Genealogy in Santa Margherita di Belice

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Santa Margherita di Belice 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 Santa Margherita di Belice. As more your surname is common in Santa Margherita di Belice, as more it could be difficult to find the exact family branches in Santa Margherita di Belice 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 Santa Margherita di Belice 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 Santa Margherita di Belice 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 Santa Margherita di Belice, or if you have questions regarding your family in Santa Margherita di Belice, 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 Santa Margherita di Belice area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Janine says:

    My name is Janine McClintic, My maiden name is Frisina. My grandfather Tony Frisina came to the US circa 1920. He came through Ellis Island settling in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He came over with two brothers Dominic and Joseph. I know the sisters remained in Dellianova. My family is traveling to Italy in June 2020. I’d like to track down family, but since I don’t speak a lick of Italian nor do I have any family records I’m not hopeful. I believe one of the sisters is name Euphamia Frisina.

  2. joe says:

    Hello, My father is from SMDB Morreale , there were 7 siblings, Rocco, Giuseppe ( father DOB 1903 ) , Rose , Maria, Margret, Nancy and Grace. All but Grace came to NYC and my grandmother, Angelina Giaccone Morreale. My aunt Grace married a Bilello and had a son Anthony/ Nino. My grandfather is Leonardo Morreale born 1854. My father was born 1903 and was the last to leave SMDB in 1919. I was in SMDB in 2018 first time and i dont speak Italian but did look though the cemetery for my grandmother and aunt whom i never meet. Hope this help and if you anything about the Morreale’s or Giaccone please let me know.

    • Bobbie says:

      I live on the farm in WV that Guiseppe (your father?) owned and Rocco lived at. I’ve done some research on the family. I don’t know if it’s anything helpful.

  3. Joe says:

    Hi! My grandfather came to NY through Ellis Island in 1911 from Santa Margherita di Belice. His name was Francesco Iannazzo. Has anyone heard of this last name. It doesn’t seem like a very common name. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks-

  4. Nairy says:

    Hi, my name is Nairy Lumia. My fathers Name was Leonardo Lumia Lombardo and reached Venezuela in 1959 from Santa Margarita de Belice. He shamely died some years ago. I would like to know a little big more about my ancestors in Italy or around the world. My grandfathers name was Pietro Lumia and grandmother Adelaide Lombardo. Hope to have information soon.

    Kind regards,

    Nairy Lumia

  5. Jo says:

    My Grandfather is Gaspare Marchese born in 1871 feb 12 or 14 in santa margherita de belice We have a copy of his birth cert but can not read it. We would like to know who his parents are so we can continue our family tree. His marriage lic to Marianna Marchese in 1885 October states parents unknown . Seems his birth cert states the same thing..Gaspare came to America in 1907 with his daughter anna. How can we know for sure who his brith parents are?. If you have any ideas let me know. Ms. J Mandia

  6. Sean says:

    I am looking for any information on a Giovanni Mangiaracina or Mangiaruva (born around 1725 in Santa Margherita di Belice). He was possibly married to Anne Moraina and may have moved to Menfi at some time. Does anyone know of any Mangiaracina/Mangiaruva in Santa Margherita di Belice in the early 1700s or late 1600s.
    Thank you,

  7. Donna says:

    My grandfather, Pellegrino Giambalvo, was born in Santa Margherita di Belice in the late 1800’s. He married a woman named Angelina (Angela?) Tardi and together they had about 9 children. Alll born in NY with the exception of one born in New Jersey. My information is limited. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  8. Amy says:

    My father’s family has Sicilian roots, but the origin is unclear. My last lead suggested Santa Margherita. The last name is Gennosa. They immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s.

  9. Benito says:

    My Name is Benito Lizardi and I think my great grandfather is a decedent of Santa Margherita di Belice. My great grandfather Benito Licciardi moved to La Paz, Mexico around 1847 and was born around 1820.My great great grandfather name was Giuseppe Benito Licciardi(1800) and my great great grandmother name was Maria Cecilia Licciardi. I would like to know if there are records showing that they were decedents
    of Santa Margherita di Belice.

  10. Bruce says:

    My great grandfather and relatives are from this area and came to New York and settled in New York in the 1880’s i believe.Great grand father came over in early 1880-1890.Great grandfathers name was Franseco Turano and grand fathers name was Frank Guseppi Turano and past the name of Frank Turano to my father and onto my brother and his son.I am the son Bruce M.Turano.Any information on my family of this name and came over and settled in New York would be much appreciated.

