Genealogy in Morfasso

If you search your ancestors in Morfasso, in the province of Piacenza, Emilia Romagna region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Morfasso

In towns and villages of Emilia Romagna and in Piacenza province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Morfasso town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Morfasso follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Morfasso during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Morfasso to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!

Otherwise, if you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful to search in Emilia Romagna and of course in Morfasso too!

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Morfasso. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Morfasso archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.

Church Records in Morfasso

Church archives in Piacenza province may store even older information. You will find religious records of the same events (births, marriages and deaths) but, most important, you could go further back in time!
So in case you would like to go back in centuries, it’s good for you to know that the parish registers in Piacenza started during 1500!

They are far less accessible from abroad (and even not easy to browse and to read if you are not used and skilled) but our local genealogist can research the church archives of Morfasso on your behalf.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Morfasso:







Anyway for our experience, even if you plan to come here, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps, starting from the info gathered by our genealogists.

Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the State Archives.

If you need a professional help from our local genealogists write to or follow this link.

Our expert in Morfasso area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

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  1. Adrian says:

    I am also an Obertelli living in Shropshire I have read some of the posts my grandfather was Peter Obertelli My Grandmother was Celesta Bessgni from San Biaggio teruzzi my great grandfather was Antonio my grandads youngest brother was TONYAY DI BUDAY Antonio do Budelli and the Man Bruno from France is I believe his Grandson I have only just found this page but in MURFASS Guarnieri Cavaciutti Obertelli Ongeri as for majority of Italians that went to Wales largest percentage were from Bardi in provincia di Parma last time I was in Budelli was 1969. Some of what I read Obertelli in London Bolton Morecambe as in 1959 I recall a man coming into my nans cafe and asking are you related to Doctor Obertelli from Morecambe my great grandmother was a Elena Fulgoni and her brother Joe came to England Lancashire originally then moved to Whitchurch Shropshire hence my grandfather and his brother being in Shropshire and Joe Fulgoni had touring Albergo in Prato Barbieri near Betolla I believe but I have never been ther just seen photographs

  2. Mark says:

    Hello, are any of the Commachio records digitised yet? I am looking for birth details of Albina Cavallari b.1919 in Commachio.

  3. Steve says:

    I am looking for information on the Castagnetti family from Monastero di Morfasso. My Grandfather was Giacobbe Castagnetti born in 1882 to Andrea Castagnetti and Maria Corradi. He had two sisters, Anna and Clotilde and three brothers, Celeste, Giuseppe and Domenico. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  4. da says:

    Bonjour je recherche la famille Obertelli de teruzzi est environ de morfasso .Je suis le beau fils de lino Obertelli .Marie de nadia angela simone es beau frere de bruno obertelli merci de me contacter

    • Adrian says:

      I read this again and he is brother in law of Bruno and son in law of Lino Obertelli my Father had cousins in Paris Celestino and Lino and I was under impression he only had a Son named Bruno who I never knew had a Sister so possibly not same Bruno but if it is same Bruno he will have had an uncle Fonsino gianino Celestino cousins Angela and Paulo Celestino and Carmen had no children neither did gianino Celestino lived in Paris 7 Rue Champollion off boulevard San Michele and Lino lived in another part of Paris I recalls son but not a Daughter Grandmother was Angelina Besagni my nans sister and Antonio (tunyay) in dialect was the nonno he was my grand fathers youngest brother and my father was also LINO HE LIVED IN ENGLAND TO MY KNOWLEDGE NON ARE NOW LIVING IN BUDELLI Angela is in GOPPARELLO NO IDEA WHERE PAULO IS HE WAS ONLY JUST BORN LAST TIME I WAS in Italy

  5. Nicole says:

    Researching my family and my great grandfather guiseppe Silva 1866 was born in Morfasso he married adelia sartori from gland Switzerland and they emigrated to England in 1889

    • Luca says:

      There are a number of Silva families in the Comune di Morfasso. Many are from the hamlet of Monastero, some from the hamlet of Tiramani. The Sartori’s were all from the tiny hamlet of Sartori in the Comune di Morfasso. A branch of the family moved to Ponte dell’Olio at the turn of the 1900’s (which is always in the province of Piacenza). Some Sartori’s emigrated to London in the 1900’s and their descendants are still in London.

