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 around 1820: 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.

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Salemi 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 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, 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 Salemi, or if you have questions regarding your family in Salemi, 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 salemi@italianside.com our expert in Salemi area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

15 Comments

  1. JoAnn says:

    My grandmothers name was Vincenza gandolfo born in salemi in 1897. She came to America as a small child. She had a brother named victor and a sister named giusippina. She married my grandfather. His name was Francesco Riggio born in 1892 in Santa Ninfa. He has 3 sisters Josephine, Jenny and Marian. I was looking for relatives from my side as our little piece of this family is getting smaller and smaller

  2. ALBERT says:

    LOOKING FOR INFO ONTEODORO DIVIRGILIO CHIEF OF JUSTICE 1564-65 AND BARON OF ALVANO
    ALSO ANTONIO DIVIRGILIO JUDGE COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE PALERMO 1626-28

  3. Frances says:

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

      Donald

      • 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.

      • Joann says:

        My great great grandmothers name was giuseppa or giuseppina Angelo. She had 3 boys and 1 girl. Giuseppa or giuseppina, Peter, Nicholas and Joseph. Also born in salemi. We might be distant cousins.

  6. 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.

  7. 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).

  8. Lori says:

    Hi,

    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).

    Lori

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