Genealogy in Acri

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Acri, 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 Cosenza province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Acri registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Acri. As more your surname is common in Acri, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Acri archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Cosenza province are:
Aiello, Barone, Bruno, Caputo, Caruso, Chiappetta, De Luca, De Marco, De Rose, Esposito, Falcone, Ferraro, Filice, Fusaro, Gabriele, Gagliardi, Gallo, Garofalo, Gaudio, Gencarelli, Gentile, Giordano, Greco, Guido, Leone, Longo, Madeo, Marino, Martino, Mazzei, Morrone, Nicoletti, Nigro, Palermo, Perri, Perrone, Porco, Presta, Pugliese, Rizzo, Romano, Ruffolo, Russo, Salerno, Santoro, Spadafora, Sposato, Veltri.

Church archives in Cosenza 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 Acri and Cosenza 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 Acri, or if you have questions regarding your family in Acri, 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


13 Messages to “Genealogy in Acri”
  1. Valerie says:

    Updated information….Last name could be spelled Acre. Francesco (Frank) first name. Born 3-12-1878. Father (my great great grandfather) was a baron. Thank you!

  2. Valerie says:

    My great grandfather was born around the 1870′s. He was illegitimate. Named either Modesto or Frank Acri…I believe, and was either adopted or took on Modestino as his last name.

  3. Mary says:

    My mother’s paternal grandparents are Calabrese…his last name is Acri, first names seem to be Francesco Salvatore or Sylvester. Born 1863-1865. The spelling of Acri surname was changed to Akrey when Grandpa immigrated late 1800′s. Grandma’s last name (many different spellings)is Molinari, or Mullenare, etc. Her first names are Raphaella (and various spellings such as Raffael, Raphel ++), and could add Maria, and Rosa. She was born in Calabria approx. same year range as Grandpa Frank.
    They married in Calabria. They discovered each other while working in the fields.
    Once Grandpa became established in his business (sold produce from a street cart) he sent for Grandma and their 5 yr old daughter Maria Acri to come over.
    They lived in Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada.
    He died in 1923…buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Toronto. Raphael was 89 yrs. old when she passed (Toronto) and was laid to rest at Mt. Hope (as were most of their Acri/Akrey children. Listed in the Canada Census 1911…THX!!!

  4. Lisa says:

    Looking for my great grandfather Francesco Guzzi. His wife was Anna Arcuri. Their children were Albino, Amalia, Giuseppe. Thanks for your help.

  5. Mary says:

    I have just located grandmother & great-grandmother from Acri to Stamford, Ct. where she married grandfather in 1910.

  6. Kimberley D. says:


    I am looking for any information I can obtain about my paternal great-grandfather and paternal great-grandmother. My great-grandparents immigrated to Worcester, MA from Acri, Cosenza, Italy. I have their dates of birth. I have had no luck in finding any vital records on my great-grandfather’s birth, although I have his WWII draft card identifying his birth in Italy. His “americanized” name was Nicholas Ducimo, but his birth name (I believe) was Nicola Docimo. (We have many cousins with the surname Docimo.) He married my great-grandmother, Angelina Gaspari or Garspari or Galspari (spelling???). She was also from Acri. I have her date of birth, as well.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!


  7. Dawn says:

    My grandmother was born in Acri approx. 1900. Her name was Michelina Fusaro, but the name Longobucco is also associated with her family. I cannot find her on passenger lists. She settled in Westerly, Rhode Island and married my grandfather Luigi Pellegrino. Looking for birth (or any) information on her and her siblings in Acri. Thank you.

  8. Crystal says:

    I am researching Samuel Pingalore. He was born in Acri (I have the date). Family legend says he changed his last name from Vigliaturo when he came to the States. I can’t find any information to support or deny that. Nor can I find a single Pingalore in Italy! :) Help!

  9. Camille says:

    I am also looking for my other grandmother, Rosina Spezzano born 1/25/1896. Or it could be spelled Spezzaro.

  10. Donna says:

    Anyone seaching for Luzzi, Mannarino, Pignataro, Feraco ancestors

  11. Peter Siciliano says:

    Ciao, il padre de il mio nonno e nato ad Acri nel 1871. Il suo nome era Giuseppe Siciliano. Lui e partito nel 1888 per andare a New York. Il suo moglie se chiama Annunziata Siciliano e lei e nata nel 1876 anche ad Acri. Nome de il suo fratello era Santo Siciliano e ha anche lasciato Acri di New York nel 1903. Voglio imparare se ci sono ancora persone che habitano in Acri che sono connessi a tali persone o a vedere come posso saperne di piĆ¹? Grazie.

    Peter Siciliano

  12. Mary says:

    Our grandmother Angelina Fusaro, born approx. 1892, Acri, to Joseph & Maria Fusaro. Angelina immigrated to the U.S. & married Giocanni Gulluscio (from Longobucco,Cosenza) in 1910 in Connecticut, US.I am continuing to search on Archivio Di Stato Di Cosenza website as well as many other sites. I cannot locate any birth or immigration, passenger lists, etc. and hope you could give me direction. Thank you for your time.

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