Genealogy in Marsala

If you search your ancestors in Marsala, in the province of Trapani, Sicilia region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Marsala

In towns and villages of Sicilia and in Trapani province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Marsala town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Marsala follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Marsala during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Marsala to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!

Otherwise, if you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful to search in Sicilia and of course in Marsala too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Marsala from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.
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To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Marsala. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Marsala archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Trapani province are:
Accardo, Adamo, Adragna, Alagna, Amato, Angileri, Asaro, Barbera, Barraco, Campo, Catalano, Coppola, D’Angelo, Di Giovanni, Di Girolamo, Di Stefano, Ferro, Fontana, Genna, Giacalone, Laudicina, Licari, Lombardo, Maggio, Maltese, Marino, Messina, Milazzo, Oddo, Palermo, Parrinello, Pellegrino, Piazza, Pipitone, Poma, Rallo, Renda, Rizzo, Romano, Russo, Saladino, Sammartano, Sciacca, Stabile, Titone, Tumbarello, Valenti, Vultaggio.

Church Records in Marsala

Church archives in Trapani province may store even older information. You will find religious records of the same events (births, marriages and deaths) but, most important, you could go further back in time!
So in case you would like to go back in centuries, it’s good for you to know that the parish registers in Trapani started during 1500!

They are far less accessible from abroad (and even not easy to browse and to read if you are not used and skilled) but our local genealogist can research the church archives of Marsala on your behalf.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Marsala:

MADONNA DELLA SAPIENZA – 91025 MARSALA TP

MARIA SS. AUSILIATRICE – Via Don Bosco

MARIA SS. BAMBINA – Contrada Terrenove

MARIA SS. DEL ROSARIO – 91025 SPAGNOLA TP

MARIA SS. DELLA CAVA – 91025 CIAVOLO TP

MARIA SS. DELLE GRAZIE AL PULEO – 91025 MATAROCCO TP

MARIA SS. IMMACOLATA – C.da Birgi

MARIA SS. MADRE DELLA CHIESA – Ciancio

S. ANNA – Via XIX Luglio, 81

S. FRANCESCO DI PAOLA – 91025 S PADRE PERRIERE TP

S. FRANCESCO DI PAOLA – Corso Calatafimi

S. GIOVANNI MARIA VIANNEY – Amabilina

S. LEONARDO ABATE – 91025 RAGATTISI TP

S. MATTEO – Via Punica

S. TOMMASO DI CANTORBERY – P.zza della Repubblica

SS. FILIPPO E GIACOMO – 91025 BUFALATA TP

SS. TRINITA’ – C.da Ranna

MARIA SS. AUSILIATRICE – Via Don Bosco

MARIA SS. DEL ROSARIO – 91025 SPAGNOLA TP

S. ANNA – Via XIX Luglio, 81

S. FRANCESCO DI PAOLA – 91025 S PADRE PERRIERE TP

Anyway for our experience, even if you plan to come here, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps, starting from the info gathered by our genealogists.

Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the National archive in Trapani.
If you are in Sicily and you are able to decipher old italian handwritten documents you can reach the archive here:
Archivio di Stato di Trapani

Address: S. Anna, 22 – Trapani
Phone: +390923 546355 552706
Days and opening hours: from mon. to fri. :from 08,00 to 18,00 sat. :from 08,00 to 13,30 weekly closing: Sunday; no reservation

If you need a professional help from our local genealogists write to marsala@italianside.com or follow this link.

Our expert in Marsala area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

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32 Comments

  1. Doreen says:

    My husband grandfather was born in Marsala in 1895. His name was Vincenzo Di Bernardo he came to the United in April 1914 from Palermo in the Ship Ancona. We are looking for information on Family that may still live in Sicily, we will be traveling there the end of September.

