Genealogy in Santa Ninfa

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Santa Ninfa 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 Santa Ninfa. As more your surname is common in Santa Ninfa, as more it could be difficult to find the exact family branches in Santa Ninfa archives 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 archives in Santa Ninfa and in Trapani 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 Santa Ninfa and Trapani 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 Trapani.
You can reach it 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

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


  1. Annette says:

    Looking for info on great grandfather Vincenzo Spina and great grand.mother Giuseppa Amarillo Spina, both born santa Monica, married 1882

  2. camille says:

    Hi. I;m looking for information on my grandfather, he;s name was Dominick LoCurto from Santa Ninfa He married my grandmother Carmilla
    Europa he;s second wife I know his first wife name was Marie Armari and i know of 4 children from that wife. Ant information would be helpful like when his first wife die and when he married my grandmother, Thanks

  3. Mark says:

    My grandfather Vito was born in Santa Ninfa, Sicily on August 23, 1925. He met Marianna Pisano in Salemi, Sicily and they married in April of 1947 and had a son, Gaetano, who died at birth, I believe, then my dad, Gaetano, then another son, Pietro “Peter”, who died in infancy, and then 4 daughters Vita, Guiseppa “Pina”, Giovanna “Joanne” and Pietra.

    My dad told me they named the kids in special ways, I think, and strictly based on only people in their families and using the male or female form in order of who was born first, second, third et. For example… had my Dad been born a girl, he would have been “Gaetana”, and if one of my aunts was a boy they might have been Vito, Guiseppe, Giovanni, Pietro. My aunt Pietra was the last to be born and she took that name because Pietro “Peter” passed in infancy and because my great grandfather on my grandmother’s side (her father) was named Pietro.

    My grandfather Vito, I was told, was a shepherd and worked in the fields as a kid. then worked as a mason, I believe. He was a farmer and gardener. He married my grandmother Marianna in April of 1947.

    My grandfather Vito had three brothers, Francesco, Diego, and Antonio and a sister, Giovanna, all who were still alive at the time of his passing on August 5, 1997 when he was 71 years old.

    My grandfather Vito moved to Salemi, Sicily after living in Santa Ninfa and moved his family to America in 1970 shortly after the big earthquake in 1968. When that happened, he took his family into the street during the middle of the night and told other neighbors to do the same. Nobody survived but his family, I believe, as they all stayed indoors as the houses came down. They stayed in Sicily two additional years and then moved to America. The city re-built their house which they promised, and they went back in the early 1990s to sell it. My grandfather passed away on August 5, 1997, 4 months after his 50th wedding anniversary.

  4. Joseph says:

    Hi, I`m looking to track down more information about my Great grandfather. his name is Joseph Biondo and was born in 1890 in Santa Ninfa. He came to the United States in 1911. I believe he went by Giuseppe Biondo and changed it when he came to the united states.

  5. John says:

    My Great-Great Grandfather Giuseppe Viale is believed to have lived and died in Santa Ninfa. His wife was Giovanna Di Prima.
    My Great Grandfather, their son Giuseppe Viale, was born in 1857 in Santa Ninfa,
    He was married to Filippa Li Vigni.
    He died in Santa Ninfa on Oct. 15, 1917. Most of this info comes from various sources including the record of his death,
    He had 3 sons, Giuseppe (Joseph), Giovanni (John), and my Grandfather Salvatore. I believe there was also a daughter perhaps sharing the same name as her paternal Grandmother, Giovanna.
    All 3 sons emigrated at young ages to New York City. The daughter and parents remained in Santa Ninfa.
    There were several year gaps between when each son left for the US.
    Salvatore, the youngest, was born Jan. 25, 1904. He came to the US in 1921 at the age of 17 and is believed to have lived with Giuseppe and also worked in the garment district of NY where Giuseppe either owned or managed a dress making business. Giuseppe married but had no children.
    A few years ago I connected with 2nd cousins in California.
    They are descended from the middle brother, Giovanni, known as John Viale in the US. John’s son Joseph left New York for California in the late 1950s with his wife and 3 children, 2 girls and a boy. The boy married and had children, including a son James Viale. I met James about 10 years ago by a chance encounter when James was hired by a company where I had worked for many years and still had an association with. He put me in touch with his 2 aunts and his father (my 2nd cousins) and we discovered our family relationship.
    I am interested in learning about my ancestors from Santa Ninfa. Since I believe all 3 of my direct male ancestors left San Ninfa, perhaps no Viale clan still exists there. But perhaps my Grandfather Salvatore had male Viale uncles, brothers of his father Giuseppe.
    And perhaps maternal ancestors related to my Great-Great Grandmother Giovanna Di Prima or my Great Grandmother Filippa Li Vigni still reside in Santa Ninfa.
    Sorry for the long post. Perhaps somebody will recognize a name within their own family tree.

