Genealogy in Castelvetrano

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Castelvetrano 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 Castelvetrano. As more your surname is common in Castelvetrano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Castelvetrano archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Trapani province are:
Accardo, Adamo, Adragna, Alagna, Amato, Angileri, Asaro, Barbera, Barraco, Campo, Catalano, Coppola, D’Angelo, Di Giovanni, Di Girolamo, Di Stefano, Ferro, Fontana, Genna, Giacalone, Laudicina, Licari, Lombardo, Maggio, Maltese, Marino, Messina, Milazzo, Oddo, Palermo, Parrinello, Pellegrino, Piazza, Pipitone, Poma, Rallo, Renda, Rizzo, Romano, Russo, Saladino, Sammartano, Sciacca, Stabile, Titone, Tumbarello, Valenti, Vultaggio.

Church archives in Trapani 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 Castelvetrano and Trapani 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 Castelvetrano, or if you have questions regarding your family in Castelvetrano, 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 Castelvetrano area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Michael says:

    I’m looking for cemeteries and churches in the Trapani, Trapani area during the 1800s. I am researching my great grandparents, Giuseppe Lombardo (born 1851) and Via San Francesco (born1857) and their parents Antonio Lombardo/Antonia Benevenga and Vita’s mother Giuseppa San Francesco. They were all from Trapani, although Giuseppa San Francesco may have been from Palermo. My grandfather, Salvatore Lombardo, born 1883 in Trapani, was sent to an orphanage after his mother, Vita died. Any info on cemeteries and/or churches of that era would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

  2. John says:

    Looking for descendants of Giovanni Errante (b 11/17/1849 in Castelvetrano, d 1/15/1925 and buried there). I don’t know which church. My grandfather was Jasper Errante (b 1902) who married Agnes Palozzolo (b 12/21/1903, d 9/9/1983) — they moved to the U.S. (St. Louis MO). I will be in Castelvetrano in July and would like to connect with my “cousins”!

  3. Joseph says:

    Grand father came to America 1909. looking for information on family in Sicily. Mother name Maria argulia father Steven. They had 4children. 3 girls 1son trying to find info befor I plan trip.

  4. Carol says:

    I am looking for any information on my family history.
    From Castelvetrano and Palermo. There last names were Mangialomini.
    After arriving from New York some settled in Kansas City, MO and some went on to New Orleans. Please let me know if you find any information. Thank you

  5. Jane says:

    My great-grandfather was from Castelvetrano. He was born in 1881 and his name was Antonio Guarino. He married Angelina Vivona (aslo from Castelvetrano) and they had three children (Vincent, Theresa and Joseph (Guesepe). They all emigrated to New York in around 1917. Are there any relatives still in Castelvetrano? Thank you.

  6. Laure says:

    Mon arrière-grand père Guiseppe GUZZO est né le 6 janvier 1901 à Castelvetrano. Ses parents sont peut-être Gaetano GUZZO et Giovanna CERTA (1882-?).
    Pouvez vous me le confirmer ?
    J’ai trouvé d’autres frères/sœurs de Guiseppe : Giovanni (1905), Gaspare, Domenico, Carmelo, Albina, Giovanna.
    Est-il possible d’avoir les dates de naissance, décès ou copie des actes de mes ascendants pour connaître leurs métiers ?
    Mille mercis pour l’aide que vous pourrez apporter.

    • Michael says:

      Hello. I, too, am searching for a Guzzo. My grandfather’s name was Gaspare Guzzo (1898-1958). His parents were Dominic and Francis. He emigrated to the U.S. circa 1911. Any information is greatly appreciated.

  7. Betty says:

    My father-in-law came from Castelvitrano, Sicily in 1907 to New Orleans, U.S.A. His father was Vito Sciortino born in 1850. He was married to Maria Mauceri born in 1850. They had three sons Balldesarre, Gasper, and Luigi. Vito and Maria adopted a son Antonio Sironi after having lost two children to diptheria. They came to America to join their sons between 1908-1910. Vito worked near Castelvitrano in a grape vineyard. I would like to find information the Sciortino family if there is any living relatives or if anyone has any information on this family.

