Genealogy in Reggio Calabria

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Reggio Calabria 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 Reggio Calabria. As more your surname is common in Reggio Calabria, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Reggio Calabria archives 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 archives in Reggio Calabria 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 Reggio Calabria and Reggio Calabria 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 Reggio Calabria 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 Reggio Calabria area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Edmond says:

    I am trying to find information on my paternal great grandfather; Antonio Dominick Galluccio. I believe he was born in 1881 and emigrated to the US in 1904. Birth date, parents, etc. Any insight would be great.

    • Noreen says:

      I am trying to see if there are any Carrocci’s still in Caulonia, Reggio, Calabria. I will be visiting there in October and would love to connect with relatives

  2. Maria says:

    Hello, I’m looking for my paternal side of the family starting in the 1800s with Pietro Ricca who married a Giustina. Then Vincenzo Ricca married Angela from Brazil. From there was a marriage into the Cappelli family that crossed with the Delfino family of Calabria. Any information greatly appreciated. Many thanks, Maria

  3. Carol says:

    I am looking for my father’s family. He was born in Pallizzi and was brought to the US as an infant. Their a Italian last name was Stellatano, I believe, and was changed to Stellone. Their was a Brother who returned to Pallizzi and had more children . If anyone has any information I would appreciate it.

    • Spano says:

      Are you sure about the name? I’m from Reggio Calabria and I think that the real name in Palizzi is Stillitano…

  4. Michele says:

    I am researching my ggrandfather Antonio Romeo. He was born 26 Sep 1883 and his birth was registered in Gallina. Family lore says actual home was in Ravagnese. His father was Pasquale and he died before 1922. His mother was Antonia Prattico. Antonio had at least two brothers who also came to the US. Francesco, born in 1889 also emigrated to the US permanently. There was another brother, Giuseppe who was in the US in 1925, but then disappears. Can not confirm death or return to Italy. I know that Romeo is a very common name in that region, but am hoping to someday connect with distant family there.

    • Teresa says:

      I too am researching the Romeo’s. I’ve found quite a lot of info. I dont believe we are directly related but maybe distant. My grandparents were Maria Rosa Romeo( 1908-1998) and Antonio Giuseppe Ciro Fabbrizo Bova. (1892-1950). My great grandparents were Giuseppe Maria Romeo (1879-1964) and Maria Rosa Romeo (1885-1948). They were first cousins. As far as I know they originated from Plati.

  5. Deborah says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather and his family.
    Francesco “Frank” Daniele was born on June 17, 1891, in Torre di Ruggiero, Catanzaro, Italy, to Maria Grazia Caterina Pirroncello, age 22, and Domenico Nicolo Daniele, age 30.
    17 Jun 1891 • Torre di Ruggiero, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy.
    Francesco “Frank” Daniele died on December 2, 1980, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when he was 89 years old.
    02 Dec 1980 • Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

  6. Kate says:

    I am in Australia and looking for any descendants of the Ielasi family from Plati & Careri. Word has it that all Ielasi’s are related and all descendants stem back to 2 brothers.
    My Great-Grandfather was Domenico Ielasi married to Maria Policano…came to Australia in 1937 – they had 7 children.
    there are several large Ielasi families here and I am attempting to join-the-dots… (ambitious I know)! Other surnames that might be connected are Catanzariti, Policano, Surace, Aloisi, Perre, Sergi, Chirco. If you have any information relating to the Ielasi’s, I would love to hear from you…

  7. Debra says:

    I am looking for Guiseppe Intrieri but it could be Iaria born 1879 in Calabria. His wife was Rosa Silicy(maybe) 1888. They came to US and changed their name to Joseph & Rosa Winters.

  8. Leila says:

    I am searching for mai family in Italy.
    My grand mother: Rafaela (Raphaela?) Tramontano (Tramontana?)
    Her father: Filipo Tramontano(Tramontana?).
    Her mother: Maria Giuseppa Gentil
    She migrate to Brasil.
    From Calabria.

