Genealogy in Palazzo Adriano

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

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

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

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


  1. Dan says:

    I am interested in the names Italiano and Petralia before 1898. I have hit road blocks and have had no luck contacting anyone local to help (church, library, government) If anyone knows someone it would be great. I don’t have tons of money but certainly would pay someone something for assistance… or at least direction to help me get further.

  2. Bob says:

    Looking for info on my g/grandmothetr Antonis Sulla she married Nicolo Glaviano. They had 3 childern Rose,Antansio, and my grandmother Carmela.

    Nicolo died in a mine cave in 1898

    Also anything on Guiseppe Glaviano brn 1825 married Providencia Dimaggio 1850 she was brn 1825 Also had 3 childern Nicolo,
    Mariano,and Marco

    • Deed says:

      The Glaviano family is familiar to me, my Dad’s cousin was Salvatore Glaviano , son of Dominic and Margaret (Bacino) Glaviano.

  3. Patrick says:

    My grandfather was Calogero Pacino. He was born in Palazzo Adriano, Sicily on 12/25/1874 and immigrated to the US (Palermo to New Orleans, LA) on 11/2/1896. I’m interested in finding relatives, historical information.

  4. Gregory says:

    My father, Antonino Spata was born in Palazzo Adriano on March 2, 1925. He was the son of Tony and Angelina Spata. He came to America in 1945 on a Swiss refugee ship. He settled in the Chicago area until his death in 2016.My grandfather was born in April of 1897 and came to America in 1915. After joining the army and getting American citizenship, he returned to Sicily. My father also had a sister named Franca. She married a Doctor Sortino and had one son Antonio who emigrated to the U.S. in the 80’s, finished his schooling in America. He lives in Pennsylvania now. His mother, who remained in Sicily passed away in 1992. If anyone has any further knowledge of my family, I would love to hear from you.

  5. Mary says:

    My second great grandfather was from this region, his name was Mariano Parrino and his wife was Antonina Vaiana. Their daughter Anna married Francesco Spallino and out come alll the Spallino children. I’d love to connect with anyone from this lineage.

  6. Dan says:

    Looking for family of the Italiano and or Petralia families. My great grandfather Giuseppe Italiano and his wife Giovanni Petralia came to the US in 1898 on the ship Werra. If there is anyone who might concider helping research my families I would be forever grateful. I do not speak or write Italian but would love to try to get some research on my family if at all possible

    • Susan says:

      Hello, my grandmother was Domenica Petralia. She married Antonio Dimartino in Palazzy Adriano in 1911. have Italiano cousins in California.

  7. Ricky says:

    Im a Collida looking for information on my grandpas great grandfather and mother all the info I have is. His name and birthday

    Antonio Collida
    B: 14 Mar 1858 Palazzo Adriano, Palermo, Sicilia, Any help on his mother and father would be great I can’t find out any more info please feel free to email me any info on him and my family. I’m at a dead end

    • Patrick says:

      Hi, Antonio COLLIDA (1858-1934) is the grandson of my direct ancestors Antonio COLLIDA (around 1782-1832) and Antonina CRISPI (around 1793-1843). His father of Antonio is Salvatore COLLIDA (born 23 january 1832 to Bivona, Sicilia) and his mother is Carmela COSTA, we’re cousins!! see you later Patrick of Marseille (France)

  8. Carl says:

    My grandparents were from Palazzo Andriea . Antonio Bufalo and Paul Nicolosi. They settled in Independence LA and Hammond,LA. In the late 1800s. I would like to know if I have relatives that live in Palazzo Androea.

  9. Katy W says:

    I am seeking information on the Cali family from Palazzo Adriano, Palermo. My great grandmother was Josephine Cali born March 8, 1871 in Palazzo Adriano. Daughter of Dominic Cali and Magdalene Fiore.

    She married my great grandfather Nicolo Cottonaro who was born in April 1869, in unknown Sicily, in April 1894 in Palazzo Adriano.

    She came to the United States in 1906. Eventually living in Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois until her death.

    Grandma Josephine had a sister named Dominico Cali born January 23, 1885, and a brother named Antonio Cali born in 1882.

    Dominico Cali arrived in New York City January 28, 1905 along with her brother Antonio.

    Vito Riggio was Dominico’s fiance, and was already living in Murphysboro when she and Antonio arrived.

    Several other passengers of the Konigin Luise were also headed for Murphysboro and Willisville, Illinois, to work in the local coal mines.

    I never knew my great grandparents, and I had a Sicilian genealogist tell me that the Cottonaro name was not from Palazzo Adriano, Palermo, Sicily. I’m not sure if this is true, as all records indicate my ggrandpa was born there.

    Any information at all…even a tiny snippet would be much appreciated.

    I’ll never be able to visit their land, but I dream about it! Their son my grandfather has been gone for over thirty years, I have no one else to ask or who knows anything.

    Thank you!

    • Deed says:

      @ Katie w: I was born a Cottonaro in Long Beach CA 1953. The grandfather that I had never met was named Nicolo Cottonaro, my father’s father . I, like you, wonder about Cottonaro ancestors.

