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We recommend that you contact the New York City Municipal Archives to obtain a copy of the death certificate for your great grandfather, Francesco LoCascio.
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Thanks, I have already done that and they have no record of his death. I had them search 1900, 1901, & 1902. And the Boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. I've been looking for over 30 years. I also searched (as best I could) the records from his home town in Sicily. Nothing. I guess this will be one mystery I can't solve.
There is at least one Francesco LoCascio living in NYC after 1901/02, who was born in Baucina. Could you give us the name of his wife or children, so we could possibly find him.
His wife was Francesca (Cirrincione). Francesco’s living children were Carmelo, Maria, and Pasquale. After Francesco died, Francesca married his brother Carmelo in Brooklyn in 1902. After going back and forth to Sicily the family eventually settled in Chicago.
I checked the index to NYC deaths available through the Italian Genealogy Group (Search Databases (italiangen.org)) using various spellings of his surname and a first name only search for 1899-1902 and did not find him. The Italian Genealogy Group databases are not limited to Italians and was created from various state and local NYC records. So unless his name was totally butchered I would say he did not die in NYC.
Yes, I too searched the Italian Genealogy Group. I truly wonder if he died when it is said he did. I may never know for sure. Thanks for you help.
I like to dive into the data to get the feel of a timeline for myself:
So we’ve got:
Francesco’s (probable? ... it is hard to read) 1874 birth: (#106) https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-997B-V7PC?i=2952
Francesco’s 1895 marriage: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G97B-Y4G2?i=85
In Feb 1901 Carmelo travels to the US and has Francesco as his contact: (#4) https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9TH-L381-K?i=289
Carmelo’s Oct 1902 Marriage - https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24SY-Y7G
Once I had the story the following possibility turned up:
New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949
Name: Frank Socascio
Death Date: 7 Feb 1902
Death Place: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Death Place (Original): Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Birth Year (Estimated): 1875
Marital Status: Unknown
Certificate Number: 4417
Wow. All the info you stated is correct based on my research. I will have to write to NY to get a copy of the death certificate. Fingers crossed. Thanks so much for all your work.
That surname makes sense if the original record was handwriting. I often find upper case L and S mistaken for each other in indexes of records.
I always try to rule out such findings, by trying to link them to another individual. In this case I could not find anyone else who could have been a "Frank Socascio" b abt 1874/5, so he stands a good chance of being your guy.
Let us know what's in the certificate. If it isn't him, we'll have another stab at it.
(= my crossed fingers)
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Found a possible match on findagrave.com
Possible brother of Francesco
Thanks. I don’t think the marker for Francesco is my Francesco. The marker for Carmelo is for my Francesco’s brother. I have been to the marker many times.