Family History Research

Book review – Selected Directory of Italians in Chicago

Yesterday at the Newberry library I had the opportunity to look through a book called Selected Directory of Italians in Chicago by Lisa Cipriani. This book is a categorized listing of business owners and addresses from 1928-1929.

The entries I pulled out are as below. They are the surnames of people in my husband’s family. Now I need to determine which people are actually related. I know several of them owned stores, but who exactly? I also copied the Undertaker’s entry because he is listed on several of my Italian death certificates and most of the entries were smudged enough it is difficult to make out anything but the Polk Street.

Page 9  Commerce

LaMantia Brothers, Arrigo Co., 6 So. Water Market, LaMantia, Co. The, 76 So. Water Market, LaMantia, F., 54 So. Water Market, LaMantia, J., 54 So. Water Market

Page 16 Fruits, Wholesale

LaMantia, T., 267 W. 24th Street

Page 18  Grocers (Retail)

Coco, Antonio, 2416 Wentwort

Page 25  Meat Markets

Coco, J., 2262 Wentworth

Page 40  Undertakers

Reda Frank, 1003 Polk

If you have Italian families in Chicago who owned a business around 1928-29, this book is a great resource.

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