Genealogy in Pont-Canavese

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Pont-Canavese, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Piemonte and in Torino province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Pont-Canavese registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Pont-Canavese?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Pont-Canavese


Before to start your genealogy research in Pont-Canavese, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Piemonte and in Pont-Canavese too.

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Pont-Canavese from the Italian Unification (1861).

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Pont-Canavese. As more your surname is common in Pont-Canavese, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Pont-Canavese archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Torino province are:
Barberis, Barbero, Benedetto, Bertolino, Bianco, Bonino, Bosco, Bosio, Bruno, Cavallo, Cerutti, Costa, Esposito, Ferrara, Ferrari, Ferraris, Ferrero, Ferro, Fiore, Fontana, Franco, Gallo, Gentile, Giordano, Grasso, Greco, Grosso, Leone, Lombardo, Longo, Marino, Martino, Merlo, Morello, Musso, Negro, Olivero, Perino, Piovano, Rizzo, Romano, Ronco, Rossi, Rosso, Russo, Sacco, Serra, Testa.

Church archives in Torino 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 Pont-Canavese and Torino 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.

Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Torino.

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.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Pont-Canavese, or if you have questions regarding your family in Pont-Canavese, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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17 Messages to “Genealogy in Pont-Canavese”
  1. Bonnie says:

    I believe that my maternal grandmother is from pont Canavese. Her name was Francesca Schera and I believe she was born on September 27, 1884, I have not been able to find any information on her or when she emigrated to the United states. Please let me what might be the first step to obtain any information. Thank you.

  2. Pete says:

    In August 1997 a cousin examined the parish archive records of the Holy Marian and Costanzo church in Pont-Canavese and learned that Francesco Configliacco-Buffer & wife Maria Domenica Ferraris had one son, Martino. Martino Configliacco-Buffer & wife–name unknown had one son, Domenico (Dominic) who was born on August 12, 1859. Domininc was my grandfather.
    The church records also showed that Dominic married Antonia Chialanzino. She was born in Pont-Canavese on July 13, 1862, daughter of Giacomo Chialanzino & Maria Bertolino. Dominic and Antonia were married at Pont-Canavese on April 26, 1884 in the church of Holy Maria and Costanzo. The church records show that Domenico and Antonia Configliacco-Buffer had a daughter named Maria on February 23, 1885.
    I understand that the parish records may have been destroyed by a large flood several years ago so am looking for suggestions to locate more family records, especially about the parents of my grandfather Dominic and their ancestors. I assume they both died in Pont-Canavese in the early 1900s.
    We don’t know anything about what Dominic did for work but one of my cousins thought he may have been employed by a railroad. It is also possible he worked in a mine since he left Italy for the USA to work in the Calumet & Hecla Mine in Calumet, Michigan at age 27, three years after he married Antonia. Antonia and daughter joined Dominic in Michigan in 1892. All records in the USA show he dropped Configliacco from their name and only used Buffer.

  3. Molly says:

    Hello, I am trying to find information about my great grandparents Charles (Carlos) Bagino Rastello and his wife Josephine A Giacamaso. We recently found out through DNA testing that there is 1% Italian in the Rastello family, and that our family likely emigrated into Italy via an Eastern or Northern european country. Any thoughts? where to look?

  4. Maria Theresa says:

    Mon arrière grand mère Maria Térésa Céretto, est née à Pont Canavese le 15 août 1857, et baptisée à Santa Maria Dicostanzo, ce même jour.
    Je recherche son acte de mariage, dans cette même église. Il devrait avoir eu lieu entre 1876 et1879.Son époux s’appelait Primo Ebro né à CEVA, province de Coni.Son père Dominico Ceretto était agriculteur à Ponte Canavese.

    Comment faire pour avoir cette information?

  5. Anne says:

    I am looking for a Giovanni Gherna born in Pont Canavese in 1858, and married in 1882 to Teresa Panier. I would like to know Giovanni’s parents. If it helps, he had a son (Guiseppi Gherna) in 1883, and then he left the country on a French ship in 1890.

