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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:05 pm    Post subject: Melissari Surname Reply with quote

Hello my name is Kristen Melissari and I am researching my family tree. My last know relative came over from V.S. Giovanni, Italy So. In 1920. I am pretty sure that this is Villa San Giovanni, Reggio Calabria. His name is Enrico Melissari and was born on June 16, 1886 and died in New York in March 1987. He came through Ellis Island on the Dante Aligheri on March 22, 1920. His port of departure was Napoli. He was 23 years old and served in the Italian Army during WWI. Most of his siblings died in the earthquake of 1908 but I do not know how many or their names. I also have is social securyitynumber. His last known residence was here in New York in Flushing, Queens. If you could please assist me in retrieving this information or let me know how I can go about it I would greatly appreciate it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Melissari Surname Reply with quote

Benvenuta, Kristen!

Here's a copy of Enrico's WWII Draft Reg Card which verifies his birthplace:
WWII Draft card
Name: Enrico Melissari
Birth Date: 16 Jun 1896
RESIDENCE: Flushing, New York
Birth: Villa San Giovanni, Italy

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Melissari Surname Reply with quote

For reference, Enrico's 1920 manifest, line 17
Page 1
Page 2
Last residence: V(illa) S(an) Giovanni
Nearest relative in Italy: brother Giovanni
Destination: New York NY to join brother Albino at 4215? Broadway
Place of birth: Salice?
Previously in US 1913-1917

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Melissari Surname Reply with quote

kristen33,

Welcome to Gente!

Have you tried writing away for Enrico's Military Records(registro di leva and the registro dei fogli matricolari)? They will provide the name of his parents in case you don't have that as well as a lot of other great information. I believe this is the address where to write:

Archivio di Stato
Provincia di Reggio Calabria
Argine Destro Annunziata 59/61
89100 Reggio Calabria, Italia

You may then consider writing to the comune and requesting the storica di famiglia which there is a charge for unfortunately.


Comune di San Giovanni
Via Nazionale
89018 San Giovanni (RC)
Italia
0965 79341 fax: 0965 79341
Email: info @ comune.villasangiovanni.rc.it

Another option you may try is ordering the microfilms from your local family history center. Hopefully you can see this link:

www.familysearch.org/E...umns=*,0,0

If not, go to www.familysearch.org
Click on the top tab that says Library. Click on Family History
Library Catalog. Then click on Place search. Type in Via San Giovanni and you will get two hits. Choose the bottom one that is for Reggio Calabria. Click on this: Italy, Reggio di Calabria, Villa San Giovanni - Civil registration and then click on Registri dello stato civile, 1809-1910 Villa San Giovanni (Reggio di Calabria). Ufficio dello stato civile

Then you can look through it and view related notes.

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Melissari Surname Reply with quote

Possible 1906 manifest for brother Giovanni Melissari
Name: Giovanni Melissari
Arrival Date: 11 Jun 1906
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1888
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Napoli
Last residence: Salice*
Destination: New York NY to join brother Albino
*possibly Salice Calabro, part of the town of Reggio Calabria, located just southeast of Villa San Giovanni.
italia.indettaglio.it/...labro.html

FHC films for Salice Calabro

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Melissari Surname Reply with quote

Enrico Melissari, first manifest from 1913, line 6
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Page 2
Enrico Melissari
Arrival Date: 14 Oct 1913
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1896
Age: 17
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Naples, Italy
Ship Name: Ancona
Last residence: Villa (San Giovanni?)
Nearest relative in Italy: brother Giovani
Place of birth: Salice

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Melissari Surname Reply with quote

Manhattan county marriage records for Enrico Melissari and Paolina Russo:
For whatever reason there are two dates given, 10 Jul 1922 with cert# 20294 and 22 Jul 1922 with cert# 29523.
Information from Italian Genealogical Group website

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Melissari Surname Reply with quote

Another possible brother Luigi Melissari, line 10
Last residence: Salice
Destination: New York NY to join brother Albino
1906 manifest

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:59 am    Post subject: Re: Melissari Surname Reply with quote

Biff83 wrote:
For reference, Enrico's 1920 manifest, line 17
Page 1
Page 2
Last residence: V(illa) S(an) Giovanni
Nearest relative in Italy: brother Giovanni
Destination: New York NY to join brother Albino at 4215? Broadway
Place of birth: Salice?
Previously in US 1913-1917

Biff
Thank you so much for all of your help. I lost the website and was unable to receive any of the information you provided me until today. Thanks anything else you can help me with I would appreciate it.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:00 am    Post subject: Re: Melissari Surname Reply with quote

nuccia wrote:
kristen33,

Welcome to Gente!

Have you tried writing away for Enrico's Military Records(registro di leva and the registro dei fogli matricolari)? They will provide the name of his parents in case you don't have that as well as a lot of other great information. I believe this is the address where to write:

Archivio di Stato
Provincia di Reggio Calabria
Argine Destro Annunziata 59/61
89100 Reggio Calabria, Italia

You may then consider writing to the comune and requesting the storica di famiglia which there is a charge for unfortunately.


Comune di San Giovanni
Via Nazionale
89018 San Giovanni (RC)
Italia
0965 79341 fax: 0965 79341
Email: info @ comune.villasangiovanni.rc.it

Another option you may try is ordering the microfilms from your local family history center. Hopefully you can see this link:

www.familysearch.org/E...umns=*,0,0

If not, go to www.familysearch.org
Click on the top tab that says Library. Click on Family History
Library Catalog. Then click on Place search. Type in Via San Giovanni and you will get two hits. Choose the bottom one that is for Reggio Calabria. Click on this: Italy, Reggio di Calabria, Villa San Giovanni - Civil registration and then click on Registri dello stato civile, 1809-1910 Villa San Giovanni (Reggio di Calabria). Ufficio dello stato civile





Thank you for your help. Is there any other way to get the parents names of Enrico?
Then you can look through it and view related notes.

Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Melissari Surname Reply with quote

Ciao Kristen!

I wrote you a private message, but i don't know if you have read it...anyway, i have more information for your research because Enrico melissari is the brother of my great grandmother vincenzina melissari!

So i think that we Are relatives! Very Happy
I hope that you can contact me and we could know more about our family origins!!

Ciao ciao,

Annalisa
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