Genealogy in Santa Lucia del Mela

If you search your ancestors in Santa Lucia del Mela, 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 Santa Lucia del Mela

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 Santa Lucia del Mela town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Santa Lucia del Mela follow this link).

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Santa Lucia del Mela 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 Santa Lucia del Mela. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Santa Lucia del Mela 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 Santa Lucia del Mela

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 Santa Lucia del Mela on your behalf.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Santa Lucia del Mela:

S. CUORE – P.zza Milite Ignoto

S. MARIA ANNUNZIATA – Via Garibaldi

S. MARIA ASSUNTA – P.zza Duomo

S. MARIA ASSUNTA – P.zza Duomo

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 santaluciadelmela@italianside.com or follow this link.

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

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31 Comments

  1. Carol says:

    Mt great-grandmother was an abandoned “child of the wheel” in Sant Lucia in 1870. When I visited there in 2018, someone pointed out where the ruotaia might have been. Would anyone know for certain and have a photo of the building?

  2. Debbi says:

    I am looking for any family still living in Santa Lucia del Mela and any information about the family of Catarina Mandanici (3rd great grandmother) and Vincenza Salvadore (4th great grandmother) who were born there. Below is what information I do have:

    Natale Salvdore and Maruzza(?) Calderone
    – Vincenza Salvadore (b. abt 1768 d. 11-Jan-1827)
    married to Maestro Santo Mandanici b. abt 1776 in Castroreale, Sicilia. Santo was a carpenter
    * 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
    – Domenico Salvadore (b. abt 1768 d. 26-Jul-1828 in Santa Lucia del Mela

  3. Fred says:

    i am looking for any information on (puliafico) my grandfathers last name. he was born there march 26 1890.

  4. Erika says:

    Trying to find out if I still have family in Santa Lucia and if anyone has any family history or interesting stories to share. My great grandmother’s, Maria Giannone, last known address in Italy before immigrating to America was Santa Lucia, she left Italy on 2/23/1921. She was married to Placido Guerrera, he left Italy once in 1911 and permanently on 10/21/1916. Their parents names were were Vincenzo Guerrera (Maria LaRosa) and Vincenzo Giannone (Francesca LaRosa).

  5. Mark says:

    Just starting to put things together, my grandmother was a Stracuzzi.

    Wondering the possibilities of families with the name Stracuzzi, Perrone and Valenti.

  6. Kim says:

    My GreatGrandfather, Emilio Rosselli, I just recently found out was a foundling and left in the “wheel” in Santa Lucia del Mela. We are going to visit Sicily in September and want to know if this “wheel” to an orphanage or hospital?still exists and where? That name is not his real family name unfortunately and I do have a record of his birth with the names of the his wet nurse and a couple of others. Anyone of any knowledge of where babies were left in this town would be greatly appreciated.

    • Chrissy says:

      I am trying to find if the hospital orphanage still exists too! My Great Great Grandparents Antonia Zullo (wet nurse) and Guiseppe Salvadore apparently were nurses there and took in babies.

  7. Deb says:

    Hello – I am trying to find records re my husband’s grandparents. We believe they lived in Santa Lucia del Mela in the early 1900’s. Name Fartunato Ilacqua (we believe) He came to Montreal, Que, Canada several times and is believed to have died in Sicily in the 1950s. We will be in Sicily in July and would appreciate any hints/help in locating any family!

  8. Jan says:

    I am the great granddaughter of Croce Trifiletti and Santa Maria DiMaggio. I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1950 and placed for adoption at 6 weeks of age. I am wondering if there are any relatives still living in Santa Lucia Del Mela.

    • Giuseppe says:

      Hi, I live in Santa Lucia del Mela, in my town there are still people who have this surname, Trifiletti, not many but there are. I had heard about Philadelphia as the destination for my compatriots to emigrate. I hope I was helpful.

  9. Tricia says:

    I have recently found record that my Great Grandfather, Francesco Bucolo was born in Santa Lucia del Mela in the 1890s. He immigrated to New York in 1912 via the Santa Anna out of the port in Palermo. His parents were Giuseppe Bucolo and Pancrazia Bucolo (Maiden name Fichera). His wife’s name was Prudence Bucolo (maiden name Amato)? but I can’t find any information on her or their marriage record.
    I was wondering if there were any other records for this family line as the trail runs cold once I trace my family back to Sicily.

  10. Gloria Chiantella says:

    Hi,

    I will be in Santa Lucia del Mela about May 27th to the 30th in 2017. I know my great grandfather, Antonio Chiantella is buried in a cemetary off the main road, surrouned by cypress trees, with his bust on a pedistal on top. Looking for name of cemetary. Tx, Gloria

    • Giuseppe says:

      Hi, I live in Santa Lucia del Mela.
      To be honest, your grandfather’s last name is not widespread in Santa Lucia del Mela. The description of the cemetery is right. To have a bust on the pedestal at the cemetery, your grandfather was probably an important person. The cemetery we are talking about is the town’s cemetery, the only one in the city. I hope I was helpful.

      • Gloria says:

        Hi, I went to the communal cemetery in May 2017. I was unaware that once the money runs out for taking care of the grave site, the remains are put in an ossuary. I know my grandfather paid to have the site maintained many years ago. My grandfather died in about 1982. So, when I met the caretaker at the cemetery he helped me find the burial site based on a picture I had, but the bust was no longer there. Evidently, someone must have signed for the remains. We have no idea where the remains are, nor where the bust is. My relatives in Reggio, Calabria explained all this to me after I took a day trip to the site. Oh, well. As there was a language barrier between the caretaker and me, he didn’t explain this to me and did not offer to look in the records to find out who may have signed. He was so nice to help us on that day. He spent about an hour looking while the sun was hot as blazes. Bless him. Thank you for responding to me.

