Genealogy in Messina

If you search your ancestors in Messina, 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 Messina

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 Messina town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Messina from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.
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To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Messina. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Messina 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 Messina

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 Messina on your behalf.

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

MADONNA DELLA PACE – Case Unrra – Contesse

MADONNA DELLE LACRIME – Via Santo Bordonaro

CUORE IMMACOLATO DI MARIA – Villaggio Paradiso

MARIA REGINA DEGLI APOSTOLI – Via Trenta B Gescal

S. AGATA – Piazza Duomo – Sant Agata

S. ANDREA APOSTOLO – Scala Ritiro

S. ANNA – Piazza Sant’ Anna Galati Sant’ Anna

S. CAMILLO – Via Principe Umberto, 71

S. CATERINA VERGINE E MARTIRE – Corso Garibaldi

S. CLEMENTE – Via Centonze, 244

S. DOMENICO – Via Manzoni, 47

S. ELENA – Via Regina Elena, 25

S. EUSTOCHIA SMERALDA – Contrada Citola Vill. Annunziata

S. FILIPPO D’AGIRA – Via Fornace San Filippo Inferiore

S. FRANCESCO D’ASSISI – Via S. Licandro

S. GABRIELE DELL’ADDOLORATA – Via Panoramica dello Stretto, 1330

S. GIACOMO MAGGIORE – Via Lombardia, 18

S. GIOVANNI – Santo Stefano Briga

S. GIOVANNI BATTISTA – Via Montecarlo Larderia

S. GIOVANNI BATTISTA – Massa San Giovanni

S. GIULIANO – Via Garibaldi

S. LUCA EVANGELISTA – Via Fratelli di Mari

S. LUCIA VERGINE E M. – S Lucia Sopra Contesse

S. MARCO EVANGELISTA – Via San Marco Mili S. Marco

S. MARGHERITA – Piazza Chiesa Santa Margherita

S. MARIA ADDOLORATA – Tono

S. MARIA ADDOLORATA – Via Giuseppe Natoli, 67

S. MARIA ANNUNZIATA E S. GIUSEPPE – Piazza Bisconte, 13

S. MARIA ANNUNZIATA E S. MARINA – Cumia Superiore

S. MARIA ASSUNTA – Faro Superiore

S. MARIA CONSOLATA – Viale San Martino, 338

S. MARIA DEI BIANCHI – Via Bianchi Curcuraci

S. MARIA DEI GIARDINI – Santo Stefano Medio

S. MARIA DEI MIRACOLI – Piazza Chiesa Sperone

S. MARIA DEL CARMINE – Via Antonino Martino

S. MARIA DELL’ARCO – Viale della Liberta’, 127

S. MARIA DELLA CONSOLAZIONE – Santo

S. MARIA DELLA CONSOLAZIONE – Via Pietro Castelli, 9

S. MARIA DELLA LETTERA – Galati Marina

S. MARIA DELLE GRAZIE – Via Pietro Castelli, 242

S. MARIA DELLE GRAZIE – Via Nazario Sauro, 5 Rodia

S. MARIA DELLE GRAZIE – Bordonaro

S. MARIA DI GESU’ – Via G. Denaro, 3 Ritiro

S. MARIA DI GESU’ – Via Catania

S. MARIA DI MONTALTO – Via Dina e Clarenza

S. MARIA DI POMPEI – Viale Regina Margherita, 25

S. MARIA IMMACOLATA – Via Consolare Valera – Contesse

S. MARIA INCORONATA – Camaro

S. MARIA LA SCALA E S. BIAGIO – P.zza S. Caterina – Altolia

S. MARIA MADRE DELLA CHIESA – Via Nazionale, 101 S. Margherita Marina

S. MARTA – Fondo Consiglio

S. MATTEO – Piazza Alpi

S. MAURO – Giampilieri Marina

S. MICHELE ARCANGELO – Via Alessandro Volta S. Michele

S. NICOLA DI BARI – Ganzirri

S. NICOLA DI BARI – Pezzolo

