Genealogy in Valledolmo

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Valledolmo, 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 around 1820: it means that you could find information in Valledolmo registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Valledolmo 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 Valledolmo. As more your surname is common in Valledolmo, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Valledolmo 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 Valledolmo 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 Valledolmo, or if you have questions regarding your family in Valledolmo, 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 valledolmo@italianside.com our expert in Valledolmo area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

29 Comments

  1. Diane says:

    My grandfather was a Gioia when he arrived in New York. There were relatives in Fredonia, but he settle in Mt. Morris, NY near his older brother. They were Gioias, DiGioias, and LaGioias. When they were in Sicily, the women kept their paternal name from birth to death. It didn’t matter how many times they married. They were still the same name. When they registered on the boat, it was their Sicilian name. Eventually, here they were assigned their husband’s name. When they settled here, every time I look at a census, the name is spelled wrong or different, and they are quickly assigned their husband’s name. Lots of the Gioias in Fredonia became Joy. I hope that helps. You and I are most likely related. My grandfather had a sister, Calogera Gioia, born in 1895. His father was Vincenzo Gioia, B 1841 and died in 1909. Vincenzo’s father was Luigi DiGioia. My grandfather was married to Serafina Guzzetta in 1906. They came to the USA in 1907 out of Palermo.

  2. Jack Milici says:

    My maternal Grandmothers maiden name was Calogera Gioia. However, the passport of her father is spelled DiGioia. I know a number of people left Valledolmo and settled in Fredonia, NY by the name of Gioia but I’m not sure if it was really Gioia or DiGioia. Can anyone shed some light? I was in Valledolmo once but could not find eiather name in the cemetery. They arrived in the US on June 1, 1905 on the Germania out of Naples.

  3. Tricia says:

    Looking for information on my family by the last name of “VACANTI.” Please send any information as we are visiting this town in the summer and would love to contact some of our relatives.

  4. Lynne says:

    Looking for any information on Antonio (Tony) Tribunella who emigrated to the US in 1893. I found two others with same last name from Ellis Island
    passenger lists. Cosimo Tribunellas arrived 1896 and Gaetano Tribunella arrived 1899. Since the three all came from valledolmo I am hoping they
    were related. Tony Tribunella married Stella and lived in Dunkirk NY
    He had three daughters and one son. Josephine, Jessi, Rose, and Joseph.
    Any information from Sicily would be appreciated.

  5. Charles says:

    My family settled in the west side of Buffalo NY from Valledolmo Sicily.

    My great grandmothers maiden name was Antonina Mancuso married to my great grandfather Joseph Bruno.
    Her sisters name was Mariatha Mancuso.
    My grandfathers name was Charles Bruno. His older brother was Paulo Bruno who also came here from valledolmo with my great grandparents.

    I wish I knew more, but it is difficult to find information.

  6. Gina says:

    I am looking for relatives of
    Anthony Conti, my grandfather, who
    I know came from Valledolmo and settled in Fredonia NY. He used to correspond with relatives and friends there.

  7. M ferrara says:

    I am visiting valledolmo in october which office do i need to contact for information etc on ancestors? I have names and approximate years of birth from mid 1800’s to 1930’s. i keep hearing about an office to contact but it isnt made clear who or how to contact. Can I just turn up, email in advance, make an appointment?

    • Joe says:

      I have an article & picture from my great grandma in buffalo about a group called “valled’omo Circle”. My article is their 20th annual get together.it lists a lot of names.email me & I will copy pic & article & send to u if u can identify anybody in pic

      • Andrew says:

        I have a photograph from a Valledolmo Circle picnick–in Buffalo…about 75 men-circa 1960…my Grandfather Russel Barone, son of Francesco Barone( who married a Vacanti) is seated in the second row

  8. Eleah says:

    My Great Great Grandmother was Carrie (Possibly Calogera) Vella. I believe that she is the daughter of Salvatore Vella and MariaAnna Mancusso. I have not yet found a birth record for her but I believe she was born between 1865 and 1871 and immigrated to Buffalo NY in 1882. I have not found her immigration papers.

  9. Gary says:

    My grandparents are from Valledolmo Sicily. My grandfathers last name is Muscato. My grandmothers last name is Christopher.

  10. Jackie says:

    I was able to visit Valledolmo when I was in Sicily. Unfortunately we were only able to stay for a few hours. The people in the office spent time pouring over the old large books with birth and marriage records trying to find my ancestors. I was able to find the maiden name of my great-great grandmother (Privitera). I am from Rochester NY. Amazing how many of our ancestors settled in the Buffalo/Rochester area. I would love to go back someday but it is a long drive up to Valledolmo from Palermo.

    • Patrizia says:

      My great grandmother was Francesca Privitera I believe from valedolmo she married Giovanni ullo and my grandmother salvatrice ullo married Salvatore Pinello from casteldaccia.

    • Patrizia says:

      My great grandmother was Francesca Privitera I believe from valedolmo she married Giovanni ullo and my grandmother salvatrice ullo married Salvatore Pinello.

    • Andrew says:

      I too visited Valledolmo, we drove from Palermo to Valledolmo in a rented car…we started a bit late in the day, so when we finally arrived I was more concerned about getting back ( as the road was rough and not well lit) and I did not enjoy it as much as my wife had hoped I would… we will go back!

