Genealogy in Roccella Ionica

If you search your ancestors in Roccella Ionica, 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 Roccella Ionica registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


  1. Karen says:

    I am trying to search for any relatives with the last name Schirripa. My dad Rocco Schirripa moves to Australia when he was 17. He lived in Rocella and was born there

  2. Tony says:

    My great grandfather was Domenic Armocida. My grandfather was Antonio Armocida who was born in Rocella Ionica and came to the U.S. In 1920. I would like to find information about my great great grandfather since I am almost sure that his name was Antonio. So any information about the Armocida family would be helpful. My grandmother was Caterins Bova so any information on the Bova family would also be welcomed.

  3. Carlos says:

    I am looking for the ancestors for Domenico Marrapodi, born in Roccela Ionica, 1899 or 1900. Emigrated to Argentina with his wife: Teresa Pregno.
    Thank you!

  4. tony says:

    I am trying to research my grandfather:
    Name: Romolo Lardarello
    Birthdate: 27 May 1898
    Bithplace: Rocchella

    I’m trying to find mother and father information

  5. Brognano says:

    I am trying to locate vincenzo brognanos family from Rocella.

  6. ma says:

    Hello, I am trying to gather some information on my great-grandparents.
    My great grandmother was Caterina Roccisano and supposedly she has some royal
    ties in Roccella, Reggio Calabria. I can not find any information other than her arrival at Ellis Island . She married Francesco Guzzo I assume in Italy.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you.

  7. Lorraine says:

    Hi, i am trying to find out any information about my great grandfather who’s name was Eugenio Conforti born July 21st,1881. I was told he was from Roccella Ionica. His mother’s name was Cecilia. The father is in question, we were told Cecila got pregnant out of wedlock with a doctor with the surname of Caristo. My grandfather said he didn’t grow up with a father but i saw the name Domenico on Eugenio’s marriage certificate. I am working on my family tree, my grandfather…Eugenio’s son, is 99 yrs.old and would love to learn more about his father and mother. Eugenio went to New York i the early 1900’s and settled in Brooklyn, N.Y. I don’t know where else to look but would appreciate any help with this.
    Thank You,
    Lorraine Scolaro

  8. Joy says:

    My grandfather was born in Coulonia, Italy 1887 or 1888 his grandmother name was Fortunata Roccella . I also have some inf. He arrived Ellis Island in 1902 . There also is a record Of Ilario Roccella born in Gerace, Italy arriving Ellis Island 1909. i am sure one was my grandfather and the other may have been a brother or relative.. any suggestion were I could start my search since I will be visiting italy for the first time to visit my grandfather village in the calabria region.
    thank you , Joy Roccella- Everest

  9. Vincent says:

    Hello My grandfather was born in Roccella Jonica in 1893. His name Giuseppi Roccisano.
    He came to America around 1922. I would like to find out about his parents,grandparents etc.
    Thank you if you can assist me

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