Immigration to the United States began in the 1800's when Grandfather Patrick arrived from Ireland via Liverpool,England.
He was a merchant marine, worked the engine room (fireman) and had travelled the maritime routes for over eight years before settling in Brooklyn, New York. He eventually brought the rest of his family over to New York. Extensive research is still being done, investigating records at Ellis Island and elsewhere.My father William was born in Brooklyn in 1909, he married my mother Amelia (Madeline) nee Sorger, who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1911. She came to the United States as a child of 3 years with her parents Mary and Franz Sorger. My father had three sisters, Mary, Nora and Dottie and four brothers Patrick, Peter, Joseph and Edward who died in early youth by accident. My mother had a twin sister Mary, and sister Minnie and oldest sister Paula. She also had two brothers Frank and Charles. My immediate family consists of my wife Clare nee Tannuzzo, who I married in 1960. Her family surname was originally Iannuzzo, but was forever changed by an immigration officer at Ellis Island who mistook the letter I and made it into a letter T. We have four children, Lisa the oldest, a son, William III and son John, and son Patrick. I am a retired NYC Police Officer and I'm actively engaged as a freelance writer and now also busily researching records for our family tree.