Genealogy in Villarosa

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

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

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

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


  1. Jason says:

    My great grandfather Giuseppe or joseph calabrese married Angelina lavalle both are from villarosa came to u.s about 1904 any info would be greatly appreciated

  2. Joelle says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandparents, Ginny and Joseph Cammarata, they had a daughter Mary, which was my grandmother. I have been told they are from Villarosa. My grandmother was born in the 1920’s, so I am assuming they would have been born in the early 1900’s. I am not sure what Ginny’s maiden name was.

  3. Richelle says:

    I am trying to learn more about where I came from and what my last name means all I know so far is that my name comes from villarosa Sicily my last name is Vanchiere. I been reading a lot about the name and Carmelo Vanchiere comes up a lot who was he?

  4. Joseph says:

    Any family with sur name LaMarca I believe from Villa Rosa reagion

  5. Michelle says:

    I’m looking for records or relatives for August or Augustine Bruno, Dec 9, 1894. Came to the US Aprox. 1905. Thank you!

  6. Maureen says:

    2x great grandfather born 18 Nov 1892 in Villa Rosa, looking for parents I formation.

  7. Charles says:

    I just left Sicily last week. Searching for birth records of my grandfather Salvatore Rinchiuso born Feb 15, 1893. I believe born in Villarosa or Callascibetta. Also Carmella Tomacello my grandmother born same year.

    • Monica says:

      Salvatore (Sam) Rinchiuso was my great-Uncle—the older brother of my grandmother Giuseppina Rinchiuso Tumminello. Growing up in Chicago, I saw Uncle Sam and Aunt Carmela often. My father was Joseph Tumminello.

  8. Elaine says:

    my great grandfather and family left Villa Rosa to America around the turn of the centruy

    Micheal Murgia had a Sulphur mine in the area——a home with a marble balcony —that’s all I know

  9. Nicole T says:

    Looking for grandparents, Nunzio Cammarata and Octaviana (Anna) Nicosia, who had a daughter named Palma Cammarata born in 1870. They lived in Villarosa. Palma was married to Giuseppi Romano. Their children: Calogero (1892-1953), Rosina Loverde (1897-1970), Concetta (1899-1982), Nunzia (1907-1981), Giacomo (1908-1998), and Salvatore (1914-1985). Palma came to New York, USA when she was 45 years old, in 1920 or 1921, from Napoli, with Nunzia, Giacomo, and Salvatore.

    Is there any information about Nunzio Cammarata and Octaviana Nicosia?


    • Michael says:

      My grandmother was giacomina sollima born in villarosa in 1909 and died in 1998. Immigrated to the usa around age 6 naturalized in 1940 and lived in Chicago. Her immigration papers incorrectly listed her name as giacomo, the male vesion of the name. Is it possible its the same person?

  10. Antonette says:

    Looking for any relatives still in VillaRosa. Grandparents Gaetano Distefano and
    Angelina Fazio

  11. Lorraine says:

    I am interested in learning about my grandfather’s family and the Martines surname and if there are any relatives who still live in Villa Rosa area.

    My great grandfather was Salvatore Martines (born July 2, 1862) married to Michelina Bonetti (born May 2, 1862) both born in Villa Rosa.

    My grandfather was Mario Martines (born November 26, 1892 – Villa Rosa) He married Rose Denaro (born June 24, 1898- Palermo). My grandparents died in Philadelphia, PA.

    • Irene says:

      Hi, my great grandfather was Salvatore also. Did you get a reply from these people, and was it helpful? We are traveling to Sicily in Oct. 2018 and would like to hire a genealogist there.

  12. Nancy says:

    I am trying to determine the parents’ names of Giacomina (c1877) and Maristella (c1887) DiCaro/DeCaro/DiCara/DiCaro – which I believe to be Eugenio DeCaro and Corinea Michela or Michela Corinea. Both girls were born in Villarosa, Caltanissetta, Sicily. Any additional family ancestry would also be very welcome.
    Many thanks!

  13. Eden says:

    Good afternoon. I am looking for the birth records of Santo Laquatra born approximately 1880 married Gaetana Pallila then left in 1907 to take the ship from Palermo, Sicily to New York, USA. They are definitely from Rosa Villa. Also have a Cammarata in the family. Also looking for the blue eyed people that gave my grandpa Jack Laquatra born in the blue eyes. this would definitely taken notice of. Blue eyed Rosa Villa citizens.
    Thank you.

    • Angelo says:

      While researching my family history i have found a lot of contradictory infomation.I have focused mostly on my great grandfather,Angelo Trigona,date of birth remains consistent. 18 of birh,contradictory,today i found documents on line indicating place of birth as Villarosa.but what I’m getting at is my whole family has blue eyes!is this uncommon for this region?

