Genealogy in Bisacquino

If you search your ancestors in Bisacquino , Palermo Sicily in Italy you can find birth records , marriage and death records at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office of Bisacquino or in the parishes archives of the town.

If your goal is family history, you need to know that registry offices in Bisacquino, as in Palermo province, were established around 1820: it means that you could find records in Bisacquino registrar archives as of that date. If you want to go beyond, you should consider to investigate the parish records (usually in Sicily religious records started about mid 1500).

In case you are interested in dual italian citizenship, you must ask for birth certificates to the town hall. Copies of birth records are NOT valid to apply for italian dual citizenship.

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Bisacquino 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 Bisacquino. As more your surname is common in Bisacquino, as more it could be difficult to find the exact family branches in Bisacquino archives if you have not exact dates.

It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Palermo province are:
Aiello, Amato, Barone, Battaglia, Bruno, Caruso, Catalano, Costa, Cusimano, D’Amico, D’Angelo, Di Maggio, Di Salvo, Ferrante, Ferrara, Gambino, Geraci, Giordano, Greco, La Barbera, La Rosa, Lo Cascio, Lombardo, Macaluso, Mancuso, Maniscalco, Mannino, Marchese, Marino, Martorana, Mazzola, Messina, Mineo, Orlando, Palazzolo, Parisi, Pecoraro, Piazza, Randazzo, Rizzo, Romano, Russo, Sciortino, Siragusa, Taormina, Tarantino, Vassallo, Vitale.

Church archives in Bisacquino and in Palermo 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 Bisacquino and Palermo 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.
You can reach it here:
Archivio di Stato di Palermo

Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele, 31 – Palermo
Phone: +39 0912704001 .002 .003
Days and opening hours: monday – friday 08:00 – 18:00 saturday 08:00 – 13:30 weekly closing: Sunday and holidays; no reservation

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


  1. Maria says:

    My name is Maria Licata Scott. I just learned my maternal grand mother is from Biascquino. The name would be Last name would be Teri, aka Terry. Does anyone n
    Know these names

  2. Frank says:

    Anthony, in Alabama, there are many many Tamburello and tamburella’s. Some retained the original spelling but many changed to Tombrello ( my name), tombrella, Tamburello etc etc. Yes, you have many relatives here from that side of your family. We came from Bisacquino to Birmingham in 1880-90’s. The grandfather through whom I received itslian citizenship came in 1893 as a 22 year old. Write me if you are interested.

    • Stacy says:

      Tamburello is in my family tree to
      From Bisacquino
      I have a huge family book
      To much to type
      My family history is tied to Narisi, Caldarera, Ciulla and many more my immediate family resided in ft Smith AR
      There is a Italian Resturant there that’s my family’s

  3. Anthony says:

    My family on both sides originate on Bisacquino .
    My mother’s family Gallina and DiGirogio settled in NYC but we had relatives in Texas and I remember my mother telling me that we had a relationship with Jack Valenti .

    My father’s family LoGrande and Tamburella emigrated to New Orleans and then ended up near Houston ,Texas.
    I believe we had some other family in Texas , Alabama and Louisiana.
    I am just interested to see if we can connect .

    • Frank says:

      my grandmother was a Gallina from bisaquino married to francesco colella also of bisaquino. my father immigrated here in 1968.

  4. Javon says:

    I am looking for possible current living relatives in Bisacquino. My great great grandfather was Antonino Ciulla born in 1862 and migrated to the U.S. in 1882. His parents were Gaspare Ciulla and Antonina Maniscalco.

    • barbara says:

      Hi trying to track down my family from basaquino sicily my grandmother was josephine miranda and my great grandmothers were maria cuilla and

      inoccnza cuilla my grandfather was Severio tamburello and my great grandfathers were vincent miranda and michael tamburello my great aunt belonged to the paletine order and came to the us as secretary of the mother superior her name was sister mary silivia miranda

      • Javon says:

        I’m not sure if this helps but I had a great aunt Maria Ciulla that’d arrived at Ellis Island in 1923. She was born in 1847 and was traveling with Pietro Tamburello and the person she was looking to meet upon arrival was Giuseppa Miranda. By the way the name Ciulla was commonly misspelled by clerical error here in the states. My great great grandfather started as Antonino Ciulla, then it became Anthony Cuilla and the last name was Tony Cuilla. If those names ring any bells let me know and we can exchange information as I’ve got a lot of information and currently gathering documents.

