Genealogy in Lercara Friddi

If you search your ancestors in Lercara Friddi, in the province of Palermo, 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 Lercara Friddi

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Lercara Friddi 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 Lercara Friddi. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Lercara Friddi archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Palermo province are:
Aiello, Amato, Barone, Battaglia, Bruno, Caruso, Catalano, Costa, Cusimano, D’Amico, D’Angelo, Di Maggio, Di Salvo, Ferrante, Ferrara, Gambino, Geraci, Giordano, Greco, La Barbera, La Rosa, Lo Cascio, Lombardo, Macaluso, Mancuso, Maniscalco, Mannino, Marchese, Marino, Martorana, Mazzola, Messina, Mineo, Orlando, Palazzolo, Parisi, Pecoraro, Piazza, Randazzo, Rizzo, Romano, Russo, Sciortino, Siragusa, Taormina, Tarantino, Vassallo, Vitale.

Church Records in Lercara Friddi

Church archives in Palermo 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 Palermo 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 Lercara Friddi on your behalf.

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



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 Palermo.
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 Palermo

Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele, 31 – Palermo
Phone: +39 0912704001 .002 .003
Days and opening hours: monday – friday 08:00 – 18:00 saturday 08:00 – 13:30 weekly closing: Sunday and holidays; no reservation

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

Our expert in Lercara Friddi 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. Annette says:

    My grandmothers name was Maria Marcella . Other family names Maria Bruscota , Pettronella Ferrantella, Carmella Polizzi…they are all members of my family that lived in Lacara Fridi. Maybe we can help each other with information.

  2. Steve says:

    My grandfather was named Valentino Territo . He was born in Lercara Friddi in 1889, migrated to the US when he was 16, and ended up in Murphysboro, Illinois, where he worked in the strip mine. He married my grandmother, Mary Piazza (Territo) who passed in 1981, and they had three children; my father Joseph, my aunt Marie (later Ferro), and my uncle Anthony. He died in 1959. I would like to know more about him, who his father and mother were, etc.

    • Lisa says:

      Did your grandmother Mary Piazza come from Lercara Friddi? I have similar sir- and given- names in my family and am interested in learning more about Piazza’s from there.

  3. Cheryl says:

    I am looking for family records of the last name Vella and Susanno. I have found information that Vincenzo Vella, born July 28, 1977 (or July 18) was born in Lercarra Friddi and lived for a time in Alia Sicily. His fathers name was Alfred (Alfredo?). He emigrated and arrived in Louisianna in 1902. I am trying to locate details of his parents and siblings. Also, wondering if there were any Susanno’s in Lercarra Friddi around 1899. Any information on how to investigate this would be appreciated.

  4. Veronica says:

    I am trying to research my mother in law’s family. She was born in Lercara Fridi in 1904. Her parents were Fillipo Barcellona and Laboria Milardo. She was the oldest child and immigrated to New York City in the USA with her parents in 1916 when she was 12 . They sailed from Palermo on the SS Patria in October 1916. Her father traveled back and forth between the USA and Italy several times and there were children born in the USA and Italy.

    A son, Antonio Barcellona didn’t immigrate with the rest of the family and lived in Lercara Fridi.
    Children and birthdates are;
    Lucia 1904
    Giuseppe 1907
    Antonio 1909
    Teresa 1913
    Salvatore (Charles) 1914
    Frank 1921

    Lucia, Antonio and Teresa were born in Italy I would greatly appreciate any information that is available concerning the family. Thank you.

  5. Gina says:

    My Nano, Nicola Raitano indentured thru Louisianna in 1904. We’ve heard he had many sisters that went to South America. He married Guiseppina Madonia.
    They met where my Nana lived. Nicola delivered wine! The rest is HISTORY.

