Genealogy in Aragona

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Aragona, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Sicilia and in Agrigento province were established around 1820: it means that you could find information in Aragona registrar as of that date.

So, if your ancestors were in Aragona in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Aragona to know more.

Before to start your genealogy research in Aragona, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Abruzzo and in Aragona too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Aragona 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 Aragona. As more your surname is common in Aragona, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Aragona archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Agrigento province are:
Alaimo, Amato, Argento, Arnone, Bellavia, Bono, Burgio, Butera, Cacciatore, Carlino, Castronovo, Ciaccio, Cipolla, Colletti, Costanza, Cuffaro, Cusumano, Di Caro, Ferraro, Gallo, Gambino, Giardina, Greco, Iacono, Indelicato, La Porta, La Rocca, Lauricella, Licata, Lombardo, Mangione, Maniscalco, Marino, Messina, Miceli, Montalbano, Morreale, Mule’, Palumbo, Patti, Piazza, Rizzo, Russo, Sanfilippo, Tuttolomondo, Vaccaro, Vella, Volpe.

Church archives in Agrigento 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 Aragona and Agrigento 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.

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


  1. Faniel says:

    I am looking for my grandfather Giacomo Milioto’s parents; Carmello and Rosa (mula)

  2. John says:

    My Grandfather was born in Aragona. His name is Carmelo Ferrera. I don’t know if the spelling has been changed when he came to the U.S. it can happen easily. I am thinking of taking a trip to Sicily soon. I live in NH. I grew up in the Boston area….(Maynard). I had relatives in Waltham, MA & my grandfather was a member of the Aragona Society. Just wondering if anyone had info on the old Society.

  3. Donna says:

    I am looking for information regarding my grandfather, Libertino Rotolo, his father and mother, Alphonse Rotolo and Mariastella ?. My great grandfather was murdered some time between 1915 and 1920 and my Great Grandmother came to the US with her children including my grandfather, his brothers Alphonse and Raymond, his sisters Angelita and Stella. I know they came from Aragona because my grandfather and some of his friends created a club in Chicago called the Aragona Club which was active until at least the early 1960’s. Any other information about this family would be wonderful! Thank you.

  4. Deena says:

    I am trying to find birth records for my grandfather, his siblings and his parents. I’ve searched some Italian databases (on Family Search), but have not been able to find any birth records. My grandfather, Calogero Cipolla, was born in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1920. He had the following siblings: Gaspare, Rosario, Assunta, Tanida, and possibly Pietro and Salvatore. His parents were Baggio Cipolla born in 1853 and Antonina LaRosa born in 1856. I was under the impression that all of them were born in Aragona, but I haven’t found any records. I have done a little research on the LaRosa side, but if you have any information on her family, that would also be great.

    I would appreciation any help you can provide.

    thank you,


  5. Jennifer says:

    I am looking for information on my great-great-grandmother, Maria Conti, and family. I believe she was born in 1893 in Aragona. She left to the US in 1910. I believe she was married before she left to Carmelo Morreale. Can you help me find information?

    Anything is appreciated,

    Jennifer Martignetti

  6. Allison says:

    This is a bit of a long shot. My mother’s maiden name is Tarara which is very rare (less than 100 families in the world). Her family came from Poland but clearly did not originate there. The story was always that they had come from Sicily in the distant past- but no names/dates/specific regions. Research shows more Tararas in Aragona than anywhere else in the world other than our family in Minnesota, USA. I am looking for any early information (names, dates, etc.) to see if perhaps they did originate in Aragona (records prior to 1700) or if the families currently living in Aragona had come from somewhere else. I am looking simply for any historical references to the Tarara family – as a place to start looking for our origins.

    Anything is helpful- this is the first lead we’ve ever had – or any ideas on how to trace such a small family. The story we were told was that the Tarara who left Sicily did so either as a solider or a servant for a Sicilian lady who married a Polish noble.

    • Patti says:

      Hi Allison my 2nd Great Grandmother was Vincenza Tarara born 06 JUN 1841 • Aragona, Agrigento, Italy To Nicolo Tarara and Maria Alfeo, She Married Leonadro Picone. Would these Be relatives of yours? Regards, Patti

      • Sharon says:

        Hi Alison
        My husbands great grandmothet was Carmela Tarara and married to Giuseppe Caramazza and they lived in Aragona

    • Salamone says:

      Many people left Aragona and Agrigento and moved to Northern Illinois. From early 1900’s up until 1960’s many families came to Rockford, Illinois.
      There is also an Aragona club here in Rockford that was started early 1900’s Several families of Tarara’s here along with LaRosa’s, Salamone’s, I could go on with the many that came here and why. Most are my wife’s family.

  7. Madelyn says:

    I will be in Sicily March 20-27. My grandparents emigrated from Aragona, and my grandmother’s parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Aragona at the church. My mother’s paternal grandparents were Gaetano Scifo and Margherita La Rosa in Scifo, who emigrated to the US around 1906. My mother’s maternal grandparents were Luigi Caruana and Giusepa Salamone in Caruana, who lived in both Aragona and Palermo, and possibly Comitini. I have both birth and death dates.
    Is it possible to have your help in researching their antecedents when I come to Aragona? ì

  8. Carol says:

    looking for information on my familytree from Patti Sicily. Great Grandfather Carmelo Aragona & wife Petrina Bonfillio DOB ~ 1889 came to America ~ 1905-1914

  9. Monica says:

    I just found your site and am struggling to find a marriage certificate for my fiance’s grandparents. he is pursuing his Italian citizenship and the vital record for their marriage cannot be found. I do not have a marriage date which is required. I have their birth certificates as well as each of their parents’ names.

    Can you assist me in how to proceed?

    Thank you kindly,

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