Genealogy in Alimena

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Alimena, 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 Alimena registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Alimena 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 Alimena. As more your surname is common in Alimena, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Alimena 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 Alimena 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 Alimena, or if you have questions regarding your family in Alimena, 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 Alimena area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. David says:


    I am looking for information or any surviving relatives of Salvatore Cipriano who emigrated from Alimena in 1890 or Giuseppe Cipriano who emigrated from Alimena in 1910. I believe Salvatore landed in New Orleans and Giuseppe landed in New York.

    Thank you,

    David Cipriano

  2. Tracie says:


    I’m looking for information on Giuseppe LaRosa born 1795 in Alimena, Sicily. He married, I believe,
    Giuseppa Gangi born 1801 in Alimena, Sicily.

    Any information available would be appreciated. I’m actually traveling to Sicily in May 2018 and will likely stop in Alimena.

    Thank you

    • James Vito says:

      I think your ancestor is my Great Great Uncle.
      Check out my information below on the LaRosa’s of Alimena, my ancestors.

      LaRosa notes:

      Antonino LaRosa
      Abt 1641 Antonio LaRosa

      Pietro LaRosa
      Antonino LaRosa Dod Bef 1714
      Rosalia-w Dod Aft 1714
      Abt 1655 Giovanni LaRosa
      Abt 1701 Pietro LaRosa
      Appolonia Gennaro-wife
      Rosalia LaRosa
      Abt 1735 Leonardo LaRosa
      Maddelena LaRosa
      Maria Anna LaRosa
      1721 Rosario laRosa DOD: 11/7/1781
      Maria Vilardo
      1764 Giuseppe LaRosa DOD: 9/1800
      1770 Giuseppa Trapani DOD 2/ 1803
      1790 Rosario laRosa DOD: -1/1830 married 6/14/1822
      1796 Francesca Guarrera
      12/20/1823 Giuseppa laRosa
      10/13/1825 Calogero laRosa
      5/13/1828 Pietro laRosa
      1799 Francesca Guarrera
      1773 Pietro laRosa DOD: 3/24/1821
      1774 Marianna DiPrima
      1804 Croce LaRosa married in 1824
      1752 Antonino laRosa DOD 5/26/1812 married 9/1795
      1767 Nunzia Lupo DOD 8/26/1819
      3/14/1790 Maddalena LaRosa married 1828
      1796 Giuseppe laRosa married in 1828
      1801 Giuseppa Gangi
      11/29/1834 Antonino laRosa
      12/25/1835 Salvatore LaRosa
      1839 Twin Son: Francesco laRosa
      3/23/1841 Nunzio laRosa

      7/8/1800 Miciele laRosa Campiere married in 1826 10/1/1807 Francesca Paola Lo Signa
      12/18/1826 Nunzia Maria
      2/3/1828 Biaggia
      4/19/1828 Miciele
      1830 Antonio married in 1855
      Rosa Aruna
      *9/8/1795 Antonio laRosa dod.Aft. 5/4/1857 (son of Antonino & Nunzia Lupo)
      4/7/1813 Giuseppa Cicardo married 2/19/1830
      2/6/1831 Nunzia laRosa
      1/1832-8/1832 Giuseppe laRosa 9/1834-12/1834 Giuseppe laRosa 6/29/1839 Maria laRosa married Salvatore Cancelliere 5/14/1857
      3/23/1845 Maddalena laRosa
      11/17/1835 Salvatore laRosa Dod:5/20/1908 married 5/12/1862
      3/10/1840 Giuseppa Venturella
      8/2/1863 Giuseppa laRosa DOD:8/19/1863
      11/1/1864 Santo laRosa
      1864 Salvatore laRosa
      11/3/1865 Santa laRosa DOD 12/4/1946 Grandmother 9/15/1868 Geltruda laRosa married 11/16/1888 1863 Antonino Castagna
      10/21/1905 Domenico
      7/19/1871 Giuseppe laRosa
      1873 Giuseppe laRosa DOD:6/13/1908 married
      1875 Maria Maniscalco 9/4/1892
      8/20/1874 Maria laRosa married Antonino Signa 8/19/1893
      4/17/1910 Antonino Signa
      7/24/1877 Antonio laRosa
      11/12/1879 Antonio LaRosa married 10/24/09
      1889 Maria Castagna
      3/7/1884 Angela LaRosa DOD:8/22/1950 married
      Domenico Spedale on 8/19/1893
      4/10/1908 Salvatore Spedale
      8/25/1909 Salvatore Spedale DOD:4/1956
      1912 Sarah Spedale

  3. Donna says:

    I am looking for any information on my grandfather Rosario (Sorow) Scarito. We believe he was born in Alimena. Would you be able to get us any information. He was born January 1880. His father was Salvatore Scarito and his mother was Rose Vazzano.

  4. Judy says:

    I am looking for any family information about Matteo Sarra. He was born on April 15, 1889. His immigration papers list Alimeiro, Italy as his home, but I believe it could have been misspelled and the town is Alimena. I know the family comes from the Palermo area. He arrived in New Orleans on Oct. 23, 1900 on the SS Sempione.

  5. Cori says:

    Family names in Alimena… Giaimo; Sapienza; Alongi; and DiMaggio. Looking for any information that can help with locating any records.

  6. David says:


    I was looking for my great grandparents marriage certificate, I’ve searched where they were born in resuttano in 1870 with no luck, however a past deceased family member stated they were married in a town nearby. I figured alimena is close by and wondering if you could help?
    My great grandfather was named tomasso LaRocca and my great grand mother was named Francesca Paola macaluso they were approximately married between 1885 and 1893. This is the last piece of the puzzle I’ve been searching for. Let me know if you need more info?

  7. Judith says:

    I am looking for records on Antonio Li Puma ancestors who was born in AliMena on Dec 24 in Alimena. Father is Rosario Li Puma and mother is Concerta Vilardo. I want to find out more about my ancestors I have a copy of the record of Antonio’s birth but can not read Italian.

  8. Christine says:

    Searching for birth records of Guiseppe Faulisi. Born July 22, 1894 in Alimena. He is the son of Francesco Faulisi.

    Thank You.

    • Josephine says:

      Hi Christine, I met Giuseppe Faulisi in 1968. He was married to my great aunt, Giuseppina Papa Faulisi.

  9. Leonard Alimena says:

    How would I discover if I am descended from anyone for whom the town was named?

  10. Ginny says:

    I am looking for a birth certificate for Josephine Perna born about 1877 and Nicholas Perna about 1866. I know Josephine was born in Alimena. I do not know where Nicholas was born. If you find her birth certificate or family records I would appreciate if you could send the information.

    Thank You

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