Before Ellis Island went into service, people coming to the US would be processed through Castle Garden.
For 34 years, from August 1, 1855, when it opened, to April 18, 1890, over 8 million people entered the US through Castle Garden. Among them, was Mother Cabrini, later canonized as Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, from the village of Sant'Angelo Lodigiano in Italy, who worked tirelessly to help Italian immigrants.
On March 19th Italy commemorates a joyful holiday dedicated to St. Joseph, San Giuseppe, Saint Patron of family life, hand-labor, and carpenters. It is in Italy that St. Joseph's day is also known as Father's Day.
When applying for Italian Dual Citizenship or researching our Family History, the starting point is the official Italian birth record of that first Italian born Ancestor who migrated to the US. We have to remember that all family documents in Italy are only maintained in the exact town where the person was born.