Genealogy in Caltavuturo

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

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

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

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


  1. Christian says:

    Hi folks!

    Looking for my family that traveled to the United States from Caltavuturo in 1891 aboard the ship “Entella”.

    Vincenzo Battaglia born November 18th, 1858 with (wife?) Anna Vaccaro and their 3 children: Giuseppe, Rosario and Calogero.

    Please reply if you have any information!

  2. Catherine says:

    My great grandfather Giuseppe Francesco Sireci was married to Marianna come to the states around 1905. We hope to visit Caltravuturo someday soon. We hope to find our extended family there

  3. Barbara says:

    Looking for more information:
    Luciano Zorba (o) 30 April 1863-1913 born Caltavuturo, Palermo
    Married 3 feb 1894
    Michel Angela Genelia 17 February 1877-1943 born in Palermo

    Immigranted to United States around 1899-1901.

    Thank you for your kind attention
    Barbara Rossi Hoff Piotrowski

  4. Sharon says:

    I am trying to locate information regarding my great grandfather, Gaetano Oddo. He was born to Mariano Oddo and Rosalin (her maiden name is unclear, but is either Iuliano, Luliano, J/Guliano). They were born/lived in Caltavuturo, Palermo. I am not sure when/if they immigrated to the New York but Gaetano did for at least a short while (he married my gr. grandmother: Maria Grazi Mignemi in 1909 and had my grandfather in 1910; after that we have no record of him and my great grandmother remarried.).

    If anyone can help, please let me know. Thanks in advance!!

  5. Sharon says:

    My grandparents came from here. I would love to find out more regarding my heritage.
    Grandfather. Rosario Scovazzo born 1887. Grandmother. Mary Principale born 1896

  6. Joseph says:

    Very happy to find this site as we’re heading over in October 2018. My dads father Francesco Palisano was born Dec 3 1895 in Caltavuturo. He was the son of Filippo Palisano and Guiseppa (Cascia) Palisano. My Gramps brother of Pasquella Mamie Palisano, Vincenzo Palisano, Charles Palisano and Joseph Palisano.

    Looking to find any relatives still living in Cultavuturo as stated above we’re heading over in October and plan on leaving my dads remaining ashes back to his dads home town! Any information you have will be wonderful!
    Joseph Palisano

  7. Joanne says:

    My grandmother Lucia Renna came to the United States in the early 1900 with her mother,sister and brother.I have a copy of their arrival in America.Im told her father Jerome Renna was deceased when they arrived He had died in caltavuturo .His wife’s maiden name was Messina and she was born in 1857 and they were married. Approximately in 1877 . Would love to be able to find a death record for Jerome but have no idea were to start.I was also told that their was another daughter who had married and stayed behind in Sicily.

  8. Carol says:

    Ashley, you are exactly right! My grandmother was Stella Bavisotto Martuscello. Never knew there were two Stella’s. I actually have Maria Stella Conosceti’s passaporto at my parents house. My father was Peter Martuscello.

  9. Dwight says:

    I am a direct descendant of Francesco Scaccia (Scott?) and Giuseppa Serio through their first son Domenico (married to Giuseppa Cipolla). If anyone has birth records/dates of these individuals that can be shared, I would be very grateful. All were born in Caltavuturo (Palermo,Italy) around 1830s and 1850s. I was also told that they (Francesco and Giuseppa) had a daughter Rosa born around 1870. I have not been able to confirm that. Any information that could help to solve that “mistery” would also help tremendously. Thanks in advance.

    • Sue says:

      My grandmother was born Orsola Scaccia in Caltavuturo in 1895. Her parents were Pietro Scaccia and Maria Renna. I do not have other information on them. Do you know if Pietro Scaccia may have been related to your ancestor, Francesco Scaccia?

  10. Catherine says:

    Forgot to mention that family history says that when very young Vincenzo Ferrara first came across to NY, he was accompanied by an older cousin, Gesualdo Sireci.

  11. Catherine says:

    Grandfather Vincenzo Ferrara born 1875 in Caltavuturo. His father was Nicola Ferrara. Mother was Maria Agnese Sireci. Haven’t been able to find anything in the usual online sources.

  12. Kim says:

    I’ve been doing research for quite a while and am having trouble locating information on my great grandfather and great grandmother, Alberto Messina (born 1868) and Maria Renna (born 1874) in Caltavuturo. They also had a daughter born in Caltavuturo. I’m hoping you can assist.
    Thano you

  13. Ashleigh says:

    I just found out today that my great grandmother, Maria Frederico, came to the US from Caltavuturo when she was 12. Her parents were Gesualdo (?) and Maria Frederico. I’m wondering if there is any more information on them!

  14. Sam says:

    My grandfather Salavatore Bavisotto & wife Maria Garcia with son Peter migrated from Caltavuturo around 1917 to NY. Any history or background about the Bavisotto’s is appreciated. Thanks.

    • Ashley says:

      Salvatore and Maria Gracia are my great grandparents. Peter was one of my grandfather’s brothers, Charles Bavisotto. From what I’ve found, Salvatore actually had 12 brothers and sisters, 9 of which came over here from Sicily. The 3 that stayed behind we’ve been unable to find information on. Peter had 4 brothers: Charles (my grandfather), Phillip, Joseph and Samuel. He had 2 sisters, Stella and Stella. The first died of cancer at 3 years old. I believe their parents were Peter Bavisotto and Maria Stella Conoscenti.

