Genealogy in Delia

If you search your ancestors in Delia, in the province of Caltanissetta, Sicilia region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.This is where to start your family history research.

Civil Records in Delia

In towns and villages of Sicilia and in Caltanissetta province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Delia town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to get your Italian Citizenship and you need official certificates from Delia, please follow this link)

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So, if your ancestors lived in Delia during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Delia 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 advices to search in Sicilia and of course in Delia too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Delia 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 go on quickly in your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Delia. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Delia archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Caltanissetta province are:
Alessi, Amato, Amico, Anzalone, Burgio, Cammarata, Caruso, Cascino, Catalano, Di Dio, Falzone, Faraci, Ferrara, Ferrigno, Giannone, Giardina, Giordano, Giunta, Greco, Licata, Lombardo, Macaluso, Mancuso, Marino, Martorana, Mastrosimone, Messina, Milazzo, Mistretta, Morreale, Nicosia, Noto, Palermo, Palumbo, Piazza, Polizzi, Riggi, Rizzo, Romano, Russo, Sanfilippo, Scicolone, Sorce, Spinello, Valenza, Vella, Ventura, Vullo.

Church Records in Delia

Church archives in Caltanissetta 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 Sicilia started during 1500!

They are far less accessible expecially from abroad and very hard to read and decipher if you are not used and skilled.
But our local genealogists, are graduated in history and archivistics so, with their expertise, they can research the church registers of Delia on your behalf.

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

MARIA SS. DELL’ITRIA – P.zza Itria

MARIA SS. DI LORETO – Via Trento, 7

Anyway for our experience, 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 your holidays in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy .
(Remember that archives are not open to public and officers and priests are not required by law to give you access to the local archives)
With the results gathered by our genealogist before your arrival, you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps.

Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the State Archives.
If you are in Sicilia and you are able to decipher old italian handwritten documents you can reach the archive here:
Archivio di Stato di Caltanissetta

Address: via P. Borsellino, 2/2a – Caltanissetta
Phone: +390934591600
Days and opening hours: mon, wed, thu, sat: 8,00 – 13,30; tue, fri: 8,00 – 18,00 weekly closing: Sunday; no reservation

If you need a professional help from our local genealogist in Delia area , write to delia@italianside.com or fill the form here.

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

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11 thoughts on “Genealogy in Delia”

  1. Are there any historical photos from the mid to late 1800’s of the mounted militia? My husband’s great grandfather, Paolo (a.k.a. Paolino) Amico was a resident of Delia. On his death record, at age 48, in February of 1885, it stated he was a mounted militia. I wonder if group or individual photos may be available from that time frame.

  2. My dad’s father Alphonso LaDelia came to the state when he was 13, I think. It would have been around 1911. I am wondering if he was given this name because he didn’t understand English. I knew he was born around Caltinestta. I just found out there was a town near there called Delia. I hope to visit, and see if I have any family there.

  3. I, George am the American grandson of Giacinto Gallo, born 1887 in Delia. It is known that there was a Luigi Gallo that was my great grandparent. Believing that
    Giacinto was the firstborn son and knowing how rigid was adherence to the naming convention it is expected that Luigi would have been a son of an earlier Giacinto, and thus my great great grandparent having lived from about 1830 as a Contadino in Delia. I wish to learn the surnames of the spouses of any of the above.

  4. I understand that five most common surnames in Delia Caltanissetta are Genova, Gallo, Banchieri, Strazzeri & Borzellino, and I think on that order. Hundreds for Gallo in fact. Yet those do not turn up in the most prominent list of Greater Caltanissetta. Curious!

  5. I don’t see a pin for Reano searching yet, but only one for Pinerolo. Hoping the COVID has not made difficulty for you.

  6. I am trying to find birth and marriage records for my family, named Cosentino. I previously had photos of church records but they got lost in our move. My Great grandfather’s name was Constantino Cosentino and my great grandmother’s name was Rocca (Rose) Diglioria. They were both from Caltanissetta Sicily. I believe my great grandfather worked in the salt mines.

    1. Hello Sheryl. I am in USA but understand that Vaughn Canada is a place full of Deliani expatriates. I am told this by a DNA 3rd cousin of mine whose ancestry includes the name Cosentino.

  7. I am looking for someone to help me build my family tree further, which I have currently come to a road block as of right now. I have created a family tree on Ancestry.ca and I can’t seem to find more of my maternal lineage which I know goes back to Delia, Caltanissetta from Canada, where I currently was born and where I currently reside. My mother’s maiden surname is Cosentino, which I know is a predominately Calabrese surname but I know our family is from Sicily, but I don’t know if they could have immigrated over from Calabria or anywhere else.
    If there is someone who could help me with this and to discuss next steps in the process that would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you Kindly,

    Alicia Hartsman

    1. Allo, Alicia. I had grandparents from Delia, me a fourth cousin named Cosentino who is in Vaughn Ontario, a sister city to Delia. If you wish I will forward it to the lady who does have a tree underway. She also has Mancuso in her ancestry.

      1. Hello George. I am a Cosentino in London Ont. Family originally from Delia. My grandmothers maidan name was Mancuso. Married name Lauricella. My name is Luigi.

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