Genealogy in Trieste

If you search your ancestors in Trieste, in the province of Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Trieste

In towns and villages of Friuli Venezia Giulia and in Trieste province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Trieste town hall archives as of that date.

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

So, if your ancestors lived in Trieste during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Trieste 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 Friuli Venezia Giulia and of course in Trieste too!

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

Church Records in Trieste

Church archives in Trieste 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 Trieste 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 Trieste on your behalf.

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





GESU’ DIVINO OPERAIO – Via Benussi, 13



MADONNA DEL MARE – P.le Rosmini, 6

MARIA MADRE E REGINA – Contovello, 455


MARIA REGINA PACIS – Via Commerciale, 165



S. AGOSTINO – Via del Correggio, 2

S. ANDREA APOSTOLO – Trebiciano, 32 – Villa Opicina


S. BARTOLOMEO APOSTOLO – Caresana, 116 – Dolina

S. BARTOLOMEO APOSTOLO – Viale Miramare, 113

S. BARTOLOMEO APOSTOLO – Via di Prosecco, 28 – Villa Opicina

S. CATERINA DA SIENA – Via dei Mille, 18

S. GEROLAMO – Via Capodistria, 8

S. GEROLAMO – Contovello, 71

S. GIOVANNI DECOLLATO – Piazzale Gioberti, 5

S. GIUSTO MARTIRE – P.zza della Cattedrale, 2

S. LUCA EVANGELISTA – Via Forlanini, 26

S. LUIGI GONZAGA – Via dei Crivrani, 12

S. MARIA DEL CARMELO – Via dei Carmelitani

S. NAZARIO – Via San Nazario, 58

S. PASQUALE BAYLON E S. EUFEMIA – Via De Marchesetti, 29

S. PIO X – Via Revoltella, 130

S. SERGIO MARTIRE – P.zza XXV Aprile, 13


S. ULDERICO VESCOVO – Dolina, 87 – Dolina

S. VINCENZO DE’ PAOLI – Via Vittorino da Feltre, 11

SACRO CUORE DI GESU’ – Via del Ronco, 12

SANTE EUFEMIA E TECLA – Via di Grignano, 2




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 Trieste area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

Here below you can read the messages received from other visitors in Trieste forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Trieste feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Claudio says:


    I wish to find some information on my father Arturo PENCO. He was born in Trieste, Italy on 4 October 1914. He was in the Italian Navy 1933 to 1945.The only other information I have is that his father’s name was Antonio PENCO (he was a soldier in the Austro-Hungarian Army) and his mother’s name was Maria. Her maiden name was Veick I think. Can you point me to where I can research for information? Thank you

  2. Gorazd says:

    Pietro Petronio was a contractor for construction and harbour works in Trieste. He worked also in other Istrian cities like Piran (Pirano). It is registered that he built the Tartini square in Piran in 1894. Some documents are still existing in archives of Piran.
    May be there was also some other Pietro Petronio from Trieste.
    Best Gorazd Humar

  3. Brett says:

    Good afternoon/evening/morning

    My 3 times removed great grandfather Henry Alessio was in Trieste, as per below.

    Henry was born about 1830 in Trieste, Austria. He was the son of Antonio Alessio and Maria Gardio.

    I’m trying to see if I can locate his Father/Mother grave site in Trieste & if I have any family still living in Trieste, can you help ??

    Henry was born about 1830 in Trieste, Austria. He was the son of Antonio Alessio and Maria Gardio.

