Genealogy in Contessa Entellina

If you search your ancestors in Contessa Entellina, Sicilia, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Sicilia and in Palermo province registry offices were established around 1820: it means that you could find information in Contessa Entellina registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Contessa Entellina 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 Contessa Entellina. As more your surname is common in Contessa Entellina, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Contessa Entellina 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 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 Contessa Entellina and Palermo 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.
Church archives 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 Contessa Entellina 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.

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 Contessa Entellina 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 Contessa Entellina area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Suzanne says:

    My great-grandparents immigrated to New Orleans in late 19th century. I visited Contessa Entellina in November 2017. If anyone would like some insight, feel to contact me.

  2. Maria says:

    Interested in any information in either the Pumilia Family and/or the Vaccaro families. My Grandfather was Charles Pumilia, Sr. he was a well known architect and designer in New Orleans. My father was Charles Pumilia, Jr. He also was an architect and designer.

  3. John says:

    My first ancestors to the US were domenico lala or lalla, born around 1848 in contessa entellina. His wife was maria laverde. They immigrated to the US around 1884. I would like to find any info i can on them and see if they distant relatives still in Italy. Thanks for the help.

  4. Kathryn says:

    Hello, I plan to visit can Contessa on 21-6-2017. I am in search of my family. My great great grandfather was just Giuseppe G Lala Born 26 August 1860. He moved to New Orleans Louisiana in 1888. His father was Nicolo Lala born 16 February 1822 and his mother was Maria cuccia born 10 May 1826. I hope to find relatives during my visit who I may be possibly related to. Thank you so very much for helping me.

    • Michelle says:

      HI Kathryn, our family is also from Contessa Entellina. They arrived in New Orleans too! We will be visiting CE in a few months. I’d like your opinion of the area.

  5. Pamela says:

    Trying to find ancestors of my great grandfather S. Marcianti, and another relative Giuseppe Marcianti who emigrated to the United States in 1870.
    Giuseppe was 62 yrs of age at the time, and my grandfather was 12. They were from Palermo, Sicily.

  6. Elani says:

    Interested in the Glaviano family, of Contessa Entellina.

  7. Charles says:

    I am looking for any information om:
    Rosalia Macaluso Contessa Entillena, Palermo, Sicily, Italy born 1790,
    husband Michele LiCalsi born 1778 Contessa Entillena
    Giovanni LiCalsi born Aug. 3 1830 Contessa Entillena
    Michelo Frisco,May 13 1861 and wife Nicolina LiCalsi Sept. 28 1858

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  9. Julie says:

    I am trying to find family information on my Grandfather, Guiseppi Graffagnini born around 1884 to Gioacchino Graffagnini and Rosalia Manale.

  10. linda says:

    I am trying to find the records for my grand-mother who immigrated from Contessa Entellina and I believe her last name was either grisaffi or grisafe and the first name of Francesda. SHe was the youngest of 14 children and most of them immigrated to New Orleans. My father was born in 1924 his name was John M Battle (Batlle) and my grand-father came from Spain. Just trying to get some more information on my family as my dad just died recently.

  11. Raymond says:

    Trying to find records for my paternal grandparents. Anthony (Antonino) Lala born at sea in 1875 and Carolyn (Carolina) Tamburello. They came to New Orleans around 1888.

  12. George says:

    Looking for info on my grandfather family his name Henry Joseph sciambra born in New Orleans 11/12/09

  13. Nathaniel says:

    My brother and I are from a family that originated in Contessa Entelina we can trace our family in America back to John (Giovanni) Oddo who was married to Antonina Catalano in Contessa September 17,1865. We can find reference to Giovanni and Antonina in the files of the Contessa Entelina Society in New Orleans which my family was a part of here. We are trying to trace further back however to Sicily and beyond now.

    I have found documents in the online archives for Giovanni’s and Antonina’s parents, grand parents and great grandparents.

    Giovanni’s fathers name was Salvatore his mother Maria Carnisi.His grandparents appear to be grandfather Giovanni and grandmother Antonina Ferrara. On his mothers side his grandparents were grandfather Antonino Carnisi and grandmother Antonina Lala. Great grandparent’s on his grandmother side were Filipo Ferrara and Antonina Schiro.

    Antonina’s Father was Natale Catalano and Dominica Macaluso.
    I have just begun trying to research her side other then her parents.

    They sure liked the name Antonina for women in those days!

    Any ideas of how to search would be greatly appreciated.

    • Pauline says:

      Dear Nathaniel, my name is pauline. My great, great grandfather was Giovanni. We are having a reunion and in preparation I too have been working on the family tree. I found your request purely by accident and was wondering if you could provide me with a link to your family tree. I am wanting, of course, to add as much info as possible and surprise the senior generation with the update. even if you just have DOB. DOD, etc. Reading your email was very helpful to me. Thank you so much. Of course, I will be happy to share anything I have such as photo of Giovanni. Looking forward to hearing from you

    • Bryan says:

      Hello Pauline and Nathaniel, I also am an heir of Giovanni Oddo via his son Natale. I would like to compare info also if you would like to share.

  14. Robert says:

    Does Entellina mean any thing in Itallian or is it just a common name for a person. Also trying to find the records of my grand father Fortunato Ricciardi and my dad Felipi Ricciardi.

    Thank you for your help.

  15. Lillie says:

    Trying to find records for grandparents. Antonio Carreca and Giovanni lala.

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