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Who were the Canzanos?

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Who were the Canzanos?

Posted: 9 Dec 2011 3:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Canzano, DiRenzo, Burrill, O'Brien
So I often branch out and research the families of my various cousins and I was researching the family of my cousin's maternal grandmother. I didn't know a heck of a lot about her or her family but I new some names. She was born in the 20s in Boston, I figured the daughter of Italian immigrants or maybe even one or two parents who were born in the US to Italian immigrants. Nothing unusual.
I found in the birth indexes for Boston that her parents were named Herbert L. & Mary F. Canzano. I figure the Mary F stood for Mary Flavia, as that was the grandmother's name.

However, the other day I went to pick up the marriage cert of Herbert & Mary and found a quite unexpected picture. Herbert Canzano, born in Boston and living in Everett, age 21, occupation Actor, son of Louis Canzano and Mary DiRenzo. He had married a Mary F. Burrill, born and of Boston, age 15, daughter of Frederick J. Burrill and Catherine O'Brien.

This really piqued my interest. I had been unable to find any census records with just their daughter's (the grandmother's) name. I searched these names in the censuses. I managed to find a 1910 and 1920 census for the Burrill family (with Fred, Catherine and Mary in both) as well as WWI and WWII draft cards for Fred. Fred's and Catherine's parents were all born in Massachusetts. I still cannot find anything on the Canzano family. No drafts, censuses, death indexes even come close. I don't even know if Louis and/or Mary were born in America or US, so searching immigration records would be difficult. I searched the entire 1920 census for Everett and did find an interestingly named John Cansano Ruffo but no Canzano family with a Herbert, Louis or Mary.

I will be able to find the birth certs of Herbert and Mary soon I think which will tell me a lot more. In the mean time, I was wondering if anyone might be able to assist me in my search? A good start might be census records?


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