Genealogy in Amato

If you search your ancestors in Amato, in the province of Catanzaro, Calabria region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Amato

In towns and villages of Calabria and in Catanzaro province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Amato town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Amato follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Amato during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Amato to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!

Otherwise, if you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful to search in Calabria and of course in Amato too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Amato from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Amato. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Amato archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Catanzaro province are:
Aiello, Bianco, Caruso, Cimino, Colosimo, Cosentino, Critelli, Curcio, De Fazio, Donato, Falvo, Fazio, Folino, Gallo, Gentile, Gigliotti, Grande, Greco, Gualtieri, Leone, Mancuso, Marino, Mastroianni, Mazza, Mazzei, Mercuri, Molinaro, Muraca, Nistico, Paone, Paonessa, Perri, Procopio, Pugliese, Ranieri, Rocca, Rotella, Rotundo, Russo, Sacco, Scalise, Sestito, Talarico, Torchia, Trapasso, Vaccaro, Vescio, Viscomi.

Church Records in Amato

Church archives in Catanzaro province may store even older information. You will find religious records of the same events (births, marriages and deaths) but, most important, you could go further back in time!
So in case you would like to go back in centuries, it’s good for you to know that the parish registers in Catanzaro started during 1500!

They are far less accessible from abroad (and even not easy to browse and to read if you are not used and skilled) but our local genealogist can research the church archives of Amato on your behalf.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Amato:

B. V. IMMACOLATA – Via Indipendenza, 4

Anyway for our experience, even if you plan to come here, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps, starting from the info gathered by our genealogists.

Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the State Archives.

If you need a professional help from our local genealogists write to or follow this link.

Our expert in Amato area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

Here below you can read the messages received from other visitors in Amato forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Amato feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Maria says:

    Hi my grandma Lucia’s maiden name was Maruca. In Amato not Annania in the last post. Maria

  2. Maria says:

    Hi I am not searching my genealogy, just curious if there is any information about my great grandfathers vineyard in amato. My mother was born in Amato ,Carmela Maria Scerbo (now Boni)in 1931,her mother was born 1898 named Lucia ( will have to find her maiden last name, possibly Annania)Carmela’s father was Tony Scerbo he came to Canada to work for CN railway. My mother Carmela ,older brother Tony , and grandmother , came over on a the countess d’Savoi ship to America in 1939, the last ship leaving before the war. Lucia’s first son died at 3 years old in Amato of the plague.
    My mother who is 90 years old said her grandfather had a vineyard, and made wine to sell in neighbouring villages. The grape varieties were minna di vacca, and something sounding like thibenu. She remembers running around the vineyard being chased by her cousins. Also the men stomping grapes in the vats.
    My mothers memories comes and goes. I would love any information on vineyards in Amato.
    Gracie, Maria Boni ( my mother grew up in Canada and married my father Gino Boni) He was originally from Fano, Italia in the Marche region.
    Have a nice day

  3. Melissa says:

    Please if you could help me? My grandfather his name is Otto Mazza he grew up in Calabria Italy I believe he worked on shoes before he got to the states in the early nineteen hundreds. if anybody has information on my grandfather please I’m begging you get ahold of me ASAP I’d greatly appreciate that.

  4. Lori says:

    My grandmother and father were Teresa Amato and Leonardo Torchia. Do you think Amato was a made up name when they came from Italy?

  5. Gaynor says:

    I am searching for the birth certificate for my daughters Grandfather. I emailed the town office but have not had a response yet. I tried to call but the answering machine is only in Italian and all of the extensions have a message but then hangs up. His name was Joseph Frank Gagliardi, born 1914 in Amato. Any advice or help is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you, Gaynor Till

    • Mandy says:

      Gaynor, I think I may be able to help you. Are you looking for information on Giuseppe Francesco Gagliardi born Amato on 16 Oct 1914 and died in Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts? If so I have information that will take you back another 4 generations.

  6. Judith Ann says:

    My Grandmother’s names was Angelina Sacco and Grandfather’s was Pasquale Sacco. He had many bothers I think 6 that moved to the USA and then lost contact. They were from the town known as Amato in Calabria. The immigrated to to the USA and was on Ellis Island in I believe in late 1800’s since my mother was born in 1916 in Sacramento, CA. There were three girls and two boys, all have passed now.

    Was wondering if there is anyway to find out more about my family since I’m the lone survivor?

    Thank you,

    • Mario says:

      the surname Sacco are very popular in Amato and Miglierina. Lots of people moved from Amato and Miglierina(Calabria) to Winnipeg(Canada). There are more people of Amato’s descents living in Winnipeg than in Amato. I can try to help you find some distant relatives.

  7. Danielle says:

    I am planning a trip to Italy in the next few months. I’ve been doing my ancestry for many many years. I am looking for more information on my great grandfather and great grandmother. Giovanni Morello and Severia (I’ve also seen Salerno ) Comito. Giovanni was born Oct 23 1891 and Severia is 1881. I would be grateful for any information.

    Thank you all!

  8. Angelo says:

    We are trying to get information on my paternal grandfather Andreas Masi any help would be appreciated.

    • Cousin josie says:

      Hi Angelo,
      It’s cousin Josie in wpg. I see you’re still searching. Email me!

    • Mario says:

      the surnames Andreas Masi are very popular in Amato. Lots of people moved from Amato(Calabria) to Winnipeg(Canada). There are more people of Amato’s descents(2,000) living in Winnipeg than in Amato.

      • Rina says:

        My Nonno was Andrea Masi. Also my paternal grandfather. He worked in the Mulinu. Also my father Francesco Masi worked in the Mulinu with him. Perhaps it is the same man?


  9. Joan says:

    We are planning a trip to Italy in September and I have tried to research what town in Calabria Italy my father in law Guivanno Amato My m born September 1881 came from. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

  10. Rina says:

    My maternal grandmothers maiden name was Cantafio and my paternal grandmother was Fiorentino, both from Amato.

    • Mario says:

      the surnames Masi and Fiorentino are very popular in Amato. Lots of people moved from Amato(Calabria) to Winnipeg(Canada). There are more people of Amato’s descents living in Winnipeg than in Amato.