Genealogy in Varapodio

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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  1. Annette says:

    Hi , hope you can help my Bisnonno Santo Varapodio was a foundling in Varapodio in 1852 his first wife was Angela Malavenda I have no other information on Angela like her birth or death , Santo’s second wife my Bisnonna Maria Rosa Sgambellone their son Francesco was my Nonno , I would love any information on my Bisnonno Santo Varapodio , my Nonno Francesco Varapodio married Santa Mammone Francesco immigrated to Australia in 1928 , my Bisnonna Maria Rosa ( Sgambellone ) Varapodio immigrated to Australia in 1954 , any help or records would be so much appreciated , thank you

  2. katherine says:

    Hi, I’m trying to find information regarding my Great Grandfather. I have very little information regarding his family history.
    I’m wanting to know about family illnesses.
    His Name is Vincenzo Natale he was a podesta or Sindaco of Varapodio Reggio Calabria. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  3. matthew says:

    Hi my mother was from taranova Reggio calabria .born 14.11.1923 maria catherina Princi married name Luvara. im trying to find out if i have any relatives in that area she came to australia in 1954.any helpor information would be appreciated.we a visiting the region later this year . regards matthew.

  4. LuAnn says:

    We are seeking information on our grandfather’s birth family.
    His name was Giacomo Romelli. born 1900 (we think in Varapodio) adopted by Rocco Smeraldo and Fortunata Cucinotta. He was adopted at age 3 thru the church as many were after women lost babies. Any information on where to look and further or anyone else having the Romelli name would be helpful. We will be in Varapodio in Oct 2017.


  5. Connie says:

    My family is from Varapodio Reggio Calabria and I am trying to find information for my mum’s side which is Lagana and my dad’s side which is Formica.
    Will you be able to help me. I live in Australia and it is difficult for me to find anything. My parents were not able to give me very much information, they have now passed away.

    I would appreciate it if you are able to provide some support with my family history research.

    • Bruno says:

      My name is Bruno, I was born in Varapodio, and now live in Australia. My mother’s family all come from Varapodio, family name – Muscara. I have some information but would welcome more.

      Some of the family names that are married into the Muscara family are –
      Carmela Araco born 1901 parents of Carmela are Fortunato and Teresa
      Also Grazia Laguna married Francesco Antonio Muscara approx 1887, Grazia was born 9 March 1867

    • mimma says:

      I was born in Varapodio in 1949 – Migrated with my Mum and my sister in 1958 to Australia to join my father Antonino Pati. I too live in Australia (Victoria) my cousin Rocco Cucinotta married Kathy (Caterina) Lagana, who was originally from Adelaide- Kathy’s family, mainly siblings now, still live in Adelaide – her father was a Lagana. Kathy’s brother Domenic Lagana lives in Shepparton – so may I suggest that you search out the Lagana either in Adelaide (Sth Aust)or try to make contact with Domenic in Shepparton. Don’t know if this is helpful, but good luck. Too many of our ‘precious old folks’ have died and not many family members had the foresight to gather info from them before they passed away. Just too bad for us who remain. Good luck and Ciao

  6. Francesca says:

    My Mother is from Varapodio and grew up there. I’m trying to determine if I have any living relatives in that area. My Mother’s name was M. Carmela Carbone. She was born on 30 May 1923 to Vincenza Carbone (Vaticano) and Stefano Carbone. Any help or information you can provide would be appreciated. I am visiting the region in March of 2016. Thank you.

  7. Susan says:

    Hello, I am trying to trace Vincenzo Araco born About 1896, Varapodio…. Father Fortunato Araco … Mother Teresa Diaco.
    Vincenzo was in the Italian Military WW1. But can’t find any records. Any help would be very much appreciated

    • Vince Araco says:

      Hi Susan,my Dad is Fortunato Araco.Born
      29/4 1915 and still surviving.My G/father,Vincenzo fought in ww1 and immigrated to Australia soon after.He married in Varapodio to Graziano Diaco.Dad,his Mum and siblings arrived here in 1926.My G/father served with the Cavallari and was recognised with medal and certificate about 1970.

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