Genealogy in Reggio Calabria

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

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

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

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Reggio Calabria


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Reggio Calabria. As more your surname is common in Reggio Calabria, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Reggio Calabria 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 Reggio Calabria 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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Reggio Calabria, or if you have questions regarding your family in Reggio Calabria, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


27 Messages to “Genealogy in Reggio Calabria”
  1. Carmel says:

    Hi I would like any information on my grandparents
    Maria Angela Vinci and Francesco Megna from
    Laureana Di Borello Reggio Calabria. Thank you, looking forward to some information.

  2. Tanya says:

    Hi there,

    I am trying to find information on the Romeo/ Crucitti/ Crutrupi family from Reggio Calabria. I am looking for any family informaiton from the decendants of Sebasitano Romeo and his wife Margherita Cutrupi especially if anyone has any information?


  3. David K says:

    I am looking for lost relatives still residing in San Pietro en Guarano. My great grand father was Pietro Panza. He was born May 29, 1871, died October 20, 1925. He was married to Fortuna Ferraro who was born in May 1861 and died in October 1942. Both are buried in the Church cemetery in San Pietro en Guarano.

  4. Gemma says:


    I am trying desperately to find a copy of the certificate of marriage for my Nonni. I have no idea where to start, as I think they were married via proxy, when my Nonna was still in Reggio Calabria and my Nonno was in Australia.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Nancy says:

    I am looking for any relatives of Fortunata Marzano or Michel Bruno Montegna in Reggio, Calabria. They are from Cirella and Plati. Thank you. Nancy

  6. Dawn says:

    I am looking to obtain birth information on my greatgrandmother born in Reggio Calabria. I am planning a trip there in feb/march and would love to know which offices to go to when I get there..
    1898 Maria Cannizzaro 29 July 1898 Father: Dominick Cannizzaro, Mother Angelina Aiello… Thank you Dawn

  7. Dawn says:

    I am looking to obtain birth information on my greatgrandmother born in Reggio Calabria. I am planning a trip there in feb/march and would love to know which offices to go to when I get there..
    1898 Maria Cannizzaro 29 July 1898 Father: Dominick Cannizzaro, Mother Angelina Aiello… Thank you Dawn

  8. Megan says:

    My great grandfather Louis Bottino came over from Reggio Calabria in 1913. I’m looking for any information on family members who remained in Italy.

  9. LuAnn says:

    My grandfather, Joseph Romelli, was adopted in 1900 by Rocco Smeraldo
    Fortunata Scarcella. We are trying to find records of his birth, baptism and possibly his family.

    he is our mystery link!

  10. James says:

    My fourth great grandfather Paolo Foti was born circa 1805 in the city of Reggio Calabria. I wish to obtain his baptismal record and the marriage record of his parents, Luigi Foti and Orsala Cannao. What is the name and location of the Chiesa Madre in Reggio Calabria?

  11. Virginia says:

    Hi. I would like to get the info on the Bono family. The Bono,s resided in Reggio Colabria, Taurianova. Anthony Bono born May 18, 1901. His parents names were Pietro Bono and his mothers name was Carmela Alessi. Anthony was the only son with five sisters. I have written to the Archives about Five months ago and I still have not heard from them. Thank you for trying to help us out. I look forward to hearing from you

  12. Nina says:

    I am interested in knowing more about my family who are from San Martino, Reggio calabria in Italy, My GGG Domenica Mammoliti, I am not sure who she married she had 2 husbands, and too, and I have I would like to know about her mother and father too ???

  13. peter says:

    Trying to find relatives of my Grandfather, Savario Delfino, born 1881 in Reggio Calabria, Italy. He had brothers that we know of but don’t have their forenames.

  14. tessa says:

    looking for information on my grandfather and relatives Leonardo granito he served in the itallan army his parents were named domonick and Lucille he had 14 brothers and sisters we meet 1 from Canada when we were kids.and my sister and I would like to know more about him and his siblings

  15. Debbie says:

    I am interested in finding relatives who may still reside in Calabria. The original spelling of my maiden name was Sciumbata, my maternal grandmother’s name was Talarico. they lived in Rizzuti. Also any information on my husband’s family, Fazio and Fioretti names, would be appreciated. Hope to travel to Italy someday and would LOVE to meet relatives! Thanks in advance for any assistance!

  16. Lisa says:

    My grandfather (Giuseppe’s father was Francesco Guzzi. his mother’s name I believe was Anna Arcuri. My grandfather has a sister Amalia. and a brother Albino who immigrated to Argentina.
    Looking for any info. Mthansk.

  17. Helen says:

    Hi! I’m brazilian and i am looking for information about the parent of my grandfather. We believe what his name was Paulo Losapio or Paulo Lossapio or Paulo Lozzapio. Maybe he was living in Reggio Calabria. He immigrated to Brazil around 1880 – 1933. We really apreciate your help.

  18. PattyNJ says:

    Hi, I am looking for the parents of my grandfather Giovanni Mastella who was born in San Giovanni, Italy. Born on September 1, 1895. Also looking for siblings or any other family members.

    • Barb says:

      I have Mastella family in San Giovanni di Ceppaloni. My great grandmother was Lucia. She had two brothers Clemente and Domenico I believe and a sister Celeste. Would this be the family you are looking for?

  19. Florence says:

    Looking for Annunziato Tripodi born and died in Serra San Bruno about 1830-50 married Roseria zaffino can I find?

  20. Tony says:

    looking for any info. with the surname Gallo also Maura

  21. teresa says:

    looking for any info on the surname Monarchio….

  22. denise says:

    Hi. I am currently living in Canada and am looking for: Rocco Reale who immigrated to Canada, he was born approx. 1941 give or take a couple years. He is supposed to be from Reggio, Calabria. He immigrated to Toronto, Canada just before 1965, give or take a couple years. Any information would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you and look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Denise

    • lynn says:

      looking for info for Vito Degazio who was born in 1885

      • MONICA says:

        I know my father was Vito Degazio but born in 1917 in Canada I believe but his parents were from Italy and I also believe, Regio Calabria.

        • lynn says:

          I will ask my 2nd cousin about the info…her maiden name is Jo-Anne Degazio…who knows …we are probably related

          • lynn says:

            Hi!!! when I ask about Degazio they say that there is no record…I know the my Gr-Granpa Vito went to South America before coming to Canada..where do u live…Lynn

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