Genealogy in Roggiano Gravina

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Roggiano Gravina, 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 Cosenza province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Roggiano Gravina registrar as of that date.

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

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

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Roggiano Gravina


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Roggiano Gravina. As more your surname is common in Roggiano Gravina, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Roggiano Gravina archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Cosenza province are:
Aiello, Barone, Bruno, Caputo, Caruso, Chiappetta, De Luca, De Marco, De Rose, Esposito, Falcone, Ferraro, Filice, Fusaro, Gabriele, Gagliardi, Gallo, Garofalo, Gaudio, Gencarelli, Gentile, Giordano, Greco, Guido, Leone, Longo, Madeo, Marino, Martino, Mazzei, Morrone, Nicoletti, Nigro, Palermo, Perri, Perrone, Porco, Presta, Pugliese, Rizzo, Romano, Ruffolo, Russo, Salerno, Santoro, Spadafora, Sposato, Veltri.

Church archives in Cosenza 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 Roggiano Gravina and Cosenza 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 Roggiano Gravina, or if you have questions regarding your family in Roggiano Gravina, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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15 Messages to “Genealogy in Roggiano Gravina”
  1. Ali says:

    Hello. I am researching Pietro Antonio CHIMENTI born 24 Apr 1865, his last known residence before immigrating to the US in 1899 was, Roggiano Gravina. His was married to Filomena NUCITO born 8 Sep 1864. They had one child in Italy before immigrating, Caroline Chimenti born in 1894. Any information on the CHIMENTI and NUCITO family would be great. I am hopeful that there will be records, knowing that they lived in Roggiano Gravina.
    Thank you

    • Michael says:

      Hey Ali! My name is Michael Chimenti and I live in Houston, Texas US. My grandmother put together some information for the Chimenti surname and Pietro Antonio Chimenti is my great great grandfather! When Pietro and Filomena immigrated to the United States they had a son, Michael, who is my great grandfather. I came here to find additional information about my family and I noticed your post. If you are interested, I would love to exchange information with you.

  2. Michael says:

    I’m researching my great grandfather Antonio Angelo Gutto? Or or possibly “Ruffo”? born on Nov 8th 1892 in Roggiano Gravina. His mother surname was Chimento. I’m having a difficult time locating a birth record with the name Gutto.. Anyone with more information would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Sandra says:

    I am looking for Paonessa family that came from Calabria in the early 1900’s. I don’t dates but I think my grandfather Antonio’s brother was born in Calabria. His name is Angelo Paonessa. I do not know middle names nor do I have dates of their births.
    Sandra Francesca

  4. armando bruno filho says:

    Dear Maria Teresa, march 20, 2015.
    We have same grandma (maria teresa volpe).I live in Rio de Janeiro,Br. Where are you from. Please contact by this site.

  5. Thomas says:

    My Grandmother Maria Francesca Ianuzzi was born in 1886 in Roggiano Gravino. She
    and my grandfather, Francesco Antonio Belcastro were married in 1902 and gave birth to my father, Giusseppi Belcastro, in November, 1903 in RG. My Grandfather came from Grotteria.

    He left RG for America in December, 1903. After the required 3-years residency, he returned to Ruggiano Gravina to bring my grandmother and father to America. That was in the summer of 1907. I would like to find some information about where she lived and perhaps relatives…

  6. Armando says:

    My grandma (Maria Teresa Volpe)was born in Roggiano Gravina, 1876 and came to Rio de Janeiro, Brasil – Married with Pietro Bruno. My father was Armando Bruno e me Armando Bruno Filho.We go to Roggiano Gravina and Morano calabro in july 2014 – Was sunday and city hall was closed.
    Thank you very much.

  7. Maria Teresa says:

    My grandma name is Maria Teresa Volpe, was born in 1876 at Roggiano Gravina.
    I would like contact with family persons (parent).

  8. Sherene says:

    My mother-in-law passed away on February 15, 2015. She lived in Roggiano Gravina, Cosenza, Italy and was born on February 6, 1934.

    Her maiden name was Maria Gravina. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  9. Carol says:

    My grandfather was a Gravino, born in Calabria, and he was adopted by DeBiase. His name became Frank DeBiase. I would like more information about the Gravinos and DeBiase in Italy. frank came to the USA EARLY 1900. he had married Rosalie Raddo in Calabria and she followed him to USA, as did her sisters.

  10. Wally says:

    Traveling to raggiano gravino around sept. 17,2014 looking for info about Ernesto storino my wife’s father who owned a small grocery store in town also mothers maiden name DeRose Maria my wife’s first name Guilia born 1952

    • patrick Sicilio says:

      My father Ernesto Sicilia was born in Roggiano in 1911 I remember him talking about an Ernesto Storino Who I believe resided in Philadelphia.

  11. Steven says:

    I’m doing genealogy research on Francesco (Frank) Reale, born 22 Dec 1888, in Roggiano Gravina, Calabria, Italy. He came to US in November 1911, through Philadelphia. He was married to Caroline (nee Fendo), she was born 27 May 1893. Frank died in Riverside, NJ, on 27 Sep 1966.

    • Alyssa says:

      I am looking for information on the same man, Francesco Reale. I have a military picture of who we believe may be his brother. I believe the picture may be from World War 1, but I am having trouble finding anything on Francesco beyond the USA. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
      Thank you,
      Alyssa Reale

    • Cindy says:

      Have you found any information regarding Francesco Reale? I is my Grandfather and we have not been able to find any info. about his life befor coming to the USA.

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