Genealogy in Soveria Mannelli

If you search your ancestors in Soveria Mannelli, Calabria, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Calabria and in Catanzaro province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Soveria Mannelli registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Soveria Mannelli 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 Soveria Mannelli. As more your surname is common in Soveria Mannelli, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Soveria Mannelli 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 Soveria Mannelli 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 Soveria Mannelli 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 our expert in Soveria Mannelli area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Bob says:

    I am trying to find information on my ancestor, Nicola Sirianni who was mayor of Soveria Mannelli in 1816. Does anyone have any information on him?

  2. Nick says:

    Both my grandparents originated in Soveria-Mannelli. They emigrated to Des Moines, IA in the 1920s. My grandmother was Angela Bonacci and my grandfather Nicola Cardamone. There are many Italians in Des Moines with sir names Sirriani, Chiodo, Marasco, Colosimo, Talarico, Critelli, DeFazio, Scalise, Sacco, and Pascuzzi. If you’re looking for records, you may want to check with St. Anthony Catholic Church.

    • Lucas says:

      Both my great grandfather (Carmino Aiello) and grandfather (Michele Aiello) were born in Soveria Mannelli and ended up in Des Moines as well. I have had regular Mail and Email correspondence with the L’ufficiale del Stato Civile who just so happens to be a Bonacci! She may be related to you somehow. Also, my Great Aunt Theresa Aiello married a Cardamone, and my family still keeps in touch with our 1st cousins, who now live in Rossano.

    • Kristen says:

      My great grandfather was Vincenzo (or Vincent when he came to the US in Des Moines) Chiodo. His mother was Angela Maria Pascuzzi, I’ve been having a hard time tracing the family back. Some of the information I have was a scribbled down and a lot of it is difficult to understand. You mention to check with the St. Anthony Catholic Church, We do not have one anywhere near. Would there be a way i could possibly email someone with the St. Anthony Catholic Church to gather some information or would I have to go there to receive any information?

  3. Adriana says:

    Hello, I haven’t been able to find any information on my family from Soveria Mannelli. My grandfather Salvatore Chiodo married to Concetta Cardamone. Est birth between 1880-1990. Who Can I write to to try and obtain birth, marriage and death certificates for my grandparents surnames Chiodo and Cardamone?
    Any help appreciated. Thank you.

  4. trish says:

    Seeking more information on Giuseppe Marasco, born Soveria Manelli, 24 August 1923. Father Luigi Marasco & Mother Rosalia Costanza. I would like to know where they lived in Soveria, and anything else.

  5. Karen says:

    Looking for a birth record for Louis Cosentino born Aug 15, 1860 in Soveria. would his name have been Luigi?

  6. Amanda says:

    Giuseppe Perri dob September 8, 1898
    Arrived in New York in 1920.
    I would love information on who his parents were!

  7. Robert says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandparents marriage in Soveria Mannelli. His name was Salvatore Cianco and her name was Maria Theresa Sirriani. They would have been married around 1890.
    Thank you for any help you may provide.

  8. Jari says:

    Seeking information on the parents of Tommaso Chiodo. He was born in Soveria Mannelli in 1901. He emigrated to America and lived in Des Moines, Iowa. On his wedding license, he listed his parents as Natale Chiodo and Michelina Pascuzzi. Initially he lived with his two cousins, Giuseppe and Angelo Chiodo. Their parents are Benedetto Chiodo and Annunciata Marasco. My best guess is Natale Chiodo and Benedetto Chiodo are brothers.

    • Shannon says:

      Do you know anything more about Annunciata Marasco? She might be my great-grandfather’s sister. Francesco “Frank” Marasco was born in Soveria Mannelli in 1885. I know he had one brother, two sisters, and a half-brother. Frank’s son, James wrote me a letter back in 2002 that included both sisters’ names: Josephine & Annunciata. I tracked down Josephine in Pennsylvania but I know absolutely nothing about Annunciata.

