Genealogy in Lipari

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Lipari, 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 Lipari registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Lipari. As more your surname is common in Lipari, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Lipari 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 Lipari 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 Lipari

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.)

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Lipari, or if you have questions regarding your family in Lipari, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
Our expert in Lipari area will reply to you


25 Messages to “Genealogy in Lipari”
  1. Joanne says:

    i am looking for information on my great grandfather Alphonse Fazio born in 1869 in lipari ,messina. also my great grandmother Annunziata Marino they were married in Sicilia and my grandfather was born in Lipari (Antonio Fazio) in 1900.

  2. Elvira says:

    Trying to do family tree , on Francesco Paino born 24/3/1861 Canetto died 6/10/1944. Great grand mother Maria Antonia Russo born Napoli. 11/2/1865 17/3/1957. Married 16/5/1907. This is on my mothers father side.My mothers mother is called Giovanna Buttone born quattropani 15/3/1889. Her mothers name is Paola .came from Brescia, buried in Lipari.had a son also called Bartalo Riniedo we think from Quartopane. That’s all the information I have . How do I find my great great grandmother when I don’t have her surname and dates? If some one can help me, I would appreciate it . Regards Elvira

  3. Valerie says:

    Where can I visit or write to find family records for surnames Natoli, Reitano, Favalora in lipari. How do you find maiden names for Italian married in Sicily/Italy. Can you provide web links and or addresses. I will be visiting area very soon. Thank you for any assistance.

  4. Ken says:

    Dear sir/Madam.

    I am looking for the parents of Giovanni Mandile born about 1809,in Lipari,Sicily,Italy and married Anna Maria Favaloro who was born in 1802 i Lipari,Italy her parents were Dibaco Favaloro and Giuseppa Guilano. Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.

    Ken Hynes

  5. m merlino says:

    hello looking for information about my great grandfather who came from canneto/lipari he lived there the first half of the 20th century,until his death the late fifties..his name was giuseppe arico,but most people called don arico.he was a famous sculpter and did a lot of works there in the churches .his daughter was my grandmother jenny.

  6. Janet says:

    Could you tell me of any place our Butta family lived in Lipari. I am visiting in May so it would be nice to know more about them. The family story is that Maria’s sons arrived back from the war and it was too much for her and she never recovered from the shock. Francesco passed soon after and 6 siblings came to Australia between 1921 and 1923 and Rosa went to Argentina. Fishermen and Fruiterers were occupations of the sons on arrival. Thank you Janet

    Francesco Butta 8/8/1862 – 1919 Lipari
    Married 1887 Lipari
    Maria Pampina 28/1/1864 – 25/12/1918 Lipari
    Parents of Maria were Gaetano Pampina and Rosa Lo Bianco of Lipari

    Children born to Francesco and Maria in Lipari.
    Antonio Butta 27/1/1888 – 15/12/1950 Died Australia
    Rosa Butta 4/2/1890 – 1974 Died Argentina
    Gaetano Butta 17/3/1892 – 2/2/1911 Died Lipari
    Angela Assunta Butta 15/8/1894 – 19/4/1944 Died Australia
    Giovanni Butta 19/12/1896 – 28/2/1973 Died Australia
    Giuseppe Butta 11/10/1899 – 19/11/1978 Died Australia
    Francesco Butta 28/5/1902 – 25/11/1902 Died Lipari
    Bartolomeo Butta 25/9/1904 – 9/12/1966 Died Australia
    Rosaria Butta 8/5/1908 – 8/9/1967 Died Australia

  7. Barbara says:

    Carole: I left a message under your name, but not sure if you received it. Please let me know. Barbara

  8. Linda says:

    My grandfather was born in 1879. I have his birth certificate. It reads Che Rijtano Giuseppe fu Gaetano. Della fu Mamulare Rosa, e nato in Lipari il Giorno ventisei Gennaio. I will be visiting Sicily for the month of October and in the area the last two weeks. It would be such a gift to visit his town to celebrate my 70th birthday. this is the reason for my trip. To find relatives would truly be more than I could expect but greatly appreciated.

