Genealogy in Lucca Sicula

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

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

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

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

16 Comments

  1. Mary says:

    I am trying to get information on my husband’s grandfather. and grandmother’s family history. His name was Gioacchimo Pecoraro and was married to Marie Candiloro. His g grandfather’s parent’s were Batisario Pecoraro and Maria Vaccaro. His grandmother’s parent were Frank and Nancy Candiloro.
    We were told that both his g grand parents and grandparents lived in Lucca Sicula. His grandparetns immigrated to the US in the late 1800’s, early 1900’s and settled in New Orleans, LA. I am doing this research with the hope that we might connect to family members who are still living in the area around Lucca Sicula, as I hope to be able to visit your beautiful country in the near future. Grazie!

  2. Autumn says:

    I would like to learn more about the lineage of my great grandfather Leonardo Dionisio. Hoping someone can help me.

  3. Keith says:

    I’ve been searching for my great-great grandfather’s parent’s info for some time. They were Sborrio valentino and his wife was Mary Parlapiano. They had three sons: Michael, Joseph, and John. Any info would be great!

  4. Lilian says:

    My father’s name is Salvatore Dionisio he was born july 28, 1936, My Mother is Santa Ferrante DIONISIO born December 21,1938 were both from lucca. Any information would help.

    • Autumn says:

      Hi, I just learned this my true last name. Try the Pueblo, CO area, many Dionisio’s migrated there in the early 1900s.

  5. John says:

    I am researching my grandfather Giovanni Giarratano. He was born in Lucca Siccula around June 1892. He migrated to USA on the SS Roma June 1910 with his brothers Michael and Salvatore.
    I believe his fathers name was Anthony and his mother was Anna DeNova (?)
    Any help will be appreciated.

    • Julie says:

      Hi John, I read your post and looked at the manifest of his arrival in June 1910. He is travelling with two other “Giarratano” (perhaps cousins?), but it says in the column “nearest relative in country whence alien came” it says “his father Giuseppe in Lucca Sicula”. He was also going to see his brother Natale in Pueblo, CO. I found a birth record for a Giovanni Giarratano born in Lucca Sicula, Agrigento, record #2, January 1, 1892, son of Giuseppe Giarratano, age 38, and Domenica Cortese.

  6. Terrie says:

    Salve,

    Io sono Terrie Manno. Avevo trovato i miei parenti (Manno – parte del mio padre) a San Cono (Catania). Adesso, sto cercando i miei (parte della mamma) a Lucca Sicula. Cognome Maurello. Mia nonna: Lucia DiGrado Maurello, mio nonno: Roberto Maurello. Non sono sicura, ma mia nonna potrebbe essere nato verso 1875. Mio nonno forse fue nato verso 1870.

    Vado a Lucca Sicula a maggio (2017) e spero di trovare dei parenti.

    Grazie della vostra considerazione. A presto.

    Terrie Manno

  7. Michael La Bella says:

    Update on Maria Amato she was Born August 9, 1857 died 1887 if you
    Can help me with any info on her I appreciate it thank you very much

  8. Michael says:

    Iam looking for my great grandmother Maria amato she married Pablo Labella and I think she had 2 kids a michael labella and Catherine Labella she die when she was 30 or 35 and I can’t found any Records of her how she die I really appreciate your help and I want to thank you very much for your time

  9. Ashley says:

    I am researching Pietro Guidotti, and his brother Alfonsio Guidotti. They both cmae to England in the mid 1800’s, but the only record of where they came from simply states Lucca. I have tried over a number of years to trace them in Lucca Province in Tuscany, but with no success. I am now wondering whether they possibly came from Sicily, as my father once told me that he thought his grandfather came from Sicily. This evening I discovered that there is a place near Mazara del Vallo called via Lucca, (and a nearby road called via La Spezia and an elderly aunt once said that she believed that they lived in La Spezia)

    These could of course be co-incidences. Their father’s name was Jacopo Guidotti, and the family trade was “Figure Makers” Pietro was born in approx 1835. I have details of them after the 2 brothers came to England, but nothing about them prior to that. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    Ashley Merchant

  10. Nicole says:

    Hello. I am trying to find information on Antonio Giannetto, born in Lucca about 1893. He immigrated to the US in about 1912. I can provide more information. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

  11. Charlotte Colletti says:

    I am researching my husband’s family who immigrated from Lucca Sicula.
    His grandfather’s name was:

    Calogero Colletti (Charles)
    Date of Birth: April 6, 1889

    I think he may have left behind two siblings, but I am unable to verify this. Can you verify if we have any ancestors there?

  12. Paula says:

    Is the name Quilici a name of any family in Lucca Sicula past or present ? It would be a surname , Thank you . Paula

  13. Kathy says:

    I am researching my husband’s Mortillaro line in Lucca Sicula, Agrigento.

    I have a partial tree back to Saverio Mortillaro born about 1739-1740, married to Antonina (surname unknown). I believe he was the son of Andrea Mortillaro born about 1707 and his wife Mattia (surname unknown). Andrea born abt 1707 may have been the son of Martino as there was an Andrea Mortillaro, son of Martino, and his wife Mattia, listed in the 1747 Riveli for Lucca Sicula. He lists a Saverio, age 7, in this Riveli.

    I have found Mortillaro’s in Lucca Sicula as of the 1652 Riveli record. There was a Martino, born about 1627 and his wife Francisca. They were probably newly married as no children are recorded. Martino was guardian of two brothers, Francesco and Nicolo.

    Is there anyway I can confirm this information and perhaps learn the descendants of Martino and Francisco to see if our line descends from this couple?

    Here is corrected ancestry of Calogero Mortillaro:
    1: Calogero Mortillaro b. 1879 married Francesca Siggio in Louisiana
    2: Luciano Mortillaro b. 1832and Giacoma Cabibi
    3: Saverio Mortillaro b. abt 1791 and Rosa Bellitti
    4: Andrea Mortillaro b. abt 1759 and Giovanna Faraone
    5: Saverio Mortillaro b. abt 1739-1740 and Antonina
    6: Possibly Andrea Mortillaro b. 1707 and Mattia
    7: Possibly Martino born abt 1675-1680

    Thanking you in advance for your guidance.

    Kathy

  14. Kathy Montelaro says:

    I am researching my husband’s Mortillaro line in Lucca Sicula, Agrigento.

    I have a partial tree back to Saverio Mortillaro born about 1739-1740, married to Antonina (surname unknown). I believe he was the son of Andrea Mortillaro born about 1707 and his wife Mattia (surname unknown). Andrea born abt 1707 may have been the son of Martino as there was an Andrea Mortillaro, son of Martino, and his wife Mattia, listed in the 1747 Riveli for Lucca Sicula. He lists a Saverio, age 7, in this Riveli.

    I have found Mortillaro’s in Lucca Sicula as of the 1652 Riveli record. There was a Martino, born about 1627 and his wife Francisca. They were probably newly married as no children are recorded. Martino was guardian of two brothers, Francesco and Nicolo.

    Is there anyway I can confirm this information and perhaps learn the descendancy of Martino and Francisco to see if our line descends from this couple?

    The tree I have is from Calogero Mortillaro who immigrated to Louisiana about 1899.

    Generation 1: Calogero Mortillaro married Francesca Siggio in Louisiana
    Generation 2: Luciano Mortillaro and Giacoma Cabibi
    Generation 3: Andrea Mortillaro and Antonina
    Generation 4: Saverio Mortillaro and Giovanna Faraone
    Generation 5: Andrea

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