Genealogy in Borgetto

If you search your ancestors in Borgetto, in the province of Palermo, Sicilia region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Borgetto

In towns and villages of Sicilia and in Palermo province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Borgetto town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Borgetto follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Borgetto during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Borgetto to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!

Otherwise, if you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful to search in Sicilia and of course in Borgetto too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Borgetto from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Borgetto. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Borgetto archives, expecially 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 Records in Borgetto

Church archives in Palermo province may store even older information. You will find religious records of the same events (births, marriages and deaths) but, most important, you could go further back in time!
So in case you would like to go back in centuries, it’s good for you to know that the parish registers in Palermo started during 1500!

They are far less accessible from abroad (and even not easy to browse and to read if you are not used and skilled) but our local genealogist can research the church archives of Borgetto on your behalf.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Borgetto:

S. MARIA MADDALENA – Via S. Gregorio

Anyway for our experience, even if you plan to come here, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps, starting from the info gathered by our genealogists.

Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the National archive in Palermo.
If you are in Sicily and you are able to decipher old italian handwritten documents you can reach the archive 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

If you need a professional help from our local genealogists write to or follow this link.

Our expert in Borgetto area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

Here below you can read the messages received from other visitors in Borgetto forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Borgetto feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Rosa says:

    Looking to help my father reconnect with family in Borgetto. My Grandmother was Rosa Barretta ( Raccuglia) and my Grandfather was Faro Barretta. Both born in Borgetto. My Father is Pietro Barretta and he had one sister Rosalia DiMarco (Barretta) also born in Borgetto.

    He thinks there is a cousin that still lives there on his mother’s side. Giovanni Raccuglia.

    I would love to help him reconnect with the Barretta and Raccuglia sides of his family and get to know more about my own heritage. My Grandfather died when my father was 9 so I never met him or knew any of his family.

    • John says:

      It is difficult not knowing approximate times or ages of people, but I was fortunate to find a Faro Barretta in the church records of Borgetto. Actually there were two, whose parents were Pietro Barretta and Rosalia Lupo. This was quite common because infant mortality was fairly commonplace at the time. You pretty much assume the first of them died and then it was tradition to name the next of that sex the same name. This was an unusual search, because Pietro Barretta and Rosalia Lupo also had a son (brother to Faro) also with the name Pietro. He came to the US and married (1919) a Rosalia Lupo. Go figure. Your would have been named after his father’s father. I do think there was an error on one of the baptismal records because the first one showed a marriage notated above the record to Rosa Raccuglia on 4/24/1933. But the first one, born 3 Jan 1899 and died 3 November 1899. So the notation should have been placed on the second Faro, born 12 May 1893. I did find one other sibling, a sister Elizabetta, born 14 Jan 1891. So far, I have not found any thing on Rosa Raccuglia, But I do have a few generations beyond on the Barretta side.

    • john says:

      I recently ran across a baptismal record for Rosa Raccuglia which indicated she was the Rosa that was married to Faro. This opened a door to quite a bit of information on her family.

      • Rosa says:

        Rosa Raccuglia born 11/18/1899 and Faro Barretta born May 12, 1893,these are my grandparents. Faro did have a brother Pietro that moved to the US and married a Rosalia Lupo. My father is named after his grandfather Pietro, my father was born in Borgetto 10/18/43.

        I would love to know more about both sides. I did not get the chance to ever know my grandfather, but did know my grandmother just not alot about her family.

        I am planning to bring my father back to Borgetto next year once this Covid issue goes away.
        Thank you, so much.

  2. maria maddalena says:

    my name is maria maddalena after the church in borgetto. my grandfather was salvatore saputo from the town of cinesi he married maddalena vicari who was from borgetto they married and died in borgetto they had 5 children one is my father leonardo saputo who married my mother santa saputo she is still alive her father was luigi romano and her mother was leonardo grippi and my father died in bayside queens. i need to know names, dates of births, deaths of my mothers side and my fathers side as far back as you can go. i myself was born in borgetto in my grandmothers house in 1960 sept 1. can someone help me find past relatives?

