If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Arena, 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 Vibo Valentia province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Arena registrar as of that date.
Before to start your genealogy research in Arena, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Italy and in Arena too.
In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Arena from the Italian Unification (1861).
It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Arena. As more your surname is common in Arena, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Arena archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Vibo Valentia province are:
Arena, Barbieri, Bartucca, Carnovale, Caruso, Cavallaro, Ceravolo, Cirillo, Contartese, Corigliano, Costa, Cugliari, De Luca, De Vita, Ferraro, Franzè, Fruci, Galati, Greco, Grillo, Iannello, La Torre, Lico, Loiacono, Maiolo, Mamone, Mancuso, Marchese, Mazzeo, Mazzitelli, Mazzotta, Messina, Michienzi, Monteleone, Nesci, Pontoriero, Pugliese, Restuccia, Rizzo, Romano, Rombolà, Rondinelli, Russo, Serratore, Tassone, Valente, Vallone, Ventrice.
Church archives in Vibo Valentia 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 Arena and Vibo Valentia 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.)
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