Genealogy in Sortino

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Sortino 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 Sortino. As more your surname is common in Sortino, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Sortino 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 Sortino 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 Sortino, or if you have questions regarding your family in Sortino, 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 Sortino area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Salvatore says:

    My Grandmother, Sofia Salonia, arrived in New York City in 1905 at age 15. She married Giuseppe Carlomagno and had 7 children, including my Father Frank Carlomagno. Some of my family will be visiting Sicily this June and would love to contact any of our relatives there. We’ll be staying on the northern coast of Sicily but could travel down to Sortino anytime during our stay there ( June 23 – 30 ).

  2. MaryAnn says:

    My grandfather Vincenzo Caruso was born in Sortino and left Sicily to move to the Bronx in the U.S. around 1915. My grandmothers name was Sebastiana Finocchiaro. They had 5 children, Santo, Carmella, Joseph, Jeanne, and my father Salvatore. The only living sibling is my father Salvatore who will be 90 years old this coming January.

    Any information regarding my grandfathers family would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Janice says:

    My grandmother, Sofia Monitto, grew up in Sortino and married her first husband in 1908-16?
    They had a daughter named Gina. The first husband (name unknown to me) came to the U.S.
    alone presumably to find work, but he died in New York City of influenza. My grandmother then came to the U.S. leaving Gina in the care of her sisters. My grandmother remained in the U.S. and married my grandfather, Giovanni Giuliano who had also immigrated from Sortino and was her cousin. She had four more children. Gina grew up in Sortino with her aunts and married there.
    I would like to know:
    + the name of my grandmother’s first husband
    +the year they married
    +the year of Gina’s birth and death
    +the name of Gina’s husband and if she had children
    I would so appreciated if you could solve these mysteries for me and my family.

  4. Lucia says:

    My great grandparents died in Sortino. Vincenza Fiore died in 1900. Francesco Griffo died in 1932. They had a son, Giovanni Griffo that I think died there in 1888. How can I verify this? And where and when was he born? Also, I would like to find the marriage place of Vincenza Fiore to Francesco Griffo. She was born in Noto in 1866. Please advise.

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