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Italy, Messina, Messina, Civil Registration (Comune), 1866-1910
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Messina, Messina, Italy
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1866-1910
Languages: Italian
Title in the Language: Stato Civile di Messina, Italia, 1866-1910
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Messina State Archives, Messina, Italy

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of records of the civil registration (stato civile) of births, marriages, and deaths within the custody of the community of Messina (Comune di Messina). This includes records from the town of Nizza di Sicilia (Comune di Nizza di Sicilia) and from the so-called Messina Villages (Villaggi di Messina). This collection includes records for the years 1866 through 1910.

For more information specific to this collection of civil registration records of Messina, see the wiki article: Chronological Finding Aids for the Civil Registration of Messina, Italy

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in Italian. For help reading them see:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Italy, Messina, Messina, Civil Registration (Comune), 1866-1910.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Date and time of birth
  • Name at birth
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents’ residence
  • Sex of child
  • Names of witnesses


  • Names of bride and groom
  • Date and time of marriage
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents’ residence
  • Date of birth of bride and groom


  • Date and time of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Parents’ names
  • Witnesses’ names

Beginning in 1876, so-called Decennial Tables were prepared for vital records in all Comuni across Italy. The Decennial Tables are alphabetical indexes of all vital records for the Comune within the previous ten years. Many of the Decennial Tables for the Comune di Messina were filmed and digitized as part of this collection. These appear under the Villaggi di Messina section of the collection, although these Tables do include records for the two Mandamenti of Messina proper as well. The Decennial Table indexes for births over the following years are included in this collection:

  • 1866-1875
  • 1876-1885
  • 1886-1895 (partial)

The Decennial Table indexes for deaths over the following years are also included in this collection:

  • 1866-1875
  • 1876-1885
  • 1896-1905
  • 1906-1915

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

For general details about the contents of Italian civil registration records, their history, and help using them see the wiki article: Italy, Civil Registration - FamilySearch Historical Records

How do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Identifying information such as residence
  • Estimated marriage or birth year
  • Family relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Comune or Frazione (Municipality or Fraction)
  2. Select Record Type and Year to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records indexes in the country

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Italy Church Records are also a good substitute when civil records of births, marriages, and deaths cannot be found or are unavailable
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name
  • Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or Italy Emigration and Immigration records
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Italy.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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