Genealogy in Grotte

If you search your ancestors in Grotte, 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 Grotte

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 Grotte town hall archives as of that date.

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

So, if your ancestors lived in Grotte during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Grotte 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 Grotte too!

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

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 Grotte on your behalf.

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

B.M.V. DEL MONTE CARMELO – P.zza Umberto

S. ROCCO – P.zza Fratelli Bandiera

S. VENERA – P.zza Marconi

S. ROCCO – P.zza Fratelli Bandiera

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

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 genealogists write to grotte@italianside.com or follow this link.

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

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24 Comments

  1. Sherri says:

    Hello, I am looking for information on my great-grandmother and great-great grandparents that were from Grotte and came to New York around 1915. Gaetano DiRosa married to Giovanna Mule and their daughter Marianna (Mary) DiRosa (or DeRosa, DiRose). My great grandmother Mary was around 15 went they left Grotte. Thank you.

  2. Steve says:

    Hello I’m trying to find out where my grandfather Stefano boscarino lived in Grotte back in 1920. In 1920 he was 16 years old and left for America
    Anyone that can help I would appreciate it
    Thank you and god bless

  3. charles says:

    my grandfather was Cologero Arnone come to us possibly 1895-2010. He was a police officer in Grotte workedvin coal mines close to punxitauny pennsilvania

  4. 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?
    Thanks.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Tony says:

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

  9. 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
      Joe

    • 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…

      • John says:

        My uncle and my grandmother were named costanza.they were raised be there grandparents.there parents being dead.my name is john agnello

        • Alexa says:

          My grandfather was Domenic Costanza who married Florence Lamendola, who was related to the Morreale family in Agrigento. We hope to visit Agrigento in the next few years and want to track down any family members of Domenick Costanza, who served in WW2 and settled in Western Pennsylvania in the coal mines.

          • Kelly says:

            My grandfather was Salvatore Lamendola and he was married to Vincenza Costanza. They are both from Grotte, and immigrated to Arnold, Pennsylvania. Many Costanzas, Licatas, Butera, Cippolas moved to that town.
            Also, my husband’s family coincidentally is from the same village of Grotte. Our last name is Boscarino.

      • Tom says:

        My grandfather Charlie Frisicano was from Grotte, he came to Rochester by in 190? and married Pauline Rizzo whose family came from Serra do Falco, Charlie had brothers Peter, Tony, Victor and sister Rose (Infantino). The youngest sister never emigrated, I think her name was Annunciatta. Would love to know if any Rochester connections.

    • 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?

  10. Mindy says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    • Alexa says:

      I had an aunt Mary Bellavia in Western Pennslyvania, who was formerly a Lamendola…

  13. Valerio says:

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

  14. 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