Genealogy in Castrofilippo

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Castrofilippo, 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 Castrofilippo registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Castrofilippo 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 Castrofilippo. As more your surname is common in Castrofilippo, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Castrofilippo 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 Castrofilippo 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 Castrofilippo, or if you have questions regarding your family in Castrofilippo, 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 Castrofilippo area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Antoinette says:

    Looking for information on my grandfather family. His name was Angelo Chiarelli born in Castrofillipo. He was born q1800’s. His father was Pietro Angelo Chiarelli and his mother Melchior Castalano. They have five children angelo and four daughters. Looking for their birth, death of great grandparents and birth of their daughters

  2. Marina says:

    Hello both my grandparents were from Castrofilippo. I am looking for their parents and their grandparents full names and dates of birth and death.
    Calogera Insalaco 1904-1997
    Antonio Sferazza 1899- 1973

    Looking for their parents and grandparents info.
    Any help you can give is greatly appreciated

  3. Carmela says:

    My Aunt Rose Volpe married name Carlino was born in the USA she died in Castrofilipo before 1932. Her parents were Calogero and Carmela Volpe.

    Can you find where she was buried and the date of her death.

    This would be greatly appreciated.

    Than you, Carmela

  4. Phyllis Liberman says:

    My grandfather was Pasquale Stivala and was born in Favara. He married my grandmother from Castrofillipo whose first name was Fillipa but I would like to know her last name and if there are any relatives still in Italy. My family is planning a trip soon to Sicily

  5. Amanda says:

    I am looking for more information on a gentleman named Paolo Tupia who arrived at Ellis Island in 1905. He came to the United States on a ship named Napolitan Prince. Out of the Palermo port. The ship records indicate that his home town was Castrofilippo. I am a Tupia and my grandfather was a foster child raised in orphanages and fosters homes. He was never adopted, He recently passed away and I would like to find more people with our last name as we cannot seem to locate anyone with the Tupia Surname. (unless it was Stupia) which I found on this website as a common surname in Italy, and the S was dropped in translation.

  6. Catherine says:


    I will be traveling to Agrigento next month, and I was wondering if I had any family there. My grandfather and great grandfather were both named Calogero Acquista, and I believe my great grandfather was a shepherd of sorts. I believe my great grandpa Calogero and great grandma Carmella (maiden name possibly Ciccotti, but I am not certain) immigrated from Castrofilippo in 1928 (or around that time). Please let me know if you can get me started on my search for relatives!
    Thank you,

  7. Fran says:

    My grandfather was born there in the 1880’S his name was Stefano Alaimo. I was wondering if there are any relatives still living there. I was hoping for some information. Thank you Fran

  8. Giuseppe says:

    My father was born in Castro filippo around 1918 I think . He has passed away now and l now nothing about his family his mother and father . Can you give me some information .
    Many thanks

  9. Frank Volpe says:

    Dear sir/madam
    I want to get information on my father who was born in Castrofilippo in 1894, married in Sicily, moved to and died in the United States. I am hoping to get any information on him, his family and hopefully any living members of his family who may be living in the Castrofilippo area.
    I am planning to be in Sicily in May and so any information I can get now would be very much appreciated.
    Frank Volpe

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