Genealogy in San Giuseppe Jato

If you search your ancestors in San Giuseppe Jato, Sicilia, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Sicilia and in Palermo province registry offices were established around 1820: it means that you could find information in San Giuseppe Jato registrar as of that date.

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

Before to start your genealogy research in San Giuseppe Jato, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in sicilia and in San Giuseppe Jato too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in San Giuseppe Jato 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 San Giuseppe Jato. As more your surname is common in San Giuseppe Jato, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in San Giuseppe Jato 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 San Giuseppe Jato 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.
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 San Giuseppe Jato 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 San Giuseppe Jato 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 our expert in San Giuseppe Jato area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Donald Joe says:

    My grandfather Vincenzo DiMaggio was born in San Giuseppe Jato. He was the son of Mariano DiMaggio and Vincenza Napoli. Mariano was the son of Francesco DiMaggio and Stefana Micciche. Vincenza was the daughter of Paolo Napoli and Marianna Perugia. If you can help me with any additional information on those families, I would so grateful.

  2. Marsha says:

    I am searching for information regarding my Grandmother’s family.Josephine Canova/Cannova was born on 22 Jan. 1879 in San Giuseppe Jato, Palermo.
    She married Francesco(Frank) Miceli(Mitchell) in Louisiana,USA. Any information on this family will be appreciated. Thank you.

  3. Kay says:

    I am researching the Caruso family of San Guiseppe Jato and San Cipirello. I have found some information in microfilm from the LSA library in Salt Lake City. There is a film there that has some birth/marriage entries from San Cipirello.
    This is what I have found:
    Francesco Caruso born Dec. 22, 1879 in San Cipirello. Emigrated to Louisiana in
    HIs parents were Francesco Caruso born in San Guiseppe Jato about 1858 and married to Maria Chiara in Feb 23, 1878. Maria Chiara was from Chiusa Sclafani. Francesco’s father was Francesco Caruso born about 1838 In San Guiseppe Jato. He married Grazia Taormina also born in San Guiseppe Jato. There were no records past the early 1800s so I was unable to compelte my search.
    The Carusos are my husband’sfamily. We are hoping to travel to Sicily to visit some of his ancestral towns sometime in 2019. If anyone can give us any insight to searching records in Sicily, especially in San Guiseppe.San Cipirello it would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Gerald says:

    I’m looking to connect with family in the town of San Giuseppe Jato, where my father was born in 1902. His name was : Maniaci Gerlando, son of Dominica and Maria. I’ll be visiting Palermo from May 16th for about a week. I’d like to connect with any relatives that I’v never met! Thanks

    • Mary Ann says:

      Gerald, I am looking for a Gerlondo Maniaci from San Giuseppe Jato who was born around 1850. His wife was Giuseppa LoPresti. I know they had at least three sons, Dominic, Michele, and Giuseppe. The three sons emigrated to the United States as young adults, and their mother was living with one of them in Rochester, NY according to the 1920 census; she was classified as a widow. I believe that you and I may be related. Do you have any additional information? There are still Maniacis in San Giuseppe Jato, but I was not able to connect with them on my recent trip to Sicily.

  5. Robert says:

    My wife’s great grandfather moved from the Naples area to San Giuseppe Jato between 1895 and 1905. I would like to know when he moved there, what was his birth and death dates as well as his wife’s birth and death dates. He was Francesco Paolo Migliaccio and his wife was Angela Giametta. They had four children: Antonio born 20 Jul 1883, Domenico born 14 Jan 1891, Raffaele born 3 Sep 1893, and Maria born 15 Jul 1896.

  6. Annie says:

    Hi, I’m trying to find my grandfathers birthplace, year of birth and if there are any living relatives. My genealogist has said it’s been difficult trying to find any information about him because he moved to Tunisia where he married my grandmother, had two children, all three come to live in Australia leaving him behind in Mateur in Tunisia where he died in 1959. His name was Emmanuel Madonia. My genealogist in Tunisia has found that he might have been born in San Guiseppe Jato! But she’s not sure as we lack all his details. My mother and her brother are now deceased so I can’t ask them, and I’m not in contact with his children. I seem to be going around in circles now. My only piece of useful information now is that my 7ncle was in the Police force in Naples before WWII, so his application to the force could hold some information about his parents. If anyone knows where these applications are made or kept, could you let me know.

    Please, if anyone knows of a Madonia line in San Guiseppe Jato, could you contact me, thank you.

