Genealogy in Pratiglione

If you search your ancestors in Pratiglione, Piemonte, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Piemonte and in Torino province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Pratiglione registrar as of that date.

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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Pratiglione. As more your surname is common in Pratiglione, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Pratiglione archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Torino province are:
Barberis, Barbero, Benedetto, Bertolino, Bianco, Bonino, Bosco, Bosio, Bruno, Cavallo, Cerutti, Costa, Esposito, Ferrara, Ferrari, Ferraris, Ferrero, Ferro, Fiore, Fontana, Franco, Gallo, Gentile, Giordano, Grasso, Greco, Grosso, Leone, Lombardo, Longo, Marino, Martino, Merlo, Morello, Musso, Negro, Olivero, Perino, Piovano, Rizzo, Romano, Ronco, Rossi, Rosso, Russo, Sacco, Serra, Testa.

Church archives in Torino 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 Pratiglione and Torino 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 Torino.

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 Pratiglione just leave a message below in the comment area

If your research is in a dead end and you need professional help from our local Italian genealogists write to our expert in Pratiglione area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Diana says:

    My grandfather was born in Pratiglione around 1885. August 16. He was given up and was put in an orphanage. We were told the priests gave him the name Rocco since he was born on the feast of St. Rocco.we would like to know his birth name and his links to France. CAN YOU HELP US? Was there a Catholic orphanage there during this time. Are there birth records? How can we acquire them? His foster mother’s name was Teresa GIavaninni.

    He entered the USA as Guido Rocco…

  2. s. elizabeth says:


    i am interested in learning anything that i can about my family. we are ‘morellos’….

    great great great grandfather: giovanni carlo francesco morello
    great great great grandmother: maria antonia genisio

    great great grandfather: carlo morello [b 1833]
    great great grandmother: maria felicita teresa cavaletto [b 1839]

    great grandfather: francesco morello [b 1878]
    great grandmother: margaret faletti

    grandfather: frank charles morello sr.
    grandmother: emmeline heidt

    father: frank charles morello jr.
    mother: sara ann elizabeth clark

    is it possible to determine if francesco morello is still considered an italian citizen? he immigrated to the united states in 1899, i believe. i can not quite figure out if he compromised his citizenship by becoming a US citizen.

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