  10. Jean says:

    my grandmother was from palazzo adriano her name was carmela chiaramonte she came to newyork on jan 28 1905 any info would be appeciated

  11. Anna says:

    My grandmother, Josephine Alessi, was born in Palazzo Adriano in 1878. Do you know anything about her or her family?
    Thank you,

    • JohnK Wright, V says:

      That is my wife’s Great-Great Grandmother. She married Joseph Daniel Spallino, Sr. She died in Amite, La.

      Would love to share stories, family tree, photos, etc. My wife’s Mother’s
      Name was Spallino and she had 4 other sisters.

    • Annalisa says:

      Ciao,mio nonno Antonino Alessi era di Palazzo Adriano,lui non andò in America ma i suoi fratelli si,aveva una sorella di nome Giuseppina.

  12. Gary says:

    My grandmother Fenny & grandfather Joe Tuzzolino passed away. They were from Palazzo Adriano, Sicily, Italy. My grandfather had 2 brothers, Sam & Pete Tuzzolino.They passed away but their children are still there.
    My Wife and I will be in Sicily Sept.23/17 and would like see if there are any Tuzzolino’s still living.
    Also have family members Angelina Perrino who passed away but have one daughter & son & more Perrino family there. I would appreciate any information or lead on their whereabouts. Thank You,

  13. Deborah says:

    Ciao! I am looking for the marriage record from the Greek Church St. Nicolas in Palazzo Adriano. Antonino/Antonio Cicchirillo (or any variation of that spelling) to Rosa Bua, daughter of Francesca Bufalo Bua. I think it would have been around 1897-1900. They also had a birth record of a son Francesco born in Palazzo Adriano around the same time period and I assume, at the same church. I understand the church may have suffered the records being destroyed in the war and the cemetary is the only geneology record to study from that time period.

    • T David says:

      Hi, could you please tell me your connection to the people you are searching for? They are the same names as relatives of mine I am searching for. Thank you

  14. Michael says:

    My great-grandparents on my mother’s side (both maternal and paternal) came to the US from Palazzo Adriano. My grandmother’s family was Costa (my great-grandfather’s name was Mariano and his father’s name was Nicolo) and my great-grandmother’s name was Parrino, her father’s name was Antonio). My grandfather’s family was Crispi, my great-grandfather was Fillipo and my great-grandmother’s name was Maria Sabella. We also have cousins with the last name of Macaluso, LoBoso, Dipetro, Buscarino and Tamburello.

    • Diana says:

      Not sure if you have all this, but Nicolo’s father was also Mariano. he was married to Francesca D’Azzo. He also has a sibling Carmella who is my husband’s g grandmother. Mariano’s father was Giuseppe and he was married to Carmella Cuccia.

      Feel free to contact me


  15. Joy says:

    I’m researching Vincent Charles Salomone, born June 2 1886 Palazzo, Adriano, Italy

    He came to the US into New Orleans on the ship Manilla, resided in Chicago, Illinois, married his wife 09 Dec 1907 Chicago Illinois and then departed to Italy and ‘remarried’ had another wedding ceremony in Palermo: 1-12-1909

    married Epaphania (Fannie) Besina in Palermo 1-12-1909

    He was a Candy Maker by profession – any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

  16. Angela says:

    I believe my Grandfather is from Palazzo Adriano, his name was Giuseppe Sulli, anyone
    related I would love to hear from you

    • Carly says:

      Your grandfather was my great great-grandfather, Vitorio/Vito’s, brother! We are family! I believe I have recently met some of your family thanks to DNA matching but would love to catch up with you as well!

  17. DILEO says:

    My grandfather Guiseppe Dileo, born on April 1877, in Palazzo Adirano. I am trying to find any information on his/my great grandparents Ciro Dileo and Anna Basta. In addition, I would like to know if Guiseppe Dileo, had any siblings.

    Guiseppe Dileo married Carmela Cicchirillo, in Palazzo Adirano, and they migrated to California in the early 1900’s. The living and deceased still remain in the USA as of today.

    I have been on various websites over the past 12 years, and have hit a dead end.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you and very warm regards,
    Orange County, California

    • Joyce says:

      My great grandfather was Antonino DiLeo from Palazzo Adriano. He had a son named Guiseppe who died in the Italian warn with Libya in 1911. My great grandfather married Antonina Gambino from Ribera. She was his seciond wife. First wife died leavingntwo children Francisco and Katrina. I wouldlove to hear from you. I have been to PA

      • Janet says:

        Hello Joyce,
        My Grandfather Giuseppe Dileo was born May 1, 1877,in Palazzo Adriano He is the son of Ciro Dileo and Anna Basta. My Grandfather married Carmela Cicchirillo from Palazzo Adriano. The family immigrated to USA and settled in Los Angeles, California.

        I know that Ciro Dileo and Anna Basta had two other sons. Giuseppe Dileo, born Jun 26, 1873 and Antonio Dileo born Feb 23, 1869, both from Palazzo Adriano. Is this Antonino your Great Grandfather?

        I look forward to hearing back from you and see if we may related.
        Happy Holidays!