  9. Teisha says:

    My grandfather Rocco Nicholas coriale was born in Calabria D Calabria in the province of Reggio materna Parish I think April 22nd 1885 I believe. I cannot find anything before that. I have his father’s name which was Joseph coriale unknown to me if it was changed from Giuseppe. I cannot find the gravesite of my great-grandfather Joseph. I know Joseph lived with Rocco in Rome New York and he was marriedto Filomena Luiere, also died in Rome New York. Rocco coriale married Amelia Tarallo, she died in childbirth in Rome New York. Joseph may have had two children a boy and a girl Rocco and Rosa we do not know Rosa or anything of her. The problem is there is coriale family and Utica New York that say they are no relation I do not believe that the branches do not come from a trunk of a tree. I can certainly use your help my daughter is a family history specialist and she can’t find it either

  10. Domenico says:

    My grandfather was born in Reggio calabria jiossa marinna 1910.I know he had a brother.His name was Luigi I think he lived in the state ssomewhere.He pasted.I would like to know if there’s family

  11. Gerry says:

    I am looking for info on my Grandfather, Louis or luigi who immigrated to Ottawa Canada, thru New York in 1905, with 3 brothers and one sister. Born in Spezzano Piccolo in around 1880.

  12. Sydney says:

    I am at a dead end, I can’t find my family at all in Reggio Calabria (Where apparently my family is from) I have a great great uncle who stayed in Italy, but I can’t track them down. When my family came to America they apparently change their last name and NO ONE knows what it orginally was. I found a letter from my great great uncle and I was able to trace back the address in Giora Tauro. any idea what I should do next? I tried to look for my great great grandparents, but it was as if they never existed, I can’t find any record on them. The last name they came to America with was Capalario.

  13. Domenic says:

    My name is Domenico minici I’m looing for my great great grandfather was born in Gioiosa Ionica Reggio calabria, my grandfather was born in Gioiosa Ionica Reggio calabria in 1910 .I wou like to know. where there living at.Please Reply. Domenic minici.Canada. toronto.Ontario.

  14. Lisa says:

    My Great Grandfather came to NY in 1903. His name was Antonino Putorti. He left his wife Anna Brescia and children Julia, Domenico and Maria in Gallina, Calabria. He brought them to NY in 1907. I have been trying to find information about his Parents and siblings. I have been researching for 14 years and have gotten no where. It would be wonderful if I could get any information. Thank You.

  15. Grace says:

    i am traveling to Reggio, Calabria from St. Louis, MO (USA) in a couple of weeks. My mother was born there in 1911. Her name was Giovanna Zerilli. She was the daughter of Cosmo Zerilli and Grazia Buffa Zerilli. They later lived in Marsala and Mazzara. In 1920 the family moved to the U.S. If there are any living family members in Calabria or anywhere in Sicily, I would like to know how I can locate them.
    Thank you!

  16. Lisa says:

    My great grandfather was born in Nyc in 1898. He said his birthday was august 15th The feast of the assumption. At one his mother took him back to callabria italy until he was 16 he immagrated back to us thru nyc and settled in Cleveland ohio. His name was joesph myer stated his italian surname was Muraro. I found that mrans mason. I don’t know if that was our family name and my father has tried to look into as well with no luck. Any help? I belive he was in the italian army before he immigrated and died in 1978. Thank you. He lived his whole adult life in maple hts ohio.