  8. Kai says:

    Hello, I am looking for my Bua ancestor’s who hailed from Castelvetrano. The earliest known ancestor I have was a Luigi Bua born in August of 1893 in Caastelvetrano, his mother was a Cologera Catalano, and as far as I know he had three brother’s, Vito, Antonio, and “John”, whose name i think was actually Giuseppe. He came to America in the mid-1920’s and died in 1979. If anyone is a Bua descendant or knows how to get access to civil or church records in the province, please contact me Thanks.

  9. Terri says:

    Looking for the Catholic Church in Castelvetrano that my Grandmother was baptised in 1900 her name was Lucia Miceli, her parents Garolgia and Giovanni Miceli. If I visit I would like to see the church and the records.

    • Cyndi says:

      Hi Terri!! I’m investigating too and got so excited to see you here too!!! Let me know if you get any info (on fb is ok if that’s easier)!! Great Grandma’s first name is Calogera though. Happy hunting!!! Cousin Cyndi

    • Laura says:

      The main church is San Giovanni. I was there and able to obtain baptismal records which were very helpful

  10. Marlene says:

    Please let me know if you have information regarding the Belvedere Family. My biological father was
    Michael and his fathers name was Jon. My grandmothers name was Maria.


  11. Richard says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandfather Francesco Lombardo. He was born about 1839 I believe in Castelvetrano. Family legend is he married a Mayor’s daughter, a widow with the name Calandra about 1844. She died a few years later. About 1889 he married a widow Maria (Signorelli) Ciraulo. They had a male child born in Castelvetrano from 1892 to 1895 and died as an infant. Their other children were Annina born Oct. 28, 1890, Egilia born Feb. 25, 1897, and Adelina born Dec. 23, 1899 in Castelvetrano and came to the US. I have their information. Francesco Lombardo passed away July 18, 1912 in Castelvetrano. He had a brother who became a Priest, another brother that married Vita Clemente about 1879 in Castelvetrano. This brother died before 1897 as his widow Vita, and surviving daughter Anna Lombardo came to the US. Anna was born about 1880. Francesco’s parents might have been Salvatore Lombardo and Anna Guzzo. I would like to fill in the blanks on Francesco Lombardo, his siblings, parents, birth date and marriage dates. Can you help me?
    Rick Eklund

  12. Maria says:

    I am looking for family records relating to my great grandparents: Andrea Ridolfi, and Epifania Allegra (but particularly my grandfather, for Italian citizenship reasons).

    Andrea Ridolfi was a woodcarver from the Castelvetrano area and was born April 1, 1977 in Trapani. He was adopted, so likely had been orphaned. I do not know his birth or adoptive parents’ names. He arrived in New York during the summer of 1903. We have all of his US documents (ship manifest, census records, naturalization petition, etc.), but have nothing from Italy (birth, baptism, adoption, military service, marriage certificate, etc). Any help would be appreciated.

  13. Renée says:


    A la recherche de mes arrière grands parents en Italie, je suis remontée jusqu’à Giuseppe Errante Parrino, né vers 1820, qui a épousé Carmela Signorella à Trapani. Je n’ai pas plus de renseignements à leur sujet et je suis à la recherche de tout renseignement les concernant. Merci de me donner des pistes si vous en avez.

  14. Rodney says:

    I am desperately looking for information and records from my great-grandparents. His name was Giuseppe Joseph Leone, born est. September 6, 1864 in Castelvetrano Trapani, Sicily. His wife was Leonarda Milazzo, born est. September 30 1869, same town. I believe they married in 1893.

    Giuseppe’s assumed parents were Steve Leone and Catherine Lotte.

