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This past January, I asked my father to submit a request to obtain death certificates on his paternal grandparents, maternal grandmother and mother – all of them in the state of New Jersey.  My father received the copies and passed it on to me to verify and compare against my family tree.  To my joyful surprise, the names of his paternal grandparents are finally revealed!!!!!  Interesting that the names are “anglicized ” – on the death certificate, it shows paternal grandfather’s father’s name as Joseph, but I knew that in Italy, he was named Giuseppi due to my paternal grand uncle’s birth name, Giuseppi, then anglicized to Joseph after arrival in America.  Same goes for my maternal grandmother’s mother’s name as Grace, but in Italy, she may be called Grazia.  To clarify this, both of my paternal and maternal grandparents’ parents didn’t immigrated to America, so their first names were in Italian.

It is amazing that my grand uncles and aunts were named after their parents’ parents and brother – Giuseppi (Joseph), Carmella (Mary), Vito (Lawrence), Grazia (Grace) and Andrea (Andrew).

I noticed that on my father’s paternal grandfather’s death certificate (Angelo) – his date of birth is unknown.  Shoot!  However, with his parents’ full names revealed at last, I will try to locate his birth certificate in Italy.  *crossing fingers*  I realized that my father and I put up his incorrect date of death on his family’s headstone.  It was the date of interned as the cemetery office misinformed us.  UGH.  I made a note via http://www.findagrave.com that the date of death on headstone is incorrect.

I reviewed my father’s paternal grandmother’s death certificate (Angelina) – her date of birth is revealed at last, so were her parents’ full names.  However, I noticed that the age when she died which was inscribed on our family’s headstone is incorrect – 55 years as opposed to 48 years old on her death certificate.  It also misspelled her first name as Angelica instead of Angelina.  I made a note via http://www.findagrave.com.  Oh well.

I checked my father’s maternal grandmother’s death certificate (Mary Ann) and noted that there is an error with her birth year.  I will see if I can get it corrected.

I verified my father’s mother’s death certificate (Mary Frances) and it looked all good.  It is good idea to verify and check these certificates to make sure they matches with what you have in your family tree.   It is essential to make sure that you have all birth, marriage and death certificates handy on your immediate family – your parents, maternal and paternal grandparents and if your parents are still alive, their maternal and paternal grandparents.  It is easier to have them to obtain these records as they typically do not allow great-grandchild to put in a request for copies of certificates.

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