Genealogy in Santo Stefano di Camastra

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).
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.

In anycase, if you want to try to contact churches, here there is the info about parishes today in Santo Stefano di Camastra

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 want to discuss with other people interested in 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

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  1. Tanner says:

    Hi I am looking for information about my great grandparents. Their names, at least when they got to america, were Lavinia Arno Napoli and Joseph Napoli, my grandmother wouldn’t talk much about her family history so I know very little. All I know is that they immigrated to America via Ellis Island from Santo Stefano and it is believed they were married prior to their immigration. Thank you!

  2. Mary Ellen says:

    I looking for information on my grandparents Matteo and Maria Turdo Frinzi. Both immigrated from Santo Stefano. Matteo was born on Dec 29, 1882; Maria Aug 23, 1883. I Know Matteo had at least 3 siblings – Michael, Dominick, and Bessie. I know Maria had at least 2 brothers and a sister Rosie.
    I also know that Matteo came to the US from Palermo on the Trojan Prince (I have two dates 1/19/1903; 2/28/1909. Any information on my ancestors would be appreciated

  3. Ciro says:

    I am also interested in information on a great great grandmother Grazia VALENTI who was born Jan 18, 1829 and her parents Domenico VALENTI and his wife Francesca CERNIGLIA both born circa 1800.

    Also the parents of my great great grandfather Ciro BOSCIA who was born Feb, 5, 1820 – his parents were Antonio BOSCIA and Arcangela PATTI.

    Thank you!

  4. Ciro says:

    Looking for information on my great grandfather, Matteo Letizia wo was born sept 4, 1853. His parents were Gaetano Letizia and Maria Piscitello both born circa 1825? Also information on my great grandmother, |Carmela Marotta who as married to Matteo Letizia.(Sept.4,1853) I think Carmela Marotta as born in a town near Santo Stefano. Her parents were Carmelo Marottta and Rosa Cardillo.born cira 1825?

  5. Ciro says:

    I am looking for information on my great great grandparent Ciro Boscia Born Feb 5, 1820 married to Giuseppa D’Amico Jan 29, 1820 the Parents of Ciro Boscia, Antonino and his wife Patti Arcangela both born circa 1800. The parents of Giuseppa D’Amico were Ignazio D’Amico and Giovannna Cali. born circa 1800 Also my great great grandfather Girolamo Rizzo born Aug 25, 1821 married to Grazia Valenti born Jan 18, 1829 Girolamo Rizzo parents were Francescco Rizzo and Maria Giuseppa Zaffiro both born circa 1800.

  6. Ina says:

    I am looking for information on Maria Teresa Franco, she immigrated to Chile and married Felix Romero.

  7. Karen W. says:

    Looking for any information on – Santo Pellegrino

    BIRTH MAY 1852 • Santo Stefano di Briga, Messina, Sicilia, Italy

    I believe his parents were Guiseppe Pellegrino born about 1816 and his mother Antonia Messina born about 1823.

    Santo married Maria Belle daughter of Giacomo Belle, mother unknown.

    Santo and Maria went to America some time around 1883 with their first child James who was born in 1882. They raised a large family of children in the states. It is my understanding that around 1906 Santo returned to Italy leaving his wife and children in America and he never returned to America.

    Any information or suggestions are welcome. Thank you!

  8. John says:

    Searching for information on my paternal grandfather. I have a baptismal record from: Diocese
    di Patti Parrocchia Di S. Nicole Di Bari S. Stefano Camastra, Sicily

    His name was Salvatore Lo Re and was born around 1886. The baptismal record appeared to be signed in September 1913.

    Thank you for any assistance you may provide.

    • Catherine says:

      hi john have you located his birth certificate? this will help you to find more information about his parents ages, occupations and place they used to live. if you need help let me know


  9. Ron says:

    Good Day!

    I am searching for information on my Great-Great Grandparents who were from Santo Stefano di Camastra. Specifically, I am searching for the parents of Luigi Manera (1858-1923) and Rose Micciche (1866-1959). Luigi was born and died in Santo Stefano. Rose was born in Santo Stefano and died in Lancaster, PA.

    I appreciate your efforts!

    R Manera

  10. Gail says:

    Hello, and thank you in advance for any help you can offer. I am looking for information on Paul Agliati (Elliott) born 19 NOVEMBER 1867 • Santo Stefano di Camastra, Messina, Sicilia, Italy. He immigrated in 1884 and married Catherine Stine in Rochester, NY. His parents are Michele (Michael) Agliati born 1845 in Santo Stefano and Maria Cristopher born in 1844 in Santo Stefano as well. Any information on Birth, Marriage of Paul’s parents, death would be appreciated. Or you can point me in the right direction. Thank you so much. Gail

  11. Bob says:

    Do the death records exist for 1849 for Santo Stefano di Camastra? Looking for the death records of Antonino Patti, born about 1779 and believe died in 1849. He was married to Giuseppa Sergio. Want to find out who his parents were.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

    • Joe says:

      Hi James. This is your cousin Joe Gira in Denver. My mom, Grace Ann was frank (Carmelo) and Tess’s daughter. Her brother is Frank Corona. Did you get that info from the who’s who of the Bronx book about pops dad? Have great little piece on him if interested. Would love to connect and say hi. I’ll hold off on posting my phone but Look for me on Facebook or shoot me an email.

      All the best, Joe

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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).

  18. 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.

  19. Joseph says:

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

    • Marilyn says:

      Parents of my grandfather, Giovanni Cerniglia, were Ignacio (b. 1859) and Serafina Morello (b. 1851)

      Ignazio’s parents were Gaetano and Carmella Cerniglia.

      Parents of Serafina Morello were Giovanni Morello and Margherita Torcivia.

      Parents of my grandmother Lucia Maglio were Antonio Maglio (b. 1843) and
      Maria Cerniglia.

      Parents of Antonio M. were Saverino Maglio and Lucia Piscitello.

      Parents of Maria Cerniglia were Salvatore Cerniglia and Basilia Ollá.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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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