Genealogy in Platania

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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.

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

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


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

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

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.

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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Platania, or if you have questions regarding your family in Platania, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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One Message to “Genealogy in Platania”
  1. 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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