    Henry Allessio, Trieste, was discharged from ‘Glenshee’ before the Shipping Master on 14 Feb 1874 in Victoria, Australia. His previous ship had been ‘Bengal’.[1]

    Henry Alessio 44 born about 1833 in Trieste, Italy, arrived Sydney, New South Wales, from Lyneclar on 16 Sep 1877 on ‘John Knox’. He was the cook / steward. [2]

    He married Margaret Meaghin in 1858 in Victoria.[3]

    Henry Alessio, interpreter, aged 53 born about 1830 in Trieste, Austria, was naturalised (Certificate Number: 2467) on 8 Oct 1883 in Victoria, Australia. He was residing at 161 Spring st, Melbourne.[4] Henry arrived on 28 June 1852 on ‘Three Bells’ from Glasgow, Scotland.[5]

    He married Rose Favarger in 1884.[6]

    Henry died aged 54 years in 1886 in Fitzroy.[7]

    • Lori says:

      In Trieste cemetery plots are allocated for certain time periods. Unless a family is wealthy and willing to pay fees to keep a plot, it is extremely unlikely that your ancestors grave markers still exist.

      Your best bet for birth/death records is the Catholic Church. It would help to know exactly where your relatives are from as they are arranged by parish and year. You need to go to the Curia di Trieste. For government records you could try the Ufficio Anagrafe.

    • Eva says:

      Hello! I’d love to find out this information too, Enrico Henry Alessio is my 3rd great grandfather on my mothers side, my great grandmother is Edith Maud Alessio

  4. Andrea says:

    Hello, My G -Great father and mother- Emilio Agostini and Anna Schippa migrated from Trieste to Argentina round 1890, can’t find any records.

  5. Paul says:

    Hello….I will be visiting Trieste, where my grandfather said he immigrated to America from, in September. I am having trouble finding any information about him. Any ideas, thoughts and assistance would be greatly appreciated. He was:
    Paolo Natale Roat
    Born 1843 (records say in Austria and that he spoke Italian)
    Immigrated to America in 1882
    Thank you for your time….Paul

  6. Maggie says:

    I am traveling to Trieste in July and am hoping to find the graves and homes (although likely they are not left) of my family. I would appreciate any help you can can offer in adding names and street addresses or cemetery information for the following people:

    Elsa Luisa Pfeiffer (b. 4 Feb 1910 in Trieste) location of home address and baptism unknown

    Augusta Virginia Bazzanella Pfeiffer (b. 25 Oct 1871 in Trieste, d. about 1950 Trieste) location of baptism, home and grave unknown
    Her husband – Richard Pfeiffer (b. 14 May 1880 in Germany, d. 25 Feb 1938 in Trieste) location of home and grave unknown

    Augusta’s parents were Gustav Bazzanella and Maria (Sonz) Bazzanella. I don’t know Gustav’s parent’s names. Maria was born around 1836 Scarcola, Trieste and died on 5 Apr 1924 Scarcola, Trieste. location of baptism, home and grave unknown.

    Maria was daughter of Paolo Sonz and Juliette Parinetti – I assume they were from Trieste but I don’t know their home address, church or gravesite.

    Really I am just hoping to see what I can see while I am there so any help/guidance is appreciated!


  7. Morissa says:


    My cousin asked here on 14 Feb about Augustus Renier (Renieri), but I have more information. He is my father’s birth father.
    B. 28 May, 1906 or 1907
    Name: Augusto Italo Reniery
    Mother: Antoinette Libertine
    Father: Antonio Reniery
    Antoinette and Antonio were killed during WWI.

    Anything you can find to help would be SO appreciated.

    Thank you in advance!

    Morissa Pawl-Frederico

  8. maria says:

    Hi I am wondering if anyone can help me I am trying to find information about my grandfather Bruno Mosettig he was born 6th October 1896 his father was named Rudolfo and his mother’s name was Giuseppina. Any information would be appreciated thank you Maria.

  9. Michael says:


    I am looking for information about Orsola Franceschi. I know she was born 6-November 1865 in Trieste. Anything you can find about her family would be greatly appreciated.

    Michael Gasperi

    • Cristi says:

      Hello Michael,

      Orsola Domenica Fortunata Franceschi born 06 Nov 1865 in Montagnaga, Italy. Her baptism record is on the site. Her parents were Giuseppe Franceschi and Orsola Zeni.

