Genealogy in Grammichele

If you search your ancestors in Grammichele, in the province of Catania, Sicilia region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Grammichele

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

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Grammichele follow this link).

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

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

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Grammichele. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Grammichele archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Catania province are:
Arena, Barbagallo, Caruso, Catania, Cavallaro, Coco, Corrao, Consoli, Di Bella, Di Mauro, Di Stefano, Fichera, Finocchiaro, Giuffrida, Grasso, Greco, La Rosa, Leonardi, Leotta, Licciardello, Lombardo, Longo, Marino, Marletta, Maugeri, Messina, Musumeci, Nicolosi, Nicotra, Pappalardo, Patanè, Pennisi, Platania, Privitera, Puglisi, Pulvirenti, Raciti, Rapisarda, Rizzo, Russo, Sapienza, Sciacca, Sciuto, Scuderi, Spampinato, Strano, Torrisi, Trovato, Zappalà.

Church Records in Grammichele

Church archives in Catania 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 Catania started during 1500!

They are far less accessible from abroad (and even not easy to browse and to read if you are not used and skilled) but our local genealogist can research the church archives of Grammichele on your behalf.

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

GESU’ ADOLESCENTE – Via A. Volta, 47

S. ANNA – Via Cavour, 25

S. MARIA DI LOURDES – Via Aristotele


SPIRITO SANTO – Via Vittorio Emanuele


Anyway for our experience, even 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 time in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps, starting from the info gathered by our genealogists.

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

Address: via Vittorio Emanuele, 156 – Catania
Phone: +390957159860
Days and opening hours: monday 08.00 – 19.00 tuesday 08.00 – 19.00 wednesday 08.00 – 19.00 thursday 08.00 – 19.00 friday 08.00 – 19.00 saturday 08.00 – 13.30 weekly closing: Sunday; no reservation

Archivio di Stato di Catania. Sezione di Caltagirone
Address: via S. Maria di Gesu, 90 – Caltagirone
Phone: +39093326380
Days and opening hours: monday: 8.00 -14.00 tuesday: 8.00 -14.00; 15.00 -18.00 wednesday: 8.00 -14.00 thursday: 8.00 -14.00; 15.00 -18.00 friday: 8.00 -14.00 weekly closing: saturday and Sunday; no reservation

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

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  1. Tom says:

    I will be traveling to Grammichele in September and would like to know any family history for Francis Arra (my great grandfather). He migrated to the United States in about 1905 where he eventually died in about 1943

  2. Marc Herold says:

    Dear Friends:

    I am a professor of economic development at the University of New Hampshire, USA, doing research on immigration flows and Grammichele.

    I have been trying to find an explanation as to why the city’s population grew during 1911-21. I suspect it had to do with Sicilians in the Italo-Ottoman War and aftermath coming back home.

    I would be tremendously grateful if someone could shed some light on this.

    Thank you very much

    • Renee says:

      Francisco Paulo Arra is also my Great grandfather, I am a grandchild of Margherita Arra Sciuchetti and we all lived in Chicago at one point. Did you ever make it to Grammichele?