      • Nicole says:

        Thankyou so much , this is much appreciated, as it’s so hard finding information from overseas , Thankyou again for taking the time

  6. Cory says:

    My great grandparents where from morfasso. They came to the United States in the late 1800’s. Pietro Casale, Marianna Chiesa, Giovanna Guarnieri.

    • Diane says:

      Hello my grandfather was Joseph Silva. His brother Dominic Silva lived in Morfasso . Does anyone know the family ? Thank

  7. Seamus says:

    My wife s great grandfather was called Antonio Obertelli from Morfasso .He was born around 1847 . His parents were Giovanni Obertelli 1814-1895 and his mother was Maria Pini 1813-1895 . He migrated to England and lived most of his life in Carlisle . We think he died here but there is conflicting evidence on that . He had two brothers who also migrated to Lancashire England and they died there . If anyone knows anything about this family in Morfasso we would be most grateful to find out . Yours Seamus Mcdonnell

    • Bella says:

      I am an obertelli in which my family originated from morfasso and my great great grandfather was Antonio obertelli

      • Neil says:

        Hi Bella
        Antonio Obertelli seems to be a more common name than I ever realised. I am a 2x great grandson of the same Antonio mentioned by Seamus above. He was born in 1847 in Teruzzi Morfasso. If it is the same Antonio, I too would love to catch up and discuss any information which might be shared.

        Best wishes

    • Neil says:

      Hi Seamus
      I’m researching the ancestors too. I have some fairly recent info about Antonio’s wife and her ancestors. I’m also keen to find out about Antonio and have made contact with a few others who are doing the same. I’ve also been looking at the Fehrenbachs with less success!
      Best wishes

      • Luca says:

        The Obertelli’s are all originally from the hamlet of Teruzzi in the Comune di Morfasso. Teruzzi is the highest inhabited hamlet in the Comune di Morfasso at 950 meters and is at the foot of the two highest mountains in the Arda Valley – Monte Lama and Monte Menegosa. There are many branches of what was originally the same Obertelli family that today aren’t considered related because they are cousins six or seven times removed. Many Obertelli’s emigrated to London and their children, grand children and great grand children are still here.

        • Franco says:

          I am one of those Grand Children of Obertelli’s that emigrated to London from Morfasso. There are now Great Grand Children of the emigrated Obertelli’s in London!

  8. Brian says:

    Does anybody know of a Bellini family in Morfasso. My 3 times grandfather Alexander Belleini (prssumably originally Alessandro Bellini) and his father Stephen (Stefano) may have come to England from Morfasso – Alessandro was a picture frame maker/wood carver and his father, Stefano, was a farm worker. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

    • Luca says:

      There are a few Bellini families in Morfasso. All related to each other and were all living in London for some time. Two Bellini brothers – Arturo and Steve passed away in the 80’s and 90’s respectively while their cousin Giacomo passed away a few years ago. All three are buried in Morfasso cemetery

  9. Hilary says:

    We hope to find out more about Giuseppe Slavona who married Barbara Obertelli from Inferiore, near Morfasso . They had a son Domenico Ambrose Salvoni who travelled to England and died in Scotland in 1917. He was 89 when he died so must have been born around 1827 or 1828.
    Is there a birth certificate for him?

    • Lynn says:

      Hi Hilary I have just started researching my family tree
      and I believe that Barbara Obertelli was the sister of my great grandad Domenici Obertelli. Kind regards Lynn Morland nee Obertelli

      • 857 says:

        Hi Lynn

        I think we are probably distant cousins! I am a descendent of Antonio Obertelli, brother of Domenico. I have some info about them and am interested in Barbara as I think she may have been an aunt rather than a sister due to the age of her son who was born in 1828, before Antonio, Domenico and Paolo.

