Genealogy in San Pier Niceto

If you search your ancestors in San Pier Niceto, 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 San Pier Niceto

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 San Pier Niceto town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in San Pier Niceto 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 San Pier Niceto. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in San Pier Niceto 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 San Pier Niceto

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 San Pier Niceto on your behalf.

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


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 San Pier Niceto 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 San Pier Niceto forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in San Pier Niceto feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Michele says:

    I am looking for information about my grandparents. Michael Durso or spelled d’urso born 1876 in Bari married Marie Lamagina also from Bari born 1878. Came to US settled in Brooklyn ny . They had children in the states and The story goes left 1 or 2 children in Bari. The children here were Rocco, Joseph, Donato, Lorenzo, Lena, Rose, Nicholas and Dora. If anyone has information about the family or where in Bari they were from would be greatly appreciated thank you

  2. Sandra says:

    Hi my great grandfather domenico previte came to armstrong pa. To work in coal mines around 1900 with his son antonino previte age 16. Domenicos wife stayed in SPN her name was antonina. Dom and antonina had 2 boys Peter and antonino and one daughter marguerite. Am not sure what Domenics mothers maiden name was but i think it was certo or pitrone. Looking to find the family homestead and the church there. Any info would be appreciated as far as the exact location in SPN. THANK YOU SANDRA PREVITE

    • Rosemarie says:

      Sandra, I am researching an Antonio Previte ( Previty). Your post sounds very familiar as my paternal grandfather came to the United States and worked as a miner in Pennsylvania, residing in Walston. He was married to a Rosa Russo and they had six boys. I think that the sixteen year old son was my grandfather. He was born on October 18, 1876; he became a naturalized citizen and it appears that he traveled back and forth to Italy. I don’t have information about the homestead but would appreciate if any of my information aligns with your family.

  3. Nicholas says:

    Looking for records regarding my grandfather who was born in San Pier Niceto in 1897 by the name of Giuseppe Nastasi he had a brother Pietro Nastasi, Salvatore and a sister. Pietro moved to Rome to be a police officer and Giuseppe and Salvatore left for the United States, their sister stayed in Italy.

  4. Jan says:

    I am looking for information on my grandmother and grandfather. My grandmothers name was caterina certo from san pier niceto. she married Pietro Scolaro from the same village I believe. I know there are some Certos that still live in San pier niceto. Would love to find out more information

    thank you

  5. Tony says:

    Hi. My name is Tony Catanese although my birth certificate in Australia refers to me as Alberto Antonio Rocco Catanese. My parents, Antonino (1914)and Anna (Nastasi).(1921) brother Pietro(1942) and sister Marieantonnette (1946) were born in San Pier Niceto. My Nonno, Pietro and Nonna, Antonia Renda were born in SPN in 1889 and migrated to Barnesboro in Pennsylvania where they died in 1918 in flu epidemic. Two brothers and a wife also died leaving several orphans. Fransesco, brother and two wives survived We are not sure but we believe this branch are in Providence. I had an Uncle, Santo who was born in America and has raised a large family there around the Wichita area. We are planning a reunion in San Pier Niceto on the 19 October 2018, 100 years to the day our Nonno and Nonna deceased. I am just putting it out there in case there are people who will be in SPN between 13 to 20 October 2018

    • Debbi says:

      We are just going to miss your adventure to SPN. We will be visiting SPN October 4-9, 2018. My grandmother was Anna Catanese. Here parents were Antonino Catanese and Petronilla Pitrone. In my research my second great Aunt Rosa Catanisi married a Domenico Certo. I have a 4x Great Grandmother name Catarina Nastasi her father was Antonino. Lots of the same names. Who knows we may be related.

    • Natala says:

      My name is Natala Pitrone. My grandfather, Nicola, emigrated from SPN around 1915? He came alone to be with relatives in Philadelphia. I have no infomation on his parents.

      • Maria says:

        Ciao Ricordi il nome di tua nonna. In quale periodo si sono sposati i tuoi nonni? Non è necessaria una data esatta, con queste informazioni di partenza si potrebbe ricostruire un albero genealogico…

    • John says:

      Tony….my name is John Pitrone. My grandparents (Antonino and Francesca Bongiovanni) were born in San Pier Niceto and settled in a suburb of Pittsburgh where I live now. My Grandmother Francesca’s mother was Rosaria Catanese). My Grandfather was killed at work at a WW1 munitions plant explosion in Nov. 1917 when my Dad was a month old…..Antonino had a sister (Grazia) and brother (Ignazio) that died in 1918 of the flu also. My Grandmother married her brother in law who was just widowed with 2 small children and she moved to where he was in Barnesboro, PA which is where my Dad grew up. The family names there are Adamo (Grazia Pitrone’s husband) and another Pitrone sibling, Mary married a Corio (she was the only survivor of the 4 siblings). My Dad moved back to Pittsburgh as an adult but I still have family living in the Barnesboro (now called Northern Cambria, PA) area. I’d love to hear about your trip to SPN as a few of my family members and I are thinking about going there this coming Fall. We also have a pretty extensive family tree and I’d love to see if we could extend it further.

