Genealogy in Marianopoli

If you search your ancestors in Marianopoli, 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 Marianopoli

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 Marianopoli town hall archives as of that date.

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


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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Marianopoli from the Italian Unification (1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.


To go on quickly in your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Marianopoli. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Marianopoli 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 Marianopoli

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 Marianopoli on your behalf.

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

S. PROSPERO – Via Madrice

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 Marianopoli area , write to 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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14 thoughts on “Genealogy in Marianopoli”

  1. My grandparents are from
    Marianopoli Sicily. August and Mary (Vullo) Cali. They had 5 children. My mom Wanda is their youngest. I visited there for one month in 1984. I have aunts, uncles, and cousins there still. I’m
    Interested in dual citizenship and to visit again someday.

  2. My great grandfather was Giuseppe DeFrancisco and my great grandmother was Maria Cordaro and her sister was Rose. The siblings and my aunts and uncles were—. Sainty, Carmella, Josephine, Marie, Caroline, Angeline, Sarah, Christine, Sam, Paul, and my grandfather Anthony. I think my aunt Sainty ( who I never met) her husbands family lives here. My great grandfather’s mother I THINK was Calogera Macaluso. I would love to find some of my family roots if anyone can help me please. Very proud of my Sicilian roots✌🏻

  3. I am looking into my husbands grandfather his last name is Munella – I was trying to find when and why is grandpa came to the United States and if any family still lives in Marianopoli

    1. My great grandmothers maiden name is spelled Manuela Mary married Guiseppe Auria settled in Jamestown, NY. They had eight children I am not sure if spelling maybe was mixed up we could have a connection possibly.

      1. Christopher,
        My father’s father emigrated to Jamestown NY from Marianopoli in the early 1900s. My dad’s family lived on Cole Ave in Jamestown until the mid-1990s. Unfortunately, we lost my dad (the youngest of 6). He was the last remaining offspring to have any of the family history.
        The family name was Agro in Marianopoli but was changed at Ellis Island. Digging through some of his files, I found reference to the town of Marianopoli and his mother’s maiden name (Lombardo). By chance, are any of your great grandmother’s family still in or around Jamestown? Wonder if the families were acquainted?

  4. Hello,

    I am Robert Scott, partner of Teresa Lisciandra who was born in Marianopoli 1946. Her father is Luigi Lisciandra, Mother (deceased) Tommassina (Sciafanno, maiden name). All from Marianopoli. They left Sicily for USA in 1955.

    We are looking for any and all information on family in the area.

    Thank you in advance for any information provided.

  5. I recently found out that my grandfather’s sister, Sainty Defrancisco married a Lombardo. And that maybe the Lombardo family still live in Marionopoli Sicily. My grandfather was Anthony Defrancisco , who’s sisters were Marie, Carmella, Sainty, Angeline, Sarah, Josephine, Caroline, and brother Sam. I will be visiting soon and need help. Grazie. Andrea

    1. Andrea,
      I just found this website. I saw your post from 2017 citing your family names: Anthony Marie, Carmella, Sainty, Angeline, Sarah, Josephine, Caroline, and brother Sam.
      My grandmother was Caroline DeFransico and I met her sisters Angeline, Sarah, and Josephine when I was young. Could be very coincidental, but maybe not. From my understanding, Caroline’s family was in the states when my grandfather Michele Argo emigrated from Marianopolis and soon thereafter married Caroline (considerably younger than my grandfather). Grandpa passed in ’74, grandma not until ’94 or ’95.
      I am curious if you learned anything from your question in 2017 that you may be willing to share. Also, are you in touch with are any other descendants of the DeFrancisco/Lombardo families or are they on this site?

  6. Hi there! My great grandparents, Carmela Restivo and Calogero Guizzotti married in marinanopli (Isnello?) in about 1915 and immigrated to the states in 1920. I found a very extensive tree on my grandmother’s side (restivo) but nothing on the paternal side (guizzotti). Any Guizzottis in Marianopoli? I’d love to visit one day ❤️

    1. Hi! My Mom, Sister and I stayed with your grandparents on Tenth street in Buffalo while looking for a home after moving from Jamestown. They were some of the nicest people I’ve ever known. I have no idea about their genealogy, but my maternal grandparents (Fasciana) were also from Marianopoli.
      Small world, huh?

  7. I’m looking for info on my family , great grandfather guiseppie Defrancesco and my great grandmother Maria Antonia Cordaro. My great grandmothers father was a doctor. The name was Cordoro or Cordaro. The Defrancisco name was spelled Difrancesco and Defrancesco. My great grandmothers sister was Rosario Cordaro. My great grandfathers mother was Calogera Macaluso. Can you help me?

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