Family History Research

Website to Follow – LookUpTheName

I am almost prepared to visit the Newberry Library again soon. I have my immigration file ready so my son can look up Italians to American and burial file ready so we can cemetery hop on the way home.

As I did a little more Googling online I came across a website called LookUpThe.name. This website has free lists of Irish and Italian immigrant lists. The Irish cover the years 1846-1851 and the Italians 1855-1900. The Italian database looks like similar data as can be found in the Italians to America series of books. This will save me time at the Newberry Library searching those books if I can do most of the research online. If you have Irish or Italian ancestors, this free website is worth checking out. 

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University of Illinois-Chicago Special Manuscript Collections

If you have read my blog posts on my Chicago Family History blog about Fortunato Fratto (there are two posts), you will understand my serious research on his family for the last week.  Fortunato is basically not the person I thought he was in my family tree. He is related though.  Instead of being my husband’s great great grandfather, he is his great great uncle. Check out the posts for the whole story – it is interesting.

In my quest for answers to the first questions on Fortunato’s family and who is buried in his grave site, I came across a project at the University of Illinois-Chicago called the “Italian Project” from the 1980′s. Included in this oral history project is an oral interview by Rose Tellerino, Fortunato’s daughter. Yesterday I received a copy of the interview transcript.

The transcript is roughly 46 pages long with the actual interview being 34 pages. The interviewer attached to the tape for transcription, a summary of the interview with questions raised, important points to note, and some statements about Fortunato made by Rose which made him appear “cruel” compared to how we see most father’s today. A note is included with that stating when analyzing the transcript you must keep in mind the time period which was 70 – 80 years prior.

Rose gave amazing information about her life growing up around Clark/Polk in Chicago, then moving to 25th Street; her strict disciplinarian father; her arranged marriage at 14 and the children she had in rapid succession thereafter. She discusses the food they ate; the housing; the class structure; her father and mother’s background in Taverna, Italy and what her father’s feelings were after immigrating. She also lists several addresses where the family lived, without exact dates, but based on the context in which the interview is held, I can approximate the years and have more of a starting point to search the 1910 Census. To this point the regular searching techniques on Ancestry have failed. It appears all my Fratto folks did not “exist” on the 1910 Census. I suspect they are there and their name was mangled or transcribed so incorrectly I have not had success searching other variations. Now I can narrow it down to Enumeration Districts within a Ward or two.

If you have Chicago family, Italian or not, check out the UIC Special Manuscript Collection online. They have a listing of what each collection contains and you can send them an email requesting information on a specific file by giving them the Collection Name; Box Number and Folder Number.

This interview is an invaluable piece of my husband’s family’s history. I will be sharing pieces of it on my Chicago Family History blog over the next week or two.

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Murabito and Microsoft OneNote

Today I am concentrating on my husband’s Italian side of the family. I am using MS OneNote to keep a more detailed research log and have spent the afternoon mapping out my Concetta Murabito against Charles (Cirino) Murabito and the Coco uncles, in Chicago.

I believed I found a ship log for Concetta and the address looked like one for my Cirino. She listed brother Murabito Cirino as the person who paid her passage. Below is how my afternoon was spent mapping things out.  I did find enough evidence to connect her to my family. Success! I exported the OneNote page as an HTML file. The OneNote page below is not as “pretty” as the actual thing but it still works.

Monday, July 05, 2010

3:58 PM

Arrivals

1893 – Salvatore Coco

1902 – Antonio Coco

1903 – Charles Murabito & Sis Rosa

1905 – Concetta Murabito ???? I think this is her.

