Genealogy in Canicattì

If you search your ancestors in Canicattì, 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.

Civil Records in Canicattì

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 Canicattì town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Canicattì follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Canicattì during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Canicattì 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 to search in Sicilia and of course in Canicattì too!

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

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Canicattì. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Canicattì 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 Canicattì

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 Agrigento started during 1500!

They are far less accessible from abroad (and even not easy to browse and to read if you are not used and skilled) but our local genealogist can research the church archives of Canicattì on your behalf.

Anyway for our experience, even 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 time in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps, starting from the info gathered by our genealogists.

Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the National archive in Agrigento.
If you are in Sicily 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

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

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 genealogists write to canicattì or follow this link.

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

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  1. Sandra says:

    My grandmothers name was zina cantonazi. They say she was born in Canicatti Italy.
    Any info would be appreciated.

  2. dean says:

    hello i a looking for my family emiorated in USA ANGELO GIARDINA and mister MONGITORRE also born in CANICATTI sicily

  3. Dee says:

    Looking for information on my great grandfather Gasper or Jasper Lana of Canicatti. He immigrated to New York in 1922. Do not know anything about his wife. His son was Salvatore Lana and he immigrated to us around 1904, his wife was Teresa Maturana.

  4. Charles says:

    I am trying to get information about my great- grandfather who died I am told while fighting with Garibaldi. His name was Salvatore Sperazza or Sperazza. He was born in Canicatti and married an woman named Anna (do not know her maiden name.) They had one son my Grandfather born around 1883. Anna remarried a (Francesco) Notastefano and had 4-5 more children who came to the U.S. at various dates.

    Thank you

    • Peter says:

      Was your grandfather Calogero Sperazza?
      My grandfather was Frederico Notarstefano. His father was Francesco Notarstefano. His mother was Anna. I am trying to find Anna’s maiden name. My grandfather stayed with Calogero when he arrived in the U.S.

      Peter Notarstefano

  5. Dee says:

    I am looking for information on my mother’s mother. She was Maria Lana or Lene. born in 1874 in Camastra. I believe her Fathers name was Salvatore Lana Born in 1872 Canicatti Lana and her mother was Theresa Martarana born 1874 – 1881 in Canicatti. any records on this family?

  6. Nina says:

    I am looking for information on Michele Listro who was born in Bagni and I migrated to Connecticut

  7. Dianne says:

    Please, I am looking for information regarding my grandfather, Angelo Gulisano, who was born in Canicatti in April 1897. He immigrated to the USA in approximately 1913. He married my grandmother, Carmela (Catherine) Macri in the USA in 1935, she was from Calabria. Any information would be helpful. Thank you!

  8. Robert says:

    My Great Grand-Father 5/1/1895) And Great-Grandmother Lived and were Bor in Canicatti. I Know There Names Were Philip & Viola Attardi They Had Three Children Caroline, Angelina, And Charles (his Wife’s name was Comcetta or Concetta)
    . I Know Caroline Was Born 6/20/1900. This is all The Infomation as far back as I can get myself,
    Thank You

  9. Mary says:

    My mother, Guissipina Tropia, her sister Carmela and brother Lorenzo emigrated to US with their mother Carmela on the Romanic arriving in Boston on July 8, 1907. I Think. My grandmother’s name was Carmela Restivo. She died in the flu epidemic on 1919 in Boston. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

  10. Dee says:

    Hello Looking for information on two sides to my family that came from Canicatti. My Great Great Grandfather was Salvatore Marturana or Matuorana. born about 1818. On my Grandmothers side, my great grandfathers name was Salvatore Lene, Lano or Lana (I find it spelled various ways, but on the immigration papers it says Lene. I believe my great great grandmother was Theresa Maturana. My grandmother Mary or Maria Lene was about 14 when she came to the states She was born in 1897.

    Thank you for any information.

  11. Cherise says:

    Looking for information on the Messana family in Canicatti. My father name was Diego Messana, he was born on Jnuary 17, 1914 to Vito Messana DOB: 7/15/84 He was shoemaker. He was the son of Diego Messana and Maria Burgio. My grandmother was born on 12/08/1893. Her father name was Calogero LoGuidice and Maria Cristina LoGuidice. I have told my great-grandfather worked in the sulphur mines. I also know my grandfather Vito Messana had nine siblings (5 emigrated to the US and 5 stay in Sicily. I would like to further my search do you have any tips I could use.

