Genealogy in Mazara del Vallo

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Mazara del Vallo, 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 in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Mazara del Vallo registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Mazara del Vallo?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Mazara del Vallo


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

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

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

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 Mazara del Vallo, or if you have questions regarding your family in Mazara del Vallo, 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 Mazara del Vallo area will reply to you


  1. Geri says:

    I would like to get copies of the birth certificates of my grandparents. Santo Dei Santi was born October 27, 1894 in Mazara Del Vallo. He was the son of Batista De Santi died 1898 and Elizabetta Malone 1870-1937. Girolama Giacalone was born September 8, 1897 in Mazara Del Vallo. She was the daughter of Francisco Giacalone and Agatina. I don’t know her last name or the birth and dates for them. She could also be a Giacalone. My grandparents came over alone. Their siblings stayed in Mazara. I have their siblings names.
    I would also like to get a copy of my grandparent’s marriage certificate, which was January 10, 1920. I believe it was St. Nicholas Catholic Church. They immigrated to St. Louis, Missouri in 1920.
    Lastly, I would like to get the names of their parent’s siblings. I have some cousins of grandma Girolama living here in the U.S., but we don’t know where the connection is.

    Thank you for any help that you may provide.

  2. Giovanna says:

    My parents were born in Mazara Del Vallo. My father was Sylvestre Bonanno born November 7, 1919. His parents name were Simone Bonanno and Evanglista Guiana. My mom’s name was Marianna Buscemi born March 21, 1923. Her parents name were Benedetto Buscemi and Giovanna Finocchio. My grandfather, Benedetto Buscemi, traveled to America, several times, to Detroit, Michigan. In one of his trips to America, he brought his young cousin to Detroit, Michigan and stayed untilhis cousin had settled. I do know his last name was also Buscemi and that they worked for Ford. I do have more details, if you’re interested. I am born in New York and currently reside in South Florida. I do go by the name of Joanne but my birth name is Giovanna. I am interested in tracing my geneoalogy and any family members. I wish all of you much luck.

  3. MARI says:

    Ciao. I am from America. My grandfather , Salvador, Sam, left for America in 1900’s, went back to Mazara 10 years later, and married Angelina Curtola I believe. They then went back to America. I know there are so many Asaro’s in Mazara, but just don’t know where to turn. I know my grandmother had a sister named Lena, and another sister also. I am not sure if they ever went back to Mazara or not. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

  4. Rose says:

    I am the grand-daughter of Diego Scimemi born in Marzora del Vallo on March 15, 1896, I don’t know much more than that. He moved to Boston, Massachusette, in 1912 where he lived and died on June 26, 1988. He was married to Nancy Misciascia born March 26, 1908 in Corato, Italy prov. of Bari.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Mark says:

    Im grandson of BENEDETTO BUCARIA, DOB ??/??/1879 who married a teenager named Agata.
    Benedetto was already a licensed barber before moving to New York City with Agata in 1902.

    And I’m the great grandson of Vito Bucaria DOB circa 1843 who married a widow named Diane Randazzo
    I am looking for the house or street these relatives lived on before moving to New York City.

  6. Rosalie says:

    I am the granddaughter of Antonia Quinici and Francesco De Maria (Di Maria)
    She was born March 19, 1884. He was born Feb. 6, 1876 I would like to know when they were married and in what church, and their parents names. I think my grandfathers mother maiden name was Asaro, but I’m not sure. I know they came from Mazzara Del Vallo.
    I believe they emigrated to America around 1914-1915

  7. Nick says:

    I am the grandson of Nicolo Pugliese and Maria Bianco Pugliese. I am trying to do some research into their births and deaths. They were married and lived in Mazara del Vallo, Siciliy. Any information you can provide is appreciated.

  8. Vincent says:

    I am the great, great grandson of Domenico Giacalone. I believe he was born in Mazara del Vallo in 1855. He married Maria Graffagnino on November 29, 1879 in Salaparuta, Sicily. I am trying to gain information on him, such as birth date, siblings and parents. Any information you can provide wound be greatly appreciated.

  9. Linda says:

    I wish to find street address where my grandparents lived before emigrating to US. If there are living relatives of either grandmother (Mazara del Vallo) or grandfather (Salemmi) I would like to know that as well. Perhaps how I might contact them. I will be in Sicily and plan to visit the area Oct 20-28. I have dual citizenship (Italy and US) and have much information on my Sicilian relatives already. Grandmother name: Calogera Fodera born March 25, 1895 Mazara del Vallo (I have her birth certificate). Her father was Vincenzo Fodera and mother Giuseppa Licata.
    Grandfather name: Giuseppe Tibaudo born January 12, 1879 in Salemmi. (birthdate taken from grandmother’s naturalization (US) documents). His father was Alberto Tibaudo and mother Maria Genco. Calogera Fodera and Giuseppe Tibaudo were married in Mazara del Vallo on June 8, 1913. They had one female child Maria Tibaudo born after they married (birthdate unknown). That child died in Italy before 1920 but date of death is unknown. Giuseppe emigrated to US (date unknown from Palermo) I’m thinking sometime in the years 1914-1917. Calogera tried to join him in US but was repeatedly refused passage due to eye condition. She did emigrate from Palermo to NY on the SS Madonna. The ship’s manifest is dated Oct. 20, 1920. Can you help me find any relatives still there and the street addresses that my grandparents lived at when they were there. I know nothing of my grandfather’s family other than town and his parent’s names. I do know that my grandmother left at least two sisters and maybe a brother in Italy. She was the only member of her family to emigrate. Thank you

    Any advice you could give as to finding this information before I arrive would be helpful. I will not have much time there. I speak no Italian. My husband speaks some.

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