S. NICOLA DI BARI – Villaggio San Filippo Superiore

S. NICOLO’ DELL’ARCIVESCOVATO – Viale San Martino

S. NICOLO’ DI BARI – Via Chiesa Giampilieri

S. NICOLO’ DI BARI – Via Consolare Valeria, 54 Pistunina

S. NICOLO’ DI BARI – Zafferia

S. NICOLO’ DI BARI – Gazzi

S. PAOLINO VESCOVO – Via Nazionale Mili Marina

S. PAOLO APOSTOLO – Camaro Inferiore

S. PIETRO APOSTOLO E S. GIUSEPPE – Piazza San Pietro – Mili San Pietro

S. PLACIDO MARTIRE – Via San Jachiddu Tremonti

S. STEFANO IUSSIORE – Piazza Santo Stefano Salice

S. TERESA DEL BAMBINO GESU’ – Via Montepiselli

SACRA FAMIGLIA – Contesse

SACRO CUORE DI GESU’ E S. PIETRO APOSTOLO – Via Nazionale, 8 Sparta’

SANTI BIAGIO E SABA – Via Nazionale Piano Torre

SANTI GIORGIO E NICOLA – Loc. Massa San Giorgio

SANTI GIOVANNI BATTISTA E MARIA DEL ROSARIO – Castanea delle Furie

SANTI PAOLO APOSTOLO E NICOLO’ DI BARI – Briga

SANTI PIETRO E PAOLO – Piazza San Cosimo

SS. ANNUNZIATA – Camaro Inferiore

SS. SALVATORE – Via Benincasa, 1 Villaggio Aldisio

STELLA MARIS – Piazza Stella Maris Minissale

S. FRANCESCO D’ASSISI – Via S. Licandro

S. MARIA DELLA LETTERA – Galati Marina

S. MARIA DELLE GRAZIE – Via Pietro Castelli, 242

S. MARIA DELLE GRAZIE – Via Nazario Sauro, 5 Rodia

S. MARIA DELLE GRAZIE – Via Pietro Castelli, 242

S. MARIA DELLE GRAZIE – Bordonaro

S. NICOLO’ DI BARI – Via Consolare Valeria, 54 Pistunina

S. NICOLO’ DI BARI – Zafferia

S. NICOLO’ DI BARI – Via Chiesa Giampilieri

S. PAOLO APOSTOLO – Camaro Inferiore

SACRA FAMIGLIA – Contesse

SS. ANNUNZIATA – Camaro Inferiore

SS. SALVATORE – Via Benincasa, 1 Villaggio Aldisio

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 messina@italianside.com or follow this link.

Our expert in Messina area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

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35 Comments

  1. Claude says:

    Mi chiamo Claude Jabbour, nato in Alessandria d’Egitto e vivo a Montreal in Canada. Son figlio di Egizia Bongiovanni. Mio nonno; padre di Egizia si chiamava Vincenzo Bongiovanni, di Messina. Mia mamma è scritta nei registri del commune di Messina. Mio nonno lascio l’Italia nel’inzio degli anni 1900 per andar vivere in Egitto. Vorrei sapere se ci sono dei Bongiovanni a Messina e pure vorrei sapere se potrei avere la doppia cittadinanza Canadase e Italiiana.
    Grazie.

  2. Mary Jo says:

    I’m researching my Great Grandmother and her brother.

    Josephina D’Alberto (nee Puliafico,Marcantonio)
    1883–1968
    Birth 21 DEC 1883 • Castroriale, Italy
    Death 8 MARCH 1968 • Catonsville, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

    Cosimo Puliafico
    1877–1951
    Birth 5 DECEMBER 1877 • Messina, Sicilia, Italy
    Death 5 DEC 1951 • Pennsylvania

    I cannot find anything on their parents or whether they have more siblings. Anyone??

  3. Bob says:

    Similar story here. I recently found that my grandfather, Francesco Mazzu, was born in Milazzo in Messina back in 1895. This was a great find. I would love to meet some distant relatives from there, if that’s even possible. I’ll keep searching around.

