Genealogy in Petralia Soprana

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

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

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

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Petralia Soprana


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

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

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

Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Petralia Soprana 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 Petralia Soprana, or if you have questions regarding your family in Petralia Soprana, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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3 Messages to “Genealogy in Petralia Soprana”
  1. Mary says:

    My Grandfather Pietro Gerami(Cerami) was born 11/15 or 28 in 1864 was married to Maria Santa Macaluso born 5/20/1872. They had 2 sons together Joseph Patrick born 11/8/1891 and
    Victor born 10/26/1894. They lived in Petralia, Soprano, Sicily.

    My grandfather left Petralia for the United States sometime in the late 1890’s and moved to Louisiana.

    His 2 sons came to meet him in 1901, but Maria Santa stayed in Petralia, she visited the US in 1928 but went back to Petralia.
    I am trying to find out my grandfather’s mother and father. And also any other information on the Cerami family. Maybe birth certificates for any of them.
    Thank you for any help.

  2. Lillian says:

    I just received new information (via certificate of marriage) that both our grand parents & great grandparents came from Petralia Soprana. Our grandfather Leonard Albanese was born in 1888 (came to USA) our grandmother Marietta (nee LiPuma) born 1890 (came to USA). We are looking for info on our great grandparents – Giuliano & Giuseppa (nee Richiusa) Albanese as well as Giuseppe & Giuseppina (nee Macaluso) LiPuma.

    If anyone can help it would be appreciated.

  3. Michelle Reale says:

    Looking for Messineo or Milano relatives in Petralia Soprana.

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