Genealogy in Santa Caterina dello Ionio

If you search your ancestors in Santa Caterina dello Ionio, Calabria, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Calabria and in Catanzaro province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Santa Caterina dello Ionio registrar as of that date.

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

Before to start your genealogy research in Santa Caterina dello Ionio, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Calabria and in Santa Caterina dello Ionio too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Santa Caterina dello Ionio 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 Santa Caterina dello Ionio. As more your surname is common in Santa Caterina dello Ionio, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Santa Caterina dello Ionio 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 Santa Caterina dello Ionio 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 Santa Caterina dello Ionio 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 Santa Caterina dello Ionio area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Sophia says:


    I am a student from the U.S. studying in Florence. My great-grandfather came to the United States through Ellis Island and settled in Connecticut. My great-great-grandfather, Armando Antonio Romeo, is buried in Santa Caterina and his grave has a death mask on it. I believe he died in the 1940’s. My grandfather visited his grave on a trip to Italy in the 1980s and at the time they were moving the cemetery. I would like to make a visit and find his grave. Any help on the location of the cemetery or details on Armando Antonio Romeo’s life, would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!

  2. Lucille says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandparents. My grandparents were Antonio and rosa Colubriale born in santa Catarina. they came to America in 1920 and both died in US.

  3. Chetta says:

    I too am looking for the way to obtain birth certificates and a marriage certificate. Can you tell me how I can get them? My whole maternal side of my family comes from Santa Caterina. I have all dates and names needed just not sure how to request records. Thank you for your help.

  4. Catherine says:

    Hi, I’d need information for a letter to S. Caterina vital office, to get a copy of a birth and a marriage certificates.

    Thank you!

  5. Loretta says:


    I am having difficulty in finding information regarding a castle my grandfather said he lived in in Santa Caterina. His name was Vincenzo Portaro, but told me to tell people that I was the granddaughter of Tiberi. He said he lived in a castle called Ponte de Silvana and that it was taken over by the government for the military. I also understand the castle was located on a hill of some sort that had many, many steps to climb to get to the front door which had lions heads on them.

  6. Wendy says:

    I’m looking for my ggf Giuseppe Fiorenza b. Jul 12, 1879 and his parents were Fortunato and Maria Fiorenza. His Obituary says he was born in S. Caterina, Italy. He immigrated to the United States in the early 1900. He married Caterina Del Mastro who was b. Mar 27, 1882. They had one son born in Italy names Fortunato Giuseppe(Michael) Fiorenza b. Aug 17, 1904 and they 6 other children born in Virginia. Sadly, Three passed away without children. Caterina’s parents were Nicola and Alma Del Mastro. I know Giuseppe had siblings named Florence, Vincenzo, Maria. I don’t know if there were any more. Can you please help me find any information about our family? Hand written notes from my great aunt say the family were bakers and sheppards. After settling in America, Giuseppe became a very prominent man in the area, owning a newspaper stand and grocery store. They are buried here in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. My son is the only remaining family member left with the surname. I would like to know if any of Giuseppe’s or Caterina’s family might have immigrated to America as well. Are they any cemeteries that I can research to find their ancestors?
    Santa Caterina is absolutely beautiful and breath taking scenery. I can only wonder and ponder why they would leave such a beautiful place!!!

    • Patricia says:


      I also have family from Santa Caterina and we have Del Mastro cousins from the South Philadelphia area.

  7. Lorraine says:

    I am looking for my grandfather’s birth certificate. Vincenzo Capua (Capoa) was born in Santa Catarina on August 22,1888. Do you know who or where I should contact to find out this information? Thank you so much for your help.

  8. Chris says:

    Joseph Dolce, born 2/20/1892 is from Santa Caterina dello Ionio based on his World War I registration in the US. Would appreciate any information on him and his father Antonio Dolce..thank you very much and caio.

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