    Please, any help or information would be greatly appreciated.

  15. Philomena says:

    I am looking for information of my grandmother Anna Favoroso or any relatives in Castelvetrano. My mother’s name was Lena Genova – she was born in Kansas City, MO, USA. She married Frank Carl. Her brothers Cosimo and Antonino Genova were born in Castelvetrano, Tripani, Sicilia. Her father was Giovani Genova and her mother was Anna Favoroso Genova. I have letters written to my mother with the possible post mark of 1946 from “Favoroso Calogero, via Quintino Sella 40, Castelvetrno, Trapani, Sicilia”. The letter begins Cara Cugina Lena,

  16. Grace says:

    Hi my surname is Licausi, my grandfathers name was gaspare Licausi and he was born in scicily castelvatrana he married his 1st cousin colodaril licausi my dads name was frank licausi born in new york 1932 he had 2 brothers john and joseph my name is grace licausi born in new york 1961 is there anyone out there?

    • Lynn says:

      My name is Lynn. My maiden name is LiCausi (uppercase “C”). My father’s name is James LiCausi. My paternal grandfather’s name was Frank Salvatore LiCausi. My paternal great-grandparents were from Palermo. I believe my paternal great grandmother’s name was Angelina, but I do not know what her maiden name was. I do not have any further information.

      Grace, I wonder if you and I are related. I was born in New York (Manhattan) in 1969 and your note says you were born in New York in 1961.

      Let me know if you find out anything.

  17. Fred says:

    My grandmother was giuseppina Allesandro born 1880 mother antoinnette…her siblings Frank Catherine Vincenzo. They arrived in USA 1901… My grandfather followed a couple of years later by himself..giuseppe Puccio supposedly she worked on his families land there in castelvetrano…thank you so much.

  18. Julie says:

    I am trying to locate information about the family of Giuseppe (Joe) Baiata, born in Castelvetrano, Trapani ca.1896. His father was Francesco Baiata (b. 1861) and mother Dorothea DiGirolamo (b. 1865), both born in Marsala. Other children of this couple were Jennie (Giacomina), Frances (Francesca) and Philip (Filippo). Most of the family emigrated to Chicago in 1913. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you.

    • Alexandra says:

      Hi Julia,
      Giacomina Baiata was my great grandmother! I am currently in the process of doing my family tree and decided to google their names and this forum popped up.

      • Alexandra says:

        Giacomina married my great grandfather, Salvatore Bianco, and they had my grandpa James Bianco. My grandpa, then had my father James. Do you have any relation to the family? If so, we may be related somehow : )

  19. Marie says:

    I have been trying to find any information on my great grandmother Vedina Tedoni Married to my greatgrandfather Joseph Barone. Children are Catherine, Vito, Anthony and Govani Barone. The children came to America around 1910. Great grandparents did not come to America. I know that they were from Castlevetrano. Thank you for any information.

  20. Betty says:

    My father-in-law came to the U.S. in 1907 to New Orleans, Louisiana. His father were Vito and Maria (Mauceri) Sciortino. My father-in-law’s name was Gasper. He had two brothers, Baldasarri, and Luigi and an adopted brother named Anthony Sirone. He came from Castelvetrano, Sicily. I would like to know if there are any Sciortino relatives still living in that area today, if so I would like to be able to contact them.

  21. David says:

    I am looking for information on my great-grandfather Antonio Maggio is left Messina in 1864 to New Orleans. His father and mother were Leonardo and Giuseppa Maggio, as far as I know. He was born in 1838, I know not where, but I do know that he was baptized in Loggia.

  22. Pat says:

    I am researching for a granddaughter; her gg grandfather Gaspaer Fratello was born 1890 in Castelvetrano, Trapani, Sicilia, Italy. He immigrated to the US on the ship Duca di Genova in 1911, he was 19 years old at the time.