  4. Mary says:

    I am planning a trip to Sicily with my sister-in-law and niece in September, 2020 and would like to make contact with any relatives still in Sicily. Please leave me a message or send me an email. I don’t speak Italian but can translate whatever you may send. Thank you in advance and hope to meet family while we are visiting..

    I am searching for relatives who still live in the Torrenova, Messina region of Sicily. My grandfather was Anthony/Antonio/Antonino Santoro, born April 26, 1885 in Torrenova. Married my grandmother in 1905. Immigrated to the United States in about 1907. He passed away on July 21, 1961 in Bellevue, Ohio, USA. His father’s name was Francisco. He had a brother named Charles and a sister named Carmela who married Joseph Monice.

    My grandmother was Mary/Maria Barbera, born December 26, 1886 in Torrenova. Immigrated to the United States on April 9, 1909 with her daughter, Rosaria (Sarah) who was born on February 6, 1907. Grandmother passed away on June 22, 1961 in Bellevue, Ohio, USA.

  5. Julie says:

    Hello. I am looking for any information on Adornetto, Carrubba or Lacava. My grandfather was Giuseppe Adornetto born 1/7/1877 in Raccuja. My grandmother was Marianna Carruba abt.1883 maybe in Siracusa. I will be in Messina end of January 2020. Anyone have luck finding records at the Archive di State di Messina? Thanks.

  6. Michael says:

    We are planning a visit to Messina on May 4-6, 2020. We have much genealogy done but we would like it reviewed and have back up data from the parishes and extend the lineage back farther. My daughter will be coming with us and she speaks fluent Italian. She is currently living in Bologna. We are from the United States. Do you have a professional genealogist who can help with this request? Most of the genealogy that we have already acquired is located on family search. Please let us know if you would like to help us with this request and please include approximate cost for your services. Thank you very much.

  7. Gino says:

    I am looking for information on my great great grandfather Santi Lo Duca – Messina – birth est. 1820 . Married to Rosa Barbaro,parents to Salvatore Lo Duca 1850-1905 – Also connected to the town of Roccavaldina. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

  8. Joanne says:

    I an looking for birth (or baptismal) information for my Great-Grandparents, who were both born in Messina, Messina in 1859. My Great-Grandfather was Rocco Fava and lived at 11 Centonze Via from at least 1880 to 1888. He had 3 daughters by his first wife, Domenica Lanzafame, who died after their 3rd daughter was born. He married my Great-Grandmother, Gaetana Sparacio, who was being raised in a convent. They married in April 1888 and came to the USA with the 3 daughters, and Rocco’s father, Francesco, a few months later. The address and the name of Rocco’s first wife I read from the birth certificates of the 3 daughters (b. 1881, 1883, 1885). I was told that the other certificate copies that I am looking for were destroyed in the 1908 tsunami. Where else may I find this material, and how do I go about it?

  9. Anita says:

    I have a relative called George Cecil who was born in Messina in 1808. His next of kin and guardian was the Earl of Kilmorey, Francis Needham. Any info I would be extremely grateful. Thank you.

  10. Nada says:

    Im looking for my grandgrandmother name correct spelling. She was born in cairo on 23rd of May 1908 and registered on the 25th of May. Her Name is Maria (Bondi or Pondi) meer. im not really sure about the spelling. Her mom’s name was Rashel. She married an egyptian on 1935 called Abdel Ghaffar wahsh. Can You help me find any info about her ?

  11. Michaele says:

    i am searching for relatives of Mariano Maio from Messina Sicily birthday September 1 late 1800’s. He was married to Carmella Ali from Palermo Sicily.

    Please email if you have any information. Thank you

  12. Kathleen says:

    Another name we are researching is CAMMARANO from Messina.
    My great grandfather was Domenico Cammarano, a wine merchant born 1877 married Rosa Fiumara whose family owned hair dresser/ barber shop.
    My great great grandfather was Antonio Cammarano who married Maria Antonia Coppola or Coppla. Her ancestors names were Arnao and Grogiano. This goes back to 1815. Thank you for your help.