1909 – Salvatore Murabito

1922 – Josephine

B: 2/14/1882

M: 1/21/1909

D: 10/27/1933

Arrival: 3/30/1903 listed as Cirino Morabito

2117 (?) S. Clark Street, Uncle Antonio Coco

Charles (Cirino) Residences

1909 – Ship Log Brother Salvatore – 203 22nd Street, Chicago, Cook, IL, USA

1910 – Census – 257 W. 23rd Street, Chicago, Cook Co., IL  Ward 4, ED 1580

1918 – Draft reg – 257 W. 23rd Street, Chicago, IL

1920 – Census – 3145 Wentworth Ave, Chicago, Cook Co., IL

1922 – Ship Log Sister Josephine – 3145 Wentworth Ave, Chicago, Cook Co., IL

1930 – Census – 3145 Wentworth Ave, Chicago, Cook Co., IL

Antonio Coco Residences  UNCLE TO CHARLES

1903 – Brother Cirino Ship Log -2117 S. Clark, Chicago, Cook, IL,

1910 – Census – 2416 Wentworth Ave, Chicago, Cook, IL

1920 – Census – 2416 Wentworth Ave, Chicago, Cook, IL

1930 – Census – 5301 S. Richmond, Chicago, Cook, IL

Salvatore Coco Residences  UNCLE TO CHARLES

1900 – 1938 Archer Ave, Chicago

1910 – 268 W. 23rd Street, Chicago   Ward 4, ED 250

Concetta Murabito m. Domenico Grasso 1/2/1910

1911 – Jennie born

6/12/1912 – Salvatore born   307 W. 23rd Street, Chicago

8/2/1912 – Salvatore died

9/28/1913 – Ida born

11/28/1913 – Agatina born  307 W. 23rd Street

1/19/1914 – Ida died   307 W. 23rd Street, Chicago

9/24/1915 – Salvatore Savior born  307 W. 23rd Street, Chicago

8/11/1918 – Tony born   2315 Princeton Ave, Chicago

1920 – Census 2315 Princeton Ave

10/13/1921 – Alfred born  225 W. 23rd Street, Chicago

Cannot locate on 1910 census. Checked Ward 4, ED 250, Ward 4, ED 1580, Ward 4 ED 1613 (go check again)  CHECK 249 – likely in there

Created with Microsoft OneNote 2010
One place for all your notes and information

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Madness Monday – The Lithuanian Side of the Family

In a few days I am taking a class at the Newberry Library and wanted to stick around afterward and do a little research. I started updating my research files and began focusing on my husband’s Lithuanian side of the family. I remembered why I don’t spend too much time on them. They are so difficult to trace! I have had more success with my Czech side and Brian’s Italian side.

This is what I am facing:

Alexander Urban b. 1874 d. 1917 married Vincenta Norushas (Norkus?). The family told me Norkus was her maiden name. Yet I found her obituary this weekend which stated Norushas was her maiden name. Does Norkus=Norushas? I understand how the Czechs change the spelling of the woman’s last name after marriage but I am completely unfamiliar with the way the Lithuanians do this.  I cannot locate a ship log for her. I cannot locate a marriage license for her marriage to Alexander or her second husband Vincent William Tatarelis.

Then there are the Kaminski/Kaminsky/Kaminskai and Yasulis branches of the family. Anton Kaminski m. Veronica Yasulis. I have a ship log for both, who arrived separately. I am certain Anton’s log is his because he lists his brother in -law Yurgis Yasulis at 4409 S. Wood Street, Chicago as his contact. I cannot find anything on Yurgis beyond that. I looked at Behind the Name to see if Yurgis became John or another Americanized name. I found Yurgis could be Jurgis. Still, I cannot find anything on Yurgis beyond the ship log and the family stayed in the home after arrival for many years.

Finding Declaration and Naturalization information for Anton has been difficult too. I have searched IRAD with no luck. I keep checking the Cook County Declaration Database for various spellings (this is an ongoing project for the county). And of course the various Census records show him being either seven, five, or four years older than Veronica which makes his year of birth anywhere from 1873 to 1882. His grave says 1873 so my searches typically start there with a +2 or +5 difference to search.

If you have done Lithuanian research, I would love to hear your tips and suggestions. Have you searched something I should avoid because it is a time waster? Did you find a fabulous source? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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