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


5 Messages to “Genealogy in Messina”


  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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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