      • Terri says:

        Hi,
        Just wondering if you know of the family name Fucile. My grandfather, Nazzareno
        Fucile came from this area and immigrated to England. Trying to put some family pieces together. Thank you. Terri C.

      • Robert says:

        Guiseppi, My great grandfather was also a Chiantella. Apparently he brought the electric in to the town and is also buried there with some type of light to resemble an eternal light by his grave. I can not remember his full name but brother went & visited his grave sometime in late 90s or early 2000s. He said the grave & light was there then but he has since passed away. Do you have any info that can help me with this? He visited the neighbors of my great Grandfather & the man who ran the post office knew immediately who they were and took him there where he had dinner with them. Any info would be helpful in case I come to visit someday when I can afford to.

      • Robert says:

        Guiseppi, My great grandfather was also a Chiantella. Apparently he brought the electric in to the town and is also buried there with some type of light to resemble an eternal light by his grave. I can not remember his full name but brother went & visited his grave sometime in late 90s or early 2000s. He said the grave & light was there then but he has since passed away. Do you have any info that can help me with this? He visited the neighbors of my great Grandfather & the man who ran the post office knew immediately who they were and took him there where he had dinner with them. Any info would be helpful in case I come to visit someday when I can afford to.

  11. Jeanette says:

    I am trying to find records of my grandparents, Antonino Guglielmo who lived in Santa Lucia de Mela, and Giovanina Mirenda who lived in Pace del Mela. I was told I still have family there, and that my grandfather at one time, owned property and built a home there. I believe my great grandfather’s name was Giuseppe Guglielmo, and on my grandmother’s side her father’s name was Salvatore Mirenda. Any help you can give me would be appreciated. Thank you!

  12. Carol says:

    I would like to know if there was anyone with the surname of Carbone living in Santa Lucia del Mela in the early 1870s.

  13. Patrick says:

    Peppino is a nickname for Giuseppe

  14. Molly says:

    I’m hoping to find family in Santa Lucia Del Mela. My great grandfather Santi Campione was born there. If anyone has any information please let me know.

  15. Michele says:

    My great-grandfather is Francesco Schepis who is from Santa Lucia Del Mela. He was born 23 March 1882 to Catarina Castiglia and Pietro (?) Schepis. He married Antonia (??) Armonia. They had at least 2 children prior to their journey to the United States, Catherine and Peter (?). I am at a total dead end when it comes to information on either side of the family (Schepis/Castiglia and Armonis). Any direction would be appreciated.

    • Cheryl says:

      Francesco and Antonia are my grandparents. They lived in West Virginia prior to my grandfather’s death in 1973. My grandmother passed in 1962.

  16. Kenneth says:

    My Great Grandfather named Guiseppi D’Amico was from Santa Lucia del Mela. If you have any information about him or his wife Maria please respons. He was in the cattle business.

    • franco says:

      i looking for the family my grand father was from santa lucia del mela hi name antonino albi d’Amico date birth 1871 he traveling yo mexico guatemala year 1925 and he past o way 1929

  17. Reto says:

    Hello
    I am looking after some details of my Granfather Pasquale Milone, son of Diego Milone and ( I believe Mrs Mancuso).
    He must have left Sicily after the terremoto in 1908 for Northern Italy and Switzerland.
    I would like to know whether there are some local contacts still living in the area.
    45 years ago I had met his step-siyster, Zia catherina and a nephew, probably Antonio Milone.

  18. Piera says:

    I am looking for my paternal grandmother ‘s family name.My father ‘s name was Luigi Calderone born in Santa Lucia February 1916. and my grandfather was Carmelo Calderone married to Rosa.
    Luigi had two children both born in Santa Lucia Camelo born in March 1942 and Piera in March 1951..
    I would like to find my grandmother Rosa family name.
    Thank you,
    Piera

  19. Margarita says:

    My grand father was from cicily his surname was Tzirarkas.he came to Greece before the second war. I found a cousin with the same surname who told me that our grandfather was from Santa Lucia del mela. If it helps my fathers name is Antonis Tzirarkas. I donot know more information. Please I would like to find my family’s genealogy tree and if I have relatives in Santa Lucia.

  20. Nancy says:

    I am the grandaughter of Vincent Scoglio. I was told he was born in Santa Lucia Del Mela. I don’t have his exact birthday but I believe it would have been between 1907 and 1913. He had one brother. He imigration to the United States through Ellis Island with his family. I don’t have many dates or much other information. I would appreciate any information you have on the Scoglio Family. Thank you

  21. Anthony says:

    I am the grandson of Antonio Ilacqua and Rosa Pugliese. My grandfather was born in Santa Lucia Del Mela in 1875. His first wife was Maria. His parents were Candoloro and Felecia Ilacqua. I know Candoloro’s other children were Diego and Pepino (maybe Guiseppe). I am looking for any information – dates of birth or death and any imigration information on any of these relatives.

    • Rose says:

      My Grandfather Antonio is from Santa Lucía. His parents were Condoloro and Felicia. His first wife was Maria, they had a son Condoloro. Maria died in childbirth. He married Rosa Pugliese and emigrated to Albany New York where they had 8 more children. I am working on the genealogy now and will be happy to send you all of my findings when I am finished.