I am very confused because I find Leopoldo arriving twice.
I Apr 1895 arriving in NY on the LaBourgogne with his wife and oldest child, Pietro
18 Dec 1901 arriving in NY on the Patria with his son Alfredo (born in the US) & his mother?
These 3 people were detained until 21 Dec 1901 according to a list at the end of the passenger list.
I have not found Giugliema and Noeli (Lena) arriving back in the US, although all records indicate that Noeli was born in France.
In the 1915 & 1925 NY state censuses Leopoldo, his wife, & his daughter Lena were listed as aliens & the other children as citizens. Pietro was not in the household at this time
In the 1930 US census Leopoldo (Paul) & his wife are listed as aliens and his daughter's (Lena's) status is listed as unknown.
If Leopoldo was naturalized it would had have been after April 1930. I have not been able to find any naturalization record for him in the NYC area.
Thank you. Leopoldo Paletta married Gugliema Migliano on November 11, 1892 in Serignan-Herault, France.
Leopoldo, Gugliema, Pietro, Alfriedo, and Noeli arrive in NY in December 1901. Piero was 11, Alfriedo was 8 and Noeli was under one year. The children were all born in France. Since Peitro was 11, he was born in 1890, two years before Leopoldo and Gugliema were married.
I was not aware of Leopoldo arriving in 1895. This could be with Pietro, who would have been 5 and a first wife? Alfriedo would have been 2 in 1895. Where was he, maybe back in France with his mother. Was his mother Gugliema? Probably, since they were married in 1892.
I will research the ship you mention to see what I can find.
Thank you very much.
In every census (US & NY state) that I found for this family it states that Alfredo was born in NY, which fits with the passenger list for the SS Patria that arrived in Dec 1901 for Leopoldo, Alfredo, and Leopoldo's mother. Do you have a copy of the list for the SS Patria showing the additional family names?
This a copy of the NY birth record of Alfred: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2W37-SBG
Name: Alfieri Poletta
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 25 Aug 1897
Event Place: Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Father's Name: Leoporto Poletta
Father's Birthplace: Italiano
Father's Age: 30
Mother's Name: Guglerina Gugliano
Mother's Birthplace: Italiano
Mother's Age: 22
Also, Pietro died at age 16 (1906) in Brooklyn. I cannot find a death certificate for him.
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Beginning on September 27, 1906, the responsibility for naturalization proceedings was transferred to the Federal courts. If his naturalization took place in a Federal court in New York City, his declaration of intention (with any accompanying certificates of arrival), and petition for naturalization may be in the custody of the National Archives at New York (RE-NY). Please email RE-NY at email@example.com for a search by including the name of petitioner (including known variants); date of birth; approximate date of entry to the US; approximate date of naturalization; where the individual was residing at the time of naturalization (city/county/state); and country of origin.
In most cases, the National Archives will not have a copy of the certificate of citizenship. Two copies of the certificate were created – one given to the petitioner as proof of citizenship, and one forwarded to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
Certificates of citizenship were issued by the Federal courts until October 1991 when INS took over responsibility for naturalization proceedings. All INS records are now overseen by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS maintains duplicate copies of court records (including the certificate of citizenship) created since September 27, 1906 and may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program.
Since he was listed as AL (Alien status) in the 1915 NY Census and the 1930 US Census, it also is possible that Leopoldo did not complete the naturalization process. Naturalization is not required in the U.S. In the late 1800s/early 1900s, based on census statistics, around 25% of immigrants in the U.S. had not pursued citizenship. We suggest that you review NARA’s Naturalization Records website for an overview of the naturalization process and the FamilySearch wiki for Naturalization Terms and Acronyms.
We suggest that you contact the New York City Municipal Archives for assistance in ordering a death certificate for Pietro Paletta.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you. This is very helpful.