  11. Rosemary says:

    My grandfather Marco Serra was born in Santa Margherita Belice in 1861 and emigrated to the US in 1910. He had 2 sons Ferdinando born in 1900 and Pietro in 1897. My grandmother stayed behind due to illness. Her name was Giacomina and I think her maiden name was Marino. I am looking for information on my grandmother and her family.
    Thank you very much

    • Anne says:

      Pretty sure we are related. My grandmother’s maiden name was Serra. Her siblings were born in Santa Margherita De Belice. She was the youngest as was born in NYC.

  12. Nick says:

    I’m trying to determine my family origins from Sicily. Old names passed along Great-Great Grandfather Nicolo Giuseppe Mule (???) #5 Margherita Belice Italy 31. Don’t know the connection. My Great Grandfather was Giuseppe Mule married to Angela Ciaccio. Shows he immigrated to the U.S. as widowed in 1908. Two sons (that I know of) Nicola or Nicolo (my Grand Father) born 20 September 1868 immigrated to the U.S. 1899 on-board S.S. Bolivar from Palermo to New Orleans. He had a brother Giuseppe Mule maybe birth-date 06 September 1873. Also immigrated to U.S. date ?? We know the family said they were from Agrigento but no details were ever given. Is this enough information and background to do something?? Where do I go from here? Thank you very much.

  13. anthony says:

    my grandfather’s name was giacomo bilello. he was 34 years old when he emigrated from santa margarita di belice to usa(new york city) in 1894. he arrived in new york city in august 1894. if this is correct that would mean he was born in 1860.

    my grandmother was gracia bilello and she was 29 years old when she emigrated with her daughter dominica from santa margarita di belice to usa in 1894. she arrived in new york city in july of grandmother’s maiden name was giarraputo. her year of birth would be 1865.

    i do not know the date that my grandmother and grandfather were married but i do know they were married in Sicily and i assume they were married in santa margarita di belice.

    i am trying to determine if they had any brothers and sisters who stayed in santa margarita di belice and if they had children and ultimately if you can help me to determine if i have any relatives living today in santa margarita di belice.

    i have made travel plans to visit santa margarita di belice in September this year and any assistance you can give to me would be greatly appreciated.

    • jayne says:

      I know this is an old post but I guess I’ll reply! My dad/grandpa are Bilellos from S.M.D.B. My grandfather came to the U.S. in the 1930’s. I’d love to get more info about the Bilello family history.

    • EZ says:


      My husband’s last name is Bilello, he is from Sambuca di Sicilia.

      Would you like to exchange some information in hopes of shading some light on Bilellos family?

  14. Sylvester says:

    My grandfather Francesco (Frank) Abruzzo was born in Santa Margherita and immigrated to US in 1914. He married Anna Insinga here in the US. Her family was from Santa Margherita. Great grandfather was Felice Insinga and Greatgrandmother was Domenica (Mauceri) Insinga. Don’t know great grandfather Abruzzo’s first name, but know my grandfather had a brother named Sylvester Abruzzo.
    I think Abruzzo’s still live in Santa Margherita. Anyone know them?

    • Kathleen says:

      Hello Sylvester,
      The name of your grandfather caught my eye. In researching my own grandparents… I was presented with the name Cruzzo Froncasca as the uncle who met my grandmother when she arrived at Ellis Island in 1906. That was a month ago. Today I received the same immigration record for my grandfather. None of these records match… There is a slight difference between 1). actual photocopy of the ship’s manifest and; 2). there is a difference between the transcript or typed out version of the same document.

      Arrival June 19, 1906

      [Line 16 grandmother]: Cruzzo Froncasca (Uncle) – but on the ship’s handwritten manifest I see, “uncle Abrusso Francasca aunt”

      [Line 17grandfather]: Abruzzo Froncerco (Uncle) – but on the ship’s handwritten manifest I see, “uncle Abrusso Froncasco”

      When I look at my grandmother and grandfather’s names, they placed the last name first. So basically I am looking for an uncle Frank Abrusso who met both my grandparents at the dock. Translation: Froncasca Abrusso. Also, if an aunt shared the same name she would have been Francis Abrusso.

  15. Christopher says:


    Two sets of my great grandparents came through Ellis Island. I believe one set came from S. Margherita.

