Genealogy in San Cipirello

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

If your goal is family history, you need to know that registry offices in San Cipirello, as in Palermo province, were established around 1820: it means that you could find records in San Cipirello 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 San Cipirello, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Sicilia and in San Cipirello too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in San Cipirello 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 San Cipirello. As more your surname is common in San Cipirello, as more it could be difficult to find the exact family branches in San Cipirello 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 San Cipirello 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 San Cipirello 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 San Cipirello, or if you have questions regarding your family in San Cipirello, 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 San Cipirello area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Sylvie says:

    First what a great page! I’m so happy at the idea to get some help in my search here or locally if one day I have the chance to come visit the Palermo Province! The names related to my grand father are the following: Vincent Palumbo 1806-1888 married with Izidora Griffo 1811 -?. It seems that they were born in the province of Palermo and maybe San Ciperello but moved to Tunis- North Africa. I’d like to found out if they were from this area in Sicily originally. They settled then in Tunis where they had many children including Onofrio Palumbo 1878-1956 married with Ignazia Clemente 1878-1918 and one of their children was my grand father Renato Palumbo 1911-1960. My grandma was French and met him in Tunis.

  2. Donna says:

    I am looking for the parents of my Grandfather
    Giuseppe Nania born 02031892 died in Springfield, ill in 1952
    According to the paper work I found he was born in San Cipirello
    I will be coming to Sicily in a couple of years and I would love to visit their graves
    Thank you

  3. Kim says:

    I am researching my grand parents geneology their names were Cosimo Bica and Anna Pullara. Cosimo was from San Cipirello and Anna was from San Guissepe.

  4. Larry L. says:

    We would like to send a request for our Nonno ‘s birth record. Where do we send the request and how much the cost.


    my ancestor GIOVANNI FLORIO from SAN CIPIRILLO was born there in 1880 and moved with his wife to TUNISIA they had my grand mother who married a tunisian man i’m searching about the history .
    thanks for helping me .

  6. Elena says:

    My father was born in San Ciperello, Palermo , Sicily in 1905 or 1906, He was adopted by Peter and Elena Crefase, I believe at birth or when a baby to be nursed. They named him Sam Crefase. He lived there till he was 17 and then came to America by himself, by way of New Orleans. When he got citizenship in America his name was changed to Leo Luciano Bello. I only know a few step relatives in San Ciperello today. I am wondering where the information is on the adoption and who was his mother.?There may only be a niece still alive in the town,
    I don’t know how to start to find my fathers maternal family.
    I did see where his adopted family is buried, step mother and father and one of his sisters Vincenette Crefase.

  7. Kristen says:

    I am trying to find birth and marriage records for my great grandfather, Lodovico Giovati. I know he lived in San Cipirello but I’m not certain if he was born there. Born approx 1873, married Maria Giglio who was born approx 1886, probably in Palermo. They had two children in Italy before immigrating. Lodovico immigrated to the US in 1905 on the Citta di Reggio. Looking for any information or records.

  8. Toni says:

    My grandfather, Carlo Congelose was born in San Cipirello, June 1897. He had one brother, Anthony/Antonio. The spelling may be different. His father was Married and mother was Grazie Cusimano.

  9. Nancy says:

    Searching for my great grandfather’s family in San Cipirello. Here is the information that we have so far:

    Filippo Quartararo, born 12/28/1885, died 10/5/1953
    Josephine Quartararo, born 1/1/1891, died 12/10/1955
    Salvatore Quartararo, born 7/12/1893, died 12/15/1948

    Parents: Anthony (Antonio) and Rose Buffalo (Buffala?)

    Anthony’s father was named Filippo (Phillip).

    I would love to learn anything about this family. The three children all immigrated to America. They all died in Santa Clara County, California.

  10. Patricia says:

    Searching Viviano Family: Giovanni (John), born in San Cipirello, 10 Nov 1907 (immigration to USA in abt 1927), his father was Joseph (believe Joseph may have had a market in San Cipirello), his mother was Theresa.
    Giovanni’s Siblings were:
    Vincenzo (abt. 1904-1980) married Rose–Vincenzo and Rose lived their entire life in San Cipirello, Rose died in abt. 2002.
    Frank: abt 1902–believe he was a professor in Milan.
    Rose: abt.1905,(immigration to USA in abt. 1919)

  11. Charlene says:

    My great paternal grandparents were Francesca Bica (05 May 1868) and Pietro Maniscalco (about 1862). I believe they were from San Cipirello or San Guiseppe Jato. They immigrated to US around 1905 and never returned to Sicily.
    Do you know Francesca Bica’s parents and siblings?
    Do you know Pietro Maniscalco’s parents and siblings?
    Do you know when they were married or baptized?

  12. Robert O'Connor says:

    Yes. I am very much interested in continuing my search for my ancestors from the San Cipirello. I have 2 great grandparets from San Cipirello.
    Liborio Mattone, born 7/5/1886, immiagrated to the US in March 1914, and his wife, Mary Russo, born 4/15/1892 and immigrated to the US in November 1916.
    Liborio’s parents: Father: Joseph Mattone, Mother unknown. Siblings: possible: Catherine, Nataline and Virginia, we think.
    Mary Russo’s parents: Father: Dominic Russo, and Mother: Mary Lamacigo. Siblings: Dominic, Josephine, Stella, Vincent and Joseph
    We are at a dead end. Any help on either or both sides of the family would be greatly appreicated.

    We are looking for information on Liborio’s parents, birth and death dates and on any siblings.

    We are also looking for information on Mary’s parents Dominic and Mary, both birth and death dates, as well as any sibling information.

    Are there any cemetary’s in the area that may also lend some helpful information?

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