Genealogy in Palermo

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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 Palermo, or if you have questions regarding your family in Palermo, 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 Palermo area will reply to you


19 Messages to “Genealogy in Palermo”
  1. Shirley says:

    I am searching for any information on my ggg g/father’s family. His name was Stefano Poscic(spelt many different ways) and he was a fisherman. He was born in Palermo about 1785 possibly earlier, to Croatian parents and his mother’s name was Caterina, also possibly spelt differently.
    Long story but he ended up as a convict in NSW Australia in 1813 via England and his many ancestors have tried for years to trace his family. I was wondering where I could look for a birth certificate for him or a death certificate for his mother. They would have been catholics.

    I Appreciate any help you can give me.

  2. Diane says:

    My grandfather’s family name was Clemente from the city of Palermo. He came to the U.S. and his brother and sister stayed there. How would I locate the cousins that are my age. Half of my family is in Italy and I would love to make contact with them. y Nonna’s family was from Catania and her maiden name was Cuttita (American version). Her mother was from Siracusa and her name was Parisi, but on a document it was different. Thank you.

  3. Paula says:

    I’m looking for my great grand father Antonio Laudicina. He died of a horse accident. His wife moved to the U.S. and is buried in Saint Bernard Cemetery. I am trying to find his grave in Italy. They tell me he was from Palermo. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Rina says:

    Good morning, my grandmother Pierina Cuzzaniti Portolano was born in Palermo. Her father was Anthony Cuzzaniti. I am looking for her birth certificTe so I can get information on my fraternal grandmother. Hoping to hear from you. Sincerely Rina Brenkovich

  5. Brenda says:

    My great-grand parents immigrated to America in 1883. Vito Geraci born in 1855 and Filipino Cipolla born in 1862 both of Palermo. I know the ship they came to America on was Egbert. They had a son born during the journey they named him Martino. I believe when they left Palermo two of their children were left with family and sent for at a later date. I believe their names were Carlos and Lena Geraci. Later in America the would have Maggie and Guiseppe.

    I am trying to find the area in Palermo they are from and hopefully who the families are. I want to pass the information to my children. I do not want our heritage to be lost. So where do I start looking? Is there a census index or cemetary index?

  6. Ashley says:

    I am trying to find out more on my 2nd great-grandfather, Luigi Licciardi, born 30 Jan 1891 in Palermo. His father was Bernardo and his mother was Cristina (her maiden name could be Corvino or Colombo). He married Adele Parazzini from Milano, and had two daughters in Piemonte. He came to America in 1920 from Naples.
    I would like to find his birth certificate and information on his parents and maybe other family members, if possible. He had a few siblings that died in infancy and I think two sisters that lived on. His brother Salvatore emigrated to France. Also, he was a Captain in the Italian military during WWI, while his brother was a Lieutenant.
    Any help is much appreciated,

  7. Carol says:

    I am trying to find out information on my family from Palermo. My grandmother, Providenza Labruzzi was born 9/17/1888 in Palermo, Italy. Her Mother was Rosalie Labruzzi. They immigrated to the united states in 1905. I have found some variations on this spelling: i.e. Provvidenza Labruzzi, and also Abruzzi. Any information you have I would so very much appreciate. Specifically I am trying to find out where (the provence) in Palermo my grandmother was from. And if there are any living relatives. Also, the name of my great grandfather. Is this information you can provide or can you refer me to a genealogy researcher in Palermo.

  8. Deborah says:

    My grandfather Guiseppe Alberti was born in the Palermo region on November 13, 1895 to Salvatore Alberti it is hard to read his wife’s name but it looks something like Rosalia. My grandfather immigrated to the United States on the ship the Taormina on May 7, 1913. He left his parents and siblings in Palermo. He visited in the 70’s.I would like to know how to get his birth certificate and find any relatives I may have.

  9. Karen says:

    I am looking for relatives from San Cipirello, Palermo, Sicily by the name of Scamardo and Segreto.
    Antonio Scamardo married Marie Segreto in San Cipirello on June 1, 1893. They arrived in New York City on July 22, 1915 and on to Frankfort, New York. Antonio’s parents were Antonio Scamardo and Calogera Barone. Marie’s parents were Matteo Segreto and Anna DeGristina. I am looking for other descendants of these two couples and are there any cousins still in the San Cipirello or San Giuseppe area. If so, please contact me.

