Genealogy in Villa San Giovanni

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

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

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

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


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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Villa 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 Villa San Giovanni. As more your surname is common in Villa San Giovanni, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Villa 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 Villa 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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Villa San Giovanni, or if you have questions regarding your family in Villa San Giovanni, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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11 Messages to “Genealogy in Villa San Giovanni”
  1. Robert Johnson says:

    Linda LaRussa, my wife and I would love to meet you. Perhaps the three of us can
    meet for lunch one day soon. It would be our pleasure.

  2. Robert Johnson says:

    My name is Robert A Johnson Sr. and I am in the process of writing an article about the house that I live in. I live at 3545 Edson Avenue, Bronx, New York. Why is the house that I live in important enough to write about? Because of who built it. Who built it? Ignacio LaRussa! Who is Ignacio LaRussa? Ignacio La-Russa is the distinquished painter that painted a masterpiece on the ceiling of the Basilica of Regina Pacis! (I think Linda knows what I am talking about I think she grew up here).
    In any case I would like to see prints of some ot his paintings before and after the Basilica.
    I appreciate any assistance I can get. Thank you.

  3. Maria says:

    I post the photo on Italianside Facebook

  4. Robert says:

    How can I get prints of the painting(s) painted by Ignacio LaRussa for the churches in Villa San Giovanni? Thank you.

  5. Maria says:

    HI Linda, I have a old photo with painting of your father, the name of church is Duomo di Villa San Giovanni o Immacolata Church

  6. Jim says:

    I saw a painting done by your father in a seminary in New Jersey. It was a painting about 24″ x 18″ about the Boy Scout religious emblem Ad Altare Dei.
    There is a picture of a scout kneeling in front of Jesus, dressed as a priest on the altar and pointing upward towards a priest raising a chalice above him in the clouds, there are three scouts standing off to the right of him. It is a very beautiful painting. I was trying to find out more about your father to let the seminarians know more about the painting and of him.
    Thank you, Jim

  7. Robert says:

    Does anybody know the name of the church the Linda is referring to? Anyone?

  8. Linda says:

    My father was an artist, Ignacio LaRussa, born about 1887 in Villa San Giovanni, and came to New York, USA. He donated a beautiful painting which hangs in one of the churches in Villa San Giovanni, over the altar. I went to visit in the 1990′s but an’t remember the name of the church, can you help me ? Thank you, Li nda

    • Robert says:

      Linda, did you find out the name of the church that your father, Ignacio LaRussa,donated his beautiful painting?
      Thank you

      • Maria says:

        HI Linda , I have all old church photo of Villa San Giovanni , I have this church name

        Immacolata of 1927 , church Maria Santissima di Porto Salvo in Cannitello, Maria SS del Rosario, SS Cosma e Damiano, S Maria delle Grazie

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