        • joseph says:

          My grand mother maiden name was anna cuilla daughter of anthony cuilla she married ignazio tamburello from bisaquino. She was born in Birmingham al, i was born in bisaquino along with my siblings and migrated to NY in 1966. That makes Anthony Cuilla my great grand father my grand mother had a sister named rose and a brother I can remember his name.

          • Javon says:

            My great great grandfather Anthony Cuilla didn’t stay in New York long. Shortly after he made his way to New Orleans for a short period, married Anna Artale and they settled in Houston. He had a twin sister Francesca and their parents were Gaspare and Maria Maniscalco. Their siblings were Rosalia, Dorotea, Giuseppe, Maria, and Maria Teresa. Maria came to New York in 1923 and her nephew Pietro Tamburello picked her up upon arrival. While not direct I’m sure we’re related given that Bisacquino is such a small town.

  5. Alyssa says:

    I am looking for information on my relatives from Bisaquino. Their names were Plaia And Gati.

  6. Nancy says:

    I am looking for any information on the family names Scro and Ippolito and Falsone.

  7. Michael says:

    Hi. Searching for ancestors from Bisacquino. My grandmother was Gaetana Maniscalco, born 1901. She had one sister I am aware of, Maria Maniscalco, born 1897.
    Their parents were Ignazio Maniscalco, born 1870. Mother was Giovanna Gulotta, born around 1872. All came to NYC shortly after Gaetana was born, probably around 1905.
    Thank you.

  8. Aileen says:

    I’m looking for more information on my great grandfather his name is Tommasa Rumore born in 1890 , his mothers name was Rosalie Calca born in 1860 or 1861. I also know of his sister, Anna born in 1885 or 1886. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated, thank you for your time. Aileen

  9. Gerard says:

    My wife and I are will be in Bisacquino on Sunday, 26 March 2017. His (nonno) Antonio Colca was born March 1871 and his (nonna) Rosa Maenza Feb 1881. Antonio sailed to America @1901. The oldest son Roy (Zugole) Colca was born in Bisacquino 1902. We want to find records and the cemeteries where their parents (and ancestors ) were born and buried. We hope to talk with a priest at Santa Maria del Bosco.

  10. Salvador says:

    I am looking for any informatin of Francisco Perricone who left Bisacquino and went to New Orleans, Louisiana (USA) That’s all I have. Thank you.

    • Barbara says:

      Salvador, there was a ship called The Entella that left Palermo on 10/2/1890 with 841 immigrants on it and landed in New Orleans on 10/30. It is quite possible that your ancestor was on broad. I have a copy of the manifest, passengers 1-114 because my ancestors were listed within those two pages. I’ve looked for you and he was not listed in the first two pages. So, it might still be possible. If you look up the information on the internet on the ship perhaps it would direct you to the manifest.

  11. Giuseppe says:

    Looking for any relatives who’s grandparents , great grandparents were Giuseppe and Leonarda Cinquemani of Bisaquino.

  12. sheila says:

    I have been looking for quite some time for the following person…
    Louis Proisy or Prosey or Proizi or Proizzi. He was born around 1866 in Italy. His father may have been “Mazano” and his mother “Teresa”.

  13. Toni says:

    I’am looking for any information on my Grandfather Anthony Bondi Paleramo, Italy. came over to the United States with his 2nd Wife my Grandmother Francisca.

    • Christy says:

      Hi, My name is Christy Romano and I believe that Anthony Bondi and my great-grandfather, Francesco (Frank) Bondi were brothers. There were 4 brothers to my knowledge, and Anthony and another brother ended up in Salt Lake City, while Frank ended up in Birmingham, AL. They also had a cousin Anthony that lived and ran a grocery in Birmingham. I do believe we are researching the same people and look forward to connecting with you. Thanks.