  12. Phil says:

    Looking for info on my Great Grandfather Santo Lauricella of Canicatti. He was married to Giovanna Rizzo. One son, Antonio, came to the United States in 1914.

  13. Ed says:

    Recently my Aunt has asked me to look into her husband’s family. So far I have found a few things. Also within the help of another many things have fallen into place.

    Currently looking for parents and family of past of the couple Govanni Sacheli + Rosania Spina of Canicatti region.

    They both were born before 1865 and died after 1901 according to the record I have found so far. Their daughter Grazia married Angelo Avanzato in 1901.

    I also have Domenico D’avanzato + Giacinta Calabro whom both were born before 1780 and died before 1835

    Giacomo Fazio + Diega Giarratana Again born before 1798 and died before 1835

    All these Family’s came from the Canicatti area according to what I have found. If anyone can help it would be well appreciated. Also if anyone would like copies of what I have found I am willing to share as well.

    • MARIE says:

      Hi, my great-great grandmother was a Spina from Canicatti who married Cosimo Insalaco. She came to the U.S. in 1909. Have you ever come across them in your searching? I think her first name was Calogera. They came to Boston after arriving through Ellis Island.

  14. Paul says:

    hi , i visited cannicatti in 2013 but all of the records offices were closed! my grandfather rosario trupia was born in 1888; i would like to find out about his father guiseppe trupia and the rest of his family; also my paternal grandmothers name was anna lopresti, i would likre to find out about her family as well.

    • Joe says:

      There are Loprestis in Bristol. Maria Lopresti is the only daughter but her parents have passed…her mother just recently. They were living in Knowle and friends of my parents (Gallo) Jack Lopresti is possibly her cousin and is a councillor or no in Bristol.

  15. Vincent says:

    Dear Sir or Madam: I am looking for information on my grandfather who lived in Canicatti. His name was Giuseppi Farruggio and he died in 1903. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • sarah says:

      Hi i too have a 2nd great grandfrather Giuseppi Farruggio from the Canicatti. if youd like to compare notes let me know.

  16. Elaine says:

    Trying to find birth record for my paternal grandmother, Concetta Sciabarrasi. DOB 08 DEC 1899 in Canicatti. She was born out of wedlock. Mother was Maria Sciabarrasi. Have seen the name also spelled Sciabarasi.

    Thank you.

  17. Jim says:

    researching Calogero Nicosia (1882-1950), immigrated from Canicatti about 1908 and his wife, Alfonsa Faustina Grifo (1883- ), immigrated Oct 1908 from Palermo on the ship San Giovanni.

  18. Ana Ataide says:


    Do you have any information on the Gambino family, two brothers that came to live in Portugal at the end of the 19th cwentury, beginning of the 20th century?

  19. Angela says:

    I am planning a trip in March 2015. My grandfather’s name was Vincenzo Loverme (Lo Verme?) He was born in May 1893, and I believe came to the US two times before staying. The latest trip was in Sept 1923. He lived in Buffalo NY and married Angelina Maggio also an immigrant, here in the USA. I think his mother’s name was Emanuela Russo Loverme. I believe the family was from Canicatti. If anyone can help me locate some family, I would appreciate it. Thanks, AngelaI am planning a trip in March. My grand father’s name was Vincenzo Loverme (Lo Verme?)He immigrateed

  20. Cheryl says:


    My husband’s mother’s family were Iannuzzo. I have been doing ancestry research and believe they came from Canticatti. My husband’s grandfather was Angelo Iannuzzo born July 26, 1891. I believe he arrived in the USA on July 14, 1913 on the Ship Athinai sailing out of Palermo. According to ship records, he was joining his brother Diego Iannuzzo in Mt. Kisko, NY.

    I found information on who I believe was Angelo’s brother, Diego Iannuzzo born about 1885. The info I found states he arrive in the USA on May 5, 1910 on the Ship Italia departing out of Palermo. According to ship records, which are very hard to read, it looks like he was joining his brother Vitale???.

    I am not sure if I am on the correct path here. I would like to know who my husband’s grandfather Angelo Iannuzzo’s parents were and who Angelo’s siblings were. Is Carmela Iannuzzo his sister? Are Rosa, Rosaria, Vincenzo also more siblings from Canticatti who departed from Napoli? The old handwritten cursive writing is very difficult to read.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated in tracing this family genealogy.

