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Machowolf asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 1 decade ago

3 Part Question........Hall of Records?

1. I am trying to find my family lineage. So, with only my surname (Bitzegaio), My grandma's maiden name (Law) and my biological father's name (Thomas).....and no money to spend on or any other service...I'm having to do my search to find what exactly is my heritage and to what degree I am of what.

2. There is a German candy name of the Bitz Bar....(it might be slightly different by name..but Bitz is still the title name to it) or at least there used to be this candy bar. I am wondering if anyone knows if they are still around and if they have a website.

3. If you can't help me on the other two...does anyone know what the hall of records contact info is in the USA or Germany (if they have national databases anyway).

Any help would be greatly appreciated. (just please no smart assed "go to" stuff....I can't afford to spend money out on that I'm going to have to do this a little more old school than that).


Sorry if I didn't explain myself. It's just that when I've asked others if they knew a good way to look that stuff up......

...all I get is a smart assed tone reply "" and they say it like I am a total idiot or something. I know about that site, but If I can help it I'm not paying that money...when I'd rather spend the time doing it myself....(I have a feeling that this search could be a lot of fun). I just need to know some good resources to start with.....that's all.

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Navy, Marines and Coast Guard casualties from WWII: was this man part of your family??

    BITZEGAIO, Norman Burns, Ensign, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Bitzegaio, 1435 First Ave., Terre Haute US Federal Census

    Name: Billy B Bitzegaio

    Home in 1930: Glendale, Maricopa, Arizona

    Age: 8

    Estimated birth year: abt 1922

    Relation to Head of House: Son

    Father's name: Gilbert

    Mother's name: Dora

    Household Members: Name --Age

    Gilbert Bitzegaio --34

    Dora Bitzegaio-- 27

    Harold J Bitzegaio-- 9

    Billy B Bitzegaio-- 8

    Norman Bitzegaio-- 6

    (NOTE: Possibly these bottom 2 and the 2 above were the same??)

    1930 Census--above family:

    Name: Gilbert Bitzegaio

    Home in 1930: Glendale, Maricopa, Arizona

    Age: 34

    Estimated birth year: abt 1896

    Birthplace: Missouri

    Relation to Head of House: Head

    Spouse's name: Dora

    Race: White

    Household Members--Name-- Age

    Gilbert Bitzegaio-- 34

    Dora Bitzegaio-- 27

    Harold J Bitzegaio-- 9

    Billy B Bitzegaio --8

    Norman Bitzegaio-- 6

    Family trees:

    Name: Gilbert Bitzegaio

    Birth: 6 Oct 1895 - Missouri

    Death: 12 Oct 1976 - Terre Haute, IN (Indiana)

    Parents: Jacob Bitzegaio, Mary J Badgerow

    Spouse: Dora Burns

    Name: William Bitzegaio

    Birth: 27 Dec 1921 - Terre Haute, IN (Indiana)

    Death: 24 Jul 1998 - Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, United States of America

    Parents: Gilbert Bitzegaio, Dora Burns

    Spouse: Martha

    Name: Norman Bitzegaio

    Birth: Abt 1924

    Death: 30 Jul 1945 - Osaka, Japan (died before war ended; about 1 week before Hiroshima bombed, in fact)

    Parents: Gilbert Bitzegaio, Dora Burns

    Name: Harold James Bitzegaio

    Birth: 29 Jan 1921 - Coalmont, Clay, IN (Indiana), USA

    Death: 8 Oct 2005 - Terre Haute, Vigo, IN (Indiana), USA

    Parents: Nicholas Gilbert Bitzegaio, Dora Belle Burns

    Spouse: Betty Jean LAW (is she your grandmother??)

    Harold's obituary:


    Added by micheleguros on 17 May 2007

    October 8, 2005

    Vigo County obituaries

    Harold James Bitzegaio

    Judge Harold James Bitzegaio, 84, of Terre Haute died Wednesday morning, Oct. 5, 2005, in his residence. He was a retired lawyer and Superior Court judge.

