Translations received for the background checks (FBI, NY, IN, TN). Total $100 for the four of them. Only thing left is the apostille for the FBI background check to arrive.
I received the Pension Records for Henry Angle, one of my wife's great-great-great-grandfathers, who also fought in the Civil War. He is in the same part of the family tree as the Zellers. While it doesn't note his parents' names, it does list his children and their birthdates, and it also notes the location of his marriage and birth, in Mifflinville, Columbia County, Pennsylvania. I'm writing the Columbia County Historical Society to see if anyone could possible search the recrods that they have.
I while back, I did a mass mailing to a lot of Palmeris listed in the Buffalo phone book. I ended up finding a bunch of grandchildren (and one child) of the Palmeri brothers, Angelo, Calogero, Pietro, and Salvatore.
This week, I got a message from a grandson of a Pasquale Palmeri, who was also born in Serradifalco. Apparently, Pasquale, born in the 1860s, was a cousin of the Palmeri brothers and came over with them to the United States. Pasquale and his wife Ida and their family lived on 7th Street in Buffalo, the same street that my great-grandfather Angelo and his brother Calogero lived on.
He also sent a photo, probably taken in the days when the Palmeri brothers and Giambrone sisters – and their cousins – worked as farm laborers down in Eden, picking peas. I gave him the link to the Story of Charles and Barbara, and he recognized my great-grandmother, Maria (Giambrone) Palmeri, and her sister, Barbara (Giambrone) Palmeri – women that he could never identify in this photo.
Oh, and the Jim Palmeri in this photo is the person who accidentally shot Josephine (Palmeri) Christopher with a BB gun in the story of Charles and Barbara.
back row: Jim Palmeri, Lucy Palmeri, her husband Charlie Palmeri
middle row: prob. Barbara (Giambrone) Palmeri, Ida Palmeri (mother of Jim, Charlie, and Sam),
unknown, Maria (Giambrone) Palmeri
bottom row: Alfred Portale (married to Connie Palmeri), Pasquale Palmeri in front of him (son of Charlie and Lucy),
Sam Palmeri, unknown, Ida Palmeri (daughter of Charlie and Lucy)
For my wife's jure matrimoni application, we need to wire 200 Euros to the interior ministry (Ministero Dell'Interno). Used a recommended service called Xoom.com, which was a lot cheaper than the bank or other services ($5 versus $20+ or a percentage of the amount wired).
About 10 minutes after completing the transfer, I received an email from xoom that it was being cancelled for reasons unknown. I've emailed their customer support people to try to understand why that happened.
Update 11 Nov 2012
Xoom said they only allow person-to-person wire transfers. They don't allow person-government or person-institution transfers.
Update 11 Nov 2012
Retried with Western Union.
Update 15 Nov 2012
Western Union has processed my request and it should be in the account by 20 Nov.
Another copy of the NY background check with an apostille arrived today. I think someone from the NY Secretary of State's office must have gotten the background check notarized and then they apostilled it and returned it. Very nice.
In addition, the FBI background check came today. Send it off for an apostille by the Department of State in DC.
Finally, the NY Background Check arrived in the mail. Well, actually what they sent was a signed and certified letter saying that what I received before was all I would receive. So I attached that letter to the check. Mailing the combined off for an apostille by NY.
A death certificate arrived for my wife's great-great-great-grandmother, Emma Catherine (Cole) Zellers. She was married to Isaac Zellers. She was born about March 1842 and died 20 January 1897.