    • neil says:

      Hi Hilary

      I believe that I am a descendent of Barbara Obertelli’s brother or father. Some have her linked as a sister to Antonio, but based on Ambrose’s age, it would be more likely that she is an aunt through her relationship with Giuseppe? . I’m sure I read that Giuseppe Salvona met Barbara in Morecambe and am currently trying to find out about this from the Obertelli family there.

  10. Peter says:

    I Am trying to obtain a copy of my grandfather’s birth certificate and believe he was from theatre village of Terruzzi near Morfa so his name was Pietro Besagni born circa 1865
    Any information would be greatly appreciated

    • John says:

      Hi we have been researching the same name from Teruzzi. We believe that there are two separate families with this name in the village. If you could give us any more information about your grandfather we may be able to help. We wrote to Morfasso requesting copies of birth certificates but did not get any reply. This was over a year ago.

    • Paolo says:

      Hi Peter. We are Besagni’s too and our family comes from Teruzzi, Morfasso. There are two different families called Besagni living in Teruzzi. We have been researching our family for several years. and have some birth certificates – but they are almost impossible to get! We have heard of a Pietro from Teruzzi who was a wet fish seller in Wales. If you could give us any more information about your Pietro – the names of his parents or his brothers/sisters – anything would help. We are going back to Italy soon to do more research so could see what we can find out about him

      • Simon says:

        Hi Paolo – I am the son of Peter who originally posted the question. He’s not the best on the internet so I guess he missed your reply and now, 2 years on, I have taken over as his birth records might afford me an Italian passport (Brexit!).

        The Pietro you are talking about – Fish salesman in Wales sounds about right. I just got a photo of him too! Unfortunately, we don’t know about siblings or parents at all.

      • Adrian says:

        My grandmother was a besagni celesta she married Peter Obertelli her eldest sister married Antonio tonyay fom budelli her other sister giovanna lived in Pedina sottto not far from church sambiers they were from San Biaggio hamlet one down from budelli. I believe their mothers was a cavaciutti and I think my nonna told me she was related to lady who ran the albergo in Rhuteghini in 1960s her name escapes me Renato Obertelli lives in London he is from Teruzzi no relation he told me his Mother was also a besagni Renato was one of 12 children Peter Rita Anita Carmen to name a few and his brother has returned from France and now living in Teruzzi so that’s two different Besagni I have heard of my Nan would have told me if she was related to Renato
        Mother I never lived in teruzzi it’s bits I have heard of my Nan my grandad died in 1941/42 before I was born his brother Giuseppi died in 1940 in Whitchurch I believe they had a sister Maria who had daughter Maria esterina who went to France Angela who lived further down is Marsalla she had a Son named Bruno and a Daughter her husband was building a new house in 1966 68 or 69 I played in barn kicking football with Bruno he similar age to me I am 70 now wish I found this site years ago I just googled Monte fi lama and found this site most had nicknames not proper names my nonna FUSLEIN how it sounded to me he sold fruit what year not a clue BOCCA SECCA (dry mouth ) no idea what his surname was I remember being in piazza in Morfasso calling me il inglese one name I recall is GIACOMO he had an older sister and recall bar 2 or Bar k 2,Guarneri had hotel in casa Ruggeri opposite was a Bar he had 2 daughters lived innLondon so spoke Englis as most were French speaking and another Girl worked in London for newspaper that would be 1969 as we stayed in that hotel had pinball machine.

  11. Nicky says:

    My father was born Giacomo Giovanni Severino Malvisi in Morfasso in April 1918 to Pietro Malvisi and Giovanna Castagnetti. I am hoping to visit Morfasso next year and would like more information about my family if that is possible.

  12. Elena says:

    Hi, paolo Grandi married elena molinari in 1901 in London England, paolo Grandi was born in morfasso piacenza and was born 1875 approx. she, elena was 15 …he paolo was 26. Paolo was in the bersaglieri. Regimento there anything you can tell me regarding elena…where in Italy did she come from. Pellegrino comes to mind. Paolo had a foglio de congedo dated 1897. Where did he go when he got his congedo. I hope you can help me. No problem if not.
    Many thanks Elena