Genealogy in Menfi

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

If your goal is family history, you need to know that registry offices in Menfi, as in Agrigento province, were established around 1820: it means that you could find records in Menfi 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 Menfi, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Sicilia and in Menfi too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Menfi 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 Menfi. As more your surname is common in Menfi, as more it could be difficult to find the exact family branches in Menfi 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 Menfi 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 Menfi 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

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
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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 Menfi, or if you have questions regarding your family in Menfi, 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 menfi@italianside.com our expert in Menfi area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

9 Comments

  1. LINDA says:

    I AM SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION ON PAOLO DOMENICHO SOSTINE DI GAVINO OR PAOLO GIVINO BORN IN MENFI IN 1844 AND EMIGRATED TO ENGLAND WHERE HE BECAME NATURALISED. HE MARRIED ELLEN AMELIA CLEAVER IN 1872 AND HAD 10 CHILDREN…. ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE MOST WELCOME.

  2. Joey says:

    Hello,

    I am looking for information for my great-grandfather, Antonino (Antonio) Giaramito (possibly spelled Giaramita), born 1861, and his wife Rosa Giaramita. I believe she was also from Menfi.

    I am looking for their birth certificates and marriage certificate. They left Sicily for the U.S. in 1900.

    Grazie Mille!

  3. Calogero says:

    I am looking for a birth certificate for Vincent (Vincenzo) Modica said to be born in Menfi 13 December 1867.

    Sto cercando un certificato di nascita di Vincent (Vincenzo) Modica ha detto di essere nato a Menfi 13 dicembre 1867.

  4. Christine says:

    I am trying to get a copy of the birth certificate of Pietro Mandracchia,born November 27,1882, in Menfi, Agrigento province, Sicily. Can you tell me the address of the town hall in Menfi? Thank you

  5. Linda says:

    The family name I am researching is Buschier, Buschieri, etc. The full name is Dominic Buschieri in the 16th century.

    • James says:

      Hello Linda,

      My name is James. I am also a descendent of Dominic Buschier. I was wondering if you ever received a real back or have you you discovered any new information about Dominic that suggests that he was from Sicily? If so, I would greatly appreciate any you could provide.

      • Marilyn says:

        Hi James and Linda,
        I also am trying to find out more information on Dominic Buschier (Buscemi) . Although I have seen that his name may have been Buscemi (and that he changed it to Buschier when he moved to France) – I don’t know how reliable that information is. However I did see his name in a list of French Huguenot surnames in a list from the National Huguenot Society. This would make sense as there were a number of French Huguenots who immigrated to England around that time due to persecution.

        I hope this helps some. 🙂

  6. Phyllis says:

    Searching for Salvatore cusumano who was born in menifi in 1880 and emigrated to usa in 1898. He married rose cacioppo from sambucca in in the USA in 1901.

  7. Mistie says:

    My family is the Mule’ from Menfi. I am looking for info on them. Ty

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