Genealogy in Piana degli Albanesi

If you search your ancestors in Piana degli Albanesi, 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 Piana degli Albanesi registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Piana degli Albanesi 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 Piana degli Albanesi. As more your surname is common in Piana degli Albanesi, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Piana degli Albanesi 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 Piana degli Albanesi 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 Piana degli Albanesi 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 Piana degli Albanesi 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 pianadeglialbanesi@italianside.com our expert in Piana degli Albanesi area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


40 Comments

  1. Saveria says:

    my gggrandfather was Sebastiano Matranga. his wife was Vittoria Cuccia. they went to the united states together with their two children Giorgio and Saveria (who i think was married to a Virga). they probably lived in sacramento. Only one of their son remained in italy, Salvatore, my greatgrandfather. when i was a child in my grandmother house there was a pic of american cousins of my grand mother but we never had contact with those people.
    now i finally managed to find the grave og my greatgrandmother. she is buried here
    Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum

  2. Kirsten says:

    My great grandparents were from Piana degli Albanesi. Came to the U.S., lived in Madison Wisconsin. Part of the family stayed in Madison, WI and started the Italian Workmen’s Club in what was known as the “Bush.” I believe my great-grandfather Francesco (Frank) Barbato was the President and my great uncle Felipe (Philip) Barbato was a charter member. Once my great-grandparents, Frank and Grazia (Grace) Calliva-Barbato died, the family moved with the exception of Philip and his wife Rose Salerno-Barbato to Alhambra, CA for better work. Philip’s sister, Victoria Barbato-Gervasi, was my grandmother. Anyone know of any of the above?

    • Clare says:

      Kirsten,
      My husbands family (also from Piana degli Albanesi) lived in Alhambra and later Arcadia. I am working on developing the family tree for his fathers family and seeking citizenship. Do you know when your grandparents came to the U.S. and where they landed?

  3. Tony says:

    Trying to find out any info on my paternal grandfather Antonio Guzzetta and my maternal grandfather Paulo Lanza, Both from Piana.

  4. Roseann says:

    My mother’s family immigrated to the USA in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Their family names are Damiani and Zuccaro. My grandfather, Tomasso Damiani (born Mar. 25, 1889), has an older half brother, Giuseppe Damiani (birth information unknown). We know that their father was Antonino Damiani (Born 1846) but we do not know the mother of Giuseppe. We know that the mother of my grandfather, Tomasso, was Rosaria or Rosalia Carnesi. Can you help us fill in the blanks. We would like to know the mother of Giuseppe and the death date of Antonino, as well as the dates of Rosaria Carnesi.

    • Leita says:

      Here is an answer if a bit late
      Joseph/Giuseppe Damiani changed last name to Dominick. He was born 9 Nov 1878, in Piana and died 18 June 1969 in Los Angeles California. His wife was Helen Ella Concetta Barone also from Piana. Giuseppe’s mother was Giuseppa Masi, born in Piana 1851 and died in Piana 10 Jan 1876 The daughter of Matteo Giovanni Masi and Antonina Plescia

  5. Arlene says:

    I am going to travel to Palermo in September. Don’t have any idea if there are relatives there. Grandparents did not discuss much. My Grandfathers name was Giorgio Matranga, his fathers name was Nicolo, his mothers name was Domenica maiden name Ferrero. My grandmothers name was Vincenza (maiden name Grifo) her fathers name was Giorgio Grifo and her mothers name was Rosalia (maiden name Stassi). My grandfather was born in 1883 and my grandmother in 1886. My grandfather came to the use about 1909 through New Orleans, my grandmother followed in about 1910 along with my oldest aunt who was about 2 years old. If you have any information would welcome it.

    • Pascale says:

      Hello m’y grandmother Elena Griffo was born in Tunis in 1904. Her father was Giuseppe Griffo,he was born in Piana dei greci. He had a brother Georgio Griffo?.is it your grandfather?.
      My family grandmother immigrated after in Morocco. I Leave in France now.

