Genealogy in Santa Margherita di Belice

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Santa Margherita di Belice, 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 Santa Margherita di Belice registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Santa Margherita di Belice?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Santa Margherita di Belice


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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Santa Margherita di Belice from the Italian Unification (1861).

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

Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Santa Margherita di Belice 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 Santa Margherita di Belice, or if you have questions regarding your family in Santa Margherita di Belice, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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20 Messages to “Genealogy in Santa Margherita di Belice”
  1. Sylvester says:

    My grandfather Francesco (Frank) Abruzzo was born in Santa Margherita and immigrated to US in 1914. He married Anna Insinga here in the US. Her family was from Santa Margherita. Great grandfather was Felice Insinga and Greatgrandmother was Domenica (Mauceri) Insinga. Don’t know great grandfather Abruzzo’s first name, but know my grandfather had a brother named Sylvester Abruzzo.
    I think Abruzzo’s still live in Santa Margherita. Anyone know them?

  2. Christopher says:


    Two sets of my great grandparents came through Ellis Island. I believe one set came from S. Margherita.

    Calogero (Charles) Colletta (Colletti) and wife Francesca came from Sicily in 1906 and 1907 respectively. Calogero sailed on the SS Republic from Naples on 15 June 1906 and arrived in NY on the 30th, paid for by his cousin. He petitioned for naturalization on 3 February 1928. Francesca came with all the children the following year. I would like to know whether or not they are indeed from Santa Margherita and any other information. He was only 20 years old when he left.

    Thanks for any help in advance!

  3. Karen says:

    My grandfather, Ernesto Civitella, was born in Lauro, Italy. His birthday is December 8, 1895 or December 13, 1895. His parents names were Luigi Civitella and Francesca Lombardi. I do not know their birthdays but would like any information on them including names of churches that might hold the records or state archive contact information. Grazie! – Karen

  4. Thomas says:

    I am looking for any information on my maternal grandparents. He is Gaspare Mangiaracina, she Adenzia Randazzo. They both dies in Brooklyn NY, he August 24, 1941, she 1939. There are numerous people named Gaspare Mangiaracina. I see a record that shows his parents were Calogero Mangiaracina and Antonina Gennusa, but I cant be sure if that is correct. If this is scorrect, were Calogero’s parents Calogero and Rosalia Gulotta? Thanks for your help.

  5. katherine says:

    I am trying to find information about my grandfather Sebastian fresta he migrated to Australia 1950ish he married a Nancy(nunzia) giacona around palermo

  6. Catalanotto says:

    My dad’s family came from San Margherita, Sicily. The name was Joseph or
    Guiseppe & Providenza. Children born tere we Anthony, Frances & Paterina. Two others were born in USA- were Lena & Gaspare. Any info you can provide would be gratefully appreciated. When I last was there, there were no records of Catalanotto but I didn’t get to a church. Can you help?
    Is there another San Margherita in Sicily?

  7. Tara says:


    I am looking for information on my family. Here is the line I’ve made so far… Keep in mind I am just starting this. So far I have my father, Roger Brusso, he has 1 brother named Leonard.
    Their parents names are Leonard Brusso and Ida Tollhurst. Leonard Brusso’s parents were Jacob Abruzzo and Walburga Schrauth Abruzzo. They had 3 children… Leonard, Edward Abruzzo and Joseph Abruzzo. I found somewhere that Jacobs father’s name was Guiseppe but I am pretty much stuck. I know Jacob abruzzo was born in Italy and immigrated here in the early 1900’s. Does anyone have any info or ties to this family?

  8. Bob says:

    I am helping an older friend whose great grandparents came from the town.

    Ignazio Artale and Calogera Abruzzo – They had a few children

    Giuseppe Abruzzo born about 1813 married Antonina Ricca in 29 Nov 1839.

    Grandparents – Giuseppe (Joseph ) Abruzzo

    BIRTH 15 JAN 1860 • Santa Margherita Belice, Italy
    DEATH 19 AUG 1938 • 116-33 217th St., Queens, New York
    Saveria Artale
    BIRTH 1867 • Santa Margherita Belice, Italy
    DEATH 17 JAN 1934 • Queens, New York, USA

    Any help to trace further back would be helpful. He is 84 and the last of his generation that he knows.

