Reggio Calabria-Italy

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About us

We are researching the DNA of people whose ancestors come from one of the 97 villages in the Province of Reggio Calabria in southern Italy.  Of special interest to me is to get people from my own ancestors' villages of Gioiosa Ionica, Martone, and Grotteria into my database, so that we can discover the origins of our ancestors.  However, anyone with ancestors from the Province of Reggio Calabria is welcome to join.  The Y-DNA that a man carries in his cells is inherited virtually unchanged from the 1st man to carry their surname from thousands of years ago, so Y-DNA test of a living male will show the genetic origins of his surname.  Similarly, the mtDNA that both men and women carry in their cells is virtually unchanged from a person's mother's mother's mother's mother from thousands of years ago, so an mtDNA test on a living person will show the origins of that person's maternal line.  You simply order your test from Family Tree DNA online (see below to order) and Family Tree DNA will send the kit to your house. The test is easy and painless:  You simply swab the inside of your mouth with a Q-tip like swab and send it back to FamilyTreeDNA in the mail.   In about 5-8 weeks, you will get an email with your results.

Suggested tests:  For men: A Y-DNA 12 or 25 marker test, to show the genetic origin of the first man to carry your last name.  For men and women: An mtDNA test (a full sequence test is best) to show the genetic origin of your mother's mother's mother's line.


FOR GENOGRAPHIC PROJECT PARTICIPANTS:   If you have already taken a DNA test through National Geographic's Genograhic Project, and would like to transfer your results to this project,  simply login to your National Geographic Account at and you will be given the option to transfer to Family Tree DNA, where you can choose the Reggio Calabria DNA Project as the group to join.

EXTRA BONUS:   If you join the Reggio Calabria DNA Project and your family is from Gioiosa Ionica, Martone, or Grotteria, I would be happy to search the birth, marriage, and death records from these villages from  years 1809-1904 and trace back your family tree to the late 1700s.  I will then send you a pedigree chart of your ancestors, as well as any documents that I can find.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Project Administrator.