    • Patrick says:

      Hello Arsène
      I ve round datas about your relatives
      F Vicenza GRIFO (GRIFFO) modifier cette personneImprimer son arbre
      Née le 8 août 1886 – Piana degli Albanesi – Sicilia – Italia
      Décédée

      Parents
      Giorgio GRIFO (GRIFFO)
      Rosalia STASSI 1848-

      Union(s)
      modifier famille Mariée avec Giorgio MATRANGA 1883-

      Frères et sœurs
      H Francesco GRIFO (GRIFFO) 1889-

      • Saveria says:

        you are related to me: i just posted this comment
        my gggrandfather was Sebastiano Matranga. his wife was Vittoria Cuccia. they went to the united states together with their two children Giorgio and Saveria (who i think was married to a Virga). they probably lived in sacramento. Only one of their son remained in italy, Salvatore, my greatgrandfather. when i was a child in my grandmother house there was a pic of american cousins of my grand mother but we never had contact with those people.
        now i finally managed to find the grave og my greatgrandmother. she is buried here
        Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum

  6. Michael says:

    My Gandfather Pietro Pecoraro was born in Pianei dei Greci 1873 . Came to USA in 1888 ,his father Benardo Pecoraro & his wife Maria Camalo my grandparents came here in 1901 wonder if i have any relatives still in Piana degli Albanesi Thank You Mike

  7. Holly says:

    Interested in finding more of my paternal grandparents – their parents where from Piana degli Albanesi. Surname was Lotta for grandmother, Balisteri for grandfather. They moved to New Orleans, LA in 1900, then family members resided in Chicago IL.

    • Ginger says:

      Grandparents were George Alesi and Mary Macaluso. Their children were George, Vito, Michael, Frances, Conchetta and Giuseppi. They came to America in 1911-12 when my dad, born in 1906, was 6 years old. My dad was Giuseppi. His passport says Ales….no “i” on the end of his name. Sam and Blaise were born in the states. There are also relatives named Schiro. I came across a John Alesi on facebook. His family is from the same place, and his original name was also Ales. They lived in Los Angeles.

  8. Meg says:

    Hello Teresa Dewey above. I think we are related. I am a Matesi and we have Petta cousins. We came for Piana degli Albanesi and all lived in the Chicago area.

  9. Paul says:

    Je viens solliciter votre aide pour retrouver mes racines siciliennes pour l’arbre généalogique que je fais pour mes petits-enfants. Je me nomme Paul Labate et je suis né en Tunisie le 5 juin 1932. Ma grand-mère maternelle, Maria Catalano, est née à Piana dei Grecei en Sicile (devenue dei Albanese).Elle a épousé Francesco Pitisi. Ma grand-mère a émigré en Tunisie. Je ne sais pas où elle s’est mariée, mais ses enfants sont nés en Tunisie. Elle a donc dû naître en Sicile entre 1875 et 1885.Pourriez-vous avoir la gentillesse de me dire où et à qui je peux m’adresser pour obtenir ce précieux acte de naissance.
    Dans l’espoir d’une réponse !

  10. Rachel says:

    I am trying to help my husband in researching his father’s family. His great grandfather arrived in New Orleans, LA, USA on 2/14/1907 via boat (Konig Albert) from the port of Naples. The US ship records noted his origin was Piana dei Greci, Province of Avellino. His name was Andrea Capaci. His date of birth is noted at 1877. His tomb in New Orleans states 1876 to 1943. His wife, who does not show up on this boat record, was Anna Degregolia. The tomb has her dates as 1883 to 1957. Before leave Italy they had 3 children, John Capaci 1903 to 1934, Mary Ann Capaci 1903 and Anthony Joseph Capaci 1905. I understand Capaci is the name of city and my have been written in error when he arrived in New Orleans, or maybe not. I’m trying to find out when Anna and the children came to the US and where there were actually from (what city).

  11. Teresa Ann says:

    Hello,
    I appreciate your site. I know almost nothing about my Fathers Father. He had trouble with the English language and was embarrassed with speaking. He was born in Piana deli Albanesi.
    His name was Andrew Spata. I’ve had to do much research simply to find the town name.
    My Father gave me a misspelled name of Piana del Graci. My Father passed some time ago
    Thank you for any info you can find
    PS Andrew Spata was a Barber by trade.

