Genealogy in Bovalino

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Bovalino 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 Bovalino. As more your surname is common in Bovalino, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Bovalino archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Reggio Calabria province are:
Agostino, Albanese, Barbaro, Barreca, Battaglia, Calabrò, Carbone, Caridi, Catalano, Chirico, Commisso, Costantino, Crea, D’Agostino, Ferraro, Foti, Giordano, Iaria, Labate, Laganà, Latella, Lombardo, Longo, Macrì, Malara, Marino, Marra, Martino, Minniti, Modafferi, Morabito, Musolino, Napoli, Neri, Nucera, Panetta, Polimeni, Quattrone, Raso, Romeo, Russo, Scopelliti, Sergi, Siclari, Spanò, Surace, Tripodi, Zappia.

Church archives in Reggio Calabria 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 Bovalino and Reggio Calabria 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 Bovalino, or if you have questions regarding your family in Bovalino, 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 Bovalino area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Mickey says:

    I think my grandfather come from Bovalina can you check this out last name violi

  2. Anna says:

    I am looking for information regarding a great uncle, Antonio Zito. All I know is that he served in one of the World Wars and never returned to his home in Bovalino. He had two sisters (that I know of) – Rosina, she was my grandmother, born sometime around 1912 – 1923. The other sister was Filomena, and she died (I believe) sometime in the 1970s.

    Any information would be helpful. Thanks for this site!

    • Anna says:

      Correction… his last name was ZITO, and I found him. He was killed in Russia during WW2. Also found out that there were 7 siblings! Very exciting.

  3. theresa says:

    I am searching for records on Antonio Chiarantano born February 13, 1890 in either Reggio or Bovalino Calabria

    Angelina Sollazzo or Solatz

  4. Estelle says:

    My Grandmother was Serafina Zito (nata Spatolisano). Husband was Bruno Zito. They had nine children, one died, 8 lived, names being Teresa, Tommaso, Rosina, Maria, Saverio, Ferdinando, Lina and Amelia. The family home was in Via Sant’Elena Bovalino Marina. Lina married Bruno Zappia from Cirella Reggio Calabria. They emigrated to Australia, Bruno in 1954 and Lina and her 3 children, Giuseppe, Estelvia and Silvana joined her husband in Australia in 1958. Rosina and Maria emigrated to Australia in 1960. Grandmother Serafina had siblings, I only know of 3, Saverio, Rosa and Teresa. Want to know more about my grandmother and my grandfather Bruno particularly want to know whether all their ancestors were also from Bovalino Marina. Any additional information would also be welcomed. Thank you. Estelle Zappia, Australia

  5. Kathleen says:

    Hi! I am looking for information on Bruno Mazzone, son Augustus Joseph Mazzone, born on Nov 3 1904

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