Genealogy in Lercara Friddi

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

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

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

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


  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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

  7. 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,

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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?

  17. 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.

  18. 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.


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