Genealogy in Platania

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Platania 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 Platania. As more your surname is common in Platania, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Platania 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 Platania 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.
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 are the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Catanzaro e 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.

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Platania, or if you have questions regarding your family in Platania, 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 Platania area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Frances says:

    Hi, Debbie:
    In reading your commetns, I too have family born in Platania. My father’s name was Gregoria Bonadio, His mother’s name was Josephine and his Father’s name was Francesco. My father was born in 1899 and came to America in 1922. He as sponsored by Joseph Fragale in Pennsylvania, Pa. I had an Aunt name Zia Maria who lived in Platania on Via Ignoto Street in Platania. She had a daughter named Michelle who was married to a Antonio Butera. they live or lived In Rrome and used the home my father was raised in Platania for their summer home. I am in search of any connection to my family there. If you could shed any light that would be most appreciated. Who knows—we may be related. !!

  2. Steve says:

    My grandparents are from Plantania. I would like to visit the town this spring,
    but can find no way to get there. I would be coming from Palermo. Is there any way
    to get to Plantania other than renting a car? I am elderly and don’t want to drive
    in Italy.
    Thank You

  3. Dawn says:

    To Bill who posted,
    I know it’s been some time since your post. Yes, there are Grimone’s in Emporium, Pennsylvnais. My husband’s cousin married a Grimone. We attended the wedding. They lived in Emporium. Two of the biggest Italian families in Emporium: the LaBrozzi’s & the Grimone’s. My husband’s Grandmother, her maiden name was Perry (Perri). Her parents immigrated to U.S. before she was born (May 25, 1896); however, her parents & family came from Platania. She resided in Emporium when she died. I do not know her parents name to learn more about them in Platania or relatives, which would be nice to know!

  4. Donna says:

    Hello, I am planning a trip to Italy this summer and would love to see where my father’s family was from. His father and mother were born in Platania, Catanzaro, Calabria.
    Their names Anthony Butera born 4/12/1878 died in Schenectady NY
    Josephine (Guiseppina) Cerminara born 12/12/1882 died in Schenectady NY 1971.

    I am interested to know where they lived as well as if they had any siblings. It would be amazing to meet relatives if this were the case

    Thank you for your time and any assistance

  5. Debbie says:

    Hi, my maternal grandparents were born in Platania. Their names were Eduardo and Maria Fragale. Eduardo was born January 5, 1859 and Maria was born March 24, 1868.

    Maria’s parents were Gregorio and Nicoletta(Caruso)Bonadio. My father had a Bonadio cousin living in Platania in 1963 by the name of Michelangelo Bonadio. Michelangelo was the son of Francesco Bonadio.

    Eduardo’s mother’s first name was Francesca. I don’t know her maiden name. Eduardo’s death certificate from the United States lists his father’s first name, but it is hard to read. It begins with “Ben” and I believe it might be Benedetto or Beniamino.

    I would be interested in knowing Eduardo’s father’s first name and his mother’s maiden name and anything you can tell me about the Fragale or Bonadio family ancestors from Platania.

    Thank you,

    • Bill says:

      What I know is that the Fragale’s, Prime’s (really Pirina), and I believe the Grimone’s all ended up in Emporium, PA from Platania. My grandfather was Mike Prime, born 1898. I believe that his family left in 1900.

  6. Ann says:

    I am trying to find out more information about my grandfather and his family from Platania. His name was Federico Stefano De Fazio and was born in 1895. He came to the US in 1920 and settled in Wisconsin. His name here was Stephen Frederick. He was in a family of 22 children whose father’s name was Michelangelo? (Michele?) I believe his father was a teacher/professor. I am not sure what his mother’s name was. The only other family members that came to the US was his brother, Francesco, and sister, Letizia. He had a cousin named Angelo Cerminara who also came to the US and settled in Wisconsin. Is there any information that you could provide me about his family that stayed in Platania? Any information would be helpful! Thank you!

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