Genealogy in Polistena

If you search your ancestors in Polistena, in the province of Reggio Calabria, 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 Polistena

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

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

So, if your ancestors lived in Polistena during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Polistena 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 Polistena too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Polistena 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 Polistena. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Polistena archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Reggio Calabria province are:
Agostino, Albanese, Barbaro, Barreca, Battaglia, Calabrò, Carbone, Caridi, Catalano, Chirico, Commisso, Costantino, Crea, D’Agostino, Ferraro, Foti, Giordano, Iaria, Labate, Laganà, Latella, Lombardo, Longo, Macrì, Malara, Marino, Marra, Martino, Minniti, Modafferi, Morabito, Musolino, Napoli, Neri, Nucera, Panetta, Polimeni, Quattrone, Raso, Romeo, Russo, Scopelliti, Sergi, Siclari, Spanò, Surace, Tripodi, Zappia.

Church Records in Polistena

Church archives in Reggio Calabria 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 Reggio Calabria 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 Polistena on your behalf.

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

MARIA SS. DEL ROSARIO – Via Rosario, 33

MARIA SS. IMMACOLATA – Via Immacolata, 4

S. MARINA V. E M. – Via Matrice, 57

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 Polistena area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

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  1. Victor Fusco says:

    My great-great grandfather was Antonio Fusco, he married Marina Zovoglia, they had two children, Pasqualina and Nichola (Nicholas) who was my great grandather. He married Teresa Gulli (a schoolteacher from Reggio .(her father was Ignazio Gulli). Nicolas and Teresa had 12 children, 10 of whom survived to maturity (Guido aka “Will,” Italia aka “Josepehine,” Rudolpho a/k/a Rudolph (my grandfather, Silvio, Attilio, Virgina, Paulo, Emilia, and Fausto. My great-grandfather his eldest son, Guido, first came to the USA in 1905. After the earthquake of 1908, he returned to Italy.In 1911 he returned to the USA taking two more children Virginia and Attilio, in 2012 the rest of the family followed with the exception of Alba who remained in Italy. I am interested in learning about relatives descended from Antonio Fusco who remained in Italy as well as those who who came to North and South America. It was my great-grandfathers plan to emigrate to South America, but the ticket agent mistakenly sent him to North America and he established his family in Brooklyn, NY. The family and US descendants stayed in some degree of contact until the late 1990’s. Many of us are still in touch on Facebook. I would be happy to learn as much as possible about all my “cousins.”

  2. Renata says:

    My grandparents imigrated to Brasil around 1890-1900. The names were: Giuseppe Salvatore and Mariana Farmiga. I have no more information. Any idea how to proceed? Thank you.

  3. Kaye says:

    I am researching my husband’s grandfather Michele Pietro Angelo Papandrea born 1875. We know he came from this area.
    In 2015 we went to the Municipio in Cinquefrondi and they could not find any birth records fo him. They suggested we try nearby towns so we hope that as Polistena is nearby there may be some record of him.

  4. R. Michael Vincent says:

    I am researching my wifes great grandfather. He arrived in Canada (Halifax, NS) in 1913 by ship. His name is Carlo Antelitano (He was 23 years old) and his brother Natale (age 24) arrived together from Reggio Calabria, Polistena, Italy. Any records of his family would be greatly appreciated. when he arrived in Canada, they gave him the name Charles Taylor and the family do not know anything of their history.


    Mike Vincent

  5. Jon says:

    Hi, I am researching my maternal grandfather’s family who was from Polistena.
    Giacinto (George) Giovinazzo (Giovenazzo)
    Birth 5 Aug 1889 in Polistena, Calabria, Italy
    Hid parents were:
    Giuseppe Giovinazzo and Maria Mangiaruga.
    I am just wondering how to begin trying to find any
    additional information. Various online resources have
    produced zero additional information.