Genealogy in Genova

If your ancestors were from Genova, you could find info about your family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.
It could be useful for you to know if the last name you are investigating is a common surname in Genova: as more your surname is frequent in Genova surnames as more it could be difficult to find exact info about your ancestors in Genova archives.

Registry offices in Liguria and in Genova province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Genova as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Genova?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Genova


Church archives in Genova 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 Genova and Genova 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.

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.

The important thing is to have in mind a plan of actions to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, family members, the date of a marriage, etc.)

Read our tips for your search in Italy and in Genova too.

Would you like to start your genealogy research in Genova? Have you any further questions regarding your family tree in Genova?
Is your research in a dead end and you need some help ?

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  1. richard says:

    my great grandfather Luigi Votta was born in Genoa in November 1865…..he emigrated to the US about 1885-1887…. he married Tresa Posquarella in 1887 in US….. he had 6 kids, 2 of whom died from influenza in 1911….He died in 1902,…… one of his kids was John Votta my grandfather….any information on Luigi, or other possible family members would be greatly appreciated….. I don’t know anything about Luigi’s parents or possible siblings…..

  2. Janine says:

    I’m looking for the family of my great-great grandfather who emigrated to America (Nicaragua) early 1980’s….His name was Cesare Costigliolo (twin brother of Luigi) from Genoa. Thank you, Janine

  3. Patricia says:

    I would appreciate any information on my great great grandfather Cirilo Basso who was born in Genova, Italy, approximately in 1820’s? He emigrated to Chile and later California in the USA but dates are not available. He became a miner.
    I am frustrated. I hope you might be able to help me.

  4. Sheryl says:

    Im searching for any relatives related to Gino Castellacci. I believe Aldo Castellacci lives in Genoa today and is a relative

  5. James Cunha says:


    I am searching for any information, on a Francesco Gigliodoro, born about 1887, arrived in the United States in 1905, looking to see if he has any relatives in Genoa, he departed from Napoli.



  6. Carmie says:

    I am looking for my Great Great Grandfather Augustus Signaigo. He states that he was from Corsica Island and then he said he was from Italy. He was born in 1832. I am assuming that he was born in Italy in the Genoa area.

    Thanks, Carmie

  7. Kate says:

    I’m looking for the birth of Agostino De Podesta who was born about 1800 in Genoa and emigrated to Ireland around 1829. Later that year he married a young woman from Kilkenny and they moved to Dublin where they had 12 children. Agostino worked at Wellington Quay in Dublin as an importer of fancy basket ware. He died in 1857.
    It would be very interesting to know why he emigrated and more about his family in Genoa.
    Thank you.

  8. Roberta says:

    I am searching for any information available on Pietro Albi born around 1855, he married Adeline Moschari. I believe that both were from the Genoa Italy area. Only other information I have is, Immigrated from Genoa,Italy, Entry was New York, New York. 19 July 1895 aboard ship Guerra.
    Any thing that you could find will be so appreciated.
    Thank you
    Roberta Baase

  9. Jesper says:

    I’m looking for Angelo Johan Musante born 1844. Probably from Genoa or Moconesi. Departure to Denmark around 1860 to 1862. Upon entry into Denmark stated to be manegeri owner, musician. He died on 30 March 1877 in Denmark.



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