Genealogy in Misilmeri

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

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

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

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

6 Comments

  1. Zac says:

    Searching for a Agostino Lepanto, related to vito lepanto, pietro lepanto, francesco lepanto

  2. Dominie says:

    Trying to find birth records for my grandparents who were both from Misilmeri. My grandmother was born Anna Perella circa 1896. Her mother was Rosa Orlando. My grandfather was Erasmo (Joseph) Giammona. His approximate birth was 1892. I believe his mother was Grazia Lamonica.

  3. Kevin says:

    Searching for Ippolito ancestor line…
    Giovanni Antonio Ippolito born June 9, 1872, Misilmeri, Italy. He married Rose, unknown last name. He passed away October 12, 1932, also in Italy. They had twin boys, George Arsenio Ippolito and Nicholas Ippolito born July 1896 in San Arsenio, Italy. Other children were Louis Ippolito born 1889 in San Arsenio, Antoinietta Ippolito born 1903 in San Arsenio, and possibly two others I have little information about, Helen Ippolito and Clara Ippolito.

    Son George Arsenio Ippolito married Anna Giovanni Nicolina Terranova in San Arsenio, Italy around the year 1919. Shortly after they moved to the United States. Anna Giovanni Nicolina terranova was the daughter of Arsenio Terranova and Mariantonia di Soporito, both of Italy, but that is the extent of my information.

    Thank you for any help.
    Kevin Kirchner

  4. Rosario says:

    We have done a lot of research on our ancestors from Altavilla, Sicily. There is some information that is missing from the records we have found. We have found records of all Grana marriages in Altavilla from 1862 to 1910. There are 5 marriages listed that list the parents of the bride or groom as Gregorio Grana and his wife Maria Spingola. We can find no information on these parents. We know from other records that we have a Gregorio born in 1762 and his son Gregorio. The son had 4 sons that we know of. The death record for one of them, Giuseppe, born in 1810 0r 1811, lists that he was born in Misilmeri, but died in Altavilla. Does anyone have any information about any Grana people in Misilmeri? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Rosemary says:

    I’m trying to locate information regarding my grandfather “Pasquale Agnello” He was born in Misilmeri, Sicilia, Italy on March 10, 1889. He married Ursula (Rose) Ippolito from Misilmeri, Sicilia, Italy. My grandfather, Pasquale entered the USA on April 9, 1912.

    My great-grandfather was “Miguel Agnello” and he married “Nina Cimo” – both of Misilmeri, Sicilia, Italy. I cannot find any additional information regarding Miguel Agnello or Nina Cimo or my ancestors beyond them. Any information you can provide me regarding Miguel Agnello and Nina Cimo is appreciated.

  6. Sal Cerniglia says:

    looking for relatives

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