Genealogy in Floridia

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Floridia 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 Floridia. As more your surname is common in Floridia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Floridia archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Siracusa province are:
Amato, Amenta, Basile, Bianca, Bottaro, Buccheri, Calvo, Campisi, Cannata, Caruso, Di Mauro, Di Pietro, Di Stefano, Gallo, Garofalo, Genovese, Giuliano, Grasso, Greco, Italia, La Rosa, Leone, Lombardo, Magnano, Marino, Messina, Miceli, Pappalardo, Parisi, Passanisi, Puglisi, Rametta, Randazzo, Rizza, Romano, Rossitto, Russo, Salemi, Salerno, Saraceno, Scala, Spada, Tiralongo, Tringali, Valenti, Valvo, Vinci, Zappulla.

Church archives in Siracusa 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 Floridia and Siracusa 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 Siracusa 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 Floridia and Siracusa 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 Floridia 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 floridia@italianside.com our expert in Floridia area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


10 Comments

  1. Cynthia says:

    My grandmother, Rosa Rossitto was born in Floridia in 1900 or 1901 and died in Belvedere in 1927. She was married to Clemente Monti and did immigrate to Boston, January 1920. She returned to Sicily to die, along with an infant girl. She had a brother Vincenzo and a sister Guiseppa. I do not know the first name of her father, nor the name of her mother. Any information would be appreciate.

  2. Olivia says:

    Hello. I have been trying to find information on my Italian ancestors. I can only go as far back as my great grandparents. Sebastiano Sabina (born in Floridia), married to Concetta Carpenteri (born in Solarino), were my nonno’s parents. I am unsure of the region my nonna’s parents were born in, but they’re names were Paolo Manuele and Angela Bastante incase anyone out there knows. Most of my great aunts and uncles stayed in Italy as opposed to migrating to America like my nonno.

  3. Cheryl says:

    My great-grandmother was born in Florida, Siracusa, Italy on November 17, 1877. Her name was Francesca Garofalo. I would love to know if I have any ancestors still living there. I will be visiting that region September 2019.

    • Tina says:

      I have a Lucia Garofalo in my family tree way back in 1710 . She was from Petrella Tifferina Montagano Italy. Maybe check that town

  4. Quintina says:

    I’m looking for my half brother which would have been born after 1957 in either Floridian or Siracusa to my father and girlfriend. My father passed away 1958 my father was married to my mother Concetta Rizza & were separated. I believe that my father was Born in Siracusa???quintina

  5. Francesco says:

    I’m looking for my half brother which would have been born after 1957 in either Floridian or Siracusa to my father and girlfriend. My father passed away 1958 my father was married to my mother Concetta Rizza & were separated. I believe that my father was born in Siracusa

  6. Rick says:

    I’m searching for my wife’s (FAILLA) grandfather, Santo Failla (1895-1983) and grandmother’s Concetta Giarratana (abt 1898-1970). They lived and died in Floridia/Siracusa region. Had (3) living children: Josephina (1926-); Sebastiano (1930-) and Salvatore (1934-).
    Any helpful info related to these family members would be appreciated, including their grave sites or land which they may own.

  7. Robert says:

    I’m searching for my great grandfather Salvatore Carrubba relatives still living in Floridia. I will be visiting the end of May 2017 in hopes of finding any ancestry. Please reply via email with any information.. thank you

  8. Josie says:

    My late grandmother was born Concetta Amenta. Born Floridia 18/7/20
    She married Salvatore Mangiafico when she was 18.
    I am sure they must have been first cousins

    Josie

  9. Tanya says:

    Ciao! I am coming to Sicily in Nov and will be in Siracusa for 2 days. My grandmother is from Floridia and her name was Angela Maria Cantarella 1911. Her mother was Concetta Amenta. Any help you could give me would be wonderful. I would like to know more about my family

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