Genealogy in Marineo

If you search your ancestors in Marineo, 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 Marineo registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Marineo 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 Marineo. As more your surname is common in Marineo, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Marineo 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 Marineo 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 Marineo 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 Marineo 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 Marineo area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Jim says:

    I need the birth certificate of my great grandfather to apply for Italian citizenship by descent. His name was Gaspare D’Angelo born 06 FEB 1881. Even though Gaspare D’Angelo immigrated to the US in 1893 on an unknown ship departing from Napoli, he did not go through the naturalization process until 1921. On his naturalization paperwork, he lists his place of birth as Marineo and changed his name to James Gaspare D’Angelo … the name he had unofficially used for years.

    On his 1904 marriage records, his father is listed as Salvatore D’Angelo. His mother was listed as Francesca Sesitore..

    Please advise how I should proceed.

  2. Richard says:

    My Grandparents Ignazio Cangelosi-Carmela (Sottile) Cangelosi were Born In Marineo looking for any Family

  3. Jack says:

    Biagio Salmeri b. 1883 in Milazzo. Ellis island info is conflicting. My family always has said he grew up in Palermo. I learned he moved there as a child..Marineo? His ellis island manifest says , Milario? Could be an interpretation error. I even mailed all Salmeri’s I could find in luck. any help is appreciated. I’ll visit Sicily in September, next year 2018.

  4. Frances says:

    I am so excited! I am finally going to get to go to Sicily next year (Oct 2018) I know some family names…Piccione, Brigante, Rescica, Milano… I will submit them soon. My grandmother was born in Marineo, though she came to the US with her family when she was 3 years old. I have some of the post cards she received from her family there. Some of them have names of several family members. Aside from looking up these names to submit…I am hoping to visit Marineo and maybe even go to a cemetery there (I know that sounds odd.) Is it true, that some of the tombstones have pictures in them? I would love to be able to see what my relatives looked like. Maybe my son will be able to see a resemblance… I love your website. Francesca

  5. Melissa says:

    I am looking for any and all information for Alfonso Gallo born 7 Oct 1876 married Martha Cirifisi or similar sounding last name. I don’t know if my great great grandfather was born there but on his US Naturilization petition he lists Marineo as a residence. They may have been married on 3 Dec 1903. Any help is greatly appreciated our family know almost nothing past these dates. Thank you

  6. Karen says:

    Looking for any and all information for the following ancestors from the Palermo area:
    Nicholas Pisello
    Caterina Miceli
    Marie Barcelona
    Nicholas Lobue/Labue
    Philip Lobue/Labue
    Rosina Farina
    Antonio Sudano
    Caterina Labue/Lobue
    Filipo Sudano
    Providence Dolcibollo
    Cira Muratore

    I would be very grateful for any information regarding them.
    Thanks, Karen Powell

  7. Lyn says:

    I am researching the Ribisi line in Marineo. Salvatore Ribisi is our immigrant. Born 1873 in Marineo, died 1956 in San Jose, CA. Per census records, he arrived in 1895-96, but I haven’t been able to find any Ellis Island records, or any records in Italy.

    How might you help? They were Catholic, I’m pretty sure.

    Thanks for letting me know.



  8. Norwood says:

    My grandfather was a Joseph ( Josepe ? ) Mancuso and he had a sister Maria. He married a Kathryn Loiacano. They migrated to the U. S. In the early 20thCentury. Thank you for any information you may be able to provide.

  9. Laurie says:

    I am researching my maternal great-grandparents. Teresa Dovi or Davi born 4/14/1879 Palermo Italy. Her father was Giuseppe Dovi or Davi. She married Antonio Magnasco born 1/2/1883 Palermo Italy. The record at Ellis Island shows the spelling of the last name as “Davi”, however we are not certain it should be “Davi” or “Dovi”. Any assistance would be appreciated.

  10. Victoria says:

    I am researching my great grandparents: Antonino D’aversa and Carmela Marchese from Marineo Sicily. Their daughter was my grandmother Maria Daversa born April 5, 1902. She came to the United States in 1921. I know nothing about Antonino and Carmela except that Carmela was orphaned at a young age. If anyone can provide information about the couple or suggest ways I can find out more about them, I would be grateful. I do not have my grandmother’s birth certificate, but would be interested in obtaining it. Thank you!

  11. Carmine says:

    My grandfather Antonino Pisello ,born in 1887,was from Marineo. He returned to marineo from the US in 1916 to 1920. His wife Concetta (Bivona) Pisello died there during those years. He remarried Josephine (last maiden name unknown) and returned to the US. My mother Carmela (from his first wife Concetta)was initially left behind and lived with her uncle Francesco Pisello. She returned to the US by ship at the age of 10 in January 1924. I would like to know if my gandfather returned to serve in the Italian Army and when my grandmother Concetta died and why? Any other family history would be greatly appreciated

  12. Gabrielle says:

    I believe my grandfather was born in Marineo, possibly October 18, 1899. Salvatore Ingui He emigrated to the us in the early 1900’s through NYC.
    Any information you can get me regarding my great grandparents or siblings would be greatly appreaciated.

  13. Carol says:

    Looking for Grandfather and Great Grand Parents records Birth/Marriage/Death etc.
    Francesco Milano DOB 27-09-1878
    Partents – Ciro Milano & Rasarua Spinella
    Any direction you could provide would be appreciated.

  14. Tracy says:

    Hello. I am trying to locate birth, marriage, immigration records for my husband’s grandfather, Joseph (Giuseppe) Tuzzolino. Per his WWII draft card, we know he was born in Marineo on 13 November 1896. From US records, we believe he had at least one older brother, Charles(Ciro), and he married a Carmela Suderno(or similar sounding surname). Beyond that, we have no information about my husband’s Sicilian ancestry in Marineo.

    I consider myself a newbie, and have had no luck finding this information on my own–we would appreciate any help in locating documents!

    Thank you!

  15. Gail says:

    Hello, I am looking for my grt grandparents birth certificate..
    Salvatore Pecoraro born aprox 1837
    Rosaria Calderone Pecoraro born 1850
    also there Marriage certificate….not sure when probably 1875-1879
    there childrens birth certificates:
    son born aug 20, 1880…Giuseppe Pecoraro
    son born aug 22, 1883….Mariano Pecoraro
    daughter born aug 3, 1886 Giuseppa Pecoraro

    if you cannot locate, maybe there is someone you can direct me to for help.

    thank you in advance, Sincerely Gail

  16. Claudia says:

    Hello, I believe that my grandfather was from Marineo. His last name was Ciro Ranieri. I will be in Palermo this May and am wondering if it might be helpful to have an ancestry guide. How would I go about this?

  17. regina says:

    Hello, I would like to know who I can direct my request to in Marineo. to obtain a copy of my great grandparents marriage record. I have had good luck in the past knowing the person’s name… to direct my request to. But, it is sometimes hard with foreign countries. So, I would be greatful if you can help me with this matter. Sincerely, RC

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