Genealogy in Cefalù

back to Cefalù main page

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Cefalù. As more your surname is common in Cefalù, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Cefalù 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 Cefalù

Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Cefalù 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 Cefalù, or if you have questions regarding your family in Cefalù, 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 cefalù


8 Messages to “Genealogy in Cefalù”
  1. John says:

    I am researching my parental grandparents; Vincent James “Jim” Barranco (born April 23, 1877) and his wife Giuseppina Marie (Amato) Barranco (born April 3, 1885) both born in Cefalu and married there on February 5, 1907. They came to America and arrived at Ellis Island on May 6, 1907. They lived in western Pennsylvania and had 10 children, 7 daughters (Rose, Sara, Carmeline, Margaret, Josephine, Mary Jane, and Angeline) and 3 sons (Joseph, Samuel and Vincent Jr.). I am trying to obtain a copy of their birth records and marriage license. I am hoping that the information contain upon them will lead me to their parents and other ancestors. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

  2. Larry says:

    We are planning a trip to cefalu italy in september2016..the main purpose of our stay there is to find family history. We know that cefalu is where my family came from…they came to Baltimore Maryland.I would love some help with the “how to”part of our search while we are there. I know we will need a translator for sure as my Italian is very minimal. Let me know if you have any advise. We will be in cefalu for 10 days. Thank you Larry giordano

  3. JOANNE says:

    I will be traveling to Sicily next year and am interested in searching and possibly visiting the towns of my parents, Mazzara del Vallo and Cefalu. Also, Polizzi. Any information to help in my search?

  4. H. Cesare says:

    We are descended from the di Cesare, di Giorgio, and D’Agostino families of Cefalu & Lascari. One family came in the 1890s and another in the early 1930s. Anyone related to those surnames?

  5. Barbara says:

    I am interested in some information about how it happens that so many families went from Cefalù to New Orleans. For example, did the ships go directly there or did they go first to New York and then did people travel to New Orleans. Is there a resource that discusses this? Also, I’d like some advice to try to learn what church they attended? We have no idea at all – just Catholic! Thanks.

  6. Barbara says:

    Looking for relatives from Cefalu, my grandfather & his brother Sam came here in the late 1800’s early 1900’s. My grandmother was aslo from their her surname was Mormino. My grandfather was John Marino & my grandmaother was Mary Mormino. They were married at the church that comes up in all the Cefalu pic’s only know because my Grandma’s brother painted a pic of the church as a wedding gift.

  7. Joe says:

    I am looking to find any relatives in cefalu italy. My great grandfather and grandmother came from there to America through new Orleans in early 1900′ last according to my papa’s birth certificate was degrespino or digrispino. It is spelled despino now. Any help would be great. Thanks

    • Jasmine says:

      I am looking for specific names from Cefalu, Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

      My Grandfather is Salvatore Sam Piraino born to Giovanni (John) Piraino and Rosa Marsiglia. They had 4 other children; Rosa, Maria, Rosaria, and Concetta. The family says he is born is Sant’Ambrogio.
      Sam married Angela Cicero and they had 9 children; Rose, John, Angie, Conie, Charles, Sam, Marie, Emil, Louisa, and Margie. Angela’s parents are Pasquale Cicero and Angela Ilardo.
      This is the only information I have. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Leave a Message