    John D. Viale

    • Johanna says:

      Hi John,
      I was doing some research about Santa Ninfa and came across your post. My grandmother was Filippa Viale, the daughter of John Viale. My mother remembers your grandfather. Your post provided me with info I had no idea about, so thank you! Feel free to drop me an email.

  6. Rose says:

    My father was born in Santa ninfa his name was Vincenzo gesomino he wAs born AUg 1902 his fathers first name was Angelo his mothers name was rose glorioso any info would be appreciated

    • Pamela says:

      Have you received help with your Santa Ninfa family? I’ve been helping a friend with family there and could look for your family too. Let me know if I could help – Pamela

  7. Rosario says:

    My grandmother left Santa Ninfa at the turn of the 19th century. Her name was Frances Teri. She had two brothers Frank and Lawrence and a sister Mary. I Believe my grandfather, Rosario Gioia, came from Santa Ninfa as well. Are there any residents in Santa Ninfa who may be related to me and my family?

  8. Ed Miller says:

    My name is Edward. I am looking for any information on my great grandfather Vincent Graziano (wife Frances) from Santa Ninfa, Sicily. He had four sons: Onofrio, Peter, Vincent and Frank (my Grandfather), and one daughter Margaret. The four sons come to the US in the early 1900’s and Margaret stayed in Santa Ninfa, She married a Biondo and had 3 children: Vincenzo, Stan, and Antonio (daughter). Antonio Married Stefano Pellicane and had two sons: Diego and Giacomo. To my knowledge the Pelicane’s (Vincenzo and Stanalos) were still in Santa Ninfa in 1984. I would like to know if Diego and Giacomo are still living in Santa Ninfa. Stanalos married Maria, and had 3 children: Margarita, Katerina, and Diego. Are any of the children still in Santa Ninfa? Thanks for your help.

  9. Ines says:

    Hi, my name is Ines Tornabene and I’m searching the place and date of birth of my grand grand father, Francesco Tornabene. I know that his parents were: Vincenzo Tornabene and Domenica Maltese, and that they were married 24th august 1837 in Santa Ninfa, Palermo (in appears a “Vol 167 and Number 128”)

    Francesco may have been born between 1840 and 1843.

    Hope to have news from you!!!! Grazie mille!

  10. Stefanie says:

    Hello. I’m looking for any Di Benedetto or Lodico relatives from Santa Ninfa. My 5th grandmother was Elisabetta Lodico and she married Agostino Di Benedetto. I have some information about their children but it stops with them. Any info is much appreciated.

  11. garry says:

    Trying to find out where my Great Grandmother was born in Trapani. Her Name was Fillipa Saladino and she left for american in 1907 at age 15.

  12. L.B.H. says:

    Trying to trace back “Balsamo and/or Riggo”.

    My grandfather (Joseph G. Balsamo) was born in Santa Nifa, Trapaniin, Sicily on June 2, 1898. His brother Francesco (we think) was also born in the same providence to the parents of Vito Peter Balsamo ( my great grand father) and Vitina Tilie Riggo (my great grand mother). Immigrated to New York in/around 1904 and 5 other siblings were born in Brooklyn, New York.