    • Marc says:

      Santo and Gaetana were my grandparents on my mother’s side. My mother’s maiden name was Lena Laquatra. Her married name was Cammarata. Jack was her brother, my uncle. My oldest brother researched family genealogy on both sides of the family and put together a binder of information on the Laquatra family going back several generations. Let me know if you

      Small world.

  14. Battaglia-Polizzi says:

    I understand tha both of my grandparents resided in Villa Rosa. Domenico Polizzi and Lucio Battaglia in the late 1800’s. Any information would be appreciated.

  15. Robert says:

    Looking for possible relatives currently living in Villa Rosa or Italy

  16. Julie says:

    According to a document I found, my great-grandfather, Colegio Lazzara, was born in Villarosa in 1879. He married Lena Guastaferra, who may have been born around 1884 (not sure where she was born). Do you have any documents relating to them, such as any information about their parents and other family relations, siblings, a marriage record, or anything else? I believe that Colegio had 3 brothers by the names of Blass, Angelo, and Phillip (may have been spelled Fillip?).

  17. Daniel says:

    Are there any Lo Dolce families remaining in Villarosa?? My grandfather was Francesco Lo Dolce, with brothers Augustino and Giuseppe. Arrived in America circa 1905.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thank you.

  18. celia says:

    Interested in information about my husbands grandmother, Alfonza Restivo. She was born in Villa Rosa in 1888.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Famiglia 1: Alfonso Trapani e Giovannina Carieri, figlia Caroline Trapani, (29 May, 1876), figlio Salvatore, figlio Annunzio.

    Famiglia 2: Caroline Trapani e Salvatore Laquatra, figlia Michela (1896), figlio Cologero (14 Apr 1897), figlia Giovanna (30 Dec 1899).

    Famiglia 3: Mauro e Giovannina Scancarello, figlio Agatino (6 Sept 1889), figlio Guiseppe (27 Aug 1885).

    Tutte Villarosa, Tutto emigrato in America. Voglio sapere dove vivevano in Villarosa. Sto visitando Villarosa presto.

    • Paula says:

      I just notice you request about the Trapani family. I believe that this is my Grandfather’s family. He was born in Villarosa not sure of the year, but his name is Giuseppe (Joseph) Trapani married to Laura Pizzola in the USA . I am his Granddaughter Paula, hope to hear back as to how you are related.

      • Paula says:

        I’m still wondering about your relationship to my Grandfather Giuseppe “Joseph” Trapani. Sorry, I don’t speak or read Italian. Would love to hear back from you.

      • Maryann says:

        Laura, I think we may be related. Did your grandparents own a farm in Middletown, NY? If so, your grandfather was my father’s cousin. My father was Joseph Salvatore Trapani but was called Sal.. Joe and Laura had 1 son and 2 daughters, Jean and Margie.

        • Paula says:

          Hello yes my Grandfather was Joseph “Giuseppe” Trapani. I am Margie’s daughter, Paula. Laura was my Grandmother. Both my Grandparents, Uncle Vincent “Ted”, and my Aunt Jean are long gone,. My Mother Marge is still alive and will celebrate her 93rd birthday in June. Maryann do you live in Sicily or the United States? Hope to hear from you soon

        • Paula says:

          Hello, my Grandfather was Joseph “Giuseppe” Trapani and my Grandmother was Laura Pizzola-Trapani. The had three children, Vincent, Jean, and Margie. I am Margie’s Daughter, Paula. Do you live in Sicily or the United States? Would love to hear from you soon .

  20. Gloria says:

    I am trying to locate birthdate and any other relatives of Giuseppe Tomasello. He was born around 1883-1888 and I believe he was from Villarosa or Caltanisfetta, Italy. His Father’s name is Antonino Tomasello. This is the information I got from the passenger list of the SS San Giorgio. He was a passenger on that ship Oct/Nov 1907 which was going to PA, USA.
    Any information you can give me would be wonderful.
    Thank you

  21. Joseph says:

    I am trying to locate the birthplace of my great,great grandfather. Mr Pasquale Bruno.
    Please advise if you have knowlenge of this man and his family.

  22. Nina says:

    We’re looking for my great-grandfather. He came to America with an uncle/cousin. They were cobblers. His name on his WWI draft card was James(maybe Giacomo) Vincent Polis (Polizzi). So we are looking for any Polizzi’s in the Villarosa area or birth records circa 1879ish. Thank you!

  23. Holly says:

    Hello! I am looking for a Angelo Conti born around 1874 in Villarosa I think his paretns names are Carmella Conti and Carmella Accuriso. He married Marianna LaBarberra Also born in Villarosa around 1882. Her parents are Nick LaBarbera and Maria LaPorto.

