Genealogy in Belmonte Mezzagno

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

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

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

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


  1. Tom says:

    Gaetana Dragotto is my GGG Aunt and married Crescentino Mazzola 18 Feb 1838. Giuseppe Mazzola was born 13 Feb 1851. Gaetana and Crescentino had 7 children (at least that is the number I have discovered so far): Gaetano, Gaspare, Salvatore, Benedetto, Giuseppe, Giovan Battista, and Saveria.

    Also Scott’s reply certainly suggests that these are the same family. To extend the Mazzola line further back, Gaetano Mazzola’s (Crescentino’s father) was Pietro Mazzola and his mother was Giovanna born sometime before 1730. I do not have Giovanna’s surname as it was not listed on Gaetano’s death certificate or Atto di Morte

    I am willing to share any information I have to help with your research.

  2. Marcy says:

    My great grandparents were from Belmonte Mezzagno. Giovanni LaRosa born circa 1871 to Guglieleno LaRosa and Angela BUTTACAVOLI.

    Giovanni LaRosa married Mary (1882) PERAINA. Mary’s parents were Benedetto PERAINA(circa 1855) and Giuseppa DIPAOLA (circa 1857)

    Later Mary Peraina LaRosa remarries Allessandro Gambino also of Belmonte Mezzagno.

    I would love to know if any of Mary Peraina or Giovanni LaRosa’s parents had other children?

  3. John Joseph says:

    Hi, I am beginning to look for my GG Grandfather that died the same year he was supposed to meet the rest of the family in NY /South NJ. Rosario Sparacio married Angela Mozzola. I was told Belmonte Mezzagno Palermo, Sicilia was the town where all the Sparacio’s originated and lived before immigrating too America.I don’t know if GG Grandpa Rosario died on a ship coming to America or in his home land. There was a lot of secrecy about the time of immigration for some reason when questions were asked. Not sure the family they all were sponsored by in Brooklyn NY. Just need some help or guidance for this journey of the family tree. Thank you for your time John J Sparacio II.


    de la branche CHINNICI de ma famille paternelle, voilà ce que j’ai à ce jour :

    mon grand père : Agostino CHINNICI né à Belmonte Mezzagno le 23 fevrier 1887 DCD le 19 déembre 1949 à Casablanca (Maroc)
    mon arrière grand père : Antonino CHINNICI né à Belmonte Mezzagno en (?) et DCD aux USA (?) époux de CHINNICI Giovanna née CHINNICI en 1869-1870 (?) à Belmonte Mezzagno et DCD le 13 avril 1945 à Tunis (Tunisie)

    ces renseignements sont ils exacts, surtout pour mon arrière grand père supposé être DCD aux USA?
    toute information serait la bienvenue.


    • Marlana says:

      I am also descended from an Agostino Chinnici, do you have a name for his wife. I am new to studying Chinnice family.

      • CHINNICI-GARCIA says:

        ma grand mère, donc, son épouse, s’appelait : Domenica FRANCHINI
        est ce que toi aussi, ton arrière grand père ou ton arrière arrière grand père est DCD à Jersey?
        ce serait incroyable si nous étions de la m ême famille!
        comme le monde est petit! où habites tu? enFrance? en Italie? aux USA?
        j’espère avoir rapidement une réponse
        quoiqu’il en soit… laissons agir le rêve et l’espoir d’être de la même famille.

  5. Tom says:

    I have done quite a bit of research on my ancestors from Belmonte, both maternal grandparents are from Sicily. My grand father Ignazio Dragotto was born in Belmonte 14 Oct 1883 and my grandmother Giuseppa Monte was born in San Giuseppe Jato 19 Mar 1898. I would like to find the death certificate of my great grandfather, Stefano Dragotto born 17 Feb 1852 and died sometime in the 1930s. Stefano married Giuseppa Mazzola born 5 Oct 1856. Giuseppa Mazzola died in the 1930s as well. I am told that anyone living in Belmonte with the surname Dragotto or Dragotta is a relative. Any help or contact would be appreciated.


