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Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors: I Know My Ancestral Town – Now, What?

Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors: I Know My Ancestral Town – Now, What?

       Naturalization papers and passenger manifests can identify the towns where our Sicilian ancestors were born. Such information is also sometimes available in newspaper articles, family documents, passports,…

Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors: Beyond Ellis Island

Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors: Beyond Ellis Island

        There are several common misconceptions about the immigrant experience at Ellis Island. One is that the handwritten names on early ships’ passenger manifests were actually the…

Expanding the Search for PASSenger Manifests (Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors)

Expanding the Search for PASSenger Manifests  (Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors)

    Last time, I detailed the type of information found on the ships’ manifests of immigrants to Ellis Island, documents that are available on the free site www.ellisisland.org. That…

PASSenger Manifests (Finding your Sicilian Ancestors)

PASSenger Manifests (Finding your Sicilian Ancestors)

          Last time, I discussed how to find images of immigrants’ passenger manifests, for arrivals at Ellis Island, on the free site www.ellisisland.org. Manifest images can also be found…

IDentifying Your Ancestral Town

IDentifying Your Ancestral Town

      Censuses give a person’s age in the census year, from which an approximate birth year can be determined. In addition, often the following information is listed: date…

Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors: Details, Details!

Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors: Details, Details!

April 2013       While perusing individual census listings, note the township, county and state where the census was taken. You can contact churches, courthouses or public offices in those localities…

Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors: ON-Line Census Searches

Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors: ON-Line Census Searches

       If you still live in the place where your immigrant ancestors settled, your local public library probably has hard copies of the US Census covering your location. However, if…

Beginning the Search – Census Information (Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors)

Beginning the Search – Census Information (Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors)

Having identified the name of a Sicilian immigrant ancestor, you’re prepared to search for records that may give his date of immigration and/or his date and place of birth. These…

How Do You Spell That? (Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors)

How Do You Spell That? (Finding Your Sicilian Ancestors)

How do you spell that? I’ve reviewed factors that are important in determining an immigrant ancestor’s name as it was used in Sicily. Once the name is known it can…

In Search of our Ancestry: Butcher, Baker, Basket Maker

In Search of our Ancestry: Butcher, Baker, Basket Maker

      I’ve discussed early traditions for determining given names for Italian children.  Today, most names consist of one or more given names combined with family names, or surnames. Surnames are…

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