Anna Ragusa - death certificate

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    This is the death certificate of my Great-Grandmother, Anna Ragusa. She was born in Italy about 1875. She married my Great-Grandfather, Antonino Cascio (Cassio), and immigrated with him to the USA in 1898. They lived in New York City on E 106th St in the Italian Harlem section of Manhattan. According to the 1910 census, Anna had ten children, of which nine were still living at that time (Joseph, Frances, Lena, Tom, Rose, Sam, Mary, Clara and Fannie). She died in 1912 at the young age of 36.

    The handwriting is a bit difficult to make out on this document, but this is what I have figured out so far. Her parents are Geatano Ragusa and Antonia Provenzano. The mother's last name is perhaps the most difficult handwriting on the document to decipher. At first I thought the P was a T and the Z was a G. But after stumbling upon a reference to Provenzano (in the Wikipedia article for Corleone) and then doing some further research on Sicilian surnames, I am quite confident that Provenzano is correct.

    It looks like she was buried in Cavalry Cemetery in Queens. I still cannot make out the address of the cemetery. It does not seem to match the modern day address.

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    1. asearch2find 38 months ago | reply

      Since the year of death is 1912, your great-grandmother was buried in the old section of Calvary Cemetery. You can call the office to inquire about the exact spot where she is buried. Since you have her date of death, and her burial date, this will be very easy to find out. My family has a plot in Calvary, and I visit whenever I can. My great-grandparents were living on East 108th Street in 1912. They probably knew your family.

    2. asearch2find 38 months ago | reply

      It looks like the burial date was August 3rd 1912. The undertaker was located at 2089 Second Avenue. (I am a genealogist, and I have spent much time deciphering old documents. )

    3. olauraon 11 months ago | reply

      Thanks for posting this! My my great-grandfather and great-grandfather moved to E. 107th Street. He had a tailor shop there. I also have relatives buried at Calvary!

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