  2. Deneen says:

    My grandfather was Angelo Barraco (Born 6/10/1910). His father was Frank Barraco (from Marsala) and mother, Vincenza Barraco. He had a sister Antoinette that died at a young age. If you have any information please contact me

  3. Jane says:

    I am researching my grandparents families in Marsala. My grandparents were Antonino DiStefano b.1884. He married my grandmother, Anna Zizzo b. 1891. They married in Marsala in 1909. His father was Ignazio DiStefano and Giovanna Patti. They married July 6, 1878 in Marsala. Her parents were Antonino Zizzo b.1860 and Rosa Patti. They both died sometime between 1891 and 1909. I believe Antonio Zizzo died in 1906. He was murdered. Giovanna Patti and Rosa Patti were sisters. Their parents were Antonino Patti and Anna Valenti. Any help would be appreciated.

  4. Mary Ann says:

    I am trying to find my family in Marsala. My great-grandfather Calogero Marino left Marsala (with his three eldest sons) prior to September 1910 and my great-grandmother Anna DiGirolamo left Marsala to join him on September 21, 1910 with their three young daughters. My grandmother Maria Marino (born July 24, 1895) was one of those children. I believe that Calogero was a jewelry maker. They settled in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. After my great-grandmother’s death, my great-grandfather Calogero Marino later returned to live in Marsala. The family legend is that he returned in order to marry a “principessa”.

    I would appreciate any information regarding my family and relatives in Marsala. I hope to visit there in the future. Thank you.

    • Jack says:

      My name is Jack. My grandfather, Giuseppe DiGirolamo, was from Marsala. He was born in 1895 and left for the states in 1812. He married my grandmother, Annatona Provenzano. She was from Palermo. I wonder if we are related?

  5. CINDY L says:

    Trying to find my family in Marsala. Father/Mother were Tomasso DiGirolamo & Anna DeVita. Had aprox 15 children. My Nana, Giacoma came to America in 1910 with her sisters, Maria, Giuseppa, & brother Salvatore (Sam) came in 1923. Settled in Rockford, IL. Mother Anna DeVita passed away late 1950’s or early 1960’s. Giacoma married Andrea Lombardo aprox 1911. Giacoma was born 1890. Would love any info regarding family that stayed in Marsala.

  6. Norine says:

    I am looking for my husband’s mother’s family her name was Rosaria M Rollo born on May 8 1904. I need to find her parents name we are planing a trip to Italy next month and would love to surprise my husband with a name of a relative since he has none in USA

  7. Jessica says:

    Hi, I’m trying to find records for Luigi , Vito and Domenico Savalla. They are three brothers, who are supposedly from Marsala. Born in the early 1890s. Some American census records say that they came to the U.S. in the 1910s, but some show early 1900s (1904 & 1903). Luigi Savalla married Pasquale Laudicina (I think). I don’t know when they married, if it was in Italy, or in the States, and I can’t figure out what city they came through, New York, or? These 4 people for sure ended up in Rockford, Illinois, but I don’t know how or why. Finally, the people in Rockford, Illinois renamed Pasqule, “Jenny” or “Jennie.” Any help is much appreciated. Ciao.

  8. josephine says:

    Am trying to start a family tree with the Viola family. Grandfather is Antonio Viola and married to a Crocifissa (don’t know maiden name. My mother, Rosalia Viola was born in 1893, I believe in Marsala. I would like any information on the family and as well my grandmother’s maiden name. She might have been born in Menfi, Sicily or perhaps had relatives in Marsala because she and my grandfather moved there from Menfi after having a few children. Later children born in Marsala, I believe namely, Calogero, Francesca.

