Genealogy in Siracusa

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

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

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

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


5 Comments

  1. Joe says:

    Hi looking for my grandfathers family Salvatore Carpinteri born 1895 Canicattini Bangi ,Grandmother Josephine Gisemondo born 1907 Siracusa . Thank You

  2. Tralena Vasile says:

    Hi there!

    I’m working on getting all the documents I need for my Italian citizenship by descent. I have been doing some massive searching! So from what I’ve gathered – in regards to documentation from Italy – I need the birth certificates of my great great grandparents (I have guesses of where they were born, but it’s not certain) and their marriage certificate. All other documentation I think I can only get from the US.

    We have Guiseppe Vasile, who I think was born in Bivona, 23 November 1871. I know you aren’t an access site for Bivona just leaving that there in case you need it or have any hints for me. :))

    Then my great great grandmother – (the spelling for her name has been different everywhere I look but I’m 99% sure I have it correctly) Filippa Zisa-Vasile. I think she was born in Siracusa 4 Nov 1877. I also think that they must have gotten married in Siracusa as well, as their first born son, John Vasile, was born in Siracusa 10 October 1903.

    For additional information, I don’t know Guiseppe’s parents or really any other information about him. But Filippa I do have some information. I know her parents names and birthday too.

    As for a year of the marriage, I’m really not very sure. That’s the information I’m looking for and need. But again the towns I’ve said above are educated guesses.

    Any help would be so appreciated!

    • John says:

      My name is John Vasile,and I am the grandson of John Vasie, who was Giuseppe and Filippa’s eldest son. To whom are you related?

  3. Joe says:

    Hello,
    My great , great grandfather, Guiseppe Vacante and his wife Carmella departed Sicily for America in 1885. They took with them there three children, Tomassino, Guiseppe and Francesco. I was wondering if I still have distant relatives in Sicily and particularly in the Siracusa area where they were from. We will be visiting Sicily in June of 2018. Any and all guidance is appreciated.

    With gratitude,
    Joe

  4. Mary Jean says:

    I am looking for Alicata family. I am looking
    To find out information on Gaetanina Alicata she would have been born in the 1880’s. She immigrated to The USA and married Bartelmeo Anthony Gelormino of Villa Nova near Naples. She had four children Michael, Erminio, Elena and Gaetano. She may be related to Spada and Failla families. I have 2 addresses-Selvatria Failla, Via Dante No 23, Floridia Provence and Emilio Spada ,via 2 Novembre,no 55 , Floridia Siracusa, Sicily. These may have been relatives of
    Hers. I am trying to find this information for her grandaughter who is elderly now.

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