Genealogy in Tropea

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Tropea. As more your surname is common in Tropea, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Tropea 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 Tropea 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 Tropea, or if you have questions regarding your family in Tropea, 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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One Message to “Genealogy in Tropea”
  1. Frank says:

    my last hope is that information i have so far is wrong and that the town of Tropea might just be the place….oh please help me. We have hit a dead end on any information regarding My great grandmother:
    Domenica LaRuffa 1873-1945
    We had some info saying she was from Sicily and found nothing and hoping it was an error and maybe from this town.

    My great grandmother:
    Domenica LaRuffa 1873-1945

    married Gabriel Romano 1854-1895 Altilia, Cosenza, Italy – Brazil
    children: two daughters
    Rosina Romano Tallerico 1890-1959
    Maria Romano Romano 1893 – 1991 Castelsilano, Italy – Helper, Utah USA

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