    Calogero (Charles) Colletta (Colletti) and wife Francesca came from Sicily in 1906 and 1907 respectively. Calogero sailed on the SS Republic from Naples on 15 June 1906 and arrived in NY on the 30th, paid for by his cousin. He petitioned for naturalization on 3 February 1928. Francesca came with all the children the following year. I would like to know whether or not they are indeed from Santa Margherita and any other information. He was only 20 years old when he left.

    Thanks for any help in advance!

    • Charlie says:

      Hi, as i’m on here researching my grandfathers origin, I know he came from Santa Marguerita,
      I saw your grandfathers name. My Grandfather and father and I and my son all have the same name.Very interesting. We don’t know when the “E” on the end started.

  16. Karen says:

    My grandfather, Ernesto Civitella, was born in Lauro, Italy. His birthday is December 8, 1895 or December 13, 1895. His parents names were Luigi Civitella and Francesca Lombardi. I do not know their birthdays but would like any information on them including names of churches that might hold the records or state archive contact information. Grazie! – Karen

  17. Thomas says:

    I am looking for any information on my maternal grandparents. He is Gaspare Mangiaracina, she Adenzia Randazzo. They both dies in Brooklyn NY, he August 24, 1941, she 1939. There are numerous people named Gaspare Mangiaracina. I see a record that shows his parents were Calogero Mangiaracina and Antonina Gennusa, but I cant be sure if that is correct. If this is scorrect, were Calogero’s parents Calogero and Rosalia Gulotta? Thanks for your help.

    • Calogero says:

      Calogero Digiovanna married to Rosalia Gulotta in 1903, were my great grandparents. Gaspar DiGiovanna was my father but I know of no family with surname Mangiaracina. That name does not appear in my 7000+ persons ancestry family tree at all.
      Sorry I can be of no more help.

  18. katherine says:

    I am trying to find information about my grandfather Sebastian fresta he migrated to Australia 1950ish he married a Nancy(nunzia) giacona around palermo

  19. Catalanotto says:

    My dad’s family came from San Margherita, Sicily. The name was Joseph or
    Guiseppe & Providenza. Children born tere we Anthony, Frances & Paterina. Two others were born in USA- were Lena & Gaspare. Any info you can provide would be gratefully appreciated. When I last was there, there were no records of Catalanotto but I didn’t get to a church. Can you help?
    Is there another San Margherita in Sicily?

  20. Tara says:


    I am looking for information on my family. Here is the line I’ve made so far… Keep in mind I am just starting this. So far I have my father, Roger Brusso, he has 1 brother named Leonard.
    Their parents names are Leonard Brusso and Ida Tollhurst. Leonard Brusso’s parents were Jacob Abruzzo and Walburga Schrauth Abruzzo. They had 3 children… Leonard, Edward Abruzzo and Joseph Abruzzo. I found somewhere that Jacobs father’s name was Guiseppe but I am pretty much stuck. I know Jacob abruzzo was born in Italy and immigrated here in the early 1900’s. Does anyone have any info or ties to this family?

    • Kathleen says:

      Hi Tara, I am also looking into the last name Abrusso in connection with the arrival of my grandparents in 1906.

      Grandmother’s name: Vita Di Vita (born 1876 – St Margherita di Belize)
      Grandfather’s name: Giuseppe Oliveri (born 1977 – St Margherita di Belize)

      So basically, I am looking for my Great Grandparents and the only connection I have so far is an uncle Froncasco Abrusso (Francis or Frank Abrusso).

      Abrusso is also the name of a Sicilian town just as Vita is. I don’t know where Abrusso is, but Vita is from the province of Trapani. St Margherita di Belize is from the province of Agrigento.

    • Brent says:

      Yes I am from luciano abruzzo who was born in Santa margherita de belice, sicily, antonino abruzzo born in Brooklyn, then pamela abruzzo born in michigan. I have a bunch of documents and we are in the process of finding luciano’s original birth certificate in Santa margherita de belice sicily

  21. Bob says:

    I am helping an older friend whose great grandparents came from the town.

    Ignazio Artale and Calogera Abruzzo – They had a few children

    Giuseppe Abruzzo born about 1813 married Antonina Ricca in 29 Nov 1839.

    Grandparents – Giuseppe (Joseph ) Abruzzo

    BIRTH 15 JAN 1860 • Santa Margherita Belice, Italy
    DEATH 19 AUG 1938 • 116-33 217th St., Queens, New York
    Saveria Artale
    BIRTH 1867 • Santa Margherita Belice, Italy
    DEATH 17 JAN 1934 • Queens, New York, USA

    Any help to trace further back would be helpful. He is 84 and the last of his generation that he knows.

