Genealogy in Spadafora

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

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

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


  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.

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