Genealogy in Santa Lucia del Mela

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Santa Lucia del Mela, 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 around 1820: it means that you could find information in Santa Lucia del Mela registrar as of that date.

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

Before to start your genealogy research in Santa Lucia del Mela, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Abruzzo and in Santa Lucia del Mela too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Santa Lucia del Mela 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 Santa Lucia del Mela. As more your surname is common in Santa Lucia del Mela, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Santa Lucia del Mela 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 Santa Lucia del Mela 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 Santa Lucia del Mela, or if you have questions regarding your family in Santa Lucia del Mela, 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 Santa Lucia del Mela area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Kim says:

    My GreatGrandfather, Emilio Rosselli, I just recently found out was a foundling and left in the “wheel” in Santa Lucia del Mela. We are going to visit Sicily in September and want to know if this “wheel” to an orphanage or hospital?still exists and where? That name is not his real family name unfortunately and I do have a record of his birth with the names of the his wet nurse and a couple of others. Anyone of any knowledge of where babies were left in this town would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Deb says:

    Hello – I am trying to find records re my husband’s grandparents. We believe they lived in Santa Lucia del Mela in the early 1900’s. Name Fartunato Ilacqua (we believe) He came to Montreal, Que, Canada several times and is believed to have died in Sicily in the 1950s. We will be in Sicily in July and would appreciate any hints/help in locating any family!

  3. Jan says:

    I am the great granddaughter of Croce Trifiletti and Santa Maria DiMaggio. I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1950 and placed for adoption at 6 weeks of age. I am wondering if there are any relatives still living in Santa Lucia Del Mela.

    • Giuseppe says:

      Hi, I live in Santa Lucia del Mela, in my town there are still people who have this surname, Trifiletti, not many but there are. I had heard about Philadelphia as the destination for my compatriots to emigrate. I hope I was helpful.

  4. Tricia says:

    I have recently found record that my Great Grandfather, Francesco Bucolo was born in Santa Lucia del Mela in the 1890s. He immigrated to New York in 1912 via the Santa Anna out of the port in Palermo. His parents were Giuseppe Bucolo and Pancrazia Bucolo (Maiden name Fichera). His wife’s name was Prudence Bucolo (maiden name Amato)? but I can’t find any information on her or their marriage record.
    I was wondering if there were any other records for this family line as the trail runs cold once I trace my family back to Sicily.

  5. Gloria Chiantella says:


    I will be in Santa Lucia del Mela about May 27th to the 30th in 2017. I know my great grandfather, Antonio Chiantella is buried in a cemetary off the main road, surrouned by cypress trees, with his bust on a pedistal on top. Looking for name of cemetary. Tx, Gloria

    • Giuseppe says:

      Hi, I live in Santa Lucia del Mela.
      To be honest, your grandfather’s last name is not widespread in Santa Lucia del Mela. The description of the cemetery is right. To have a bust on the pedestal at the cemetery, your grandfather was probably an important person. The cemetery we are talking about is the town’s cemetery, the only one in the city. I hope I was helpful.

  6. Jeanette says:

    I am trying to find records of my grandparents, Antonino Guglielmo who lived in Santa Lucia de Mela, and Giovanina Mirenda who lived in Pace del Mela. I was told I still have family there, and that my grandfather at one time, owned property and built a home there. I believe my great grandfather’s name was Giuseppe Guglielmo, and on my grandmother’s side her father’s name was Salvatore Mirenda. Any help you can give me would be appreciated. Thank you!

  7. Carol says:

    I would like to know if there was anyone with the surname of Carbone living in Santa Lucia del Mela in the early 1870s.

  8. Patrick says:

    Peppino is a nickname for Giuseppe

  9. Molly says:

    I’m hoping to find family in Santa Lucia Del Mela. My great grandfather Santi Campione was born there. If anyone has any information please let me know.

  10. Michele says:

    My great-grandfather is Francesco Schepis who is from Santa Lucia Del Mela. He was born 23 March 1882 to Catarina Castiglia and Pietro (?) Schepis. He married Antonia (??) Armonia. They had at least 2 children prior to their journey to the United States, Catherine and Peter (?). I am at a total dead end when it comes to information on either side of the family (Schepis/Castiglia and Armonis). Any direction would be appreciated.

    • Cheryl says:

      Francesco and Antonia are my grandparents. They lived in West Virginia prior to my grandfather’s death in 1973. My grandmother passed in 1962.

  11. Kenneth says:

    My Great Grandfather named Guiseppi D’Amico was from Santa Lucia del Mela. If you have any information about him or his wife Maria please respons. He was in the cattle business.

    • franco says:

      i looking for the family my grand father was from santa lucia del mela hi name antonino albi d’Amico date birth 1871 he traveling yo mexico guatemala year 1925 and he past o way 1929

  12. Reto says:

    I am looking after some details of my Granfather Pasquale Milone, son of Diego Milone and ( I believe Mrs Mancuso).
    He must have left Sicily after the terremoto in 1908 for Northern Italy and Switzerland.
    I would like to know whether there are some local contacts still living in the area.
    45 years ago I had met his step-siyster, Zia catherina and a nephew, probably Antonio Milone.

  13. Piera says:

    I am looking for my paternal grandmother ‘s family name.My father ‘s name was Luigi Calderone born in Santa Lucia February 1916. and my grandfather was Carmelo Calderone married to Rosa.
    Luigi had two children both born in Santa Lucia Camelo born in March 1942 and Piera in March 1951..
    I would like to find my grandmother Rosa family name.
    Thank you,

  14. Margarita says:

    My grand father was from cicily his surname was Tzirarkas.he came to Greece before the second war. I found a cousin with the same surname who told me that our grandfather was from Santa Lucia del mela. If it helps my fathers name is Antonis Tzirarkas. I donot know more information. Please I would like to find my family’s genealogy tree and if I have relatives in Santa Lucia.

  15. Nancy says:

    I am the grandaughter of Vincent Scoglio. I was told he was born in Santa Lucia Del Mela. I don’t have his exact birthday but I believe it would have been between 1907 and 1913. He had one brother. He imigration to the United States through Ellis Island with his family. I don’t have many dates or much other information. I would appreciate any information you have on the Scoglio Family. Thank you

  16. Anthony says:

    I am the grandson of Antonio Ilacqua and Rosa Pugliese. My grandfather was born in Santa Lucia Del Mela in 1875. His first wife was Maria. His parents were Candoloro and Felecia Ilacqua. I know Candoloro’s other children were Diego and Pepino (maybe Guiseppe). I am looking for any information – dates of birth or death and any imigration information on any of these relatives.

    • Rose says:

      My Grandfather Antonio is from Santa Lucía. His parents were Condoloro and Felicia. His first wife was Maria, they had a son Condoloro. Maria died in childbirth. He married Rosa Pugliese and emigrated to Albany New York where they had 8 more children. I am working on the genealogy now and will be happy to send you all of my findings when I am finished.

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