Wednesday, November 5, 2014
This Is My Cheat Day
I actually managed to find out a whole bunch of information today. I learned the name of my great-great grandmother and great-great grandfather on that side, the names of my great-great uncles and aunts, the name of the town in Brazil where they were born and the town in Italy where they later lived, the dates that they arrived in the United States, and my great-great grandmother's maiden name.
The mystery, however, continues. By 1930, most of my immediate Italian (or Brazilian?) relatives... my great-great grandmother, great grandmother, and three great-great uncles and one great-great aunt, were all living in the Chicago area. My great-grandmother had been the first to come over, followed by one of her brothers, and finally by the rest of her family, except for her father, who had died by then. So there they all were. But then, in 1931, one of the uncles died at the age of 21. How did he die? I have no clue! I can't find any obituaries about him, just his death record. And after that, the rest of them seemed to just disappear and there are no more records of them. I mean, I know they didn't drop off the face of the Earth. But they are a very tough crowd to find information on!
Plus, when I try to search even further beyond my great-great grandparents, all the information is in Italian, which makes it much harder to do.
So... yeah. So this is my blog post for today. And as you can see, it did turn into a pretty substantial post. So I guess I didn't cheat after all!