Genealogy in Castroreale

If you search your ancestors in Castroreale , Messina Sicily in Italy you can find birth records , marriage and death records at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office of Castroreale or in the parishes archives of the town.

If your goal is family history, you need to know that registry offices in Castroreale, as in Messina province, were established around 1820: it means that you could find records in Castroreale registrar archives as of that date. If you want to go beyond, you should consider to investigate the parish records (usually in Sicily religious records started about mid 1500).

In case you are interested in dual italian citizenship, you must ask for birth certificates to the town hall. Copies of birth records are NOT valid to apply for italian dual citizenship.

Before to start your genealogy research in Castroreale, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Sicilia and in Castroreale too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Castroreale from the Italian Unification (1861) an important info to understand how many people lived there in the past.

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Castroreale. As more your surname is common in Castroreale, as more it could be difficult to find the exact family branches in Castroreale archives 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 archives in Castroreale and in Messina 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 Castroreale and Messina province, you could plan to investigate churches’ archives by yourself, but from abroad is very difficult to obtain any result unless you find a reliable local help.
For our experience is better to start to search months before your arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices and with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps.

Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Messina.
You can reach it here:
Archivio di Stato di Messina

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


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.

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Castroreale, or if you have questions regarding your family in Castroreale, 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 Castroreale area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Antonina says:

    Certificato di nascita e di matrimonio

  2. elsia says:

    looking for my great grandmother anna genovese reale

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.



  7. 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.



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