  9. Rose says:

    I have been working on my family tree for some time. My father’s side is from Castellammare del Golfo and I visited in January, 2016 for one day. I’m planning a trip for 2 weeks in Sicily in March, 2018; I ‘m hoping to get info on my mother’s side from Marsala before my trip. My grandparents are Salvatore Parrinello, dob 7/17/1886, died in NY, USA 5/5/1971, immigrated 4/25/1912; my grandmother is Guiseppa Cascio, dob 1/6/1889, died 1968 in NY< USA, immigrated 9/27/1913 with my uncle Antonino, dob 12/22/1912. I'm interested in living relatives and my greatgrandparents's names and the addresses where they lived. I got most of my research through Family search records but they do not have the date that my uncle was born on available microfiches. My father's side is Calandra and my grandparents were related but I have been unable to make the connection. I'm looking for Guiseppe Calandra, born around 1843, married to Paola Palmeri, born around 1854 and died 5/17/1904. They had a daughter, Rosa, born 6/29/1893. They lived on Via Timpa #3 in Castellammarre del Golfo. I have birth records, marriage records, death records and have seen the record books in Sicily. Any help would be appreciated.

  10. Eya says:

    I am trying to find any information for my grandfather Fracesco Conte born 1875 in Marsala Italy. his wife name was Maria Badalucco and their sons (marie, alessandro, jean, marguerita, josephina, pietrina and léonarda were born in Tunisia in Jendouba (souk arba) exactly. If someone can help me in my research or has informations please write me. thanks

  11. Christel says:

    I am looking for a Francesco Galfano born ca 1857 in Marsala. He married Dorotea Ingoglia. He died apparently in 1927 in Marsala but married her wife in Tunis? So I am not too sure…He had at least 4 sons: Vito, Michele, Nicolo and Francesco. 3 moved to the US one in Algeria via Tunisia. Her wife apparently died in 1897 in Marsala too.
    I am really stuck as I cannot find any trace of them…except in the marriage of his son Vito.

    • Patricia says:

      I am a decendant of this family. I have most of the genealogy for Michele (my grandfather) completed. Please contact me. My name is Patricia Galfano Urban and I live in Odessa, TX

      • Christel says:

        Hi Patricia.

        I know some of my distant cousins in the USA. My great grand-father Vito is the only brother to Michele who didn’t immigrate to the USA but to Tunisia then Algeria.

        • Patricia says:

          I have the genealogy tree completed back 4 generations. How can I help you? How are we related?

        • Pat says:

          Hello. I haven’t seen a response from you to know how we are related and if you need any of the genealogy I have. Please feel free to contact me. Oh, I am going to Italy May 2018 and will be spending time in Sicily/Marsala. I hope to hear from you.

  12. Rosalie Marie says:

    Hi
    I am looking for info on my relatives from Marsala.

    My grandfather was Pietro Giacalone who married
    Margaret Scardino after they came to Brooklyn in 1920

    Margaret Scardino was the daughter of Vincenzo and Maria (Lombardo) Scardino who came to Brooklyn in 1918

  13. V.Battle says:

    Looking for any information on Sfraga family. Born and raised in Marsala. One was a Catholic priest. One nammed Anna left for U.S. in 1911.
    Any information will be appreciated.

  14. Cyndy says:

    Researching LOMBARDO surname. Bartolo Lombardo b.1892. His father Vito Lombardo 1842.

    Can u lead me in the right direction??

  15. ophélie says:

    hello I would like to find the birth certificate of my grandfather back ” Arcoleo Onofrio ” born October 28, 1899 Marsala thank you to inform me .
    cordially.

    ciao vorrei trovare il certificato di nascita di mio nonno schiena ” Arcoleo Onofrio ” nato 28 ottobre 1899 Marsala grazie a informarmi .
    cordialmente .

  16. Michael says:

    I have a report from the National Archives of Marsala regarding my ancestors but there are no documents or photographs. I have also located many relatives in Sicily but they are not excited about helping me with research. Is there someone that can help me?