  9. veronica says:

    I am searching for information about great grandparents and beyond: Giuseppa Traina, Giovanni Furanna, Antonia Niosi. These names go back to the beginning of the 19th century. If possible, I would like to find the names and dates of their parents.

    • Debra says:

      Hi, some of those name are in my family from london, ontario, my grandfather was in the guy lombardo band in the early years, his name was earnie furanna, feel free to contact me by email, i have a full family tree traced if we are somehow related

  10. Anna M says:

    I am looking for more information on my genealogy in Lipari, Italy. I have information and some dates and would to go back further in dates and find out more information. My relatives are John Levante (possibly Levanti) (b. 1861 in Italy. He was married to Nettie Levante. John Levante’s relatives I am looking for a Giovanni Levanti (Levante) born December 1839 in Lipari Italy. Giovanni’s parents were Giuseppe Levanti and Maria Natoli according to a birth certificate we have for Giovanni Levanti. I am looking for information on dates of birth and death of Giuseppe and Maria as well as their heritage. John Levante’s wife, Nettie’s parents were Dominick (Domenico possibly) Natoli and Francesca Natoli (Maiden name Cannestra). Nettie had a brother named Angelo Natoli who came to America and lived in Norwich and 2 other sisters who were still living in Italy. I would like to know more information about the children of Dominick and Francesca Natoli and their dates. Nettie was born August 27, 1871 in Italy. I greatly appreciate any information.

  11. Maria says:

    I am looking for my grandfather GIovanni Barrile , born in Messina 2/7/1895. His mother was Concettina Pellegrino , his father Luigi Barrile. His mother was left a widow and remarried Puglisi, my grandfather moved to canneto lipari and owned a bakery, we left to come to Australia in 1954 we lost contact with him I believe he got very sick and died between 1959-1963 most probably in a hospital in Messina or milazzo can anyone tell me how I can find details about his death and where he is buried

  12. Carole P. says:

    I am looking for my grandmother’s parents, Bartolo Natoli and Bartolomea Natoli of Messina, Lipari. My grandmother’s name was Angelina Natoli, married to Giuseppe Mollica. Both were born in Lipari. My grandmother was the eighth youngest of her brothers and sisters. Can someone let me know if any family are left in Lipari are related to my grandmother?

    Also I am looking for my Grandfather Giuseppe Mollica’s parents whose names are Joseph Mollica and his wife Angela Favaloro-Mollica. I would love to meet any who are related to either my great-grandparents. Please write or respond back soon.

    • Rick says:

      Hi Carole … just saw your entry from 2015. We have some names overlapping, so I was hoping you could provide some dates with yours so I can try to track them further.
      I have Giovanni Mollica (1827-1880) married to Giuseppa Natoli (1827 – ?). I have Giuseppa Natoli’s parents as Giuseppe Natoli (1799-?) and Maria Tumminello (1797-?).
      I have Giovanni Mollica’s parents as Domenico Mollica (1797-?) and Maria Scotidi (1796-?).
      I also have a Favaloro, but her name is Marianna (1824-?) and she married a Giovanni Canale and moved to Buenos Aires.
      Seems like we might be able to tie something together here …?

  13. Rich says:

    Hi…looking to help family member find ancestors from Lipari. His grandfather, born 1883, Giuseppe Cucinotta, departed for USA in 1901 at age 18. We visited Lipari in 2009 hoping to connect with family or at least find information regarding the family history, but we were not successful. Any information would be appreciated.

  14. Breanna says:

    Hello, I am from Australia and I am staying in canetto at the moment until the 7th december.
    My grandpas name is Francesco Roberto Natoli. He was born in 1932 and he moved to Australia from canetto in 1951
    He moved to australia along with his brother, giuseppe, two sisters, Anna and bartolina, and his father, Bartolomeo Natoli.
    His mother, bartolina Natoli (born between 1908-1910- died 1964) did not move to australia, she stayed in canetto.
    I was wondering if I will be able to find information about my family from lipari
    Also where I could could in lipari or the other islands to find more information in the next couple of days

  15. Lizz Daniels says:

    I am truly stuck… I have managed to find some names of family member that are from Lipari.

