Genealogy in Motta Santa Lucia

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Motta Santa Lucia, 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 Motta Santa Lucia registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Motta Santa Lucia?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Motta Santa Lucia


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Motta Santa Lucia. As more your surname is common in Motta Santa Lucia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Motta Santa Lucia 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 Motta Santa Lucia 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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Motta Santa Lucia, or if you have questions regarding your family in Motta Santa Lucia, just leave a message below

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21 Messages to “Genealogy in Motta Santa Lucia”
  1. Rubens says:

    Good Morning.

    My name is Rubens Caratta Macedo, I’m Brazilian, a descendant of DOMENICO ROBERTINI CARATTA, son of PAOLO CARATTA and MARIA ITRIA CARATTA. It appears that Domenico was born in Motta SANTA LUCIA, CATANZARO, CALÁBRIA, possibly on November 12, 1883 or 1889. It also states that he migrated to our country between the years of 1889 and 1907.

    As I am gathering documents to apply for Italian citizenship, I would like access to a copy of his birth certificate.

    Could you help me in any way ?! I await information and recommendations on how to proceed.


    Rubens Caratta Macedo

  2. Connie says:

    My Grandparents were from Motto, Francesco Fatino married Maria Carmela Maletta, they lived in Clarkdale/Centerville Ia. They had 10 children, Edward (Turk), Jennie, Frank (Ramsey), George, Tony *died @2yrs, Louis, Sam, Mary Lou and Venice who was married to Mateo A. Campopiano-Compiano,my parents,born in Lucito, Italy. Francesco Fatino had two brothers, Charlie and Mike. Mike married Lucy Maletta Maria’s (Mary)Maletta’s younger sister. Mike and his family of 11 lived and raised their children in Kansas City, Mo. Louise and Joseph Maletta were my grandparents. I went to Motto 2011 found some records but never any living relatives. Francesco Fatino, my grandfather’s father was Oarardo Fatino but his father was unknown. I believe he married Concetta Guigliani (not sure of spelling).
    Always wanting to know more.

    • Gail says:

      HI Connie,

      My mother was from Centerville but the last name was Tezzano. We are relatived to the Malettas from Centerville. I would love to talk to you in more detail.

    • Denise says:

      My grandfather, Frank Cathlina, immigrated to US with a cousin, Maletta, and settled in Mystic, Iowa. Grandpa was born in Motta Santa Lucia, Calabria.

  3. Diana says:

    My Great Grandfather, Antonio Palmerino, was born in Motta Santa Lucia in 1851. He married Dionella Aiello in 1878 or 1880. Looking for information about their parents or their marriage.

    • Patti says:

      My mother is Diane Palmerino. Her grandparents were Diane and Antonio Palmerino. I have some information. Was your maiden name Gigliotti,

  4. Tresa Degattis says:

    My grandmother Tresa Guglielmini was born 8/5/1895 in Motta Saint Lucia, Italy. Her parents were Angelo and Consetta Lanni Guglielmini. I don’t know much about her history as my father, her son did not tell me much. I know she married more than once. Can you tell me any information.

    Thank You
    Tresa DeGattis

  5. joseph says:

    Saverio Chirillo married Digna Carino some time in the 30s. saverio Chiriloo was a natulized citizen of the United states. His father joseph chirillo was a citizen of United states.

    • Joseph says:

      The correct spelling of joseph chirillo father of saverio chirillo. Saverio .. saverio chirillo and digna carino had a son named joseph Antonio chirillo born June 5th 1935 a natulized citizen.

