Genealogy in Montemaggiore Belsito

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

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

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

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Montemaggiore Belsito


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Montemaggiore Belsito. As more your surname is common in Montemaggiore Belsito, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Montemaggiore Belsito 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).
In anycase, if you want to try to contact churches, here there is the list of parishes today in Montemaggiore Belsito

Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Montemaggiore Belsito 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.

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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Montemaggiore Belsito, or if you have questions regarding your family in Montemaggiore Belsito, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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8 Messages to “Genealogy in Montemaggiore Belsito”
  1. Frank says:

    My paternal grand parents where Antonio Cardinale and Gesualda Marchesano. They had sons in the USA named Joseph and Frank (Franco). Are there I am trying to confirm they are from this town and any other information?

  2. Cecelia says:

    My maternal grandmother Cyrene Minecci and her brother Christ Minecci were from the Montemaggiore Belisto area and traveled to the USA around 1915-1919. All I knowbis there family were bankers. Any iformation would be helpful. Thankyou,
    Cecelia Rasile

  3. Ellen says:

    Our grandfather, Joseph Parisi and his wife, Carmella DiPasquale Parisi came to Buffalo, NY USA from Montemaggiore Belsito in the early 20th century. Do you have any records of them?
    I’d appreciate any information you could give me.

  4. Susan says:

    My grandfather Pasquale Ralabate (Realbuto) was born (think) on 22 may 1875 in Montemaggiore Belsito or nearby. He married Josephine Militello (do you have date of birth) and they had a daughter Laura, emigrated to U S 1900 where name was changed at Ellis Island.

  5. Pam says:

    My great great grandmother was born 12/8/1861 in Montemaggiore. Her name, Concettina Cascio (could it be lo Cascio). Her parents were Francesco Cascio and Marianna Damiano. She married Ingazio Muscarella, born 3/28/1959. They were married in 1886. Was it common to be married in the town of the bride? They migrated to the US around 1901.
    My cousin will be there in September this year. Would love to give her some connections to look for while she is there.

  6. Nancy says:

    I am researching the Panzarella family in Montemaggiore Belsito. My grandfather was born there in the 1890s and came to Chicago when he was a young man. His name was Giuseppe Antonio but I think he used Joe (Joseph Anthony) when he came to America. It is my hope to visit Sicily next summer and hope to do some research. Can you tell me where I should start? I do have some relatives I am going to try to reach out to as well.
    Thank you,

  7. Maria says:

    My father is Giuseppe Maggio. He is the son of Agostino Maggio and Maria Surdi. My father was born at the same address on March 12, 1933. His father Agostino Maggio (my grandfather) was also born at the same address. I am looking for information regarding my family past history both Maggio and Surdi. Can anyone help me? Thank you, I truely appreciate it.

  8. Robert O'Rourk says:

    My wife, Jean Imburgia and I will visit in September. Her grandparents, Basilio Imburgia and Rosaria Cirrito, left for the USA in August 1913. Basilio may have left a sister, Giuseppa Imburgia behind. We will be looking for ny possible family connections when we visit. Any help ahead of time would be greatly appreciated

    Bob & Jean O’Rourk

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