    He was born Jan. 29, 1921, in Coalmont to Nicholas Gilbert Bitzegaio and Dora Belle ”Dode“ Burns Bitzegaio. His wife, Betty J. Law Bitzegaio, preceded him in death May 14, 2000.

    Survivors include one son, James R. Bitzegaio and his wife Robin of Hastings, Minn.; four daughters, Judith Wallin and her husband Kenneth of St. Simons Island, Ga., Gail Ann Wright and her husband Jack of Terre Haute, Susan Denyer and her husband Gregory of Ocean Springs, Miss., and Jane Bitzegaio Disney and her husband Timothy of Terre Haute; 10 grandchildren, Amy Wallin Smilovic of Greenwich, Conn., Leslie Wallin Durham of Savannah, Ga., Vicki Bitzegaio Newendorp of Mankato, Minn., Amanda Bitzegaio Haar of Hastings, Mathew Bitzegaio of Fargo, N.D., Elizabeth Denyer of Cleveland, Texas, Megan Denyer of Ocean Springs, and Josh Wright, Jason Siders and Nicholas Siders, all of Terre Haute; five great-grandchildren, Cameron Durham and Hugh Durham of Savannah, Gabriel Smilovic and Charles Smilovic of Greenwich and Kaitlin Bitzegaio of Fargo; a sister-in-law, Martha Bitzegaio of Terre Haute; two nephews, Barry Bitzegaio and John Bitzegaio; and one niece, Beth Bitzegaio Stickney. He also was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William Bitzegaio and Norman Bitzegaio; and one sister, Carolyn Bitzegaio.

    He was a graduate of Hymera High School, received his bachelor's degree from Indiana State University, his juris doctorate from Indiana University and also was a graduate of Indiana Judicial College. He passed his bar examination in 1953, served with the U.S. District Court (southern Indiana) in 1953 and also with the U.S. Court of Appeals (7th Circuit) in 1956. He practiced law from 1953 to 1988 and was judge of Superior Court District 1 in Vigo County from 1959 to 1980. He served as counsel for the Anderson & Nichols Law Office and was a member of the Indiana Advisory Commission on Civil Rights and the Terre Haute Mayor's Commission on Civil Rights. He was a contributing editor to ”Indiana Pattern Jury Instructions“ and was a member of the American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Terre Haute Bar Association, Indiana Judges Association and the Indiana Law Alumni Association.

    He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a naval aviator in the Pacific Theater during World War II, where he received several military awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross with a Gold Star, Air Medal with two Gold Stars, and a Purple Heart. He was a Sagamore of the Wabash, a member and national trustee emeritus of Ducks Unlimited, Inc., a member of the Wabash Valley Council Boy Scouts of America, where he also served as a former director, member and past director of the Country Club of Terre Haute, Democrat Club, and a life member of both Lawton Byrum Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 972 and National Rifle Association. He was a founding member of the Strawberry Hill Cannoneers and a member of the Optimist Club. He was a very active outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

    Friends and relatives are invited to a memorial reception in his honor at 2 p.m. Sunday in Sycamore Country Club, 200 Heritage Drive in Terre Haute. Private burial is in Highland Lawn Cemetery.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I just typed you a long reply and hit the wrong button.

    I am not sending you to ancestry.. but cyndis is an extensive list of resources for research.

    There is nothing smart mouth in explaining that research is not free, whether you do it the old way or use a service. If you don't have documents (death certs, etc) those will cost. Sometimes the ONLY WAY to find a given fact is to travel to the locality and visit the cemetery or courthouse.

    Old school is one piece / person/ fact at a time. I actually prefer that (at the risk of having tomatoes thrown at me), since YOU know the source of the info.

    Please.. don't expect any "national database" or the "thomas family tree". Shift the thinking to specific persons, records, etc, none of which will be in the same location online or off.

    You can use ancestry or heritage quest sometimes at your local library. You still are paying for the library with your tax dollars, and time/gas money to get there. It's all a trade off. They do have valuable records (I don't subscribe) that you need (ie census).

    Make yourself at home here. Each step, someone can offer help. Just be patient to get through some of the replies that are just there to rack points and no experience at all.

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  • 4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

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