  6. Paulette says:

    My grandparents were from Lercara Friddi. They emigrated to the US in 1904. Their names are as follows: Giuseppina Giacona DiFranco (born 1880) and Bartolo DiFranco. The other info is my great grandparents. My grandmother’s parents were Concetta Raia Giacona and Antonio Giacona and my grandfather’s parents were Rosalia Scrimenti DiFranco and his father was Filippo DiFranco. I located my cousin that is still there. His name is Gioacchino DiFranco. If you can give me any info other than what I have, please contact me. Thanks

    • Kevin says:

      My Great grandfathers name was Giovanni DiFranco he was born in Lercara Friddi in 1874 Came to America in 1897 his wife Lucia Cannizzaro-DiFranco was also born there 1876They had 10 children only one was born in Lercara Friddi here name Maria DiFranco my grandma and the rest born in states any info about his parents would be great

  7. Donna says:

    My grandmothers name is Concetta Bellina. I wanted to know her birthdate. She lived in Lercara Freddi with her sisters Catherine (Caterina) and Guiseppina. I know she came to the US when she was young with her mother and sisters. I would like to know her mother & fathers name, when did they marry and their birthdates

  8. Ceecee says:

    I recently visited with family and found out info by family tree. I would appreciate it if you could find out something about my great grandfather Vincenzo Lucania/Luciano born 1871. If you can find anything, brothers, sisters,ect
    Thank you.C.Mc.

  9. Stephen says:

    Good day. I am applying for “jure sanguinis” Italian citizenship from the USA, and I have found (on-line) the Lercara birth records for my maternal grandmother and grandfather, and their marriage record (from . I need official documents from the commune, but I don’t know the process. Can someone assist me in getting suitable records for my application?

  10. Frances says:

    My father and his family are from Lercara Friddi. The last name is Bonanno. My father’s name is Pietro Bonanno and came to the States in 1966. My nonni names are Vincenzo and Antonina Bonanno. Trying to find out if I still have any relatives that reside in Lercara Friddi still. Any information would be helpful! Mille Grazie

  11. marge says:

    My family will be visiting Sicily in May 2017. We will be coming to Lecara Friddi and Casteltermini to do some research on our families that were born there and hopefully find some relatives. Could you please let me know where I should start my search in these towns. My father was born in Lecara Friddi: Antonio Raia born 11/24/1914 . His mother’s maiden name was Francesca Giordano and his father’s name was Francesco Raia. In Casteltermini my grandmother’s married name was D’Amico and her maiden name was Schifano.
    Thank you,

  12. Michael says:

    My fiances Great Grandfather was born in Lecara in 1887. His name was Francesco Giambrone and he and his wife Maria Toscano immigrated from Naples to New York in 1906. Any info is greatly appreciated!

  13. Justin says:

    My maternal grandfather, Giusto Campanella, was born in Lerca 1888. He and two brothers married my grandmother Giustina Favaro and two sisters and emigrated to NY in the early 1900’s. I will be in Palermo the first week in July. Where should I begin to learn more about the Campanella and Favaro families? I am planning to apply for Italian citizenship through my father’s Calabrian origin.

  14. Camille says:

    Hi, my great grandfather Andrew Coticchio was from Lercara Italy. He was born around 1849 to 1851.
    He married my great grandmother Pauline and immigrated to the United States in 1903 . His son Joseph, Thomas and Lena we’re born in Italy also. Could you please let me know if you have any information on him?! Thank you Camille Coticchio

  15. Larry says:

    My mother’s family were from Lercara Friddi. Her mother’s name was Sarah la Forte and she was married to Michael la Forte. Michael emigrated to the U.S. In the late 1890’s. We believe that my Grandmother committed suicide after giving birth to an illegimate child. We will be visiting Lercara Friddi in October and would like any help in finding relatives.

  16. michael says:

    my grandfather was born in lercara friddi Italy his father was joseph Giglio my grandfather was born 1904 came to u.s 1910 had sister in lercara and family I will get more information

  17. Alan says:

    My ancestors name was Leonora Lucania and she was born in Lecarra Friddi in March 1783. She married a British soldier named Samuel Roberts and returned with him to Shaftesbury, Dorset. Prior to returning to England she had a daughter Fortunata, who was born in Corfu.

