Genealogy in Gerocarne

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Gerocarne. As more your surname is common in Gerocarne, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Gerocarne 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 Gerocarne 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.)

If you are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Gerocarne, or if you have questions regarding your family in Gerocarne, 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


2 Messages to “Genealogy in Gerocarne”
  1. Britt says:

    My great-grandfather Giuseppe Figliuzzi was born in Gerocarne on January 3rd 1894 to Salvatore Figliuzzi, 29, bovaro (cowherd), “dalla sua unione con donna non maritata, non parente, ne affine con lui nei gradi che ostano riconoscimento” (by his union with an unmarried woman, neither his relative nor his kin in any degree that would obstruct recognition) – so no mother listed. But I’m wondering IF THERE WAS A BAPTISM, would the CHURCH have written down her name? HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO OBTAIN CHURCH RECORDS?
    Also, I found two more births registered by Salvatore Figliuzzi, bovaro, in Gerocarne:
    -Maria Rosa Figliuzzi, born August 9, 1888 (same address, again no mother listed)
    -Maria Concetta Figliuzzi, born March 10, 1891 (same address – but this time there’s a mother listed! – Fortunata Crispo)
    I’m trying to understand what Italian society was like at this time – IS LIKELY THAT FORTUNATA CRISPO IS THE MOTHER OF ALL 3 OF THESE CHILDREN? Did people live together openly without being married?
    Family history says that Giuseppe’s mother abandoned the family and Salvatore raised his son alone – and then when Giuseppe was 15, his father brought him to Canada, but I’d still like to know who his mother was…

  2. Angela says:

    Hello, I am hoping to find my Mother’s family that were born in Gerocarne, Italy My Great Grandparents (from my Grandmother’s family) were Messina, My Great grandmother was Fortunato D’Elia. They had 4 children, Bruno (who imiigrated to Canada in the early 1900, Angela who married and also immigrated with my Mother (Mary), to Canada in 1927, Dolente Maria Rosa, Giuseppina, Domenica. Recently I was able to find out that my great grandparents Domenica and Fortunata, were married in 1888.His parents were Giuseppi Messina and Rosa Turcalora.Her parents were Rosa Tassamo and Bruno E’Elia.I have been searching for a very long time to find the living relatives of My Mother’s family. I am not sure if they wish to connect with me, however I am open. Angela

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