Genealogy in Carolei

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Carolei. As more your surname is common in Carolei, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Carolei 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 Carolei 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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Carolei, or if you have questions regarding your family in Carolei, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
Our expert in Carolei area will reply to you


18 Messages to “Genealogy in Carolei”
  1. Frank says:


    I will be visiting Dipignano and Carolei to do some research on family history. Can you tell me where to find the churches and registry offices are as well as when they are open. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank You

  2. Theresa says:

    I am planning a visit inSeptember to the homeland of my father and grandparents. My father was Francesco Fata. His parents were Luigi Fata and Giuseppina Segreti. My father always spoke of an orphanage that he and others started in the town. He showed us a picture with a plaque outside with his name on it. My mother was the daughter of Gabriel Lento and Carmella Perri. Would love to find out more and visit.

  3. David says:

    I am looking for more information than what I currently have on my family. My grandfather (Antonio Nunzio Porco) was born in Carolie in 1904. His father is Domenico Porco (1868-1934) and his mother Gaetana Fata (1876-1957). I have some more names reaching further back, but I would like to see if my research is accurate, as well as to see if I have any relatives still in the area. I visited Carolei a few years ago but was unable to find anyone that could assist. If anyone has additional information it would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you!

    • Barbara Schinelli says:

      My grandmother, Rosaria Felicemarried Angelo Bastone, both from Carolei. They were related to Porco who came over with my grandmother and 5 daughters in 1915. We also have Fata in our family. They lived in East Harlem in NYC before moving to the Bronx. Also have Reda in our family, From Carolei too.

  4. John says:

    planning to be in Carolei in September and looking for address, telephone number or email address of Paolo Filice. I think he is a Doctor who works in city of Paola

    • Arturo says:

      Paolo Filice is the son of Francesco Filice and the grandson of Paolo Filice. I am the grandson of Paolo Filice Sr brother and live in USA. Paolo is a good friend and lives in Carolei. He is a gastro MD. What a great guy! You are welcome to contact me as I see him a few times a year when I visit. I just celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary which occured last summer.

  5. Dondi says:

    My grandfather, Francesco Bastone was born in Carolei in 1896. He and his younger brother, Pietro Alfonso Bastone, who was born around 1900, migrated to the US in 1913. Their father’s name was, I believe, Rafael Bastone. I will be visiting Cosenza province in August and was wondering what you could tell me. I know there is a Cafe Bastone there, where I will most certainly be having a beverage or two.

  6. Al says:

    I am researching my ancesters in carolei. My great grandfather Francesco Tenuta and 2 sons emigrated to america in about 1901 leaving family behind. I cannot find any records prior to their arrival in New York. Francesco booked passage to return to Italy in 1909 to bring his wife and daughters to america. Sadly he died on that trip and the family never returned. I am hoping to find persons and resources that will allow me to research my Italian ancestry.

  7. Peter says:

    Looking for relatives in Carolei, my grandfather Luigi Porco born in Carolei February 5, 1899 to Francesco Porco & Maria Bastone he was the youngest of 6 brothers & 1 sister older brothers Antonio, Pietro, possibly Diego. Luigi served in WWI and after was Carabinieri before coming to U.S. in 1921. I would love to be able to connect to relatives still in Carolei.

    Thank you.

    • David says:

      Hello Peter, although the Porco name is not so common in the U.S., it is very common in Carolie, Italy. My grandfather, Antonio Nunzio Porco, left Italy at age 16 and returned a couple of times to bring family back to the United States. I too have tried to reach out to connect to family there and have not been successful. I brought my family over there 2 yrs ago and unfortunately did not time things right. All of the businesses had just closed for the weekend.

    • Dondi says:

      Hello Peter. I am a Bastone. My grandfather was named Francesco Bastone, born in Carolei in 1896 to Rafael Bastone. There’s a good chance we’re related I guess.

      • Jim says:

        Hello – My great grandmother was Maria Bastone who came from Carolei to New York on Christmas, 1908 with her children. Sounds like there were MANY Bastone’s living there at the time.

  8. Carol says:

    Looking for information on grandparents….Antonio Felici (Felice)& Caroline Carino….also Ragusa. Birth years 1874 & 1886.

  9. Carolyn says:

    Looking for family, Iaconetti in Carolei. My dad is Francesco (born 1925) -he immigrated to NY,USA in 1050- his dad was Gabrielle, who was lost during WW2 (POW?) – we’d love to find out more about him. His mother was Giusepina Gaudio. They were born between 1900-1905. I need to add to my family tree and would love to fill in the blanks. Especially my grandfather. Any help or direction to take would be great. Thanks so much.

  10. Mário Eber Segreti says:

    Juruaia, Minas Gerais (Brazil), January 3, 2015.
    Hello everybody, I do not know who will receive this message, but I wish they could reach someone who can help me.
    I’m of Italian descent coming to Brasilv in the years 1850 to 1890, I’m not sure, just know that came from Carolei, Cosenza PROVINCE, SOUTH ITALY.
    My great-grandparents and grandparents came from there and would love to find any relatives there in Italy, belong to Segreti family, I am the great-grandson of Severus Segreti and Rosa Cecilia and my grandfather Francisco Segreti (Franciso Segreti Saverio), born and baptized in Carolei and my maternal great-grandparents Anthony and Cecilia Pascoalina Rose, and my grandmother Mauretta Cecilia (Cecilia Mauretta Saveria Bradomont), born and baptized in Carolei.
    Years ago I’m trying to find my descendestes, please Help me.
    You can not imagine the will I have to know them because I feel a true Italian, but without the traditions because my grandparents did not go to the children. It is my dream since childhood to know someone and not want to die without having this opportunity.
    Look with love, do not overlook this letter.
    Tale with a good heart woe Carolei or any part to help me.
    Stay with God.
    Thank you very much.
    Mario Eber Segreti

  11. Michael says:

    I believe my grandparents, John Segreti and Christine Derose were born in Carolei but I’m not sure. I would like to find their birth records and information about their parents and grandparents.

  12. Mary says:

    I’m looking to find out my father’s grandparents’ names. His father’s name was Pasquale Lento from Carolei. He married Maria Reda also from Carolei. They married and came to the US. My grandmother also spoke of a cemetery that she used to walk by. She called it the “campo santo”. I’d like to know the names of nearby cemeteries to research further. Grazie!

    • Mary says:

      There is only one cemetery in Carolei. It is on the outskirts of the small town. Campo Santo means ” Cemetery”. The best place to find details is in the Churches of Carolei. Birth deaths marriages, and sacraments are all recorded there. You will need to have good local help though as records have been moved in the past several decades.

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