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Ancestry Visit

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Ancestry Visit

My great-grandparents are from the Corleone area, specifically Campofiorito, and I am hoping to learn more about them when I visit in a few weeks. Any advice as to where I can find information about where they lived or might have been buried? I did try researching information online through ancestry.com, immigration services, and even visited the town website, but unfortunately did not find anything helpful. I appreciate any help I can get!

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When you arrive in the town then visit the Church. They keep the baptismal and other records so they will know the family.

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Get a birth certificate from the commune. You need to have the exact birth date. It will have the address where they were born. Once you know where they were born, visit the nearest church for records if they speak English.

I got my grandfather's birth certificate and was able to locate his house cone I had an address.

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Thank you both! I will do that!

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Hi Laylajm9,

If you have specific names and birth-dates, you would contact the Ufficio Anagrafe (also known as Servizi Demografici) at the Comune di Campofiorito.

You would be more likely to receive a reply from the comune if you were to address your correspondence to the appropriate office. The Ufficio Anagrafe is where all the people who were born in a town are registered.

http://www.comune.campofiorito.pa.it/

http://www.comune.campofiorito.pa.it/portale/

…campofiorito.pa.it/portale/65-topnewsscroll…

Also visit the church and the town cemetery.

You might check church records at the Parrocchia S. Giuseppe e S. Stefano on via San Giuseppe, 091 8466306.

palermo-sicilia.it/english/campofiorito.htm

You might also contact Rosy Bartolotta prior to your visit. Rosy Bartolotta is a specialist in family history records, and she could begin researching prior to your arrival, and also visit the comune with you.

bestsicilyguides.com/sicilianfamilyresearch.…

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Best wishes!

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Wow! Awesome information! Thank you, Vagabonda!

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Wishing you all the best with this Laylajm9 - Nothing is more special!

Vagabonda

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I'd like to add that in April a friend and I both used Rosy Bartolotta's services to help us make visits to our grandparents' hometowns. Both hometowns were in the province of Palermo. We gave her our information in advance and she made the contacts at the respective city halls and with relatives in the area. During our visit, we worked with her two days. She picked us up and took us to the hometowns, the churches, the city halls, and we were able to get copies of original documents, see the houses where our grandparents were born, the churches where they were baptized and married, and visit relatives still living in the area. Having someone who actually lives there, knows the language and knows how to accomplish these things was invaluable. She took care of the transportation so,we were able to go directly to the places we wanted to visit. I certainly recommend her to help you accomplish your ancestral search. If you need more information send me a Private message. We really enjoyed our visit to the Palermo area. It was something I always wanted to do. I got lots of valuable information from this forum from Vagabonda and others before my trip and would love to return to see and do more of the island.

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Thank you ever so much for reporting back Farallon - What a lovely experience for you!

Kindest regards,

Vagabonda

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What a wonderful experience, Farallon!

(i went to school with a Bartolotta, they're a big restaurant family in the US. interesting to know their roots are in Sicily.)

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Hi siouxxie,

Here's an application that shows concentration of surnames in Italy. Enter Bartolotta in the box labeled "cerca un cognome" to see the heaviest concentrations of that name - Sicily!

http://www.gens.labo.net/en/cognomi/

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