Genealogy in Antillo

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

Registry offices in Sicilia and in Messina province were established around 1820: it means that you could find information in Antillo registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Antillo 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 Antillo. As more your surname is common in Antillo, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Antillo archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Messina province are:
Arena, Barbera, Calabrò, Cambria, Caruso, Costa, Costantino, Crisafulli, Cucinotta, Currò, D’Amico, De Luca, Di Bella, Donato, Fazio, Ferrara, Foti, Genovese, Giordano, Giorgianni, Gitto, Giunta, Grasso, La Rosa, Lo Presti, Lombardo, Maio, Mancuso, Mangano, Marino, Mazzeo, Merlino, Messina, Morabito, Pagano, Parisi, Pino, Puglisi, Raffa, Rizzo, Romeo, Ruggeri, Russo, Santoro, Sottile, Spadaro, Torre, Trimarchi.

Church archives in Messina 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 Antillo and Messina 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 Antillo, or if you have questions regarding your family in Antillo, 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 our expert in Antillo area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Lane says:

    Hi! I am a Sicilian-America coming to Sicily in a couple weeks. My great-grandparents were from Antillo. They moved to the United States in 1920. My great-grandfather was Carmelo Crisafulli and great-grandmother Domenica Smiroldo. I am going to visit Antillo. Do you have suggestions for me on who to talk to about finding relatives? I would appreciate any advice you have. Thank you. Lane Selman

    • Joe says:

      Hi Lane,

      Just found this website with your post by accident.

      Like your grandmother, my father was a Smiroldo, born in Antillo on Dec 16, 1889, first name Santo (sometimes referred to as Santi), immigrating to the U.S. in 1912, after service in the Italian army. I was told by my father and one of his brothers that the name Smiroldo is so common (for a small town) that they used to add a suffix after Smiroldo to distinguish between the different Smiroldo “branches” in the town. I assume that one reason was to avoid intermarriage within the same branches. My father’s branch was “Smiroldo Spisa”. I remember him talking about another branch “Smiroldo Barone”. My father’s brother said that there were seven of these branches in or around Antillo. A number of years ago, I met a cousin (born in Antillo) whose mother was my father’s sister. The cousin married a man from Antillo whose surname was Smiroldo (but I forgot which branch … it wasn’t Spisa).

      The closest I got to Antillo was Taormina. The manager of the hotel there told me that his wife was a Smiroldo and that she came from Casalvecchio, a town very close to Antillo. BTW, the town where the scenes in Sicily from “The Godfather” were filmed is Savoca, which is very close to Antillo and Casalvecchio.

      My paternal grandfather (Onofrio) was the son of Giuseppe Smiroldo and Domenica Costa. My paternal grandmother (Santa Palella) was the daughter of Giuseppe Palella and Domenica Intersimone. If my memory serves me well, this info came from their gravestones in Antillo.

      The reason that I am boring you with all of these details is to see if, from your visit to Antillo, you were able to find any info related to the origins of the Smiroldo’s in Antillo and can expand whatever I said above about the Smiroldo “branches” and origins. Also, I wonder if the name Smiroldo is a Sicilian “corruption” of the Italian word “smeraldo” which means emerald.

      If you didn’t already know any of the above, I hope it helps. If not, just forgive the crazy meanderings of an 84 year old man, me.

      Take care,


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