  6. Peter says:

    I’m looking for info on Mariano Nastasi (born 1854) and Giulia Catassi (born 1866?). They moved to San Pier Niceto from Monforte, but from what I know, they had Giuseppe, Concetta, Pietro, Santo, and Salvatore. Giuseppe, Santo, and Salvatore all moved to the US and resided in NJ. My popop took an ancestrydna test as did the rest of my family and so many of these surnames seem familiar! Certo, Catanese, Insana….the list goes on. I really wish I knew more about them.

  7. Kim says:

    Ciao, I will be visiting San Pier Niceto in October, can’t wait!!! My families are the Pitrone and Locandro. Antonio Pitrone, my great grandfather married Santa Locandro in San Pier Niceto. They came to USA but returned many times to San Pier Niceto. My grandmother Rose was born in Pennsylvania but grew up in San Pier Niceto. Santa’s parents were Antonio Locandro and Rosa Picciotto (sp). Hope this sounds familiar to someone. Thank You, Kim

    • Elaine says:

      hey kim:

      my name is elaine oliver (original last name, oliva). the family story is that my grandfather was from san pier niceto. he was the illegitimate son of a locandro. he came to the us around the turn of the century with his cousins who were legitimate locandros. he lived in ohio and pennsylvania. i remember my father had cousins named pitrone but we left the east coast in 1961 and everyone seemed to lose contact. we are all in california. by coincidence, my sister is also going to san pier nicento in a few weeks and hoping to reconnect with family there on my grandmother’s side. i am second generation italian so i am eligible for itallian citizenship although getting my grandfather’s birth certificate has proved challenging. i suspect we may be connected! what do you think?
      kind regards,


      • Linda says:

        Elaine, My name is Linda Logrando and my husband is David Logrando. We recently acquired a letter written to his grandmother, Fortunata Renda Logrando who lived in South Fork, PA. The letter was addressed to Fortunata Locandro and was from Martha Oliver, Youngstown, Ohio. Post mark date is 1953. Fortunata’s husband who died in 1918 of influenza epidemic. The letter is written in Italian so we can’t read it, but I can send you a copy if you think this is your relative. We believe the name Logrando was originally Locandro. Sincerely, Linda

        • Kim says:

          Hi Linda, my Pitrone family also moved from around the Johnstown area of Pa to Youngstown, Ohio. I went to SPN in the fall of 2018 and found records of the Pitrones and Locandros dating back to 1700s. It was amazing to visit my ancestors home town and the church they all attended. I have not had much time to work on genealogy since returning home. But I am sure we are related somehow. My 2nd cousin, Debbi White, check above for your posts, I met in Sicilia. My family lived in South Fork also. I am sure we are related. Have a great day, Kim’

  8. Linda says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandfather, last name was digiaimo or Giamo. He was married to Maria Catanese born Dec 8, 1872 in San Pier Niceto, daughter of Salvatore Catanese and Letteria Trepanni. Maria and her husband had 3 girls, Francesca born Mar 1894, Letteria born 1896 and Maria born 1898. Maria immigranted to the United States in 1902. I would appreciate any information on Maria’s husband, as well as more information on Salvatore and Letteria.

  9. David says:

    We are researching our family roots. My great father and his brothers and mother immigrated to America in 1908. According to family records, the boys grandfather was Pasquale Carilli and was born in 1829 in San Pier. He became a master builder. The boys father was Biagio Carilli. Can this information be verified or can you provide more information?

  10. Philip Albert says:

    All grandparents are from San Pier Niceto and my father was also born there. He left when he was 10, in 1931. Grandfather, Joseph Borgia (1900-1979) came to America and lived most of his life in New Jersey.
    His father, also came to America, but is buried in Chihuahua, Mexico. Joseph married Angela Bongiovanni who is buried in San Pier.
    My maternal grandfather is Frank Insana (Inzano) and his brother Al spelled it Ensana in the USA. Frank was married to Maria Micale.
    I would like to know more of the Borgia lineage as far back as it can be traced. Not sure if I am connected to the Borgia (Borja) Popes or not. Looks kike that family died out in the late 1700’s?
    Any information would be gratefully appreciated.

