Genealogy in Arena

If you search your ancestors in Arena, Calabria, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Calabria and in Vibo Valentia province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Arena registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Arena from the Italian Unification (1861) an important info to understand how many people lived there in the past.

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.
For our experience is better to start to search months before your arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices and with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps.

Another important source of information are the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Catanzaro e 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.

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Arena just leave a message below in the comment area

If your research is in a dead end and you need professional help from our local Italian genealogists write to our expert in Arena area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Jim says:

    My Grandfather passed in 1993 was George Arena aka as the “baron arena” from calabria.
    I do believe some relatives may still be in the Racine,Wi. area, Any information would be awesome –

    Jimmy Arena

  2. Susan says:


    My father’s father, Giuseppe Arena came to New York, USA from Italy with his twin brother, James in the late 1800’s. I believe he and his brother were 16 years of age. My grandfather married Josephine Nardone (year unknown) who was born in Mount Vernon, NY. They lived in Glen Cove (Long Island), NY. and had 13 children. My grandfather’s first name could’ve been spelled a number of ways, making it difficult to research amongst the archives from Ellis Island, NY. My surviving aunts and uncles have no further details. My grandparents children’s birth certificate’s show their parents with different ages on many of the records. As well as the spelling of my grandfather. I believe neither grandparent knew how to read or write.

    Any suggestions on where to start would be most helpful. Interesting the name James doesn’t sound like an Italian name.

  3. Juan Sebastian says:

    Ciao il mio nome è Juan Sebastian Larobina Gomez sembrava per le informazioni di mio nonno,Miguel Larobina, che nacque in sabbia Italia il 17 luglio 1905, il suo padre era Serafin Larobina, sua Madre Maria Tarzia Il immigro in Argentina da +o- 1915, a vivere e morì alla. Ho bisogno di sapere se mi potete aiutare o dirmi come e dove posso trovare il suo atto di nascita
    Molte Grazie Juan Sebastian

    • Tina says:

      Ciao Juan,
      Il cognome Larobina e` native di Arena. Io sono discendente di familglie di Arena ma abito in Australia. Tu deve fare inchieste al commune d’Arena VV Calabria.
      Loro possono aiutarti con la tua ricerca. Basta essere consapevoli che i record di nascita non erano ben conservati in piccoli paese come Arena.

      Buona fortuna.

      Ciao – Tina

  4. Margaret says:

    My grandfather came from Calabria, Italy in the late 1800’s,I would like to know what relatives I have in Italy. My grandfather’s name was Joseph Arena, he lived in WestSpringfield Massachusetts, when he came over to the United States.

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