My G/G father was Salvatore D'Este born in Calatafimi, Sicily on Dec.18,1877 to Paolo D'Este & Rosaria Gucciardo.
Salvatore was born at home via Carnovle #8. I have all of his Birth Records, Marriage Certificate and Death Records.
That is where my Family Sur-name begin in Calatafimi,Sicily.
When he came to the U.S. to start a new life for him and his
family, they sacrifice everything by leaving their home & family in Calatafimi to come to the U.S. not even knowing the English language and at some point his Sur-Name was Americanized to Estess. Like many other Italians Sur-Name was change for one reason or another. In those early days the Italians were treated like third class citizens. But they all were just happy to be in the U.S. you could have called them Joe Blow or Sue Brown, they just wanted off that boat to start a new life here in America. My G/G father
finally took his Sur-Name of D'Este back and now I carry on
the D'Este name in my name and DAM proud of it.
I love my heritage. If anyone would like to contact me for info, my email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org