Genealogy in Terrasini

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).
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.

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

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


  1. Geri says:

    Hi interesting Grace. through DNA ancestry one of my 3 or 4 cousin wrote this. my mothers side Rose Cusomano from Sicily and Italy her father is Italian and her mother is German as well.

  2. Pat says:

    My maternal grandparents were from Terrasini. My grandfathers name was Benedetto Calandra, born in 1888 and was adopted by the Scola family…and married by arrangement to Angeline Scola, born in 1892.
    They came to the US in 1905 and 1907. Grandpa came to Ellis Island and Grandma came into Boston. They settled in Detroit MI. They were married in 1908. There was Mary, Tina and Paul Scola.

  3. Marilyn says:

    Hello. My name is Marilyn Vitale from St. Louis originally. My grandparents were from Terrasini Sicily. My grandfathers name was Stefano Vitale and grandmothers name was Grazia Danna. From what I can find on my own it looks like my granfather came through Ells Island around 1903 and my grandmother around 1900. It appears they were both single when they came to the US. I’m so interested in finding more about their life in Sicily and their families. I wish I would have asked more questions when my dad was alive. But I guess I didn’t think about it til it was to late. Any information would be greatly appreciated. It looks like a wonderful place to have lived. But not sure in the 1800’s.
    Thank you so much.

  4. Anthony says:

    I am interested in my great grandfathers background . His name IS Baldassare Lucdo and was born Septenber 21 1878. the family lore is he was killed by
    a family acquaintance who knew he had money coming to him from the states from his sons. I would like to know more about him and if this is true.
    Or ANYTHING I can find out about his life.

  5. Geri says:

    My father parents were from Terrasini. Ciro Rubino 1894 and Giraloma Vechoinne.

  6. Filippa says:

    Does anyone about the name Brancaleone

  7. Robert says:

    My grandmother was Marianna Bommarito – daughter of Ciro Bommarito and Eloisa Emanuele. She was in born in 1883. Siblings were Vito, Grazia, Paulina, Gaetano.

    I am interested in learning more about the parents and siblings of my great grandfather Ciro and grandmother Eloisa.

    Thank you.

    • Amanda says:

      I believe we might be related. Grazia Bommarito was my great grandmother. Grazia married Salvatore Mazzola and had my grandfather, Paul mazzola (among others). I am doing some research now for a family project and would love to speak more. Please get in touch by replying to this if you see it! Thanks, Amanda

  8. 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?

    • Pam says:

      Hello Phyllis,
      I am wondering if you found any information on your grandfather. My grandfather was adopted also and just wondering where to start looking for adoption information. I was told that my grandfather was adopted and he was the mayors daughter maids child from Terrasini, Italy. I have just this to go on and a birthday. Any information would be helpful.
      Thank you!

  9. 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.


  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    • Scott C. says:

      My mother-in law was Jennie Mazzola, and she was born in NYC in 1934. Her father was Salvatore Mazzola, from Terrasini/Cinisi.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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!

    • Frank says:

      Dear Shelly,

      Trying to find out more about my Great Grand father
      Salvatore Sylvester DiMercurio.

      That was also the name given my father, named after his grandfather.

      My father’s fathers name was the same as mine
      Frank Joseph DiMercurio.

      They lived in the Detroit area.
      My grand father, Frank DiMercurio was married
      to Martha Schultz.

      Perhaps we are related?
      Thank you

    • Grace says:

      Hi, I spent 2 weeks in Terrasini and didn’t accomplish very much. The records are in bad condition and it is hard to get help unless you have someone to translate. All of my grandparents came from Terrasini. They came to the US around the turn of the century and settled in Boston and Gloucester, MA. They were fishermen and fished the North Atlantic. They came here to escape poverty and hardship. They called it “La Miseria”. The boat owners were not paid fair wages to the fishermen and they could not provide for their families.

      My Family names are Parisi, Scola, Palazzolo and Favazza. There are no members of the Scola family living in Terrasini. The last members left a few years ago and moved to Northern Italy. There a church in Terrasini that the Scola family provided the land to built it.

      Two of my great aunts married DiMercurio men. My grandfather was Gaetano Scola. He was a teenager when he immigrated.

      Grace Parisi McArdle

      • Mary Parisi says:

        Hello Grace,My name is Mary Parisi, I grew up in suburban Detroit. My grandparents were Salvatore Parisi and Maria Cusumano, They came to Detroit between 1902 and 1910. They were from Favarotta. Salvatore had a brother named Phillipo. Please contact me if you’d like more information

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