Genealogy in Cerda

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Cerda, 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 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.

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

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


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.

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

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.

In anycase, if you want to try to contact churches, here there is the info about parishes today in Cerda

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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Cerda, or if you have questions regarding your family in Cerda, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
Our expert in Cerda area will reply to you


22 Messages to “Genealogy in Cerda”
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. robert messina says:

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?



  8. 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.

  9. Erica says:

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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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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