Genealogy in Melara

If you search your ancestors in Melara, Veneto, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Veneto and in Rovigo province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Melara registrar as of that date.

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

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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Melara from the Italian Unification (1861).



It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Melara. As more your surname is common in Melara, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Melara archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Rovigo province are:
Andreotti, Astolfi, Boscolo, Bovolenta, Cavallaro, Chinaglia, Crepaldi, Crivellari, Davi, Destro, Ferrarese, Ferrari, Ferro, Finotti, Franzoso, Furini, Mancin, Mantovan, Mantovani, Marangon, Marangoni, Marzolla, Masiero, Milan, Milani, Moretto, Negri, Osti, Pavan, Pavanello, Piva, Pizzo, Pozzato, Pregnolato, Rizzato, Rizzi, Rossi, Ruzza, Siviero, Stocco, Stoppa, Trevisan, Veronese, Visentin, Zanella, Zanirato, Zerbinati.

Church archives in Rovigo 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 Melara and Rovigo province, you could plan to investigate churches’ archives by yourself (or with us!), but from abroad is very difficult to obtain any result unless you find a reliable local help.

Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Venezia.


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.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Melara 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 melara@italianside.com our expert in Melara area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


1 Comment

  1. Ana says:

    I am wondering if it is possible that our last name of Melara derived from those who came from this place? Do you know of any such use of the place as becoming a surname for those migrating from there? I know this has been common in other nationalities such as the Irish.

    We have been trying to establish the root of our surname, and while we are aware of a Melara shipping company in Italy, that is all we have come across in our very occasional and casual searches.

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