      Their Children:
      Angela Rosa b. 01 Jun 1874 Madrano, Italy
      Enrico Maria b. 22 Mar 1871 Montagnaga
      Francesco Giuseppe b. 02 Oct 1869 Montagnaga
      *Orsola Domenica Fortunata
      Domenico Fortunato b. 24 Mar 1859 Montagnaga
      Giuseppe Giovanni Maria b. 20 Nov 1861 Montagnaga
      Maria Fortunata b. 04 Nov 1856 Montagnaga
      Michele Arcangelo Angelo b. 29 Sep 1854 Montagnaga
      Neonato b. 20 Feb 1853 Montagnaga

      Good luck with your search, Cristi

  10. Michelle says:

    My grandfather Augustus Renier came from Trieste. When he came to the US his name was changed to Renieri. I wanted to find out if he had any brothers or sisters who also came to the US?

  11. Rick says:

    Hello I’m looking for information this is a bit complicated I’m trying to find the birth of my grandmother the family rumor and it was a very strong rumor and DNA proves it that her father wasn’t the same as our sisters all in their information I have is she was born 1908 in Trieste either in September or November her name was Albina her mother my great grandmother was Antonia Kovacic born 1888, in village of ostrozno brdo, moved to Trieste around 1905, she married sometime between late 1908 and 1910 a Giorgio Humar in Trieste, my great-grandmother had an out of wedlock child in 1904 she died in 1905, the rumor in the family all these years was helping his father was and Italian or Croatian sailor that is not a lot to go by but I knew know this would have happened in 1908 not sure how to find out any more information would like to solve this mystery really bad

  12. Christian says:

    Hi, I’m looking for any civil records of DOMENICO NOVELLI born in Trieste, Istria around 1795. I have records to say he joined the Dillon Regiment of the Irish Brigade (British Army) in 1814 to fight against Napoleon. I havea a marriage record to say his son JOHN (Johannes) NOVELLI married an Irish woman Margeret in Toxteth, Liverpool. Domenico appears on that certificate as the father of John.JOHN NOVELLI is also registered as being born in Trieste, Austria in 1836. Any information at all would be a great help.

  13. Peccini says:

    Je cherche des informations sur mon aïeul Simon Peccini qui serait né à Trieste (ou Fiume) en 1822 et serait décédé le 20 février 1853 à Nemours (Algérie).
    Je vous remercie par avance de l’aide que vous pourriez m’apporter dans cette recherche.

    I am looking for information about my ancestor Simon Peccini who was born in Trieste (or Fiume) in 1822 and died on February 20, 1853 in Nemours (Algeria).
    I thank you for your help in this research.

    Gérard Peccini

  14. Tracy Ann says:


    I am trying to find out more about my Great x 2 Grandfather Frangescho Covacic born in 1846 and my Great x 3 Grandfather Ambosi Covacic born 18 1800. both were born in Trieste when it was under Austrian rule. Frangescho left and went to England where he married Maria Cottam. (1846).
    Any historic information would be appreciated.

  15. Paulina says:

    I`m hoping you can help me fint my G-g-grandfather from my mother`s side of the family.He was french and he come to Trieste in 1848. His name was Francesco Villemard/ Wilmar or Giorgio Bouillon. His son already lived in Trieste many years ( he was born in Poland, Przemysl in 1816). His name was Severin Napoleon Villemard. I have problems to identify (Francesco). I would like to find out as much information as I can before i go to Trieste.

  16. Stan says:

    My Great Great Grandfather was a Thomas Morovitch who was born in Trieste about 1835. His father was Nickolas Morovitch. Thomas sailed to Liverpool England about 1864 and married there in 1865.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated in trying to trace Thomas and his family.

    Kind Regards,
    Stan Hunt

  17. Nadine says:

    Searching for any history on my grandmother from Trieste Italy Gigliola Giuliana Fornara who married a New Zealander Jim Blackman

  18. Steve says:

    I am looking for information on my great great grandfather whose name was Nicholas Bonachi, he came from Trieste via Liverpool to Australia in 1856, his parents were Marcello and Caterina, not quite sure of the last name as he couldn’t read or write, Nicholas and Marcello were seaman. I do not know if Nicholas had any brothers or sisters, he was about 23 when he arrived in Australia. Any help would be appreciated.