  7. Martine says:

    I am searching for birth and death records of my maternal grand father, Costranzo (Castrenzo) DiBenedetto, born in San Giuseppe, September 13, 1887. His parents were Frank DiBenedetto and Annie (Deliberto) . He has a brother, Sam DiBenedetto, DOB March 25,1892, also born in San Giuseppe. They immigrated to US in Nov 20, 1911 he was married to Giovanni Micheli, who parents were from Palermo. They separated and Castrenzo, who was called “Gus”moved back to Sicily. His trade was a butcher.
    He traveled on ship a couple of times to New York to visit his mother, Annie and his “uncle” Giovanni Canepa in the Bronx.
    I am looking for any info, birth certificate, death certificate and place of death. There can also be additional children he had upon his return to Sicily.

    Hoping to make a trip there in 2018, and would love to find any family.

  8. Alex says:

    I will be taking my mother to Sicily in September to find her grandparents birth records, her grandfather was from San Giuseppe Jato. Italian friends have told me that finding these documents would be very challenging, especially because neither of us speaks Italian.
    Her Grandfather, Giuseppe Licari, was born in 1888. We would love a resource to pick up a printed birth certificate while we are there. I think his mothers maiden name was Terrassi

  9. Ava says:

    I am looking for information on the dads side of the family. My Great Grandfather was Mario Triolo born in 1884, from San Giuseppe, Providence of Palermo. He married Nunzia Gabriele. He came to America between 1889-1892 same with Nunzia. His father is Biaggio Triolo an mother is Bernadina Malone-Triolo.
    Nunzia’s parents were Salvatore Gabriele an Vinzena Donna-Gabriele. Any an all help would be appreciated.

  10. Virgil says:

    Mary Ann, This is your brother Virgil living in Florida. We’ve not had contact in many, many years and i saw your name on the page regarding San Guiseppe Jato and i would love to reestablish contact with you if possible. I found some Bonfiglio families living in San Guiseppe Jato but have not yet received a reply. Please send me a reply. Love, Virgil

  11. Alyssa says:

    My name is Alyssa and I have been looking for more information about my Sicilian heritage. My grandmothers name is Agnes Sciore. My 3 time grandfather’s last name was recorded as Sciortino. His name was Giuseppe Sciortino. If there is any information about those four generations I would love to read about them. If there is any info please send it to my email address. I would love to take a trip to Sicily and see their heritage and mine. I will need more information so that will be possible so anything would be amazing.

    Thank you so much,

    • Joseph says:

      Hi, my name is Joseph Sciortino. This September we are going to Sicily. My relatives are located in Sa n Giuseppe ,Jato. My grandfather went back in 1971 and I have an address and name of one of the relatives. I’ve sent a letter to them to introduce myself and to see if we can connect . I’m not sure how many siblings he had but I have pictures from his visit. If I can help your search let me know. Good luck

  12. Bill says:

    I am searching for info on my great grandfather Vito Cucchiaro from San Giuseppe Jato. Also spelled Cucchiara. He married Rosina Simonetta. It is said Vito died when a donkey pulled cart full of grapes tipped over and crushed him. Rosina died 29 Jan 1885 – that is the only date I know, thanks to Debbie!
    They had sons Anthony, Salvatore, Michaelangelo, and Fillipo (my GF)

  13. Fred says:

    My grandfather is Giuseppe Geloso born in San Giuseppe Jato on April 30, 1898. He married Rose Labarro and lived in Madison, Wisconsin around 1920. His daughter is my mother. Anne Elizabeth Geloso.

    • Bill Spohn says:

      Fred, your grandfather Giuseppe Geloso and my Grandmother, Maria Anna Geloso were cousins. So w are related!

      • Debbie says:

        My Great Grandmother is Providenza Gelso sister to Giuseppe and Maria Ann, I have the family history of the Geloso Line. Fred I have a lot of info on Joe Geloso, but I am sure you know way more then me. I would love pics of the family, I am currently in contact with Marino and Geloso family in San Giuseppe.

        • Lia says:

          I am a Geloso. My father was born inPalermo. My grandfather was born on the island of Lampedusa because my great grandfather owned a store ther. Searching for Geloso relatives.

  14. Denise says:

    I am researching the Lo Forte family in San Giuseppe Jato Palermo. I have been able to trace back to my 5 times great grandfather (ignazio Lo Forte, born about 1755). I have not been able to find out his parents names and I would like any information that you have on furthering this research. I am not sure what church I should try contacting.

