Genealogy in Polistena

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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  1. Renata says:

    My grandparents imigrated to Brasil around 1890-1900. The names were: Giuseppe Salvatore and Mariana Farmiga. I have no more information. Any idea how to proceed? Thank you.

  2. Kaye says:

    I am researching my husband’s grandfather Michele Pietro Angelo Papandrea born 1875. We know he came from this area.
    In 2015 we went to the Municipio in Cinquefrondi and they could not find any birth records fo him. They suggested we try nearby towns so we hope that as Polistena is nearby there may be some record of him.

  3. R. Michael Vincent says:

    I am researching my wifes great grandfather. He arrived in Canada (Halifax, NS) in 1913 by ship. His name is Carlo Antelitano (He was 23 years old) and his brother Natale (age 24) arrived together from Reggio Calabria, Polistena, Italy. Any records of his family would be greatly appreciated. when he arrived in Canada, they gave him the name Charles Taylor and the family do not know anything of their history.


    Mike Vincent

  4. Jon says:

    Hi, I am researching my maternal grandfather’s family who was from Polistena.
    Giacinto (George) Giovinazzo (Giovenazzo)
    Birth 5 Aug 1889 in Polistena, Calabria, Italy
    Hid parents were:
    Giuseppe Giovinazzo and Maria Mangiaruga.
    I am just wondering how to begin trying to find any
    additional information. Various online resources have
    produced zero additional information.

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