Genealogy in Sant’Agata di Militello

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

If your goal is family history, you need to know that registry offices in Sant’Agata di Militello, as in Messina province, were established around 1820: it means that you could find records in Sant’Agata di Militello 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 Sant’Agata di Militello, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Sicilia and in Sant’Agata di Militello too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Sant’Agata di Militello 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 Sant’Agata di Militello. As more your surname is common in Sant’Agata di Militello, as more it could be difficult to find the exact family branches in Sant’Agata di Militello 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 Sant’Agata di Militello 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 Sant’Agata di Militello 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 Sant’Agata di Militello, or if you have questions regarding your family in Sant’Agata di Militello, 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 Sant’Agata di Militello area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Cantales says:

    I have a copy of my father’s BC showing he, Calogero Cantales (Charles) was born in St Agata in 1904 to Salvatore Cantales and Rose Marie Coreure (sp?) and he had 5 or 6 siblings; they all immigrated to the US (Ellis Island) in 1916. My father said his grandparents immigrated to Sicily from Spain. I will be visiting Sicily in late Spring 2021 and would like to know how to find out if I have any surviving relatives there. My time will be limited to about 8 hours in the area as I will be on a tour.

  2. Connie says:

    I am looking for any relatives with the last names of Bova, Pusateri, Magri,or Lungo. That is where I am starting. My great grandfather Ignazio Pusateri and his wife, Margherita Magri Pusateri were from
    Sant’Agata di Militello, Città Metropolitana di Messina, Sicilia, Italy. Can anyone help me find relatives? Margherita was born in 1869 and Ignazio I believe was 1889.

  3. Carolynn Marie says:

    My grandmother’s name was Caroline Marotta Selvaggio. She was born in 1895 in Sant’Agata di Militello and relocated to Cleveland in the 1920’s. Her brothers, Frank (Francesco) and Sam (Salvatore) were already settled in Cleveland by then. Their parents were Calogira Armao Marotta and Carmelo Marotta. I would love to find more information about my family.

  4. Joe says:

    My grandfather benedetto genovese moved to Lakeview Rd in Cleveland probably around 1923 as my father Joseph was two when they came here
    His wife benedetta was from reggio Calabria I believe?
    Family scuttlebutt is he had TWO wives, two families.. one here one there
    He passed in early 70s
    Any coogines please let me know as road trip to Sicilia in Sept 2019


  5. Sara says:

    I am searching for any information on Biagio Zingalis Ali born Feb 9th 1895 in St Agatha . I am the Granddaughter.
    He married Rosaria (Sarafina) Galati in 1919. She was born March 16th 1900.
    Biagio came to Amercia Early 1900s .
    I know that Lupica , Galati, D’anesse, Zingalis ,
    Were all realatives.

    Thank you

  6. Catherine says:

    My Grandfather was born in Sant’Agata in the early 1900s, his name was Rosario Petrisi. His fathers name was Nunzio Petrisi and his mother was Marianna (Brancatelli) Petrisi. My grandfathers siblings were Sam, Joseph, Santa, Frank, James. He came into Cleveland as well as his parents. They lived in the Woodland, Shale Ave area.I am looking for any links or other possible relatives.

    • Joseph says:

      Hello , my grandparents are from there,the same time and moved to Cleveland and lived on woodland..I many friends and family from that village..Joe

      • Catherine says:

        Hi, we also lived in that area. We lived E.115th and woodland. My great grandparents owned grill on the hill and alot of us attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I did go through the birth records from the state archives but years 1870-1872 were missing. I was told i would have to contact the town to see if originals for those years exist. Hoping to find their birth records. cathy

  7. James says:

    Extraordinary to see how many fellow Amato’s share Sant’Agata di Militello roots and Cleveland as a destination. Amato is a rather common name in Italy as well as Sicily, but it would be great to find out how some of us maybe relate and learn each other’s stories.

  8. Joanne says:

    My grandparents, Antonino Ciccia and Antonina Bodanza, were from Sant’agata and they emigrated
    to Cleveland, OH in the 1920’s. None of their other family members came to America and I am looking for information about them and their ancestors. I have done some searching through Ancestry and a couple of other sites and not found anything. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

  9. Justin says:


    I am tracking down my Great Grandparents and great great grandparents. My Grandfather Sam J Monachino’s father Was Antonio from Sant Agata born between 1885 and 1887 ( have found documuments listing both as DOB), I think he immigrated in 1901 and Married Francessca Mancuso who I thiunk was also from Sant Agata, Antonio’s Father was Vincenzo and his mother was Concetta Cappadonne. Francessa’s parents were Antonio Mancuso and Marianna Morsdella (Morsdella was hard to read so i spelled it to the best of my ability from the chocken sratch it was written in.
    Any pointers or help to get my search back moving would be great.
    Thanks All

    • Colleen says:

      Looking to find information on Sam Monachino who’s father is Anthony Monachino. Sams wife name is Josephine Mancuso.