      • N Como says:

        My great grandmother was a Bondi. Her name was Giuseppa (Josephine) Bondi. She was married in Bisacquino to Salvatore Monti (Monte). When she and her family came to Birmingham they settled in Ensley and lived with her brother Giuseppe (Joe) Bondi and his wife. Their parents were Pietro and Giuseppa Bondi née Carona. My great grandfather died young and my great grandmother remarried to a man named Anthony Giangrosso who was also from Bisacquino. Any relation to your family?

      • John says:

        My great uncle was Anthony Miranda… my grandfather is Joe Miranda… they’re father my great grandfather was Jake Miranda.

        • Barbara says:

          My great grandfather was Benedetto (Beneditto) Miranda born 1/1863 or 7 and came to America thru New Orleans in 1890 on a passenger ship called the Entella. This was a Maria Miranda on the same ship unknown if they were related. She was 28yrs old at the time. He was listed as 27yrs old at the time. I know nothing about my Great-Grandfather’s family. If he had any siblings or any information about this parents, my Great,great, grandparents. Would love to know if there is any information about them.

    • Patricia says:


      What was the last name of your grandmother? I have a great aunt whose name is Francisca Salvaggio and came to the US during ww2.

  14. Larry says:

    My mother’s mother and father were born in Bizaquino circa 1880s. My mother’s father, Salvatore Occhipinti’s father was supposedly the mayor of Bizaquino and owned fruit orchards. Do we have documentation of this claim?

    • Giovanni says:

      Hi Larry i am geom Bisacquino. My grandfather was Giuseppe Occhipinti, son of Salvatore Occhipinti. I remember that Salvatore had only one daughter, Genoveffa that was married with mr. Caronna. I search my American parents. Do you know anyone? Sorry for my english!

  15. Kathy says:

    I am looking for information about my grandfather, such as a residence or birthplace of him or his family. His name was Arcangelo Tamburello born on March 17, 1908. His parents were Francesco Tamburello and Vincensa D’Ales. They came to the United States in April or May,1910 on the ship Liguria from Palermo to New Orleans, LA. He also had a baby brother, Pietro that made the trip. I will be visiting Palermo via a cruise trip in April 2016. I would just be thrilled if I could just see where he might have lived. I do know he was born in Bisacquino and he did receive his citizenship to US. Thank you for any info!

  16. Mary Jo says:

    I am looking for information on my grandparents Luigi DiChiara and his wife Giovanna Giangrosso. They immigrated to Birmingham, AL probably late 1800’s or early 1900’s. They had 3 children here in the states then went back to Biscaquino and had my father in 1913 and re entered the U.S. when my father was an infant.

  17. Erin says:

    Looking for information on my Aunt’s ancestors. He changed his name to Frank Rose sometime before 1910. He was born Mar 27, 1889, arrived in the U.S. before 1909, marrying in Alabama, moving to Illinois. His family has been told his surname was Milotzie (verbally passed down). I’m led to believe the actual name is Milazzo. Can anyone help direct me in the correct direction?

  18. Susan says:

    Looking for Esposito family members from Bisacquino. My grandfather was Vincenzo Esposito, born on Sept. 18, 1880. He married Anna Campo, from Villafranca in 1904, but we do not have a marriage certificate, and are interested in finding one. He immigrated to the U.S in 1905. Also looking for records on my grandmother, Anna Campo, born in Villafranca in 1880. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1911. Any family ties – or information would be greatly appreciated. I am not very savvy on the computer and really don’t know how to begin, or where to look (or how to look) to find records. Thank you!

