Genealogy in Prizzi

If you search your ancestors in Prizzi , Palermo Sicily in Italy you can find birth records , marriage and death records at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office of Prizzi or in the parishes archives of the town.

If your goal is family history, you need to know that registry offices in Prizzi, as in Palermo province, were established around 1820: it means that you could find records in Prizzi registrar archives as of that date. If you want to go beyond, you should consider to investigate the parish records (usually in Sicily religious records started about mid 1500).

In case you are interested in dual italian citizenship, you must ask for birth certificates to the town hall. Copies of birth records are NOT valid to apply for italian dual citizenship.

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Prizzi 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 Prizzi. As more your surname is common in Prizzi, as more it could be difficult to find the exact family branches in Prizzi 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 Prizzi and 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 Prizzi 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.
You can reach it here:
Archivio di Stato di Palermo

Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele, 31 – Palermo
Phone: +39 0912704001 .002 .003
Days and opening hours: monday – friday 08:00 – 18:00 saturday 08:00 – 13:30 weekly closing: Sunday and holidays; no reservation

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 Prizzi, or if you have questions regarding your family in Prizzi, 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 Prizzi area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Marie says:

    info on salvatore d’accomando born 1873 in prizzi

  2. Jeff says:

    Hi I am interested in researching by grandfather and grandmother whom were born in Prizzi. Salvatore Rao born in 1893 and Rose Collura born about 1902.

  3. Emily says:

    Please let me know if anyone has any information on Emanuele Ragusa, Sebastiana Giglia, Maria Pecoraro, Maria Giglia, Benedetto Pecoraro, Traina Salvatore, Michale Grambito, Maria Zambito, Michele Provenzano – mainly from Prizzi and Santo Stefano Quisquina.

  4. Tina says:

    I am looking for information on Salvatore Sinatra who also lived in Prizzi until 1865. As well as Angline Maccaluso born May 27 1900.

  5. Jerry says:

    I am trying to verify that my Great Grandfather Carlo Ferrara, his wife Anna Marie (don’t know her maiden name), and their son Frank J Ferrara are from Prizzi. I am trying find out as much about them as possible.

  6. Joseph says:

    Can you help with information about Giovanna Rao Sinatra who lived 1807-1860?

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