Genealogy in Spadafora

If you search your ancestors in Spadafora, 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 Spadafora

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 Spadafora town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Spadafora on your behalf.

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


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 Spadafora area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

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  1. phyllis says:

    I am the grandaughter of Franco Paolo D’Angelo from Sparafora or Messina…left for US around 1920 – 1924 with Guiseppe, Ettore Pacenza

    We want to find out who our beautiul grandfather was. We loved him very much

  2. Cynthia says:

    Hello, I just found out that my Grandfather was born and lived in Spadafora.. I always thought he was born in Novara. His name was Giovanni DiMaggio. He was born October 2, 1873

  3. John says:

    Ever since I was a young boy I have dreamed of visiting my ancestors who may live in Italy. I have admired and loved the Italian heritage that is me. Although I live far away, my heart lies in the beauty and history of Italy. As my grandparents came to America from Italy, they always talked about the beauty and love they had for their home country. I would love to visit their home town of Spadafora in the next year or so but would love to meet possible family members of mine that I don’t know exist. Is there any way you could please help point me in the right direction of finding possible family members. My grandparents were Carmen Salvatore Carbonaro and Francis Ragusa. Thank you for any help that you could provide me.


  4. Salvatore says:

    My grandfather’s name was Giuseppe Panto and he married Maria Insana from Santo Stefano diCamastra. I have no other information. Are any relatives still living in Spadafora or anywhere else other than Easton PA where I reside?

    • Jo says:

      My grandmother was Giovanna Panto, born 1905. They moved to Australia in the late 50’s and returned to Spadafora in the 60’s

    • Joni says:

      Hello to the person searching for the name Panto in Spadafora.
      My great grandparents were from Spadafora.
      They immigrated to the USA in 1903 and resided in Syracuse, NY.
      Panto is a common name also associated with LePonto and LaPanto.
      Panto & LePonto are cousins to our family.
      I have seen our Great Grandparents last name as Logana on passports, Logano on the 1940 Census, and the name was Americanized to Logan by my Uncle in the 30’s.

  5. josephine merlino says:

    My family on both sides are from this area .my grandmother’s mother was josephine merlino and my grandfather’s mother was antonia barbera . My grandfather told us he was from san martino .his name was guiseppe venuti .he was born on Jan 1st , 1889. I would love some info about my family’s roots in grandparents lived with us but at the time I was too young to ask any questions and wasn’t aware of ancestry.

    • Max says:

      We are related. Who are your parents ? I visited San Martino last winter and got a copy of grandpas birth certificate. I’ve done extensive research on the family tree.

      Please feel free to contact me.



    • Juanita Barbera says:

      We may be related my family, father’s parents were both from SanMartino. Grandfather was Domenico Barberi (Barbera) his father was Guiseepe his mother was Maddelea Messina from Rometta. MY GRANDMOTHER was Giovanna Federico, her parents Antonino Federico and Rosa Vasilli. Believe Venuti in my family tree.

      • Karen says:

        HI Juanita
        I just came across this site. My 4th great grandmother is Catarina Barberi (b 1773 – d 1847) wondering if we are related. Does this name come up in your searches? I believe she married Domenico Farsaci. All born in Spadafora, Messina, Sicilia, Italy. My reasearch shows they had 3 children, 2 daughters and a son.

    • Gayle says:

      Hi we may be related as my great grandmother’s name was venuti and she married a Bellantoni, then had a daughter (my grandmother) who married a Panto all from Sicily more specifically Spadafora and Bausa.