  17. Carolyn says:

    Hello. I will be visiting Reggio Calabria in 3 weeks and I am curious to know if my ancestors are from Reggio Calabria. My Grandfather was Rocco Riggio (1902-1967) and immigrated to the US (through Ellis Island) Oct 6, 1923 From the port of Palermo on the SS Providence. His Father, my Great Grandfather was Luigi Riggio (Reggio) and I believe he immigrated to the US in 1912, from the port of Palermo, and his last known place of residence was Bordonaro Sicily (I think. Not sure about that part) I am desperate to find any piece of my family history that I can, especially if it’s a town or place I can visit, as my Father, Louis Riggio (1939-2005) has passed and I always said I would go to his homeland for him. He was a first generation American with strong Italian roots and a love of Italy that he passed on to me. Any information you could find would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  18. Cathy says:

    Looking for information on gr grandmother Paolina Marra. Born approx. 1870 to Patsy Romeo and Angela Surucia. Married Pasquale Antonio Marra. Children: Carmelita, Anna Rosa, Nicholas, Antonio. Immigrated from Reggio Calabria to United States, then Canada.Possibly at different times. thank you!

  19. Tina says:

    My Great-Grandfather came to the US approx 1870s, before there is much information in the US. Biggest problem is that no one living knows this Italian surname. In the US, he became Mike Livery. He married here and had a large family. Any suggestion for how I should proceeds. He is the only part of my Italian family that I have not found more information on.

  20. cherine jamal says:

    Dear Italian Side Team,
    i am looking for my Italian ancestry. My great grandfather is an Italian national who lived and died in Brazil, his name is Fedelis Gravi (Father: Vicente Gravi, Mother: Geraldina Gravi).
    Please advise if you can assist us in locating his birth town and family in Italy.

  21. Frank says:

    Hi my late father Rocco Vincenzo Minici was born in Roccella Ionica in 1919. I am searching for surviving relatives still living in Italy or elsewhere. Can you please help? Regards.

  22. Carmel says:

    Hi I would like any information on my grandparents
    Maria Angela Vinci and Francesco Megna from
    Laureana Di Borello Reggio Calabria. Thank you, looking forward to some information.

  23. Tanya says:

    Hi there,

    I am trying to find information on the Romeo/ Crucitti/ Crutrupi family from Reggio Calabria. I am looking for any family informaiton from the decendants of Sebasitano Romeo and his wife Margherita Cutrupi especially if anyone has any information?


  24. David K says:

    I am looking for lost relatives still residing in San Pietro en Guarano. My great grand father was Pietro Panza. He was born May 29, 1871, died October 20, 1925. He was married to Fortuna Ferraro who was born in May 1861 and died in October 1942. Both are buried in the Church cemetery in San Pietro en Guarano.

  25. Gemma says:


    I am trying desperately to find a copy of the certificate of marriage for my Nonni. I have no idea where to start, as I think they were married via proxy, when my Nonna was still in Reggio Calabria and my Nonno was in Australia.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  26. Nancy says:

    I am looking for any relatives of Fortunata Marzano or Michel Bruno Montegna in Reggio, Calabria. They are from Cirella and Plati. Thank you. Nancy

    • Nancy says:

      I am looking for information on Fortunata Marzano and Bruno Montegna. They are my great grandparents. They immigrated to the United States but have family in Reggio Calabria. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  27. Dawn says:

    I am looking to obtain birth information on my greatgrandmother born in Reggio Calabria. I am planning a trip there in feb/march and would love to know which offices to go to when I get there..
    1898 Maria Cannizzaro 29 July 1898 Father: Dominick Cannizzaro, Mother Angelina Aiello… Thank you Dawn

  28. Dawn says:

    I am looking to obtain birth information on my greatgrandmother born in Reggio Calabria. I am planning a trip there in feb/march and would love to know which offices to go to when I get there..
    1898 Maria Cannizzaro 29 July 1898 Father: Dominick Cannizzaro, Mother Angelina Aiello… Thank you Dawn

  29. Megan says:

    My great grandfather Louis Bottino came over from Reggio Calabria in 1913. I’m looking for any information on family members who remained in Italy.

  30. LuAnn says:

    My grandfather, Joseph Romelli, was adopted in 1900 by Rocco Smeraldo
    Fortunata Scarcella. We are trying to find records of his birth, baptism and possibly his family.

    he is our mystery link!

