Genealogy in Alia

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Alia, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Sicilia and in Palermo province were established around 1820: it means that you could find information in Alia registrar as of that date.

So, if your ancestors were in Alia in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Alia to know more.

Before to start your genealogy research in Alia, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Abruzzo and in Alia too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Alia from the Italian Unification (1861) an important info to understand how many people lived there in the past.

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Alia. As more your surname is common in Alia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Alia archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Palermo province are:
Aiello, Amato, Barone, Battaglia, Bruno, Caruso, Catalano, Costa, Cusimano, D’Amico, D’Angelo, Di Maggio, Di Salvo, Ferrante, Ferrara, Gambino, Geraci, Giordano, Greco, La Barbera, La Rosa, Lo Cascio, Lombardo, Macaluso, Mancuso, Maniscalco, Mannino, Marchese, Marino, Martorana, Mazzola, Messina, Mineo, Orlando, Palazzolo, Parisi, Pecoraro, Piazza, Randazzo, Rizzo, Romano, Russo, Sciortino, Siragusa, Taormina, Tarantino, Vassallo, Vitale.

Church archives in Palermo province may instead contain even older information, but they are far less accessible from abroad (and almost impossible by email).
Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Alia and Palermo province, you could plan to investigate churches’ archives by yourself, but from abroad is very difficult to obtain any result unless you find a reliable local help.
For our experience is better to start to search months before your arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices and with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps.

Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Palermo.

In any case, never give up! Probably the distance from your country and Italy, some difficulties in understanding and in translation, could complicate your search but this should not discourage you.

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Alia, or if you have questions regarding your family in Alia, just leave a message below in the comment area

If your research is in a dead end and you need professional help from our local Italian genealogists write to our expert in Alia area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Adriana says:

    I have been trying to get copies of both my great great grandparents birth certificates and their marriage license. They both were born in Alia, in 1885 and 1884. I have been unable to get the office in Palermo to help me.

  2. Lisa says:

    This is amazing! So many from the town my Grandparents came from, Alia, traveled to New Orleans also! My Grandmother was Maria Grazia Andolina, and my Grandfather was Salvatore- I’ve also seen Solvan- Conciardi.( also seen spelled Conciardi) Their name got changed when the came through in Louisiana, I think in 1901 to Cuciardi, then to Conjerti. They stayed in New Orleans for a while, then up the coast to Pennsylvania finally settling in Niagara Falls, New York. I heard stories that one of them had family with them on the boat that went out west after they got to America, but was never confirmed. I’d love to find family here in the US or still in Alia!

  3. Tim says:

    I received from Alia my great-grandfather’s, Joe Bonfanti, birth certificate. He arrived at the Port of New Orleans in 1897 to live for 8 years in Natchez before relocating to Baton Rouge

  4. Teresa says:

    My Grandfather was Joe Todaro, born 12-25-1875 in Alia. On or about March 15, 1896, he married Filomina (sp?)who’s maiden name was Bairaro (sp?) and they had a daughter, Angelina. I’m looking for Joe Todaro’s parents, my great-grandparents. My grandfather immigrated to the US in 1898. Also, my grandmother Frances Todaro was first married to Giuseppe Pinto; am looking for her parents, her mother’s name possibly Maria Bruna or Bruno or Bonano. Thank you.

  5. Angelina says:

    My great grandmother who’s last name was bavuso I found info with her name last name volpe and also barbon. And iv e it being bavuso-volpe. But no one no anything about the other names. And I her mother’s maiden name but no first name I was told they were from alia but not positive if anyone can help me because I’m stuck and can not go any farther

  6. Tammie says:

    From my grandfather’s birth certificate, I find that his parents were born in Alia,Italy. Their names were Antonino Leago and Rosalie Sedita Leago. Together they had 11 children with my grandfather being the youngest. It is stated that he was a farmer. We know that they ended up in Houston,Texas and little to nothing else.
    I would love any and all information to be able to fill in my family tree.
    Thank you for any help that you may be able to provide.