    We are trying to find his parents and siblings names, or any relatives who may want to contact me. Anyone with any information on this family I really would appreciate your information.

  23. Susan says:

    I am trying to obtain the birth certificate of my Maternal grandfather, Alberto Bosco, born in Trapani, Sicily. The date I have is 27 December 1888. However it might be slightly incorrect. I have contacted the Comune di Trapani and they responded quickly, advising ‘no results’. Would I need to go to a Church? I plan to go the Trpani in January 16, not sure where to start. I have all the other necessary documents for my Italian Passport, including my Mother’s Italian Passport, but still require my Grandfather’s birth certificate.
    Any assistance would be appreciated.

  24. Christine says:

    I am searching for Fortunato Errante Parrino, born in 1877, married to
    Dominica or Nicolina Cali Parrino born in 1878 from Castelveltrano. She arrived in New York in 1905.
    Dominica died shortly after giving birth to her 3rd daughter Mary in 1914.
    She had 3 daughters, Mary Parrino born 7/26/1912; Rosa Errante Parrino born on 09/20/1907 in the US and Sadie Parrino Parisi born 1904. I am uncertain where she was born. After Nicolina died, Fortunato disappeared.
    The girls went to the Bacchi family in North Haven, Connecticut, USA
    Any information about Errante Parrino familia would be most helpful.
    Thank you so much.

  25. mona says:

    Looking for ancestors still living in castelvetrano, my grandfather Leonardo Russo, was born July 26,1872. Married Vincenza Messina Oct,20 1900.

  26. Tomaso says:

    My Mom’s parents were born in Castelvetrano and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1920’s. The sir name is Marzucco. I plan on visiting there next year and would like to find distant relitives.

  27. Franco says:

    I would like to expand my ancestral family tree and would be most grateful to obtain some news from the descendants of Vincenzo and Maria Giancontieri (brother born: 1872 & sister born: 1888)in Castelvetrano who migrated to USA, in 1905.Thank you.

  28. Franco says:

    Researching descendants of Francesca “Ciccina” Puccio, from Castelvetrano who emigrated to Brooklyn, and Giuseppe Fortunato’s offsprings: Tony, Pietro, Angelina, Giuseppina & Anna. I am related via my Grandmother Nene` Puccio who married Vincenzo Giancontieri. Any info to expand my family tree would be most appreciated, thank you.

  29. Gerry says:

    my wife’s grandparents were both born in castlevetrano. We have their birth certificates for 1880. One of them provides a street name, via dagalone. I cannot find it on a current map. We will be there next week and would like to walk the area. Anyone know of this street now or c1900?


  30. PJ Rozmini says:

    Kin of Josephine Gullo, born in Castelvetrano

    • Debbie says:

      It seems my gg-grandmothers sister was married to a Gullo and they had a son named Antonio who immigrated to New York on Sept 2, 1905. Maybe??? I will be in Castelvetrano the week of Sept. 6 -10 2015!! Would love any information you may have!
      Debbie Taillieu

  31. Pam says:

    Giovanni Levantino, born 06 Jan 1860 in Castelvetrano. According to a daughter, Giovanni’s parents were Lucian Levantino and Mary (surname unknown).

    I’m trying to find a record of Giovanni’s birth to verify the parents (and hopefully discover Mary’s surname).

    In or about 1885, Giovanni Levantino married Giovanna Spitalieri (born 18 Jun 1866 in Palermo to Giuseppe “Salvatore” Spitalieri and Anna Sciarrabba). I do not know if Giovanni and Giovanna married in Castelvetrano or Palermo, but they lived in Palermo before immigrating to the United States in 1894. Their first daughter Mary was born in 1888 and died in 1889. Their second daughter Mary was born 19 Jan 1891 in Vicari, Palermo. Their third daughter (my great grandmother) Nicchia “Anna” was born 13 Aug 1893 in Palermo.

