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


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).
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.

In anycase, if you want to try to contact churches, here there is the info about parishes today in Pantelleria

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 Pantelleria, or if you have questions regarding your family in Pantelleria, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
Our expert in Pantelleria area will reply to you


4 Messages to “Genealogy in Pantelleria”
  1. Silvana says:

    Dear Sir,
    I recently found out that my maternal great-grandfather, Joannis Battista Franco, born on Nov 29, 1854 and his parents Josephi Franco and Angela Errera were from Pantelleria. What was the Island called in 1854 and what is it called now? On one document I have, it states “Isula Corsa”. I would love to hear from living relatives and also any genealogy information pertaining to my family so that I can trace my family roots. I am wondering about the connection to Aragon, Spain.

    Joannis moved to Tunis, Tunisia and married my great-grandmother, Antonina Gervasi of (used to be called San Guiliani) Erice, Trapani, Sicily.

    Thank you,

  2. Gary says:

    dear sir,
    My grandfather was from Pantelleria.Its a long story but basically he left my grandmother in 1931 who gave birth to my father in that year…He visited my father once when he had recently married another woman around 1936…I know nothing about him basically but would like to know what become of him and of course assuming my father would have step brothers,sisters…I did visit pantelleria in 1990 and at the town hall was able to do a basic search but because I didnt have alot of information he could have been one of many people…His name was antonio ferreri..not sure if this is correct spelling of surname..born around 1903..apparently was a school teacher..and I do have a picture of him ….Is there any chance of finding anything?thanking you…

  3. Joanna says:

    I just recently found out that my family is from Pantelleria. My great grandmother and grandfather arrived in 1900 and 1902 at Ellis Island. Their names are Giovanni and Francesca Almanza and it looks like my great grandmother’s mother’s name is Rosa Pandolfo. If anyone has any info that would be helpful.

  4. 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” 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.

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