  12. Michael says:

    Traveling to Piana deli Albanesi in November. Would like to know if anyone knows if I can arrange for a driver/ guide in Palermo where I’m staying. I have a lot of detailed info on my ancestry but would like someone who might be familiar with the area and could translate for us. Any info would be appreciated

  13. Anthony says:

    I have traced my family tree back to Piana dei Greci (at the time, now Piana degli Albanesi) to the year 1700. Common names in my tree are Salerno, Quartuccio, Maisano, Orlando, Bellina, Cusimano, Ardizzone, Virga, LaScala, Cristiano and more. If you think there may be connections, please email me. Regards, Anthony Salerno

    • Anthony says:

      Hi Gina…just saw your reply almost a year later. I don’t see a connect with any of the names you provided, unless your Giuseppe Maisano was born in 1885 (I don’t have a wife for him).

  14. Amber McDermott says:

    Hello,
    I am researching the lineage of my favorite uncle, and the best man I know. He was very close to and greatly influenced by his maternal grandfather, and I would like to get as much information about him as I can.

    His grandfather was Antonio Anthony Calandra, born on November 9, 1879 (maybe 1878), in Palermo- which is what was transcribed onto his WW2 draft card as: “Pianrea dei Greci, Palerno.” According to his death certificate, his father was Nicolo Calandra, and mother was Pauline DiMonica.

    He emigrated to the states in 1905, whereas his wife and son followed him in 1907. They were Maria Chisesi (born c1884) and Nicolo Calandra (born c1905). I would not need her ancestral information because she soon died and Antonio married Rosaria Grimaldi, who was my uncle’s grandmother.

    She came from another part of Sicily, Castellammare del Golfo. If you happen to know of any resources in that area, she was born on December 8, 1890, to Lenoard Grimaldi and Anna Gangi.

    Thank you so much, this is wonderful!

  15. Susan says:

    My grandparents were from Piana degli Albanesi. Came to the U.S., lived in Madison Wisconsin until their deaths in the early 1960’s. I am traveling to Sicily in April. I hope to make a visit to their village when I am there.

    • Barbara says:

      Just stumbled upon this site. My grandfather came to the US and lived in Madison Wisconsin. His name was Vincenzo Marchica. Doing genealogy I wrote the main library asking if there were any Sicilian communities in Madison and was told no. I always wondered how my grandfather ended up in Wisconsin. After WW1 he moved to NYC. He was born in Piana deli Albanesi. Amazing that I ran across your post. My grandmother is also from there. Her name was Rosa Rampulgia. Would love to travel there as I know of family there.

      • Kirsten says:

        Sorry this message comes 2 years later, but Madison, WI was a very active area for the Italian’s in the early 1900s. In fact, the Italian Workman’s Club of Madison was formed there and still in existence today. The Italian community was referred to as the “Bush.” There were the Sicilians and the Albanians and the idea was for all of them to work together as originally they disliked each other. The Bush was Madison’s “Little Italy” and was filled with restaurants, Italian grocery stores butcher shops and bars. Perhaps you should ask someone else for help as the person you asked may have not known very much about the early 1900 history. My family is part of the Barbato and Salerno, among many others.

  16. Pete says:

    I just discovered my 6th great grandmother Caterina Maria La Zusa (Zusa) was the daughter of Andrea La Zusa and Antonio Vinci. Andrea La Zusa was the son of Antonino La Zusa and Vincenza of Piana dei Greci.

    Caterina La Zusa was born in 1725 in Monreale and married Benedetto Picardo in 1750.

    Looking for ancestors. Thanks

  17. Dana says:

    Hi- I am trying to research my family. My Great Grandfather Giorgio Guidera came over with his brother Joe in 1897 I believe. My great grandmother was Vera Riolo, she came over with her mother around 1893 just after her father died, not sure of her father’s first name. Her mother’s name was either Cecelia Chula, cuilla, or Cuccia. I’m not sure of her exact maidenname. I do know they came from Piana Dei Greci into New Orleans.