  17. Pat says:

    I am trying to find any information for my grandfather Rocco Ingianni born 9/1897 in Marsala Italy. His mothers name was Maria Sparle and fathers name was Antonio Ingianni. I would like to go as far back as I can on my grandfathers side. What his father did for a living and his father. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • Christine says:

      Your grandfather Rocco was my great-uncle. He was my grandmother Pasquale’s brother. Their mother’s name was Maria Spalla and father was Antonino Ingianni. Besides Rocco and Pasquale there was Rosa, Anna, Caterina, Maria, and Nicolo. Rocco came to the United States on April 3rd 1914. He is listed through Ellis island coming over on the Konig Albert ship after boarding in Palermo.I have a picture of him when he was probably around 10 or 11 with my grandmother Pasquale and Rosa and also their parents Mary and Antonino. If you would like it I can send a copy to you.the ship manifest states that he was 5 foot 1 in tall and had a mole on his cheek and his destination was 21 division Street Auburn New York. he was 16 when he came over.

  18. Gloria says:

    I am trying to obtain a birth certificate for Damiano Bua, born on June 16, 1904. Do you know how I can obtain this?

  19. Donald says:

    Grandfather is Angelo Scarpitta, born 5/29/1891 in Marsala, Trapani, Sicily; died 1/1971 in Rockford, Winnebago,Illinois, USA. Angelo has 1 brother I’m aware of named Antonino Scarpitta. I’m at a dead-end determining Angelo’s family and parents. Can you help?

  20. miceli says:

    Sto tentando di nividuare I parenti di mi nonno Simone Miceli emigrate da Marsala, in Sicilia negli Stati Uniti nel 1903. ll suo nome era Granlcesco Miceli padre. Sua madre si chiamava Fransesca credo Aveve un fratello Antonino Miceli che poi emigrate negli Stati Uniti circa 1911. Simone era di 20 anni nel 1903. La sue data di nascita era 11 Maggio 1880.

    English: I am attempting to locate relatives of my grandfather Simone Miceli who immigrated from Marsala, Sicily to the United States in 1903. His fathers name was Francesco Miceli. His mother was named Fransesca I think. He had a brother Antonino Miceli who later immigrated to the U.S. in 1911. Simone was age 20 in 1903. His birthdate was 11 May 1880.

  21. Diane says:

    Doing a family tree on behalf of a friend. Trying to figure out how all the LAUDICINA families that ended up in Bergen County, New Jersey, USA (after first living in New York City) are connected. They came from Marsala and area in Trapani, Sicilia.

    • Stephanie says:

      Diane, I just found a Laudicina family on my tree, too. My third great grandmother is Rosa Laudicina from Marsala. I only have her name from her children’s marriage records, but I know she married Giuseppe Mezzapelle.

      • Jessica says:

        Diane and Stephanie, I have a Pasquale Laudicina in my family tree. She was my great great grandmother, who married Luigi Savalla. They ended up in Rockford, Illinois. There is another Laudicina, James, who was in Rockford and it looks like he was related to Rosa from New Jersey. On a 1910 census, a James Laudicina is listed in Rockford, along with his mother Rosa and his wife, also named Rosa. Maybe Pasquale and James Laudicina were brother and sister or cousins? I don’t know how to track down the right info to corroborate.

        • KATHLEEN says:

          My husband’s grandfather Paulo Laudicina came from trapani and settled in Chicago, where a daughter Katherine and a son Frank (1920’s) were born. Frank’s name ended up as Laudicano in school, and paulo moved to brooklyn and remarried. I think we are the only Laudicano’s in the US.
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  22. N. J. Errante says:

    Searching for the grave sites of Benedetto Pipitone and Giovanina Rizzo (husband and wife)buried in Marsala,IT sometime before 1965.

    Currently there is a cousin, Benedetto Pipitone, son of the deceased

    Any information will be appreciated,

    Nathan Errante

    • KATHLEEN says:

      My husband’s grandfather Paulo Laudicina came from trapani and settled in Chicago, where a daughter Katherine and a son Frank (1920’s) were born. Frank’s name ended up as Laudicano in school, and paulo moved to brooklyn and remarried. I think we are the only Laudicano’s in the US.