Genealogy in Roccabernarda

If you search your ancestors in Roccabernarda, 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 Crotone province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Roccabernarda registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Roccabernarda 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 Roccabernarda. As more your surname is common in Roccabernarda, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Roccabernarda archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Crotone province are:
Adamo, Aiello, Arcuri, Astorino, Basile, Bevilacqua, Bruno, Caligiuri, Carvelli, Cortese, Curcio, Esposito, Fabiano, Falbo, Fazio, Ferraro, Gallo, Garofalo, Gentile, Giordano, Greco, Iaquinta, Ierardi, Le Rose, Lombardo, Macrì, Mancuso, Marino, Marrazzo, Martino, Mauro, Oliverio, Pace, Palmieri, Perri, Poerio, Pugliese, Rizza, Rizzo, Rocca, Russo, Salerno, Scalise, Schipani, Sestito, Tallarico, Vaccaro, Vona

Church archives in Crotone 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 Roccabernarda and Crotone 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 Roccabernarda 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 Roccabernarda area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Jake says:

    We have pulera side in roccaberda italy

  2. James says:

    Hello. My grandfather Pasquale LeRose was born in Roccabernarda in 1895. I am searching for information on him and his parents and grandparents, who I am assuming were also from Roccabernarda. His father’s name was Leonardo LeRose and his mother’a name was Anastasia LeRose (or possibly Anna LeRose). Thank you.

    • Melanie says:

      Hello. Not sure if this is a connection but my grandmother Angelina LeRose’s father Leonardo LeRose was married to Elizabeth. All from Roccabernarda. Leonardo was well known for his orange orchards.

  3. Michael says:

    I know for sure my Grandfather Frank Matrise came from Roccabernarda Italy. He settled in Smithers West Verginia and later moved to Kenosha Wi. Around 1924. Kid never been able to find any Matrise’s in Italy. Any ideas? Thanks

  4. Antonio says:

    I am writing to know more about my lineage. My whole family is from Roccabernarda….this is what I know.
    My grandparents on father’s side: Antonio Rocco Montemurro and Luisa (Lia)
    My grandparents on my mother’s side: Ippolito Piro and Domenica (Rosa)
    My great-grandparents Dad’s side: Raffaelle and Angelina (Messina) Montemurro and Giuseppe and Anatasia (Garrupa) Lia
    My great-grandparents Mom’s side: Francesco and Anastasia (Vaccaro) and Raffaelle and Rosa (Vaccaro) Rosa
    Any help in getting any pictures or further back lineage would be incredible. Thank you very much!

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