Genealogy in Villabate

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

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

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

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


  1. Kathy says:

    I will be visiting Palermo in Nov 2018. My grandmother, Antonina Sansone, was born in 1902. She arrived here in Oct 1920. Her sister, Genevieve and brother, Morris were already living here. Her parents were Guiseppe Sansone and Guiseppa Terranova. I believe there is still family in the Villabate section of Palermo. My grandfather, Guiseppe Castelli, born in 1896, was raised in an orphanage in Palermo. He had one brother, Vincente. His parents were Mariano Castelli and Maria D’Amico. He was in the Italian Navy and then came to the US in summer of 1920. Any information you can provide would be incredible. I do have other papers, passports, military records, US naturalization papers, etc. I would like to contact any family there if possible. Thank you so very much.

  2. Sandra says:

    I will be visiting the Palermo area in Sept. 2018. What is the address of the Villabate Registrar or Palermo Registrar (or email address) I would like to inquire on my families information before I go. Family surnames are Rinauro, LaBarbara, Quartuccio, Di Giovanna. The Lagattuta’s were from Mezzujusso so would like that info also.
    Thank you

  3. Richard says:

    We will be in the area this May and would like to do some work on the Castello family. Antonio Castello 1813, Giuseppe Castello 1857-1916. We also have D’Agati, Guttadauro, Traina, Andolina in our family tree.

    What search services do you provide and what records are generally available?

  4. Donna says:

    I have found a birth certificate for my grandfather, born in Villabate Italy in 1914 and am interested in finding out more information about him. I have his parent’s names, but no other information on them. I am trying to find out any information about my grandfather, Paul Firriolo, that I can find. I have a birth date for him. I would love to find out anything else about him that you can help me find. Thank you for your help!

  5. Michelle says:

    I don’t have a lot of information, but I was trying to locate my great grandparents so I can apply for nationality citizenship in Italy. Their names are Vincent Pitarresi and John Pitarresi. They lived in Villabate Sicilia. My grandpa doesn’t know their birth dates or any other info. Please let me know what I can do or if I can obtain a copy of one of their birth certificates. Thanks so much! – Michelle

  6. Margaret says:

    I will be visiting Villabate in september. 2015. I am trying to find where my mother lived there. Her Address. Her name giuseppina cangemi, born on december 15, 1900. Her mothers name was Margherita Cangemi. Her husbands name was Rosario. ////////They had two children, Giuseppina and Salvatore cangemi. My grandmother died when my mother was only three years old. Do not have a picture of my grandmother nor my grandfather. Would like to visit the home my mother was born when I visit in September. My heart is breaking for not knowing my grandparents.

    • Margaret says:

      I will be visiting villabate September 2015. Looking to find information about Giuseppina cangemi. I don’t know where shelived in villabate. Her mother and fathers name are as follows. Margherita Schillaci Cangemi, husband Rosario Cangemi. My mother was born december 15, 1900 in Villabate, Italy. Her mother passed away when she was three years old. She does not know who her mother was. To this date, I still don’t know what she looks like. I would love to know more about her. Can anyone help. Any information would be appreciated.

  7. Edith says:

    I will be visiting in Villabate On August 2, 2015. Looking to find information on a Salvatore Raimondo or Di Raimondo. My father in law is Calogero Raimondo who came to US in 1921. He is from the same city. I think Salvatore Raimondo died in the 1960s. Any .information that you can supply would be wonderful. Salvatore wife’s name was Marietta. God BlessYou

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