    • Victor Lo Forte says:

      Hello Denise,
      I am a Victor, ggson of Giovanni Lo Forte and Maria Inghilleri of Piana dei Greci / Piana degli Albanesi. Unfortunately I do not have any direct information on Ignazio, but perhaps our trees link. I am researching why my grandfather Victor (Vito) was born in Alcamo although the family lived in Piana. In tracing the map to Alcamo, I found San Giuseppe Jato and San Cipirello. My family tree branches out to Santa Cristina Gela, Alcamo, San Giuseppe Jato, Lercara Friddi, and San Cipirello. Some of my other ancestors names are Cirrincione, D’Agati and Pirrello, Best wishes in your research.

    • Catherine says:

      My great grandmother’s name was Paola Lo Forte. She married Salvatore Lumetta and they moved to NYC in the early 1900s. They were both from San Giuseppe Jato.

  15. Mary Ann says:

    My father was born February 27th 1892 in San Giuseppe Jato and my mother Concetta Riela was born February 13th 1905 in the same village. He came to the United States I think in 1907 and worked toward his goal to become a US citizen.I have a photo of a family coat of arms for the Buonfiglioli family–he always told me they had been very wealthy at one time but lost their fortune in the great halls of Monte Carlo. I wondered if this was true, He also told me that the Buonfiglioli family sponsored mercenary soldiers to drive the Saracens out of Sicily clear back to 900 AD.. I had hoped that the king of Messina may have known the Buonfiglioli family personally.The family was originally from Florence and migrated to Sicily to find the mercenaries. Could someone find this out got me?? Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help!! Mary Ann McKee

    • Debbie says:

      Mary Ann, Who is your Father? What is his name? I also have Riela’s in my line Caterina Riela married Giorgio Marino/Marinotto San Giuseppe Jato

    • Virgil says:

      This is your brother Virgil. Of some help may be our father’s name: Giacomo Baptist (?) Bonfiglio who was one of four brothers who immigrated from San Guiseppe Jato separately. I believe the order of immigration was Guiseppe, Giovanni, Antonin, and Giacomo. Bonfiglio was one of the names Sicilian Jews took when they were forced to leave, convert, or die by the edicts of 1492. This is not to say we are of Jewish origin but is interesting nontheless. There seems to have always been some discussion whether our name was originally spelled Buonfiglioli or simply Bonfiglio. Also of some help maybe that our oldest brother was born in 1930 in San Guiseppe Jato and given the name Giacomo Guiseppe which was changed when he immigrated with our mother to join our father. I also remember a story about our father’s side of the family being wealthy but had no way of ever verifying this.

  16. Genevieve says:

    My grandmother maiden name Teresa Napoli daughter of Paul Napoli second daughter Lena Napoli emmigrated in late 1800s early 1900s to US state of Wisconsin. Teresa married Philip Lo Biondo said to have been distant cousins which caused rift. I am looking for any relatives or records on either side. Interested in obtaining possible dual citizenship and/or retiring in Italy. Thank you.

  17. Diane says:

    My grandfather, Rosario DiSalvo, was born in San Giuseppe Jato in 1891 His parents were Antonina LaPuma and Giuseppe DiSalvo. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1891 on the Trojan Prince.I am looking for a certificate of birth.

  18. Steven says:

    I’m trying to trace my Sicilian side of my family, that’s my mothers side.
    Her parents come from Sicily. Her mother (my grandmother) Providenza Ciullo Born July 19th 1891 in San Giuseppe Jato to Vincenzo Ciullo and Ignazia Schiavo. Providenza arrived in USA via Boston, Mass. On June 27th 1904 with her father, mother and brother Vincenzo and settled in Manhattan and the finally Queens. My great grandmother Ignazia stayed and passed away in NYC in 1945. My great grandfather Vincenzo Ciullo returned to lived out the rest of his life in San Giuseppe Jato and might have stayed with another child or children that didn’t come to America. My grandmother Providenza married Vincenzo Scancarello (he was from Geraci, Sicily), married April 1910 and had 5 children my mother is the last surviving child Agnes and she is 94 years old.
    Any help to find any source of documentation of my materel grandmother Providenza Ciullo would be most appreciated.
    I plan to visit Sicily in the near future and trace my mothers family.

    • Beth says:

      Hi Steven,
      My husband’s grandfather was Vincenzo Ciullo (Providenza’s brother). We have a family member working with someone in Italy to locate additional information before he too travels to Sicily to locate family history. I have just recently seen your tree and was excited to finally find someone else searching the Ciullo lineage. My tree is private, but I’d be happy to send you an invite to see it if you are interested in updating your tree for this branch of the family.

  19. James Licari says:

    My Grandfather, Giuseppe Licari was born In San Giuseppe in 1888. Came to the US as a teenager. Would like to find my relatives and a possible visit to Sicily.


