Genealogy in Montemaggiore Belsito

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

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

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

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


  1. jenni says:

    I am interested in tracing my family history. My Great Grandmother was Viviane Pagno (Zappia) her mother was Benedetta Domenica Nasca from montemaggorie belsito. Benedetti’s father was Isidoro Nasca and her mother was Caterina Graziano. Caterina’s mother was Anna Selafami and her father was Antonino Graziano. Isidro’s father was Vincenzo Nasca and Vincenzo’s Father was Gandolfo Nasca and his Mother was Grazia DiFrancesca. This is as far back as I can trace. I would love any more information regarding going back past 8 generations and anything about my ancestors.

  2. Joyce says:

    I am researching my grandmother’s heritage, Josephine Todaro born in 1896 in Montemaggiore to Nicholas Todaro and Bartoloma Meinnici. Are there any relatives still in this town?

  3. Justin says:

    Anyone have any information on the Pace family in Montemaggiore? My great-grandfather Salvatore F Pace was born there in 1899. Looking for more information on his family.

  4. Sharon says:

    My husband relatives came to the Buffalo region from Montemaggiore in early 1920s. The grandfather’s name was Philip (Felipo) Ganci and his wife was Grace (Grazia) Lobracco Ganci. -Very much appreciated!

    • Betsy says:

      My grandfather, Filippo Millonzi, emigrated from Montemaggiore Belsito to Buffalo to teach music at the Community Music School in 1910. I’m interested in learning more about his background and life in Buffalo. My grandmother was from Buffalo as well, from an Italian family.

  5. Sharon says:

    It seems that most immigration was to Buffalo NY from Monemaggiore Belsito. My family landed in New Orleans. Family names are Anzelmo or Anselmo and Sclafini or Sclafani. Sometimes spelling differs. Then my family went from New Orleans to Chicago.
    I would appreciate any information as I am planning another trip to Montemaggiore.

    • Frank says:

      My grandparents Nicasia (aka Sasina or Sarah) Cascio (1892-1983) and Mercurio (Mike) Anselmo (aka Anzelmo) (1883-1976) were born in Montemaggiore Belsito, Sicily and grew up within several blocks of each other. They settled in Chicago and had three children.

      Sabastiano (Sebastian) Anselmo (1886 – December 20, 1971) my grandfathers brother married Antonina (Marie) Militello. They settled in NY NY and also had three children.

      My second visit to the home town was July 2018

  6. Frank says:

    I am planning a trip to Sicily in October and am interested in any information on my family. My father, Joseph Muscarlla, was born in Montemaggiore to Stefano and Josephine Muscarella. My father was born in 1918 and they left Sicily in approximately 1924 via Ellis Island and then to Buffalo New York. I would love to visit the town and gather any information about the family. Thank you.

    • Jennifer says:


      Nice to meet you – I’m Grace Muscarella’s (Joseph’s sister) great-granddaughter. Grace Muscarella and Camillo Internicola were my great-grandparents, and Anthony Internicola was my grandpa. I think that makes us first cousins twice removed! Did you travel to Italy in October and see Montemaggiore? I have been working on family history research and would be interested in sharing research findings.

      Merry Christmas!

  7. Dayna says:

    Hi I’m researching the last name Tortorici from Sicily, great grandparents Dominica ( Valvo) and Guisippi ( Tortorice) came to Buffalo Ny from Ellis Island.

  8. Lisa Bloom says:

    My father’s parents, Biagio and Lucille, were from Montemaggiore Belsito, the family name is Muscarella. They left Sicily in the early 1900’s. I discovered a street named Muscarella within the city and would love to know more about my heritage. I’m searching for historical information about the Muscarella family.

    • Mark says:

      Lisa can please contact me by e mail. I have relatives traced back to this town Thanks Mark Moscarello

    • Jackie says:


      My Grandfather lived there his name was Anthony Fasso, He moved to Angola, New York in the early 1900’s. My Mom was born in 1926 and she wasn’t the oldest. I think my Aunt Margaret was born in 1920 so I’d say he left there around 1915… We are going to visit next year and I wonder if there are a lot of Fasso’s still there? I’m going to reach out to my cousins here and see if I can get more info….


