Genealogy in Grotteria

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

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

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

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Grotteria


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Grotteria. As more your surname is common in Grotteria, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Grotteria 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 Grotteria 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.

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 Grotteria, or if you have questions regarding your family in Grotteria, 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 .
Our expert in Grotteria area will reply to you


9 Messages to “Genealogy in Grotteria”
  1. Mary says:

    Looking for info on Domenico Mercuri born in grotteria in 1839. Would like the name of his parents or siblings I am visiting Italy in November to search for second cousins. Thank you.

  2. Nahor says:

    I need to find the following name Manoel Geraldo Dragonetti. (I know that he was baptized in one Church in this area, in 1897 (just about) (probably Santa Maria Assunta, Matrice. His father was Paschoale Dragonetti. Probably Paschoali was born in 1868.
    Thank you very much


  3. Carmell says:

    I have been trying to find out about my grandparents, I am not sure there last name is D’Agostino or Agostino. I was told it had a D in front of Agostino. His name is Samuel Born 1875 came to America around the 1900
    Her name is Carmella Born 1873 came to America after Samuel came around the 1900’s. I would like to know where they lived in Italy and if I could get any records for both of them.
    I am not sure they lived in Grotteria or Reggio Calabria . It was told that Carmella was a Duchess Pleas help me on anything you can find out about them there marriage license, where they lived.
    They had a daughter named Rose and Carmella took her to the States when she was 5 yrs old
    Thank you so much

  4. Kathryn says:

    Hello, I am looking for information on the following family:
    Santo Pasquale Galluzzo
    married to
    Maria Nunziata Catalano
    Salvatore Nicodemo
    They came to American in the 1920s. Pasquale had traveled to America before, then came back for his wife and children. I believe my grandfather, Salvatore Nicodemo Galluzzo was born on ‘Via Sant’Angleo.’ I would love to know at what address…thank you! We are coming to Grotteria and would like to visit the place he was born and perhaps the cemetary to find out about other members of the family.

  5. Frank says:

    Hi am looking to trace family members of a Nicodemo Agostino ( NICO I PURUNI ) probably from Grotteria or a surrounding city .

    Thank you

    • Nancy says:

      Hi Frank

      Where are you from?

      My Grandfather was Nicodemo Agostino (Nico I Purini) married to Anna Napoli in Grotteria.

      I am emailing from Sydney, Australia.

    • Rose says:

      My family comes from Mammola which is near the town of Grotteria.
      We lived in East Boston, MA. Family friend from Mammola by the name of Nicodemo Agostino also lived in East Boston. My cousin who came from Mammola also married a woman in Mammolo by the name of Margaret Agostino.
      My family immigrated to the U.S. in the 1930’s. Many of the men in Mammola came first to N.Y. to work going back and forth for many years. The women joined them in the 30’s. Many of the names in Mammola from those years are also in Grotteria. Not sure which town came first in history. I did go to Mammola however we never took a trip to the smaller town.Grotteria.
      Don’t know if this is helpful. Rose Sena

  6. michael says:

    I am looking for my grandfather called Giuseppe and his wife called Maria carina and their son called Domenico born around 1887.
    Thank You Michael LArosa

  7. Frank says:

    I will be visiting Italy (Grotteria )soon and the plan was to visit the cemetery and then the church to see if I can find any names to find more about our family .
    I have tried through city hall archives but got nowhere as not all data is compiled on computer data .
    Is there any known office who has information on data banks that we can search ?

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