  19. Antonio Catarinich says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandfather who was born in Trieste, Austria in about 1884. That is all the information I have. Over the years different names associated with him were Catherina, catarinho I think spelling was wrong because the obituary in Mendocino, California say his name was Antonio Catarinich. He died in California in 1894. He married Virginia Da Gloria.
    Any information you could find would really be appreciated.
    Thank you.

  20. Lorna says:

    I am researching my gg grandfather Joseph Bojanovich on his marriage in Liverpool it states his father was Nicholas occupation butcher…I believe Joseph was born in Trieste around 1830 to 1835 can any body help with any info

  21. Visintini says:

    help I cannot figure out how to leave a message?I hope this is the correct site.
    Looking for info on Joseph VISINTINI born Trieste 2Feb1900 to John and Maria Visintini.I believe he had 2 sisters and a brother and lived in truscolo.
    his father had a meat market and vineyard. Joseph was a merchant marine and traveled aboard ship as a fireman. any info would be awesome.
    I donot speak or read Italian.Thanking you in advance.

  22. Yolanda says:

    My father came to Canada from Trieste in the fifties. He was born in 1935 His name was Ceasre Santini. He passed away very young and I know very little about his family. I know he had a couple of brothers one name was Livio but I’m not sure what the others names are.
    i would really like to know more about my Dad’s family.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  23. Richard Barber says:

    The tips on this page will be very useful to me when I visit Trieste to find out the roots of my family tree. My paternal grandmother was Iolanda Giorgini, she leftTrieste after WW2 having married an English sailor, later divorcing and remarrying my grandfather. All I have to go on is her birth date, UK death and marriage certificates, also I know that her brother, Pino Giorgini, emigrated to Australia and her sister emigrated to the US around the same time and that my great grandmothers name was also Iolanda. How likely is it do you think that I will be able to trace that side of the family?


  24. Mandi says:

    My great grandfather was born in 1890 in Tarcetta. His name was Angelo Banchig, he came to the USA in 1913. He settled near saltsburg, Pa. He married Mary Paludgnach in 1920 and had 4 children. Mary and her parents came from Tarcetta also. Mary and her mother Louiga Battistig immigrated to USA in 1910 when Mary was 6. Her father Giovanni came earlier. They did leave their oldest daughter with family since she had some kind of disfigurement and wasn’t allowed to come. Any new info would be appreciated.

  25. John says:

    l am seeking some help in finding information about my family that were in Trieste. My father Guido Grom emigrated to Australia in 1958-9. He was married to Anna Grieco. His Fathers name was Giovanni Grom and this is as much information as l can find online. We have no living relatives in Trieste from the Grom side of family. Any help accepted.
    Thankyou, John (Gianfranco)

  26. Cathy Bailey says:

    I am trying to find information about my g-g-grandmother, who was born in 1865 in Trieste, which was part of Austria at the time. Her name was Santina Ann Rachik (or Rachic or Rachich or Rachick). She married John Brown in Alexandria, Scotland and afterward emigrated to Canada. I am going to be in Trieste in the fall and would like to find out as much information as I can before I go.

  27. clare vickers says:

    I’m hoping you can help me find my father’s side of the family. His mother ran away in WWII with my English Grandfather her name was Elinor Tommassio she was a contessa in Trieste. Thank you Clare.x

  28. Renata Petronio Nuzzi says:

    Is it possible to locate my father’s side of the family? His name was Nicolo Petronio born to the parents of Pietro Petronio and Renata Vernier in Trieste, Italy on 22 August 1907. Any help would be appreciated. There is a Dr. Nicolo Petronio and Renata Petronio in the Trieste phone book, which I am hoping are my relatives. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Renata Petronio Nuzzi