Genealogy in Castrovillari

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Castrovillari. As more your surname is common in Castrovillari, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Castrovillari 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 Castrovillari 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 Castrovillari, or if you have questions regarding your family in Castrovillari, 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 Castrovillari area will reply to you


11 Messages to “Genealogy in Castrovillari”
  1. Julio Francisco says:

    Hola a todos, quisiera pedir su colaboración ya que necesitamos ubicar la fecha de nacimiento de Pascuale Rímola Rubini que fue en Castrovillari, CS.
    Según nuestra familia eran tres hermanos, el mayor: Carmine Rímola Rubini, hijo de Rocco Rímola y Caterina Rubini. 1868 Atto di Nascita 307 31/10/1868 Commune di Castrovillari. Emigró a Guatemala
    El de enmedio Pascuale (de quién no tenemos registro alguno) pero emigró a Costa Rica. La historia es la misma que maneja nuestros familiares en el otro país centroamericano. Y hablan de sus dos hermanos que emigraron a Guatemala.
    Francesco quien era 16 años menor que Carmine y también emigro a Guatemala.
    Resulta que ahora encontramos otro hijo llamado Vicenzo nacido también en Castrovillari el 11/2/1866. Esto contradice lo que toda la familia sabia en Guatemala, y aparece un cuarto hermano, mayor a Carmine.
    Podrán apoyarme? Será Vicenzo el mismo individuo que Pascuale? Comentarios?
    Muchas gracias

  2. Dotti says:

    V. Schettini
    Trying to find more about two oil paintings I have of cows and one herder…very old…I traced the name back to Calabria / Castrovillari

  3. Denise says:

    Looking to find information on a Carmine Clivens who sailed from Italy to New York around the 1880s. Interested in any information you might have on him and the surname Clivens.

  4. Marla says:

    My gradfather andrea giovanni gentile, born 1:870, and his daughter, mariangela gentile born in early 1900’s, were born in Castrovillari. I would like to know their dates of birth and death and if there are other relatives still living there . Thank you

  5. Sue says:

    Looking for information on ancestors all born in Castrovillari:
    Antone Filomeo, b. 16 Nov 1871,
    father: Giovanni Filomeo, b. 12 Oct 1839;
    mother: Rose Salerne or Salerno, b. 1843;
    sister of Antone: Agnes Maria Filomeo, b. 1869.

    The name Filomeo could have originally been something else like Filomeno, Filomia, etc.

  6. Jim says:

    Hi, I am looking for info on Gatano Miglio. According to the last census he was born on June 3 , 1895 in Castrovillari. He and his brother Diomenico migrated to the U.S. Around 1917 according to Ellis Island records. Any info on my grandfather and his ancestors if possible.


  7. Irma says:

    hi marbella thank you very much for answering I was very busy and again nobdy reply me anything until now that I checked well, donot know if you got my message last night but, just got lucky when my uncle sent me smething and then you reply me what a good day it is, well do not know if your info is well matched but what I do kow is that antonio mastrascusa and maria coronello are the parents of Vincenzo mastrascusa he was born on 18 03 1903 and he had a sister marian angela do not if they are the same but if they are the same we are family maria angela mastrascusa coronello got married with vicenzo Donato Oriolo jus for you to know they were married in castrovillari as well thank and I hope to hear from you. ciao.

  8. Irma says:

    Good evening, I am looking for information about my great grand father Vicenzo Donato-Oriola born on may 22 1893 in Castrovillari and my grat grand mother Maria angela Mastrascuso=coronello born in may 12 1896.
    My great grand father Vicenzo’s parents were: Carmine donato and Angela Oriola. I will really appreciate any kind of help for me to find the rest of family in castrovillari. My father Pedro Donato is desperate to find his family in Italy. we are in the United states, and we know how hard is to go across the ocean to look for this info. We will appreciate from the bottom of our hearts for any indications and help you could provide us, and if it is necessary for me to send an bank money order to help with the process please informe me of that too. With all my respects and gratitude before hand, My best regards to you,

    Sincerely yours


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