  9. Diana says:

    I am looking for information on my Great-Great-Great Grandmother
    Her name was Caterina Zupo. Born abt. 1786
    She married Domenico Barletta.
    Hope you can help me.
    Thank You

  10. Angela says:

    Looking to build a family tree and find out what the coat of arms for the Talarico name from Soveria Mannelli comes from He was born 1/11/25 and arrived in Australia in 1950

  11. frances vinnacombe says:

    In 1907 my great grandfather Rosario Chiodo and his wife Elisabetta (Luisa) Biancho Chiodo came to America from Soveria Manelli with 5 of their 7 children. I am looking for the family members they left behind. My grandmother’s name was Maria Concetta Chiodo and there is a woman by this name listed in the Soveria Manelli white pages. I have sent her a letter but have not from her as yet.
    They had 4 boys; Ernest, Frank, Anthony, and Samuel (Sam born in America) and 3 daughters; Grace, Maria Concetta, and Theresa also called Michelena. Theresa, the youngest, came to America a little later.
    Rosario settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while his sons moved to the Dearborn, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois areas with Sam moving to Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.
    Any information would be so very much appreciated.

    • Paula says:

      Your great grandfather was my great grandfather. I remember your grandmother Tzi Tzi Mary Zito and all the rest of the siblings Uncle Tony, Uncle Frank, my grandfather Ernest, Uncle Sam who was born here, and the other aunts Teresa Chiapetta and Grace( we cannot remember her married name) Was Gina your mother or was Toss Zito your father? I only recall two of Mary’s children. My cousin Ernest went to our family’s town years ago and there are family members there, but my Dad says all the children came to the states.

      • Frances Vinnacombe says:

        hi paula! i finally saw this posting months after the fact and responded with a message which i don’t see here. i would love to get in touch with you and your cousin ernest. i’ve just “met” my second cousin davis chiodo (son of Tony Chiodo) by phone and it was such a treat BUT he doesn’t have any information on the address/location of the house where our great grandfather and my grandmother lived. i’d love to send you some old photos i have. if you ever get back onto this page again please contact me.

    • Ernest says:

      Louis Antonio Ernest (Ernest) Chiodo was my grand father who lived between Pittsburg and Dearborn, Michigan. John Ernest Chiodo was my father who was born in Dearborn, Michigan. My uncle was Rosario (Ross). My great uncle was Frank. It sounds like we are related.

  12. David says:

    Searching for Teresa Bonacci born 21 Oct 1878. Married Giuseppe Casanova in 1900, He was born 11 Sep 1878. A daughter Francesca Casanova was born abt 1 Jan 1901. Looking for information on any of these people. Parents names and data and other family.

    • Don says:

      I am related to Teresa Bonacci. She is my grandfather sister. his name is Anton Bonacci and bough of them are buried in Hurley Wisconsin

  13. Lynn says:

    I am looking for children of Aloysio Cardamone and Santa Caliguiri (likely born 1892-1900) of San Tommasso, Soveria Mannelli. My great grandfather, baptized Angelus Antonius Cardamone, was their firstborn son, born 5 Sept 1891. He immigrated to the United States around 1905, but had a younger brother and sister that remained in Soveria Mannelli. I am hoping to find their names, and possibly their descendants.

    • Fran V says:

      my mother, elizabeth zito mcclafferty, daughter of maria concetta chiodo and antonio zito, is has cousins named caliguiri in pittsburgh. richard caliguiri was the mayor several times! one branch changed it to collinger if that is helpful to you.

  14. Mickey says:

    I am searching for information on Name: Bernardo Chiodo (no middle name)
    Date of birth: September 2, 1903
    Place of birth: Calabria (Catanzaro) Italy
    His Mother was Serafina Cardamone
    His Father was Gabriel Chiodo
    Arrived at Ellis Island, New York on April 20, 1920 per the ship manifest
    Believe that he had an older sibling (sister) in Italy named Rosa Chiodo

    Also interested in how this area was affected in World War ONE.

    • Sonseere says:

      I happened upon your note tonight. I believe my great-great grandmother was Rose Chiodo. I am in the process of obtaining my Italian citizenship through her son ,my great grandfather, Pietro Maria scalise. I am just starting to explore more about this line in my family.

      this group landed in Wisconsin where my grandmother was born. Pietro married into the del Monico family.

      my apologies for the quick note. But I had to respond when I saw this post. Good luck to you also!

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