Di Somma's in Potenza from Monteforte

Posted by Linda Smolar on 05/12/03 at 6:22 PM

I am researching the Di Somma family who lived in Potenza in the early 1900's.

My main objective is to find my Grandfather's birth certificate, and find his siblings. I seem to have a lot of information, but I need to prove it all. My Grandfather was Nino DI SOMMA and I believe he was born in Naples or nearby c1888. His Father was Francesco DI SOMMA and he was a watchmaker who had stores in Naples, Avellino, and Potenza (so the story goes.) Although originally from Monteforte Irpino, the Family lived in Potenza until c 1914. Nino came to New Zealand in 1916, where his brother Ugo was living. Ugo later moved to America.I have been looking for the death certificate of Francesco DI SOMMA, without any luck and I now need to get a certicate of family genealogy. I would also like to obtain Nino's marrige certicate to Bruna Tonelli. I was curious to see if anyone else was researching the same family.

Regards, Linda

Update from Forums' Editor

From records made available online at familysearch.org and the civil records online at antenati.san.beniculturali.it/:
  • Immigration record [(Ellis Island), 1892-1924 Roll 780, vol 1762-1763, 10 Oct 1906-12 Oct 1906] for Ugo Di Somma: 20 years old, domiciled in Potenza, watch maker, directed to uncle Giuseppe Di Somma, born in Monteforte Irpino
  • Birth records in Monteforte Irpino 3 February 1886 no. 14 img 9: Di Somma Ugo Ettore Leone, father Francesco, 33, orologiaio; mother: Scorciarini Maria Concetta; address Strada Portella 34
  • Immigration record [(Ellis Island), Roll 3029, vol 6901-6902, 27 Sep 1921-30 Sep 1921] for the family of Ugo Di Somma, 37, merchant born in Monteforte; wife Carmela Melillo 29, born in Viggiano, son Frank 4, born in Viggiano. Domicile in Italy: Napoli
  • Immigration record [(Ellis Island), Roll 777, vol 1755-1757, 5 Oct 1906-6 Oct 1906] for the family of possible relative Giuseppe Di Somma from Monteforte: wife Di Stefano Rosalia 48, sons Pasquale 18, Virgilio 15.
  • Immigration record [(Ellis Island), Roll 439, vol 834-835, 24 Mar 1904-26 Mar 1904] for Mario, 19 son of Giuseppe Di Somma. Address 530 East 149th St NY

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