  11. Annette says:

    I’m a Abate from Cleveland Ohio. Looking for the others from here. My Great Grandfather was from here. His name was Carmelo Abate.

  12. Sidotti Philip F says:

    Thank you for your concern and assistance. Three of my grandparents were born in San Pier Niceto in the late 1800’s. They emigrated to the US around 1900. That said, I would like to determine living relatives who remain in San Pier today. My maternal grandfather was Ignazio Pitrone…born in SPN in January of 1885. His parents were Francesco Pitrone and Rosaria Micale. My maternal grandmother was Francesca Insana (Pitrone). She was born in November, 1889 to Pietro Insana and Barbara Colosi. My paternal grand mother was Rosemarie Mazza. She was born in May of 1876 to Nicola Mazza and ??? (possibly DeFrancesco). (Others names I know are connected relatives from hearsay..are Meo, Catanese, Basile, Certo, Corio and Giorgianni…)
    Any leads you can provide are greatly appreciated. My goal is to connect with blood relatives who reside in San Pier today. I’m aware that the Pitrone, Insana, Micale and Colosi are popular names in SPN today. I am connected to many of them on Facebook, however I don’t know how close our connection is. Thank you for your help.

    • David Nastasi says:

      My Great Grandfather was Peter Pitrone, born in San Pier Niceto. He was one of 9 brothers, I believe, or at least that is the story. He and his wife came to the United States at the end of the 19th Century and ultimately moved to Staten Island. He had a dress factory on 23rd Street in Manhattan until the depression. After the loss of his business he returned to his original trade which was a cooper and a plasterer.

    • Jim says:

      My name is Jim Pitrone my grandfather was born in san pier nice to his name was Guisseppi I am sure we are related some how

    • Sara M says:

      Hello! I’ve recently started researching my family’s italian roots and I am hitting a roadblock at Anna Certo (married name Basile). Much of the Basile family ended up in towns east of Pittsburgh, PA. My mother was full blooded Italian (maiden name Basile) with her dad’s side coming from Messina and her mother’s side coming from Calabria. We may share some mutual family — please let me know if you are available to talk!

      • Sandi says:

        Hi Sara-I am doing the research for my friend Nancy. Anna Certo did marry a Basile. This Basile was the brother to Nancy’s grandmother.
        I would love to speak with you. Please let me know how I can reach you.

  13. Gavin says:

    Hello, I’m looking for information on Gusieppe Sciotto, my 3x great grandfather who was born in San Pier Niceto in 1885. He immigrated to Sharon, Pennsylvania in 1910 and took up a job as a huckster, his wife was Josephine Manzo. He assumed the name Joseph Scott when he came to America, and help is appreciated

  14. Louise says:

    Hello, Looking for any information on Pietro Sgro B. Jan. 26, 1839 and his wife, Rosy Closie B. Approx. 1830. Both lived and died in San Pier Niceto. Your help is greatly appreciated!

  15. Carolyn says:

    I am looking for relatives of Joseph Torre from Messina, he was born in Sicily around 1890-1900. He left for the US around 1910.

  16. Christi says:

    I am looking for information on my great-grand parents families. They were Antonino Renda who married Nunxiata Sciotto. His parents were Giuseppe Renda and Idria Insana. Her parents were Francesco Sciotto and CaterinaMarchetta. Any info on them or their children, siblings, or parents would be greatly appreciated. Antonino came over in 1901 with Nunziara in 1902. I have their birth dates and marriage certificate.

  17. Adele says:

    I am looking for information regarding my great-grandfather, Gabriel Insana, and great grandmother, Concetta Catanese. They both came to the United States, Pennsylvania, in the early 1920s. I am looking for their parents’ names, my great-great-grandparents, and possibly even further back.

  18. Margo says:

    I am searching for any information on *Anna Maria Maleimi* born Jan. 26, 1870 in San Pier Niceto. Her parents were Salvatore Malemi and Domenica Bongiovanni.

    Anna married Rosario Sciotto, who may be from the same city (?) (his parents first names are listed as Guy and Anna).

    I believe they lived in Pennsylvania. Her date of death was Oct. 21, 1928.
    His date of death was Feb. 25, 1938.