    • Gary says:

      Hi Dana

      I don’t have much information on your great grandmother, but I knew her. She was my nona Sara Scalora’s good friend. I had the privilege of knowing her, but I was a kid. She was one of my favorite people from that generation. I am guessing that you are under the age of forty,since that generation was my grand parents generation. It was so interesting being around all of those people and I did not know how blessed I was, at that time to be a part of these wonderful people. I wish you well on your search.

      Gary Scalora

    • Salia says:

      Ciulla or cuccia are two distinct surnames

  18. Lisa Russo-Kelly says:

    Hi. My great grandmother Anna Borgia was born in Piana degli Albanesi on May 6,1874 to Francesco Borgia and Domenica Cuccia. I am looking for any information you might have. Anna had 7 siblings. How can I proceed to find information on them? I appreciate any information or advice you can give me.

    Thank you,

    Lisa

    • Alli says:

      Lisa,

      My great grandfather Francesco Borgia was born to Domenica Cuccia in Piana dei greci (now Piana degli Albanesi) in 1886. He immigrated to the states via NY in 1915 and ended up in Seattle. I believe his father (my great great grandfather) was Francesco, but Ancestry.om also confuses him as Nicolo. Happy to compare notes!

      • Lisa says:

        I think our great grandparents must be siblings then! How exciting! I have found a ton of information on the Borgia’s and Cuccias all the way back to early 1700’s and would be happy to compare notes. Then you can message me and we can connect. I would be more than happy to share information.

        Lisa

        • Pat says:

          Lisa…My grandmother’s maiden was Domenica Cuccia….She married Salvatore Ficarotta. My mother and my aunts were all born in Piana degli Albanese. My mom was born in 1921. I am leaving tomorrow for Rome with a local tour group from Easton, PA and will be going to Sicily for four days the end of our trip. We will be stopping for a short time in Piana degli Albanese and am thrilled to set foot in the town where my relatives were born.

  19. Grace says:

    Hello,.. I am looking for ANY info on my great great grandparents. They were Francesco and Tecla Salerno,..She was an Ippolito. I really have little to go on,..but if you can help in any fashion would be GREAT.

    • Anthony says:

      Hi Grace,
      I have four Francesco Salerno’s in my tree. One was married to a Concetta. The other three I don’t know if they were married or not. Do you have approximate years of birth or death or marriage? Do you know Francesco’s parents names?

    • Anthony says:

      Grace,

      Please see note below from 2016. I have four Francesco Salerno’s in my tree. If we can tie back to some dates, that would help.

  20. Dimitrio says:

    Hello,

    I live in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. All four of my grandparents are from Piana deli Albanesi, Joseph and Mary Paratore and Dimitrio and Concetta LoIacono. They immigrated to the United States in the early 20th Century. I am trying to get information on the history of these names.
    I wish to visit Piana and purchase land with the intention of living there and becoming familiar with my ancestral heritage.
    Any information you could give me about the history of these surnames and general information about life there would be helpful. Thank you for your help.

  21. Teresa dewey says:

    I am traveling to piana degli albanesi tomorrow am. Monday, March 9, from the USA. I wish to search for information about my grandparents: Antonio Petta born July 15, 1889 there. My grandmother, Antonia matesi, was born December 23, 1885. They immigrated to the US in 1903. He came on the kaiser Wilhelm IIN and she wAs on the Germanic on March 1903. I plan to go to the city records office tomorrow. Any assistance you can suggest would be wonderful.

    Sincerely, Teresa

    • Joe says:

      Hello Teresa. My name is Joe Matesi. I remember your grandfather Antonio Petta. He owned a summer home on the Mississippi River near Savannah, IL next door to my grandfather, Antonio Matesi. I remember tasting the wine that he made from the grapes he was growing there. I was pretty young so don’t ask me about the wine, but my grandfather seemed to appreciate it. They spoke to each other in their language, Arbëreshë. My grandfather didn’t call it Arbëreshë, he called it Gaga. Your grandmother Antonia was my grandfather’s sister, so you and I are relatives. I wonder how your trip to Piana degli Albanese was (growing up we called it by its old name, Piana dei Greci).

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