If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Francavilla di Sicilia, 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 in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Francavilla di Sicilia registrar as of that date.
Before to start your genealogy research in Francavilla di Sicilia, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Sicilia and in Francavilla di Sicilia too.
In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Francavilla di Sicilia from the Italian Unification (1861).
It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Francavilla di Sicilia. As more your surname is common in Francavilla di Sicilia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Francavilla di Sicilia 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 Francavilla di Sicilia and Messina 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.
In anycase, if you want to try to contact churches, here there is the info about parishes today in Francavilla di Sicilia
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.
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.)
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