Genealogy in Aragona

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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 in early 1800: 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.

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Aragona?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Aragona


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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Aragona from the Italian Unification (1861).

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).
In anycase, if you want to try to contact churches, here there is the list of parishes today in Aragona

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 (or with us!), but from abroad is very difficult to obtain any result unless you find a reliable local help.

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.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Aragona, or if you have questions regarding your family in Aragona, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


5 Messages to “Genealogy in Aragona”
  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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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