    • Joyce says:

      My grandmother was a DiLeo. Her parents were Antonio DiLeo and Antonia Gambino. Antonio was born in Palazzo Adrianno. I am interested in hearing from you.
      My grandmother had a nephew named Antonio DiLeo who was born in Palazzo and died in Belgium during the War

  18. Gina says:

    I am the granddaughter of Frank Schiro. He was born in Palazzo Adriano on August 3, 1907. His family came to the United States in 1911. I would love more information about the Schiro history.

    • Robert says:

      My wife ia a Canzoneri, another family from Palazzo Adriano. Her grandfather was George Canzoneri who was married to a Schiro, They settled in Louisiana at the turn of the 29th Century, moved to Brooklyn in the 1920s. They had four sons and two daughters, the second son being Tony Canzoneri, the championship boxer.
      They had numerous cousins, Schiros, in the area around Newburgh and Marlboro New York.
      The Canzoneri and Schiro names are prominent in the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches in the town square in Adriano, indicating they had a degree of wealth. Mafia connections were likely.
      Where is your family from?

      • Carole says:

        I have a Canzoneri (Domenica) in my family, married to a Carmelo Messina from S. Biagio . She would have been born sometime in the early 1800’s.

  19. Nicole says:

    I have been researching my family tree and have gotten stuck on my fathers side. His grandfather was Paolo Licalsi from Alessandria Della Roca, I have no information on either of his parents. He married Giovannina Giordano in Tampa. Her parents were Antonino Giordano and Nicoletta Sciales. I don’t know much more than that. If anyone could help, I’d appreciate it.
    Thank you,

  20. Michele says:

    I am looking for information regarding Maria Pecoraro born 30 OCTOBER 1890 • Palazzo Adriano, Palermo, Sicilia, Italy to Carmela (Comiani) Pecoraro (I believe Antonio Pecoraro is her father). I have been working on my husband’s Italian line (His mother was Maria Triolo, the daughter of Maria Pecoraro and Salvatore Triolo). All of the Italian family who knew any of this information have passed away and my husband is most fond of his Italian mom and grandma Maria. Thank you for any help!

    • Steve says:

      I have two cousins that live in Palazzo Adriano or the vicinity. Anna and Giuseppina Pecoraro. I am in contact with them thru Facebook, but unfortunately I do not have their addresses.

  21. Tom says:

    looking for anyone with contacts/info/family tree to crapisi or scariano in palazzo adriano. 1840-1890 time frame.

  22. Joseph says:

    My grandfather was Andrea Pintacuda,who died in 1953 and born in 1880. Any information on him? Married to a Giovanina Blanda from Prizzi.

  23. Mauri says:

    Ciao! My great grandfather wss Giacomo Sciales from Palazzo Adriano and owned the American Bar. We visited our Sciales family during Easter 1992 (?) while my husband was stationed at NAS Sigonella. We lost their contact information during one of our many moves. Are you able to help by providing the Sciales family contact information? We had a wonderful visit and loved meeting our relatives. We would love to reconnect with our Sciales family. Thank you for your help!


    • Nicole says:

      My Great Grandmother Giovannina Giordano’s mother was Nicoletta Sciales married to Antonio Giordano, do you know of any relation between your Sciales and her? Thank you

  24. Gabriel says:

    My great great grandfather is Gabriel plazzo,after to Mildred.Can u please give me more family history.

  25. Luana says:

    Ciao… my grandfather was Giuseppe Spallino and my grandmother was Tomasa Spallino..I am not sure when they were born in the early 1900 I would love to know anything about them.I don’t think I have any relatives still living in Palazzo Adriano. thank you.

  26. kat says:

    I am researching a few families in your lovely town. What will I be able to find out about the daily lives of these people? I believe Alessandro Monteleone was from Palazzo Adriano but this may be family lore, what, if anything can you tell me about him.
    Thank you in advance, for your time and consideration.

  27. Joey Rao says:

    I am very interested in seeing if the surname Rao is still around in modern day Palazzo Adriano. My great grandfather Giacomo Rao was born and raised there until he came over to the states by himself when he was 16 years old. He left his family so I am wanting to reach out to potential relatives :). Is Rao still a common name? Thank you so much for your time.

  28. Tony says:

    I have been to PA and loved it. I am interested in the name scialis.

    My 2nd great grandmother was Carmela and she married Alberto grana.

    Is that a common name there?

    She was born in 1844.

    Any help would be appreciated.


    • Pietro says:

      Hi Tony,
      Sciales and Granà are two names of arbresh (Albanian) descent.
      Palazzo Adriano is part of the five arbresh villages in Sicily.
      Sciales is not very common today, Granà yes.

      • Luanna says:

        My great grandmother was Carmela Sciales. My dad was not sure but thought his grandmother’s last name was arbresh but wasn’t sure. Thank you so much for clarifying this mystery for me.

        • Sciales says:

          Hi, do you know who Carmela’s parents were? My Great Grandmothers Mother was Nicoletta Sciales her sisters were Rosalie and Vincenza but I know there were other children.
          Thank you Nicole

          • Luanna says:

            I’ve always wanted to meet family with the last name Sciales. When I went to Palazzo, I wasn’t able to find anyone with this surname.

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