Genealogy in Nicosia

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Nicosia 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 Nicosia. As more your surname is common in Nicosia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Nicosia archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Enna province are:
Arena, Barbagallo, Barbera, Bonanno, Bruno, Calabrese, Calcagno, Calì, Cammarata, Campagna, Campione, Castrogiovanni, Catalano, Catania, Costa, D’Amico, Di Dio, Di Marco, Faraci, Fiorenza, Gagliano, Giunta, La Porta, Lo Presti, Lombardo, Mancuso, Marino, Marotta, Mazzola, Messina, Milazzo, Muratore, Parisi, Piazza, Rizzo, Romano, Russo, Salamone, Salvaggio, Sanfilippo, Santoro, Savoca, Schillaci, Siciliano, Timpanaro, Trovato, Valenti, Vitale.

Church archives in Enna 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 Nicosia and Enna 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 Enna 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 Nicosia and Enna 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 Nicosia 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 nicosia@italianside.com our expert in Nicosia area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


14 Comments

  1. Dorothy says:

    My grandfather, Luigi Felix Li.Calzi immigrated through Ellis Island to America early 1900s.from Nicosia, Sicily. Any information is appreciated. I believe his parents were Giuseppe and Giamacia (La Pupa) Li Calzi

  2. Darlene says:

    My Grandfather was Sigismundo DiGrazia. He was born in Nicosia late 1800’s. He came here when he was 17. As far as I know he only had one sister. I do have a letter I believe she wrote. I can not find any information past him. I would like to know her name and his parents. I believe they owned land , as when my Grandpa passed in 1957 all his children and my Grandmother signed it over to the Sister? Just not sure. Would really like to know there names!
    Thank you! Darlene

  3. Barbara says:

    Trying to find the father’s name of Francesco D’Alessandro born 21 Mar 1915 in Nicosia. His mother was Filippa Billone born about 1888-1890. His father died young. I imagine they were married about 1913.

  4. Ann says:

    My grandfather was born in Nicocia and was brought to America when he was about 18 I think..His name was Salvatore Caruso. The nicest guy you ever want to meet..He had red hair and blue Eyes ..My grandmother was a Venezia..not sure where her family was from…Good people.

  5. Diane says:

    Both nonnas emigrated from Nicosia in the late 1800s/early 1900s. One was Maria Testa, the other Felicia Zaccarello or Zaccarelli. Felicia left family behind.

  6. Peter says:

    Dear Sirs, I am an American of Sicilian ancestry. My grandfather was born in Leonforte, just south of Nicosia, and my grandmother was from Castrogiovanni, now Enna. My true last name is Rinaldi, but it was violated to Renardo in 1935 when my illiterate grandfather was becoming an American citizen. Even my grandmother’s last name was changed on her ship maniftest, from Sollima to Sorma. I have been to Sicily six times, most recently in May of 2016. I can’t wait to return. Sicily is gorgeous

  7. Tristan says:

    My great-grandfather Michael Scilipoti came with his brother Anthony from Nicosia to the United States in 1892 but we don’t know anything about the family older than him. I would love any info about them or their ancestors. Thank you!

  8. Carol says:

    I will be visiting Nicosia in October. My grandmother was born there. I would love to know if I have any relatives. Her name was Carmella Biondi… she married a Vincenzo Carrera.. Also from Nicosia.

  9. Mike says:

    My grandfather ( Francesco LoFurno) came to America around 1889. He settled in Norfolk Va. he had three sons and 1 daughter. Anthony Frank Joe and Lucille . one son Frank ( my father ) was born in 1913.. Hopefully you can help in my search

  10. Cathy says:

    I am looking for the Fiscella Family that lived in Nicosia at the bottom of Mt. Etna. They had a winery, but I do not know its name.
    Thank you!
    Cathy

  11. Peter says:

    My family immigrated from Nicosia, Sicily circa 1894. My great grandfather was named Rosario Mazzola (1872) and he had a brother Ignazio Mazzola (1860). I believe my great great grandfather was Francesco Mazzola (circa 1836). If there are any Mazzolas from Nicosia who have any of these names in their genealogy, I would be interested in hearing from you

  12. Sharon says:

    I will be visiting Nicosia in September and will be looking for my Grandmother’s birth certificate, marriage if possible. Her name is Antonina Bonomo, she married my grandfather Franchesco Perino from Calabria, Vibo Valencis, Simbario. She died her in Chicago, Il on December 27th, 1970. I believe she was in her 90’s putting her birth in the 1880’s or before. Will the records I’m looking for be kept in the town hall? Thanks for any help. Sharon

  13. Sharon says:

    Hello,
    My grandfather, Charles Just was born in New York in 1910. I believe his father, Samuel Just (possibly Gust or Gusto) was born around 1882. His US WWI draft registration card says he was born February 27, 1882. I found an article about a reunion of siblings that mentions Samuels parents as Nicholas and Antoinette Just (again it may have been changed from Gust or Gusto) and that the children grew up in Nicosia, Italy. The article also says that Nicholas was a gardener on one of the extensive estates in the Sicilian highlands. Is there a way I can find out more information? Thank you! Sharon

  14. Fred says:

    My grandfather ( Vincent Salerno) was born on 8/21/1879 in Nicosia. We are attempting to find out more about his family. My father(Anthony Salerno) was born in the USA in 1906. I would appreciate if I could receive some info as to how I could get some records. Thank you, Fred

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