  6. Steve says:

    I am visiting Sicily in a few months…my great grandparents came to US from Belmonte in 1901 or so.

    I would love to fill in the blanks on the ancestry..

    Filippo (Phillip) Chinnici Born in 1874-76 Belmonte immigrated to US 1901
    His parents: FAther:Simone Chinnici Mother:Caterina Sanangelo

    Fillipo was married to: Vincinzina(jane)Mazzola Born 1888 Immigrated 1901

    her parents: FAther:Pietro Mazzola born 1860-1865 Mother:Angeline Mazzola

    My goal is to get as much info on family as possible..maybe get birth certificates and get Italian citizenship..Any help is appreciated.

    • Scott says:

      I am related to the Mazzola family through my mother.
      I have heard or read some information on the Chinnici family.
      What I have is:
      Frank Chinnici changed his name to Kinnich @1910’s? Lived in Riverside, CA. My mother knew that family in Riverside.
      Married Palmira (aka Palmer) DiLiberto. Palmira’s mother is Saveria Mazzola (Sadie) b. 1857 in Belmonte. Her father was Crescentino Mazzola, b.1814.
      Pietro MAY be the brother of Saveria. He would have been born around 1854 and a twin to Giovanna Baptista Mazzola
      The list looks like this:
      Gaetano b.1839
      Gaspar b. 1842
      Salvatore b.1846
      Crescentino Baptista (John B.) 1850
      Giuseppe (Joseph) b. 1851
      Paulo-Pietro b. 1854
      Giovanna Baptista b. 1854
      Saveria (Sadie) b. 1857
      Giovianno (Jim) b. 1861
      This list could be wrong or in the correct order based on conflicting information. Even word of mouth information was conflicting. Good Luck.
      BTW Crescentino 1814 father was Gaetano b. 1763 and mother Saveria Chinnici b. 1770. The Mazzola’s in this line are in Beaumont, TX and Riverside, CA, not the east coast as far as we know. What happened to the twins is unknown. The TX Mazzolas only knew about the Riverside CA
      Mazzola’s. Only the older parents knew and visited each other in the 1930’s and earlier.

      • Missy says:

        I am a descendant of the Beaumont Texas Mazzola’s. I see my great, great, great grandfather is Crescentino Mazzola b 1818 married Gaetana Dragotta b. 1818. Their son Guiseppe b 1850 came to America from Belmonte Mezzagno in 1886 with wife, Sebastiana Costendina Constantino and 5 year old daughter (my great grandmother), Gaetana (Annie) Mazzola. Does any of this match what you have found? Trying to figure out if we are searching on the same Mazzola line. Thanks. Missy

  7. Linda says:

    Hello, I am visiting Palermo this weekend from Naples where I am living. My
    grandfather was born in Belmonte Mezzagno on January 29, 1887(yr is an estimate).
    His name was Joseph LoBiondo, changed to Bruno when he immigrated to America.
    Not sure of the name change though or when that occurred.
    I believe my grandmother was born there also but do not have a birthdate.
    Her name was Angelina Musso. I will be in Palermo till Sunday if anyone is
    available to discuss my research.
    Otherwise, I would like to schedule another time to meet in the future.
    Thank you.

  8. Vincent says:

    In the late nineteenth century if an Italian child was given a title at
    birth would it be on the birth record?

    Are titles ever put on the birth record?

  9. Gerald says:

    I have my grandmothers birth certificate dated 1886. Thats if I’m reading this correctly. Her name is Sebastiana Piraino and she was baptized in S.S.Crocifisso (church) in the Diocesi of Palermo. It appears her godparents where Benedetto & Giuseppa Di Paola. I’m trying to locate any relatives she may have had and if there may be an address etc. I can also forward a copy of her baptism certificate if that would be helpful. Any information would be most helpful. Thanks, Gerry

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