  10. Ms. Todd says:

    My name is Ms. Todd. I have been told that my mother’s father, Samuel Potera’s grandparents were born in Sicily. I would love to research and locate any family I may have there, however I do not have any idea where to start. Could you share any ideas you may have to where I can gather any information?
    Ms. Todd

  11. Ariel says:

    I’m an associate producer for the PBS show “Finding Your Roots.” We need help with on the ground research in Palermo as soon as possible (ideally tomorrow). Please contact me as soon as you can.

    Thank you,

  12. Rachael says:

    My grandmother was Giuseppina Arena was born in Messina 1889, she married my grandfather Raffaele Giannone he was born in Palermo from what I was told they were 4th cousins match made. For their honeymoon they came to America and my grandfather’s brother told them to stay and they did. They went through Ellis Island this is all I know. Also my cousins Margaret and Josephine’s last name is Ruta they traveled to Italy to visit. Margaret and Josephine were there in 1992 when my mother passed away. My mom’s name was Grace (Giannone) MacNeill.

  13. Sabrina says:

    I would like to find detailed history on my Great Grandparents who came from Palermo to America. My great grandfathers name was Arcangelo DiSalvo date of birth 3/2/1860, I would like to know if you have any birth records for him or information about his parents. My great grandmother’s name was Cologera Falcone date of birth 6/30/1873, I would like to know if you have any birth records for her or information about her parents. I would also like any birth records of my grandfather Giacchino DiSalvo date of birth 12/15/1890. Do you have a marriage license for my great grandparents Acrangelo DiSalvo and Cologera Falcone? My mother did not find out that she was from this family until she was 65 and I would like to learn more about my family history.

  14. Lawrence says:

    Looking for Sicilian relatives. My great grandpa came here to the USA from Palermo, Sicily. His name before he changed it to Banks was Banco, I believe. Antonio Banco. Antonio had a son, (my grampa Alfredo), and a grandson, (my dad Adolfo), Banks.

  15. Linda says:

    I will be in Sicily from September 1 until September 13 and am hoping to see where my grandfather’s family is from. My grandfather, Benedetto Bruno, was born in Sicily, we think Castrogiovanni, in 1892. He had two brothers: Luigini who was a carriboniere, and Leonardo who was a chef.
    Benedetto’s mother, Maria Scandaliato was born in 1875 in Enna and died in Enna in 1924. His father, Salvatore Bruno, was born in Villarosa,Enna in 1850. Can you tell me if any of his relatives are still there.

  16. Eileen says:

    My dad was born in Palermo,Italy.He was born in 1905,and his surname is Leotta.
    In the US we spelt our name Liatto.
    I appreciate any help you can give me

  17. Alfreda says:

    I Will be in Palermo Sicily July 15 through July 20 and would love to find out more about my grandfather’s family I was very close to them I love them very much please see what you can find out for me.

  18. Joanna says:

    I am currently visiting Sicily (Taormina) and will be in Palermo on Wednesday, 11 maggio
    My family name is Mirto and my grandfather, Antonino, came from Monreale.
    He emigrated to the US in 1904.

    My Grandmother’s maiden name was Anna Diana, and I believe she was also from Monreale along with her sister Josephine, and my great grandmother, Sarah LoVecchio Diana. I’m not sure exactly when they emigrated.

    I would like to find any birth or baptismal records, and see the neighborhood in which they lived.
    I also would like to know if I have any cousins who remained in Sicily.

    Do you have any advice? Should I check cemeteries?
    Thank you very much!

  19. Veronica says:

    My mother Gertrude Vincenza Kozel was born on August 15, 1947 in Palermo Italy to her Italian mother, Lucia Costa Kozel and American father Frank J Kozel. My grandmother Lucia lived with her mother Vicenza Costa on Via Nicolo Spedalieri Palermo Sicily Italy and I believe my mother was born at home.
    My mother came to America as an infant. After many years she has lost her birth certificate and must get a replacement. It is required for her to retire. I know that I need to send it to an office in Palermo and I even have the application but can not find the correct address for the office of vital statistics in Palermo.

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