Need HELP…lots of dead ends after hours of research on Italian grandparents

So I am helping my husband research his Italian grandparents to determine if he is eligible for Italian citizenship thru descent.

Apparently they both emigrated from Naples Italy. I am running into dead ends, because most of the family is either not in communication or is deceased. My husband's mother just passed this last summer and dementia had already taken its toll, plus she was in the dark for many years on what happened with her family.

Here is what we do know: 

mother is Louisa Tuliucci [sic] born July 24, 1933 in Jersey City, county of Hudson at 109 Wales Avenue, Jersey City NJ to the parents Alex Tuliucci [sic] and Raffale Coelcocci (??)

on December 2, 1937 an article appeared in the Jersey Journal reporting on a tragedy that had befallen the Tulucci (note the spelling) family of 94 DeKalb Ave. in which 6 year old Charles Tulucci was hit and killed in a hit and run. The family was already destitute at that time. It stated that Alex, Antoinette, Anthony and 5 other sisters were survivors…one of which was my husband’s mother Louisa. We recognize Mary and Josephine as well, but not the other two and apparently there is a brother Michael missing? We know this because Mary passed away in 2013 and he is buried with her as: Michele Tuluicci (yes, another spelling, this time on a granite marker!)

I was only able to find a WWII draft reg card for Alex Tulucci who was living with a Mary who was employed…it matches up I think with who the GF could be. It states his BP as Aerolo Italy on July 2 1896…which would make him capable of fathering these children.

My MIL was put into a Catholic orphanage at age 5 and picked up at age 16 by her sister Mary. She has no idea what happened to her parents. She claimed she was a twin and her sister died at birth along with her mother? But then how to explain the Mrs. Tulucci in the newspaper articles?? There were a lot of blanks in her life for obvious reasons. Apparently no one was very fond of older sister Mary except for Michael.

Anyhow we don’t know name of Catholic orphanage, no birth certs for any of the children of Alex, no death certs except Mary’s obit, no Ellis island or other immigration info or naturalization info although from my research the Catholic Church Alex attended was created specifically for Italians that could not speak English and I think that was an issue for him…from the many articles I read about the family tragedy. I have no idea where he got married, where or when he was born or the GM was born. I have looked and looked on, and my

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I will try to attach files in another post. 

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  • This is my final 2 bob’s worth …

    We know the following re the children:
    Alexander and Raffaela had 4 living children by 1 April 1930 (census) and Raffaela died in Oct 1933.
    Unfortunately the “
    New Jersey, Reclaim the Records, Geographic Birth Index” only goes until 1929, so it becomes a bit of a guessing game after this especially without a 1940 census.
    Josephine (aka JoAnn) was born in Jun 1929 and Louisa #2 was born in July 1933, so she would have been the last child for this couple. Charles Tuliucci would have been born most likely in 1931. It is possible that the couple might have had 2 other children between Josephine, Charles and Louisa, but the timeline would be a bit tight.

    Did Alexander and Antoinette have children together?
    I haven’t been able to figure out yet what Antoinette’s maiden name was (i.e. Arnone or Cardinale or maybe something else), but it is fairly clear that she had been married previously.
    I found the following 2 life claims for an Antoinette Tuliucci (cycle year=1952) and an Antoinette Arnone (cycle year=1976): &  Both claims have a birth date of 6 Jan 1887 and Jersey City as the field office address, but the Soc Sec numbers are different (why?).
    If Antoinette’s YOB is really 1887, she would have been nearly 47y when she married Alexander i.e. it isn’t impossible, but unlikely that this couple would have had children together. Therefore I suspect that some of the children mentioned on Charles’ death notice might have been step siblings (Unfortunately you never mentioned the other girls’ names, because that info might have been useful in order to find out more abt Antoinette’s background).

    I have tried to find out more regarding mum Raffaela, but it’s a guessing game without a correct surname, place of birth etc. I’d already advised you to go down the BMD certificate route as I’ve exhausted the free online options. Maybe her death certificate will unearth something useful or maybe one of the earlier birth certificates.

    Re the orphanage … I have no idea, but maybe the local Catholic parish could point you in the right direction.

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