940 Census by address, Enumeration District (ED), and geographic location. Researchers will be able to browse images by ED number directly, or use address or geographic information to locate the appropriate census schedule.

To learn more about Archives.com and the National Archives bringing the 1940 Census online, please visit www.archives.com/1940census. The National Archives also has published a number of helpful resources available to researchers on their website, which can help you to prepare to most effectively search the 1940 Census on April 2nd. As the project progresses, updates and additional information will be posted at www.archives.com/blog.

19 November 2011

Leading American of Italian Descent - Carmine Antonio Fieremonti

Leading Americans of Italian Descent in Massachusetts, p. 326

Fieremonti, Carmine Antonio – General painting and decoration contractor, in Belmont. Born Montemiletto, Avellino, Italy, Sept. 1, 1886. Son of Filippo Fieremonti and Carolina Fierro. Educated here and abroad. Came to U.S. in 1897. In Malden since 1915. General contractor since 1904. Married Marinetta Bevilacqua of Malden, June 13, 1913, a native of Torre Le Nocelle, Avellino, Italy. Children: Frank Philip, graduate Malden Catholic High and Middlesex University School of Medicine, is a physician; and Stanley Anthony, graduate Malden and Northeastern School of Law, is in the U.S. Army, Sgt. Signal Corps in Europe. Member: Order Sons of Italy and San Gaetano Society. Fond of gardening, music. Travelled in Italy four times. Has the following brothers and sisters: Gaetano, Ersilia, Angelina, Maria Grazia and late Olimpia. Res.: 490 Highland Ave., Malden.

18 November 2011

Leading American of Italian Descent - Alexander J. Drinkwater

Leading Americans of Italian Descent in Massachusetts, p. 301

DRINKWATER, ALEXANDER J.—Attorney-at-Law. Born Boston, Dec. 3 1888. Son of Salvatore Drinkwater (Bevilacqua) and Carmela Pizzano. Graduated: Lincoln Preparatory School and Northeastern University School of Law, 1924, LL.B. In general practice in Boston and Chelsea since 1924. Married Mary Di Venuta of Chelsea, May 3, 1914. Chi!dren: MiIdred; Evelyn (Di Prezio); Arthur, a graduate of Boston College, now an instructor in U.S. Army; Rudolph and GIoria (Goglia) twins, Marion. Member and first Italian grand knight—Revere Council K. of C., No. 179. Commodore of Point Pines Yacht Club. Government appeal agent for Revere. Draft Board. Served in officers training school, WorId War I. Active as Democratic leader in city of Revere. Father, born in Torre le Nocelle Avellino, Italy, came to America in 1887 settling in Chelsea. Was mason contractor for over 50 years. Office: 40 Court St., Boston. Res: 221 Broadway, Revere.

16 November 2011

The Villages Genealogical Society Meeting

At our meeting held on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, our guest speaker was Ann Staley from Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville is about 125 miles north of The Villages. Her presentation was "So You Can't Read a Foreign Language: Deciphering Vital Records - Tips & Techniques."

She offered several tips on how to decipher vital records but the bottom line is, if you can't speak or read the language, it is going to take work on your part. However, with the right training aides, it can be done. Of course you can always hire someone to do the translating for you but that would be expensive especially if you had a lot of records.

There are five training courses on the familysearch.org web site for Italian genealogy. This is her best recommendation as a starting point to obtain some training in trying to teach yourself how to decipher those records. Here are the links for the familyserach.org Italian training courses.

Basic Italian Research
Italian Script Tutorial
Reading Italian Handwritten Records Lesson 1: The Italian Alphabet
Reading Italian Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Words and Phrases
Reading Italian Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading Italian Records

15 November 2011

WW-II "Old Mans" Draft Registration Edward Ardolino

27 Apr 1942, Local Board #2, Middlesex County, New Jersey
Name: Edward Ardolino AKA: Ermalindo Eduardo Ardolino
Address: 38 Rector Street
Metuchen, New Jersey
Age: 58
DOB: 29 Nov 1883 – Birth Record #58 from 1883
Place: Torre Le Nocelle
Height: 5’ 5 ½”
Weight: 148
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Complexion: Dark
Other Characteristics: None
Employer: J.A.J Corp.
Address: Brooklyn, New York
Place of Employment: Camp Kilmer, Stelton, Middlesex, New Jersey
Who Will Know His Address: Edward Ardolino, Jr.
Address: 38 Rector Street
Metuchen, New Jersey

