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Siragusa Family Genealogy

Collesano & Sclafani Bagni, Sicily

Our Siragusa family's origins are in Collesano, Sicily, a town of just a few thousand people in the province of Palermo. I have viewed hundreds of birth, marriage and death records from the Sicilian civil records dating back to the 1820s and also enlisted the help of a genealogist in Sicily to research local church records (only available on site in Collesano) dating back to the 17th century.

To date, I have traced the family back to about 1650, and have documented over 100 members of the family in Collesano up to the early-1900s. In a relatively small community like Collesano, you might assume that every Siragusa in the town is related. That does not appear to be the case with our family. While "our" Siragusa line is the biggest in Collesano, I have found two other (seemingly unrelated) Siragusa lines living there that originated in the nearby towns of Valledolmo and Caltavuturo. Those two unrelated lines came to Collesano in the early to mid-1800s, while our direct line settled there over 150 years earlier.

Unlike today, it was common for a family to stay in one town for hundreds of years. Marriage to someone from another village was typically the one thing that would break this tradition. The first known Siragusa in Collesano was Bartolomeo Siragusa, who was married there in 1698, but born about 30km south in Sclafani (now known as Sclafani Bagni). Sclafani is ancient and very small, with only about 500 inhabitants. Assuming that Bartolomeo had relatives that remained in Sclafani, there is an additional line of relations in that community. Research on the Sclafani Siragusa line is underway.

In the chart below, you will find the 11 confirmed generations of our Siragusa family that are known at this time. Each person has been validated by a primary source with official government or church documents (many of which will be posted on this site soon).

In addition to tracing the roots in Sicily, I have also combed through the Ellis Island immigration records to track all of the Siragusas from Collesano that made the journey to America at the turn of the 20th century. Those families, stories and documents will be posted soon as well.

Materials Needed: Any photos, stories, letters, documents, etc. that you would like to lend to this project would be greatly appreciated. Contact me via e-mail

Siragusa Family Generations

Joe, Joe and Joe Siragusa

Family Member
Joseph S. Siragusa
Elaine Majo


Joseph S. Siragusa

6 April 1936 - 30 March 1980

Watertown, New York


Joseph J. Siragusa

8 March 1915 - 11 September 2002

Watertown, New York & Sun City, Arizona


Buonaventura Siragusa

22 May 1856 - 24 August 1921

Collesano, Sicily
New York City, Watertown


Luciano Siragusa

21 January 1832 - 10 June 1899

Collesano, Sicily

Buonaventura Siragusa
Anna Maria Randazzo


Buonaventura Siragusa

29 March 1788 - 19 March 1853

Collesano, Sicily

Giuseppe Siragusa
Anna Di Agastino


Giuseppe Siragusa

29 October 1754 - 21 March 1818

Collesano, Sicily

Luciano Siragusa
Rosaria Temperato


Luciano Antonino Siragusa

13 December 1729 - 28 January 1780

Collesano, Sicily

Giuseppe Siragusa
Rosaria De Maria


Giuseppe Siragusa

About 1700 - Before 1753

Collesano, Sicily

Bartolomeo Siragusa
Caterina De Natale


Bartolomeo Siragusa

About 1670 - Before 1724

Sclafani (Bagni) & Collesano, Sicily

Giuseppe Siragusa
Caterina (surname undetermined)


Giuseppe Siragusa

About 1645 - After 1698

Sclafani (Bagni), Sicily

(parents not yet determined)

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