Genealogy in Ciminna

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

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

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

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


  1. Sheryl says:

    I am looking for information about my great grandparents, Francis and Victor Ciringione. I believe they came from Ciminna. Victor was a tailor. I don’t know when they moved to the USA, but they did. They moved to Brooklyn, NY. There children were Vera, Josie, Tony and my grandfather, Frank, who was a barber in Brooklyn. And y information would be much appreciated. We would like to visit next Spring and it would mean so much to have some information.

  2. Naomi says:

    Looking into Vito Ingraffia born in 1880s I believe. Wife Maria Comastra.

    They are my grandparents.

  3. jo ann says:

    I am researching who was my great grandmother! Here are some facts I do know …my grandmother was Francesca LaManna and was born 08/02/1901, she arrived in Ellis Island on 11/24/1921 along with her sister, Antoinette LaManna and her husband Vito Scimeca. According to the passenger list, they were coming to stay with their father Antonio Lamanna. My grandmother’s death certificate list Antonio Lamanna as her father, but under maiden name it’s states unknown. I would like to find out who her mother was and if she ever immigrated to the U.S. I also know Francesca and Antoinette had a younger brother Antonio, but I don’t know if he was born in the states or Italy The manifest states she was from Ciminna, Palermo, Italy. CAN YOU ASSIST?

  4. Josette says:

    I am looking for the birth records of my maternal grandmother, Paola Velardi. I believe she was born on March 14, 1891 in Ciminna.

  5. Josette says:

    My maternal grandmother is Josephine Paola Musmello Velardi Pappalivata Gambino and was born on March 14, 1891, in Ciminna, Palermo, Italy. She married Rosario Francesco Pappalivata and they had five children together. She also had two sons and one daughter with Frank Gambino. She died on January 13, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 89. I cannot fins any information on my grandmother at all. I would love to find out if anyone has any information on her.

  6. Tura says:

    My grandfather Antonio Campanella was born March 19, 1887. I’ve heard that he was from Ciminna. He married Vincenza Miele (spelling?) but I believe the marriage took place in the US. They had four children: Frank, Anthony, Frances and Vincent (b 1915). We think Vincenza came back to Ciminna to give birth to Anthony and then returned to the US with the baby. We’d like more information about the Campanella and Miele families.

    Thank you.

  7. Deanna says:

    Hello! I am looking for information on my 2nd great grandfather Giuseppe Leone Monastero married to Rosa Cassata Tulleo (sp?) Monastero, both were born around 1855-1865 or so. Of their children: Giuseppe (1885), Francesco (1888), Filippo, Rosa, Michele (Tulleo) and Eleanor (Tulleo) only Filippo and we think maybe Eleanor remained behind in Ciminna while the rest left for the USA (Chicago). Any information on Giuseppe and/or Rosa, their parents, as well as on their son Filippo (~ 1890)would be greatly appreciated. Family stories tell that Filippo remained behind in Ciminna and had a large family. We can’t find any specific information on them-yet. Thank you!

  8. Janet says:

    I am looking for the parents of Salvatore La Susa and Giovanna Ribaudo. Also, The parents of Giuseppe Mauro and Santa Campanella! Both couples lived and died in Ciminna. Birth and death dates of all four, also!

  9. Gary says:

    My grandfather (Adolph Alesi) was born in Ciminna on November 16, 1897. His mother and father were Leonarda LoBello and Dominick Alesi. Any information about my family going backwards would be greatly appreciated.

  10. Drew says:

    I am looking for any information on the Bagnato family. My great grandfather was Vito Bagnato born in Ciminna on August 20, 1891. His father’s name was Antonio. Any information you have would be appreciated. Thanks!

  11. Amanda says:

    I’m looking for any info on the Cortese name. My husbands great grandfather’s name was Nicola Cortese born August 14th 1900 from Ciminna, and was married to Anna Monastery and had 2 children in Italy and had 8 in Chicago (one being my husbands grandfather named Vito Cortese). I believe I found the names of Nicola’s parents, Leopold and Josephine Cortese but not sure how correct that is. Any info on this family would be appreciated!

