Genealogy in Grotte

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Grotte. As more your surname is common in Grotte, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Grotte 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 Grotte 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.

In anycase, if you want to try to contact churches, here there is the info about parishes today in Grotte

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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Grotte, or if you have questions regarding your family in Grotte, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
Our expert in Grotte area will reply to you


9 Messages to “Genealogy in Grotte”
  1. Tony says:

    Looking for a record of Francesco Trapanese, born August 23, 1891 in Grotte. Can anyone in the area help?

  2. Melissa says:

    My great-grandfather, Amodeo Aquilina, emigrated to the US in 1907. He traveled with Vincenzo Ingoglia, and they were going to stay with Calogero Morreale in Rochester NY. I would like to know who are my relatives who remain in Grotte today?

    • Joe says:

      All the surnames you mentioned are grottese names,
      I am from grotte, but living in London now. What information are you looking for?
      I have so many great memories

    • Angelo says:

      My great grandfather’s name was Nicholas Costanza and he emigrated from Grotte and settled down in Rochester, NY too, which is where I was born and currently live. There must have been a large population of Sicilian immigrants from Grotte living in Rochester…

  3. Mindy says:

    Looking for info on the Ciraolo and Provenza families from Grotte. Left for the US throughout the 1910s and 20s.

  4. Laura says:

    My grandfather came to the United States in the 1920’s. His father’s name was Michael or Michaelangelo and his mother’s name was Antionette. His name was Colagaro or Charles in English. His sisters Mary and Celila came over in the 1920’s also, but he had some sisters that stayed in Grotte. I am wondering if we have any relatives left in Grotte? The only other things that I know is that his father owned land with orange and olive groves. My grandfather was trained as a cobbler in Sicily in the 1910’s, I think.

  5. Alex says:

    Am trying to trace Francesco Bellavia, prisoner of war in England 1944/5. DOB approx 1920. Resident of George.

  6. Valerio says:

    salve vorrei conoscere il censimento a ritroso del paese di grotte per andare ad individuare i miei antenati

  7. Barbara says:

    Are you in Grotte? We are here until Monday. What do you charge to help us look and translate the docs in the civil or church records. Thanks

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