Genealogy in Salassa

If you search your ancestors in Salassa, 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 Salassa registrar as of that date.

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

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



It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Salassa. As more your surname is common in Salassa, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Salassa 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 Salassa 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 Salassa 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 salassa@italianside.com our expert in Salassa area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


1 Comment

  1. Joanne D says:

    I’ve been trying to many years to find information on my husband’s great grandfather
    David Mattia DeMelchior(e), who was born 1840-1842 in Salassa, Italy. We have no other information until records show him in the USA in 1880.

    He married Teresa Pittaluga (from Genoa) at some point…no date is known and we have no additional information on her either until 1880 in the USA.

    Any assistance you could provide would be so appreciated!

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