    They are the grandparents of my deceased father and any information we can find would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks to anyone who can help (:

    • Julie says:

      Hello Margo:

      Rosario Sciotto and Anna Maria Popolo Malemi were married on July 1 1893 in San Pier Niceto.

      Rosario was the son of Gaetano Sciotto and Anna Meo. Note: Rosario was aged 27 years and Gaetano in Italian translated to Guy in English.

      Anna Maria Popolo Malemi was aged 23 years and was the daughter of Salvadore Malemi and Domenica Bongiovanni.

      All parents are said to be living at the time of this marriage. With Anna Maria being listed with the name “Popolo”, she may have been adopted by the Malemi’s. The word “Popolo” translates to “of the people” and these were often foundlings taken in by other families.

      Hope you find some of this helpful!

  19. Judy says:

    I am searching for information, and it would be wonderful if I could find a picture, of my grandmother. Her name was Sarah Antonuccio and she married Joseph Catanesi. She was born on 1/5/1856 in Condra, Sicily (providence of Messina). She died in 1943, I would guess in San Pier Niceto. She was Catholic and they had four children, all born in San Pier Niceto. Her husband visited in USA and two of her children lived and died in USA.
    Is it possible to get information about her?
    Thank you,

    • Lynda says:

      My dad’s Aunt was Sarah Antonuccio..probably daughter of Sarah you describe. Catanese was also a relativewas also

  20. Domenica says:

    i was in the orfanotrofio at the age of 5 I am 72 now
    Is there anyway that I can get information? And names of the other girls?
    Thanks you

  21. Elaine says:

    my grandfather, pietro oliva was raised in an orphanage or church facility in san pier nicento. he was born in 1877 and came to america in 1899. we think his birth surname was locandro. I am very anxious to have his birth certificate so that i can obtain a dual citizenship for italy.
    thank you,

  22. Joseph says:

    I am looking for information about my grandfather,Antonio Insana, born April 3, 1876 and my grandmother, Maria Catanese, born December 14, 1873. I Am also looking for my father’s father, Giuseppe Mondi. I just know the year of his birth, 1884 and my grandmother Anna Petrone, born in 1885. I will be visiting San Pier Niceto around Ocober 16, 2014 and would appreciate any information you could supply. Grazie.

    • L Petrone says:

      I am not sure if you received information but I feel we are related . Here is what I have. Antonino Insana married Grazia Pitrone in 1891 in San Pier Niceto. They had two children Caterina born in 1892 and a child that died at the age of one in 1990. In 1909 Grazia remarried Gabriello Catanese (born in 1881 in SPN) and moved to Pennsylvania, USA. She had stated that her first husband was deceased but later found record of him in Patti in 1908- not sure what happened there. Grazia/Grace and Gabriel had a child named Mamie.
      My great grandmother’s (Francesca Carilli) parents were Giacomo Carilli and Rosaria Mondi. Not sure the relationship between Rosaria and Giuseppi Mondi.
      I know this has a lot of missing pieces but somehow we must be related

      • Debbi says:

        I don’t know if you are still checking this thread but Giacomo Carilli (married to Rosaria Mondi) is my second great grand uncle. Giacomo’s father Santo Carille is my 3rd great grandfather. So we are related. But as you say I think there are even more connections. I have multiple Pitrone’s in my family as well.

  23. Anthony Catanese says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather Antonio Catanese who was born in san pier niceto in 1873 august 8th.He married Itria Basille.iWOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT WHO HIS PARENTS WERE AND WHERE THEY LIVED.


      looking for birth records for antonio catanese born august 8 1873 and idria basile born january 1884 i believe in san pier nicet sicily.

  24. Herbert Silva says:

    I am searching for information on my great great grandfather Pietro Spadaro born in San Pier Nicetto, Messina Sicily, possibly on SEP 15 1872 or sometime between 1870 and 1872. His Naturalization paper says 15 Sep 1872. He married Barbara Micale and he came to USA in 1902, 1906 and 1909 and settled in Pennsylvania. Any information you can give will be helpful and may result in a payment to you if the information is helpful. Thank you, Herb

  25. Russell says:

    I am looking for any information on my grandfather Rosario Certo born in San Pier Niceto in 1871 or 1872. He may have married a Nastasi before moving to the USA. He supposedly moved back to San Pier or Messina in 1920 and died there shortly thereafter.
    Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated with a monetary thank you.

    • Vince says:

      If this info is right
      Your grandfather was born12/16/1873
      Your grandfather and my great grandfather were brothers
      I have a lot of info on the family
      Was in San Pier last year and saw the family
      Hope to chat