Genealogy in Santo Stefano di Camastra

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Santo Stefano di Camastra, 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 Santo Stefano di Camastra registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Santo Stefano di Camastra?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Santo Stefano di Camastra


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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Santo Stefano di Camastra from the Italian Unification (1861).

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

Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Santo Stefano di Camastra 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 Santo Stefano di Camastra, or if you have questions regarding your family in Santo Stefano di Camastra, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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13 Messages to “Genealogy in Santo Stefano di Camastra”
  1. Mike Merlo says:

    I am working on my family tree. I know that my great grandparents were Guiseppe and Carmela Merlo. They were from Provencia di Messina Santo Stefano Camastra, Italy. Their son, Leo was my grandfather. Leo was born on May 21,1895. I have all the necessary information on Leo and his sisters, but know little about Giuseppe and Carmela. I would like to know their dates of birth and death and any information that may be available about their parents.

    Thank you

  2. James says:

    I am researching my family history and I know they arrived in New York in the late 19th century/early 20th century from Santo Stefano Di Camastra, Messina, Sicily. My father was Salvatore Corona, his parents were Giovanni (John) Corona and Maria Grazia Dragotto. His siblings were Angelina (Napoli) Corona and Carmelo Corona. My Grandmother’s sister was Providenza (Napoli) Dragotto and her husband was Domenico Napoli. Their son was Matteo Napoli. My Grandfather’s mother was Angelina Delione. I visited Santo Stefano in the 90’s but could not find any information on my family. I would be grateful for any help or information you could provide. Thank you.

  3. Jon says:

    I am looking for any information on the history of the Armao family in Santo Stefano di Camastra. Family names include Franco, Insinga, Bartolotta,Dragotto.

  4. Anthony says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather, Antonio Patti,
    He came to the USA from San Stefano de Camastra in the early
    1900 s. I believe he came with my grandmother, Josephine and
    two of my uncles, his sons, Carmelo and Salvatore.
    My father, Santo, was born here in Boston in 1910.

  5. Toni says:

    Found my Grandfather (Pietro Ricciardo) Marina Mercantile Italiana book when he entered in August 1891 at 15yo. He was from Brolo. Academy I believe was in Messina. How can I find information on what level he attained by the time he left? His registration #24948. Thank you. Toni

  6. Lori E says:

    I am working on the families of Domenico Antonio Aurelio and Domeneca Iallonardo. I have Domeneca Iallonardo’s parents as Yalondro Iallonardo and Frances Pettreti. Domenico and Domeneca moved to Nelson, B.C. Canada. I am also trying to connect Frances Pettreti (see above) to Ralph (Raefael)Pettreti who was born in 1897 in Santos Stefano. His parents were Angelo Petretti (Petrotti, Petrette) and Lucia Demeo I would appreciate any help.

    • Sandi says:

      Good morning. Seems you and I have family history. Ralph Petretti and wife were cousins of Louis Aurelio who witnessed their marriage to Rose Yadernuk in Spokane Washington October 25,2930. Dominica iallonaro whose parents were Charles Yalandro and Francis Pettretti are my great grandparents. Dominica 12/23/1874 married Dominico Antonio Aurelio 01/26/1876. Children, Louis, John (which I believe is actually Giovanni lived in Trail) and Mary Francis (Kofmehl).

  7. Jessica says:


    I’m looking for information regarding the birth certificate of my Great Grandfather, Salvatore Joseph Sparta born on May 11 1901 in Santo Stefano di Camastra. His parents names were Giuseppe Sparta born March 19, 1874 in Castanea and Grazia Merlo born March 17, 1878 in Santo Stefano di Camastra. I’m not quite sure where to begin on this search so any information would be greatly appreciated.

  8. Joseph says:

    Looking for birth, marriage, and death information on my great grand parents: paternal Giuseppe and Frachesca Zaffiro and Giovanni and Lucia Cernuglia

  9. Kathleen says:

    My grandmother Rosa Piscitella was born in Santo Stefano, her mothers name was Bartolotta. That is all I know except my grandmother had a brother named Marco. PLEASE any information & dates on these two family names would be greatly appreciated. Also, the church they attended. Many blessings Kathleen

  10. Nancy says:

    Hello, I am searching for ancestors in Sicily. My father (born in America) said his family was from Santo Stefano de Camastra in Messina.

    His fathers name was MICHELE BALLATO.

    He married CONCHETTA CUVO.

    My Father was born in 1914 so they were already in America by then. If possible, please check you records from late 1800 to early 1900.

    Molto Grazie,

    Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. My cousins have come to Sicily to search but I fear they have not searched in Messina.

  11. Carol says:

    I am looking for information regarding the GAZZANA family of the St. Stefano Messina region. Salvatore Gazzana was my grandfather. He had brothers who were also born in this region. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you. Carol

  12. Jo Lynn says:

    I am looking for a death date of my grandfather Salvatore Maglio. I have his Marina Mercantile Italiana documents for him. Salvatore was born in Santo Stefano in 18-(looks like maybe sept.)-1863. His father was Guiseppe Maglio (born 26-Oct.-1836), his mother’s name (looks like)Poutu Maro (spelling ?). Salvatore married my grandmother Maria Farina Maglio in May of 1902 (after the death of his 1st wife Mary Grace Glorioso) according to Archivo do stato. They could not find a death date for him and said he did’t die in Santo Stefano but my mother was a child and was there. Please can you help me find any information on my grandfather, Salvatore Maglio, siblings names, marriage dates anything. I am grateful for any help and information, Thank you. Jo Lynn

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