Genealogy in Cerda

If you search your ancestors in Cerda, Sicilia, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Sicilia and in Palermo province registry offices were established around 1820: it means that you could find information in Cerda registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


  1. Lori says:

    I am trying to find my Grandfathers sister that never came to the USA. His name is Joseph Anthony Biondolillo! He came from Cerda. His brothers were Dominic and Frank, and his sisters Rose and Josephine were all Biondolillos. The one Sister was sent money but never came, I don’t know her name, but She was a Biondolillo

  2. Priscilla says:

    I am looking to see if anyone has any relation to my husband’s ancestors. His great grandfather is named Giuseppe Liberti and he was born in Cerda , Italy around 1873. He came to Ellis Island In October of 1899 on the ship Spartan Prince. His wife’s name was Francesca. This is all of the information that I have right now other than my husband’s grandfather’s name which is Nuncie LeBerte, somewhere along the way our last name changed in the spelling. If anyone has any information about our family please reply!!

    • Denise says:

      My grandfather was Nuncies brother, Angelo. Francesca was pregnant with Angelo when they came over in 1899. Angelo born in 1900
      My aunt & uncle went to Cerda, Italy and did some research at the church
      I have info somewhere as far as they could go back

  3. Anthony says:

    My father was born Vincenzo Tripi, in Cerda, Sicily, on 1 July 1904. I found his birth record in the “Registro Degli Atti Di Nascita” for the Comune di Cerda.
    Does anyone know how to obtain a birth certificate from the Comune of Cerda?

  4. Pierre says:

    Hello, my mother is Marlene Liberty(Liberti), born in August 1942 in Canada, Quebec, Gatineau city (Hull). Her mother, Mary Liberty(Liberti) is my grandmother,she was 100% Sicilian and died around 1989 at the General Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario.

    My grand mother’s father, Nunzio Liberti (Georges Liberty on the death certificate), was a oilice chief in Palermo, Sicily and dies in Hull, Quebec in 1928. Anyone needs to connect ?

    • Priscilla says:

      I am back to say that I have discovered that my husband’s ancestor was Guiseppe Liberti (he may have had another child with him, but that name is unkown to me) and he came in to New York from Cerda, Sicily on October 19, 1899. The ship was Spartan Prince. He had a brother, Nunzio Liberti in Canada, and went there for a while before going back to New York where my husband’s grandfather was born, Nuncie LeBerte in 1906. I feel like I may be connecting to the right person. Does any of this sound familiar?

  5. Michael Lascala says:

    My paternal grandfather Giuseppe lascala was from cerda I believe my grandmother’s maiden name was Theresa mancuso.grandfather came to usa in 1908 and grandmother came shortly therafter.we know nothing about our Sicilian heritage and are just beginning our search from here in usa.we do not speak italian or the Sicilian dialect.where do we begin? Sincerely Michael LaScala

  6. Frank says:

    My grandmother for whom I was named was Francesca Fusco and she was born in Cerda in 1884. My Sicilian grandfather was also born in 1884, I believe, but was born in Cammarata, prov. of Agrigento. His name was Domenico La Palerma.

  7. Angel says:

    I’m curious about my ancestry. I was told that my grandfather was born in Cerda, Italy. His name is Peter De Felice, born June 6, 1901 to I believe Angelo and Rose or Rose Maria De Felice. My grandfather was the oldest of four children. I’m not sure if any of his siblings were born there before coming to the USA in 1903. They went through Ellis Island and settled in Pavilion, NY., which is in upstate NY. My mother visited Cerda, Italy in 2008 to see where her father lived before coming to the USA . My mom passed away two years ago so I can’t ask her any more information. I know she visited a church when she was there to get a copy of his birth certificate. I don’t know which one. I lost the information she gave me. Can you help me find more about where he lived, my ancestry, and do I have any family still living there ?Thank you so much for all your help. I sincerely and truly appreciate it.

  8. Carl says:

    Maternal grandparents names were Nicosia
    and Passamante !
    Paternal grandparents names were Sceusa
    and Biondillilo
    All came to America about 1905 and moved to
    Niagara Falls, New York

  9. robert messina says:

    I am the grandson of peter and laurita dicarlo messina.they are also from Cerda.robert messina.