    • John says:

      Hi Maria
      I do a lot of research in that town and I may be able to help you with the past. But before I get going to far, I wanted to see if you could verify the first little bit I found so I can be sure I’m on the right track. For Luigi Romano and Leonarda Grippi, I have a marriage date of 29 Jan 1923. I know you may not know an exact date, but does this seem a ‘reasonable’ period for them to be married. I am not related, but just researching that town in general. So I already have a substantial data base and many of the ancestors of Luigi and Leonarda are already there if this is THE couple married in 1923.

    • John says:

      I have nothing on your paternal side at this time, but I do have quite also on the family of Luigi and Leonarda Grippi, which I am happy to share.

  3. Kimberly says:

    I am seeking my roots and know that great grandparents were married in Borgetto. Verruggio is the name. It is my understanding that Verruggio’s still reside there. A marriage certificate was located when some of my family visited there. I am interested in occupations they held. I traced a Verruggio to horticulture there.

  4. Diane says:

    Looking for any information of my great grandfather, Rosario Di Salvo. It is believed he was born in Borgetto to Rosario Di Salvo and Giuseppa Vilardi. It was said he had a twin brother named Tomaso. He eventually went to San Giueseppe, Jato, and married Antonia La Puma.
    Thank you

    • John says:

      I have found a marriage for a Rosario Di Salvo and Giuseppa Vilardi which I think may be the GG Grandparents. Appears their first children were twin boys, one of which was Tomaso , but the record shows the other was Giuseppe (both named after their grandfathers) Before I go any further, I wanted to check because your great Grandfather was Rosario. Please let me know if I’m on the right track

  5. Leslie says:

    I have been told my grandfather salvatore petruso, and my grandma vincenza culmine were born in borgeto, but one of my aunts once told me one of them was from partinico. Grandma came to america in 1902 age 2. Grampa in 1912 age 18. Any info is greatly appreciated!

  6. sandra says:

    Hi there! Having trouble with the records for Borgetto. Searching for Birth record for Stefano Cona born on Jan 15 1882.

    • john says:

      I have been researching Borgetto for some time now and I have a number of stephano’s direct ancestors. If your still looking, I’d be happy to help.

  7. Christina says:

    I will be traveling to Palermo in May and would like to search church archives for birth certificates of great grandmother Rosa Castanza and grandmother Antonina Rappa both from Borgetto. I know there are also relatives still living there but do not know whom or where. Any assistance would be appreciated.

    • Peter says:

      My cousins son visited Borgetto in early April and was able to gather a lot of information at the Commune Di Borgetto (town hall). My great Grandmothers name was Antonina Barretta Rappa. She was born 02/30/1852 and died 03/19/1939. I am related to Costa’s also. Hope you have a great trip.

    • John says:

      It’s been a while since your post, so I hope you’re trip and record search was fruitful. It can be quite an experience to see up close and in person the 150 year old records of your ancestors. I may have a number of records relating to your family, certainly if your grandmother Antonina Rappa was married to Francesco Ferrera. That would include your grandmother/ greatgrandmother birth and baptismal records as well as birth and/or marriage records for a number of generations before. My focus genealogy wise is of people from Borgetto. Let me know if I can be of help.

  8. Lisa says:

    Looking for Great Great Great grandparents.
    Son is Paolo Grippi born in the area of Palermo, married to Elisabetta Campisi on Dec 23rd 1837
    Can’t find a birth cert nor a death certificate for Paolo to find his parents names.

  9. Joanne says:

    Looking for surname PEZZINO. Immigranted to America 1919 or earlier

  10. Nancy says:

    Hi, I am interested in finding out information about my grandparents. My grandfather, Dominico Maggio, B. January 20, 1894 and my grandmother Madelena Perecca (spelling ?), B. around October 15, 1896. My grandmother was not sure when she was born; but it was thought around the day mentioned above. — I would like to know her actual birth date, if possible, and perhaps any information on their wedding date. From what I understand, they came from Borgetto. — Also, are there any relatives still alive? Thank you and kind regards!

    • Luigi says:

      Salvatore Pirreca M: # 81 1895 – Borgetto
      Caterina Grillo

      Are these her parents ?

      • John says:

        I agree with Luigi that those names are her parents and her birthdate is also correct. I did not find a civil birth record, but the baptismal record with a date of baptism of 16 Oct 1896 with the indication of ‘heri nati’ which is translated ‘yesterday born’. Also, the records show Dominic’s name is recorded as “Damiano’ on all documents that I have found. Hope this is helpful. I do have more info on their ancestors if you’re interested.

