Genealogy in Terrasini

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Then,parishes send information not easily.

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

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


9 Messages to “Genealogy in Terrasini”
  1. Phyllis says:

    My mother and her brothers and sister were born in Terrasini. She is very interested in her father’s background. He was adopted by the Grillo family 1 or 2 days after he was born. Extended family said he born in or a days travel from Terrasini on December 3,1898. Francesco Grillo was his adopted name. My mother was told that his birth name was Francesco Fortunado. We were wondering how we could find out more about his heritage. Speaking with some Italian friends Fortunado may not be a real last name it could have been made up. My mother said at the time of my grandfathers adoption his father was mayor of Terrasini. Where would I begin? Newspapers, birth records. Is there any group of people who assist in these matters?

  2. Michael says:

    I was wondering if anyone is able to help me translate records. I can find most records on my own. I have trouble in some sense, but I know where to look and my ancestors names. But when I get it. I am having a really hard time getting to understand the old Italian handwritting. I have done the family search tutorials, not much help to me.

    My family name and familiar towns are as listed

    Vitale-Terrasini Favarotta
    Lo Grasso-above
    Grillo-above (maybe Grielo)
    Cardinale-Carini (maybe from Capaci before then)

    I have most records for what I have. If anyone is able to help. Anything is helpful to me and everything is much appreciated.


  3. Kyle says:

    I’m here in terrasini and I’m trying to find my family would you be able to meet with me this week?

  4. Margaret says:

    I’m trying to get some information on my grandfather’s family. His name was Antonio Cosenza, he was the son of Nicolo and Anna and was born in 1886. Thank you.

  5. Annette says:

    My grandfather Salvatore Mazzola came here from Terrasini Italy I would love more information if you have some.
    As far as I know he came over with his brother James Mazzola in 1919. He also has a brother Vinceo that stayed in Terrasini.

  6. Geri says:

    Hi my grandfather and grandmother was from Terrasini . My grandfather Ciro Rubino Dec 25 1894 and grandmother Girolama vecchione may 8 1897. Both of my grandparents died in Detroit michigan USA.

    Ciro Rubino my grandpa father I think was Salvatore Rubino ? And Ciro Rubino mother was Mary Leto .

    Girolama vecchione my grandmother father Giuseppe vecchione I think born 1870? and her mother sarfina vecchione but I think her maiden name was Rubino ? I think born 1876.

    I’d u have any more info on them

  7. Barbara says:

    I am tracing my ancestors from Terrasini, Palermo, Italy. Antonio Palazzolo born in 1751. Do not have a death date. Married to Francesa Di Leo who was born in 1753 and died in 1829. Also from the same area.

  8. Lauren says:

    I am trying to find out more about my Great-Grandfather, Dominick Ciolino (I assume Domenico was his original name). He was born 4 May 1889 in Palermo, Sicilia, Italy and died 21 Aug 1949 in Cincinnati, OH, USA. His death records list his father as Antonino Ciolino and mother as Grazia Orlando. Based on the other Ciolino’s that also lived with him around 1904 in Cincinnati, I believe he is from Terrasini. The story we were told was that he was sent to America when he was 14 to escape the Sicilian mafia.

    Any help would be appreciated!
    Thank you!!!

  9. Shelly says:


    I can trace many of my ancestors to Terrasini Italy specifically. Many came here to the US but more specifically pittsburg, ca where there was a major fishing industry in the early 1900’s-1950’s. Specifically the surnames are Di Mercurio and Scola that i am interested in. I have a Salvatore Di Mercurio b 12 10 1884 in italy and i am trying to figure out info on his life, why he came here what was going on in terrasini at the time of the move (about 1906-1914). And then the scolas specifically is Alousia Scola b 8 25 1875 in Favarotta, Terrasini, Italy.

    Is there any help that i could get from here?

    thank you!

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