Welcome to my webpage! I have been interested in genealogy for quite some time now, and would love to exchange information with any "cousins" I can find. This page is specifically for my maternal grandfather's family, who came from Tyrol, Austria (now Italy) to America. Other surnames associated with my Pedri & Flaim families are Corra and Nolet. Below is a little bit about my family. I am also interested in hearing from any descendants of the brother (mentioned below), Frank Pedri/Pedro, as I lose track of him after the 1900 census. Thank you for visiting, and I hope to hear from you soon :-)
Peter Pedri/Pedro was born 1866-1869 in Tyrol, Austria. I'm not sure of the
exact birthyear because of conflicting documents; the 1900 census gave Peter's birthdate
as Aug. 31, 1865. His death certificate gave his birthdate as Sept. 4, 1866; son
Joseph was the informant on this certificate. His Petition for Naturalization gave
his birthdate as Sept 4, 1869. I would imagine the date on the naturalization records
(1869) was correct, but one never knows.
Peter's parents *may* have been Peter Pedri/Pedro & Mary Corra, also of Austria, but I lack the documentation to prove this. I have also found no record of them coming to America with son Peter or otherwise. The surname itself has obviously been changed upon Peter's arrival to America. All records I have found in the U.S. (marriage, censuses, etc.) say "Peter Pedro," but his naturalization papers his signature clearly says "Peter Pedri." Not sure why this would have been changed.
He came to America in 1884, arriving in New York. At that time, Castle Garden was the immigration landing depot, as Ellis Island wasn't opened until 1890. When trying to locate the documentation of his arrival (mainly to find out who he came with), I learned that all of the records from Castle Garden were lost in a fire. I have been unsuccessful at locating any ship's manifests with his name in them, so at this point it is impossible to tell whether he came alone or with other family members. It is also unknown exactly when he moved to Pennsylvania, but he was married in June 1895 in Northumberland Co., PA to Mary Flaim. After their marriage, Peter & Mary stayed in Shamokin, PA. They lived in the mining village of Excelsior, Coal Township, about 4 miles east of Shamokin, and Peter was a coal miner. They remained there through 1910, but sometime before 1915 moved into Shamokin Borough, where Peter apparently tried his hand at running a grocery. Later records again show his occupation as "miner." They appeared in the Shamokin Borough, Coal Township 1920 census. In the 1900 Excelsior census, living with Peter & family; "Frank Pedro" born July 25, 1874 was listed as Peter's brother. Frank was also a miner, and the census stated he had arrived that same year from Tyrol, Austria.
Mary & Peter had the following children in Shamokin PA:
Mary Helen, b.1895, m. Barrett
Cecelia "Della", b.1897, m. Ely
Hannah "Bessie", b.1899, m. Olcese
Violet, b.1901, m. Klemick
Peter, b.1903 (he later changed the spelling of this last name to "Pedrow")
John Francis "Frank", b.1908
Joseph T., b.1912
John Charles., b.1920
Mary Flaim was also born in Tyrol, Austria, in 1878. The 1900 census says she immigrated in 1889, the 1910 census says she immigrated in 1890. Her parents were Francesco "Frank" Flaim & Maddelina Nolet, of Revoh (spelling?) Austria, and according to family story they resided in NJ, though I can find no records of them there. They are both buried there though. According to a great great grandson, Francesco's name was actually "Francesco di Pietro" on one of his son's documents, but this has caused me great confusion. I am not well versed in the methods of Austrian naming methods, so if anyone out there has knowledge of this could you please contact me and let me know what this "di Pietro" may mean? From information given by other family members, Francesco & Maddelina had these children, all in Austria:
Francesco supposedly died in 1900, and Maddelina in 1899, when some of their children were still minors. Because of this, Anna was adopted by a family with the surname of Malloy, and John by the Maloney family.
That's about all I have on these families so far, but if anyone can add to this information or give any suggestions for further research, please do write to me.
Below are some links to other pages that you may find interesting and helpful. If you have a genealogy page that you would like to have submitted here, please send me the link in an eMail and I will check it out :-)
THE FLAIM FAMILY: This is Jack Orlandi's Flaim genealogy page, and it has some terrific information on Flaim families from the Revoh/Val di Non/Trentino area (now Italy)
TRENTINO: Sal Romano's page is chock full of information on the history & culture of the Trentino area. Also has some great genealogical information-- a must see
THE BERTAGNOLLI'S HOME PAGE: I found this page to be somewhat difficult to navigate but there are a few links in their surname list for Pedri data.
TYROL GENWEB: Offers query boards for Tyrol and also for specific areas of South Tryol. Surname helpers, etc. Not much here yet, but sure to grow with time
US GENWEB: One of the best sites for searchable genealogy records in the U.S. It is updated as new records are submitted, so this is one to bookmark and visit regularly.
N.O.S. MAGAZINE: One of the only websites I've found that has articles specifically about Tyroleans. Several other articles and bits of information about the Trento area, etc., are there too.
D'ADDEZIO.COM: A terrific site for those of us searching for Italian records. It includes passenger lists, articles, research helps, and more.
ABOUT.COM'S ITALIAN GENEALOGY: Features several interesting resources for information on Italian surnames and locating Italian records.
JOE'S ITALIAN GENEALOGY: Some good information, but the real jewel on this website is the form letters you may use to ask for genealogical records from Italy.
LDS FAMILY SEARCH: Offers research outlines, forms, family search, and more. For those us of who do not have genealogy software, the free P.A.F. download they offer here is a must! It has most all the functions that the store-boughten programs do in an easy-to-use format, but this one is free!
ANCIENT FACES: Find and share family photos online. Search for pictures by surname, city, state, or county, or military unit. This is a terrfic free service, with photos coming from individual submissions, so please help out if you can!
BIRTHDATE CALENDAR: You can use this to calculate an ancestor's birthdate when all you have is their death date and age (like from a cemetery stone).
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