2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 3, 2021 1:12 PM by Monica Johnson

    Seeking verification of death of Celeste Bottinelli

    Monica Johnson Newbie

      I need to establish in a form that is acceptable to the Italian consulate (so, certified) that a great grandfather lived and died in Kellogg or Wardner Idaho around 1897. Details of the specific person: Italian name: Michele Celeste Bottinelli; Americanized name: Celeste Bottinelli (see alternate spellings); Born: 30th of September, 1854, Besano, Italy; Married: 18th of December, 1881, Besano, Italy. Spouse Italian: Luigia Maurizia Vergobbi aka Louisa Vergobbi or Louisa Bottinelli; Died: 22nd of September, 1897, Kellogg (or Wardner), Idaho; Occupation: Delivered ice; Possible address: 102 or 104 East Mullan, Kellogg, ID. Alternate spellings I've found: Bottenelli, Bettanelli, Battinelli, Bettinelli, Botinelli, Bottnell, Betanelly, Battimelly, Vitenlli, Scelest, Salesti, "Ce lest", Leslie.


      I have tried: Idaho Vital Statistics Certificate Request: Form states no records prior to 1911. I will submit it for a "No Record" paper trail; Family Search, Ancestry- found records listing Celeste as a parent of his children and married to Louisa but nothing more; Census- He probably emigrated and moved to Kellogg after 1888 (birth of son in Besano, 6th of Sept, 1889) and before the 30th of December 1891 (birth of daughter 30-12-1891 USA). Hence he missed the 1880 census, the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire (have checked the remnants), and doesn't appear in the 1990 census as he died in 1897; Find a Grave: see attached! There is a gravestone with him and Louisa on it. The cemetery has no other records ( I called); The historical society in town says at that time the furniture store would serve as the mortuary. It still exists, Twin City Furniture in Kellogg. They may have records. Naturalization attempt: Celeste did submit a Declaration of Intention and I have copies of 3 docs that verify this: (1) his original doc with his signature, no. 141; (2) A petition for naturalization submitted by Celeste's son, Charles, that references the original petition and states that his father (Celeste) died "before becoming actually naturalized" and to this is attached (3) another iteration of the Declaration of Intention, no 141, submitted by Celeste. All of these are attached. These were found via FamilySearch. Might other siblings have the same notations if they too applied for citizenship?


      Land Ownership: Louisa (spouse) is shown as owning her own home in the 1900 census. This could have been purchased by Celeste and then inherited by Louisa when he died? Would there be any official documents? Military: Although Celeste didn't serve, all of his boys did. Might these records show anything with respect to Celeste? Church: Contacted Meri Price, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Chancellor, Diocese of Boise. Didn't find anything. Rumor has it that they didn't attend church much. They may have also attended a different denomination as there was some scandal around the Catholic church? Unclear.


      To recap- I have a photo of the grave that proves Celeste died and is buried in Kellogg but I have no paperwork. I'm unsure if I need more (probably) and wonder if I'm missing something that might exist? Many thanks for all ideas!


      Declaration of Intention,






        • Re: Seeking verification of death of Celeste Bottinelli
          Zachary Dabbs Tracker

          Dear Ms. Johnson,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the Data Files Relating to the Immigration of Italians to the United States, documenting the period 1855 - 1900 in the Records of the Center for Immigration Research (Collection CIR). While there does not appear to be a record for Celeste Bottinelli in the series it does include a file pertaining to Michele Bottinelli. For more information about these records, please see this Frequently Asked Questions sheet or contact the National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records (RDE) at cer@nara.gov.


          Based on the Petition for Naturalization of Michele John Bottinelli that you provided there may be additional information regarding Michele and his siblings in the naturalization records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). 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 from September 27, 1906 through March 31, 1956 within Certificate Files (C-Files). Beginning on April 1, 1956, INS began filing all naturalization records in a subject’s Alien File (A-File). C-Files and certain A-Files may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program.


          It is not likely there is a C-File for Celeste Bottinelli himself as prior to September 27, 1906 any "court of record" (municipal, county, state, or Federal) could grant United States citizenship. Often petitioners went to the court most geographically convenient for them, which in his case was the District Court of the First Judicial District of Idaho in Shoshone County. As a general rule, the National Archives does not have naturalization records created in state or local courts. Instead, records from state and local courts are often at state archives or county historical societies. However, a few indexes and records have been donated to the National Archives from counties, states, and local courts. In certain cases county court naturalization records maintained by the National Archives are available as microfilm publications. Please contact the National Archives at Seattle (RW-SE) at seattle.archives@nara.gov to determine if records from lower courts are available. To ensure a successful request with the National Archives, please include: 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.


          Military service records for Celeste Bottinelli’s sons are unlikely to contain much additional information regarding him. However, if you are interested in reviewing them regardless, we suggest that you request copies of their Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and who were separated from the service before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where Army and Army Air Corps personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Navy and Marine Corps OMPFs were not affected by the fire. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


          If the land owned by Louisa Bottinelli in the 1900 census was acquired by Celeste Bottinelli from the Federal government, there may be documentation of the transaction in the records of the General Land Office. However, we searched the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)  database for land patent records but found no matches for Celeste Bottinelli. We suggest that you refer to the History Hub blog post titled Land Records: Researching the History of your Property and the webpages of the Shoshone County Clerk or other county land recorder where the property is located. We also suggest that you review the NARA Land Records website and the finding aid titled Research in the Land Entry Files of the General Land Office (Record Group 49) for more information.


          Please note that due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference requests from RDE and RW-SE.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.  Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels.  Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          In addition, we suggest you contact the Idaho State Archives regarding state and county census records as they may be able to fill the gap in documentation left by the destroyed 1890 Federal census records. We suggest that you inquire to the Idaho State Archives as well as to the Shoshone County Clerk regarding court records of probate cases as these may document transfers of property to Celeste Bottinelli’s heirs. The Idaho Supreme Court website has information regarding requests for Idaho state court records as well as directories for addressing such inquiries; the contact information for the component courts of the First Judicial District is provided here.


          Lastly, we suggest that you review NARA’s Resources for Genealogists, as well as the History Hub Blog titled Suggestions and Advice for Family History Researchers. And the FamilySearch Research wiki for Shoshone County, Idaho Genealogy may be useful.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!