Genealogy in San Cataldo

If you search your ancestors in San Cataldo , Caltanissetta Sicily in Italy you can find birth records , marriage and death records at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office of San Cataldo or in the parishes archives of the town.

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in San Cataldo 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 San Cataldo. As more your surname is common in San Cataldo, as more it could be difficult to find the exact family branches in San Cataldo 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 San Cataldo and 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 San Cataldo 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 Caltanissetta.
You can reach it 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

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 San Cataldo, or if you have questions regarding your family in San Cataldo, 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 San Cataldo area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Robin says:

    My grandparents – Grace Lunetta and Cataldo Giardino were both born in San Cataldo and came to Brookkyn, NY. I see there’s someone her looking for Lunetta’s …… Please contact me. Also, we plan to visit next summer and would like info on cemeteries and how I would try to find family members. Thank you

  2. Mark says:

    Hello, My name is Mark and I’m interested in obtaining any information about my Grandparents from San Cataldo, Sicily. Cataldo Ferraro and Marianna (Curatillo) Ferraro were married in Chiesa San Giuseppe and later came to the U.S. approx. 1901 to 1903 and lived in N.Y.C. on Elizabeth St. (Little Italy lower Manhattan) Eventually living in Woodbridge New Jersey. They had 8 sons.
    I would very much appreciate any information.

  3. Mark says:

    Hello, My name is Mark Ferraro and I’m interested in obtaining any information about my Grandparents from San Cataldo, Sicily. Cataldo Ferraro and Marianna (Curatillo) Ferraro were married in Chiesa San Giuseppe and later came to the U.S. approx. 1901 to 1903 and lived in N.Y.C. on Elizabeth St. (Little Italy lower Manhattan) Eventually living in Woodbridge New Jersey. They had 8 sons.
    I would very much appreciate any information.

  4. Angelica says:

    Looking for the birth parents of Mary Intilla born in 1900. She was adopted by Joseph/Giuseppe Intilla and Rosina/Rosa Bombini, but I haven’t been able to find her birth information.

  5. Bonnie says:

    My great grandmother Maria Mangione was born in Sa Cataldo in Nov 1883 and died in Pittston,Pa in 1942. She married Salvatore Graci in San Cataldo. They had a son Rosario in 1902. Salvatore came to the US in 1906. Maria and Rosario came to the US in 1907. I’m looking for any photos of Maria. Also, cemetery photos for her or Salvatore’s family members.

  6. Lorie says:

    Any info on LaFisca family would be appreciated. My grandfather was Joseph LaFisca; his father Michael LaFisca.

  7. Shelly says:

    My 2x great grandfather was Ignazio Alessi, born in this region around 1825, I would appreciate any info.

  8. Caren Lunetta says:

    Researching any family named Lunetta in San Cataldo.

  9. John says:

    My father, Cataldo Pirrello, was born in San Cataldo in 1905. His parents were Philip and Mary Pirrello. My father’s great, great, great uncle was Padre Rosari Pirrelli, who was buried in the altar in St. Steven’s Church.
    We will be in the town of Palermo as part of a Sicily/Italy tour. We are looking to schedule a day visit to San Cataldo on Sunday March 11, 2018. I would like to know if we can meet any relatives who has information on our family.

    • Barbara says:

      Hi John, I have a picture of Pirrello Rosario that was my Great Grandparents who were from Cataldo too. They wrote on the back date of birth1778 and death1870. However, I noticed that his first name if spelled different. I would be happy to send you a copy of the picture, if you would like one. Just have to figure how to make contact.

  10. MaryAnn says:

    Looking for possible children father Salvatore Costa.. born 1940s..possible mother name Rosalia –

  11. Barbara says:

    My father’s great, great great uncle was Padre Rosari Pirrelli.
    He is buried in the altar at St. Stephen’s Church in San Cataldo, Sicily.
    We visited there in 2012 and have pictures inside the church and the altar with Padre Pirrelli’s name inscribed.
    My grandfather was Philip Pirrelli
    My grandmother was Mary Petito Pirrelli
    I wonder if there are any ancestors in San Cataldo? Grazie

  12. Angela says:

    My grandmother was a Battisti and Caruso
    her name was michelina. She married Francesco Palmieri from Palermo.I want to come to San Cataldo and maybe meet some of my relatives.My cousin Josephine Lazzari used to come and visit

  13. Dorene says:

    Hello, my grandfather and grandmother were from San Cataldo. My grandfather Salvatore Tempio was born to a single mother (the name Tempio, I was told was a given name by the church)On Feb 18th, 1878, married my grandmother Grazia Riggi(born August,1883)had a younger brother Salvatore. I do know my grandparents lost two children Cataldo b.1908-d. Sept. 1911, and Giuseppa b.1920 d. 1921. My grandmother and four daughters, Gaetana, Maria, Vincenza and Catalda left on a ship Sept. 1924 They had one son born in 1927 in NY. I have one relative left that did go over to meet my grandfather’s family in the 1960’s but she does not remember much as she is almost 90 now. Any info would be great.

