Genealogy in Roccamena

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Roccamena. As more your surname is common in Roccamena, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Roccamena archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Palermo province are:
Aiello, Amato, Barone, Battaglia, Bruno, Caruso, Catalano, Costa, Cusimano, D’Amico, D’Angelo, Di Maggio, Di Salvo, Ferrante, Ferrara, Gambino, Geraci, Giordano, Greco, La Barbera, La Rosa, Lo Cascio, Lombardo, Macaluso, Mancuso, Maniscalco, Mannino, Marchese, Marino, Martorana, Mazzola, Messina, Mineo, Orlando, Palazzolo, Parisi, Pecoraro, Piazza, Randazzo, Rizzo, Romano, Russo, Sciortino, Siragusa, Taormina, Tarantino, Vassallo, Vitale.

Church archives in Palermo 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 Roccamena and Palermo 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.

In anycase, if you want to try to contact churches, here there is the info about parishes today in Roccamena

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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Roccamena, or if you have questions regarding your family in Roccamena, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
Our expert in Roccamena area will reply to you


15 Messages to “Genealogy in Roccamena”
  1. Michael says:

    I am interested in a Filippo Ferruggia. Father of Vito Ferruggia. Vito came to New Orleans in 1897 I believe

  2. Gary says:

    My wife’s family is from Roccamena…Lucido is the name. Can you help us locate any Lucido’s in the area? I believe his name is Andrew Lucido?

  3. Salvadore says:

    I am looking for my mother and my grandfather’s history. My mother was born in Roccamena in 1896. Her name was Eleanora Ragusa. Her mother and father from Roccamena were Frank Ragusa and Conchetta Ferina. They were my grandparents. I would like any information you can give me. I’m considering a trip to Sicily and Roccamena. Thank you for your help in advance. Sal Anselmo

  4. Marianne says:

    I am looking to obtain the birth certificate of my father who was born in Roccamena. His name was Thomas (Tommaso) Farruggia and was born in 1906 or 1907, the child of Giuseppi Farrugia and Marianna Beninati. He emigrated to the US in 1920 with his mother and a sister Margherita Farruggia. They went to New Orleans LA to his uncle Pietro Ferruggia. There are 3 spellings to our last name (Farruggia, Farrugia, and Ferruggia) and I don’t know which is the original but he spelled Farruggia. He was never granted US citizenship and I’m looking to inherit his Italian citizenship on that basis.

  5. Vincenzo says:

    My Father was born in Roccamena Palermo Sicily on October 17, 1901. He was a child from a extra marital affair,and placed in the orphange as Vincenzo Entella. His biological Father(last name is DiBella ) brought him to the Unite States Of America in 1911.He was known as Jim Andello as his half brother Joe DiBella did not want my Father to carry the DiBella name. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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  7. Virginia says:

    Looking for records of Antonio Gerace/Geraci who married Concetta Felici. Child Russell (Rosario) Gerace b. 1886 en route to US. Info is that Concetta died on that voyage and Antonio subsequently married Christina (b. 1874).

  8. Judy says:

    I was in Roccamena in 1998 but it was a Sunday and all the offices were closed. I really wanted to learn about my great grandparents Guiseppe Altamore (Altimore) and Lena (Antonina) Vegil. We know nothing about the family and the family members in Texas were not close due to many circumstances.

    I would like to employ a reliable genealogist to find the information for me. I know they had a daughter and 3 sons who came to Texas. Who did they remain in Roccamena with? What was Guiseppe’s occupation? etc. Were there other children? When did the name change from Altamore to Altimore. There are dozens of Altimores in our northeast. The 3 sons here all died with the name Altimore. When did they die? I can furnish all vital statistics for the 4 persons who came to Texas. My grandfather married Francesca Salvaggio (Poggioreale) in Texas in 1900.

    • James says:

      I have one better for you. Send me an email and I will give you my number. I am part of the altimore family in Texas. I believe one of the brothers was my great grandmothers dad.

  9. Ron Arens says:

    My great grandfather; Anthony (probably Antonino or Antonio) Forte or Foto and my great grandmother; Catherine (Caterina) Campisi were either from or married in Roccamena in the late 1800s. They had 4 or 5 children before they immigrated to the US in the early 1900s. They settled in Louisiana. I’d love to find some record of their marriage or even births.

  10. Jennifer says:

    My grandfather was born in Roccamena. His name was Filippo Giangrosso. His father was Giovanni Giangrosso and his mother was Josephine Canova. My grandfather was born Dec 8, 1906 and his family emigrated to America around 1910. His father died when he was young and his mother re-married Rosario Servello. From what information my family has, Rosario Servello was Calabrian. I would really like to find out any more information on my Giangrosso/Canova family. I know that they sailed from Palermo, I’ve also heard stories of having family from Cefalu – but I’m not sure where that comes into the story. I would appreciate any advice on where I should look to would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  11. Connie says:

    I am doing research on my Italian side. My great grandmother was from Roccamena. Her name was Marianna Leperi. Her father’s name was Salvador Leperi. The last name spelling may be Lapari, Lepari. Marianna was sent to live in a convent after her mother died. She was raised by the nuns and was well educated. Her year of birth would be in 1879. She married Salvatore Calamia but not sure what year. There first child Laura Calamia was born June 13, 1898 and their son Nunzio Calamia was born February 24,1901. Any information would be greatly appreciated on any of the people mentioned.

    • Mary says:

      My great grandfather had a sister named Anna Ragusa who married a Salvador Lipari in Roccamena on March 15, 1883. It is after your grandmother’s birth so I don’t think it is the same person, but the name “Salvatore Lipari” was so similar I wanted to touch base. Perhaps cousins? My grandfather worked for him as a boy before immigrating to Louisiana (circa 1900). They had children Francesca, Giuseppe, Rosalia and apparently their descendants are still in the area. Hope this is helpful.

  12. Frank says:

    My Father was born (out of wedlock) on October 17,1901 in Roccamena Palermo,Sicily and was placed in a orphanage until around 1909 to 1910. His name on his birth certificate is listed as Vincenzo Entella and his biological Father’s surname was DiBella.My Father came to he United States of America around 1910 and lived in St.Louis,Mo. and died in Paducah,Ky. on August 16,1987. We as a family, have a few items he had while at the orphanage(one item is a necklace with the number 6 on it. Can Sicily give us any further information?

  13. Paula says:

    I am looking for any additional information on Ignazio Merlo, Maria Fanara, Francesca Merlo DOB 7-22-1848 Serafino Campisi DOB 12-19-1851

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