How interesting. I am also finding it very hard to trace the Italian Palmas. And ANY help would be GREATLY appreciated.
I am fairly young (so I've been told) to be starting this genealogy thing, but I've always wanted to know my roots, to trace them back as far as possible and no one else in the family was going to do it, so I am. I have found it extremely rewarding, thus far. But I am beginning to run into some walls. I can trace my great-great-grandfather only back to his arrival in the united states (Pensacola, FL and surrounding areas) between 1900-1904 at the age of 25-29. He was born somewhere in Italy (family stories say Genoa) in 1875. His American name was John Battista Palma, but his Italian name was believed to be Giovanni Battista Palma (or DePalma?). I am also not sure of his spelling of Giovanni as all of his American decendents have spelled it Jovine (including his son), but pronounced the same as Giovanni (this was one of the minute details that really tripped me up at the start of my research!). I have know nothing of his parents, family or life prior to his coming to the U.S. and am desperate to know. He died in Pensacola, Florida in 1944.
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