  31. James says:

    My fourth great grandfather Paolo Foti was born circa 1805 in the city of Reggio Calabria. I wish to obtain his baptismal record and the marriage record of his parents, Luigi Foti and Orsala Cannao. What is the name and location of the Chiesa Madre in Reggio Calabria?

  32. Virginia says:

    Hi. I would like to get the info on the Bono family. The Bono,s resided in Reggio Colabria, Taurianova. Anthony Bono born May 18, 1901. His parents names were Pietro Bono and his mothers name was Carmela Alessi. Anthony was the only son with five sisters. I have written to the Archives about Five months ago and I still have not heard from them. Thank you for trying to help us out. I look forward to hearing from you

  33. Nina says:

    I am interested in knowing more about my family who are from San Martino, Reggio calabria in Italy, My GGG Domenica Mammoliti, I am not sure who she married she had 2 husbands, and too, and I have I would like to know about her mother and father too ???

  34. peter says:

    Trying to find relatives of my Grandfather, Savario Delfino, born 1881 in Reggio Calabria, Italy. He had brothers that we know of but don’t have their forenames.

  35. tessa says:

    looking for information on my grandfather and relatives Leonardo granito he served in the itallan army his parents were named domonick and Lucille he had 14 brothers and sisters we meet 1 from Canada when we were kids.and my sister and I would like to know more about him and his siblings

  36. Debbie says:

    I am interested in finding relatives who may still reside in Calabria. The original spelling of my maiden name was Sciumbata, my maternal grandmother’s name was Talarico. they lived in Rizzuti. Also any information on my husband’s family, Fazio and Fioretti names, would be appreciated. Hope to travel to Italy someday and would LOVE to meet relatives! Thanks in advance for any assistance!

  37. Lisa says:

    My grandfather (Giuseppe’s father was Francesco Guzzi. his mother’s name I believe was Anna Arcuri. My grandfather has a sister Amalia. and a brother Albino who immigrated to Argentina.
    Looking for any info. Mthansk.

  38. Helen says:

    Hi! I’m brazilian and i am looking for information about the parent of my grandfather. We believe what his name was Paulo Losapio or Paulo Lossapio or Paulo Lozzapio. Maybe he was living in Reggio Calabria. He immigrated to Brazil around 1880 – 1933. We really apreciate your help.

  39. PattyNJ says:

    Hi, I am looking for the parents of my grandfather Giovanni Mastella who was born in San Giovanni, Italy. Born on September 1, 1895. Also looking for siblings or any other family members.

    • Barb says:

      I have Mastella family in San Giovanni di Ceppaloni. My great grandmother was Lucia. She had two brothers Clemente and Domenico I believe and a sister Celeste. Would this be the family you are looking for?

  40. Florence says:

    Looking for Annunziato Tripodi born and died in Serra San Bruno about 1830-50 married Roseria zaffino can I find?

  41. Tony says:

    looking for any info. with the surname Gallo also Maura

  42. teresa says:

    looking for any info on the surname Monarchio….

  43. denise says:

    Hi. I am currently living in Canada and am looking for: Rocco Reale who immigrated to Canada, he was born approx. 1941 give or take a couple years. He is supposed to be from Reggio, Calabria. He immigrated to Toronto, Canada just before 1965, give or take a couple years. Any information would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you and look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Denise

    • lynn says:

      looking for info for Vito Degazio who was born in 1885

      • MONICA says:

        I know my father was Vito Degazio but born in 1917 in Canada I believe but his parents were from Italy and I also believe, Regio Calabria.

        • lynn says:

          I will ask my 2nd cousin about the info…her maiden name is Jo-Anne Degazio…who knows …we are probably related

          • lynn says:

            Hi!!! when I ask about Degazio they say that there is no record…I know the my Gr-Granpa Vito went to South America before coming to Canada..where do u live…Lynn

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