I found my relatives street in Italy but I don't know where to go from here

+9 votes
Hello all,

how is everybody doing? I just wanted to say that I just realized that my great-grandfather Vincent Trizzino's 1911 New York Passenger Record shows the street that his father, sister-in-law and cousin, lived on which is to say: Via Zingari in Palermo, Palazzo Adriano, Sicilia, Italia. However, a Google search of the street shows that unless that was a short hand way of saying it, the street is now called either Vicolo Zingari or Vicolo il deglia Zingari. The names being so similar is promising but I don't know anything about how street names work in Italy, at least not enough to know for sure that those are the same streets. I also do not have money to pay for actual research on these names now. Is there anyway to figure this out cheaply since Sicily does not appear to have any freely available census records of Palermo.


Thank you in advance.
WikiTree profile: Vincent Trizzino
in Genealogy Help by Michael Hruska G2G6 Mach 5 (56.4k points)
I did a Google Street Map search and found the house where my husband, brother, parents, grandparents and paternal aunts and uncles lived in Sicily about two months ago! The front door and side entrance to the back of the property have been changed/modernized drastically, I also have a picture of the same door, etc. which was taken when we visited Italy in 1967. Completely different picture to be sure. When I showed the new entrance to my husband, he knew immediately what he was looking at even though he left Italy at the age of 12 years. I also would like to post/share this picture and many more to Wikitree; but find it a bit tedious, etc. Haven't been feeling well since the first of the year, and hope to devote more time to my family tree soon. As my husband is not computer savvy, I do all the research, etc.; but, even though I had visited his place of birth only 3 times in the past (last time was 1979), I recognized the corner (as did he of course) and the sharp turn to get to his ancestral home. Very emotional this ancestral research, to be sure.

4 Answers

+6 votes
Best answer
Best thing to do is probably go to Italiangenealogy.com and see if people in the forum can help. They are very good at finding records and translating. Since you have the name and address, you are part of the way there. What you need to do now is talk to them or people here and see what they can find.

Good luck!
by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (746k points)
selected by Jeannette Saladino
+8 votes

You could try checking out the records on FamilySearch. Some of them are locked, but some of them are online, and you'll have to go through the images that are in Italian to find your ancestors, but it is doable and free.

by G. Borrero G2G6 Pilot (122k points)
+5 votes
Here is a link to records for the Province of Palermo. They are in Italian and sometimes Italian handwriting, but they work for me!

by Living Troy G2G6 Pilot (171k points)

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