    • Joe says:


      Nicolo and Marianna are my second great grandparents. Have you found any details from their life in Villarosa?

      • Holly says:

        Hello! No no new info on them and there life’s in villaRosa I only know a little about them when they got to America. They are my second great grandparents as well. Nicholas conti is my great grandfather. Do you have any info?

  24. Ernest says:

    Please, I am trying to find my father’s birth record in Villa Rosa Sicily.
    His adoption papers stated his name was Ernesto Posa, born 12-5-1909. I no longer have the adoption papers, and I would like to find out more about my family in Villa Rosa.
    His adopted parents names: Catina Pellegrino and Angelo Vestito/ Angelo Pescitello

  25. M J Parker says:

    Would appreciate any information on family listed below.
    Grandmother) Domenica Lalima b. 1892 in Villarosa
    her parents Giovanni Lalima/Rosa Insone
    Grandfather) Giuseppe Cicardi b 1885
    his parents Santo Cicardi/Maria Fiandaca/Fiandaco

  26. Shirley says:

    Hello, I am trying to find information on Giovanni Alimentato
    born April 6, 1885 and his wife Calorgera Aronica born 29 JAN 1895.
    Trying to get birth and marriage and anything on parents family etc.
    Thank you so much for your time and help.

  27. Mary says:

    My father was born Feb. 21 1893 in Villa Rosa. Im trying to locale any living relatives that are still there or in the town of Enna Sicily Thanking You Indvance Mrs Mary Caldwell

  28. Enrica says:

    My grandmother’s adoptive mother, Maria Assunta Ferrara, was from Villarosa. She was born in 1860 and was married to Salvatore Ferrara. She came to the US with my grandmother in the early 1900s when my grandmother was a small child. We don’t know if her husband came to the US or if he may have died in Sicily. We do know that at least one biological daughter of hers, Carmela, came to the US. I’d like to find out when she was married, how many children she had, what their names were.

  29. Peter says:

    My Great Grandfather Agatino Sabatino was from Villarosa. I am looking for his parents and siblings.
    Thank you

  30. Charles says:

    All 4 of my grandparents are from Villa Rosa
    Calogero Zito
    Rosina Albanese
    Miguel Casale
    Paula Millozi
    I also have other relatives from Villa Rosa
    Giovanni Manganello
    Raymond Livolsi
    I would be interested in any information you may have about any of them.
    Milli Grazie

    • Shirley says:

      Hi Charles, I have a Lucia Zito in my family (1848) any relation to you? I don’t know much about them but see the same last name. She was married to Gregorio Alimentato

    • John says:

      You are my mother, Angela Marie Zito’s first cousin. Your father and mother were Joe and Jean?

      Let’s chat sometime

  31. Patricia says:

    My mother’s family was from Villarosa….my grandfather was Francesco Porrovecchio and my grandmother was Maria Sollazzo. They came to US as a family in 1914. My 7 year old mother was on the boat as was her sister Benedetta. Two boys were born in NJ.

  32. Kelly says:

    I am looking for information on the family of Lucio (Louis) Casale born in 1894 in Villarosa. He had an older sister named Ida who married a (Jack) Guseppe Nigrelli and moved to NY NY USA. Lucio’s father was Calogerio Casale mother was named Francesca Gangue. Calogerios father was Lucio (Louis) Casale. Lucio Casale (born 1894) left Sicily from Palermo in 1910. He was also a trumpet player and played in the city villarosa band.

  33. jacquelyn says:

    I am trying to find anyone related to Dominica Confalone and Giacomo LaValle

    • Jason says:

      Giacomo lavalle…is there any relation to Angelina lavalle that married a joseph “guiseppe”calabrese from villarosa?

  34. Janet says:

    I am trying to locate my grandfather,s mother and father. Luigi Aleo born 1/14/1885. He married Catherine DiLiberto. They cam to the United States July 24, 1913. My grandfather lived in Villarosa.

    Thank you

  35. Virginia says:

    Information, please, sante valenti, born July 6, 1875 married to Virginia puzzo . Thank you.

  36. Jim Fiacchino says:

    I am trying to research my Wifes great grandmother(Concetta Faulisi) and her parents,(Salvatore Faulisi and Orsola Trombella) I would like to know Concetta siblings and and her parents siblings. I am trying to find other relatives still living in Villarosa area.

    Thank you!

  37. John says:

    I am trying to determine the date of marriage of my great grandparents, Giuseppe Bruno born March 17, 1865 and Angelina Marabella born approximately 1873. According to the 1920 U.S. Census they were married sometime around 1895. I would also like to know the names of their parents if possible. They immigrated in April/May 1899 and the manifest states their last residence was Villarosa. Other family documents confirm they were from Villarosa. Thank you for any help you can give.

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