Genealogy in Spilinga

If you search your ancestors in Spilinga, in the province of Vibo Valentia, 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 Spilinga

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Spilinga 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 Spilinga. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Spilinga archives, expecially 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 Records in Spilinga

Church archives in Vibo Valentia 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 Vibo Valentia 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 Spilinga on your behalf.

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



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

Here below you can read the messages received from other visitors in Spilinga forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Spilinga feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Marcela says:

    Buenas tardes, soy descendiente directa de Michele Mazzeo, hijo de Pasquale Mazzeo y Anna Pontoriero, soy su bisnieta. Quisiera ponerme en contacto con algún familiar directo de ellos. Gracias

  2. Giuseppe says:

    my father was Michele LaTorre and my mother is Rosa LaTorre (Valente) his parents were Giuseppe LaToree and Domenica Arena her parents were Nicola Valente and Domenica Brasso….. i would love some history and info on them

  3. JoAnna says:

    My father was Antonio Tomasso Miceli born in Spilings on Nov. 24,1904 or Giuseppe and Dominica. He had two sisters, Elenora and Michelina. They lived on Via Della Republicca . I would like to know if anyone remembers the family tomasso left Spilinga in 1922 and settled in New Jersey

    • Graciela says:

      My Great-Great grandmother was Domenica Micheli who married Bruno Pugliese and their daughter was Domenica Pugliese my Great-grandmother

  4. Josephine Mazzeo says:

    I am interested in obtaining information on my family. My father’s parent’s surnames were: (Pasquale) Martirano & (Giuseppa) LaTorre. My mother’s parent’s surnames were: (Fortunato) Campesi & (Caterina) Fama.
    Any information you can pass along would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

    • Roberto says:

      Yo soy Famá de apellido y todos los Famá que en conocido aquí en Argentina tienen un ascendiente de Spilinga a igual que mi abuelo

    • Diego says:

      Hi, Josephine. I’m a direct descendant of Michele Mazzeo (son of Pasquale Mazzeo and Ana Pontoriero) and Domenica La Torre (daughter of Domenico La Torre and Domenica Fama). It seems we’re related.

      • Mar says:

        Hola Diego, soy bisnieta de Michele Mazzeo y Domenica La Torre. Estoy en Buenos Aires. Me gustaría ponerme en contacto con vos, saludos