  11. Gail says:

    Hi am looking for information on the Cappellino family of Valledolmo, Pelermo. Specifically Calogero S. Cappellino born 1861 and his wife Serafina Serra Cappellino, also born 1861. I do not have a marriage date. They immigrated to the United States around 1899/1900. Calogero’s parents are Salvatore Cappellio born 04 JUN 1843 • Caltabellotta, Agrigento, Italy and Ginseppa CONDEE “Conti” born 1845 Valledolmo, Palermo, Sicilia, Italy. Any help would be appreciated. As the story goes, Calogero (Charles) returned to Valledolmo in the 1950’s or 60’s and the town threw a parade for them. They settled in Rochester NY and I cannot find any articles in the newspapers about this. Thank you for any help you can give, or lead me in the right direction. Gail

  12. Jeanne says:

    According to a passenger list, my grandfather, Antonio Siracusa, came to America on a ship named Cita Di Torino arriving 4-15-1904. He was around 24, married a Marie Callea. I’m stuck. does anyone have any more information?

  13. Mary says:

    My paternal grandmother, Josephine Barone was born August 28, 1879 in Valledolmo, Sicily to her parents: Samuel (born 1857 & Mary(born 1854) Barone in Valledolmo. They later settled in Dunkirk and Silver Creek, New York. I would love to have information on this family from anyone.

    • Lesley says:

      Mary,
      My mother was a Barone from Fredonia and ironically, her parents were Samuel and Mary Barone who also came from Valledolma. Being such a small community, I wonder if there might not be some connection between our families. My mom was one of five children who all lived between Rochester and Dunkirk-Fredonia. Unfortunately she passed away almost a year ago~ the last of her family so our historian is no longer here to answer our questions. But, my cousins could help me try to figure if there was any connection if you want to contact me.

  14. Diane says:

    I believe these are my great great grandparents, Bertha Dispenza-Cosimo Battaglia

    and great grandmother Rosaria (Sara) Battaglia, from Velledolmo in the 1800s.

    I am wondering if there are any records that go further back, such as, who were the parents of Cosimo Battalia and Bertha Dispenza.

    I have no idea what their parish was. Rosaria Battaglia married Savatore Bellanca. My grandmother, Guiseppa Bellanca was one of their daughters.

    Thank you. Diane

  15. David says:

    Janet. If your great, great grandmother was Luigia (Louise) Cristina who came to the U.S. IN 1893 she was first married to Vincenzo Vallone. They had 7 children one Orazio (Frank) VALONE who lived from 1884-1954 and my great grandfather Rosalino(Ross) VALONE. Luigia was born June 5, 1854 and died 1948 her parents where Salvadore Cristina and Liboria Miceli After her husband died she came to the U.S. Where she later married a Frank Baron in 1897 if this is the right person she was from Valledolmo

  16. Marcia says:

    I am researching my maternal Great Grandfather, Francesco Paolo Strozzi, born on March 31, 1846 in Valledolmo. He immigrated to the US (North Collins, NY) in the mid 1890s. He had 3 children in Italy with Margherita Antonina Monte/Mondo? between 1881 and 1899: Frank was born on about March 31, 1881; daughter Marietta P was born on August 15, 1884; Fredrick Ettore was born on March 9, 1887. My grandmother Jeannette Strozzi was born in North Collins.
    Any help would be appreciated!

  17. Lisa says:

    Hello,

    I have been researching my Italian heritage and have found that many of my ancestors came from the Alia and Valledolmo area. They settled in Fredonia, NY. My great great grandfather Santo Farruggia (or Ferrugia) was born in Valledolmo on approximately November 30, 1842. His wife’s name is kind of fuzzy – maybe Maria or Michela Mauro. After settling in Fredonia, his oldest daughter married an Italian immigrant named Salvatore Centanni from Alia which borders Valledolmo. I would love to learn more about Santo Ferrugia’s family – his parents names and genealogy! So fascinating how many from Valledolmo ended up in the Buffalo and Fredonia area!

  18. Janet says:

    Vallone is a common name in Valledomo. My Great great Grandmother Christina came to the U.S. along with her children in 1890. I have found a 1930 US Census from Buffalo NY with her living with my Great Grandfather Frank and his family. I want to find where she came from, her husband and both of their parents.

  19. Dennis says:

    I was born in Fredonia, New York. Many living in this village outside of Buffalo, NY/Erie,PA came from Vallekolmo. We are Sicilian my grandfathers name was Russell Ardillo as was my great grandfather. My maternal grandparents family name is Battaglia.

    Can you please give me a place to start our search.

    Thank you.

  20. Gina says:

    I have gone to Ellis Island and received the information on my great grandma her name was Giuseppa Giambrone and she came to Buffalo in 1899 on the Spartan Prince from Valledolmo she was 12. She married a man from we assume same place name was Damiano Geraci all I know about him is he was born 1885 died in 1917. My great grandma I know a bit on because she lived to be in her 90’s and I had the privilege to know her. I am now going to do some genealogy on this side of my family. Any advice would be great as I don’t see a trip to Italy happening anytime soon.

  21. Jimmy says:

    I know that my Great Grandparents were from Valledolmo, their surnames were Privitera and Camizzi. I was wondering if you have any advice for researching them from abroad, I have no plans to visit anytime soon unfortunately. I have hit a brick wall on this end of the family because there is only so much you can look up online.

    Thanks!

  22. Jan says:

    My G-grandparents arrived in US in the late 1800s/early 1900s from Valledolmo. Last names Vullo, Gervasi and Todaro. They all settled in Buffalo , N Y. I am planning a trip to Valledolmo in the fall and would love to know if you have any info on any of the families.

    • Connie says:

      Hi, Jan,
      My grandmother Vincenza Douria and her mother (my great-grandmothe) Pepina Vullo left from Palermo Sept. 16, 1906 and arrived in NY on Oct. 3, 1906. Can you help me with any information. My grandmother and great-grandmother went to Rock Glen, NY and my mother was born in Leroy, NY. Settled around Rochester, NY.
      did yoiu have any luck finding relatives in Valledolmo when you went?

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