Genealogy in Pantelleria

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Pantelleria, 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 Trapani province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Pantelleria registrar as of that date.

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


Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Pantelleria?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Pantelleria

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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Pantelleria from the Italian Unification (1861).



It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Pantelleria. As more your surname is common in Pantelleria, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Pantelleria archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Trapani province are:
Accardo, Adamo, Adragna, Alagna, Amato, Angileri, Asaro, Barbera, Barraco, Campo, Catalano, Coppola, D’Angelo, Di Giovanni, Di Girolamo, Di Stefano, Ferro, Fontana, Genna, Giacalone, Laudicina, Licari, Lombardo, Maggio, Maltese, Marino, Messina, Milazzo, Oddo, Palermo, Parrinello, Pellegrino, Piazza, Pipitone, Poma, Rallo, Renda, Rizzo, Romano, Russo, Saladino, Sammartano, Sciacca, Stabile, Titone, Tumbarello, Valenti, Vultaggio.

Church archives in Trapani 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 Pantelleria

Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Pantelleria and Trapani 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 Pantelleria, or if you have questions regarding your family in Pantelleria, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to pantelleria@italianside.com


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  1. Yolanda Morana says:

    Dear Sir,

    I was in Pantelleria in June 2013. I travelled there with my father and his sister. We knew that our origins were in Pantelleri. Since last September 2012, both my father and his sister travelled to Trapani archives and were able to obtain official birth of thier great-grandfather Alfonso Morana born in Pantelleria 5, April 1841 and his brother Francesco Morana born in Pantelleria 27 October 1830. They also found the birth and marriage records of their parents Matteo and Maria Morana. Our purpose to visit Pantelleria was to see if we could find family graves of Matteo and Maria Morana ….find out when they died…and to see if there are other Moranas. We were also hoping that we could find any living relatives. We explored all three cemetaries on the island and only one in the town of Pantelleria had two graves with Morana names: Stephano Morana 13 March 1914 – 2 April 1977 and Francesco Morana 20 June 1943 – 10 March 2006. We visited the archives office in the city of Pantelleria and they kept telling us that the Morana surname does not exsist, and when we asked them why there were two names in the Pantelleria cemetary with the name Morana they said to us “Zbaliato”..it is a mistake. We went to the church in the square just across the street from the records office and all we could do there was leave information of what we were looking for regarding Matteo and Maria Morana and they told us they will search thier records and let us know, this provided that they records were not destroyed either by fire or the wars. They were happy to help us and told us they do this for people all the time. We wanted as much information as possible in order to finalize our family search. At the moment we are waiting to hear back from them.

    this is where we are in our search. If there is some assistance you can provide or additional information, we would be very greatful.

    Thank you.
    Yolanda

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