Genealogy in Leonforte

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Leonforte, 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 Enna province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Leonforte registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Leonforte. As more your surname is common in Leonforte, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Leonforte archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Enna province are:
Arena, Barbagallo, Barbera, Bonanno, Bruno, Calabrese, Calcagno, Calì, Cammarata, Campagna, Campione, Castrogiovanni, Catalano, Catania, Costa, D’Amico, Di Dio, Di Marco, Faraci, Fiorenza, Gagliano, Giunta, La Porta, Lo Presti, Lombardo, Mancuso, Marino, Marotta, Mazzola, Messina, Milazzo, Muratore, Parisi, Piazza, Rizzo, Romano, Russo, Salamone, Salvaggio, Sanfilippo, Santoro, Savoca, Schillaci, Siciliano, Timpanaro, Trovato, Valenti, Vitale.

Church archives in Enna 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 Leonforte

Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Leonforte and Enna 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 Leonforte, or if you have questions regarding your family in Leonforte, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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6 Messages to “Genealogy in Leonforte”
  1. Donna says:

    I am looking for information regarding my great grandparents (and more!). My Great-Grandfather was Louis Gagliano. He emigrated in 1913 with his wife, Santa, and their daughter, Josephine (my grandmother.) I have no other information about those relatives or THEIR parents/siblings.

  2. Peter says:

    My grandfather was born in Leonforte, 3 May, 1892. Our last name was Rinaldi, but was violated to Renardo in 1935 when my illiterate grandfather was becoming an American citizen. I have many cousins and relatives in Leonforte. I’ve been there six times, starting in 1979 with my late father, then 1987 after my father’s death, then 2006, 2010, 2014 and most recently in May of 2016. I taught myself Italian and Siciian speaking taking care of my nonno for many years. I can’t wait to go back

  3. Peter says:

    I was just in Leonforte this past May for two weeks. I spent ten days in Leonforte, and three days in Catania before flying home. I walked up and down Corso Umberto several times a day and I ate pizza in local restaurants. I saw all of my cousins in Leonforte and I took hundreds of pictures. I also went to the town of Brolo and Siracusa to visit relatives. I miss Sicily, especially Leonforte, and I hope to return soon. I’m the only one in my family who has ever been there, except my late father. So far, I’ve been there six tmes. I am also the only one in my family who can speak Sicilian, I learned it taking care of my grandfather as a teenager. Ciao ciao

  4. Peter says:

    I was just in Leonforte in May, 2016. I saw my relatives there, including cousins I never knew. My grandfather had a brother, Angelo Rinaldi, who came to America in the early 20th century. We always thought he went to Argentina, but he returned to Leonforte and he had a son, Pasquale. My father and I met Pasquale and his family in 1979. Now I am facebook friends with his granddaughters, and I saw them last month. I have been to Leonforte six times since 1979, and my true last name is Rinaldi. It was violated to Renardo in 1935 when my illiterate grandfather was becoming an American citizen

  5. Peter says:

    My paternal grandfather Pietro Rinaldi was born in Leonforte, May 3rd, 1892. He came to America in October, 1910 aboard the SS Liguria, which arrived in the port of New Orleans, Louisiana on Oct. 7, 1910. My grandfather immediately went to Lumberton, Mississippi, where he cut down trees and milled wood for about a year. He returned to Leonforte, got married and had a son, Pasquale, but his wife died after giving birth at age seventeen. My grandather left Pasquale in Leonforte and he returned to America in 1913, to look for work and eventually go back for his son, but World War I started in Europe, and my grandfather lived in extreme poverty for many years. He did not go back to Leonforte again, but he had letters written to Sicily, while Pasquale was being raised by relatives. In the 1920s, my grandfather met his second wife, my grandmother Paola Sollima, in Cleveland, Ohio, and they had four children, my father Angelo was the baby. Again, tragedy struck and my grandmother died of a massive heart attack in 1937, so Pietro had to raise four small children by himself, in the middle of The Great Depression, and he was an illiterate laborer, so they were very poor. Everyone grew up and had their families, and in 1975 my father went to Leonforte to meet his eldest brother Pasquale. Then, in 1977, Pasquale and his wife Ciccina came to America for one month, and father and son finally met. Pietro was 85 and Pasquale was 64. I was a teenager and this was the beginning of my accord with my relatives in Sicily. I sent the holiday cards and sometimes wrote letters myself, especially after my father’s sudden death in 1986. I was in Leonforte in 1979 with my father, then again in 1987 after my father’s death, then in 2006, 2010 and most recently in September of 2014, and I hope to return again soon. Leonforte is a gorgeous town full of history and beautiful women. I have cousins there I never knew about because my grandfather had a brother who came to America, but he returned to Leonforte and had a son. Now, I communicate with this man’s grandchildren on facebook, we are all cousins. This is my saga of Leonforte and my relationship with these people

  6. Karla says:

    My father’s name was Leon Forte. I know he was born in 1921 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
    His mother was never married to his father so research
    Is a little difficult as she gave him her maiden last name at birth
    On the birth certificate. I do know that his real father’s
    Last name was Forte and his first name was Leon. And he definitely
    Had the physical and mental traits as well as I of this
    Heritage. It was kept from me and I would like to know
    All I can about my heritage. Any suggestions I would love to
    Hear. Kls

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