Genealogy in San Fratello

If you search your ancestors in San Fratello, Sicilia, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Sicilia and in Messina province registry offices were established around 1820: it means that you could find information in San Fratello registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in San Fratello 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 San Fratello. As more your surname is common in San Fratello, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in San Fratello 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 San Fratello 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.
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 San Fratello 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 San Fratello 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 San Fratello area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Vincent says:

    My dad immigrated to this country from San Fratello August 23, 1923. His name Cirino Frisina, he came with his mother Louisa and father Vincenzo.
    His mother’s maiden name Mogolie, may be mis-spelled. His sister Mariana married a Berlingerri, and his brother Rosario married another Berlingerri.
    The Frisina family were Plasterers His other brother was Turido, Italian but changed to Sam married to Josephine.
    Any Leads?
    Vincent Frisina, son of Cirino, known as Charlie here in the USA.

  2. Joseph says:

    My grandparents lived at 52Viva Roma in San father was Salvatore, he had brothers Paulo, Antonio, and another brother who was lost in sister Marianna..

    I visited there in1965 my grandmother was 98 and kicking ass.i was hoping to find relations, and how the Allia family is connected (now in Waltham mass)

    Unfortunately my uncle’s here in America died when I was very young. My father died when I was 13 months old..
    I have no information on my family history or family tree
    Who ever would like to see how we could be related let’s find out..

  3. JoAnn says:

    My paternal grandfather, Salvatore Lobalbo, was born in Sicily on March 19, 1883. My son was over there this week April 29,2018 and searched the graveyard thoroughly and went to the town registry with an interpreter. They could find no record of his birth. I need that to get his father Giuseppe Lobalbo information. Is there any other way or any hope of finding out? Please help.

  4. Anne says:

    Dear Sirs,

    My paternal family’s surnames are “Gambitta and Versaci” and maternal “Scaglione and Lo Balbo.” Would appreciate any information you may have on these surnames.

    Thank you!


  5. Paul says:

    My grandparents on my mothers side were from San Fretello, Benedetta Locaccia Carroccio & Alfio Carroccio, born around 1885, emigrating too Boston,MA area in early 1900’s. Any info about the Locaccia & Carroccio would be welcome .

    • Paul says:

      My grandfather’s brother Alfio Carroccio was from San Fratello born around 1885. His father was Cirino Carroccio and his mother was Benedetta Manaserri. I have more information and have been to San Fratello a few times.

      Email me to compare notes.


  6. Karen says:

    I am hoping to find if my grandmother or grandfather originated in San Fratello. I have reason to believe my grandmother may have…her name is Angeline Taverne or Taverna. Her father was Tom Tavern or Taverna. I do not have her mother’s name.
    My grandfather is Angelo Rizzo. His father was Giovanni Rizzo and his mother was Maria Staglinova.

    Thank you for any help.

  7. Alfio says:

    Looking for the picture and name of Fogliano Antonino’s father who was born in San Fratello in the 1800’s.

  8. Christina says:

    My paternal grandparents were born in San Fratello. Their names were Ferdinando Collura and Mariana Defranco. My grandfather emigrated to Ethiopia first, before coming to the United States, in the early 1900’s. My great grandfather, (also Collura), had an artichoke farm. I would love to have any other information about them, or know where to look.

  9. Barbara says:

    My father’s family(Sgro) come from San Fratello. I have researched their genealogy page but I get sent to a search through Italy. Is there somewhere else I can search?

  10. Rosemarie says:

    My grandparents were born in San Fratello – Benedetto and Maria Schepis. I would love to find out about my surname since it is not the traditional Italian spelling name. Also can you tell me if there are Schepis Families still in San Fratello. I am visiting Sicily for the first time and would love to visit. Thank you so much

    • Anthony says:

      The Schepis family appears to have come from Gualtieri (Emilia-Romagna) in North Central Italy to San Fratello in the early 1800s. The first of the surname in the village, Giuseppe Schepis and wife Ann (maiden name unknown) had two sons, Antonio (b. 1823, m. Maddelena Saccone) and Nicolo (b. 1842) They also had one daughter, Nicoletta. The surname derives from the Greek word “Skepis”, meaning to cover or to protect.

  11. Roberta says:

    Both my grandparents were from San Fratello. I was wondering if it was possible to obtain any info on them. My grandmother’s maiden name was Benadetta Versace and my gran dad’s name was Antonio Cracco. Both were born in or about 1880.

    • Michelle C says:

      Wanted to add that my research shows S. Froleth Sicily, South Italy and of course there’s no such place. And why I started doing research on San Fratello and found this site…happy day!

  12. Elena P. says:

    Dear Sirs,

    Are there any reputable genealogical researchers for San Fratello whom I could contact from the USA regarding an ancestor who originated there?

    Thank you for any guidance which you could provide.


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