Genealogy in Petronà

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Petronà, 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 Petronà registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Petronà. As more your surname is common in Petronà, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Petronà 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 Petronà 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 Petronà, or if you have questions regarding your family in Petronà, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to petronà .
Our expert in Petronà area will reply to you


  1. Bevin says:

    I am just learning a bit more about my family history when we were recently mailed a handwritten letter from a deceased family member recanting the life of Dominico Perri from Petrona. We did not know until just know exactly which region we were from:) If you have any information on him and his family that would be wonderful. I can provide additional details if you need as well. There are some dates and two marriages I believe along with many young infantile deaths. Look forward to finding out more.

    • Sam says:

      I am writing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania , USA.
      My name is Sam Colosimo, Jr. and I am 68 years old. Recently, I have become interested in learning about my origin here in the USA. I have been told that my grandfather ( Ralph Colosimo ) came to the USA from Petrona, Italy just after the year 1900. One relative told me the year 1903 , but there is no way that I might confirm that.
      If I am able to travel to Italy this coming summer , I would stop in Petrona to visit the town and see if I have any living relatives there.
      Is it possible for me to learn more about my Italian family.
      Thanks in advance.
      Sam Colosimo, Jr.
      412-906-6053 Cell Phone #

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