    • Amanda says:

      I am looking for information on my family. I am the great granddaughter of Leonardo Abruzzo who was born about June 29 1890 in Santa Margherita di Belice. Have you found any further information on your side? Maybe my great grandfather is a brother or relative of some sort? I can’t find anything past my great grandfather.

  22. Jennifer says:

    I would like to know more information about my paternal family tree. My last name is Morreale.
    Here is what I know. My father and siblings were born in Brooklyn, his parents were from Sicily, mother is Nenetta Lamarca I don’t believe from s. Margarita. But my grandfather was from s, margarita and his family, his name is Guiseppi Morreale and has siblings were Nino, Rocco, Maria, grace and Margaret Morreale, there parents were Angelia Morreale maiden name Giacconi and I believe Leonard Morreale. That is all I know about my family and would appreciate any help you offer.

  23. Cynthia says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather Calogero Rollo, who was born in Santa Margarita,Sicily in the late 1800s and came to the US with his siblings when he was 15. His parents were Giacchino Rollo and Provedencia Rollo. His brothers were Giuseppe Rollo and Antonio Rollo. His parents did not come. He later married Antonina Billello who was also from Sicily. Her mother was Josephina and father Joseph.They did come to the US.

  24. Graciela says:

    MI NOMBRE ES Graciela Marzolino mi abuelo Jose Marzolino nació en Santa Margarita de Belice 1890,con 6 años un padrino lo trajo ARGENTINA sus padres murieron en la guerra
    muchas gracias por la información

  25. Jim says:

    Thanks for your assistance! I am looking for information on my great grandmother Maria la Sala and wonder if you can help? She was from Santa marguerite di belie from over 100 years ago.

    • Nick says:

      Yeah, that was my grandmother’s name too. Best to go there and look at the grave stones for a better understanding.

  26. Ed Randazzo says:

    I would appreciate any information about Francesco Randazzo who was my paternal grandfather. I was told that he owned a bakery in Santa Margherita in the early 1900s.
    Thank you.

  27. April says:

    I am looking for information on my great-great-grandparents and their family line in Italy. Their names where Giuseppe (Joseph) Prizzi born 06/23/1872 and Natala Ciaccio born 01/13/1979.

    There is one storythat the family does tell. That when Grandpa Joe Prizzi left Italy, that he gave the land they had to the town to build a hospital. I believe the town named the hospital Prizzi after him. I am not sure what town it is in, since he came from Menfi and not Prizzi, but would love to know.

    The did live in Santa Margherita di Belice Italy, and moved to NY.

    Thanks for helping!!

    April 🙂

    • Gina says:

      Hi April,

      I see that this is from 2 years ago, so I hope you see this! Natalia and Giuseppe are my great-grandparents. Who is your grandparent from the Prizzi side of the family? Pauline is my grandmother.

      The Prizzi family moved to Wallingford, CT after NY and bought some property. They had a farm. When the children were older, they gave some of them pieces of the property so they could build homes on. Of their children, Pauline, Marion, and Lena (Antonina) are the only ones still living. I have also heard the story about the hospital, but I can’t recall who told me it. I will have to ask about it. If you are still interested in learning more about this side of the family, please get in touch!


  28. Vicki says:

    My son and I have just started doing research on my family. We have hit a dead end. We found my great grandparents. Ignazio and Antonina Gulotta. They were both from Santa Margherita Belice, Italy. He came to NY in 1907. No specific year for her other than the 1900’s. I have no maiden name for her. she was born in 1/1895 and he was born 8/18/1890.
    If their is anyting you can help me with or guid me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated!!!!

  29. Christopher says:

    My name is Christopher Ciaccio and my family are decedents of Santa Margherita di Belice. My Grandfather Leonard Ciaccio moved to New York City around 1900. I am trying to find information about my family and to find relatives in the town. My grandmother Rose Saitta was also from the town. Any family you can give is appreciated.

    Much thanks, Chris

    • Raquel says:

      Hola… Mi abuelo materno se llamaba Gaspare Ciaccio, hijo de Giorgio Ciaccio y Estefanía Infantino, ambos de Santa Margarita di Belicce. Gaspare nació en 1889. A los 18 años viajó a Argentina.

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