Genealogy in Castroreale

If you search your ancestors in Castroreale, in the province of Messina, Sicilia region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Castroreale

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Castroreale from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Castroreale. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Castroreale archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Messina province are:
Arena, Barbera, Calabrò, Cambria, Caruso, Costa, Costantino, Crisafulli, Cucinotta, Currò, D’Amico, De Luca, Di Bella, Donato, Fazio, Ferrara, Foti, Genovese, Giordano, Giorgianni, Gitto, Giunta, Grasso, La Rosa, Lo Presti, Lombardo, Maio, Mancuso, Mangano, Marino, Mazzeo, Merlino, Messina, Morabito, Pagano, Parisi, Pino, Puglisi, Raffa, Rizzo, Romeo, Ruggeri, Russo, Santoro, Sottile, Spadaro, Torre, Trimarchi.

Church Records in Castroreale

Church archives in Messina 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 Messina 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 Castroreale on your behalf.

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

MARIA ASSUNTA – Via Duomo Castroreale


S. DOMENICA – Via Piazza Castroreale

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 National archive in Messina.
If you are in Sicily and you are able to decipher old italian handwritten documents you can reach the archive here:
Archivio di Stato di Messina

Address: Via Giuseppe la Farina, 293, 98124 Messina
Phone: +39090 670089

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

Our expert in Castroreale 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 Castroreale forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Castroreale feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Nicole says:

    Hello. I am looking for information regarding my great grandparents, whom possibly resides in Castroreale, Sicilia. Here in the states, our last name became Killeri when my great grandfather came over from Italy. His name was Raffaele Chilleri. His wife was Angelina Traglia. Based on my research, I believe our Surname May have been Chillari. My great grandfather may have had two brothers, named Umberto Chilleri and Giuseppe Chilleri. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Debbi says:

    I am looking for any family still living in Castroreale and any information on my 4th Great Grandfather Maestro Santo Mandanici who were born there. Below is what information I have:

    Maestro Luigi Mandanici and Vennera Torre
    – Maestro Santo Mandanici b. abt 1776 in Castroreale, Sicilia. d. 11-Apr-1840 in Santa Lucia del Mela. Santo was a carpenter
    married to Vincenza Salvadore (b. abt 1768 d. 11-Jan-1827) before 1795 in Santal Lucia del Mela
    * Catarina Mandanici (b. abt 1806 d. 23-Mar-1873 in San Pier Niceto, Sicilia
    married Maestro Pietro Frachia (b. abt 1804 in Messina, d. 9-Jun-1871 in San Pier Niceto also a carpenter
    * Luigi Mandanici b. abt 1795 married to Lucia Triferó
    * Maestro Giuseppe Mandanici b. abt 1809 married to Giovanna Vinci

    Am looking forward to finding new information and cousins.

  3. Dianne says:

    I am researching my husbands fathers family “Chiofalo” from around the Castroreale area and wondered if anybody had any info. My father -in-law was Salvatore Chiofalo and my mother-in-law Clementina Tesorrerio who lived in Panarea and moved to Australian in 1960. My husband said his ancestors and in particular Rocco Chiofalo were reportedly from this area. Rocco had two brothers called Salvatore and Carmelo

  4. Antonina says:

    Certificato di nascita e di matrimonio

  5. elsia says:

    looking for my great grandmother anna genovese reale

  6. Sandy says:

    Looking for information on my grandfather Lorenzo Cambria born Jan. 1, 1897 came to Ellis Island May 27, 1914 on the ship Berlin

    • Máximo says:

      Was he related to another Lorenzo Cambria? My great great grand father was named Lorenzo and one of his son was named Sebastiano. His spouse was named Rosa Reitano

  7. Frank says:

    My grandfather, Giuseppe Livoti, was born in 1894. My dad always said he was from Agregento. I found a ship manifesto on the Ellis Island website that stated he came to NY in 1905 with a Carmelo Livoti who was 13 years old and we think his brother. I am looking for more information on Giuseppe Livoti.

  8. Joseph says:

    I’m looking for information about my Grandfather Antonino Trifilo born in Castroreale in 1892 he has a daughter Rose born 6/1/1918 and a son Sante born 3/8/1917 I

  9. Ramona says:

    I am looking for information on my grandparents – Domenico Crisafulli born February 19, 1882 in Castroreal, Messina.
    His wife – Gesippina Genovise born April 16, 1881; Gesippina (Josephine) had 2 brothers that I know of Salavtore and Anthony, I don’t know their ages. Her fathers name could be Gesippie.

    Any information on location of birth or of family members would be appreciated.



  10. Peter says:

    Hello, I recently found a marriage record of my ancestors, Rosario Squatrito and Angela Leto in Monreale, Palermo. It states that Rosario is from Castroreale. The marriage took place in 1759. Rosario’s parents were Francesco Squatrito and Domenica (last name unknown). Any help would be appreciated on their birth dates and parents.

    Ciao, ho recentemente trovato un atto di matrimonio dei miei antenati, Rosario Squatrito e Angela Leto a Monreale, Palermo. Essa afferma che Rosario è da Castroreale. Il matrimonio ha avuto luogo nel 1759. Genitori di Rosario erano Francesco Squatrito e Domenica (cognome sconosciuto). Qualsiasi aiuto sarebbe apprezzato le loro date di nascita e genitori.