Genealogy in Ribera

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

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


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

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

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

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



It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Ribera. As more your surname is common in Ribera, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Ribera 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).
In anycase, if you want to try to contact churches, here there is the list of parishes today in Ribera

Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Ribera 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.

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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Ribera, or if you have questions regarding your family in Ribera, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to ribera@italianside.com


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2 Messages to “Genealogy in Ribera”
  1. Christopher says:

    Looking for ancestry information on mother’s side of the family. The following is what I have discovered not sure if all is correct.

    GGGF-GIACCHINO CARDINALE (I BELIEVE BORN RIBERA, SICILIA AREA)
    GGGM-LOUISE PUCCIO (I BELIEVE BORN RIBERA, SICILIA AREA)

    GGF-ANTONINO GARAMELLA (BORN RIBERA, SICILIA AREA IMM. 1902 TO NEW YORK AGE 29)
    GGM-NICOLINA CARDINALE (BORN RIBERA, SICILIA AREA IMM. 1904 W/CHILDREN VITO & GIACCHINO TO N/Y)
    CHILDREN:
    VITO (BORN RIBERA, SICILIA AREA IMM. 1904 W/NICHOLINA TO NEW YORK AGE 6)
    GIACCHINO (BORN RIBERA, SICILIA AREA IMM. 1904 W/NICHOLINA TO N/Y AGE 4)
    MARY (BORN EITHER NEW YORK OR FAIRFIELD CONN)
    JOSPHINE (BORN EITHER NEW YORK OR FAIRFIELD CONN)
    PHILLIP (BORN EITHER NEW YORK OR FAIRFIELD CONN)
    MAMIE (BORN EITHER NEW YORK OR FAIRFIELD CONN)
    MICHAEL (BORN EITHER NEW YORK OR FAIRFIELD CONN)
    SALVATURE (BORN EITHER NEW YORK OR FAIRFIELD CONN)
    CATHERINE (BORN FAIRFIELD CONN)
    GM-CATHERINE GARAMELLA
    M-JOANNE L GARAMELLA
    Thank You
    Christopher

  2. Heather says:

    Hi I am trying to do a family tree for my Italian side of the family my search has hit a block because i’m not sure where to go next I did find out my great grand father was from Ribera, Agrigento. his named was Emanuel Giordano he was born in January of 1896 his parents names were Matteo and Santa Zito he immigrated to the United States in 1911 I was just wondering if you could get me any more information or if there were any more distant relatives in the area. Thank you, Heather

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