Benjamin DeAngelis "Old Man" Draft Registration

25 Apr 1942, Local Board #3
Name: Benjamin DeAngelis AKA: Beniamino De Angelis
Address: 89 Ashland Avenue
West Orange, Essex, New Jersey
Age: 45
DOB: 17 Jan 1897 – Birth Record #4 from 1897
Place: Torre Le Nocelle
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Brown
Complexion: Dark
Other Characteristics: None
Employer: Eastern-U-Select-It
Address: 512 Main Street
East Orange, Essex, New Jersey
Who Will Know Address: Mrs. Theresa Verona DeAngelis
Address: 89 Ashland Avenue
West Orange, Essex, New Jersey

14 November 2011

FSGS Report

This past weekend I attended the Florida State Genealogical Society Conference in Maitland, Florida. Maitland is just outside of Orlando in central Florida. The conference, held at the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel, was well attended with about 200 attendees. Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck was the keynote speaker and he presented four sessions. Being a bit of a history buff, I enjoyed his War of 1812 session the most. There is a wealth of information about the men who served during that conflict but most records have not been digitized. His presentations were well presented; he was well prepared, knowledgeable and very witty.

Between his sessions there were breakout sessions with other speakers. It was difficult to pick which to attend since there were 3 or 4 going on at the same. I attended” Effective Websites for Genealogical Societies” with Tom Ryder since I maintain our society’s internet presence. I also attended Social Networking for Genealogical Researches with Drew Smith. He’s a national speaker and does a weekly podcast with George Morgan. Also, I attended “Putting your family tree online” with Donna Moughty. As you can see, they were all mostly technology orientated. Even though I know how to do all of these things, if you don’t stay current with technology it just seems to pass you by making everything more difficult to accomplish.

The highlight, at least for me, was when I was awarded the Genealogy Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the FSGS at the Friday evening banquet. I was nominated by The Villages Genealogical Society. The nomination read in part … “he has volunteered constantly whenever needed since joining the society. As our membership grew from 100 in 2006 to over 500 in 2011, he wrote a program to handle the membership activity and create needed reports. Besides being the Treasurer, webmaster and newsletter editor, he also serves as our All-Day Family History Seminar Chairman, which occurs every February. He is the VGS’s “go to guy” and so greatly appreciated.”

That small acknowledgement was very much appreciated but I must end this report now since I have to teach Legacy Family Tree software this morning and Family Tree Maker this afternoon and the monthly newsletter goes out this evening.

13 November 2011

This Date in History - 13 November

Today, November 13, 2011 is the birth anniversary of the following:

192 Years Ago: Rosa Giardiello: 13 Nov 1819 - ?
168 Years Ago: Ciriaco Cassano: 13 Nov 1843 - ?
160 Years ago: Biaggio Colucciello: 13 Nov 1851 - ?
150 Years Ago: Maria Rosa Tecce: 13 Nov 1861 – 1 Aug 1862
143 Years Ago: Maria Tecce: 13 Nov 1868 - ?
Does anyone have death dates of these individuals?

10 November 2011

Florida State Genealogical Society Conference, 2011

I will be away the next couple of days attending the 35th annual conference of the Florida State Genealogical Society. I will provide a full report on Monday on what I learned this weekend. Their lecture series is headlined this year by keynote speaker Lloyd Dewitt Bockstruck nationally known professional genealogist, educator, librarian, author, and columnist. Lloyd's session topics will be:

Finding the Maiden Names of Your Female Ancestors
American Migrations 1607- 1850
The War of 1812 and its Genealogical Consequences
Newspaper Genealogy

In addition the following will present specialty topics:
The Technology Tamers: Pam Treme & Pattie Schultz
Drew Smith
Pam Cooper
Patricia Charpentier
Gladys Paulin
Kim Garvey
Donna Moughty
Susan Jones
Tom Ryder

Click here for the full conference schedule.

Today in History, 10 November

Today, November 10, 2011 is the birth anniversary of my following ancestors.

184 Years Ago – Nicola Froncillo: 10 Nov 1827 – 9 Sep 1838
183 Years Ago – Pasqualina Froncillo: 10 Nov 1828 – 29 Jul 1829
157 Years Ago – Filomena DeAngelis: 10 Nov 1854 – Aft 1900 Does anyone have a more accurate date?