  14. Donna says:

    I am searching for information an if possible, any relatives. My great-grandmother’s name was Loucia Ponticello, b. Apr. 6, 1881. Her parents, I was told, were Michele Ponticello b. Sept. 24, 1842 and Luigia Savarino b. 1850. Loucia married Joseph Gombetto (Gametta) b. Mar. 17, 1872, who was an orphan. I know this is not his last name that he was born with. It was reported that he was adopted by a family named Infantollino. He also had a brother. I don’t know if he came to the US. He came to the US in 1905 and stayed with a oousin, Alfonso Nicosia.

  15. Romayne says:

    I wish to find out who my great uncles, Giusseppe Urso and Francesco Urso, and Gaetano Urso married in San Cataldo, Sicily. Giusseppe was born June 28, 1885 and Francesco was born Jan. 7, 1894. Both were born in San Cataldo, Sicily. Their parents, my great grandparents, were Gaetano and Rosalia Urso. The were 1st cousins and they lived on a large plantation farm in San Cataldo and also had a house in Serradifalco. I would like to find any living relatives there. The last contact my Mom had with a relative there was a woman in her nineties named Filippa who had a daughter who was a nun just returned from an Argentina convent to care for her ailing Mom about 1990. Their last name may also be Urso and Filippa may have been the wife of Giusseppe or Francesco. Can you help?

  16. Connie says:

    Hello! I am trying to find info on my paternal grandmother, Angela (or Anna) Mistretta. She was born January 25, 1891 in San Cataldo, Caltanissetta and she married Giuseppe Anzalone in 1906. What I want to know is this: What were her parents’ names? My grandmother arrived on Ellis Island, NY on October 6, 1909, on the ship Roma. I keep trying to find out who her parents were, but I am having no luck so far. I hope someone can help me with my family history.

  17. scott says:

    I’m trying to find my grandmothers birth certificate or birth record. she was born in San Cataldo march 1, 1921. her maiden name was Josephine Beatrice Ferrara.I need it to apply for citizenship in Italy. How would I be able to locate it. Thank you for any help you can give me.

    • Jon says:

      Hey Scott, Josephine Beatrice Ferrara is my aunt Jo, little sister to my father Angelo Ferrara. Their father and Mother were Vincent Ferrara b 1877 and Rose Meo b 1886

  18. Carole says:

    all four grandparents came from San Cataldo and immigrated to the USA in the early 1900’s
    Salvatore and Emanuella Sberna on my Dad’s side (my Dad was born in San Cataldo and arrived in the USA after his parents – his name was Joseph John Sberna, he later changed Sberna to Spern)
    Calogero and Rosaria Capizzi on my Mom’s side
    one of my grandmother’s maiden names was Trupia and the others maiden name was Graci (I think that’s the spelling)
    any idea what the ethnic origins of any of the four surnames might be?
    what primary invaders developed San Cataldo (Arab, Greek, Norman, etc.?)
    I’m 73 years old and there is no one left on either side that can provide additional information, so hoping someone can help me out – I’d like to know before I’m also gone

  19. Bill says:

    I am searching for any background on my grandparents Cataldo Vella and Maria Assunta Nicosia both from San Cataldo. Cataldo was born 03 Dec 1874, Maria Assunta was born 08 Nov 1878
    They were married in 1898
    Her mothers name was Grazie Marchiona.
    I think my dad had a brother name Angelo, that is all I know.
    They had 3 boys (Calogero and Giuseppe and Arcangelo) before leaving San Cataldo in 1906/1997 to come to the USA, Dunmore, PA then Rome, NY
    They had 8 more boys a daughter (my mom) in the USA.
    I think there was a mysterious falling out between my grandfather and his relatives as we never heard of or from them.

  20. Roseann says:

    My Grandparents were both born in San Cataldo. My Grandfather, Salvatore Anzalone, was born Oct. 14 1889 to parents Girolamo Anzalone and Catalda Falduzza(I have also seen spelled Fallussa and Falluzza). They lived on Via Bevaio. He had three sisters, Rosa, Calogera, and Rosaria. My Grandmother, Maria Mangione, was born July 29, 1892 to parents Calogero Anzalone and Francesca Vullo. They lived on Via DonCarlo. Maria had three brothers, Giovanni (Jan 11, 1877), Guiseppe (Dec. 09, 1878) and Luigi (April 15, 1882), and a sister Epifania (Jan 8, 1888). Another brother Salvatore and another sister, Epifania, died as small children. Salvatore and Maria married in August, 19ll. Salvatore came to the US in 1913 and Maria followed with Son, Girolamo, in 1914. I would be happy to know if any of there relatives still live in San Cataldo.

