Genealogy in Salemi

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.

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

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

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


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.)

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Salemi, or if you have questions regarding your family in Salemi, 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 Salemi area will reply to you


  1. ALBERT says:


  2. Frances says:

    Looking for relatives in salemi sicily. My grandfather was vito Rosa, wife Frances /Francesca
    two sons Paulo and Joseph.

  3. Francesca says:

    Looking for any information about Vito Rosa and wife Francesca or Frances. Two sons Paulo and Joseph
    Any information greatly appreciated. Would love to know about my family.

  4. Margaret says:

    My grandfather was born in Salemi on February 8, 1903. He had 8 siblings and his mother’s name was Guiseppa D’Angelo and his father was Francis LoPorto (LaPorto?). I can’t find any information on him or his parents. He came to the United States in January 1921 but I can’t find any information on his parents or his life in Italy.

    • Donald says:

      My have traced my Great Grandparents to Salemi, Trapani Sicilia. There names are Arcangelo Calamusa (1853-?) and Angela Pedome (1854-?). I would like information regarding their births and possibly any information about their parents, grandparents, etc. Thank you.


      • Joseph says:

        I have found the original birth record of Francesco Paolo Calamuso, born in Salemi on March 22, 1853, son of Nicolo Calamuso, age 46 years, a farmer, and of Maria Liuzzo, age 25 years. They were then residing in Via Rabato. The birth was declared by the midwife, Anna Casannovo, age 62 years old. If this is your great-grandparent, I’ll be happy to forward the record to you and translate it if necessary.

    • Joseph says:

      I don’t know if you got previous reply to your question. I have a copy of the original birth record of your grandfather, Salvatore LoPorto, who was born in Salemi on February 8,1903, the son of Francesco LoPorto, age 53 years, a farmer, and of Giuseppa Angelo, age 44 years, a housewife.

    • Joseph says:

      Joseph says:
      November 30, 2017 at 9:08 pm
      I don’t know if you got previous reply to your question. I have a copy of the original birth record of your grandfather, Salvatore LoPorto, who was born in Salemi on February 8,1903, the son of Francesco LoPorto, age 53 years, a farmer, and of Giuseppa Angelo, age 44 years, a housewife.

  5. Joe says:

    My grandfather was born on October 26, 1892 in Salemi, Sicily His name is Filipo Renda.
    My grandmother was born on December 13, 1886 also in Salemi.
    I am interested in their parents and if they had any siblings.

    • marisa says:

      My great-grandmothers maiden name was Renda, Grazia. She was born Feb.2, 1888 in Salemi. Her parents Vincenzo Renda and Giuseppa Ponzo, both born in Salemi. It could be Vincenzo and Filipo were related…perhaps brothers?

      Good luck on your search…I am searching too.

  6. Janice says:

    My grandparents came to America from Salemi around the year 1910. Their last names were vultaggio or vertaggio and Grillo. We are planning a trip next year and would like as much information as possible to see if my mother has any living relatives in Salemi.
    Thank you

    • Lauren says:

      Hi Janice

      I’m looking for a Josephine Grillo (she was my great grandmother and would’ve come over about the same time you mention above I believe).

  7. Lori says:


    My husband’s Great Great Grandfather is buried in Salemi.How do I find out where he’s buried?The cemetary is not listed on the death certificate(at least it doesn’t appear so).


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