    • Gary says:

      My Great Grandmother, Francesca Licari was born Jul 1877 in San Giuseppe. She married Benedetto Rappa 21 Jul 1902 in San Giuseppe. She passed away 18 Mar 1956 in Frankfort, Herkimer County, New York

  20. Christopher says:

    My 2nd Great Grandfather, Ciro Bivona (abt 1862) married to Francesca Bivona (Lanza)(abt 1869) immigrated to America in 1905 from San Giuseppe Jato. He had 4 children; Andria (1889), Giuseppe (1893), Vinco. Emanuele (abt 1896) and Dominico (1901). They all immigrated on three different ships out of Palermo and Napoli over a one years time. I have ship manifests on all three ships that indicate they are all from San Giuseppe Jato but that’s about it. I would appreciate any advice or any information to further trace my relatives. I have always dreamt about the Bivona side of my family and have felt that my heart has always been in Italy even though I have not set foot on its soil. God Bless!

  21. Anna says:

    I have access to the original passports for my maternal grandparents from San Giuseppe Jato, province Palermo, Italy. My grandfather, Filippe Marchese, son of Benedetto Ferrara Antoninia Marineo (that is what is on the passport) date of birth April 22, 1873. He left for US on 20 Ginguo (could be misspelled in italian) year of 1900.

    His wife,my grandmother, did not come to the US until 1907 with their two young sons. her info from the passport reads:
    Guiseppa Marchese father Guisseppe e di, Baliatreri Brigida. Date of Birth: November, 1881 and think it reads 22 or 24 She left for the US on 20 Luglio 1907

    Can you assist further in my search or lend direction to me in my endeavor.

    I am most grateful to you in reading this email from a complete stranger who has been attempting to derive further information.


  22. Kerry G. says:

    This is so strange that I typed in the name Salvatore Geloso who was my Grandmother,s father and he lived in San Giuseppe,Jato. His daughter Marianna had married A man named Frank K. Danna and they had a son named Joseph but I don’t know what year he was born or died. I do know that he married a woman named Zami and lived in the state of Wisconsin. They had a daughter Pamela & a son with the name of Frank who is in his early 70’s now. In my search it was mentioned that people would spell their names different, so you must really do some searching. Please contact me if you would like.My Grandmother was born in 1884 . I think that we could be related.

    • Bill says:

      Your grand mothers father Salvatore Geloso, had a brother Ignazio who had a daughter Maria Anna (b. 8 Feb 1880, d. 30 Jul 1961), who is my grandmother. So we are related!
      My research indicates Joseph Anthony Danna was born 17 Jul 1919 in Elmira, NY
      He died 12 Jan 1996 in Madison , WI

  23. Giordano says:

    Bon giorno
    Sono alla rirerca dei fratelli e sorelle di mio grande padre
    Giordano Giovanni nato le 22/03/1874 à San guiseppe Jato
    figlio de Giordano Calogero e de Maddalena Vitali
    Sposato Cortteto Guiseppina nato 20/04/1885 à Monte san guilano
    Grazie infinitamente
    Jean-Baptiste Giordano (Frontignan – France)
    J’ai traduis ce texte avec un site de traduction.

  24. Cheryl says:

    My grandfather Salvatore Joseph Danna was from San Giuseppe Jato. He immigrated to the US through Ellis Island. The ship’s manifest states the last name as D’Anna but my grandfather always said, no D’anna, Danna.

    I believe he was born in 1885 in San Giuseppe Jato and I am trying to find a record of his birth. I believe his mother last name was Geloso

    • Debra Gatti says:

      I am also of the Geloso-Danna line from madison wisconsin

      • N Cipriano says:

        My Sicilian side were from San Giuseppe too. My Grandma’s parents were Ciro Scalice (or Scalici) different records show variant spellings and Provvidenza Danna. Ciro’s mom’s last name was Scarfani and Provvidenza’s mom’s name was Provvidenza Lucciardi.

        Considering it’s a small town, I’m not surprised to see people posting relating last names.

        They all emigrated to NY Ellis Isalnd, then Birmingham AL for a very short time, and then Chicago.

        • Marge says:

          Ciro Scalice and Providenza D’Anna are related to me.My parents had a grocery store in Chicago on Karlov Avenue.The last known address for Ciro was California.I am 78 years old, my father died 1939 mother 1990.Please contact me.Cipriano’s were at my fathers wake in Chicago 1939.

    • Debbie says:

      We are related and I have his birth certificate as well as his parents marriage and siblings. I hope you see this soon.

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