  9. Heather says:

    Hello, i was told that my grandfather’s parents came from Montemaggiore, Sicily. They went through Ellis Island and came to buffalo. Their name here is Cirringione, but I’m told they changed it from Cirrinccione for phonetic reasons. First names were Nunzia and Salvatore. I believe they came to the U.S. Around 1912. I knew Nunzia, but never met Salvatore. Nunzia was about 14 years old when she married, and I believe she was born in 1888
    I plan on returning to Sicily next year and would love to know if i have any relatives in Palermo.
    I went to cefalu in 2008, however, next trip i will visit Montemaggiore.
    One other bit of information i have is that my grandfather, Albert Cirringione, had cousins in Chicago.
    Thank you in advance for your help!

    Yours, Heather

  10. Nancy says:

    I am looking for information on a Matteo Peri. born around July 23 1879 in Montemaggiore,Belsito, Paleremo, Sicily , Italy . His mother was Carmela Peri. No father listed. Carmela was a 23 yr old peasant and was placed in the home of amigo Giusippe. Matteo served in the army in 1901. He married Domenica Barone from Alimusa, Palermo,Sicily, Italy. It appears after he was married his name changed to Maggiore. Do you have any marriage documents. I am interested in any information you have. Possible father’s name. Any siblings?Is Peri the correct surname and when did it change to Maggiore. He moved to America and lived in Buffalo New York. Matteo is my greatgrandfather.

  11. Sharon says:

    My husnand’s relatives (grandparents) came from Montemaggiore Belsito to Buffalo, NYin the early 1900s. Am interested in any existing or historical famly information. Names: Filippo (Philip) Ganci, Grazia (Grace) Lobracco Ganci.

    Any help is very much appreciated…Thanks!

  12. Lisa says:

    I believe my paternal grandfather, Biaggio Muscarella, 1896 – 1962, was from Montemaggiore Belsito. I think he left Sicily for the US around 1910. I plan to visit the town with my husband while we are vacationing in Sicily. Any known information about the Muscarella family and the woman (my grandmother) Biaggio married would be appreciated.

  13. Stephen says:

    My maternal grandparents are from the Montemaggiore Sicilia area. His name was Phillip Militello. He was born about 1881 and later married a woman named Crucifixia Felice who was born about 1883. My name is Stephen Macaluso. Any information is appreciated.

  14. Greg says:

    Hi, my mother’s family name was Militello. Father’s name Salvatore and mother’s fillipe. We’re trying to find out if there are any records of our family in your area. Thanks

  15. Lynn says:

    My Great-Grandfather Giovanni Zagara came to the U.S. around 1918 w/his younger brother. There are a lot of similarities to the above stories-they came via a “sponsor” to Buffalo, NY and then his younger brother ended up moving to Rochester. I believe their Father or Grandfather was the headmaster of a school in or around Palermo. Also my Great-Great Grandmother was from Spain and I would LOVE to know her maiden name. My Father tells me that his Grandfather used to tell him his relatives were “desert wanderers” LOL…I don’t know what that means. Does that make any sense to anyone out there?

  16. Anthony Joseph says:

    My great grandfather: ,Cosmo Zappia was from. He has 4 Brothers
    & one sister. Looking for family! Thx.

  17. Valerie says:

    I will be visiting in September trying to find relatives in Montemaggiore Belsito. Both of my grandparents families on my mothers side were born there. Here are the surnames:
    Birtola, Biondolillo, and Greatparents – Faso & Scaccia

    Can you help me seek out records when I am there?

  18. Ashley says:

    My great great Grandfather, Carmelo Patti was born in Montemaggiore on Aug 19, 1875. He later moved to Buffalo and passed away on Jan 19th, 1946 according to our family’s records. We have heard his father’s name was Lorenzo Patti born around 1850. If you have any information about Carmelo, Lorenzo, or his unknown mother, I would be greatly appreciative!

  19. Samuel says:

    In response to Tina, May 16, 2016. My grandmother Maria Nunzia Runfola was born in Montemaggiore in 1884. She had two sisters, her oldest was Grazia who had at least one son Cruciano Runfola. The belief is that Grazia must have married a Runfola. It is also believed that Cruciano was married and had 5 or 6 children. Grazia stayed in Montemaggiore. My grandmother, Maria Nunzia Runfola came to Buffalo, New York in 1900 with her parents and one brother Francesco b. 1888 and sister Crocifissa Runfola b.1882. Crocifissa stayed in Buffalo and my grandmother Maria moved to Rochester in 1910 and remained in Rochester until her death in 1973. I was struck by the same name and town, but perhaps it was a common name. My family still lives in Rochester, New York.