    • Billy says:

      My grandfather was Frank Leago ( Francesco Loiacono). He and my Grandmother Josephine Angie (Giuseppe Ganci) were born in Alia and came to America. They had a small farm off of Yale St. where we all grew up. You may check the names LoIacono, Loiacono, LoJacono as a lot of the names were changed once they came here.

  7. Lanora says:

    I am a widow and trying to find out information on my Father in Law, for my Son’s family tree. There is no family members left to ask.
    My Husbands father’s name was Giuseppe/Guiseppe Iovino, he later changed it to Joseph Ovino. He was born in Alia,Palermo,Sicily Nov. 1881. I believe he went from Sicily to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, because that is where he settled. I know he was in Louisiana, USA in 1904. I want to find out his Father/Mother names. Where would I look? Unable to hire someone to look for me.

  8. Camille says:

    My grandfather, Salvatore Cimo, was born in Alia in 1883 to Antonino Cimo and Barbara Panepinto. He immigrated to the United States probably through New Orleans as a young man. He disappeared from his home in Waco, Texas, in1939 and the last known whereabouts I can find for him was in 1945 in Phoenix, Arizona. We feel he may have gone back to Sicily and died there. I hope to find a death record and finally solve the mystery of what happened to my grandfather. My mother (his daughter) is 90 years old and I would love to find out what happened to him before she passes. Any help you can provide would be very appreciated.
    Thank you, Camille

    • Jeffrey says:

      Hi Camille,

      I found your story very interesting. My relatives came from Alia as well. My great grandfather, Carlo (I still think his name was lost in translation) Di Carlo and his wife Rosaria Cimo first settled in Charleroi PA then moved to (I was told Houston) to be with relatives that lived down there. I have a very good feeling that Salvatore and my great grandmother were closely related. I don’t have access to my family tree but I remember seeing it and I thought Antonino Cimo was my great great grandfather. I am going to try to confirm with my aunt later on this week. At the very least, I am sure there weren’t a lot of different Cimo families living in Alia. 🙂
      Take care,

    • Jeff says:

      Hi Camille,

      I am getting a copy of our family tree. We are related. Salvatore was born in 1885 and died in 1957 as far as what I have been told by my aunt. Once I get a hold of our family tree, I will let you know.
      Both Salvatore (my great grandfather and Antonio (my great great grandfather)will be documented on our family tree.

      Take care,


    • Camille Cimo says:

      Camille my grandparents also came from Alia i think your grandfather and my grandfather possibly could have been brothers as his parents were Antonino and Barbara A Panepinto my grandfather Joseph was the first born he came to america around 1885 0r 6 he wasmarried to concetta concialdi in 1898 in alia or palermo they had 4 sons anthony my dad ,sam. phillip and otto they lived in waco tx sam lived in houston,

      camille cimo

  9. Ross says:

    Any Mortellaro’s

    What do they do

    Where do they live

    My great grand pa Mortellaro is from Alia

  10. Lynn says:

    The families of both of my mother’s parents came from Alia to New Orleans.

    My great grandmother Annie Barcelona was born January 8, 1879 in Alia. Her parents were Salvador Barcelona and Congetta Termini. The parents of Congetta Termini (born November 14, 1851) were Raimondo Termini (who may have been a shoemaker) and Anna Ferrara.

    My other great grandmother Liboria Mary Alberta Sedita was born October 15, 1873 in Alia. Her father was Louis Sedita.

    I will be arriving in Palermo later this month on May 29th and hope to go to Alia later that day or the next day to see if I can find any family. I only have a short time as I will be joining a group of ladies to tour Sicily for 10 days. Would love to find my roots and any help you can give would be wonderful.

