Genealogy in Menfi

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

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

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

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

8 Comments

  1. LINDA says:

    I AM SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION ON PAOLO DOMENICHO SOSTINE DI GAVINO OR PAOLO GIVINO BORN IN MENFI IN 1844 AND EMIGRATED TO ENGLAND WHERE HE BECAME NATURALISED. HE MARRIED ELLEN AMELIA CLEAVER IN 1872 AND HAD 10 CHILDREN…. ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE MOST WELCOME.

  2. Joey says:

    Hello,

    I am looking for information for my great-grandfather, Antonino (Antonio) Giaramito (possibly spelled Giaramita), born 1861, and his wife Rosa Giaramita. I believe she was also from Menfi.

    I am looking for their birth certificates and marriage certificate. They left Sicily for the U.S. in 1900.

    Grazie Mille!

  3. Calogero says:

    I am looking for a birth certificate for Vincent (Vincenzo) Modica said to be born in Menfi 13 December 1867.

    Sto cercando un certificato di nascita di Vincent (Vincenzo) Modica ha detto di essere nato a Menfi 13 dicembre 1867.

  4. Christine says:

    I am trying to get a copy of the birth certificate of Pietro Mandracchia,born November 27,1882, in Menfi, Agrigento province, Sicily. Can you tell me the address of the town hall in Menfi? Thank you

  5. Linda says:

    The family name I am researching is Buschier, Buschieri, etc. The full name is Dominic Buschieri in the 16th century.

    • James says:

      Hello Linda,

      My name is James. I am also a descendent of Dominic Buschier. I was wondering if you ever received a real back or have you you discovered any new information about Dominic that suggests that he was from Sicily? If so, I would greatly appreciate any you could provide.

  6. Phyllis says:

    Searching for Salvatore cusumano who was born in menifi in 1880 and emigrated to usa in 1898. He married rose cacioppo from sambucca in in the USA in 1901.

  7. Mistie says:

    My family is the Mule’ from Menfi. I am looking for info on them. Ty

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