  11. Brenda says:

    My husband’s family Salvatore Valenza born @1896 his father Giuseppe Valenza & Rose Mignano his parents Salvatore Valenza & Maria Franzone. They came to America around 1913. Trying to locate relatives in Borgetto. Thank you.

    • Luigi says:

      Giuseppe Valenza (35 years) son Salvatore B: 10 Jan 1895 #13 twins
      Rosa Mignano (35 Years) daughter Giuseppa Maria B:10 Jan 1895 #14
      twins born in Borgetto

  12. Graceanne says:

    I have been trying to find living relatives in Borgetto. I will be traveling to Sicily in May of 2017.
    Salvatore Pezzino B1894. Antonia Medaglia B1901.
    Great Grandfather – Onorato Pezzino B1855 his wife Nunzia Caglialosi B1859.
    Great Grandfather Sebastiano Medaglia B1875, his wife Benedetta Pezzino B1884.

    • A. says:

      Not really sure but my grandfathers name is Onorato Pezzino and is from borgetto as was my mother, benedetta, her maiden name is Mignano. She moved back there several years ago, never been there myself, but my siblings have. They love visiting, someday when my kids move out and leave my wife and I alone we would like to visit. My wife looked up when my parents came to the US via Elis inland, she found the ship manifest with my mothers and her sisters names in it, USS Federica. I think . Around 1957-58. Good luck

      • Graceanne says:

        Sorry for the late reply

        My grandfather
        Salvatore Anthony Pezzino
        B 2/25/1894 Borgetto
        Arrival in USA – Philadelphia 4/1/1913

        My grandfather’s Father – Onorato Pezzino born 1855
        My grandfather’s Mother – Nunzia Cangialosi born 1859

        What is interesting is his wife Antonia Medaglia mother’s name was Benedetta Pezzino born in 1894. My grandfather and grandmother might have been cousins!

        What did your siblings find out about your family?

  13. Furnari says:

    My husband’s grandfather came from Lercara Fritti to the US in 1905 to Ellis Island. His name was Domenico Furnari, born in 1888. His father’s name was Giuseppe Furnari and born around 1850’s. I do not believe he ever left Sicily. I was recently told that the name Furnari was mentioned as coming from Borgetta, Sicily. I would greatly appreciate any information you could provide, or how to search for this information.
    Thank you for your time.

  14. Regina says:

    I am researching information on my grandfather giovannie battista brusca he was born in borgetto in 1874. He married Antoinette Frisina also from Borgetto. My grandfathers parents are giovannie brusca and Nancy Grippi.

    my grandfather had a sister angeline brusca who died young and is buried in the
    Romettello church cemetery. any information on her would be appreicated.

    thank you Regina

  15. Jenna says:

    I am interested in the Valenza-D’Aquila family from Borgetto. My paternal grandfather Guiseppe D’Aquila was born there in 1887. I am looking to trace my family in Italy, thank you

    • John says:

      Giuseppe was born in Borgetto and according to his birth record was on 7 Jan 1887. His parents Antonino D’Aquila and Giuseppa Di Misa. Antonino was born in Borgetto on 10 Jan 1856 and Giuseppa was from Partinico. She was the daughter of Salvator Di Misa and Christina Prestia. Antonino and was born 9 Feb 1861. Antonino’s parents were Joachim D’Aquila and Ninpha Grippi. According to their marriage record he was from Montelepre and Ninpha was from Borgetto. Their marriage was in Borgetto on 14 Apr 1853. I have only Joachim’s parent’s names because my research is in Borgetto. On the Grippi side however, I have direct ancestors at least another two generations and as far back as Ninpha’s ggggrandparents.

    • frank says:

      Hi JENNA

      My mother’s maiden name was D’Aquila she was born in Borgetto on april 10,1898 Her name was Margaret, had sisters, Rose, Freida, Mary, and a ifferentr Italian names may have been somewhat different My mom met and married another Borgetto transplant in Manhattan=Frank Giaimo (my name too0 i wonder if we are related?

  16. josephine says:

    I have been trying to research the marriage record of my grandfather with his first wife. I do not know the year – only their names. Could you please help let me know where I can go next? Their names were:
    Girolamo Maisano and Caterina Di Paola
    Thank you for your time.