Genealogy in Nicosia

If you search your ancestors in Nicosia, in the province of Enna, 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 Nicosia

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Nicosia from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.
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To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Nicosia. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Nicosia archives, expecially 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 Records in Nicosia

Church archives in Enna 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 Enna 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 Nicosia on your behalf.

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

S. CROCE – Via Discesa Pozzo, 21

S. GABRIELE DELL’ADDOLORATA – 94014 NICOSIA EN

S. MARIA MAGGIORE – Largo S.Maria Maggiore, 1

S. MICHELE ARCANGELO – P.zza S.Michele, 4

S. NICOLO’ DI BARI – P.zza Garibaldi

S. PAOLO APOSTOLO – Via S.Giovanni

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 Enna.
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 Enna

Address: Via Angelo Tranchida – Enna
Phone: +39093537347
Days and opening hours: Lun-Merc-Ven: 8,15 -13,45; Mar-Giov : 8,15- 14,00 saturday CLOSED weekly closing: Sunday; no reservation

If you need a professional help from our local genealogists write to nicosia@italianside.com or follow this link.

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

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27 Comments

  1. Richard says:

    Trying to confirm that my great grandfather and grandmother were from Nicosia. His name was Epifanio Locasto and I believe he was born in the 1880’s. His wife’s name was Anna Farano. Can anyone confirm that?
    Thank you,
    Richard Locasto

  2. Mike says:

    I’m looking for information about my great grandfather Filippo Scellato. I would like to learn who his grandparents, parents, and siblings were. He was born in Nicosia about 1886 and left for America around 1904.

  3. Ken says:

    Looking to find information on my Great Grandparents and their parents

    Paulo Bruno – Born 1878 Nicosia married
    Maria Ugliarolo Born 1888 Nicosia

  4. Darlene says:

    Do not read Italian!!! Looks like your information matches Michaels and is correct. Think I am cousin to you and him!!!

  5. Michael Bellone says:

    My father was born in Valguarnera Caropepe, however I traced my paternal line back to Nicosia in the late 1500’s/early 1600’s. I found the marriage record of my great x 9 grandparents Pietro and Magdalena (Di) Billuni in Nicosia. They had a few children there (found their baptismal records) and subsequently moved to Leonforte following its founding by Prince Nicolo Braciforte. There they had my great x 9 grandfather Giuseppe Billuni. It was my great x 3 grandfather who moved to Valguarnera Caropepe in the early 1800s. To my surprise, I found Nicosia had a much higher frequency of the surname Billuni/Billone/Bellone compared to Leonforte and Valguarnera, leading me to believe Nicosia may be my ancestral hometown. There is even a street named Via Billone. I believe hundreds of years earlier the first Billuni/Billone/Bellone came to Nicosia, but unfortunately there are no Church records available prior to the early 1500s in Nicosia. I have also found other Billuni/Billone/Bellone branches in the US that can be traced back to Nicosia. If anyone here has any knowledge of the ancestral origins of the Billuni/Billone/Bellone family in Nicosia, I would to learn about it. Thank you.

  6. Giuseppe says:

    Per la signora DARLENE che ha scritto,,il fratello della mia bis nonna Arcangela Digrazia si chiamava Sigismondo,e d emigrò a Chicago , alcuni dei suoi figli si chiamano Vincenza e Tommaso,la moglie dello Zio Sigismondo si chiamava Aida.
    Mi faccia sapere signora Darlene se coincidono queste informazioni

    • Marianne says:

      Giuseppe it is hard to read Italian but I believe your nonna is possibly related to our grandfather Sigismondo? Please help

      • Michael says:

        He wrote:

        For Mrs. DARLENE who wrote, the brother of my great-grandmother Arcangela Digrazia was called Sigismondo, and she emigrated to Chicago, some of her children are called Vincenza and Tommaso, Uncle Sigismondo’s wife was called Aida. Let me know Mrs. Darlene if this information matches

        • Darlene says:

          Grandpa’s sister did not come to Chicago. His wife was Ida. They had 9 children. Gen Sadie Ray Phil Joe paul Tom Anthony and Richard. Sadie is my Mom. Does this sound correct? Thank you

          • Darlene says:

            Hi again, I do believe after some research that you are correct. She is my Grandfathers sister. Would love all information you have for her and my Grandpa. Her married name, Children, and on down from there. And also was her mother a Pecora? Wish I knew a way to contact you..Or if the site notifies you that you have a message. I am very excited to hear from you! Hope you check back soon.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    • Margarita says:

      Desearía certificado nacimiento de Francisco Muzzicato hijo de Carmelo Muzzicato y Rosario Di Benedetto aproximadamente 1873 al 76 lno se Leónforte Sicilia y mi Nina Rosalía Campagna hija de Antonio y Ana Campagna eran primos nació en 1895 aproximadamente también en Leónforte gracias si hay novedad espero respuesta

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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