Genealogy in Caltabellotta

If you search your ancestors in Caltabellotta, in the province of Agrigento, Sicilia region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.This is where to start your family history research.

Civil Records in Caltabellotta

In towns and villages of Sicilia and in Agrigento province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Caltabellotta town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to get your Italian Citizenship and you need official certificates from Caltabellotta, please follow this link)

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So, if your ancestors lived in Caltabellotta during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Caltabellotta to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!

Otherwise, if you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful advices to search in Sicilia and of course in Caltabellotta too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Caltabellotta from the Italian Unification (1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.

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To go on quickly in your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Caltabellotta. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Caltabellotta archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Agrigento province are:
Alaimo, Amato, Argento, Arnone, Bellavia, Bono, Burgio, Butera, Cacciatore, Carlino, Castronovo, Ciaccio, Cipolla, Colletti, Costanza, Cuffaro, Cusumano, Di Caro, Ferraro, Gallo, Gambino, Giardina, Greco, Iacono, Indelicato, La Porta, La Rocca, Lauricella, Licata, Lombardo, Mangione, Maniscalco, Marino, Messina, Miceli, Montalbano, Morreale, Mule’, Palumbo, Patti, Piazza, Rizzo, Russo, Sanfilippo, Tuttolomondo, Vaccaro, Vella, Volpe.

Church Records in Caltabellotta

Church archives in Agrigento province may store even older information. You will find religious records of the same events (births, marriages and deaths) but, most important, you could go further back in time!
So in case you would like to go back in centuries, it’s good for you to know that the parish registers in Sicilia started during 1500!

They are far less accessible expecially from abroad and very hard to read and decipher if you are not used and skilled.
But our local genealogists, are graduated in history and archivistics so, with their expertise, they can research the church registers of Caltabellotta on your behalf.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Caltabellotta:

S. AGOSTINO – Spiazzo G. Marconi

S. PELLEGRINO – Piazza Matrice

Anyway for our experience, if you plan to come here, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival.
In this way you will avoid to waste your holidays in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy .
(Remember that archives are not open to public and officers and priests are not required by law to give you access to the local archives)
With the results gathered by our genealogist before your arrival, you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps.

Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the State Archives.
If you are in Sicilia and you are able to decipher old italian handwritten documents you can reach the archive here:
Archivio di Stato di Agrigento

Address: via Mazzini, 185 – Agrigento
Phone: +390922602400
Days and opening hours: from monday to friday 8.00 – 18.00; saturday 8.30 – 13.30. weekly closing: Sunday; no reservation

or
Archivio di Stato di Agrigento. Deposito sussidiario
Address: via Piersanti Mattarella, 237 – Agrigento
Phone: +39 0922602400
Days and opening hours: 9:00 – 13:00; no reservation

or
Archivio di Stato di Agrigento. Sezione di Sciacca
Address: via Figuli, 28/30 – Sciacca
Phone: 092524896
Days and opening hours: monday: 08,30-13,45 tuesday: 08,30-13,45;14,30-17,15 wednesday: 08,30-13,45 thursday: 08,30-13,45;14,3-17,15 friday: 08,30-13,45 saturday: 08,30-13,45 weekly closing: Sunday; no reservation

If you need a professional help from our local genealogist in Caltabellotta area , write to caltabellotta@italianside.com or fill the form here.

Our expert will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

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14 thoughts on “Genealogy in Caltabellotta”

  1. Greetings! Looking for more information on Mr. Egidio Scoma and his wife Calogera (Lena) Grisafi, both born in 1889 in Caltabellotta Sicily.

    Her father’s name is Giovanni Grisafi and the Grisafi family lived across the street from Saint’Augustino church in town of which they were parishioners of.

    Calogera Grisafi and Edigio Scoma’s daughter, Accursia (Kay) Scoma is turning 100 soon and she always wanted to visit her parents hometown, I would love to share with her any information about her family. Perhaps, this sounds familiar to anyone?

  2. Anything on the Trapani’s would be amazing! We immigrated in 1890’s but every direction on my tree seems i run into a Trapani LOL even my maiden name is Trapani. Paolo Trapani born 15 APR 1851 in Caltabellotta is my Great, Great grandfather and dieing to know more about my family, and one day, if I’m lucky! seem where we are from.

  3. My wife’s grandfather was Vincenzo (Vincent) Arcario. He was born in Ribera on 21 Jan 1891 son of Giuseppe and Theresa Rinaldo(born 17 Oct 1865 in Ribera). Guiseppe’s application for citizenship in US says he was born (7 Jul 1862) in the Caltbellota area and came to America in 1903. Giuseppe’s father may have been Mario and I believe Mario Arcario was married to an Angelina ?.
    I am trying to find out more about Giuseppe’s family and ancestors. Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
    Alan
    Professor
    Purdue University

    1. Greetings! My paternal great grandfather was a Parlapiano. He is one of my brick walls. Please contact me and perhaps we can find a common relative.

    2. My Paternal Grandfather was from Caltabellotta , im trying to put a history together for my Family many of the names on here are part of my tree my Great Grandparents were Vincenzo Aquilina and Maria Garafalo , i did notice on the Caltabellotta map a aquilna via, many of my DNA matches in the US are tied to many surnames in Caltabellotta makes me curious , hope there are others just as curious Thank You

  4. We will be visiting Sicily in July. My paternal grand parents are from Caltebellote.
    Their surnames are Ciccione and Scomma.
    I’ve been unable to find these names on any search.
    Can you help?

    1. My ancestry name is vburgmo
      ….I believe we are related. Hoping you can confirn.
      My great grandparents were Leonardo and Josephine Rizzuti /(Rizzuto)Leonardos parents were Pelegreno and Maria Rizzuti.
      They all moved to Michigan w my great uncle Carl (and Rose) Rizzuto.
      Thanks

  5. I am looking for information on the D’abbene family. I’ve hit a dead end at Marco D’abbene born in 1824 deceased in 1903. I’m really hoping someone can help!
    Thanks!
    Julia

  6. Thomas F Montalbano

    bisogno di informazioni su mio nonno ei suoi genitori. Mi nonno santo montalbano born 12/23/1881 CALTABELLOTTA sicilia his mother Felicia Farther Francesco montalbano di tutte le informazioni fratelli sorelle e parenti sarebbe molto apprezzato. Thomas F Montalbano

  7. I wish to fine my my grandfathers family his name was Santo montalbano . His father’s name was Francesco montalbano . Francesco’s wife was Philomena . Any help would be greatly appreciated . Sincerely, Thomas f

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