Genealogy in Melilli

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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 in early 1800: 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.


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

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

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

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



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).
In anycase, if you want to try to contact churches, here there is the list of parishes today in Melilli

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 (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 Melilli, or if you have questions regarding your family in Melilli, 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 melilli@italianside.com


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10 Messages to “Genealogy in Melilli”
  1. 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.

  2. 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?
    Regards
    Anne

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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