Genealogy in Serrastretta

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Serrastretta. As more your surname is common in Serrastretta, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Serrastretta 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 Serrastretta 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 Serrastretta, or if you have questions regarding your family in Serrastretta, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


12 Messages to “Genealogy in Serrastretta”
  1. Eliana says:

    I am searching for informations on Felicio Antonio Mascaro born 27/03/1871, in Serrastretta, his father Raphael Mascaro and mother Raquel Mascaro. Thanks for informations.

  2. Martin Marie - Line says:

    Bonjour,j habite la France mais ma maman est née le 20 juillet 1940 et s’appelait Maria Molinaro . Fille de Michelina Lopreiato. avez vous des informations à ce sujet. MERCI

  3. Scott H says:

    My name is Scott Haraty and I live in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the US. My wife and I plan to visit Italy and we’d like to see if I can locate any family there to meet them. Please review the information below, and feel free to forward it to others if you feel they may have any information about these families. I would love to hear from anyone who has any information that can help locate my family in Italy. Thank you.

    The 2 names from my family are on my mom’s side are Falvo (her father) and Mazzei (her mother).

    My grandfather’s name was Agostino Falvo – he was born on May 8, 1892 in Serrastretta/Catanzaro. His parents were Gaetano Falvo, and Angela Rosa Mazzei. Agostino had 1 sister Rosanna and also a brother and we don’t know his name but we believe moved to Brazil. In April of 1910, Agostino took a ship to New York, and we believe he first stayed with his Uncle Angelo Falvo in Hartford, CT, then he settled down in Springfield, Massachusetts permanently. On August 16, 1914, he married Angelina Mazzei, and they had several children (Charles; Raymond; Josephine; Thomas; Phyllis; Daniel; Ernest, Fredrick, and Maryann who is my mother and the youngest of the children). About 1965, his sister Rosanna and her husband Joseph from Calabria visited my grandfather here in the US. Roseanna’s last known address was Via 24 Maggio No. 17 88043 Feroleto Antico. Please note Rosanna’s maiden name was Falvo before she married Joseph Falvo. Since there was 19 years age difference between Agostino and Rosanna – we’re wondering if there were other brothers and sisters besides the one who we think moved to Brazil. My mom is 82 now and her only living bother/sister left is Ernie.

    My grandmother’s maiden name was Angelina Mazzei – she was born in Angoli/Catanzaro on April 3, 1898. Her parents were Tomasso (Thomas) Mazzei and Teresa Mazzei. Please note Teresa’s maiden name was Mazzei before she married Tomasso who was a Mazzei as well. Angelina arrived in the US in 1910 and married Augostino Falvo in 1914. They had 9 children listed above.

    My grandmother’s parents moved to the US and lived in Springfield, Massachusetts. They had 5 children: my grandmother Angelina; Anthony; Joseph; Louis; and Rose.

    Please feel free to share this information with others. If you or anyone else knows anyone related to the people above – I’d like to learn more about them so I can get connected to our family in Italy. Thank you.

  4. juan says:

    Hi, i am searching for information of my grandfather Rosario Talarico, he was born in Serrastretta in 1930 i thinnk. thank you.

  5. Donna says:

    I am searching for information on my paternal grandfather Gaetano Mazza, born (I believe) in Serrastretta on 1/08/1890. He married Maria Fazio and they had their first child ( Rosario born 1912 in Italy). They immigrated to America and raised their family of 10 children in Springfield, MA. If you have any information that may be of any help in my search I would be grateful. Thank you.

    • Scott H says:

      Hi Donna – interesting post about Springfield, MA. I am working on trying to track down family in Italy to go visit and meet them. My grandfather was Agostino Falvo who was born 5/8/1892 in Serestretta. His parents were Gaetano Falvo and Angela Rosa Mazzei. He came to the US in 1909 and lived in Springfield his whole life – he had 11 children. I lived in Springfield until I was 12, then we moved to East Longmeadow, then I joined the Navy at 18. Good luck on your search.

  6. Tracy says:

    I am looking for information on Thomas fragale he immigrated to America 1892.

  7. William says:

    My Great, Great Grandfather(Francesco Nicotera) born about 1835 & Grandmother (Chiara Perri) are from Serrastretta. Their Daughter (Raffaela Nicotera) born 1877 married my Great Grandfather sometime in the early 1890’s. All of them emigrated to the United States about 1891. My Great Grandfather went by John Mangus in the USA but my guess is his name may have been Giovanni Manguso or Mancuso. He was born in 1866 in Southern Italy but I do not know where. I have also heard his first name may have been Pasquale. Any information about where he was born, his parent’ names etc would be greatly appreciated. Grazie

    • Ed Molinari says:

      WE are related and the same generation! My great, great grandparents were Francesco Nicotera and Chiara Perri! They had 7 children. My great grandmother was Maria Vincenza Nicotera who was a sister of Raffaella. I visited Serrastretta last year and researched some records at the church.I have more information.
      We should talk.

  8. Chris says:

    My grandfather is Rosario Bevevino, born June 6, 1883, we believe in Serrastretta or very close by. He was born out of wedlock and then adopted. His birth mother was from a wealthy silk producing family, and she was banished to Brazil. His birth father was a policeman. My grandmother, Rose Scalise Bevevino, was born December 6, 1882, we believe in another town very close by, possibly Angoli. They knew each other growing up, but were married in the USA after arriving in New York in 1902. It is also believed that my grandfather may have been raised by his future wife’s aunt. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

  9. Linda says:

    The name in Serrastretta is Franscesco Gallo, born apx 1862. However, he may have been born in Belsito. But, I believe the family was originally from Serrastretta. That is what I am trying to confirm. He immigrated to upstate NY around 1890. He is my maternal great grandfather. Thank you for any direction that you can give me.

  10. Karen says:

    I am searching for information on Pietro Molinaro. I have no information on him except that he was listed as deceased on a ship manifest from 1913. He married Angelina Scalise and they had four children: Natale (born 1894), Antonio (born 1895), Francesca (born 1899), and Filomena (born 1900). Angelina immigrated to the USA in 1913 with her children.

    I would like to get some information on Pietro. When was he born? When did he marry? Did he die in Italy? Did he come to the USA and die here? Did he come to the USA and was never from again?

    Thank you.

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