  11. Michelle D says:

    I am related to Rosalia Centanni who married Vitale Sciacca. Their children were Franceso, Maria, Leonardo, Anna, Antonion, Francesco Gisueppe and maybe more. My great great grandmother was Anna Rosalia Centanni. My great grandmother was Concetta Calderella. I am looking for Damiano, Calderella, Fatta, Sciacca and Compiere relatives that lived in Alia or Palermo. My records show all lived in Alia.

  12. Luke says:

    My Grandfather was Charles Drago and
    His Father was Angelo Drago and his wife
    Was Maria Churchill
    My mother rest her soul said she though
    His family came from Alia Italy
    Do you know of any Drago’s from Alia
    I am from Plaquemine, Louisiana
    And so was my mother and grandparents
    Thanks for your assistance

    • Carole says:

      Concetta Termini, daughter of Raimondo ( listed as a shoemaker)And Anna Ferrara. Could your ggrandfather have been Luigi (1834) married Angela Genovisi in 1858.?

      There are several Salvadore Barcellona born in 1850. Parents Guiseppe, Giovanni, Gaetano– mothers were Russo, Ditta, Napoli…

      The Catholic Church there have records back to at least 1859. Try writing the church to see if you can view the records. Take pictures if you find any.

  13. Sharon says:

    my grandfather was from alia and came to America thru New Orleans with the last name Rotolo. Do you have any information on that family?

  14. Michelle says:

    My mom was adopted and we are searching for our roots in Sicily! Through DNA testing, we think it extremely likely that our ancestors were from Alia and perhaps Cerda. I would love to plan a trip there, especially if I can find more info on our heritage.

  15. Roberta D. says:

    My grandfather, Salvador Salemi, was born in Alia in 1885 and was an orphan. I’m trying to find out how to write to a church or churches in Alia to get his birth certificate. I would appreciate any information.

  16. Yvette says:

    I am looking for information about Francesco Ruspoli born in 1886 and his wife Concetta Traina, born in 1884. They emigrated to New Orleans in 1907 and 1910. I am also looking for information about Francesco La Rosa born in 1873 and his wife Gaetana Barelle born in 1874. They emigrated to New Orleans in 1899. These are all my great great grandparents and I am searching for their parents’ names and any other information for geneological research. Thank you!!

  17. John says:

    For favor; I am searching for family in Alia, Palermo, Sicily. My grandfather, Salvatore Guccione was born in Alia. He was born in 1876. Left 1905 for United States. Married in 1902 to Lucia Riili. His father was Gioacchino Vincenzo Guccione, married to Anna Maria Falcone. My grandmother Lucia Riili, father Angelo Riili, married to Rosario Guccione. Looking for brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles to contact.

    • Theresa says:

      my great grandmother was born in Alia, Sicily, and her maiden name was Rielli–at least that is how we have seen it spelled, but I have also seen it spelled Riili…her first name was Joanna (perhaps Gianna in Italian), and she was born around 1880…I wonder if Angelo Riilli could have been her brother…I know nothing more of the Rielli/Riilli family in Alia…do you?

    • Sharon says:

      My husband’s great grandmother (bis nonna) was Mercuria Liboria Guccione who married Antonino Rosario Centanni. I am tracing all the Guccione’s from Alia. Please join me on wikitree where I have a Guccione Name Study set up.The Guccione’s seem to have been local nobility, as they built a palace at the top of the hill in Alia next to the Matrice church that is so famous there.

  18. Don says:

    Hello, I am trying to find out if I have Jewish ancestory. I’ve found many names dating back to the late 1700;s. All on my grandmothers side. Lupo, Cardinale, DiMaggio, Todaro, Cutrona, Mascarella,

    Most of these family names came from Alai.

    Would like some info on what it may cost?



  19. Laurie says:

    Searching for current relatives in Alia or Italy. I live in New Orleans and want to plan a trip there. I know my grandfather’s name, when he left Alia, the ship he left on. I am very interested in creating a family tree.

    • Sharon says:

      What surnames are you searching for? My husband is related to hundreds of people with Alia roots who live or did live in New Orleans.

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