      DOB Sam 11/15/1900 or 1901 moved th Cleveland.
      Visiting Sicily would like to see church where they married Sam and Josephine

  10. Edward says:

    My Grandfather Giuseppe Marotta was born in Sant’Agata di Militello on Aug 30 1887. He came to Cleveland, Ohio in 1903. His father Carmelo Marotta was also born there on June 12, 1840. He came over in the 1930’s with my Great Grandmother Calogera Armao/Amaro. I have not been able to find any information on Carmelo or Calogera’s parents or siblings. I wrote to the “Archives” in Messina back in 1990 and they were only able to give the dates I already had. I’m hoping that 27 years later there are other ways to find information going back further.

    • Tracy says:

      My great-grandmother was Colgera Amato. I think we’re related. Also from Cleveland.

      • James says:

        My Grandfather Marion Amato was also from Sant’Agata di Militello and he lived in Cleveland as well.. He lived in Sant’Agata for 16 years when he was young and moved back to Cleveland.. Interesting to see how many people form Sant’Agata made it to Cleveland.

        • Sue says:

          my uncle Philip Giallombardo (1914-2003) married Barbara Amato (1919- living) in Cleveland OH. My aunt Barbara is 98 and is still very alert, living in Cleveland.. her parents are buried in Calvary cemetery.

    • Nina Elizabeth says:

      Not sure if there is a relation, but I’ve been told my grandparents (Joseph Marotta and Elizabeth Pace) hailed from Sant’Agata. We’re also from Cleveland. My grandfather, Joseph, is cousins with Vince Marotta, aka Mr Coffee. I unfortunately don’t know my great-grandfather’s name on that side.

  11. Larry says:

    MY grandfather Sam Purpore or Purpora was born on Nov 24, 1894 to parents with the same last name (her maiden name was same) I think they were cousins. came to the USA in 1895

  12. Patricia says:

    My fraternal grandparents were from Sant Agata.Theycame to Cleveland, Ohio in the early 1900’s.. The last name was Monici or Munici,Americanized to Monich. My father Benjamin Monich was born in 1913 in Cleveland. My grandfather Joseph(?) died before I was born in 1939. Grandma Marie never gave any info. My father had2 brothers and 6 sisters who also did not have info on life in Sicily.
    I married Ray Leonardi in Cleveland.Ironically, his father Edward Leonardi’s family was also fromSant Agata, settled in Cleveland also but supposedly never knew each other. I am interested in any info on both families.
    I realize this isn’t much info but it’s all I was ever given. Thank you for whatever you can give me!

  13. catherine says:

    How do we obtain a birth certificate for someone who was born in Sant’Agata di Militello in 1896?

  14. Ed says:

    I am searching for information on the grandparents of my sister-in-law. Her grandfather, Antonio Marchese, was born in Sant’Agata Oct. 21, 1873. He travelled to the USA several times between 1904 and 1912. He came permanently in 1912. Her grandmother, Teresa Piscitello, came to the USA in 1912 with her 6 year old daughter, Rosa Marchese and her one year old son, Francesco Marchese. Any information that you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

  15. Sue says:

    my uncle Philip G married Barbara Amato but I don’t have her parents information. She is 97..My paternal grandparents were both from Sant’Agata immigrating to Cleveland in 1909 and 1913. My grandmother Benedetta Sberna followed my grandfather Basilio G 4 yrs after he left. Many Sbernas still in Sant’Agata. My sisters and my cousin were there in 2013 and I plan to go in 2017 to do more research.

  16. Chris says:

    My great grandfather William Sarafino came to the United States in 1910 and was born in Sant Agata di Militelo, Sicily on April 15 1894 according to his American military records. His parents were Cono Sarafino and Angela Biancuzza. His parents and two of his brothers stayed in Sicily. His brother’s names were Joseppi and Salvatore Sarafino. His two sister’s were Alda Sarafino (married name was Letizia) and Josephine. They both migrated to the United States. I would appreciate any help.
    Thank you

  17. Margaret says:

    Hello, I am trying to expand my research on my Grandmother’s family. I have a “Atti Di Matrimonio” document of my grandmother Rosina Franchina’s marriage to Pasquale Repio on April 9th, 1903 in Sant’ Agata di Militello. In the document it notes that her Mother
    Paola Sutera was a resident of Sant’ Agata di Mititello. I believe that her mother might have died there between 1911-1934. Her husband was Giacomo Franchina 1838-1934 born and died in Galati Mamertino. On his death certificate it is noted that he was a widow. I have looked at all the death records online for Galati Mamertino from 1905-1934 and have not found her,so, I’m thinking she died in Sant’ Agata di Militello and after her death, her husband returned to his farm and lived out his remaining years there. I can not find any online records for her death’s in Sant’ Agata for the period of 1911 to 1934. Can you direct me as to where I might find them.

