Genealogy in Bisacquino

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Bisacquino, 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 in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Bisacquino registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Bisacquino?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Bisacquino


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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Bisacquino from the Italian Unification (1861).

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Bisacquino. As more your surname is common in Bisacquino, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Bisacquino 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).
In anycase, if you want to try to contact churches, here there is the list of parishes today in Bisacquino

Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Bisacquino and Palermo province, you could plan to investigate churches’ archives by yourself (or with us!), but from abroad is very difficult to obtain any result unless you find a reliable local help.

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.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Bisacquino, or if you have questions regarding your family in Bisacquino, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


10 Messages to “Genealogy in Bisacquino”
  1. James says:

    My Grandmother’s name was Mary Oddo, born on 1/3/1889 and came to America from Campofiorito, Bisacquino, Corelone, sailing from Palermo Sicily on 4/7/1897. Married George Elferis(Elpheris, Elftheris, Eleuoepis)from Epidavros Greece 12/17/1916 in Baltimore Md. and lived in NYC in the 30ies- until she passed in 1978 ish. They had 4 children, 1 boy and 3 girls. Had a brother Vincent Oddo, a physician in Rhode Island. If anyone knows of any information of the Oddo’s in Sicily or the Oddo’s in Rhode Island, it would be appreciated.

  2. Eric says:

    I am researching my wife’s family. Her Grandfather died when her mother was 6mths old and therefore lost his lineage. His father’s name was Frank Costa born: 8 Oct 1882, Bisacquino, Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He left Italy on the vessel: Aucha Line, 20 May 1898 and arrived in New York 4 June 1898. If anyone knows his parents that would be wonderful and if you know all history that would be fantastic!!!

  3. Terry says:

    My great grandfather was Giuseppi Tamborello [or possibly Carlo Giuseppi] and he married Anna Tortorice in the early 1900′s. They left Biscaquino by way of Palermo; he went first to New Orleans, LA and then she came to New Orleans with the oldest of 10 children, Mike Tamborello. They eventually settled in the coastal town of Dickinson, Texas.

    The spelling of the last name is the one we have all grown up with but could have been different originally. I will be traveling to Italy in May 2015 with my sister and we will be looking for family ties at the church in Biscaquino.

    Thanks in advance!

  4. Jordan says:

    My great great grandmother was born there in 1866 and married Joseph Guseman. Lena Guseman (before Gusemano or Cusimano??). I am trying to find her maiden name (I think it might be Papa?). The other side would be DeGeorge (maybe DiGeorgio before change) and his name was Michele DeGeorge. All of them ended up in Houston, TX for generations.

  5. Rose says:

    I’m looking for my grandfather and grandmother on my father’s side
    His name was Peter Contorno and her name was Rosa Maria Tumbrello.
    We don’t know when he left Sicily but my grandmother was 2yrs old when they landed in New Orleans not New York and settled in Birmingham,AL.

  6. Rosalie says:


    I am trying to locate both of my maternal grandparents. They were both born in Bisacquino, Italy. My grandfather’s name was Giuseppi Tombrello, born on July 23, 1885. My grandmother (Giuseppi’s wife) was Maria Tumbrello, born on 12/17/1888. I do not know my grandfather’s parents names. My grandmother’s father’s name was Paul Tumbrello and his wife’s name was Filippa. I do not have a last name for her. There isn’t anyone left in the family I could ask. I have a copy of my grandmother’s death certificate, but there is no last name for Filippa. Pls help, I’ve been searching for 7 years without any luck.

    Thank you,

    • Greg says:

      Jordan, my name is Greg DeGeorge and I have your
      answers. The maiden name of Lena Guseman ( born 1884 in
      Beaumont, but lived her life in Houston)
      was Lena DeGeorge. She was a sister of my
      grandfather Gasper DeGeorge (born 1888).
      Their father was Michele DeGeorge (born 1850)
      who emigrated from Bisacquino, Sicily in 1882
      with his brother Bernardo. The brothers changed
      the last name from “di Giorgio” to “DeGeorge”
      about 1900 to Americanize the name which
      they probably felt would be helpful in business
      due to discrimination against recent immigrants in the
      early 1900′s.

      Lena Guseman married Tanny Guseman about
      1920 and worked along with Gasper and father-in-law
      Michele in the hotel business. Lena and Tanny
      Guseman built the house on the northwest corner
      of San Felipe and River Oaks Blvd. in Houston.
      Lena’s sister Rosalie also lived in a seperate wing
      of this large mansion.

      Tanny and Lena had three daughters: Lenora Guseman (Smith)
      Ursula Guseman ( Lusk ) and Michaeline
      Guseman (Toomey)

      Hope this helps.

      • Jordan says:

        Greg, thank you for your response! My last name is Smith and my grandmother is Lenora. I am sure you know the rest of the family fairly well (my father is Mike which I believe is your generation). I know the Lusk’s have done some extensive genealogy over the years so I could probably dig through that to get some more answers. I meant to originally ask for Lenora’s (Michele’s wife) maiden name. It appears to be Papa, but I wasn’t 100% sure. Thanks again for responding to my post and I hope to formally meet you and the rest of the family one day.

  7. Dianne says:

    My Grandfather’s name was Joseph (Giuseppi) LaRusso. His father was Salvatore LaRusso and his mother’s maiden name was Nunzia Caniella. My Grandfather was born in Bisaquino March 9, 1881. My Grandfather’s wife’s name was Ignazia (Genevieve) Tumasella, born in 1885. Any information you can find would be of great help to me as these facts are all I have of my family. Thank you, Dianne

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