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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:13 am    Post subject: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGNA Reply with quote

my grandparents were Vincenzo Riggio and Gaetana Bologna. They came to the US around 1890 from somewhere in or around Palermo. Our understanding is that my grandmother's parents did not approve of the marriage so they ran away and got married and came to the US. They may have traveled across the continent to the east and entered the US via San Francisco but I have no proof of that. They settled in NYC and raised 5 boys and a daughter...Barney, Nick, Frank, Louis, James, and Flossie, all of who were born in New York. I am second generation American-born. All of the first generation are dead and most of the second are also gone. I am the youngest of the second generation.

this is really all the information we have. We don't know how they got here are any other documents about them. We would appreciate any help anyone can give us.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:15 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGNA Reply with quote

Have you checked www.ellisisland.org for ship manifest records?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGNA Reply with quote

Hi, maybe this is the your ancestor family in 1930 census:
1930 United States Federal Census
about Vincenzo Riggio Name: Vincenzo Riggio
Home in 1930: Manhattan, New York, New York
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Age: 79
Estimated birth year: abt 1851
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Tana Riggio
Race: White
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Vincenzo Riggio 79 imm. 1888 alien
Tana Riggio 62 imm. 1891 alien
Frank Riggio 27
James Riggio 23
Louis Riggio 20



1910 United States Federal Census about Vincenzo Riggio
Name: Vincenzo Riggio
Age in 1910: 52
Estimated birth year: abt 1858
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Spouse's name: Gaetano Riggio
Home in 1910: Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Year of immigration: 1890
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Household Members: Name Age
Vincenzo Riggio imm. 1890
52
Gaetano Riggio imm. 1891
44
Benny Riggio
15
Nicholas Riggio
8
Frank Riggio
5
Jimmy Riggio
1
Barney Riggio
12


Married from 18 years; all children born in NY..
Marriage record:
Riggio Vincenzo Apr 3 1892 7506 (1892) Manhattan
Bilona Gaetana Apr 3 1892 7506 (1892) Manhattan
And by familysearch.org, more details abt the marriage:
Groom's Name: Vincenzo Reggio
Groom's Birth Date:
Groom's Birthplace:
Groom's Age:
Bride's Name: Gaetana Bilona
Bride's Birth Date:
Bride's Birthplace:
Bride's Age:
Marriage Date: 03 Apr 1892
Marriage Place: Manhattan, New York, New York
Groom's Father's Name: Bartolomeo
Groom's Mother's Name: Felicia Maggio
Bride's Father's Name: Vincenzo
Bride's Mother's Name: Anna Monteberte( in italian spell: Montaperti)
Groom's Race:
Groom's Marital Status:
Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
Bride's Race:
Bride's Marital Status:
Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00749-6
System Origin: New_York-ODM
Source Film Number: 1452288
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I am no sure that the Gaetana maiden name was Bologna, maybe some surname similar to Bilona… hoping helpful,
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGNA Reply with quote

The first son of Vincenzo and Gaetana was born in 1893:
Vartolomeo Rigio (Bartolomeo RIGGIO)
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Birth: 28 AUG 1893 Manhattan, New York, New York

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Father: Vincenzo Rigio Family
Mother: Gaetana Billone
also in this record the Gaetana maiden name is no Bologna... maybe the right italian spell is BELLONE
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGN Reply with quote

Interesting. We thought they were married prior to coming to US. I will have to re-look for dad's birth certificate. I recall his mom's maiden name on it being "Bologna" specifically. But thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGN Reply with quote

Interesting. We thought they were married prior to coming to US. I will have to re-look for dad's birth certificate. I recall his mom's maiden name on it being "Bologna" specifically. I did have the 1910 and 1930 census information already. The strange thing is that I've never heard of Benny and I'd have thought I'd have known about him since I knew about all my uncles and my aunt.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGN Reply with quote

I just found Dad's baptism certificate. His mother's maiden name was Bilone OMG...all these years
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:07 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGNA Reply with quote

Good work suanj!

Looking at the parents surnames, i can say, the town which all Families are from with slight spelling differences are Nicosia, Enna, Sicilia, Italia.

Using the following surnames:

Billone
Maggio
Montaperto
Riggio

These names are all found in Nicosia, Enna, Sicilia.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:17 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGNA Reply with quote

Thanks Jamie; Gaetana in 1910 declared that had 7 children, 5 living, so I believe that the first Bartolomeo born in 1893 died infant; because in New York City Births, 1891-1902
it are another Bartolomeo and the age matching with Barney age in 1910 census:
Name: Bartolomeo Riggio
Birth: 20 Jul 1895

Certificate Number 29749

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:37 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGNA Reply with quote

maybe this could be the death of Vincenzo Riggio:
Riggio Vincent age 85 y
death date: July 16 1940
Certificate Number: 15481 (1940)
death place: Manhattan
birth year: 1854 - 1855

it could be helpful to find a obituary(!)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:39 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGNA Reply with quote

Gaetana death(?):
Riggio Gaetana age 80 y
death date:Feb 24 1946
Certificate Number: 4783 (1946)
death place:Kings
birth year: 1865 - 1866

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:29 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGN Reply with quote

Thanks everyone. I know for a fact that Gaetana died January 15,1951. I have the church memorial card for her funeral in my possession.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:32 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGN Reply with quote

We also have no knowledge of who Benny is. The other child was Flossie who wa born earlier in NY also who brought may descendants into the world. Her children live in Philadelphia and Maryland and we are in contact.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:37 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGN Reply with quote

Suanj...are you trying to match Bartholomew and Barney? That would not be correct. Barney was alive as an adult. Benny was not.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:40 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for information on my grandparents RIGGIO/BOLOGNA Reply with quote

Frank, does Nicosia sound familiar?
All 4 surnames are in that town.
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