    We can’t find anything past my great grand father (Vito Peter) or great grandmother (Vitina Tilie). Figured this might be our shot in the dark 🙂


  13. karyn says:

    I am researching my Great Grand Parents from Santa Ninfa Rose Corrao and Francisco Furio they married in March 1893 his father was Rosario Furio , mother Carolina ferrera, My Grandmotehr Carolina Furio born 1/15 1894. Francisco must have died before 1902 because Rosa remarried Salvatore Basile and gave birth to a son Paul Basile
    I am searching for information on Francisco death also is profession
    Any information would be helpful

  14. Mildred says:

    My materal grandparents came from Santa Ninfa and Gibellina-grandpa was Angelo
    Scuderi and his wife was Katina Fontana; My other set of grandparents came from there also Michela Triolo and Veto Biondo- related to Trombino’s that are there now- met them in 1957. My grandfather Angelo Scuderi had an uncle who was a Priest- Francesco. I know there are some distant cousins- a Mario who works or worked in a bank there who is related to the DiCarlos in Chicago, Ill. I am trying to trace back and see how far back I can go. I speak the “old” Sicilian prior I think to the 1900’s.

    • Ginette says:

      Hello Mildred, i am a Scuderi. I am going to Santa Ninfa and Gibellina next month. What info have you found? Im hoping to locate some grave sites. My father was Nelson (Ignazio), his father was Vincienzo, his father was Baldassar, and his father was Ignazio (1822)

      • Steve says:


        Did the Ignazio Scuderi who was born in 1822 come through the Port of New Orleans? I think he may be my ancestor too.

  15. Suzanne says:

    Looking for information on Don Mariano Di Stefano and Hippolita Perez, Santa Ninfa around the 1850s, specifically their son Michele Di Stefano.

    • Lillian Albanese says:

      Hello Suzanne – I do not have any specific info for Don Mariano DiStefano – his wife or son.

      My 2nd great grandmother was Antonia DiStefano she married Angelo Mendolia in Santa Ninfa.

      When my dad came to America from Santa Ninfa (age 16) he lived with a cousin Mariano DiStefano (4 Feb 1884 – abt 1949) in Brooklyn. I have two addresses for Mariano the first 97 Scholes Street and later 464 Pulaski Street both in Brooklyn. Mariano immigrated to America on the 23 Sep 1905 and married Vita Cotone in 1909.

      I believe Mariano’s father was Giuseppe DiStefano. I don’t know if our cousin is related to your DiStefano line.

      Good Luck on your research – Lillian (nee Amari) Albanese

      • Anita Szybillo says:

        Hi Lillian. My grandfather was Dominick Amari from Santa Ninfa. I know their cousins were DiStefano. They all lived in Brooklyn. How are you an Amari?


    • Dave says:

      Hello Suzanne – only just come across this website so this info maybe out of date for you. Mariano De Stefani (6 Oct 1812 – 24 Dec 1871) married Ippolita Perez Napolitano de Hita (19 Nov 1819 – ?) on 27 Apr 1839, Palermo. Mariano was my wife Anna’s g-g-g-grandfather.
      We have a great deal of information regarding the family and of their son Michele, together with a remarkable family heirloom recording births, baptisms and deaths from early 16th century, compiled by Michele’s older brother Antonino.

      Do get in touch if you receive this email.

      Best wishes,

  16. Jodie says:

    My great grandpa’s name was Giacomo Falsitta born in Santa Ninfa, Trapani in 1879. His parents were Rosario Falsitta and wife Angela Vaccara. Any information would be appreciated

    • Lillian says:

      Hello Jodie – my great grandmother was Leonarda Falsitta born apprx 1871 Santa Ninfa. She married Gaspare DiCarlo (born 1856). Wondering if Giacomo & Leonarda might be related.

      Thank you – Lillian (nee Amari) Albanese

  17. Steve says:

    I am interested in tracking down my family in Santa Ninfa, but I do not know very much about them. Our name on my mother’s side is Scudari, but it was originally Scuderi. When my grandfather joined the Army, they spelled his name with an A instead of an E, and it has stayed that way.

    As far as I know, our family left Santa Ninfa sometime around 1900, traveled to the Port of Palermo, and came straight to the Port of New Orleans. I’d love to learn more about my ancestors and possibly get in touch with some living relatives, but I’m not sure where to start.

    Does anyone know of anyone with the last name of Scuderi whose ancestors traveled to New Orleans?