    My family still “feels” Sicilian and one of my cousins has even applied for dual citizenship (U.S. and Italian). If my cousin actually moves to Sicily, maybe it will be easier to research the family. Until then, I’d be grateful for any help you can give in finding Giovanni’s birth record to verify the names of his parents. (The Levantinos were Catholic and I’m willing to bet that Giovanni was also baptized in Castelvetrano in the local parish)

    Thank you so much for any help or advice!


  32. Patrice says:

    My grandmother Sebastiana Panebianco was from Castelvetrano. She had two brothers, Raphael and Rocco. They immigrated to America in about 1901 when she was 16.looking for any Panebiancos.

  33. Jean says:

    Can you help me find birth records for 4 grandparents born in Sicily?

    Salvatore Piazza b. 1876 in Castelveltrano
    Josephine (Giuseppa) Giaramita b. 1882 in Castelveltrano

    Joseph Piazza b. about 1886 in Partanna
    Angela Piazza b. about 1886 in Partanna

    All 4 immigrated to the US around 1907.


  34. philippe says:

    je fais des recherches pour un ami , sur la famille La Rosa ou Larosa
    j’aimerai disposer , si possible da la fiche d’état civil de
    Antoine La Rosa , né le 28/12/1889 à Castelvetrano
    puis pour ses parents Philippe La Rosa et Josephine Mangiara-Cina
    dates de naissance et mariage ?
    Antoine La Rosa a émigré en Algérie ….à quelle date ?
    Avec tous mes remerciements pour votre aide

  35. Kim says:

    My grandfatgher was Nicholas Orlando, he came to this counrty when he was 18 sometime in the late 1920s. He had a sister who remained there named Francesca. Franscea had a son named Guisseppe who still owns property in Castelvetrano but works in Piacneza, he has a son and a daughter. My aunt also had another brother or sister who did reside in castlevetrano (nit sure they are still alive) all year. Do you have any information on this family.

  36. Jean Michel says:

    Je suis a la recherche de mon Grand Pére Luigi Romagnoli né le 06decembre 1898 dans la commune de Castelenovetto.Avait il des frères et soeurs ,et-il décédé dans votre commune!!!!! .Pouvez -vous me donner le nom de ses parents pére et mère.Et s-il a encore de la famille vivant chez dans la commune .Tout cela pour mon arbre généalogique .
    Toutes informations sur mon grand pére et sa famille sera le bien venues.
    Jean Michel

  37. kathryn says:

    i will be travelling to sicily in september. i was told grandma was from castel vetrano and i would like to see her home. Her name was :francesca sbrigata.
    she was born around 1912 and had 2 sisters and a brother. how would i find out more?

  38. Deborah says:

    My grandfather Calogero Favoroso,born June 3,1886 and his sister Angeline emigrated in early 1900’s I believe. His naturalization papers said he was from Castlevetrano. The only story he ever told about his life there is that his sister and he were orphans and use to walk the streets selling pots and pans. I would love to find his birth records and any other information available for my father Gaspere who is now 83. He was very happy when I found my grandfathers naturalization record. We know so very little about my grandfathers family or life in Castlevetrano. I would appreciate any help that you can give including the translation of our name. He married Josephine Cartafalsa who was from Campobello and according to records, there is a Plaza Favoroso in that city. I will be eagerly waiting for your reply,
    Best Regards,
    Deborah Favoroso Kukorlo

    • Deborah says:

      Just found information that said his sisters name was Angela. She emigrated in 1920 with Mercurio Paltrow. She was 41 and he 42. Info says they were from Castlevetrano.

  39. Signorelli says:

    I am checking on Gaspare Signorelli, his name could have been Signorello and maybe changed when he came to the US. He was born 1863 and baptized at San Giovanni Baptista church in Castelvetrano.

    • RE: signorelli says:

      I realize your message is old but my great great grandfather was Gaspare Signorelli born in castelvetrano in 1868 Wondering if they are the same person

      • Pietro says:

        Looking for more info on Pietro Signorelli born c 1875 Sicily and went to Pennsylvania, USA.

