Genealogy in Simbario

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Simbario 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 Simbario. As more your surname is common in Simbario, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Simbario archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Vibo Valentia province are:
Arena, Barbieri, Bartucca, Carnovale, Caruso, Cavallaro, Ceravolo, Cirillo, Contartese, Corigliano, Costa, Cugliari, De Luca, De Vita, Ferraro, Franzè, Fruci, Galati, Greco, Grillo, Iannello, La Torre, Lico, Loiacono, Maiolo, Mamone, Mancuso, Marchese, Mazzeo, Mazzitelli, Mazzotta, Messina, Michienzi, Monteleone, Nesci, Pontoriero, Pugliese, Restuccia, Rizzo, Romano, Rombolà, Rondinelli, Russo, Serratore, Tassone, Valente, Vallone, Ventrice.

Church archives in Vibo Valentia 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 Simbario and Vibo Valentia 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 Simbario 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 Simbario area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Chrissy says:

    I can’t get any further in my research on my Simbario relatives. Looking for information on my great grandmother Rosina Coda (b. 1881). She married Vincenzo Ierulli (b. 1879) and came to the U.S. from Simbario ending up in Portland, Oregon. Vincenzo’s father was Francisco Basilio Michele Ierulli (b. 1849) and his mother was Maria Andreacchi (b. 1843). I would really love some information on Rosina Coda. It’s a bit of a mystery to us. She told my grandmother her maiden name was Denardo but we now know it was Coda. Any help with any of the names would be greatly appreciated.

  2. James says:

    My wife’s family was from Simbario. Her great grandfather Giuseppe Bertucci born Dec 15, 1879 in Simbario-Catazario but died in the US. Any information on him or his family would be appreciated.

    • Salvatore says:

      My grandfather was Salvatore Bertucci born around 1903 and he had an older brother Giuseppe. Both came to the US here from Simbario in the early 20’s. It was a custom to name one son after the grandfather in my family(I am named after my grandfather) so I wonder if uncle Joe(Giuseppe) could have been the son of Giuseppe born in 1879.

  3. Angela says:

    Hi… all my family is from Simbario , would love any information or history on the Vilona , Lombardo , Mangiardi , Bertucci family would be appreciated . Thank you

  4. Josephine says:

    My father was Francis Lofaro born in Ishpeming, Mi. In 1926. His father was Salvatore Lofaro and mother Maria Francesca Scpopacasa Lofaro. They were from Simbario. He had three brothers. Joseph, Anthony, and Louis who died as an infant. My paternal great grandparents were Joseph and Clara Roti Lofaro. Is anyone out there my relative? My dad said a good portion of the population moved to Ishpeming, Mi in the 1920’s.

  5. Victoria says:

    Buon Giorno,
    I am looking for information on Victoria (vittoria) Valente born 1874 in Simbario and Domenico Roti Born 1864-5. She had 6-7 brothers. If you could provide her parents names and info, grandparents’ names and dates, anything you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
    Grazie mille.

    • Josephine says:

      My paternal great grandmothers maiden name was Roti. She was Clara Roti. Married Joseph Lofaro. Are we related? Do you know anything of their children?

  6. Briana says:

    I am looking for geneology information on my family who originated in Simbario. I believe my great grandfather, Francesco Sarvello, and my great grandmother Chiara Valela were born there. My great great grandparents being Bruno and Mariana Sarvello. I would love to know more of my family history if you could help. Thank you!

  7. Sharon says:

    Hello, I’d like help in locating my grandfathers family. My grandfather was named Francesco (Frank) Bertucci. He was born in Simbario, Calabria in 1896. His father was also named Francesco and I believe his mother was named Gustina. My grandfather came to the United States in 1913. I would appreciate any information you may have on Francesco and Gustina with their birth dates. I would also like to know of other children they had. Thank you for your help.

    • Sam says:

      Hi Sharon, my name is Salvatore (sam) Crispo. I live in Toronto Canada and the names you are looking for are the names of my grandfather’s parents. My grandfather’s name was Vincenzino Bertucci and we are the only family with the name Giustina in Simbario. I still have an aunt living in Simbario with the name Giustina Bertucci. I know my maternal grandfather had family in the United States in Chicago and Milwakee. Looking for to answering any questions.

  8. Maureen says:

    Good afternoon,
    I need two original copies of my grandfather’s birth certificate for my Italian citizenship. My brother, mother and cousins have gotten theirs from you but I need my own copies. He was born Simbario, I have a copy of his birth certificate that I can provide, can you tell me who to write to get that? THANK YOU!!!!
    Maureen McKinney

  9. Lori says:

    I am looking for information on the birth of my Grandfather Vincenzo Bertucci born Jan 28, 1893 to Guiseppe Bertucci and Maria Concetta Russo. He came to America around 1907 with his father. I would like to find out what happened to Maria Concetta as well. I also am looking for death records for my Great Grandparents Guiseppe Bertucci born May 1856 and Teresa Romano Bertucci born April 1857. I have many questions about my relatives in Simbario. Thank you so much!

    • Carmen says:

      Hola , estoy buscando informaciónn sobre Francisco Bertucci nacido el 25 de julio de 1952 en Simbario. Se caso con Filomena Lembo y partieron a Buenos Aires, no es familiar mio pero es el Tatarabuelo de mis sobrinos. Julia, Florencia y Matias Bertucci. Tambien de Filomena Lembo, no encuentro nada de ella y me falta la fecha de casamiento conmuchas Francisco Bertucci.
      Muchas gracias.

  10. Mary says:

    I’m happy I found this website and hope you can help. I’m looking for information on my grandfather, Peter Paul Salerno, from Simbario. He was born on August 19, 1884. Any information you can offer is deeply appreciated.

  11. Aldo says:

    I am researching my family tree and am seeking your assistance with this endeavour.
    I keep running into dead ends during my searches or invitations to join some type of ancestry website.
    I think I will pursue this once I have collected some sound facts.
    My parents were Rocco Bertucci-1931 to 1988 (Domenico Bertucci & Caterina Roti) & Marinella Vittoria Valente 1938 to 2013 (Domenico Valente & Francesca Timpano). They were all born in Simbario, Catanzaro, Italy.
    I look forward to any information that you could provide me with.

    • Bspe says:

      I have your parents in my genealogy file. Send me your e-mail if you like.

      • Pauline says:

        Hi my Grandfather was a brother to Caterina Roti 1896 to 1959…I am looking for information on their parents (my great grand parents) Rocco Roti 1854-1939 and Mariuccia Valela 1857 – 1946

    • Bill says:

      my grandfather is Francesco Antonio Timpano, Giuseppe and Antonio were his brothers his sister was Francesca Timpano born 1910, his parents were Pasquale Timpano and Catarina Carelloi have 5 generations of ancestry

    • Bryan says:

      I have Rocco listed in my database as a 1st cousin x2 removed. Not a whole lot of information other than it looks like he died in Windsor.

    • Tony says:

      I’m a cousin of yours

  12. Sharon says:

    My Grandfather was born in Catanzaro Vibo Valensia Simbario, Italy. His Mother’s name was Maria and his father was Vito. The last name is Perino. My Grandfather added an extra r when he came here because people continued to mis spell it. I was wondering if any Perino’s are still in this area. Thank you.

  13. Claire says:


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