Genealogy in Ribera

If you search your ancestors in Ribera, Sicilia, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Sicilia and in Agrigento province registry offices were established around 1820: it means that you could find information in Ribera registrar as of that date.

So, if your ancestors were in Ribera in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Ribera to know more.

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Ribera 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 Ribera. As more your surname is common in Ribera, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Ribera 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 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 Ribera and Agrigento province, you could plan to investigate churches’ archives by yourself (or with us!), but from abroad is very difficult to obtain any result unless you find a reliable local help.
Church archives 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 Ribera 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 Palermo.


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 Ribera 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 ribera@italianside.com our expert in Ribera area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


15 Comments

  1. Kacey says:

    Hi there! I’m looking for information for my grandfather whose family is from Ribera. His last name is Corsentino. I hope to find something for him.

  2. Ann says:

    Hi im trying to locate family of Frank Perricone, born in Ribeira Italy

  3. Rachel says:

    Hello, I am trying to find a death record on my Grandfather – Pellegrino Aquila, Born: April 4, 1903 in Ribera, Sicily. His parents were Paolo Aquila and Rosaria Novaro. My GF was re-married to Accursia Curreri on March 12,1937 in Ribera,Sicily. How do I find his death and burial record? Thank you.

  4. Richard says:

    I am trying to find out anything about my Grandfather, Pietro Vincenzo Cortese. Born in 1874. Died in Chicago 12/06/1899. Married Madelena (many spellings) in Chicago 01/03/1898, they had 2 children born in Chicago, Giacinto Charles (my father born in 1898 & Pietro born in Jan’1900. Any assistance or direction would be greatly appreciated. Looking for name of mother, father and/or any sisters, also confirmation of place of birth.

  5. Rosie says:

    Hi I am trying to locate my grandmothers family. Her name was Anna Georgina and her fathers name was Salvatore Vincenzo I think and mother’s name Maria. She married an Indian soldier during the Second World War and she left Italy with him around 1947 She also had a small daughter that she took to India with her. but I’m not sure if she was fathered by the Indian soldier or not. She also had three brothers and 6 sisters. She was the youngest of 10 siblings. I know two of the brothers names. One was Giovanni and the other Pasquale. She would often say that Giovanni was part of the Sicilian Mafia. My grandma passed away a few years ago but my mother really wants to know her family especially as she is not sure who her real father is. If anyone has any information I would be grateful

  6. Kelly says:

    Hi, I’m trying to find out some information about my ancestors, who I believe may have been from Ribera, Agrigento, Sicily. My grandfather, Luigi Montana was born in Ribera, in December between 1891 -1893. His father’s name was Saverio Montana. My grandfather came to the USA in 1906, at the age of 14 (per passenger records) that states at that time his residence was Sciacca, Sicily. When he arrived here in the USA through Ellis Island ( New York/New Jersey) his name was changed to Louis Mondana. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, so very much.
    Sincerely, Kelly Mondana

  7. Audrey says:

    Looking for any information on Andrea Trizzino, who was born between 1895-1905 or where Italian soldiers who were killed in Workd War 2 are buried. My grandfather died in Pola I believe but not sure of the date.

  8. Maria says:

    just found out my grandmother was born in Agrigento, not sure if it was the city or the province, we always thought that she was born in Delia, Caltanisetta, her name was Guiseppina Augello and she married Ignazio Mancuso. She was born January 1, 1898 or 1899. I am thinking she may have been born in Ribera? Not sure.

  9. Rosa says:

    I am looking for anyone with these names in this area; they went to New York USA. THANKS.
    Stefano Liatto or Liotta 8/20/1888 Sicily, Laura Migliorino 12/12/1889 Sicily,

  10. Forté says:

    Hi
    I’m looking to see if someone related to us in Ribera Sicily has died.
    I’m trying to find the relevant office where his would be registered.
    Please if you can forward me offices to contact to see if his death is registered

  11. Frank says:

    Looking for family of Leo Novara born about 1890 also family of Peter Chetta born about same time
    They lived in Ribera

  12. David Hurst says:

    Hi, I am looking for Margherita Aprile’s birth day and parents, We know she lived in Ribera before she moved to the US at the age of 14 in 1912; therefore, she would have been born in 1898, From her death and marriage certificates we know that her Fathers Name was Pellegrino Aprile but that is all we have on him. Please any help you have would be GREAT!!!

  13. Christopher says:

    Looking for ancestry information on mother’s side of the family. The following is what I have discovered not sure if all is correct.

    GGGF-GIACCHINO CARDINALE (I BELIEVE BORN RIBERA, SICILIA AREA)
    GGGM-LOUISE PUCCIO (I BELIEVE BORN RIBERA, SICILIA AREA)

    GGF-ANTONINO GARAMELLA (BORN RIBERA, SICILIA AREA IMM. 1902 TO NEW YORK AGE 29)
    GGM-NICOLINA CARDINALE (BORN RIBERA, SICILIA AREA IMM. 1904 W/CHILDREN VITO & GIACCHINO TO N/Y)
    CHILDREN:
    VITO (BORN RIBERA, SICILIA AREA IMM. 1904 W/NICHOLINA TO NEW YORK AGE 6)
    GIACCHINO (BORN RIBERA, SICILIA AREA IMM. 1904 W/NICHOLINA TO N/Y AGE 4)
    MARY (BORN EITHER NEW YORK OR FAIRFIELD CONN)
    JOSPHINE (BORN EITHER NEW YORK OR FAIRFIELD CONN)
    PHILLIP (BORN EITHER NEW YORK OR FAIRFIELD CONN)
    MAMIE (BORN EITHER NEW YORK OR FAIRFIELD CONN)
    MICHAEL (BORN EITHER NEW YORK OR FAIRFIELD CONN)
    SALVATURE (BORN EITHER NEW YORK OR FAIRFIELD CONN)
    CATHERINE (BORN FAIRFIELD CONN)
    GM-CATHERINE GARAMELLA
    M-JOANNE L GARAMELLA
    Thank You
    Christopher

  14. Heather says:

    Hi I am trying to do a family tree for my Italian side of the family my search has hit a block because i’m not sure where to go next I did find out my great grand father was from Ribera, Agrigento. his named was Emanuel Giordano he was born in January of 1896 his parents names were Matteo and Santa Zito he immigrated to the United States in 1911 I was just wondering if you could get me any more information or if there were any more distant relatives in the area. Thank you, Heather

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