    • Amanda says:

      I am looking for information on my family. I am the great granddaughter of Leonardo Abruzzo who was born about June 29 1890 in Santa Margherita di Belice. Have you found any further information on your side? Maybe my great grandfather is a brother or relative of some sort? I can’t find anything past my great grandfather.

  9. Jennifer says:

    I would like to know more information about my paternal family tree. My last name is Morreale.
    Here is what I know. My father and siblings were born in Brooklyn, his parents were from Sicily, mother is Nenetta Lamarca I don’t believe from s. Margarita. But my grandfather was from s, margarita and his family, his name is Guiseppi Morreale and has siblings were Nino, Rocco, Maria, grace and Margaret Morreale, there parents were Angelia Morreale maiden name Giacconi and I believe Leonard Morreale. That is all I know about my family and would appreciate any help you offer.

  10. Cynthia says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather Calogero Rollo, who was born in Santa Margarita,Sicily in the late 1800s and came to the US with his siblings when he was 15. His parents were Giacchino Rollo and Provedencia Rollo. His brothers were Giuseppe Rollo and Antonio Rollo. His parents did not come. He later married Antonina Billello who was also from Sicily. Her mother was Josephina and father Joseph.They did come to the US.

  11. Graciela says:

    MI NOMBRE ES Graciela Marzolino mi abuelo Jose Marzolino nació en Santa Margarita de Belice 1890,con 6 años un padrino lo trajo ARGENTINA sus padres murieron en la guerra
    muchas gracias por la información

  12. Jim says:

    Thanks for your assistance! I am looking for information on my great grandmother Maria la Sala and wonder if you can help? She was from Santa marguerite di belie from over 100 years ago.

    • Nick says:

      Yeah, that was my grandmother’s name too. Best to go there and look at the grave stones for a better understanding.

  13. Ed Randazzo says:

    I would appreciate any information about Francesco Randazzo who was my paternal grandfather. I was told that he owned a bakery in Santa Margherita in the early 1900s.
    Thank you.

  14. April says:

    I am looking for information on my great-great-grandparents and their family line in Italy. Their names where Giuseppe (Joseph) Prizzi born 06/23/1872 and Natala Ciaccio born 01/13/1979.

    There is one storythat the family does tell. That when Grandpa Joe Prizzi left Italy, that he gave the land they had to the town to build a hospital. I believe the town named the hospital Prizzi after him. I am not sure what town it is in, since he came from Menfi and not Prizzi, but would love to know.

    The did live in Santa Margherita di Belice Italy, and moved to NY.

    Thanks for helping!!

    April :)

    • Gina says:

      Hi April,

      I see that this is from 2 years ago, so I hope you see this! Natalia and Giuseppe are my great-grandparents. Who is your grandparent from the Prizzi side of the family? Pauline is my grandmother.

      The Prizzi family moved to Wallingford, CT after NY and bought some property. They had a farm. When the children were older, they gave some of them pieces of the property so they could build homes on. Of their children, Pauline, Marion, and Lena (Antonina) are the only ones still living. I have also heard the story about the hospital, but I can’t recall who told me it. I will have to ask about it. If you are still interested in learning more about this side of the family, please get in touch!


  15. Vicki says:

    My son and I have just started doing research on my family. We have hit a dead end. We found my great grandparents. Ignazio and Antonina Gulotta. They were both from Santa Margherita Belice, Italy. He came to NY in 1907. No specific year for her other than the 1900’s. I have no maiden name for her. she was born in 1/1895 and he was born 8/18/1890.
    If their is anyting you can help me with or guid me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated!!!!

  16. Christopher says:

    My name is Christopher Ciaccio and my family are decedents of Santa Margherita di Belice. My Grandfather Leonard Ciaccio moved to New York City around 1900. I am trying to find information about my family and to find relatives in the town. My grandmother Rose Saitta was also from the town. Any family you can give is appreciated.

    Much thanks, Chris

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