Wow... I cannot believe it has been 18 months since my last post. My lack of writing has not been from lack of interest, but mostly lack of time combined with the lack of significant content to write about. My job and my daughter seem to occupy most of my time. Genealogy seems to be relegated to an occaisional evening when I manage to stay awake long enough, and have my laptop in bed. I should have written an article here when I found my father and my grandparents on the second day of the 1940 census release, but lack of time relagted it to a quick tweet and facebook post.
But a few minutes ago, I had a really significant breakthrough. I had written before about my great-uncle Guiseppe Cascio. His arrival record had eluded my early on in my research, though I had found my great-grandparents arrival record at Ellis Island in 1898, and they brought their second child with them, there was no sign of Giuseppe. Then I made contact with James Ragusa through a post I had made on an ancestry.com message board. He had done significant research on the Ragusa name and those who came from the village of Corleone. He was generous enough to share the research he had done on my branch of the family (one that he did not connect to his own Ragusa line) and that included the arrival record for Giuseppe. That record also showed that Giuseppe travelled to America with his uncle, Giuseppe Ragusa, and his grandmother.
Giuseppe Ragusa is the only know sibling of my great-grandmother, Anna Ragusa. Until today, my only hard evidence of his existance is that arrival record. I checked my correspondance, and that was a little over three years ago, just before my daughter was born. Since then I have looked for my 2x-great uncle many times. I found several possible matches, but never anything that I could pin down. I began to question if Giuseppe Ragusa stayed in the USA. Perhaps, he made the journey to accompany his mother and nephew across the ocean and then returned to Italy.
But today, I found him and his family!!! I was going through my ancestry.com hints (yeah, those little green leaves like on the adverts) during my lunch hour. There were a few 1940 census matches, the usual assortment of city directories, and hints that simply need dismissing.I skipped over a lot of UK hints, since I do not currently have a world membership. Then I came to Giuseppe Ragusa with six hints. I was not optimistic, since I was never able to dismiss many of the hints I had previously reviewed. I scanned down the list. I saw the 1915 NY State Census. Had I seen that hint before? It showed the name of a spouse and the eldest child. Then it caught my eye... the child's name is Antonina, the same as Guiseppe's mother, my 2x great-grandmother, Antonina Provenzano. I clicked in for more detail. The second child's name is Gaetano, the same as my 2x-great-grandfather. I started to feel some excitement. Could this finally be him? I looked at the census document itself to see where this family lived. Then I knew, with no doubt... Giuseppe and his family lived at 333 East 106th St in Manhattan, a mere two doors away from wherehis sister lived when she passed away three years prior.