    What I know for certain was that Angelo Iannuzzo was married to Antoinette Digioia and had 5 children; James, Ida, Sarah, Mary Jane and Richard Innuzzo who all grew up and married in the Syracuse, New York area (Onondaga County).

    Thanks in advance for any help in the right direction


  21. Michele says:

    Waiting to hear a reply frm the information that I requested on March 13th 2013 about my grandparent s Michael Castronovo and Dorothy Manachino . Our trip to Canacatti is for this fall. Thank you

  22. Michele n. Kirk says:

    My Grandmother Diega. (Dorothy) Manachino was born around 1882. I forgot to exclude her birth year. Thank you Michele n. Kirk

  23. Michele n. Kirk says:

    My husband and I will be coming to Italy in October ,and trying to find some information about my grandparents who came from Canicatti my Grandfathers name was Melchiorre (Micheal) Castronovo .he would have be born around 1885 in jan. And that is a big question because I only have information from the Ellis island arrival dates and his age. .He left Palermo and arrived in February 7,1909 at the age of 24years old. My. Grandmothers also from Canicatti Diega (Dorothy)Manachino and she left one year later according to Ellis Island records at age 28 with their son Giuseppe (Joseph)Castronovo. Really would like to get some knowledge before we arrive in Canicatti. Thank you for any help you can give me. Michele n. Kirk

  24. Rose says:


    Can you assist me. I have the following birth record for my Great Grandmother from Canicatti. I can make out that bambino Carmela Gallo had a father named Angelo Gallo, but I cannot translate Carmela’s mothers name. Can you? I may have some work to pay you for. I need one more birth record found.


  25. Celia says:

    My grandfather Luigi Carcaci was born on June 9, 1889. He said he was from Canicatti. I located birth records for his entire family and even had a family listing sent to me directly from Canicatti, but my grandfather Luigi was not listed in the family. WE are thinking that he may have been born by accident in another town. However I cannot locate any information. His ship records (he came to USA 2x 1906 & 1922)have some scribble on the town name, we cannot decipher. No one is alive any longer to assist me. Do have any other ideas….he serve for Italy in WWI but because we don’t have his exact place of birth I cannot locate military/Red Cross records either…any ideas? Much appreciated. (I have traced all my other family lines back and had no problems..only this one!!)

  26. Marc Graziadei says:

    Hello Michele,

    In accordance to the family tree that I had previously sent you; these are the records I would like to receive if possible. We can start with this, see what they think they can do, and how much it will cost before going any deeper. It was nice meeting you today.

    – Eduardo Castellano – 1938 Birth certificate, baptismal certificate, first communion, if available
    – Gaspare Castellano – 1895 military records – marriage certificate/banns
    Anna Muratore – 1903 baptismal certificate
    Peter, or Pietro Castellano, birth, baptismal and death certificate 1936-1939 or 40?

    – Vincenzo Castellano born 1875 birth certificate, death and marriage certificate
    Carmela Cuva May 22 1867 same as above

    – Angelina Castellano 1895- birth death and marriage

    – Vincenzo Muratore 1870 birth, marriage 1895 and death Rosaria Sena – 1872 birth and death
    Records for Santo(s) and possibly another son?

    – Gaspare Castellano Sept 16 1851 birth marriage 1873 and death
    Marianna Modica 1850 birth and death

    – Would there be any records or pictures of the house that my father lived in? It was on Girgenti Street.

    Looking forward to hearing from you, again.


    • Michele says:

      Ciao Marc,
      before to start we made a quick random check of the info you sent us.
      Many of them seem to be wrong and incorrect.

      Comparing with the real italian registers, we really can’t understand who gave you many of those dates.

      So it’s impossible for us to search with such starting incorrect dates

      • Anna Marie says:


        I am the person that Marc was inquiring on behalf of. My ancestors are from Canicatti. They lived on girgenti street.

        My father Eduardo is alive and he was born on March 14, 1938 in Canicatti. He also had a brother named Vincenzo, born 1929, and a sister, born in 1934. He had another brother, who died of at the age of three or four

        His father, Gaspare was born on May 5, 1895. His mother, anna muratore, was born December 3, 1903. she had brothers santo and Charles who were much younger than she. Her parents were Vincenzo muratore and Rosaria sena.

        My grandfather fought in ww1 in northern Italy. He turned 18 in 1913. Gaspare and Anna were married sometime around 1926-29?

  27. Marc says:

    Do you have any records upon the CASTELLANO family members?