If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Salemi, 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 Salemi registrar as of that date.
Before to start your genealogy research in Salemi, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Sicilia and in Salemi too.
In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Salemi from the Italian Unification (1861).
It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Salemi. As more your surname is common in Salemi, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Salemi 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 Salemi 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 Salemi
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.)
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