Genealogy in Cortale

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Cortale, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Calabria and in Catanzaro province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Cortale registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Cortale?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Cortale


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Cortale. As more your surname is common in Cortale, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Cortale archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Catanzaro province are:
Aiello, Bianco, Caruso, Cimino, Colosimo, Cosentino, Critelli, Curcio, De Fazio, Donato, Falvo, Fazio, Folino, Gallo, Gentile, Gigliotti, Grande, Greco, Gualtieri, Leone, Mancuso, Marino, Mastroianni, Mazza, Mazzei, Mercuri, Molinaro, Muraca, Nistico, Paone, Paonessa, Perri, Procopio, Pugliese, Ranieri, Rocca, Rotella, Rotundo, Russo, Sacco, Scalise, Sestito, Talarico, Torchia, Trapasso, Vaccaro, Vescio, Viscomi.

Church archives in Catanzaro 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 Cortale and Catanzaro 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.

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

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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Cortale, or if you have questions regarding your family in Cortale, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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6 Messages to “Genealogy in Cortale”
  1. galanteria y romano says:

    informe de familiares de vito galantería nacido en córtale el 13 de ener de 1879 hijo de Antonio galantería y de maria cavalenuovo e informes de familiares de rosa maria romana nacida en el año 1876 ellos se casaron el 19 de mayo de 1900 atto n.6p.1 gracias en córtale gracias

  2. Anne says:

    I am researching Nicola Miceli (born 11 Mar 1891) who came from Cortale, Catanzaro, Calibria to America in 1909. His father was Antonio Miceli and his mother was Lucrezia Foderaro Miceli, both from Cortale.

    I would appreciate any information on Nicola Miceli and his parents.

  3. Marnie says:

    I am researching Pete Pulli. He was born in Cortale on 25 January 1888. He was in the United States by the year 1920. (He married in the United States and was the father of three children here and the step-father to three other children.) Where do I look to find his parents and siblings in Italy?

  4. Marian Rose says:

    I am trying to find information about my grandfather’s family (his parents, did he have siblings, etc.) He was born in Cortale and came to America in the early 1900 (1910 maybe). His name was John (no middle name) Mangani; he married Ipolita Migliaccio from Cortale. She traveled to America and back three times then stayed in Cortale, her home (I never met her).

    When grandpa tried signing his citizenship papers, his “i” at the end of his name went all the way up and formed the “o” you see in his son’s family’s name (my father). For some reason, it was never changed and we are the only ones with the “Mangano” last name. All other relatives are Mangani – settled in New York. Then to Iowa. There were 3 children -my father, Paul, his brother, Dominic and sister, Marianna who lived with her mother in Cortale. My brothers and I hope to find out about our Grandfather’s side of the family. Thank you for any help……..

    • cathy says:

      I am researching Domenic b 1903 Cortale and father Giovanni (John) and mother Ipolita Migliaccio; I saw your posting when I googled Mangani / Cortale. Thanks for your posting. I am not a descendant but have been asked by a deceased descendent’s son to prepare a family history. I found all the ship records and it was interesting how many trips they made! I am an Italian researcher, but the records for Cortale are not on microfilm for looking up John’s parents. I need to write for them from their records locally. Where did Paul live? I saw references that John may have been in Chicago or something before he ended up in Erie County. Do you know when he died? John? There is one grave for a Giovanni Mangani in Erie County, but I cannot tell if it his him. Do you actuallly know when Domenic died? I heard (is it true) that he and Eleanor divorced? Do you know when she died?

    • cathy says:

      I am researching John and Ipolita Migliacco for descendants of Dominic of Erie Co, New York. It is John , who died recently, born in 1931, descendants. I do Italian research and am not finding the birth records on films or online past 1865, so I am in process of writing to the civil registration office in Cortale for John’s birth (around 1874) and his marriage information.

      Where did Paul live? Do you know the death dates of Domenic born 1903 and his wife Eleanor? Did you stay in touch with Domenic and Eleanor?

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