Genealogy in Sant’Onofrio

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

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Sant’Onofrio?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Sant’Onofrio


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Sant’Onofrio. As more your surname is common in Sant’Onofrio, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Sant’Onofrio 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 Sant’Onofrio 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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Sant’Onofrio, or if you have questions regarding your family in Sant’Onofrio, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
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  1. Lopreiato says:

    Hi I’m looking for information on my family who lived in Sant Onofrio. My great grandfather Matteo Lopreiato was born Oct 1888 and died on Jan 15th 1951. His death certificate says that he is buried in the cemetery of S. Onofrio “Cappella NO.1 Congregazion S.S Rosario. His place of death is listed as Via Rotondo NO.22 S. Onofrio (Catanzoaro)Italy. His wife was Caterina Gugliari who was also born and died in S. Onofrio. They had 5 Children Giuseppe, Onofrio, John, Catherina and Elizabeth who immigrated to the USA and lived and NJ. My grandmother Evelyn Lopreiato granddaughter of Matteo just celebrated her 100th Birthday on Aug 18th 2017. I would love to share some information with her. Some day I plane to visit Sant Onofrio in the near future to see where my family came from. I believe there are many of my relatives on the Lopreiato & Gugliari side that still may live in the area of Sant Onofrio. Any information would be greatly appreciated, place of burial, pictures or family records. If you could provide me with any additional details on how I may contact the cemetery’s where they are buried to obtain a plot photo that would be great.

    Best Regard’s

    Janene Lopreiato Driver

  2. Ralph says:

    Looking for descendants of the Mazza Family. Great Grand Father was Biagio Mazza (died 1945 +/-).
    Any help is much appreciated.


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