Genealogy in Guardavalle

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Guardavalle, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Calabria and in Catanzaro province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Guardavalle registrar as of that date.

So, if your ancestors were in Guardavalle in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Guardavalle to know more.

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Guardavalle?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Guardavalle


Before to start your genealogy research in Guardavalle, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Italy and in Guardavalle too.

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Guardavalle from the Italian Unification (1861).

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Guardavalle. As more your surname is common in Guardavalle, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Guardavalle archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Catanzaro province are:
Aiello, Bianco, Caruso, Cimino, Colosimo, Cosentino, Critelli, Curcio, De Fazio, Donato, Falvo, Fazio, Folino, Gallo, Gentile, Gigliotti, Grande, Greco, Gualtieri, Leone, Mancuso, Marino, Mastroianni, Mazza, Mazzei, Mercuri, Molinaro, Muraca, Nistico, Paone, Paonessa, Perri, Procopio, Pugliese, Ranieri, Rocca, Rotella, Rotundo, Russo, Sacco, Scalise, Sestito, Talarico, Torchia, Trapasso, Vaccaro, Vescio, Viscomi.

Church archives in Catanzaro 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 Guardavalle and Catanzaro 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.

Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Reggio Calabria.

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.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Guardavalle, or if you have questions regarding your family in Guardavalle, just leave a message below

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5 Messages to “Genealogy in Guardavalle”
  1. sharman says:

    I am searching for my great grandmother’s maiden name. Great grandfather was Francesco Varano born in Guardavalle, Reggio Calabria about 1852. He had sons Vincenzo, Francesco, and Antonio. His wife died and he remarried and had several more children, many daughters I understand.Sons Antonio and Francesco immigrated to New Britain, CT. Any information is appreciated.

  2. Maria says:

    Both my parents Francesco Geracitano and Angelina Carioti were both from Guradavalle. My grandfather Nicola Geracitano made several trip to NYC (USA) in the early years of the 20th Century but eventually returned to Guradavalle married and raised a family. His sister Rosaria remained in the USA until her death in the c1980s. I would love to be able to but these pieces together.
    I would love any information.
    Maria Emilia Geracitano

  3. Sharman says:

    My Grandfather’s side was from Guardavalle. I do not know his mother’s maiden name. Their surname was Varano. Two of the Varano brothers immigrated to New Britain, CT USA in the 1920s, but there were at least 5 to 7 more Varano siblings.

  4. Jamie says:

    My father was from gaurdavalle his name was salvarore Pappaluca. He moved to Australia in the 70s. I’m interested in my family history on his side. Kind regards Jamie.

  5. Victoria says:

    My mothers cousin, Antonio Bartolo was from Guardavalle. Is his family still there?
    My mothers maiden name was Mantello and her mothers maiden name was Bartolo. Both of them were from Guardavalle. They came to the USA in the early 1920’s

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