Genealogy in Chiusa Sclafani

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

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

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

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Chiusa Sclafani


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

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

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

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 Chiusa Sclafani, or if you have questions regarding your family in Chiusa Sclafani, just leave a message below

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  1. Andrea says:


    I am looking for any information about my great grandparents Guiseppe Marchese born in 1856, and married to Dominica Perrone or Perrione born in 1864. They left Chiusa Scalfani in 1898 with 3 children. My grandfather John, born August 11, 1895, and daughters Josephina, born 1891, and Jane, born 1892. I would appreciate any information you could share about them, or their families.

    Thank you!

  2. Theresa says:

    I believe my grandfather, Leon Russo-Tiesse was from Chiusa. I believe he was born somewhere around 1888. His parents were Guiseppe Russo Tiesse and Antonia Ragusa. He married my grandmother Una Bertha Bichetto in New Orleans in 1926. I believe the surname may have been spelled differently in Italy. I’m trying to locate any distant relatives still in the area. Thanks!

    • Jo Russo-Tiesse says:

      My husband, Joe Russo-Tiesse’s grandfather was Leon Russo-Tiesse and his grandmother was
      Una Russo-Tiesse so you would have to be his cousin. What is your name?

      Jo Russo-Tiesse

  3. Cynthia says:

    My grandmother was born in Chiusa on June 28, 1914. She came to USA in 1917. Her first name was changed but may have originally been Patrina in Italian. Her mother was Rosalia Cascio.
    Can you help me locate her birth records?
    Thabk you

  4. Linda says:

    I am looking for proof of birth for my grandfather, Guiseppe Costantino Margiotta. I know that I qualify for a dual citizenship, but I need that proof of birth. I have the original Nationalization paperwork showing that my grandfather renounced his Italian citizenship after my father was born, but I can’t find my grandfather’s proof of birth.

    I have from U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services that he was born August 22, 1884 in Chiusa Scalfani, Palermo, Italy and registered as a alien in 1940, San Francisco. I don’t know why they didn’t send proof of birth.

    To make matters worse, there is a Giuseppe Margiotta (note the difference in spelling of the first name, that shows that this person was born in Louisiana. This is not my grandfather. However, Army records were mixed up and crossed with this man and my grandfather. Thus, it appears that my grandfather was born in Louisiana on some documents and in Palermo on other documents.

    Any assistance you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

  5. Jo says:

    My grandfather, Concetto Cristina,3-4-1891) is from Chiusa, Sicily, as far as I know. His father was Sebastian Cristina,(1857) and mother was Michela Scudari, (11-3-1888). I am looking for any historical information and his birth certificate. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you, Jo

  6. Eric says:

    I’m searching for information on my family and have also heard about obtaining citizenship, but, nonetheless, I mainly want some history. My dad’s grandfather was named Carlo Bavuso and he married Damiana Cottito. All the records I can find shows them and many others in the family were born in Chiusa and at some time they migrated to the States. Carlo’s parents were Vincenza Campisciano and Crispino Bavuso. Vincenza was born 8 november 1881.

  7. Mary says:

    I am looking for birth record of my grandfather, Vincenzo Gendusa, born March 27, 1894 in Chiusa Sclafani. His father was Salvatore Gendusa.

    My brother and I are going for our Italian Citizenship through ancestry. I have guide lines from Italian Consulate in Chicago. I already filled out forms to request birth record and sent it off to Records Office in Chiusa Sclafani as per instructed by consulate.. But I have no way of knowing if it will get there okay.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Robin says:

      Did you know a lot of people from chiusa went to streator and chicago in that time? We were all cousins. 🙂 there are still a lot of gendusa`s in chiusa.

    • brent says:

      Is it charles vincent gendusa you are looking for ?
      march 1894- august 1974
      chicago ill.
      married Anna zizzo gendusa
      three children -sam, jean ,michael

  8. Bill says:

    Dual citizenship research thru Concetta Gullo
    I am researching Antonino Gullo b abt 1866 and Maria Gnoffo( last name questionable) b 2 Oct 1867 from Chiusa Sclafani. immigration says they resided in Chiusa Sclafani so birth place is in question. Their children Guiseppe b:1886, Salvatore b:21 Nov 1888, Vito b:9 July 1891, Nicola Salvatore b:2 Nov 1894, Concetta b:9 July 1897, Elizabetta b:20 April 1900. all from Chiusa Sclafani

    We are unable to find any information on the above. At dead end.

    • Nicole says:

      I am as well. I am the Grandaughter of Concetta Gullo and Leonardo Forte, Great Grandaghter of Antonino Gullo and Maria Gnoffo.

  9. Mike Jendusa says:

    Correction to my previous post. I am looking for the parents of Benedetto Gendusa, my 4x Grandfather who is the father of Gioachhino born in 1802 and died 09 Feb 1868

    Sorry and thanks

  10. Mike says:

    Can you please verify the names of the parents of my Great Great Great Grandfather Gioachhino Gendusa born about 1802? I have conflicting information on the last name of his spouse it may be Lo Cicero or Lipari, not sure which is accurate.

    Thank you for your assistance.


  11. Victor says:

    Looking to find my cousins stefano , Reno & pia geraci . Their parents were Salvatore & josephine geraci of Chuisa . Any information

  12. Frannie says:

    My birth and marriage is registered in Chiusa Sclafani. My daughter is seeking to establish her Italian citizenship and needs a copy of these certificates. How can she get certified copies?

  13. Brenda says:

    I wish I had found you before I went to Chuisa Sclafani Sicily two weeks ago. We are researching the following:
    John Pizzolato, son of Onofrio Pizzolato and Laura (?) Born 04 Oct 1858 temporarily closed Sclafani, married to Marie Guiseppa Pollichino, born ca 1868 Sicily, daughter of Gaspard Pollichino and MaryAnn. They have a son Onofrio born 20 Oct 1886 temporarily closed Sclafani. In 1890 they family relocated to New Orleans LA. Italian passport was issued Sept 1890 Registration for Passport 409.

    Also, Francis Vitrano, born ca.1861 Campofiorito, son of Matthew Vitrano and Felicia Boscarino born approx 1845 married Calogera Messina born approx Salaparuta 1875, daughter of John and Marie Messina Stalona. Francis Vitrano, age 28, married Calagera Messina, age 15, in New Orleans LA USA 20 May 1890 Celebrated by Father G Manoritta License was issued March 10, 1890 in Cape witness by Angelo Antonio Maroca, Giovann Messina.

    Any assistance you can give us would be greatly appreciated.


    • Gary says:

      I’m also interest in finding Frank Vitrano’s, born in Campofiorito around 1861, birth certificate. He is my great grandfather, please let me know if you have any information.

  14. mario says:

    vorrei avere notizie del cognome VELLA in chiusa sclafani e relative famiglie

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