Genealogy in Gerace

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Gerace 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 Gerace. As more your surname is common in Gerace, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Gerace 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 Gerace 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 Gerace, or if you have questions regarding your family in Gerace, 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 gerace@italianside.com our expert in Gerace area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

5 Comments

  1. Daniela says:

    Hi, i`m looking for my great great grandfather, he arrived to México from Calabria. I have some documents that tell me he was from Gerace, but I can´t find any document. His father was Carmen or Carmello or Carmine Rotonda and his mother Vincenza Di pietro. thanks

  2. Joy says:

    Hi, I have hit a dead end on my paternal Italian roots from Gerace RC, Italy. My 2x’s GG was Carmelo GENTILE born in Gerace RC, Italy around 1864 son of Domenico and Marzia(PARROTTA)GENTILE. I found name of one sister Elizabeth(PARROTTA)GENTILE born abt.1865. Carmelo married Teresa BARRANCA from Siderno Marina RC, Italy. (Curious about his parents & siblings? Did he stay in Italy? Where and when did he or his parents pass?)
    Grazie!:)

  3. Jerri says:

    Hi I’m interested in doing more research into my great-grandfather’s lineage but sadly I only have his information from Ellis Island. Name Gaetano Muia and it says that his origin was Gerace, Italy. Grazie

  4. B Henry says:

    Researching for close friends—
    For information on their grandmother and grandfather. They do not have a lot of information. Here is what we know and what we believe; Carmello Romeo (born March 21, 1890) married to Teresa Galluzo (born Oct. 2, 1897). When they left Italy they had 2 children … Nunzia and Francesco (abt. 1920). They had a son Anthony born in Pennsylvania, a son Thomas, daughters Concertina(Constance), Alvira and Mary all born in Rochester, NY. There is also a story within the family that Teresa’s sister married Carmello’s brother. We do not know if this is correct or not and we have no names for their siblings. So we are looking to confirm they were both from Gerace, and if so to find out the names of their parents and siblings.

  5. Ruth says:

    Looking for Frederiko Dominiko Romes born 2 Novembet 1868 in Gerace. Immigrated to America 1906. Grazie.

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