    • Connie says:

      Hi! My paternal grandfather was Giuseppe Anzalone, born in 1887, on June 29. I wonder if we are related! My father’s parents were born in San Cataldo, too. I’d love to hear from you.

  21. Martin says:


    Both of my grandparents were from San Cataldo – grandfather, Gaetano Leonardi was born in 1893 and grandmother Maria Ormando was born in 1903. According to them they were both baptized at the Church of Santa Lucia. However, I do not see it listed in the San Cataldo churches. Does it still exist, or at least the cemetery for the church? I was hoping to visit while in Sicily this summer.



    • Cav.angelo bio says:

      You should go the church exist an S,cataldo is a wadfull city I go almost Avery year,is manufactured I will be there on sept.

  22. Bill says:

    I am researching my family. My grandfather immigrated to the united stAtes around the 1920s. His name was Carl Mastrosimone. My family trade is bread baking. His wife nuncio was an orphan

    • Romayne says:

      My parents had close friends by the name Mastrosimone where they lived in Jamestown, NY USA in the 1950s – 1980s. The Mastrosimones emigrated from the same area of Sicily that my parents came from which was the Province of Caltanissetta in the towns of Serradifalco and San Cataldo. I continue to
      search for living relatives in the San Cataldo area who would be on my Mother’s side and have the surname Urso or married an Urso.

    • Caren Lunetta says:

      My grandparents and many relatives settled in Jamestown NY in the mid 1900’s from San Cataldo

  23. Chala Aura says:

    My great grandmother Grazia Naro immigrated to Canada via New York in 1900 with her husband Michele Bombini and 2 sons,Luigi and Salvatore (my grandfather)In 1902 her daughter Rosa followed with husband Guiseppe Intilla and daughter maria Ventaglio. We are wondering if anyone has information on their lives in Italy before immigration or if any relatives remain who might have information on them’
    Grazia was born in 1861 or 1862 and married in 1884 . Salvatore was born in 1891.
    They all came from San Cataldo, Sicily

    • Jeff says:

      My wifes maiden name is Narlo and her 2nd great grandfather was Angelo Naro from San Catalda and his wife was Rosalio Riggi. Their son Rosano or Rosario Naro or Narlo immigrated to Albay NY around 1900.

    • Lindsy says:

      My 2nd great-grandmother was Vinenza Naro, born Dec 16, 1870. I have no other information on her, except her husband was Rosario Carletta. Please contact me if you have heard this name.

    • Angelica says:

      I am the great granddaughter of Maria Ventaglio. She lived in greenwood and my family has eagerly been searching for information on her for decades (because she was adopted we did not know her birth name was Ventaglio). I would love to talk as I have a few questions.

      • chala says:

        would love to talk too! Are Norma and Lynn in the lower mainland…I haven’t seen them for years and don’t know their married names.
        I am still in the same place and phone number hasn’t changed.

  24. Lori Schmidt says:

    I am researching my great grandfather’s ancestory. his name was angelo amato and he was born in san cataldo august 11, 1872. in addition I would am tracing my great grandmothers ancestory as well and would like to know if they were married in Italy or usa. my great grandmothers name was assunta caputo and she was born august 15, 1879. she was from fondi or frosinone, Italy. my great grandfather came to usa via naples aboard steamship alsathia april 23, 1800.

  25. Dave says:

    My grandfather and grandmother were from San Cataldo. There names were Pasquale and Francesca Giunta . Pasquale was born in 1872 and Francesca was born in 1876 . They had one child Cataldo my
    Father . I have no records or photos’ of my grandparents and would like to get as much info as I
    can to start my search about my Giunta family
    They came to the USA in 1913 and stayed with Gaetano Alessi in Dunsmore Pa.
    Pasquale was the godfather of Antonia Saetta .

  26. Claire says:

    Grandfather from San Cataldo. His name: Guiseppe Saetta (Saitta). Born November 1883. Father Salvatore Saetta. Mother Maria Vullo. He and brother, Cataldo, came to America 1900s. Had sister who died in San Cataldo. Cannot find name of sister or Salvatore’s parents. can you help?

    Grandmother from San Cataldo. Her maiden name Anna Maria Alu, born about 1891. Father: Gaetano Alu, born about 1856. Mother: Rosalia Martorana (sp?) born about 1860. Rosalia had two sisters who also came to america: Lucia and Gracia. Brother stayed in San cataldo. Would like name of Rosalia’s brother and parents.

    • Charles says:

      Francesca Giunta was my father’s Aunt. Dave, your father and my father John Giunta was first cousins and i am your second cousin. Here is my question to you, both you grandfather and your grandmother were Giunta’s As guinta’s
      do you know how they were related. Were they first cousins or second cousins
      or what.

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