  18. Marlene says:

    Any persons related to Vito Biondo,or Bonnura. Santa Ninfa or
    Partanna or surrounding areas.or. Oliva Russo

    • Joan Resnick says:

      My grandparents on my mothers side were John Bonura and Elizabeth Biondo.

      I believe both were born in Santa Ninfa.
      He in 1886 or 1887 and she in 1891 or 1892.
      They lived in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

    • Bruce says:

      My wife’s parent’s family names of PALAZZO and CIULLA both have ancestors named BIONDO all of whom are from Santa Ninfa. One is possibly Vito BIONDO born abt 1840 who married Ninfa MISTRETTA born abt 1842. Not sure about the intervening ancestors but there is another Vito BIONDO born 1928 in Santa Ninfa married Adrinanne CIULLA born abt 1926 in Chicago, IL who is definitely one of her related ancestors via the CIULLA line. There are also several other MISTRETTA surnames in her ancestry tree as well as DI STEFANO , LI CAUSI and CHIARAMANIA surnames. She is also related to the TROMBINO ancestry line and has contacted them. They went to Venezuela and then Canada from Santa Ninfa.

      • Lauren says:

        Looking to find additional information to add to the family genealogy.

        My great great great grandparents, Rosario BIONDO and Maria (Mary) ? lived in Santa Ninfa. I’m not sure how many children they had- but one daughter, Caterina/Katerina BIONDO immigrated to the US (NY) around 1915 with her 3 children (Gaetana, Maria, Salvador— Roserio was born in US). Any information if Caterina has siblings, and her parents family?

        Katrina’s husband, Paolo LASALA from Santa Ninfa immigrated to the US earlier and his parents Salvatore LASALA and Gaetana MISTRETTA remained in Italy. Any information if Paolo had siblings and information about his parents?

        Other family from Santa Ninfa that came to the US:
        Francesco (Frank) LAZZARA born around 1896 in Santa Ninfa (I think he had a brother that also came to the US) his parents Antoniono LAZZARA and Antonina CIULLA stayed in Italy.
        Any information about Frank’s family?

        Thanks for any possible connections to the family names.


  19. Maryann says:

    I am trying to find information about my grandparents: Vittoria Corso was born in Santa Ninfa in 1875. She came to Brooklyn, NY in 1899-1900 and married my grandfather, Rosario Donato. I believe my grandfather who came to Brooklyn in 1896 was born in Sicily but don’t know the town or province. According to his marriage certificate his mother’s name was Maria LoGrasso(sp?) and his father’s name was Salvatore Donato. Any help you can offer?

  20. Johnathon says:

    I am looking for information for my paternal side. Sinacori is the surname and my family lives in New Jersey

    • Lillian says:

      Hello Johnathon –

      My 2nd great Uncle was Francesco Amari (1854-1917) he married Lucia Sinacori (1851-1927) – Santa Ninfa, Trapani, Sicily. Her parents where Ignazio Sinacori & Caterina Corso.

      This is the only info I have on the Sinacori family. Good Luck with your research – Lillian

      • Gertrude says:

        My grandmother was Antonina Sinacori from Santa Ninfa who married Vittorio Luciano also from Santa Ninfa I believe. Nino Sinacori in Santa Ninfa is my late Uncle Nino Luciano’s cousin.

    • Landon says:

      My great great grandmother was Angelina Sinacori and married Giuseppe LoCurto in Santa Ninfa then went to New York and had four kids, my great grandmother Catherine LoCurto, Peter, Anna and Antionette and then went back to Santa Ninfa were they both died and sent their kids back to America to live with Angelinas brother Gaetano “Tom” Sinacori in Akron Ohio

      • Elizabeth says:

        Hi! We are looking for LoCurtos as well. My maternal great grandparents are Melchior and Anna LoCurto and came to ny in 1903.

    • Bruce says:

      My wife has some SINACORI ancestry from Santa Ninfa. Gaetano SINACORI born abt 1855 who married Vita MARTINO born abt 1860. The offspring I have a record of are all female. One daughter Gaetano SINACORI born abt 1879 married Francesco CATALANO born abt 1876.