  13. Kathleen says:

    I am researching my family CORELLI from Messina. I do not know from what town. My great grandfather was Guiseppe Luigi Corelli (or possibly CORARELLI) born in 1868 who left sicily in 1884. My great grandmother was Carmella Laspina born 1874.
    My great great grandfather was Carmillo Corelli or Corarelli born in 1844. My great great grandmother was Domenica Anastasio born 1846.
    we are trying to find any relatives or possibly go farther back before the 1840’s and also find out from what town my ancestors lived.
    Thank you for any help.

  14. Mary says:

    I am looking for Cannavo’s in Messina. Specifically Carmela Cannavo born 1889; father was Carmelo Cannavo (b.1871) spouse Antonina Falcone. looking for children of Carmelo. Thanks so much.

  15. Tina says:

    Hi, I am looking for information on my Great Grandfather Salvatore Rizzo, he was born in Messina. Maybe a Birth certificate. Some way I can keep building my family tree and help find relatives.

  16. Gerry says:

    Hello i am from Athens Greece, trying to find my family routes that reach in Messina Italy. There are several official papers and the oral descriptions of my grandmother, which prove that my great great-grandfather was born and lived in Messina Italy. His name in Greek was Paschalis Amafis but i don’t know if there is any difference at the spelling of his name in Italy (e.g. Pasquale Amafi). It is supposed that he worked as a gardener there in the years between 1860 – 1890, as in 1892 (year of a notarial deed that is in my hand) resided in Greece.

    I want really to find out if there is any prove of the existing of my ancestor there and any information about the existence of any long relatives with the same name in Messina Italy or generally in Sicily in order to have some clues before planning a trip there.

    I would be really grateful if you could help me by any means and i am looking forward to your reply.

  17. Jimmy says:

    I am trying to locate the birth records for my great-grandmother, Lucia Barone. She was born 10 Sep 1911 in Messina. My grandmother says she was from Galati but I know there are two communes of Galati; one on the east coast and one in the mountains. She is the son of Germano & Adelaide (nee Capri?) Barone. Many of the records I search through do not list Galati to search.

  18. Michelle says:

    Hi,

    I’m looking for relatives from Mili San Marco, Messina. Salvatore Magali born around 1870. His son Giovanni Magali born 1892. Giovanni’s wife was Gaetana Cucinotta, born in 1900. She may have a brother named Santi. Her mother was named Antonina Cucinotta (maiden name Scoglio) born around 1861. Antonina may have a sister named Giuseppa Scoglio.

    Are there any alternate spellings of these names in Italy?

  19. Jasmine says:

    I am trying to find out any information on an Anthony Niosi and Josephine M. Munao, I am not sure if they were born in Messina or Sicily, any help you can give to this search would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

  20. Nancy says:

    My grandmother was born in Messina in 1888 0r 1899. I have her birth certificate.
    Her fathers name was Antonino Oteri. Her Mother’s name was Elvira Sturiale. I will be in Sicily next week. Can you direct me where to go to find out where they lived?

    • Ann says:

      Hi Nancy, I just came across your post. I am also looking for Sturiale from Messina. Did you have any luck when you were there?

  21. Andrew says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandfather franc’o caliri ellis island lists his last place of residency being in falcone, messina and he left for the United States in 1903 if memory serves

  22. Laura says:

    I am trying to locate the family of Joseph “Giuseppe” Niosi (1875-). According to his marriage record his parents were Francis Niosi and Josephine Casolito/Cusolito. He immigrated to Canada in 1888. The record also suggests that his brother’s was Domenico Niosi (abt. 1844 – 1893) who also immigrated to Canada.

  23. Gunnel says:

    I a friend of mine is looking for her grandparents ancesters. Their name was Pasquale and Olympia Cambria and they emigrated from Messina to the USA in 1900.
    Please mail me if anyone has any kind of information.

  24. Maria says:

    My grandfather Giovanni Giamboi and all his siblings were born in Messina. All their births are on record and site Santi Giamboi & Grazia Cambria as parents for each birth. What I am trying to find is the Birth & Death dates for Santi & Grazia along with the cemetery and grave location. Aprox. birth date for Santi is 1867 also believed born in Messina.