  19. Lori says:

    My wife and I recently travelled to Sicily to explore our ancestry. We drove out to Bisacquino, which is a suburb of Palermo (about a 1.5 hour drive from Palermo, unless you follow GPS, which can lead you through almost impassible farm roads, in which case it can take more like 2.5 hours to get there). It is best to take the main road through Corleone, of which Bisacquino is a prefect. We were exploring Bisacquino to find more information on my Great Grandfather Guiseppe Antonio LaRusso, who was born in 1881 in Bisacquino (his wife was Ignazia Tumasella). He emigrated from Sicily to New York via Naples on a ship called “The Sicilia”. We talked to a few people in the town of Bisacquina (about 5000 population), and we also visited the cemetery, but it was closed when we got there (closes at 1 PM). The people we talked with remarked that there are many LaRussos currently living in Bisacquino. My goal is to find out more information about my Sicilian ancestry so that we can travel back to Bisacquino with more info when we arrive. Any info anyone has would be great! Thank you!!

    • Dennis says:

      My wife grandfather Antonio LaRussa b.14 May 1876 Bisacquino. married Antonina Saladino there on 28 Sep 1902. went to USA 14 May 1903 NYC then to Birmingham AL. We think his parents were Angelo LaRussa and Arcuri Grosolia. In 1923 the family all moved to Enfield Connecticut.

  20. David says:

    I’m looking for information about Severio Salvaggio, a native of Bisacquino, that emigrated in the late 1800’s to New Orleans.

    • Mary Jo DiChiara Fritts says:

      Many of the Italian families that initially came to New Orleans made their way to Birmingham, AL. they were lured there to work in the steel mills. There are many Salvagio’s in this area today.

      • Patricia says:

        My grandmother’s uncles were in the group that emigrated on that time to the US, some of them to New Orleans. An of these names rings a bell: Filippo, Giuseppe, Antonio (or Nino), Francesco (or Franco), Margherita Salvaggio. Thank you.

        • Kristin says:

          My great grandmothers name was Margherita Salvaggio. She married Giuseppe Cassenti (changed to Cassenta) and had 3 children: Onofria Lorena, Nicholas Anthony, and Santo Louis. Santo was my grandfather.

      • Natalie says:

        My mother told me her italian family,rubino,from bitsqueno,came through nw orleans,i would like to reach out to any of my relatives,my name is,natalie

    • Dennis Michael Dearie says:

      Here’s info on tomb; Matteo Tortomasi 1861-1931…. Rosa Salvagio 1872-1943….

  21. John says:

    My grandfather, Joseph Platanella, was born in Bisacquino oct 9th,1885. He came to the U.S. about 1888 or 1889 through the port of New Orleans, then somehow made his way to Hammonton,New Jersey. His parents were Vincenzo and Natala Varca, so I’m assuming his mother remarried. I’ve tried searching ship manifests with no luck to see who he came with at such a young age. Any information or advice on on his family history in sicily would be helpful-

  22. Stephen Luchetta says:

    Buon Giorno!

    My great grand mother, Louisa Costa was born in Bisaquino on 18 October 1884. She was married to Nick Costa who was born in Palazzo Adriano on 1 August, 1882. I believe they both immigrated to the USA in the early 1900’s and had 8 children in the USA. We plan to visit Bisacqueno and Palazzo Adriano to see where the family lived and were baptized. I would to obtain copies of their birth certificates and know the names of their parents, when they were born and where they lived? I would like to know where I can request documents and what the fees will be to obtain them through the mail. If we visit the town, what is the best place for me to go to locate and view local documents? Any advice for obtaining documents through the mail and while we visit Bisaquino would be greatly appreciated.



  23. Charlotte says:

    Buon Giorno!

    I am planning a family trip to Sicily next May 2015. While there I would like to try to get some genealogy information. The family heritage is of Bisacqueno according to death certificate and obituary although other things suggest possibly Contessa Entellina. The immigrant was Giuseppe Romano, born 14 Jul 1855 (father Pascale Romano)and married to Maria Bruno (father Anthony Bruno). Giuseppe and Maria had three of their children in Sicily before immigrating to the USA. Giuseppe also had a brother Pietro, born Nov 1855. Both surnames appear on your “most common surnames” list 🙁 . We plan to visit Bisacqueno to see where the family lived and I would like to know, since I am visiting the town, what is the best place for me to go for local documents. Also, I am expecting there to be little to no English speakers there, is this the case? If I bring a decent translation of what I am looking for will they be able to help me? Any advice to make the most of my time while there would be greatly appreciated.