    We believe that her father’s name was Salvatore and he was apparently born in Palermo.

    Leonora died in 1877 at the age of 103.

    Any assistance in tracing their family history would be greatly appreciated.


    • Paul says:

      Hi Alan

      I am on the same trail as you….. did you find anything out about Leonora Lucania?

      I have seen that her parents may be Antonius and Jeromina Lucania

  18. Linda says:

    I am trying to find out where my grandfather originated in Sicily, I believe it to be Palmero. His name was Girolamo Cadelo and he was born in 13 December 1881. His father was Guiseppe Cadelo and his trade was Draper.
    I know my grandfather left Sicily To live in London, England around1913 . I know he married in England in 1916.

  19. Patti says:


    I am looking for confirmation regarding my great grandmother: Angelina “Angela” Gambino (born 17 Nov 1877 in Lercara Friddi, Palermo, Sicilia, Italy). The documents that I have obtained from USA sources show her parents’ names were: Giovanni Gambino and Maria Giovanni La Forte. My understanding is the they both were born in Lercara Friddl, Palermo, Sicilia, Italy.

    I am also looking for confirmation regarding Angelina’s husband and my great grandfather’s parent (Agostino Morano or Murana born 16 Nov 1877 in Palermo, Italy). He was married to Angelina Gambino on 12th of February 1898. Do your records show Agostino parents’ names as: Nicola Murana and Maria Anna Zito. And does the marriage date agree with the Italian records as well.

    Is there any way to find out if any of my relatives connected to either of my great grandparents are still living in Lercara Friddi?

  20. Debbie says:

    I been trying to do my Fmily Tree, when it comes to my grandfather it stops. No marriage ,no birth, no parents. He came to New York, thats all I know. My father said he was from Lecara Friddi…His name is Antonino (Antonio)Giordano born in 1885 or 1886. There’s different dates. Maybe you can help me, my father was very quite and sketchy about information.
    Thank You Debbie Giordano

    • Alyssa says:

      My grandfather Domoneico Giordano had a brother named Antonio who was born in Lercarra Friddi around 1881. Could he be the same one you’re looking for? Do you know his parents names?

    • Mich says:

      Hi my gandfather was Giuseppe Giordano Muratori born in Lercara Friddi and migrated to South america is there any relationship ? His father was Giusto Giordano.

  21. Suzanne says:

    I am working on creating my “Family Tree” and I know that my paternal grandparents were both born in Lercara Friddi. My grandfather’s name was Salvatore Lucania, he was born in either 1878 or 1880 & left Lercara around 1900 to come to America. My grandmother’s name was Assunta Gattuso, born either 1883 or 1885. We know that they knew each other in Lercara, and some in our family say that they were married there, but all of the information I have found so far say that Salvatore was single when he arrived in America. Some information I have found on line about Lercara says that Lucania is the 6th most common name in the town,(and so is Salvatore, from what I can tell) so finding the right Salvatore Lucania may be difficult.
    I am trying to find out more about both of my grandparents, exact birth dates, were they married in Lercara, what were their parents names, etc. I will be happy to pay for any documents on either or both of them.

    • joe says:

      LUCKY Luchiano is from Lercara my people are from there Lopresti

      • Barbara says:

        I am related Lucky Luciano and also Frank Sinatra whose family came from there.
        Grandfather was Antonio Facella born about 1870 and came to America in 1902?
        Grandmother was Giuseppa Biggica Facella born about Nov 11, 1875. Her father was Guiseppe Biggica born about 1841 and mother Francesca Sinatra born about 1847. Guiseppe’s parents were Rosario Biggica and Concetta (unknown last name).

  22. Louis says:

    My family name is Arcarese and my family (grandfather and father) are from San Cataldo, Sicily. I have found information that my surname was changed to Arcarese from Lercara in the late 18th or early 19th century. My ancestor migrated to San Cataldo from Palermo. My great-uncle Attilio Arcarese who is the family historian has some very sketchy information.
    If you have any information, I would appreciate it if you sent me that information.