How I turned a random lead into a documented relative.
I'm lucky to have such an uncommon maiden name. Nearly everyone named Iamarino can trace their roots back to the same small town in Italy.
Recently, an Iamarino from Brazil went to visit our Italian ancestral hometown. She visited 3 months after I did. I saw her photos on Facebook and recognized all the places I'd seen on my trip.
I've known about this particular Brazilian Italian cousin for 10 years. A mutual friend told me about her ancestry. Seeing her photos reminded me how much I want to learn about the Iamarinos who left Italy for Brazil.
That's why I'm diving into some Brazilian records on FamilySearch.org. I've chosen a database called "Brazil, São Paulo Immigration Cards, 1902–1980". I've entered only the last name Iamarino in the search area.
Document 1: Immigration Card
There's only 1 result, but it's intriguing to me. The photo of this 80-year-old widowed man, whose mother was named Iamarino, is calling to me.
|A search for my maiden name brought up this man. What more can I learn about him?|
My experience with Colle Sannita records tells me "Miguel's" real last name is Basilone, ending in an e. And I'm sure his given name is Michele, the Italian version of Miguel.
So I'm going to search my collection of Colle Sannita vital records and my family tree. Let's see what I can learn about this man.
Document 2: His Birth Record
|The 1895 birth record of the man in the photo.|
I'll search the birth indexes for Antonio Basilone and Marianna Iamarino in and around 1869.
Document 3: His Father's Birth Record
There is no Antonio Basilone in the 1869 index, but there's a Libero Antonio Pasquale Basilone. I've got to take a look at him.
|Michele's father's birth record includes his marriage to Michele's mother.|
- Birth date: 15 May 1869
- Father's name: Michele, the son of the late Pietrangelo
- Mother's name: Andreana Paolucci, daughter of Giovanni
Document 4: His Mother's Birth Record
I didn't have to go far to find Marianna Iamarino's birth record in 1870. Finally I have a connection! Marianna's parents are already in my family tree. She is my 3rd cousin 3 times removed.
That makes Michele, the somber old man in the photo, my 4th cousin twice removed.
|Michele's mother's side of the family was already in my family tree.|
|My cousin who went to Brazil.|
I'm sure I can find Michele's siblings by searching the birth records starting in 1891.
I may be able to find Michele's marriage record, but only if he married after 1930. There are marriage records available from 1931–1942.
Every evening, with the Yankees playing on the TV, I sit here at my computer. I pick a genealogy project for the evening. Michele was an unexpected project that I'm feeling really good about.
Michele Basilone looks very sturdy and solid for 80 years old. Maybe this was an old photo.
I'm happy to see his face and know that my first search in the Brazilian genealogy records gave me my 4th cousin twice removed. Olá, Miguel.