Genealogy in Melilli

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Melilli, 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 Siracusa province were established around 1820: it means that you could find information in Melilli registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Melilli 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 Melilli. As more your surname is common in Melilli, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Melilli archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Siracusa province are:
Amato, Amenta, Basile, Bianca, Bottaro, Buccheri, Calvo, Campisi, Cannata, Caruso, Di Mauro, Di Pietro, Di Stefano, Gallo, Garofalo, Genovese, Giuliano, Grasso, Greco, Italia, La Rosa, Leone, Lombardo, Magnano, Marino, Messina, Miceli, Pappalardo, Parisi, Passanisi, Puglisi, Rametta, Randazzo, Rizza, Romano, Rossitto, Russo, Salemi, Salerno, Saraceno, Scala, Spada, Tiralongo, Tringali, Valenti, Valvo, Vinci, Zappulla.

Church archives in Siracusa 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 Melilli and Siracusa 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 Melilli, or if you have questions regarding your family in Melilli, 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 our expert in Melilli area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Shirley says:

    My grandparents came to Middletown CT
    from Melilli in 1906.
    My grandfather was Sebastiano DiMauro
    and my grandmother was Emanuella Lanza.
    Trying to find their ancestry.
    I know family names include Girgenti,
    Rafala, Fortuna, Russo and Salemi.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • Peg says:

      The name Salemi also show up in my maternal ancestry. Giuseppa SALEMI was my great-great grandmother. She was married to Giovanni Barilla.

    • Anne says:

      My Grandmother was Maria Lanz from Melilli, born around 1892. She Married Joseph Salemi (also from Melilli). Her older sister married a Fortuna and they also lived in Middletown. Another sister married a Russo. Most likely all the same family.

  2. Adelaide says:

    My grandparents were Salvatore Aresco, born 4/3/1881, and Adelaide Sapia, born 1/17/1885. My grandfathers parents were Sebastiano Aresco and Angelina Damiata; and my grandmothers parents were Guiseppe Sapia and and Carolina Amenta. I’m interested in finding out any information about my great grandparents and as far back as I can go. As you can see, I only have their names. If you have any information, I would love to see it. Thank you very much for your help.

  3. Kurt says:

    I am looking for any information regarding my grand parents, Antonio (Anthony) Vecchitto and Maria Garofalo. Both were born in Melilli according to the records I have found. My grand father was born around 1889 and my grandmother was born in June 1893 and emigrated at the age of 15 to the U.S.. They both settled in Middletown, Ct. They were wed around 1910 and spent most of ther lives in Meriden, CT.. The ship manifest for my grandmother showed she would be staying with a cousin, Angela (Angelina) Garofalo in Middletown. I am planning to visit Melilli in April 2018 and would love to have the opportunity to find out more about my lineage.

  4. Cathy says:

    My father’s mother came from Melilla. Her name was Angelina Bartolotta. She was born on Feb.8, 1889 to Sebastian’s Fazzino and Carmelo Bartolotta. She married Felipe Marino who came from Melilli to Middletown CT in 1905 from the hills above Melilli. He was the son of Francesco Marino and Maria Donia. He was born on May 9, 1884. I would like to learn where my grandparents lived and any other information you can provide. I am planning on visiting Melilli in Apri or May of 2018. Thank you in advance.

    • Bob says:

      We may be related Cathy. My grandmother was Sebastiana Bartolotta. She married Guiseppe Marino. They were both from Melilli and they had a son named Francesco.

  5. Curry Anne says:

    My grandmother was Sabastiana Ditato she married my grandfather who was Salvatore Busca
    I know they came from Mililli Sicily and migrated to Middletown Connecticut. Does anyone have any information on any of these surnames?

  6. Wanda says:

    I would love to have some information of my grandparents both born in Melilli my grandfather’s name was Sebastiano ,my grandmother was Marianna De Angelis she was born in 1882 ,they married in the church of San Sebastiano and they left around the late 1800 -1900 for Alexandria Egypt and they are also buried there ,please can you help ,I can write in Italian if you like as it is my first language .I live in Sydney Australia and I have fond memories of her unfortunately I left the country when I was 14 . Please help.

  7. Cynthia says:

    I am interested in finding out about my maternal great grandparents, Salvatore Fazzino (born 1882) and Josephine Garofalo Fazzino (born 1891). I believe they were both from Melilla and emigrated to the United States in 1906, settling in Ivoryton, CT. I hope to visit in October and would like to be prepared with some additional information.

    • Kathy says:

      Do you help obtain birth certificates (circa 1875/1877) from Melilli and a marriage certificate?

      • Cynthia says:

        Thank you. They were married in the United States,but I don’t have the birth certificates for either of them, but have been able to locate their names on ship manifests arriving in Ellis Island. Is there someone locally that we can work with? We are arriving September 2nd.

  8. Margaret says:

    I am looking for information on my grandparents. My grandfather was Emanuele Bordonaro born around 1878 in Meilli, Sicily. He settled on Broad Street in Middletown, Connecticut USA. He married Gaetana Fazzino, also born in Meilli, Sicily. They were married in St Sebastian Church in Middletown, Connecticut through an arranged marriage. They were age 17 and 35 at time of the marriage. They had 6 children. Anna, Salvatore, Mary, Michael, Joseph, and Albert all born in Middletown, Ct. Most of my aunts and uncles visited relatives in Melilli, Sicily in the past 50 years, but all these relatives of mine have now passed. The especially hard part has been finding the correct relatives of my grandfather Emanuele Bordonaro. His middle name was either Sabastian or Rafaelle.

    • Lin says:

      St. Sebastian church in Middletown wasn’t built until 1931 so it’s likely that they were married at St. John’s Catholic Church on Main St.

  9. Elaine says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather, Sebastiano Sapia who was born in Melilli on Nov. 13, 1876. His father’s name was Guiseppe Sapia. My grandmother, Concettina Genovese was his second wife. She was born in 1906. I have no other information on her. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  10. Fletcher says:

    Hi, I am trying to find out the names and location if possible of any working Sulphur mines around Melilli, Sicily between 1895 and 1905. My Grandfather, Sebastiano Marchese worked there as a teen prior to coming to Middletown, Connecticut around 1905 and I’m interested in learning more about his life and youth.

  11. Mary Elizabeth says:

    My family is visiting Sicily. We would like to go to Melilli and see the birthplace of our grandfather, Salvatore Bartolotta, son of Sebastian Bartolotta and Lucy Giannini. We would appreciate any help you may have regarding where they lived or if any relatives are still there. Thank you.

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