Genealogy in Noto

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Noto, 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 Noto registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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 Noto, or if you have questions regarding your family in Noto, 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 .
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  1. Lucia says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandmother, Vincenza Fiore, born Noto 7 April 1866. Daughter of Raffaele Fiore and Fiore Venera. Vincenza was married to Francesco Griffo, my great grandfather.
    Grazie Mille. Lucia USA

  2. Kelly says:

    I’m trying to research my ancestors and family members in Italy. My great grandfather was from Noto, Italy. The last name was LaRosa. Any information at all would be so appreciated. Thank you!

  3. Michael says:

    Hi my name is Michael and I live in Hawaii. I’m researching deep into my genealogy in Noto. My great-great-grandmother Corradina La Pira was born in Noto on September 15, 1880. She eventually moved to Paternò but I am not sure which year. She married Teodoro Ingala and later Giuseppe Tomaselli (who is my great-great grandfather). I believe Corradina’s father is Raffaele La Pira but I do not know when he was born. Please let me know if you can help me find more details about Corradina’s parents, grandparents, or any other family I may have in Noto. I do know Italian fairly well so I can read Italian documents and e-mail Italian offices if I need to. I am just completely lost on how to proceed with my research and I am hoping you can help me. Thank you!

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