Genealogy in Riesi

If you search your ancestors in Riesi, 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 Caltanissetta province registry offices were established around 1820: it means that you could find information in Riesi registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Riesi 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 Riesi. As more your surname is common in Riesi, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Riesi archives 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 archives in Caltanissetta 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 Riesi and Caltanissetta 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 Caltanissetta 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 Riesi and Caltanissetta 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 Riesi 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 Riesi area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Pam says:

    Miss spelling on my grandmother’s last name it Pascia and her mother’s was Concetta

  2. Pam says:

    I am working on my family tree and in doing some research i found out I have family still residing in riesi that may be connected to my father his father left sicily in the late 1800 too early 1900 his name was Giuseppe Alfonso & his wife Palma Pascoe they had 4 children when they left also in my research I found his mother’s name is Concerts Alfonso could not find maiden name of his father. If anyone out there could help me i would appreciate it.

  3. Lorraine says:

    I happened upon this site because I was looking up Riesi, Sicily trying to find information on my father and Geandparents, My father was born in Riesi Sicily in 1904 to Phillipe Tardanico (DOB approx 1880) and Rosaria Rindone. They came to the U S A in 1912 with four children and settled in Boston MA. On a trip to Italy many years ago, we traveled to Riesi and connected with a family named Tardanico. We are not sure if we are related and we didn’t have time to check records at the church or registry on my grandparents. I want to pass on information to my children and grandchildren. I was told by my Mother that my grandfather Philippe was an orphan which really complicates my research. Lots of family is deceased, but, if anyone has information or knowledge of the Tardanico’s or Rindone’s it would certainly be appreciated.
    Thank you
    Lorraine Tardanico W

    • Joe says:

      My family knew the Tardanico family from Medford, MA. Russ (Rosario) was a barber. He was married to Rina (Venerina) and they had one daughter, Julie. Good luck with your search.

  4. Domenic says:

    I am trying to locate my family, My grandfather was Salvatore Volpe, born 4/23/1891 Riesi Sicily Came to the United States around 1930? he lived in Boston, Mass. My Grandmother was Lauria Martello born 11/7/1901, also from Riesi Sicily. They married in Boston Massachusetts. Unfortunately all of my family has passed away so I have no other information. I am hoping you can assist me ……Thank you Domenic

    • Rick says:

      Hi, Dominic. I just started doing some research on my ancestry, and came across your message. My grandfather and grandmother were both from Riesi, born in 1987, and immigrated to Boston in the early 1900’s. My grandfather’s (and my) last name is Lauria. I wonder if there’s any connection.

  5. Melissa says:

    I am looking for information about my great-grandfather who (I think) was born in Riesi in 1870-1890s, His name was Giuseppe Picceri. He married Rosalie Debaleo (don’t know correct spelling) before coming to USA. My grandfather, Saverio Picceri was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1915. I have been in contact with other Picceri’s on Facebook, most are from Caltanisetta and Gela. They are no longer living in Sicily and do not have access to records. Can you help?

  6. Antonia says:

    I have hit a dead end in researching my grandmothers side of the family. My great grandfather’s name was ANTONIO D’ALEO and the information I have was that he was born in Riesi in 1874 and died in 1901. He married FRANCESCA CASCIANA (not sure about the spelling of her last name) and she was born in 1878. They had three children, THOMAS, CONCETTA and GAETANA. I would like to find out more about the family history including what may have happened to FRANCESCA after ANTONIO died. Can you help me find out more information about the great grandparents? Thank you so much! Antonia.

  7. Laila says:

    Hi John … I went to Riesi and found my grandmother’s grave and discovered there are a substantial amount of Buttiglieris in Riesi; I didn’t realise that married ladies kept their own surnames although they take the surname of their fathers …. Thank you for posting your family info.

  8. john says:

    My Grandmother was Laura Buttiglieri. Had sisters named Mary and Josie (not sure what it was short for) Laura was born aprox 1893. Came to US around 1913. Had a brother Sam. Not sure if it helps.

  9. Laila says:

    My mother was GIUSEPPINA BUTTIGLIERI and her sister was THERESA (married CAPIZZI) with other sisters CONCETTA and LAURA; there were brothers too …. SALVATORE being the eldest in the family and taking my mother to BOLOGNA in order that she could study to become a Surgeon at Bologna University. My grandmother was THERESA (CREMONA before marriage) who died in the early 1960s. Her husband SALVATORE and his father died on exactly the same day. I am told that they were an important family with their own coat of arms and I presumed that this means he was a Calvalieri or otherwise. I should like to find more of the history and build a family tree. Can you assist me? Many thanks, Laila

    • David says:

      I am looking to build a family tree to pass on to my kids. I was wondering what this would cost? I have purchased a program to start, so I would have a portion of the tree compiled as a starting point. I know my family is all from Riesi from both my mother and fathers side. I live in Boston so I have limited access to documents over seas. Thank you

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