Genealogy in Villafrati

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


  1. Thomas Anthony says:

    I am looking to find out the story of the Tavolacci famiy and if I’m related to any of them. My grandfather was born there in 1901 his name is Thomas Angelo Tavolacci. His father’s name is Anthony and his Mothers name is Philomena.He was a wet plasterer that’s how he met his wife he was doing work at an orphanage where she was a resident . Does anyone know this story

  2. Vicki says:

    Good Morning, my husband and I will be inSicily the week of September 5-13, and I am trying to locate my Grandmother Lala’s family in Villafrati, Palermo, Italy.She was born in 1891 and her maiden name was Varisco. My great grandmother’s maiden name was Souma?? So any info you might give me would very much be appreciated. Also, my great- grandfather Joseph Lala Sr. was born in 1862 and I think he was born in Poggioreale? Sicily, Province of Trapani. I appreciate any help on this as we are so excited about our visit.

  3. Anthony says:

    I am looking for my maternal grandfather Salvatore Palazzolo (a). Census records show he was born in 1883 and immigrated to the US in 1906. Family members say he was from Villafrati. He married Numziata Mercanti in 1915 we believe in Sicily. If you have any info please send it. Thank You

  4. Sam says:

    I am looking for a person to copy some birth certificates in vicari, villafrate, roccamena and bagheria. Is there a person on company that provides this service?

  5. brian says:

    I am trying to find any information on my grandfather Pietro Pollaccia born around 1887 in villafrati and married Murieta Russo of same birth year or any current family still living there.They moved to the USA in early 1915-1920 they had a son victor(my father) and a daughter eleanore.
    Thank you

  6. Deborah says:

    am trying to find my ancestors in Villa Frati. My great grandmother lived there and her name was Josephine Cali. She married my great grandfather Salvatore Cali. Josephine’s last name before getting married was Josephine Masi. Thank you!

  7. Anthony says:

    Giovanni Di Marco and Vita Dioguardi came to the US from Villafrati in 1906. I find it difficult to receive a response from parish. I had the letter written in local dialect sent money or donation to priest. No response. Our family settled in Hammond Louisiana. Any help from knowledgeable persons is appriciated

    • Thomas says:

      Good evening,

      My grandfather also came from Villafrati in 1906. My family (both sets of grandparents) settled in both Hammond and Ponchatoula. My grandparents had a strawberry farm on Range Road. My parents attended Hammond High. There’s a very good chance my mother knows your family. Feel free to contact me.

      Thank you,

  8. Donna says:

    Our Grandfather Salvatore Frank Reina was born in Villa Frate June 1888. Father’s name was Nicola Reina and his mother Crossifisa Mumfree. Salvatore wrote that he had 5 deceased siblings and 3 living when he immigrated to the Us aboard the Carpathia in July of 1906 at the age of 18. We seek more information regarding his father Nicola and mother Crossifisa Mumfree and what happened that 5 of his siblings died at an early age. Thank you for your time. I look forward to any information you can provide as we have no history of our ancestors in Sicily.

  9. Theresa says:

    My husband and I will be visiting Palermo in May of this year.. I would like to try to find living relatives of Francesco and Anna Maria Zito they are my grandparents and came from villafrati Palermo ..this is a once in a lifetime trip and my lifelong dream.. I would love to meet any or all of my bloodline is there anyway you can help me get in touch with them?? My grandfather was born 23 January 1877, my grandmother who’s maiden name was Malle was born 30 August 1879. As far as I have been able to find out they were both from villafrati!!! I do not have birth certificates or marriage license (yet) so this is about all the information I have at the moment I believe my great grandfather’s name was Vincenzo Zito and my great grandmothers name was Catarina I think paperwork is very difficult to read!!

    Thank you
    Theresa(Terry) Zito/Pluemer

  10. John says:

    My wife and I will be visiting Villafrati in September of this year. My mother was born there on December 7, 1911. I would like to find out if she has any relatives still living there. Her maiden name was Vita DiChara, daughter of Sam or Salvatore and Rose DiChara, but I’m not sure of the spelling of her last name of DiChara. Do you have any recommendations on different aliterations of her maiden name.

  11. Dave Shepard says:


    My grandfather and his siblings were from Villafrati. The family name is Ligammari. My great grandfather was Pietro and his wife was Caterina D’Amato. I have found many of their travel records to America but would like to learn more about their family history in Sicily. Any tips would be appreciated. Thank you.


    • Mary Jo Ligamaro says:

      dave–you may be related to me –though our names are spelled differently–D’Amato sounds familiar–I have yet to find any connection w/ 2 St.Louis relatives w/ ligammari surname–maybe you can get in touch w/ me on facebook–I look forward to hearing your reply

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