Genealogy in Motta San Giovanni

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

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Motta San Giovanni?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Motta San Giovanni


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Motta San Giovanni. As more your surname is common in Motta San Giovanni, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Motta San Giovanni 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 Motta San Giovanni 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 Motta San Giovanni, or if you have questions regarding your family in Motta San Giovanni, just leave a message below

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  1. francesca says:

    vorrei avere notizie sui miei bisnonni romeo francesco e leggio domenica date matrimoni nascita e figli di cui romeo teresa vedova zumbo antonino e genitori e più dati possibili grazie

  2. Joann says:

    My Grandfather is Massimiliano Catanzaro b: Jan 8 1874 to unknown parents (The town official gave him the name) he married Angela Mauro on Aug 22 1903. (Massimiliano immigrated to the USA on Apr 20 1904) They had a child Ernesto Catanzaro b: May 12 1904. Angela and Ernesto immigrated to the USA on 12-1-1906. I have Motta San Giovanni microfilm and found the birth and marriage records for Massimiliano and Angela but I could not find a birth record for Ernesto. I would like to have an uncertified copy of Ernesto’s birth record.

    What happen to the children that were given up at birth in the late 1800s?


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