Genealogy in Messina

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Messina. As more your surname is common in Messina, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Messina 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).
In anycase, if you want to try to contact churches, here there is the list of parishes today in Messina

Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Messina 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.

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

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


14 Messages to “Genealogy in Messina”
  1. Nancy says:

    My grandmother was born in Messina in 1888 0r 1899. I have her birth certificate.
    Her fathers name was Antonino Oteri. Her Mother’s name was Elvira Sturiale. I will be in Sicily next week. Can you direct me where to go to find out where they lived?

  2. Andrew says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandfather franc’o caliri ellis island lists his last place of residency being in falcone, messina and he left for the United States in 1903 if memory serves

  3. Laura says:

    I am trying to locate the family of Joseph “Giuseppe” Niosi (1875-). According to his marriage record his parents were Francis Niosi and Josephine Casolito/Cusolito. He immigrated to Canada in 1888. The record also suggests that his brother’s was Domenico Niosi (abt. 1844 – 1893) who also immigrated to Canada.

  4. Gunnel says:

    I a friend of mine is looking for her grandparents ancesters. Their name was Pasquale and Olympia Cambria and they emigrated from Messina to the USA in 1900.
    Please mail me if anyone has any kind of information.

  5. Maria says:

    My grandfather Giovanni Giamboi and all his siblings were born in Messina. All their births are on record and site Santi Giamboi & Grazia Cambria as parents for each birth. What I am trying to find is the Birth & Death dates for Santi & Grazia along with the cemetery and grave location. Aprox. birth date for Santi is 1867 also believed born in Messina.

    • Patrick says:

      My mother’s side was from Messina. If you are looking for grave sites that far back you won’t find anything. After 70 years if there are no close relatives the body is removed to make room for more others. You will find the names mentioned in the records though.

  6. Sue says:

    I am search for my family, named Monastra. My mother was born in Torrenova, Messina, Sicily, and as far as I know only her father came with her. If you could give me a place to start, or any help I would greatly appreciate it!

  7. Nancy says:

    Hello. I have a birth certificate from my Grandmother. It says she was born in Messina, Italy. Her father was Antonino Oteri, her mother was Elvira Striale or Estriale. My grandmother’s name was Fancesca Oteri. She was born around 1898.
    Do any of these names come up in any records? I plan on going to Sicily in October. I would very much like to see where my grandmother and her family lived before coming to the United States around 1903. Can you help me?

    • Patrick says:

      My mother’s family was from Messina. As for Striale or Estriale I believe the name is Sturiale. My grandmother had a cousin with that name – fairly common in Messina



  9. Gayle says:

    I am looking for information about George romeo. He was born about 1886

    I was told that he returned to Sicily but don’t know when

  10. Mitch says:

    I’m researching Philippe/Philipe/Filippo De Luca who was born on 20 January 1870 in Messina, Italy and I believe was a son of Bartolemes/Bartolemeo De Luca (who was the son of Filippo De Luca) and his wife Maria/Francesca (nee Cannata and who was the daughter of Gaetano Cannata). They had another son Gaetano.

    Dr. Philippe De Luca was an Italian physician and surgeon, who arrived in Australia with his wife and two children, in about 1908 and practiced in Australia.

    He returned to Italy to serve in the First World War where it is believed he was two years with the Royal Italian Field Ambulance in the Trentino and the Carso, and two years at the sanatorium for tuberculosis, at the Frascati, near Rome. Apparently he was twice mentioned in dispatches and was presented with a gold pen by the Duchess of Aosta (Cousin of the King of Italy), head of the Italian Red Cross.

    In 1920 he returned to Australia to continue his work as a Doctor especially in the research for a cure for tuberculosis.

    I’m interested in finding any family connections in Messina or information of his time in the Italian Army.

  11. Ugo says:

    Egregi Signori,
    Stó cercando informazioni per poder compilare la geneologia della mia famiglia, di origine siciliana. I dati che dispongo sono i seguenti:
    Nella fine del 1800 i miei nonni paterni emigrarono da Messina per Porto Said in Egitto. Si chiamavano BIAGGIO DI STEFANO E EMANUELA RUGERO. Nel 1901 nacque mio padre Umberto Di Stefano a Porto Said e si sposó nel 1932 con Maria Sorrentino. Io, Ugo Di Stefano, sono nato il 12 giugno del 1935 in Ismailia nell´ospedale della Compagnia del Canale di Suez, nella quale compagnia era impiegato mio padre, a Porto Said.
    Ringrazio di tutto cuore voi se potessi ricevere delle informazioni o orientazioni di come dovrei procedere.
    Molto grato, Ugo

  12. Marianna says:

    I am trying to put together my paternal family tree but am unable to.
    My fathers name was Rosario Lenzo, my mothers name is Carolina Di Nardo

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