09 November 2011

Frongillo Twin Boys - 1899

1899 Boston, MA Birth Index. Volume 487. Page 279. Entry: 12521 & 12522

Name: Frongello (sic Frongillo)
Event: Birth (Twins)
Event Date: 26 Dec 1899
Event Place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Residence: 5 N. Hanover Street
Gender: Male
Father: Andrew Frongello (sic Frongillo)
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Father's Occupation: Marble Polisher
Mother: Maria Dambrosio (sic D'Ambrosio)
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Twin # 1: Enrico Frongillo (AKA:Henry Frongillo) 1899-1973
Twin # 2: Gennaro Frongillo 1899-1900

08 November 2011

In Memorium, Gennaro Frongillo 1899-1900

City of Boston Death Index, p. 529, v. 507

My Granduncle was only 10 months and 8 days when he died on 3 Nov 1900 from Remittent Fever & Pneumonia. He was the twin brother of Errico (Henry)Frongillo, (1899-1973).

Name: Gennaro Frungillo (sic Frongillo)
Event: Death
Event Date: 03 Nov 1900
Event Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Gender: Male Age: 0
Marital Status: Single
Birthplace: Boston
Estimated Birth Year: 1900
Burial Place: Cambridge Cemetery
Father: Andrea Frungillo (sic Frongillo)
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother: Raffaela Embrosio (sic Annamaria D'Ambrosio)
Mother's Birthplace: Italy

07 November 2011

Marriage of George Rotondi and Maria Bevilacqua

City of Boston Marriage Index, sheet 50, #1140

Name: Guglielmo Rotondi
Event: Marriage
Event Date: 11 Mar 1905
Event Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Gender: Male
Age: 23
Birthplace: Italy
Estimated Birth Year: 1882
Father: Ciriaco Rotondi
Mother: Maria Penta (sic Penna)
Spouse: Maria G Bevilacqua
Spouse's Father: Teodoro Bevilacqua
Spouse's Mother: Orsola Bevilacqua
Officiated by: Gioacchino Maffei, Priest

06 November 2011

Rotondi Clam Bake

Fitchburg Sentinel, 29 Aug 1934, p.5

On, November 15, 2010, there was a news article posted here about the G. Rotondi & Sons being awarded a contract for a four mile section of state road in the Willard Brook Reservation.

It appears, after some very hard work, a little relaxation was in order as the above article indicates.

"Employers and employees of the George Rotondi and Sons. Co, who have been constructing state road through this village and the Willard Brook reservation, had a clam bake at the home of Max Hertel, Friday evening."

05 November 2011

George Rotondi Military Registrations

12 Sep 1917
Name: George Rotondi
Address: 199 Laurel Street
Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Age: 36
DOB:17 Dec 1882
Nearest Relative: Josephine Rotondi
Employer: George Rontondi
Address:199 Laurel Street
Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts

26 Apr 1942
Name: George Rotondi
Address: 199 Laurel Street
Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Age: 59
DOB: 17 Dec 1882
Place: Torre Le Nocelle
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black & Gray
Complextion: Dark
Other Characteristics: Scars on back of neck
Employer: G. Rontondi & Sons
Address:199 Laurel Street
Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Who Will Know Address: Son, Ernest Rontondi
Address: 188 Laurel Street
Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Fountain for the Old Home In Italy

Boston Daily Globe
3 May 1915

Natives of Torre Le Nocelle in Boston the Donors
Handsome Gift Now in East Boston will be Shipped this Month

A mile long acqueduct and a beautiful stone fountain are the gifts which Boston Italians coming from the town of Torre Le Nocelle are making to their birthplace. The aqueduct and several smaller fountains are already complete and the big fountain, which is to adorn the center square of the town, is now set up at 158 Orleans st, East Boston, and will be sent to Italy about the middle of the month.
The architect of the fountain, chosen in competition, was Edward Ardolino, and it was C.C. Ardolino who went to Italy to construct the acqueduct. The fountain is 23 feet high and about 12 feet in diameter. Its construction required four carloads of stone, donated by Norcross Bros Company.
The fountain has a base 24 feet in diameter and is set on a platform two feet above the grade line. It is square in shape, with four entrances, each having three steps. The bowl, 12 feet in diameter, has eight sprinklers, of which four are for drinking purposes and four for home use.
On top of the bowl is a large rock about nine feet high and 7½ feet wide, decorated with four dolphins, emblems of love and kindness, each with a two inch pipe in its mouth, through which issues water for home use. On each of the four elevations of the rock is a cartouche, later to be inscribed, and on the front elevation is a clock, decorated with oak and laurel.
Above the rock is a base holding a four foot tower representing the town of Torre. At the top of the tower is an eagle, emblem of the United States holding in its claws a large chain and cornucopia, symbolic of the power of the united people to shower wealth on their native town. The committee of citizens responsible for the gift was headed by Giuseppe Bevilacqua. Next Sunday a banquet will be given at 158 Orleans st. to all who were interested in the affair.