Genealogy in Villa di Tirano

If you search your ancestors in Villa di Tirano, in the province of Sondrio, Lombardia region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Villa di Tirano

In towns and villages of Lombardia and in Sondrio province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Villa di Tirano town hall archives as of that date.

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

So, if your ancestors lived in Villa di Tirano during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Villa di Tirano 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 Lombardia and of course in Villa di Tirano too!

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

Church Records in Villa di Tirano

Church archives in Sondrio 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 Sondrio 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 Villa di Tirano on your behalf.

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

S. ABBONDIO – Via Piazza, 24 Loc. Stazzona

S. ANTONIO – Via Nazionale Motta, 18 Loc. Motta

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 Villa di Tirano 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 Villa di Tirano forum:
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  1. Lucy says:

    I am looking for the ancestors of my parents from Mazzo. Emilio Resta born 29th Sept 1878 Lucia Resta born Nov 30 1884
    and Matthew Pozzi and Mary Rossi born late 1800. They all emigrated to Australia.

  2. Tess says:


    I would like to know if you are able to find any information about a Pietro Merlo Lena please? His son Giovanni emigrated to Australia, but I would like to know if there were other siblings?
    Thank you

  3. Cheryl says:

    Trying to find the parents of Teresa Poletti born Villa Di Tirano married Antonio Marchesi of Sernio

  4. Dennis says:

    Hi, I’m looking for my mother’s ancestors from Villa Di Tirano,
    My Great Grandfather was Giovanni Di Giovanni, his details are below
    Abt. 1868 in Villa di Tirano, Sondrio, Lombardia, Italy
    1945 in Nyah West, Victoria, Australia (R/N 19031)
    His parents were
    Dominic De Giovanni Giovani Runchi .

  5. Phillip says:

    My father was born in Villa di Terrano. His name was Amabale Dorsa and he migrated to Australia in the early 1950’s. Are there any members of the family still in Villa di Terrano?

  6. Mike says:

    We are trying to locate the birth certificate of my grandfather Angelo Franceschini who was born on Sept. 11 1900. He was born in Tirano. Is there an office of records we can contact by email to get a copy of his birth certificate or do they keep records that far back?

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

    Mike Riviello

  7. Sarah Martinelli says:

    I am looking for my Husband’s Grandfather’s family. His name was Bernardo Stephen (Stefano is my guess) Martinelli. His parents are listed as Chas and Marie. He was born on May 22, 1892 according to his death certificate.

    He moved to Harlan, KY, USA sometime between 1910 and 1928

    If anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated and extremely helpful. I’ve been researching this person for 3 years now…

  8. Andrea says:

    My nonna/grandfather was Emil Castelanelli, born 1922 in Villa di Tirano to parents Andrea Castelanelli and Giovanna Tognini.
    He later moved to Australia where he died in 1997.

    Andrea Castelanelli probably had a brother called Bortolo Castelanelli and his mother’s maiden name was Pietro.

    Giovanna Tognini’s mother’s maidan name was Battista.

    I’m interested in finding both Andrea’s and Giovanna’s parents.

  9. Gregory says:

    My grandfather was Natale zambiasi (born 1885),
    I understand His family had a flour mill, and Natale
    Left home to do his apprenticeship abroad.
    His parents were Giuseppe & Tonto zambiasi.
    I was looking for the house he grew up in.

    Thank you in anticipation

    Greg Zambesi

  10. Debra says:

    I am looking to find information on Anna Marina Fomasina (or Thomasina) – we think from Tirano.

    Any help would be very appreciated.

    Thankyou very much.

    • Luca says:

      Hi Debra

      In my research I find 4 Anna Maria Fomasina from Tirano,can you give me other infos to help you.



  11. Amanda says:

    Greetings. My wife Amanda is a decendant of Giovanni Poletti who left Villa D Tirano about 1875 and moved to Australia by boat. She arrives in late July and would like to meet any Polettis.

    Saluti. Mia moglie Amanda è un discendente di Giovanni Poletti che lasciato Villa D Tirano circa 1875 e si trasferì in Australia con la barca. Lei arriva a fine luglio e vorrebbe incontrare qualsiasi Polettis.

    • Leanne says:

      My grand dad’s mum was Giovanna Poletti. Her husband was Giacomo Bassi. Grand dad Amabile Giacomo Bassi was born in Villa D Tirano and lived there before moving to Australia. I know he had siblings but know nothing of them. He returned there for many holidays and died there. He is buried in the cemetery there.

  12. Marie says:

    I am interested in finding out about the Brusaschi family. My great-great grandfather was Giovanni Brusaschi from Villa di Tirano. He emigrated to Australia.