    • Patrick says:

      My mother’s side was from Messina. If you are looking for grave sites that far back you won’t find anything. After 70 years if there are no close relatives the body is removed to make room for more others. You will find the names mentioned in the records though.

  25. Sue says:

    I am search for my family, named Monastra. My mother was born in Torrenova, Messina, Sicily, and as far as I know only her father came with her. If you could give me a place to start, or any help I would greatly appreciate it!

  26. Nancy says:

    Hello. I have a birth certificate from my Grandmother. It says she was born in Messina, Italy. Her father was Antonino Oteri, her mother was Elvira Striale or Estriale. My grandmother’s name was Fancesca Oteri. She was born around 1898.
    Do any of these names come up in any records? I plan on going to Sicily in October. I would very much like to see where my grandmother and her family lived before coming to the United States around 1903. Can you help me?

    • Patrick says:

      My mother’s family was from Messina. As for Striale or Estriale I believe the name is Sturiale. My grandmother had a cousin with that name – fairly common in Messina

  27. DR KATHLEEN MESSINA says:

    I AM THE DAUGHTER OF ANTHONY JEROME MESSINA.
    MY GRANDPARENTS:GAETONO MESSINA (BORN 1-1-1877)
    MICHELA DIGUIGNO (BORN 11-11-1882
    CALTANISETTA SICILY
    GREAT GRANDPARENTS MAYBE
    CONCETTA LATRINA
    SALVATORE TERRITO

  28. Gayle says:

    Hi
    I am looking for information about George romeo. He was born about 1886

    I was told that he returned to Sicily but don’t know when

    • Kevin says:

      Are you, or was he, from New Jersey? specifically Red Bank. My Grand Father was Giovanni Romeo, born 1900, emigrated from messina in 1907 as the youngest in his family

  29. Mitch says:

    I’m researching Philippe/Philipe/Filippo De Luca who was born on 20 January 1870 in Messina, Italy and I believe was a son of Bartolemes/Bartolemeo De Luca (who was the son of Filippo De Luca) and his wife Maria/Francesca (nee Cannata and who was the daughter of Gaetano Cannata). They had another son Gaetano.

    Dr. Philippe De Luca was an Italian physician and surgeon, who arrived in Australia with his wife and two children, in about 1908 and practiced in Australia.

    He returned to Italy to serve in the First World War where it is believed he was two years with the Royal Italian Field Ambulance in the Trentino and the Carso, and two years at the sanatorium for tuberculosis, at the Frascati, near Rome. Apparently he was twice mentioned in dispatches and was presented with a gold pen by the Duchess of Aosta (Cousin of the King of Italy), head of the Italian Red Cross.

    In 1920 he returned to Australia to continue his work as a Doctor especially in the research for a cure for tuberculosis.

    I’m interested in finding any family connections in Messina or information of his time in the Italian Army.

  30. Ugo says:

    Egregi Signori,
    Stó cercando informazioni per poder compilare la geneologia della mia famiglia, di origine siciliana. I dati che dispongo sono i seguenti:
    Nella fine del 1800 i miei nonni paterni emigrarono da Messina per Porto Said in Egitto. Si chiamavano BIAGGIO DI STEFANO E EMANUELA RUGERO. Nel 1901 nacque mio padre Umberto Di Stefano a Porto Said e si sposó nel 1932 con Maria Sorrentino. Io, Ugo Di Stefano, sono nato il 12 giugno del 1935 in Ismailia nell´ospedale della Compagnia del Canale di Suez, nella quale compagnia era impiegato mio padre, a Porto Said.
    Ringrazio di tutto cuore voi se potessi ricevere delle informazioni o orientazioni di come dovrei procedere.
    Molto grato, Ugo

  31. Marianna says:

    I am trying to put together my paternal family tree but am unable to.
    My fathers name was Rosario Lenzo, my mothers name is Carolina Di Nardo