Genealogy in Alessandria del Carretto

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Alessandria del Carretto 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 Alessandria del Carretto. As more your surname is common in Alessandria del Carretto, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Alessandria del Carretto 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 Alessandria del Carretto 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.
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 Alessandria del Carretto, or if you have questions regarding your family in Alessandria del Carretto, 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 Alessandria del Carretto area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Alyssa says:

    Trying to find information about relatives. I know Vincenzo Montalto was born about 1875 in Alessandria del Carretto. He had a daughter named Antonia (Antonette) who was born in Alessandria about 1899. I am trying to find out who her mother was. Possibly Carmela Corrado? Vincenzo and Antonia left for Chicago (Roseland) around 1900 but we think her mother may have passed away in Italy before they left. Vincenzo Montalto ended up marrying Marie Chidichimo in Chicago. Antonia’s mother also had a sister Catterina who married Alessandro Pugleise and they also lived in Roseland. If anyone has any info it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

  2. Patricia says:

    Hello, trying to trace my grandfather, James , Vincenzo, Mitidiero who was born in Alessandria del Carretto in 1881. Believe he sailed from Naples to New York in 1901 then to Chicago living in the Rosland neighborhood at 324 E 117the St and worked for Sherwin William Company. Think his first wife was Carmella Adducci, who we do not have information.
    James then married my grandmother Anna Di Nicco who was from an adjacent town of Castroregiao, Italy.
    We hope to visit next year and talk to any relatives.

    Thank You for any information

    • James says:

      I grew-up in Roseland with close ties to the Mitidiero and Covelli families. Our relationship dates back to Giu.seppe Mitidiero and Domeneca in Italy. A close friend was Jim Mitidiero and his wife Glennis, Jim immigrated to the US probably around 1960.

  3. Kyleigh says:

    Hi, I’m trying to find information about my great-great grandfather, Baptiste Carretto. He married Magdelena Oddonetto in 1892 in America, but they were both born in Italy. I’m curious as to whether Baptiste Carretto to the Del Carretto family, especially if he is related to Enrico Del Vasto or Antonio del Carretto. Thank you

  4. Joanna says:

    My name is Joanna P. Basile, granddaughter of Pasquale A. Basile (Oscar Basile) of Alessandria del Carretto (1910-1991). He came through Ellis Island and ended up in Chicago eventually working as a bar owner, the egg man & barber on the Southside, namely Roseland.
    Oscar married Rose Adduci, originally from Upstate New York (Catskills) who’s father was Francesco Adduci (Frank Adduci) who was also from the region. Frank was born in 1891. Odd thing is, he came through Ellis Island with a Mary Basile…
    Would love help locating family. Maybe someday I can go visit and see where my Papa was born.

    • Diane says:

      I am the granddaughter of Mary (Maria Carmela) Basile of Roseland. She was born and raised in Alessandria del Carretto. She came to the US with her parents Francesca Adduci and and Giuseppe Basile. She later married Francesco Angio, and they lived in Roseland all their lives and had 8 children there. Maria Carmella’s sister, Domenica Basile, married a Frank Adduci in Roseland, and they ran a small Italian store there. I have been to Alessandria del Carretto and met two Angio cousins there. Only one speaks English!!

  5. Len says:

    My Father’s family – Lopasso/Chiaro, came from Alessandria Del Carretto. Using a professional Genealogist from Naples, I have been able to trace my paternal line back to Domenico Lopasso (1650-1670). His son is Giovanni Battista Lopasso (1695-1696) who married Marta Di Gaudio (1697-1698). Their son Dominico (1735-1736-1737) married Rosa Rago/ Chario. Their son Francesco (1780-1781) married Isobella Oriolo (1786-1787). Their son Leonardo (1817) married Married Maria Giuseppa Rago (1819). Their son Francesco (1847) married Maria Filomena Gatto ((1840). Note Francesco left for Argentina. Their son Leonardo (1865), my grandfather, immigrated to Chicgo in 1883.

    In addition to the above there are Napoli, Urbano, Angerami, Tucci and Donadio family names in my history. Any feedback would be helpful.


  6. James says:

    I have been gathering information on my paternal families (Carmine Arvia B-1864) history in Alessandria del Carretto for the past ten years. I have reached a brick wall and need help finding some of my relatives from the past. Would it help to contact some of the Arvia families there and ask for their help? I would be happy to pay a reasonable fee for their services.


    • Len says:

      I believe the lopasso (La Passo)family from Chicago, IL are related to the Arvia. Carmine Arvia is listed on the Naturalization record for Antonio Lopasso.
      email me to discuss further.

    • Stefano says:

      Hello, I’m from Alessandria. My family, by my mother, is Arvia.

  7. Beverly says:

    Visiting Alesandro del Carotto in Sept. -town my grandparents came from.
    She was May Basile, born in 1889; came to U.S. in 1999. Married an Angio (believed to have been from that town as well). Grandmother had sister, Minnie (Domenica?).
    Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

  8. Filomena says:

    Hola mis abuelo paterno y mi padre nacieron en Alessandria del Carretto. Quisiera saber mas sobre mis ancestros , eran de Apellido Ferrari. Mi abuelo se llamaba Antonio y mi papá Gaetano. Mi padre nació en 1907 y no se si estuvo en la guerra.
    Gracias por la informacion que me puedan facilitar

  9. Marie says:

    Hello, I am trying find information on my great grandparents who were born in Allesandria del Carretta and immigrated to USA earlier 1900’s. They are

    Lucrezia Brunacci born 12-10-1882

    and Guiseppe LaRocco born 4-11-1879

    they were married about 1909

    In USA lived in Melrose Park, Illinois they had four children, Anna,Florence, Marie Ann, and Joseph

    Would appreciate any records or options.

  10. dominic ferraro says:

    hi, my father was born in alessandria. im trying to trace any relatives.can you tell me the best way to do this. thanks

    • Dominic says:

      Hi, where in Alessandria is the best place to go for information on relatives. Such as birth, death, marriage records. Address and phone details. Thanks

      • Diane says:

        Go to the town hall. They pulled old books for me, and let me photograph my grandfather’s birth records from the 1800’s.

  11. Mariann says:

    Grandfather and great-grandparents were born in Alessandria del Carretto. I’m looking for birth, marriage,and death information as well as branches of the family. Surname Arvia. Also Adducci,Cerisomo and Rago. What is the best way to start?

    • Jayme says:

      Hi Mariann, My grandmother Gracie maiden name was Adducci, she married my grandfather last name Rago. I am going there in Aug. to the village. My grandfather died when my father and aunt were young. So I never knew him. But my grandmother was WONDERFUL . If you want to get more info I have some.

      • Melissa says:

        Jayme- I would love to learn more. My last name is Angio. My great grandfather (Alessandro) and grandfather (Matteo) are from Alessandria del Carreto. Alessandro’s wife’s maiden name was Rago and my grandfather’s sister, Rose, married an Adducci. I would lreally appreciate any information you have and tips for traveling there (taking my parents this summer)-


      • Matias says:

        Hi, I’m trying to find information about any ancestors with surname Angio who had travelled to Uruguay. My grandmother was called Italia Angio. I think she was born between 1925-1935.

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