  24. Ann says:

    My father, Guiseppe Salvatore Tamborello (Joseph Samuel Tamborello), was born in Bisaquino
    (Province of Palermo and Circondario of Corleone), Sicily on February 28, 1878 to Salvatore Tamborello and Genoeffa Lucia. He came to America in 1889 with his widowed mother and his brother to live in Houston, Texas with his uncle Vincente Lucia (his mother’s brother). I’d like to find information about his father, Salvatore Tamborello, and Salvatore’s father (Giuseppe Tamborello).
    My sister will be traveling to Bisacquino in spring of 2015.
    Thank you for the informative web site.

  25. Joe Preston says:

    Hi, I’m trying to connect the relations of two people, one of which I know was my Great-Grandmother, and the other, a victim of the New York City Triangle Shirtwaist fire of 1911. My Great-Grandmother’s maiden name was Colletti, first name Guiseppa. Her last known address was in Ribera, Sicily before she immigrated to the United States around 1904. She was born in 1870. However, a person named Annie Colletti, born 1881, who also immigrated to the United States, supposedly was born in Bisacquino. In New York, they just happened to live across the street from each other on east 13th street, Manhattan. It is also family folklore that Annie was in fact related to Guiseppa, however, I can’t seem to place the locations of their origins together and get documented proof. Both of their Father’s name was Joseph, but Mother’s names are different, but it doesn’t mean they weren’t related. How can I obtain documented proof of their relationship?

  26. James says:

    My Grandmother’s name was Mary Oddo, born on 1/3/1889 and came to America from Campofiorito, Bisacquino, Corelone, sailing from Palermo Sicily on 4/7/1897. Married George Elferis(Elpheris, Elftheris, Eleuoepis)from Epidavros Greece 12/17/1916 in Baltimore Md. and lived in NYC in the 30ies- until she passed in 1978 ish. They had 4 children, 1 boy and 3 girls. Had a brother Vincent Oddo, a physician in Rhode Island. If anyone knows of any information of the Oddo’s in Sicily or the Oddo’s in Rhode Island, it would be appreciated.

  27. Eric says:

    I am researching my wife’s family. Her Grandfather died when her mother was 6mths old and therefore lost his lineage. His father’s name was Frank Costa born: 8 Oct 1882, Bisacquino, Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He left Italy on the vessel: Aucha Line, 20 May 1898 and arrived in New York 4 June 1898. If anyone knows his parents that would be wonderful and if you know all history that would be fantastic!!!

  28. Terry says:

    My great grandfather was Giuseppi Tamborello [or possibly Carlo Giuseppi] and he married Anna Tortorice in the early 1900’s. They left Biscaquino by way of Palermo; he went first to New Orleans, LA and then she came to New Orleans with the oldest of 10 children, Mike Tamborello. They eventually settled in the coastal town of Dickinson, Texas.

    The spelling of the last name is the one we have all grown up with but could have been different originally. I will be traveling to Italy in May 2015 with my sister and we will be looking for family ties at the church in Biscaquino.

    Thanks in advance!

  29. Jordan says:

    My great great grandmother was born there in 1866 and married Joseph Guseman. Lena Guseman (before Gusemano or Cusimano??). I am trying to find her maiden name (I think it might be Papa?). The other side would be DeGeorge (maybe DiGeorgio before change) and his name was Michele DeGeorge. All of them ended up in Houston, TX for generations.

  30. Rose says:

    I’m looking for my grandfather and grandmother on my father’s side
    His name was Peter Contorno and her name was Rosa Maria Tumbrello.
    We don’t know when he left Sicily but my grandmother was 2yrs old when they landed in New Orleans not New York and settled in Birmingham,AL.