  12. Larry says:

    Hello. I am trying to find the parents of my paternal grandfather, Francesco Alongi. He married Giuseppa Ricupa in Chicago, Illinois USA on August 3, 1914. According to his certificate of marriage, his birthday was October 11, 1892. However, his bride, Giuseppa Ricupa, showed April 12, 1896 as her birthday but we have confirmed she was actually born December 21, 1900 in Menfi Italy, as shown on her Italian birth record. The fact of the matter is she lied about her birth date because Illinois state law required she be at least 18 years old to get married. She was, in fact, under 14 years old at the time she married. We have yet to confirm Francesco Alongi’s birth date. So, it is possible he also lied about his age on the certificate of marriage, which showed his age as 21 years old. Francesco and Giuseppa had two children together before they divorced. Constance Alongi was born February 28, 1917 and Samuel Alongi was born July 25, 1919, both in Chicago, Illinois. Samuel Alongi’s birth certificate shows his father Francesco was born in Sciminna Italy (a misspelling of Ciminna Italy) and his age as 24 years old (suggesting Francesco was born in 1895). Francesco and Guiseppa divorced in about 1920 after Samuel was born. Soon thereafter, Francesco married another woman named Maria Grace Carini (born in Chicago December 6, 1906) and together they had one child, a daughter named Tina Alongi, born on February 19, 1923 in Chicago Illinois USA. Unfortunately, Francesco Alongi was murdered at his home in Chicago on December 13, 1925. Newspaper accounts of his murder showed his age as about 30 years old in one article and 29 years in another article, suggesting birth years of 1895 or 1896 respectively. Francesco’s death certificate shows UNKNOWN for his date of birth but does show an estimated age of 27 years old (suggesting a birth year of 1898). It also shows his father’s name as “Sam Alongi”, probably short for “Salvatore Alongi”, and UNKNOWN for his mother’s name. Adding to the confusion regarding Francesco’s birthdate is the Illinois Death Index which shows an “estimated” year of birth as 1898 but also shows his age at death as 24 years old (likely a misreading of Francesco’s age on his death certificate), suggesting Francesco was born in 1901 in conflict with the “estimated” year of birth. Francesco Alongi is buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside Illinois and his gravestone shows a birth year of 1897. Do you think you can help sort out this mess?

  13. Jack says:

    Looking for any info on Vito Tantillo, born 1868 in Ciminna to Giuseppe Tantillo, b.1819 in Ventimiglia – d. 1889 in Ciminna and Maria Cali, b. 1829 Ciminna- d. 1879 in Ciminna. Married 1850 in Ciminna. Giuseppe’s father and Mother were Franseco Tantillo and Giuseppa Speziale. Maria’s were Giuseppe Cali and Giovanna Bonadonna. These are my wife’s family which I hhaching for some time and can’t seem to find any further information.

  14. Angela says:

    My mother Maria Barone was born in Ciminna on September 10, 1922. Her father was Antonio Barone born in Cimina in 1893 and her mother Vitina Leto Born in Ciminna in 1896. I am researching my family in Sicily and can not find the original home of my mother lived in when she was born. Is there a way to find this information out?

    • Francesca says:

      Hello Angela

      I’m a Leto from Ciminna and have done some extensive research on the Leto family. Most of my information has come from Family Search. Unfortunately the birth records for 1896 are missing, however, it might be able to identify them in another way. Please let me know if you’re still researching this. I’d be happy to help if I can.


  15. Ron bull says:

    Vito Faraci born 1886 Cimmina left for USA 1902 approx.grandfather. Know nothing else about family

    • Lisa says:

      Vito’s mother’s first name was Felicia. Mom’s was Phyllis (not Felicia per grandpa). My second daughter’s first name is Felicia.

      Oldest daughter’s first name, of course, is Catherine after Grandma.

  16. Kelli says:

    Hello! I am researching my husband’s family. We are looking for information about his great-grandfather, Michelangelo Scimeca (born in Ciminna, Sicily on August 6, 1892) and his wife, Concetta Lo Pinto (born August 15, 1896). We have Michelangelo’s birth certificate which names his parents as Antonino Scimeca and Vincenza Lo Pinto. We know that Michelangelo and Concetta married on September 23, 1914 in Chicago, but we do not know when they came to America. Mike and Jennie had three sons: Anthony, Sam, and Vincent (my husband’s grandfather). Does anyone have any information about this family?

    • mary says:

      Hello!I have a Francesca Scimeca b 1867 in Ciminna married Salvatore LaSusa.
      I have her father listed as Vito Scimeca. i don’t know if this is any relation. would love to find out if you have addt’l info.

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