Genealogy in Sant’Agata di Militello

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Sant’Agata di Militello, 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 Sant’Agata di Militello registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Sant’Agata di Militello?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Sant’Agata di Militello


Before to start your genealogy research in Sant’Agata di Militello, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Sicilia and in Sant’Agata di Militello too.

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Sant’Agata di Militello from the Italian Unification (1861).

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

Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Sant’Agata di Militello 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 Sant’Agata di Militello, or if you have questions regarding your family in Sant’Agata di Militello, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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13 Messages to “Genealogy in Sant’Agata di Militello”
  1. Ed says:

    I am searching for information on the grandparents of my sister-in-law. Her grandfather, Antonio Marchese, was born in Sant’Agata Oct. 21, 1873. He travelled to the USA several times between 1904 and 1912. He came permanently in 1912. Her grandmother, Teresa Piscitello, came to the USA in 1912 with her 6 year old daughter, Rosa Marchese and her one year old son, Francesco Marchese. Any information that you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

  2. Sue says:

    my uncle Philip G married Barbara Amato but I don’t have her parents information. She is 97..My paternal grandparents were both from Sant’Agata immigrating to Cleveland in 1909 and 1913. My grandmother Benedetta Sberna followed my grandfather Basilio G 4 yrs after he left. Many Sbernas still in Sant’Agata. My sisters and my cousin were there in 2013 and I plan to go in 2017 to do more research.

  3. Chris says:

    My great grandfather William Sarafino came to the United States in 1910 and was born in Sant Agata di Militelo, Sicily on April 15 1894 according to his American military records. His parents were Cono Sarafino and Angela Biancuzza. His parents and two of his brothers stayed in Sicily. His brother’s names were Joseppi and Salvatore Sarafino. His two sister’s were Alda Sarafino (married name was Letizia) and Josephine. They both migrated to the United States. I would appreciate any help.
    Thank you

  4. Margaret says:

    Hello, I am trying to expand my research on my Grandmother’s family. I have a “Atti Di Matrimonio” document of my grandmother Rosina Franchina’s marriage to Pasquale Repio on April 9th, 1903 in Sant’ Agata di Militello. In the document it notes that her Mother
    Paola Sutera was a resident of Sant’ Agata di Mititello. I believe that her mother might have died there between 1911-1934. Her husband was Giacomo Franchina 1838-1934 born and died in Galati Mamertino. On his death certificate it is noted that he was a widow. I have looked at all the death records online for Galati Mamertino from 1905-1934 and have not found her,so, I’m thinking she died in Sant’ Agata di Militello and after her death, her husband returned to his farm and lived out his remaining years there. I can not find any online records for her death’s in Sant’ Agata for the period of 1911 to 1934. Can you direct me as to where I might find them.

  5. Dennis says:

    My Grandparents hailed from S’agata, Sicily. Grandfather surname is Nasonte (Antonino Giuffrida) married to Angelina Amata in the early 1910. Their parents are Salvatore Nasonte and Angela (Trusteri), and Salvatore and Celeste (Bellica) Amata. (All settled in the Cleveland area early 1900’s. They had 7 children, including my Father, Tony. Siblings were Salvatore, James, Rose, Angeline, Joseph, Jesse. Looking for any possible relatives still in Sicily. Our family history starts with their immigration and nothing earlier so greatly appreciate any help we can get.

    • Ken Mancuso says:

      Dennis – I saw this post while preparing to do some research of my own, as I’ll be visiting Sant’Agata briefly in August. It looks like you and I are cousins, as Salvatore and Celeste Amata (Amato) were my paternal great-grandparents. My father was Anthony Mancuso, the son of Salvatore Mancuso (owned a grocery store in Cleveland) and Margaret Amato. My family and I still live in Northeast Ohio. I’d like to know if this site was helpful or if you were able to find any additional info. I don’t have much on the Nasont side of the family, although I think I remember your father, Tony, at some of the family gatherings when I was a boy.


      Ken Mancuso

  6. Mary says:

    My great grandmother (Anna Maria Pedala) was born 5 September 1841 and was married to Francesco Spinella (born 16 November 1847 in Sant’Agata di Militello). She died giving birth to my grandfather Carmelo (born 14 Aug 1875). I am looking for her death certificate and also the death certificate for Francesco who died in 1878. Anna “Maria” Pedala’s parents were Vincenzo Pedala (born 1796) and Giuseppa Buda (born 1803). I would like to have their birth and/or death certificates. Any help would be much appreciated.

    • Carmelo says:

      My grandparents were both born in Sant Angelo di Militello in the 1890’s. I did some research (in 2010) at the city hall there but the Church was closed when we were there. I am returning to Sant Agata on September 30th with my son in law who is from Naples to find more about them. What will your assistance cost? Thank you.

  7. Dawn says:

    My Great Grandfather was born on Feb 6, 1878 and was part of a set of twins. His name is Angelo Fazio. How can I get the name of his twin and his parents? Than you.

  8. Debbie Sawmiller says:

    I have been told my Grandparents were born in Sant’ Agata before
    coming to America. His name is Vincenzo Innaria Artino,
    Born: Sept. 5,1884 (or 1885).
    Her name is Teresa Serraino, Born: Aug.11,1891 (or 1892).
    I would like to obtain a Birth Certificate for them each? I would
    appreciate any help.
    Also, is Innaria a Surname?

  9. Kathy Bevacqua says:

    My great grandmother’s name was Angela Maduri (Scilla) What is the Scilla meaning? The men also used that term Biagio Maduri Scilla. I know her parents ere Biagio and Grazia Oriti.I am also looking for Calogero Campisi birth records possible 1867 He married Rosa Anello. I would appreciate any help.

    • Norman says:

      My maternal grandparents were both born in Sant’Agata. I will be making a brief visit in October 2015 and would like to access records of birth for them. Where is the best place to visit and is there someone in Sant’Agata that could help in the time I would be there? The names are Carmelo Amato and Maria Sgro probably both born between 1880 and 1890.

      • Bill says:

        Hi Norman, My Grandpa Biagio would have been your grandfather’s brother. My information is that your grandfather was born 11/16/1878 and died 1/2/48. Maria was born in April 1887 and died January 1938. Would love to learn more about your part of the family.

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