      • jane says:

        Hi My great grandfather was Gaspare signorelli born in Castelvetrano. Immigrated to the US in the late 1800,early 1900’s I can’t find any information on him

        • Jerry says:

          My great great grandfather was Felice Crimi who married Vita Signorello or Signorelli who was born 22 Sept 1824. Her parents were Bartolomeo Signorello born 29 June 1794 and and Francesca Bertolino. Bartolomeo’s parents were Giuseppe Signorello, c 1769 and Risarvato Angela c 1769. Anyone related?

  40. Antionette says:

    I am looking for my great, great grandfather Carlo DiStefano’s family in Castelvetrano, Italy. Here is what I know. My great grandfather John (Giovanni) DiStefano (BD 7-24-1888)and grandmother Rosa Urso (BD 1886)and my Great Uncle Jack DiStefano (1895) along with possibly another brother Melchiore DiStefano (BD 1887) came to the USA in 1907, and 1904 respectively. I have their ship names and manifesto’s. I cannot find anything about my Great Great Grandfather Carlo. He did not come to the US. They also had another brother Vincent and sister Maria that did not come over. I would like to know if any of our relatives still reside in Castelvetrano and where. I believe Vincent moved to Cossato, Piedmonte several years ago before passing away. Vincent has a grandson in Cossato named Vittorio Morrione.
    Any information that you may have would be so helpful in finding them.
    Thank you in advance!

  41. Crystal says:

    I am searching for information on my great great grandparents Giovanni and Francesca Leone from Castlevetrona.they had a son named Santoro Leone. My great great grandfather came to the United states when my great grandfather was 3 years old.I have a little more information but not much.

    • David says:

      I am searching for information on my great great grandparents Giovanni and Francesca Leone from Castlevetrona.they had a son named Santoro Leone. My great great grandfather came to the United states when my great grandfather was 3 years old.I have a little more information but not much.

      Hello Crystal, you have found us. My father is Santoro Leone. I have been searching for the grave and family in the USA my grandfather Giovanni Leone for years.

      • David says:

        Santoro was my father, Giovanni was my grandfather. If you do not get my email of please look me up on Facebook, I live in Blue Springs Mo. My business is the Leone-knapp Insurance Group in Lee’s Summit Mo. Please contact me.

  42. Maria Palamaro says:

    My grandfather Giovanni Palminteri was born in Castelvetrano and I need to acquire his birth certificate in order for me and my family to become Italian citizens. Can you steer me in the right direction in getting this information.

  43. Anthony says:

    I am researching my grandfather who was born in Casetlvetrano, Trapani, Sicily. My grandfather was named Filippo Ferreri. He was born sometime in the late 1800’s and came to America in the early 1900’s. He had an older brother Giacomo, and a younger sister (possibly half-sister) name Francesca. From what I know, he was a performer of some sort (“show biz”) before leaving Castelvetrano. I’ve also heard that his father might have been a politician or a socialist. Not very sure how accurate that may be. I do know that my grandfathers younger sister Francesca was raised in a convent, and came to America much later after her brothers. My grandfather Filippo Ferreri while in America (NYC -Brooklyn) married Leonarda Valenti who originally came from Santa Margherita (from what I’ve heard, her town was destroyed in an earthquake?). Any help in pointing me in the right direction to research my family history would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  44. Francine says:

    I am researching my great grandparents who lived in castelvetrano trapani, sicily.
    Names are Francesco varvaro married to Mattia Gugulia, children are domenico, antonino, melchiore, Lauretta and rosa, who is my grand mother

    The other family name is Giulo Gaggini married to Maria Giambalvo, children are Angela, Francesca and Antonino who is my grandfather. Address is via l’bartelmeo # 5, which still exists

    Any information about these families or help in research would be helpful. Thank you!

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