  20. Tina says:

    I’m looking for information about my Great Great Grandfather and His wife… Cruciano Runfola born in Montemaggiore August 22, 1824. He married Santa Ortolano who I understand was much younger than he was (I don’t know when she was born). It would be great to find out the names of their parents and if they had brothers and sisters. I know they had a son (my Great Grandfather) named Angelo who was born February 16, 1880. It makes sense that my great great grandmother was much younger than her husband since he would have been 56 years old when he fathered Angelo. Any information you can provide me with about my family would be most amazing!
    Thank you in advance!

  21. Maria says:

    My grandparents Sebastian and Anna Ciappa Notaro were born in Montimaggiore.
    Her mother was Benisena Geraci.
    My grandparents lived in Buffalo, New York.
    Grandfather had 2 brothers snd have not been able to locate their families or wbere threy came to in America.

  22. Lynn says:

    My great grandfather(from what I recall) is from Montemaggiore his name Giovanni Zagara came to the U.S. about 1918. His Father was(I’ve been told)in charge of a school. Any info on any Zagara family in Montemaggiore.

  23. Frank says:

    My paternal grand parents where Antonio Cardinale and Gesualda Marchesano. They had sons in the USA named Joseph and Frank (Franco). Are there I am trying to confirm they are from this town and any other information?

  24. Cecelia says:

    My maternal grandmother Cyrene Minecci and her brother Christ Minecci were from the Montemaggiore Belisto area and traveled to the USA around 1915-1919. All I knowbis there family were bankers. Any iformation would be helpful. Thankyou,
    Cecelia Rasile

  25. Ellen says:

    Our grandfather, Joseph Parisi and his wife, Carmella DiPasquale Parisi came to Buffalo, NY USA from Montemaggiore Belsito in the early 20th century. Do you have any records of them?
    I’d appreciate any information you could give me.

  26. Susan says:

    My grandfather Pasquale Ralabate (Realbuto) was born (think) on 22 may 1875 in Montemaggiore Belsito or nearby. He married Josephine Militello (do you have date of birth) and they had a daughter Laura, emigrated to U S 1900 where name was changed at Ellis Island.

  27. Pam says:

    My great great grandmother was born 12/8/1861 in Montemaggiore. Her name, Concettina Cascio (could it be lo Cascio). Her parents were Francesco Cascio and Marianna Damiano. She married Ingazio Muscarella, born 3/28/1959. They were married in 1886. Was it common to be married in the town of the bride? They migrated to the US around 1901.
    My cousin will be there in September this year. Would love to give her some connections to look for while she is there.

  28. Nancy says:

    I am researching the Panzarella family in Montemaggiore Belsito. My grandfather was born there in the 1890s and came to Chicago when he was a young man. His name was Giuseppe Antonio but I think he used Joe (Joseph Anthony) when he came to America. It is my hope to visit Sicily next summer and hope to do some research. Can you tell me where I should start? I do have some relatives I am going to try to reach out to as well.
    Thank you,

    • Frank says:

      My mothers uncle was Aloysius Panzarella,married to Rosalia Cascio, all lived in Montemaggorie.The above had 5 children.

    • David says:


      I am with my mother whose maiden name is Rita Panzarella. Her father was Vincent (Innocenzo) Panzarella. He was born in 1899 and migrated to the U.S. around 1920 from Montemaggiore Belsito.
      She remembers a Joe Panzarella from Chicago who would be in his 90’s. He kept in touch with my uncle Vince Panzarella. In fact I remember my uncle traveling to Chicago to get cheese and bring it back. Joe Panzarella was at my parents 50th wedding anniversary in 2001.I don’t know if they are the same family but the odds are good. My mother is going to try and find a copy of the family tree and I will contact you with more info if you would like.

  29. Maria says:

    My father is Giuseppe Maggio. He is the son of Agostino Maggio and Maria Surdi. My father was born at the same address on March 12, 1933. His father Agostino Maggio (my grandfather) was also born at the same address. I am looking for information regarding my family past history both Maggio and Surdi. Can anyone help me? Thank you, I truely appreciate it.

  30. Robert O'Rourk says:

    My wife, Jean Imburgia and I will visit in September. Her grandparents, Basilio Imburgia and Rosaria Cirrito, left for the USA in August 1913. Basilio may have left a sister, Giuseppa Imburgia behind. We will be looking for ny possible family connections when we visit. Any help ahead of time would be greatly appreciated

    Bob & Jean O’Rourk

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