  10. Nancy says:


    Looking for information on my paternal Grandfather & Grandmother. His name was Filippo Notaro and was married to Lucia Busovita. We think he was born in Cerda around March 1890, but are not sure. Any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

  11. Karen says:

    I am looking for information from Cerda about Ignazio Interbartolo b. 24 Oct 1884, need his death information. For his 2nd daughter, I need her name, birth date(after 1914) and death date (before Dec 1919). Thanks for any information you might be able to provide.

  12. Meredith says:

    I forgot to add in my previous post that Calogero Ippolito’s mother was Giorgia Bracalisi and I believe she died about 1872.

    • Meredith says:

      The mother of Calogero may not have been a Bracalisi but perhaps Giorgis Macaluso.

    • Meredith says:

      Hi! My mother’s last name is Passamonte and we lived in Mt. Morris the first four years of my life. My mom told me that her grandparents are from Cerda and moved to America in the late 1800s.

      • Marie says:

        My father’s family immigrated to Mt Morris,NY from Cerda. My grandfather,Girolando Zaso came in 1903. My grandmother,Maria Orsola Meli came in 1904 with Agnostino,Joseph,Mariano,Michelina and Antonia.
        Anything sound familiar?

      • Marie says:

        What is your father’s name? Do you have any Zaso or Meli in your family?
        What is your grandmother’s first name?



  13. Meredith says:

    My husband’s great-great grandfather was born in Cerda in 1823. His name was Calogero Ippolito and his father was Antonio.

    He married Nunzia Gaito in Caccamo.

    Any help on family — especially his siblings would be appreciated.

  14. Erica says:

    My great great grandfathers name was torturica and they are from cerda, do you have any information on them?

  15. Scott says:

    From what I have found, my great grandparents were married in Cerda on July 9, 1893. Their names were Ciro Albanese and Adrianna Maria Caito. I’m trying to find out any other information about them. I do know Ciro came to the United States by himself in 1905 aboard the Sicilian Prince and Adrianna Maria came with 5 children the following year in 1906. I would love to find a marriage certificate. I also believe Ciro was born in Cerda in 1868. Thank you for any help

  16. Karen says:

    Hello….My husband’s maternal family came from Cerda. We are looking for information
    about them.
    1884 Salvatore Giganti and 1851 Maria Muscarella –Great grandparents
    1897 Giovanna Giganti and Ignazio Interbartolo –Grandparents
    children 1914 Giuseppa Interbartolo
    1915-1918(?) female Interbartolo
    We are most interested in Guiseppa’s sister as we have no information about her.

    • Claude says:

      My grandfather Calogero Nunzio Liberti (born 8 Mar 1865)was married to Rosaria Muscarella (born Sept 4,1876) My grandmother’s parents were Michele Muscarella and Agnella Pantanella. Nunzio and Rosaria arrived in Ellis island on Oct 15,1897 then moved to Canada. Rosaria died in Ottawa Ontario Canada in 1953. Nunzio died in Ottawa in 1919. Our family name was somehow changed to Liberty after the Canadian census of 1911.

  17. Fran says:

    My grandparents immigrated from Cerda to the USA in 1900. My Grandfather was Michele Mancuso and grandmother was Teresa Cusimano. Michele’s sister Rosalia also immigrated to USA with her family. Her married name was Stella, she married Fransicso Stell and immitrated in 1899 with their children. From what I can tell, Michele’s sister Poala remained in Cerda and married Ciro Maggio in 1887. I am wondering if there are any decendents of Poala and Ciro still left in Cerda. Now the Cusimano line seems to end with Giuseppa and Domenico, my grandmother’s brothers. There was no further leads about them on the rootsweb site.Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  18. Mary Ann says:

    Hello, I’m from Texas, I would like to see if I have family in Cerda? My grandfather passed away before I was born, so I don’t know very much about his family. His name was Roman Cerda. Thank you in advance for any information you could provide.

  19. Barbara says:

    Looking for my husbands family roots. We only speak English.

    • Annette says:

      My husband’s family is from Cerda also. Family names of Inzinga/Insinga, Cusimano, Amato[ore], D’Angelo, La Barbera, and others.

      • Fran says:

        My grandmother’s maiden name was Teresa Cusimano and she married Michele Mancuso. Cusimano line seems to end with Giuseppa and Domenico, my grandmother’s brothers. Her mother was Rosaria (Saverino) CUSIMANO and her father was Vincenzo CUSIMANO b: 1833.

      • Candy says:

        I am also a descendant of the LaBarbera and Insinga families from Cerda. The Insinga name somehow changed to Zingarello either in Creda or after arriving in the U.S. It makes genealogy research difficult.

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