Genealogy in Grotte

If you search your ancestors in Grotte , Agrigento Sicily in Italy you can find birth records , marriage and death records at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office of Grotte or in the parishes archives of the town.

If your goal is family history, you need to know that registry offices in Grotte, as in Agrigento province, were established around 1820: it means that you could find records in Grotte registrar archives as of that date. If you want to go beyond, you should consider to investigate the parish records (usually in Sicily religious records started about mid 1500).

In case you are interested in dual italian citizenship, you must ask for birth certificates to the town hall. Copies of birth records are NOT valid to apply for italian dual citizenship.

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Grotte 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 Grotte. As more your surname is common in Grotte, as more it could be difficult to find the exact family branches in Grotte archives 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 archives in Grotte and in Agrigento 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 Grotte and Agrigento 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 Agrigento.
You can reach it 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

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 Grotte, or if you have questions regarding your family in Grotte, 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 Grotte area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Orlando says:

    Hello, I am told my Grandfather was from Grotte and came to America around 1900 or 1910. His Surname was Fantuzzo and his given name was Cologito. I am planning to visit in the Spring 2020. What do I do and who can help me?

  2. Christine says:

    I believe my Grandfather came from Grotte to New York in 1906 he changed his last name from Lauria to Laury his first name was John is Lauria a common name in that area? Any information would be helpful i’ve not had much luck finding anything about him. Thank you, Christine

  3. Federico says:

    My surname is Criminisi and it is from Grotte, Agrigento. Does anyone have any info on this surname? My grandfather is called Francesco Criminisi.

  4. Rob says:

    Hi there. My grandfather was Charles Marchese, born in Grotte I believe in 1904. Immigrated to Niagara Falls, then Rochester NY. His dad is listed as John Marchese, moms name is Biagio Farrugia looking for any info on him. Thank you.

  5. Tony says:

    Looking for a record of Francesco Trapanese, born August 23, 1891 in Grotte. Can anyone in the area help?

  6. Melissa says:

    My great-grandfather, Amodeo Aquilina, emigrated to the US in 1907. He traveled with Vincenzo Ingoglia, and they were going to stay with Calogero Morreale in Rochester NY. I would like to know who are my relatives who remain in Grotte today?

    • Joe says:

      All the surnames you mentioned are grottese names,
      I am from grotte, but living in London now. What information are you looking for?
      I have so many great memories

    • Angelo says:

      My great grandfather’s name was Nicholas Costanza and he emigrated from Grotte and settled down in Rochester, NY too, which is where I was born and currently live. There must have been a large population of Sicilian immigrants from Grotte living in Rochester…

    • Rosanne Castronovo says:

      My grandparents were in Rochester in 1927….my grandma had a relative Calogero Morreale! Her maiden name was Chianello

      • Rosanne says:

        Carlisi Calogero was grandmothers mother
        Guiseppa Morriala was grandfather’s mother.
        Maybe my grand,as spelling was off?

  7. Mindy says:

    Looking for info on the Ciraolo and Provenza families from Grotte. Left for the US throughout the 1910s and 20s.

  8. Laura says:

    My grandfather came to the United States in the 1920’s. His father’s name was Michael or Michaelangelo and his mother’s name was Antionette. His name was Colagaro or Charles in English. His sisters Mary and Celila came over in the 1920’s also, but he had some sisters that stayed in Grotte. I am wondering if we have any relatives left in Grotte? The only other things that I know is that his father owned land with orange and olive groves. My grandfather was trained as a cobbler in Sicily in the 1910’s, I think.

  9. Alex says:

    Am trying to trace Francesco Bellavia, prisoner of war in England 1944/5. DOB approx 1920. Resident of George.

    • Diana says:

      My grandmother’s brother’s name was Francesco Bellavia, Not sure if this is the same man. He came to Rochester, Ny for a short time and then moved back to Grotte. My grandmothers name was Josephine in american and she had a few sisters and the one brother. All of my grandparents were from Grotte and so was my father.

  10. Valerio says:

    salve vorrei conoscere il censimento a ritroso del paese di grotte per andare ad individuare i miei antenati

  11. Barbara says:

    Are you in Grotte? We are here until Monday. What do you charge to help us look and translate the docs in the civil or church records. Thanks

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