    Thank you

  6. Stephanie says:

    To whom it may concern ,
    My Mother has been hitting a dead end on her Grandfather’s side for years before she dies I would like to see if I could find even just a small bit of information on his family.
    The information I have is his name was Giacomo Rolando, he was approx. born in October of 1861 I have found some things that say Pont Canavese, Torino, Piemonte,Italy , he came here on a ship named St Laurent he arrived in New York 25, March 1885 and traveled to Coal City, Illinois.
    I will be thankful and pay for any help or avenues of information you might have. Thanking you in advance.

    • Polly says:

      Hi Kathy,

      I think you are related to my family’s branch of the Bernotti family. If you have more info, please send it as I travel to Turin periodically and plan to visit Pont Canavase on an upcoming trip. Will dig up my notes on the family tree and send more later.

    • Karen says:

      My great-grandfather Charles Rolando came to the US around the same time. He lived in Gillespie,IL and worked in the coal mines. Charles was also from Pont Canavese.
      We may have information to share with you and your mother.

  7. Kathy says:

    I know my maternal grandmother Angeline Catherine Bernotti was born in Pont Canavase on dec 13 1890- she moved with her family when she was a little girl in about 1900 to America and they came to Michigan- her parents were both Bernottis, I think cousins that married back in the 1800’s. my Grandfather, Joseph Mariola Rolando was born in Turin I think in 1890 too, and moved to the US to Michigan as a young man- Mariola was a common middle name with his branch of the Rolando family tree- I have old letters in Italian from the 1920’s from Italy from relatives that wrote to him- he passed away young from pneumonia in the mid 1930s though, my grandma when I was five in the 1970s- I want to try and visit Turin and pont Canavase someday-

    • Nancy says:

      Hello Polly,

      I just came across your reply to Kathy, dated 2-1-16 regarding your family branch of the “Bernotti” family. I am hoping you might have some information on a line I have little info on. Looking for info on my husbands great grandparent from Pont Canavase.

      Barinotti(abt 1875)married Caterina Giglieri

      Children of the Barinotti & Caterina:
      Antonio Barinotti (1895-1971)
      Claudina Maria Maddalina Barinotti (1902-1987)
      Michele Barinotti (?)

      I am wondering if there can be a connection between the Bernotti & Barinotti names?

      Any info would be of great help, Thank you!

  8. Kristen says:

    Hi there,

    I know my distant relatives were from Pont Canavese (last name Sandretto) but I am curious if I have any relatives currently living there as I will be traveling there soon! My grandfather is Ray Sandretto, and his father was Dominic Sandretto.

  9. Manuel says:

    Un antepasado mio llamado Antonio Bazarot, cuyo único dato que tengo es que en 1842 figura como difunto en una partida de matrimonio de un hijo en la localidad de Marchena (Sevilla, con lo cual creo que tuvo que nacer antes de 1800, si me pudieran dar algún dato se lo agradeceria

  10. Deborah Bagy says:

    I know my Grandmother, Amalia Colombara, was born in Pont Canavese in 1899.
    Parents were Domenico and Theresa.

    I believe my grandfather was born there too, I think 1891. His name was Tomaso Ponzetti.

    I would like to know his parents names and where he was born.

    Thank you!

  11. marie Gleeton says:

    My Mother was born in Pont Canavese her name is Serafina Coppo.
    Her parents were Guistina Coppo and Battista Coppo.

    I would like to know about their parents. Names, and where they were born.
    Thank YOU!

    • Susan says:

      There is a vital Coppo on my grandfathers side, Rastello was the family name and he is from ponte canavese, Italy. His sister, Mary Lucia Rastello was married to a Vital Coppo and they lived in Michigan. Does anything match there?

      • Kevin says:

        Susan, that is actually a line of my lineage as well! I am great grandson of Glen Coppo, who was the grandson of Vital. I have tracked Vital possibly to a John Batista and Ursula Coppo of Pont Canavese but the trail is cold there. Do you have any further information by chance?

        • Patrick says:

          Greetings, Susan and Kevin: I, too, am tracing the lineage of Vital Coppo. His parents are supposedly Giovanni Battista and Ursula Picchiottino. Have you found any more about them in Pont Canavese?

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