  6. Rose Marie says:

    I wish to know if there are any members of my family living in Motta Santa Lucia today. My grandparents were born there. My grandfather was Giuseppe Blasco. He was born on April 8, 1894. His parents were Frank and Lucia Blasco. My grandmother was Luisa San Assante. She was born on May 3,1899

  7. Michelangela says:

    In order to complete my Family Tree, i would like to know my ancestors.
    My Grand Mother PETTINARI ANGELA was born in Motta S. Lucia il 28/06/1886. She married ADAMO SAVERIO born in 1855 I think in Decollatura.
    I would like to know the mother and the father of Angela Pettinari, since the surname seem not origin from Calabria but from Marche…

  8. Sherrie says:

    I am looking for more information on my Fathers Mothers side of the family. My Great Grandfather was Giovanni Sirianni he was born around 1860 in Motto San Lucia. He may have married Francesca FerraiuoloI in 1863. But he went to America and remarried. I believe his father was Santo Sirianni who married Michelina Sirianni. Any information would be very helpful, thank you

    • Lisa says:

      My great-grandfather was Giovanni Sirianni, born in Motta Santa Lucia. I don’t know the date, but 1860 wouldn’t be out of the question. He married Sevaria Marrazza (from Conflenti, also Calabria) and lived in Pennsylvania. I do have a photo of him. Question — you say he was born in 1860 but then indicate that he married in 1863 — what are the correct dates on that?

      • Sherrie says:

        hello Lisa! I’ m sorry I don’t recall see your reply. I have my great-great grandfather John Sirianno (1860-1934?) and marrying Francesca Ferriaiuola 1886. I am not sure if that information is correct. He then left for America in 1890 without her. He went to Warren PA and marrying Gustina M. Nicoletti June 23, 1902.

  9. Karen says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandparents that were born in Motta Santa Lucia. My great grandfather Pasquale Sirianni born May 1877 and my great grandmother Frances Villella born April 1876. Frances Villella’s parents were Nicolas Villella born April 1840 and Marie Antonia Villella born April 1839. Thank you for you help.

    • Rosemary Guzzi Dusablon says:

      Dear Gail,
      My grandfather, Alessio Guzzi, lived in a small hamlet named Clarkdale, outside Centerville, Iowa. He was origanally from Motta. His Tezzano neighbor lived less than 50 ft from him. Also Giovanni Simon Maletta’s son Guissepe (Joseph) and his wife and children lived here to in Clarkdale. Their son, Giovanni Simon married my aunt. I would like to know how the Tezzano’s are related. Please contact me.

    • Cortesio/Serriani says:

      My grandfather was Pasquale Cortesio. His mother was a Serriani and they all were from Motta Santa Lucia. My grandfather (Pasquale) was born May 17, 1891 and moved to Clarkdale, Iowa when he was 14, to work in the coal mines. Many families from Motta Santa Lucia came here to work in the early 1900’s.
      I would like to know more about my grandfathers parents and also my Grandmother, Thomasina Mageni “Maggie” Mitchell, born in the USA, but of Italian descent. I believe my grandmothers parents were also from Motta Santa Lucia, however they immigrated to Pennsylvania. Somehow, my grandfather in Clarkdale, Iowa and my grandmother from Pennsylvania ended up marrying in Iowa where they raised a large family.
      I am guessing some of the posts I see on here may be relatives (Serriani).


    • Tony says:

      My great grandmother was Louise Villella , I believe she was from Motta as that is where my Grandmother was from. Louise married Joseph Maletta and my grandmother (Parma) was born in 1898.They came to the states in 1909 and ended up in Clarkdale Ia after a short stay in Pennsylvania,

  10. Gali says:

    I am looking for information on my grandparents that were born in Motta Santa Lucia. My great grandfather Giovanni S Maletta born 1822 and great grandmother Angelarosa Cerra married 8 Feb 1857. Also my grand parents Giovanni Tezzano born 15 Dec 1877 and Teresina Sculeo born 4 June 1876 and married on 2 June 1900.

    • Andrea says:

      Gail, I have information on your great grandparents Giovanni Simone Maletta & Angelarosa Cerra/ and your grandfather Giovanni Tezzano. Giovanni is a great uncle to me. His sister Lucia Maletta was my grandmother. Please contact me.

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