Genealogy in Carolei

If you search your ancestors in Carolei, 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 Cosenza province registry offices 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.

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Carolei 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 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.
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 Carolei 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 Carolei area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Anthony says:

    I’m looking for information on my great grandfather and his family that immigrated from Carolei to Brooklyn NY on the Conte Rosso on June 14,1923. His name is Antonio Principe and changed his name to Tony Prince later in the United States. He was born September 19, 1907 and died March 27, 1992 and was married to Gorizia (do not know maiden name). I am trying to trace back my ancestry to Italy and see if what I can find if anyone can help.

  2. Carol says:

    I am looking for my father Francesco Fata (Franco) he was born in 1922 his parents were Domenico Fata and Maria Reda, Franco had three brothers and one sister, he had two sons which are my brothers. Franco did know of me but as I believe wasn’t allowed to see me, can you please help me in my plight? DNA has proven that I am 50% Italian. Franco was a POW in England and had a long standing relationship with my mother. Can you please help me?

    • Bob says:


      I see you posted this a few months ago, but I believe I have info on your family. I came across it looking for my Porco relatives from Carolei. I’d be happy to help you out.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    • William says:

      hi cousin
      I visited in Carolei too, we have the same great grandfather ( Vincenzo Ciardullo)

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Carol says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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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