Genealogy in Petralia Soprana

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).
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.

In anycase, if you want to try to contact churches, here there is the info about parishes today in Petralia Soprana

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


  1. Lisa says:

    My great grandfather , Guiseppe Lio was. Ron 16 November 1879 in petralia sopranna. He emigrated to the USA and married my great grandmother in manhatten in 1908. His parents were gaetano lio and domenica ciappo. I would love to find out more.

  2. Peter says:

    Hello. I have done alot of research on my grandfather and great-grandfather both of which were born in Petralia Soprana. My great Grandfather – Felice Garibaldi – was born Nov 19, 1861 in Petralia Soprana (the yr after Giuseppe Garibaldi’s marched across Sicily). He married Damiana Trapani on May 4 1884. I have their marriage certificate from Petralia Soprana. Felice also served in the Italy Fanteria from 1885-1887. They had 7 children, my grandfather – Pietro Garibaldi was the oldest and the only boy. He was born in Petralia Soprana in Oct 1888.

    Pietro emigrated through Ellis Island US in 1907. Felice followed 2 yrs later to the US in 1909. I used a researcher in Italy to find out more details about Felice Garibaldi. We gathered alot of information but never any details about Felice’s father or mother. We did find out that there are notes in the margins of the Felice Garibaldi birth records at the Petralia Soprana church but we would have to visit the church to actually read the written margin notes.

    Is it possible that Felice is an illegitimate child from Giuseppe or his son – Menotti when they campaigned across Sicily in 1859-60? Its an odd name for Petralia Soprana and Felice is the name of Giuseppe’s beloved older brother that died 5 yrs earlier. Is our Felice named in Giuseppe’s older brothers honor?

    Can you help me with any additional information about Felice Garibaldi born in Petralia Soprana on Nov 19, 1861?

    • Paul says:


      My 2nd great aunt was Damiana Trapani. I believe that my grandmother (Vittoria Trapani 1895) came to the US on july 20 1912 on the Principe De Piemonte with her cousin, Felice’s daughter Vittoria Garibaldi (born in 1896 I believe). Damiana’s brother Michele was my great grandfather. They were all from Petralia Soprana.


  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Michelle Reale says:

    Looking for Messineo or Milano relatives in Petralia Soprana.

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