    My great grandfather Onofrio Favorito whose parents names are: Angelo Favorito and Marianna Manfre

    I also have the names; Giuseppe Favorito, Nunzia Favorito, Rose Falanga, Marianna russo and Giuseppe manfre.

    If any names sound family I would love to connect.

    Thank you,

  16. Margaret says:

    Hi. Recently my father passed away and has left me with little knowledge of his father. I have done some research and have discovered that both of dad’s parents were from Lipai. I now realise that I have a long line of ancestors having lived in Lipari. I am planning a trip to Lipari next year in my fathers honour and would love to learn more about my family history in Lipari. Are you able to help me? I would love to have some specific places to visit and, if at all privilege, find out if I still have any relatives living there.
    The family I have discovered so far include…
    My Grandfather- Bartlomeo VILLANTI b. 1898 Lipai. d. 1971 Victoria, Australia
    My Grandmothter – Angelina FERLAZZO. B. 11 Jan 1902 Lipari

    Great Grandfather – Antonino VILLANTI b. 1829 Lipari. d. 1908 Lipari
    Great Grandmother – Angela IACANO b. 1830 Lipari. d. 1908
    2nd Great Grandfather – Francesco IACANO b. 1803 Lipari. d. 1873 Lipari
    2nd Great Grandmother – Grazia NATOLI b. 1807 Lipari. d. 1891 Lipari

    Hoping you can help me out or head me in the direction of someone who can.

    • Carol Iacona says:

      Marg, Just doing some internet surfing for my husband’s family from Lipari and found your message regarding your family. Can’t tell you if there are relatives still there, but expect there are. What I can tell you is the names you listed as your 2nd great grandparents, Francesco Iacono and Grazia Natoli are also my husband’s 2nd great grandparents. Their son Salvatore married Rosa Biviano (my husband’s great grandparents) and their son Giuseppe married Angela Ziino (my husband’s grandparents) and their son Anthony Iacona is my husband’s father. Giuseppe and Angela left Lipari early 1900’s and briefly went to Pennsylvania where he worked in the mines but ultimately relocated to Brooklyn, NY. Would love to hear from you.

      PS the original name is IACONO but apparently my father-in-law changed to spelling to IACONA but it is the same family line.

      Carol Iacona, Texas, USA

      • Margaret says:

        Thank you so much for replying Carol. It seems as though it is the same family line. I will continue with my search a ned hopefully will find a connection to visit when I travel to Lipari next year.

      • Andrew F says:

        I am tracking down a Fracesco Iacono who left Lipari for New York in 1903. Based on the timelines it sounds like he was descended form your Francesco. Maybe a grandson or great-grandson.

    • Tom says:

      Hi Margaret, in the odd chance that you are still following this thread I also have the names Villanti and Iacono in my family. although my Grandfather left Lipari for Australia in the 50s, i have no doubt that there would be a connection there, i’ll try and do some research in the near future.

  17. Loralee says:

    I am looking to see if I have family still living there (Lipari, Italy) and more about the area. I also want to confirm that my great grandfather was born there. I have been told by a distant cousin that my great grandfather was born in Lipari , Italy – Messina Province. His name is Giuseppe D’Alia and was born on 2/15/1890. Any information you can provide, would be greatly appreciated.

    I also plan to visit Italy in a couple of years and would like to come there as well. Any information you can provide about your tours, would also be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much,

    • saether says:

      i dont know if you already have this information, but i will give it just in case you do not. Giuseppe D’Alia father was Pietro amd his mother was Giuseppa Ferlazzo and he was born in LIpari

      • Gaetano says:

        My great grandmother was Giuseppa D’Alia and she was married to Giuseppe Ferlazzo It looks like the Ferlazzo brother and sister married the D’Alia sister and brother. Do you by chance know what happened to Giuseppa thank you Gaetano

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