Glad to see others are also getting started on Lazzarra research!
I am researching Josephine Maria Balsamo born about 1877-1879 in Italy, married Joseph Lazzarra 1893 in Detroit, and lived (if I've made the connection correctly) in Sandusky, Erie, Ohio. My dearest hope would be to know where she is from in Italy (somewhere in Sicily?).
I would also love to know about her parents and siblings (see below).
I am not looking for living relatives - although that would be great. I am looking for research help with the genealogy.
Thank you in advance!
Records I‘ve found that I think belong to her:
IMMIGRATION 1893 - Maria Balsamo from Sicily departed Naples and arrived New York 22 April 1893, destination Detroit, aboard the ship California age 15 years 22 months. THIS IS THE MARIA I AM RESEARCHING. She is with Guiseppe Balsamo, fisherman, and wife Paola Trantanella. He is 25. Could be a brother. (I found a Joseph and Pauline Trantanella Balsimo in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with oldest son born in Detroit, and parents Salvatore Balsamo and Mary Josephine Sansone).
MARRIAGE 1893- Guiseppa M. Balsamo b. 1877 in Italy marries Guiseppe Lazzarab 1870 in Italy. Married 09 Oct 1893 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan. He was age 23 and she was age 16. So that fits with the immigration record and could be the same person. On their marriage record her parents are Salvatore Balsomi and Guiseppa M. Sanzore. His parents are Antonio Lazzara and and Rosa Trantanelli.
CENSUS - In the 1910 and 1920 census in Sandusky, Erie, Ohio: a Joseph and Josephine Lazzarra appear with children. In 1930 she is in Sandusky as a widow. Didn’t find them in 1900.
CHILDREN - Rosa, Anthony, Salvatore (Samuel), Carl, Josephine, Joseph, Frances, August, Mary, Catherine, Camille, Margaret, Charles, and Walter.
DEATH - A Joseph Lazzara dies in 1929 in Erie County, Ohio. A Josephine Lazzarra, widowed, dies 13 April 1941 in Sandusky, Erie, Ohio age 61 years 11 months, 30 days. Birth date 14 Apr 1879 in Italy. Spouse Joseph Lazzarra, father Joseph Balsimo and mother Josephine Trantmella. I would presume the survivors giving the death record information are less reliable about her parents’ names.