Genealogy in Valguarnera Caropepe

If you search your ancestors in Valguarnera Caropepe, 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 Valguarnera Caropepe registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


  1. Joseph says:

    Grandfather (guisppe) Joseph Loggia both in Valguerna in 1878 left from Naples
    Heard he worked on an iron cross on hill top ,married Bernadette donato.who were his parents did they work in silver mines

    Joseph Loggia

  2. John says:

    My grandfather is from Caropepe,his name angelo ettiopia.Came to th U.S. in 1895, Looking for relatives.

  3. Brittany says:

    I emailed my request to get my grandmothers birth record but I haven’t heard anything in the last three months is that a normal time frame to wait? Her name was Giovanna Alberto born in 1905. Her naturalization papers state she was born in Valguarnera caropepe, Enna. I noticed a comment up top mentioning that Valguarnera used to belong to a different province. Should I have emailed caltanissetta instead?

    Thank you,

  4. Marcia Binda says:

    Hello, I am looking for information on the Salvia and Palermo Families from Valguarnera Caropepe. My grandfather, Guiseppe Palermo emigrated to the U.S. in 1909 or 1910. His father was Giovanni Palermo (wife Philipa Palma???). My grandmother was Paola Salvia who arrived in 1912. Her father was Ignazio Salvia (wife Rosa Rosario???). I know one of hers sisters, Marianna, remained in Sicily but we don’t know her married name.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  5. Kevin says:

    Hello, looking for information on my family
    Grandfather Alphonso Callerame, born 7 Jun 1896, Valquarnera, emigrated to USA on s.Anna from Palermo 29 May 1913. I would appreciate help with research

  6. Pamela says:

    I have found where my husbands family is from – Valguarnera. But on the only records I have which are ship manifests it says for Place of Birth, the list Caltanisetta as the country and Valguarnera as the town. When I look on the map Caltanisetta just looks like another town. Can you help me understand this?
    Thank you.
    Pam Casale

    • rocco says:

      Hi Pamela. Caltanissetta is a city and also the name of the province , ( like a state) (also like New York ,New York).Caltanissetta province encompasses the city of the same name and other nearby villages. Valguarnera is a village and used to belong in the province of Caltanissetta, but after WW2 , They changed this around and now Valguarnera is in the province of Enna. all three towns are near each other. Provinces are like states. Hope this helps

  7. Susan says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandfather Giuseppe Sottile born in Caropepe May 29 1876. His parents are unknown. Any information that can be found would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  8. Lorenzo says:

    My grandfather Lorenzo Gallina was born in Valguarnera Caropepe in the late 1800s before coming to Rochester, NY. His father owned a meat market in the town and died in Valguarnera sometime in the 1960s. Would appreciate any info regarding the whereabouts of the meat market and any living relatives.
    Lawrence Gallina

    • rocco says:

      Hi Lawrence I am related to the Gallinas. The building is on Union st across the entrance to the public market. It was called the Union St. Meat market. The brick building is still there,but no longer a meat market. I knew your uncle Mike (a genius artist). We spoke a few yrs ago before i visited Valguarnera. my family in Valguarnera was married int the Gallina family. Lorenzo Gallina ‘s sister was married to my grandfathers brother. They also had a meat market in Valguarnera which closed a few years ago after near 100 years. it is on Via Garibaldi and owned by my relatives the Gangemi family. A lot of history between the Gallina and Gangemi families both in Rochester and Valguarnera.Their are some great pictures of the the inside of the meat market with family members . Also you are related to the Oliveri family.

  9. Tony says:

    Hi, I’m interested in locating the birth record of my grandfather, Vincenzo Ardilio. He was born in Caroppe on January 15, 1890. Any assistance would be much appreciated.

    • Mario says:

      My mother was Rosa Ardilio Born in Valguarnera Caropepe 1910 Her father (My grand father) was Salvatore Ardilio My grand mother was Vincenza

  10. Joseph says:

    My grandfather is from .Caropepe. Gueseppi .Trovato .first to Argentina. Then to Rochester new York. Grandmother came directly to Rochester from caropeppe.. in early 1900s. Her maiden name was Castanza. Want to know if they had brothers and sister.. otv her family

  11. Daniel says:

    My mother’s parents were Gaetano Campione and Maria Lombardo. there was also a M. Intile Marianna at Via Carlo Cattoneo, N. 13.

    Would it be possible to obtain information about my family. Other related persons were Ralph and Santa Salamone.

    thank you.

    • rocco says:

      The Intile family is related to a Romano family from Rochester N.Y. The great jazz saxophonist Joe Romano 1932-2008 was related.

  12. John says:

    dear sir, would it be possible for you to help me locate the church where my grandfather was baptized and the street he lived. Name:Giovanni Manetta ,born June 7,1885 in Valguarnera. He came to America in April 1905. I am going to Sicily in June and would very much love to visit.

  13. Joseph Christopher says:

    Looking to see great grandfather Loggia worked on an iron cross in Valgunera and had anything to do with sulver mines there. These are stories I heard about

  14. John says:

    my grandfather angelo ettiopia, came from caropepe, came to the U.S. in 1895,looking for any relatives in the area

  15. Laurylann Romeo Costanzo says:

    I am trying to assist my family (inlaws) in finding out about their ancestry.

    My husband’s grandfather and grandmother came from Valguarnera Caropepe.

    I know his name was Louis (Luigi) F. Costanzo. He was born in 1908 and had 1 brother Frank (Frances or Francesco). He married Rose Margaret Volpe whose family was from there too.

    Please assist! Please!!!!!!

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