Genealogy in Siderno

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

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

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

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


  1. Linda says:

    I’m trying to locate information about my family in Calabria. My grandfather, Salvatore Cappa, and grandmother Marianna (nee Nucci), emigrated separately to America in the early 1900’s and left a child behind in Calabria, with a family member. They then had a large family (6 more children) in America and we don’t know anything about our Italian cousins.I don’t believe Cappa is such a common name and was hoping there might be someone in Siderno, or nearby, who would have information about our relatives.

    Thank you.

  2. Michele says:

    What is common information on someone who was born 1894.. about.or about.
    My grandmother carnrla Torre or la torre. came to the states in 1907. At 13. Paid for the ticket herself. Not sure if that was even possible.
    Trying to find family of some sort.
    Where is the best place to start?

  3. Janet says:

    My grandfather Vincenzo Gimondo was born in Siderno Marina, Reggio di Calabria, Calabria, Italy. I know he came by a ship named Sannio, arrived in Ellis Island, New York on March 20, 1908. He stayed with family in Albany New York named Luciano Gimondo. I am assuming it was his uncle. I am looking or a birth ceritificate for him and/or his parents name

  4. Roma H says:

    Do you have or could you recommend a local genealogy researcher (who charges reasonable rates) in Siderno, Prov di Reggio Calabria? I would prefer someone from the town or from a close by town, thanks!


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