Genealogy in San Sostene

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from San Sostene, 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 San Sostene registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in San Sostene from the Italian Unification (1861) an important info to understand how many people lived there in the past.

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in San Sostene. As more your surname is common in San Sostene, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in San Sostene 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 San Sostene 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.
For our experience is better to start to search months before your arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices and with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps.

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

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in San Sostene, or if you have questions regarding your family in San Sostene, 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 sansostene@italianside.com our expert in San Sostene area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

6 Comments

  1. Heather says:

    Hi, I am looking for birth records and family members for my great grandfather Rosario Procopio, he changed his name to Capano when coming to America. He was born Oct 15, 1879. He came on the Phoenicia June 19, 1903, through New York. He went to live with his brother Rocco Capano in Massachusetts and then moved to Lewiston ME and married my great grandmother Yvonne Labonte.

  2. Pauline says:

    Seeking information on Giuseppe Procopio, who left in 1905. Married toConcetta Mirarchi. Took ship to Ellis Island, and lived in Pennsylvania, in Pittsburg, and Mt. Carmel. He was my Grandfather, and father of10 children.

  3. Monica says:

    Hi I am looking for information regarding my great grandmother Domenica Porcopio who moved to the USA in the 1800’s. Also looking for information on her son Dominick Agliuzzo who moved to the USA .

  4. Rosa says:

    Hi, I am looking for birth or death records for my grandmother. Her name was Rosa Maria Lentini born around 1894. She was youngest of five siblings Angela, Caterina, Elizabetta and Pasquale. Pasquale was killed in action around 1915. Caterina emigrated to America with her husband Rocco. I hope this works. And good luck to others on their searches.

  5. Katie says:

    Hi – I am looking for information on my great-grandfather who was born in 1887 in San Sostene. His name is Andrew Procopio. His birthdate was 27 Feb 1887. He went to the USA in approximately 1907. Any information would be helpful!
    Thanks!

  6. JANET says:

    LOOKING FOR BIRTH RECORDS OF MY GRANDFATHER AND HIS SIBLINGS. HIS NAME IS: VITTORIO CARIOTI BORN APR 11, 1895. PARENTS WERE GRECORIO CARIOTI B. NOV 24, 1863 AND FRANCESCA MARIA PRECOPIO B. JUN 30, 1871. I BELIEVE PARENTS WERE MARRIED SPET 11, 1890 IN SAN SOSTENE. ALL WERE BORN IN SAN SOSTENE. I HAVE NO NAMES OF SIBLINGS AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE WERE OTHER BROTHERS OR SISTERS WHO MAY HAVE COME TO AMERICA. THANKS.

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