Genealogy in Porto Empedocle

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

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

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

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

9 Comments

  1. Robert says:

    Hi, my name is Robert Albano I am trying to find some information on my grandfather Micale Albano DOB 8/17 1896. He married my grandmother Anninziatta in NY in 1920’s they had 4 children Gerlando my dad Joseph Angelo and Rose

  2. mia says:

    Good morning,
    I am looking for any information on the following family members. anything would be helpful. I would love pictures if available.

    FRANCESCO BURGIO (VINCENZO, BURGIO) was born February 15, 1829 in Agrigento, Agrigento, Italy. He
    married MARIA TERESA FAZIO March 02, 1851 in Porto Empedocles, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy, daughter of FAZIO.
    She was born 1833 in Santa Catarina, Italy

  3. Gary Anthony D'aula says:

    Ciao,
    My grandfather Giuseppe D’aula was born in Port Empectocal. He left Sicily I believe in the late 1930s. He was one of four children I believe. (Grace,Anna,Alfonso) They all settled in Brooklyn Ny. I believe when they got to Ellis Island they took the D’AULA and switched it to Daula. I’ve heard many stories how my great grandfather had a villa w olive groves, with the house overlooking the Sea. What I do know is they left around the time of World War 2 because of Mussolini. I am in the process of becoming a duel citizen, any information you can provide me would be extremely helpful. (Birth certificate, marriage etc)
    Thank you,
    Gary Daula

  4. Jeanine says:

    My mom is insisting I get my dual citizenship, because she & my sister are Italian.
    My grandfather was born in Porto Empedocle 1893….died in L.A. 1966. I need some record, to begin the process. His name is Emanuelle Cardella….he married Ida Perotti
    Thank you for any information, Jeanine C.

  5. camille says:

    I’m looking for any information on my grandfather he came from porto empedocle in the early 1900s I believe he was born around 1873 and married Ninfa Navarro any information would help. Thanks

  6. Anne Marie says:

    Hello Kathy,
    My paternal grandfather was from Porto Empedocle, Pasquale Albano. He was born in 1908 to Salvatore Albano and Rosa DiStefano Albano. My great grandfather was a fisherman. He and Rosa had 7 biological children and 1 adopted son. The entire family moved to the USA by 1920. Salvatore sold his fishing boats to his brother, who’s name we think was Pietro.
    I’ve been to the City Office in Porto Empedocle and found it helpful. I wonder if we’re related!
    Best wishes, Anne Marie

    • Dana Albano says:

      Hello Kathy! I am trying to find some info on my family from Porto Embedocle. My grandfather Gerlando’s parents were Micale and Annunziata Albano. They moved to Brooklyn around 1920/1930 and had my grandfather Jerry (Gerlando) his brother was Joseph. I was wondering if there is anyone in your family with these names and if maybe we were related! If you have any information please let me know!!!

  7. Kathy says:

    Hello. I am trying to trace my family history on my maternal side of the family. My grandmothers name was Rosina Galante and her parents were Francesco Galante and Giuseppa Albano. Rosina was born 11/30/1897 in Porto Empedocle. I believe Francesco was born ~1858 and Giuseppa was born ~ 1862 in Porto Empedocle. I cannot find online records for Francesco Galante in Porto Empedocle or in Sicily. The only viable candidate was born in Palena (Chieta). Can you help me find information on Francesco? Also, any information on where the Galante family lived in Porto Empedocle (occupation too)? Thank you so much.

  8. Muriel says:

    I am doing work on a family history for a friend. His Father, Giuseppe Gallo, was born in Porto Empedocle on January 5, 1948. Would like his birth record as well as any information on his parents. Thank you.

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