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Castle Garden Arrivals from Craco: An Insight Into Craco Immigrants Arriving Before 1892

Ellis Island has become synonymous with immigration into the United States but there were several other locations around the country that served as earlier points of entry. One of these, commonly known as Castle Garden is important for anyone researching an ancestor that arrived in New York Harbor from Craco before 1890.
Based on Note Storiche sul Comune di Craco, the history of the town of Craco, the first immigrant to come to America from arrived in 1880. (1) The Castle Garden Immigration Station operated from 1855 to April 19, 1890 so the earliest immigrants entered through this location.
 

After that, immigrants entered New York through an immigration site known as The Barge Office located at the foot of Whitehall Street near the Battery at the southeast end of Manhattan until January 1, 1892 when the Ellis Island immigration station opened. The Barge Office operated again from June 13, 1897 through December 16, 1900 after the original wooden structure of the Ellis Island immigration station burned to the ground and until the new Ellis Island facility reopened. (2)
 
Although researchers can use the well known Ellis Island website  to find information about ancestors entering the US, the content there only covers the period from 1892-1924.  The Castle Garden website allows individuals to researching ancestors that came to the US before 1892.  For example, the list of 50 names that follows represents individuals who can be identified as coming from Craco through the Castle Garden Immigration Station before 1892, based on their reporting the town on the ship’s manifest when they boarded.
 
This list is by no means exhaustive, since the “Place of Last Residence” wasn’t always required or a misspelling of the town name did not produce a match. Individual searches on the Castle Garden website should be conducted to locate records before 1892.
 
(1) D’Angella, Dino, Note Storiche sul Comune di Craco, An English Translation of the History of The Town of Craco by The Craco Society, 2009, pg. 94
(2) The Immigration Experience. http://members.tripod.com/~L_Alfano/immig.htm
 
 
Last Name
First Name
Age
Sex
Arrival Date
Place of Last Residence

 
ARANZO

MARIA

29

F

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

 

BALDO

PIETRO

24

M

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

 

BARBETTA

ANTONIO

3

M

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

 

BARBETTA

FILOMENA

42

F

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

 

BATTISTO

ANGELO

37

M

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

 

BRANDA

VINCENZO

28

M

23 Sep 1887

CRACO

 

BRUNETTI

DOMENICO

21

M

13 Dec 1887

CRACO

 

CANTAROCO

F.

28

M

13 Dec 1887

CRACO

 

CITARELLO

SALVATORE

28

M

23 Sep 1887

CRACO

 

DADDURNO

ROSA

38

F

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

 

ELIA

FRANCESCO

27

M

13 Dec 1887

CRACO

 

ELIA

GIUSEPPE

24

M

13 Dec 1887

CRACO

 

EPISCOPIA

MARIA

4

F

23 Dec 1889

CRACO

 

EPISCOPIA

GIOVANNA

7 m

F

23 Dec 1889

CRACO

 

EPISCOPIA

ANGELA

34

F

23 Dec 1889

CRACO

 

FERRANTE

GIUSEPPE

14

M

18 Apr 1890

CRACO

 

FETTIPALDI

VINCENZO

23

M

3 Jun 1891

CRACO

 

FORGIONE

VINCENZO

49

M

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

 

GRASSO

ANGELO

21

M

3 Jun 1891

CRACO

 

LABASCO

ANDREA

11

M

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

 

LABASCO

A.M.

11

M

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

 

LAMBERLURO

GIUSEPPE

25

M

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

 

LAPENTA

ELEONORA

40

F

9 Jun 1890

CRACO

 

LIBERTINI

ROCCO

36

M

23 Dec 1889

CRACO

 

LOMBARDI

DONATO

22

M

23 Sep 1887

CRACO

 

LUCCAFICO

GIUSEPPE

34

M

3 Jun 1891

CRACO

 

MANFREDI

BENEDETTO

33

M

23 Dec 1889

CRACO

 

MARONNE

GIUSEPPE

12

M

3 Jun 1891

CRACO

 

MARONNE

MICHELE

41

M

3 Jun 1891

CRACO

 

MARRESE

GIUSEPPE

12

M

9 Jun 1890

CRACO

 

MARRESE

PASQUALE

43

M

9 Jun 1890

CRACO

 

MASTRAVADI

NICOLA

20

M

3 Jun 1891

CRACO

 

MORANDA

LEONARDO

6

M

9 Jun 1890

CRACO

 

MORANDA

ELEONORA

30

F

9 Jun 1890

CRACO

 

MORANDA

ANGELA

9

F

9 Jun 1890

CRACO

 

MORMA–

GAETANO

36

M

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

 

MORMANDO

NICOLA

40

M

18 Apr 1890

CRACO

 

PARISI

PASQUALE

34

M

18 Apr 1890

CRACO

 

RINALDI

GIOVANNI

27

M

13 Dec 1887

CRACO

 

ROFANIA

ANTONIO

39

M

3 Jun 1891

CRACO

 

SACCAFINO

ANGELO

12

M

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

SACCAFINO

VINCENZO

7

M

28 Mar 1885

 

CRACO

SCIANNAP-

ANTONIO

21

M

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

 

SCIOSCIA

ANDREA

35

M

28 Mar 1885

CRACO

 

SIMONETTI

GIUSEPPE

34

M

13 Dec 1887

CRACO

 

TANICO

FEDELE

24

M

22 Mar 1892

CRACO

 

TERRA

VINCENZO

25

M

23 Sep 1887

CRACO

 

TUZIO

FILOMENA

34

F

22 Mar 1892

CRACO

 

VITARELLI

NICOLA

27

M

23 Sep 1887

CRACO

 

VOZZI

AMBROGIO

21

M

22 Mar 1892

CRACO

 

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