Update below record.
I have spent so long trying to find out where my Para family immigrated from in Italy, and I finally found them! It was through a birth record of a previously unknown child.
In the 1900 US census, Mary Para claimed that she had SEVEN children, with only FIVE still living.
Those five would be Steven, Joseph, Peter, Rose, and Mamie.
Who are the other two?
Well, I managed to find the birth record for a sixth child, with a confirmation of Mary/Maria’s surname: Chiarlone.
AND now I know Para was actually Pera prior. Which literally translates into Pear. It reminds me of the apples apples and oranges quote from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”.
I have attempted to translate the actual handwriting, and my buddy Sarah in Italy has also attempted, but the handwriting is a little to stretchy to read well (at least to us!).
The information I was able to get from this document:
Giuseppe Pera was born on February 27, 1877 in Piana Crixia, Savona, Italy to parents Giacomo Pera and Maria Chiarlone.
Or maybe he was born in Borgata Molino, Torino, Italy.
Google Translate tells me (to a certain point):
The year eighteen hundred seventy-seven, this day four of March in the morning hours and ten minutes, in the Municipal House.
Ahead of me Destefanis Stefano ? elderly
Officer of the Civil State of the City Piana Crixia pel ? prevented appeared Pera James of thirty-two years old farmer domiciled in Piana Crixia, who said to me that or AM Nine and minutes, of the Twenty-seven of the last month February, in the house in a Borgata Molino at ?, by Chiarlone Maria ? wife housewife with him
He was born to cohabiting Masculine sex child he introduces me, and that by the names of Joseph.
To the above and this act were present as witnesses () Peter, aged thirty-two, owner, and ? Angel of twenty-five years, the owner, both residing in this municipality bed hereby to read he () the year and with me ? ? holy THE STATEMENT ?…
My mom’s friend Lisa, who lives in the Province of Florence, translated the birth record for me:
In YEAR 1877 , on march 4 at the 10 o'clock a.m.in the town hall .
Before me Destefani Antonio senior councilor,
Registrar the town of Piana Crixia
Appeared Pera Giacomo of 32 years , Farmer, domiciled in Piana Crixia, who stated that at 9 o' clock a.m. of February 27 in the house in Borgata Molino , from Chiarlone Maria his wife , housewife and cohabitant
Is born a baby male named Giuseppe
During this act were present Leagro Pietro, of years 32, owner, Borio Angelo ,of years 25 , owner, both residents in this town
Read this note to all present and that signed with me except the registrant that signed with a cross.”
I cannot thank her enough!
The red question marks are what I couldn’t make out, and it continues after the last one.
I am actually hoping someone can help me translate this document. Otherwise, I will keep working on it (it seems that at different size, certain words become easier to read).
Now to find child number SEVEN!