  21. Cindy says:

    Hi, I am researching my great grandparents Santo Buffa and Anna Titone (1893-1911). Anna’s father was Leonardo Titone and her mother was Rosa Sparla. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

  22. Tom Rio says:

    My grandparents were born in Santa Ninfa and married there. My grandfather Tommaso Amari was born Dec. 15, 1879. My grandmother Ninfa Cardinale was born Nov. 2, 1883. They were married on Feb. 22, 1902. I’m not sure when they came to Brooklyn, N.Y. but they were naturalized on August 1, 1950. I have copies of the original documentation for all of that. My mother Maria, and younger brother Joseph were born here. Two sisters Mary and Josephine were born in Italy. I would love to take that back further and find out more about my grandparents families and any of their brothers and sisters, what their professions may have been over there, etc. Can you point me to the most likely sources that I can follow up on by using the internet? Thank you.

  23. Mike says:

    Hello my entire paternal side of the family is from Santa Ninfa. My grandfather was born in Decembre but registered in January of 1917 named Pasquale Di Prima, born to Elisa Lombardo and Pasquale Di Prima both born in the 1870’s. My grandmother’s is Giuseppa Biondo born february 1929 to parents Pietroro Biondo and Stefana Trompino both born in 1900 (stefana for certain but Pietro perhaps in the 1890’s) i speakand write Italian fluently and have tried to contact the commune municipio but I have never received any news back. I would love to recieve more i formation on my great grandparents as far back as possible if possible.

  24. Frank says:

    They came to America in 1921 and
    settled in Brooklyn New York. I have
    e-mailed a cousin, Nino
    Sinacori in Santa Ninfa
    but would llike to learn
    more about my family.

  25. Frank says:

    My mom was born in Santa Ninfa in
    1919 to Laurenz and Girolama Morreale
    . Her maiden name was Sinacori.
    Please give me some information about my
    Thank you

  26. Lillian says:

    Looking to trace ancestry of my grandfather & grandmother. Grandfather is Angelo Amari (born aprx 1888) and Caterina DiCarlo (born aprx 1893). They immigrated to America where my dad was born but returned some time after 1910. They where married in New York in 1909. After returning they remained in Italy and raised a family of eight. My dad returned to America at age 16. I believe one of my uncle’s names is Serverio (not sure of spelling) he visited us in America when I was a child. Another uncle went to Australia (I remember my dad said he had past on). That’s about all I have – except original papers of my dad’s baptism in Santa Ninfa and grandparent’s Ellis Island records both state Santa Ninfa.

    Can you assist me please – thank you.

    • Anita says:

      Hi Lillian. My name is Anita. My grandfather was Domenick Amari from Santa Ninfa. I had an Uncle Angelo Amari. Angelo was born in the US in 1920? He just died 2 years ago.
      So he must have been named after a cousin from Santa Ninfa. Domenick was the oldest of nine kids, I believe. He was born in 1888 also I think. All the family was here including his parents. Guiseppe Amari was his father.

      • Lillian says:

        Thank you Anita for the reply … my grandfather Angelo came here to America in 1906 (on manifest – states to be with brother Guiseppe in Brooklyn NY). He married my grandmother Catherine DiCarlo in 1909. Wondering if same Guiseppe?

        I will do more research and get back to you – sounds like we are related someway.

        • Lillian says:

          Hi Anita –

          Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. My grandfather Angelo as previous mention arrived to US in 1906 from Santa Ninfa. His brothers Guiseppe Amari came in 1905 (born 1883) and Francesco Amari came in 1903 (born 1885). Guiseppe was a tailor & lived in Pennsylvania. He had two children – Ralph & Frank. Francesco worked in grocery store & lived in Brooklyn. He had four children (Concetta, Angelina, Mary & Vito). I believe my grandfather Angelo had two more brother – but I don’t know their names.

          Angelo’s parents where Pietro & Ninfa (Minnulia) Amari. Angelo had seven children including my father(4 boys/ 3 girls). I just connected with my Uncle’s daughter in Australia.

          • Anita says:

            Hi. They must have been cousins with my grandfather. I know Dominick had about 8 more brothers and sisters and they were all in the US.


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