  18. Dennis says:

    My Grandparents hailed from S’agata, Sicily. Grandfather surname is Nasonte (Antonino Giuffrida) married to Angelina Amata in the early 1910. Their parents are Salvatore Nasonte and Angela (Trusteri), and Salvatore and Celeste (Bellica) Amata. (All settled in the Cleveland area early 1900’s. They had 7 children, including my Father, Tony. Siblings were Salvatore, James, Rose, Angeline, Joseph, Jesse. Looking for any possible relatives still in Sicily. Our family history starts with their immigration and nothing earlier so greatly appreciate any help we can get.

    • Ken Mancuso says:

      Dennis – I saw this post while preparing to do some research of my own, as I’ll be visiting Sant’Agata briefly in August. It looks like you and I are cousins, as Salvatore and Celeste Amata (Amato) were my paternal great-grandparents. My father was Anthony Mancuso, the son of Salvatore Mancuso (owned a grocery store in Cleveland) and Margaret Amato. My family and I still live in Northeast Ohio. I’d like to know if this site was helpful or if you were able to find any additional info. I don’t have much on the Nasont side of the family, although I think I remember your father, Tony, at some of the family gatherings when I was a boy.


      Ken Mancuso

      • Josephine says:

        Hey Dennis you and I are cousins. I am the daugher of Antonino Amato (Amata) his father Sebastiano Amata was your grandmothers brother I believe. Joseph Nasonte is married to my cousin Ginny Baratta whose mother was an Amata. I would love to hear from you. My Dad and his Dad immigrated to Cleveland just after WW11. Nonno went back to S’agata in 1959 and in 1960 we moved to Los Angeles. Lets exchange info. I have many photos of Amata’s etc from S’agata and do not know who they are. Perhaps you might be able to shed some light.

  19. Mary says:

    My great grandmother (Anna Maria Pedala) was born 5 September 1841 and was married to Francesco Spinella (born 16 November 1847 in Sant’Agata di Militello). She died giving birth to my grandfather Carmelo (born 14 Aug 1875). I am looking for her death certificate and also the death certificate for Francesco who died in 1878. Anna “Maria” Pedala’s parents were Vincenzo Pedala (born 1796) and Giuseppa Buda (born 1803). I would like to have their birth and/or death certificates. Any help would be much appreciated.

    • Carmelo says:

      My grandparents were both born in Sant Angelo di Militello in the 1890’s. I did some research (in 2010) at the city hall there but the Church was closed when we were there. I am returning to Sant Agata on September 30th with my son in law who is from Naples to find more about them. What will your assistance cost? Thank you.

    • Christine says:

      My grandfather was Salvatore Pedala born 1898 in S Agata, I would love any information on his parents, relatives etc.

    • Danielle says:

      I think we might be relatived,my great grandfather was named salvatore pedala, he was before in agata in 1898. If you found any info on him I would to compare notes.

  20. Dawn says:

    My Great Grandfather was born on Feb 6, 1878 and was part of a set of twins. His name is Angelo Fazio. How can I get the name of his twin and his parents? Than you.

  21. Debbie Sawmiller says:

    I have been told my Grandparents were born in Sant’ Agata before
    coming to America. His name is Vincenzo Innaria Artino,
    Born: Sept. 5,1884 (or 1885).
    Her name is Teresa Serraino, Born: Aug.11,1891 (or 1892).
    I would like to obtain a Birth Certificate for them each? I would
    appreciate any help.
    Also, is Innaria a Surname?

  22. Kathy Bevacqua says:

    My great grandmother’s name was Angela Maduri (Scilla) What is the Scilla meaning? The men also used that term Biagio Maduri Scilla. I know her parents ere Biagio and Grazia Oriti.I am also looking for Calogero Campisi birth records possible 1867 He married Rosa Anello. I would appreciate any help.

    • Norman says:

      My maternal grandparents were both born in Sant’Agata. I will be making a brief visit in October 2015 and would like to access records of birth for them. Where is the best place to visit and is there someone in Sant’Agata that could help in the time I would be there? The names are Carmelo Amato and Maria Sgro probably both born between 1880 and 1890.

      • Bill says:

        Hi Norman, My Grandpa Biagio would have been your grandfather’s brother. My information is that your grandfather was born 11/16/1878 and died 1/2/48. Maria was born in April 1887 and died January 1938. Would love to learn more about your part of the family.

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