  15. Peter says:

    I plan to visit Caltavuturo in August and would love to
    meet relatives of my grandmother who’s married
    name was Oddo. I believe her maiden name was
    Liborio. Her husband was Angelo Oddo. They came
    to America in the late Eighteen hundreds and
    settled in New London Connecticut.

    • Kath says:

      Hi Peter,
      I’m also descended from Oddos of Caltavuturo. Here’s what I know: my great-grandparents were Angelo Oddo and Domenica Giuliani. They emigrated to the US in 1892 with three children: Maria 7, Gaetano (later Tom) 4 and Pasquale (later Charlie). I got a copy of the manifest of their ship the Stura off the Ellis Island website. Angelo was 35 and a barber, Domenica was 31 and a domestic. They eventually settled in New London and had four more children. My grandmother was the first of these: Lilla b. May 17, 1894, then there was a boy, Joseph and two more girls Virginia & Caroline.

      Did you get to Caltavuturo in 2016? I hope you met some relatives.

      • Sharon says:

        Hi Peter and Kath. I’m sorry to jump in on your conversation. I have been searching for my great grandfather, Gaetano Oddo, for a while now. Through my searches I have actually stumbled across what appears to be your family, Kath!

        My GG Gaetano was born sometime around 1885-1889. He came to the US at some point (cannot find him) and married my grandmother in 1909. Gaetano’s parents were Mariano Oddo and Rosalin Guaiano (spelling may be off). He disappeared sometime between 1910 and 1915, and I am not sure whether he returned to Italy or died.

        I wonder if there is any relation. I am not sure what happened to Rosalin Guaiano Oddo or Mariano Oddo either. I do know that Gaetano was born in Caltavuturo.

        thank you for any help you may be able to provide.

  16. Stella Maris says:

    Please I looking for family in Caltavulturo Palermo my grandfather Gaetano Prinzivalli was born in May of 1885 married to Grazie Rizzo in 1906. He was a veteran in the first War word. He died in Caltavulturo around 1921. How can obtain more information thanks

  17. Elaine says:

    Seeking information about the Gervasi family from Caltavuturo in the 1830 period.. The names Quagliano and Sciaulino have also surfaced in my research. Guiseppa Quagliano married Mariano Gerbasi.

  18. Joseph says:

    I continue to desire information about my grandfather, Joseph Baude who was born in 1865 in and who left Caltavulturo in 1899 and went to America and settled in New London, Connecticut.

    The family name may have been Bauda or Di Bauda and changed to Baude when my grandfather, Joseph Baude from Caltavuturo, passed thru Ellis Island in 1899.

    My great grandfather was Sebastian Baude born in Caltavuturo.

    My great grandmother of Caltavulturo was Concetta Principale

    I am trying to locate my Baude ancestors and their descendants in Caltavuturo.

    I have done so with my Muscarella ancestors and their descendants in Caltavutu

  19. Bret says:


    We are researching my wife’s family lineage. Her great-grandfather was Jasuvaldo Loverdi (also known as George Loretti) born 6/24/1890 in Caltvuturo. He was married to Maria Geraci, born 1/22/1900 in Petralia.

    Any information you could provide would be helpful.

  20. Joseph says:

    My grandfather, Joseph Baude, left Caltavulturo in 1899.

    The family name may have been Bauda or Di Bauda and changed to Baude when my grandfather, Joseph Baude from Caltavuturo, passed thru Ellis Island in 1899.

    My great grandfather was Sebastian Baude

    My great grandmother of Caltavulturo was Concetta Principale

    I am trying to locate my Baude ancestors and their descendants in Caltavuturo.

    I have done so with my Muscarella ancestors and their descendants in Caltavuturo.

  21. Etta says:

    I am trying to find information about my grandmother, great grandmother, and great Grandfather. I would love to find birth certificates or marriage licenses. But, I believe that my grandmother Calogera Calantoni was born in Caltavuturo. Her mother’s name was Giuseppa Messina, and her father’s name was Carmello Calantoni. I am not sure, if my great grandmother Giuseppa was born in Caltavuturo or in Pollina because that is where her brother Nicola lived. I saw a picture postcard and on the back it had “Pollina Postale Centale” written on it. So, this makes me curious as to whether my great grandmother married and then moved to Caltavuturo. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Etta says:

      I’m sorry I should have include that my grandmother Calogera Calantoni was born November 12, 1905. I believe my great grandmother was born in December of 1871. I don’t know anything about my great grandfather.

  22. Pam says:

    I’m trying to trace my grandmother’s family. She was born in Caltavuturo in 1894 and left for the US in around 1906. Their last name was Modero and the parents first names Giuseppe and Rosa. When she died, he returned to Caltavuturo. The children were named Giuseppina, Mary, Samuel, Charles and a few more.

  23. Lisa Arcomano says:

    Giuseppe Mugavero born mid 19th century
    Married to Maria Grazia Di Marti
    Sons: Pietro(born 1874,
    Vincenzo, Salvatore

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