Every genealogy researcher knows that families are such wonderful things. Some families are fun loving. Others are serious. This RecordClick genealogist has seen some families face disaster and survive quite nicely. Other families seem to be getting along okay. Then something happens and they fall apart. This is what keeps genealogy interesting. Every individual and family is different.
In the past couple of blogs, this professional genealogist has been looking at the family of Frankie Valli, of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons fame. In each blog, this genealogy researcher has found one individual who played an important role in the family. Now I realize that there is one person who has not received the recognition she deserves. I need to rectify that.
While doing family history research, a genealogy researcher often focuses on one specific family member. If the surname is a common one – no matter what the nationality – following the correct family can get tricky. The genealogy researcher knows that this happens especially when a nickname is used instead of the proper given name. We genealogy researchers know how many names are derived from Elizabeth or John!
Every genealogist knows the value of the census. There is always information that verifies children’s birth and growth. A census also provides the genealogy researcher with evidence of that one family member who is always there when the census is filled in. There is that one person who keeps the family organized. Such a person is a genealogy researcher’s delight. In Frankie Valli’s family there is such an individual.
Let’s take a look:
In the 1910, U.S. Census, the Castelluccio family had five members listed:
|Millie||Head||27||Widowed||Mother of 3, 3 living||Italian||Immigrated 1899|
|Rosalie||M-I-L||52||Widowed||Mother of 1, 0 living||Italian||Immigrated 1899|
Here is the family from the 1920 U.S. Census:
|Frank||Head||44||Married||Immigrated 1899, Alien||B. Italy||Barber|
|Wife||37||Married||Immigrated 1899, Alien||B. Italy|
|Rose||Mother||63||Widowed||Immigrated 1910, Alien||b. Italy|
This is what appeared in the 1930 U.S. Census:
|Frank||Head||54||Married at 24||b.Italy||Immigrated 1902, Naturalized|
|Wife||49||Married at 19||b. Italy||Immigrated 1902, Naturalized|
And now for the 1940 U.S. Census (Information provided by daughter Rose):
OK, genealogy fans, out of all the family members listed each census, who is the one constant?
Who is the family member found by this genealogy researcher who is listed in every census?
The answer from your’s truly, the professional genealogist: Mother Rose.
This genealogy researcher has found that she was the matriarch of the family. With each census found by this professional genealogist, Mother Rose wore her age proudly as she got older. Her husband evidently died fairly young because Frank was her only child. As was the practice in Italy, a widowed parent often lived with adult children. So, Mama Rose came to Frank and Mildred’s home and stayed. She was an integral part of the family—and a lucky thing for the genealogy researcher.
That could be the end of the story. But a good genealogy researcher likes to try and find the bodies. The obvious place to look is on FindAGrave. There aren’t that many Castelluccios listed. No Frank. No Mildred. No Mother Rose. So the genealogy researcher should know that FindAGrave has millions of burials listed, but does not have all of them.
Since the Castelluccios are an Italian family and a Catholic family, this professional genealogist searched and found “Catholic Cemeteries – A Ministry of the Archidiocese of Newark”. Under “Find a Loved One,” there is an online data base of burials in Catholic Cemeteries in Newark, New Jersey.
Buried in Holy Cross Cemetery are:
- Castelluccio, Carmela burial 05/11/1936 Block 11 Sec-C Tr-M Gr-4 1A
- Castelluccio, Francesco burial 01/11/1955 Block 11 Sec-C Tr-M Gr-4 1C
- Castelluccio, Rosa M. burial 10/16/1940 Block 11 Sec-C Tr-M Gr-4 1B
A family history researcher seeking accuracy needs always to double check the cemetery information with church and death records. Here, it looks like Carmela became Millie became Mildred. Francesco became Frank. And Mama Rose was Rosa M. with a granddaughter named after her. Now we genealogy buffs see it clearly: Mama Rose, not to be left out, will be in the middle of things through eternity.
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