    • Mary Jo DiChiara Fritts says:

      There is a Mary Rose and Frank Contorno in the Birmingham area. There are many aberrations of the Tumbrello name here as well, Tombrello, Tombrella, Timbrello etc. Perhaps a relative?

    • John says:

      These are my relatives also. Rosa left on those ship Ligeura in 1910 out of Palermo. Peter left with his parents at a very early age. I don’t know ship but I have much information on both.

  31. Rosalie says:


    I am trying to locate both of my maternal grandparents. They were both born in Bisacquino, Italy. My grandfather’s name was Giuseppi Tombrello, born on July 23, 1885. My grandmother (Giuseppi’s wife) was Maria Tumbrello, born on 12/17/1888. I do not know my grandfather’s parents names. My grandmother’s father’s name was Paul Tumbrello and his wife’s name was Filippa. I do not have a last name for her. There isn’t anyone left in the family I could ask. I have a copy of my grandmother’s death certificate, but there is no last name for Filippa. Pls help, I’ve been searching for 7 years without any luck.

    Thank you,

    • Greg says:

      Jordan, my name is Greg DeGeorge and I have your
      answers. The maiden name of Lena Guseman ( born 1884 in
      Beaumont, but lived her life in Houston)
      was Lena DeGeorge. She was a sister of my
      grandfather Gasper DeGeorge (born 1888).
      Their father was Michele DeGeorge (born 1850)
      who emigrated from Bisacquino, Sicily in 1882
      with his brother Bernardo. The brothers changed
      the last name from “di Giorgio” to “DeGeorge”
      about 1900 to Americanize the name which
      they probably felt would be helpful in business
      due to discrimination against recent immigrants in the
      early 1900’s.

      Lena Guseman married Tanny Guseman about
      1920 and worked along with Gasper and father-in-law
      Michele in the hotel business. Lena and Tanny
      Guseman built the house on the northwest corner
      of San Felipe and River Oaks Blvd. in Houston.
      Lena’s sister Rosalie also lived in a seperate wing
      of this large mansion.

      Tanny and Lena had three daughters: Lenora Guseman (Smith)
      Ursula Guseman ( Lusk ) and Michaeline
      Guseman (Toomey)

      Hope this helps.

      • Jordan says:

        Greg, thank you for your response! My last name is Smith and my grandmother is Lenora. I am sure you know the rest of the family fairly well (my father is Mike which I believe is your generation). I know the Lusk’s have done some extensive genealogy over the years so I could probably dig through that to get some more answers. I meant to originally ask for Lenora’s (Michele’s wife) maiden name. It appears to be Papa, but I wasn’t 100% sure. Thanks again for responding to my post and I hope to formally meet you and the rest of the family one day.

        • Greg DeGeorge says:

          Jordan, Lenora’s maiden name was Lenora Guseman,
          like her sisters Ursula Guseman (Lusk–deceased),
          and Michaeline Guseman Toomey. Their mother Lena
          DeGeorge (your grandmother) married Tanny Guseman in 1920.

          Your great grandfather (lena’s father) was Michele DeGeorge
          who built the DeGeorge Hotel in 1913 and the Auditorium Hotel
          (Now the Lancaster Hotel) in 1926. My family continues the original
          family business of commercial real estate building shopping centers in Houston.

          I have lots of information if you are interested. I met you father
          at The Houstonian Club a couple of years ago.
          Please tell Mike hello.


          • David says:

            I am helping a client with some research who is related to Bernardo De George (Di Giorgio). He is traveling to Sicily this week and asked if I could help him find any relatives that still may be there. Do you know of any? The current mayor is a Di Giorgio so I am reaching out to him for more information.

  32. Dianne says:

    My Grandfather’s name was Joseph (Giuseppi) LaRusso. His father was Salvatore LaRusso and his mother’s maiden name was Nunzia Caniella. My Grandfather was born in Bisaquino March 9, 1881. My Grandfather’s wife’s name was Ignazia (Genevieve) Tumasella, born in 1885. Any information you can find would be of great help to me as these facts are all I have of my family. Thank you, Dianne

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