Genealogy in Soveria Simeri

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

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

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

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Soveria Simeri


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Soveria Simeri. As more your surname is common in Soveria Simeri, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Soveria Simeri 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 Soveria Simeri 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 Soveria Simeri, or if you have questions regarding your family in Soveria Simeri, 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 .
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  1. Lori S Macedonia says:

    I am trying to find anything I can about my Great grandfather who came from Soveria Simeri. His name was Salvatore Fortunato Ruscio Birthdate 21-Dec-1872, and he was married to Maria Antonia Catiszone (sp?) Anybody have any information.

  2. Rosalie says:

    I would like to know if you have any record of Guiseppe C. Olivo born Nov. 10, 1893 to Gerardo Olivo and Vincenzina Vignarola. Also a brother Francesco and a sister, Angelina Olivo

  3. Connie Jo says:

    We know that our greatgrandparents were from Soveria Simeri – Donato and Rosa Copppoletto(a) and his brother Joseph Coppoletto(a) as well as sister Theresa Gareri…we believe Donato came 1904 Joseph prior and Theres in the 1920’s. We are desperate to find some information other than that they were poor farm people. Thank you

  4. Barbara says:

    My grandparents were born in Soveria Simeri but emigrated to the US . We are interested in researching their histories but have not been successful in finding anything about their time in Italy. Perhaps you can point us in the right direction.

    This is all we know:
    Domenico (Domenick) Bruno Pontieri born 2/28/1879 left in 1901 returned, married Maria C. Gulli in 1912 and returned to US in 1912. We’ve found other spellings for Pontieri -Ponteri and Pontaro)

    Maria (Mary) C Gulli Pontieri born 2/26/1891 married Domenick in 1912 then emigrated to US in 1912.

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