Genealogy in Celico

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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15 Messages to “Genealogy in Celico”
  1. Frank says:

    Hello my name is Frank Greco otherwise known as Francesco Greco. My mother is from Celico my father is from Spezzano. My Celico grandparents were Umberto Greco and Guiditta (Noce) Greco. They had children Vittoria, Rosetta, Maria, Semarina, and Salvatore Greco. My great grandparents from Celico were Salvatore and Vittoria Greco. They all lived by piazza Via Kennedy in Celico. Anyone from that area?

  2. Paula says:

    My grandmother Rosina Granato and her brother Michele left Celico, she as a 9 month old baby and her brother a little boy, with their mother Teresina (maiden name Rapele) in 1901 to join their father Salvatore in Philadelphia. They were sent back because an eye infection and then left again, finally. I want to find my relatives living in Cosenza.

  3. Michele says:

    My great grandfather Luigi Arnone from Celico married Concetta Gualtierri. The immigrated to U.S. and established residence in Frostburg, MD. Children Frank, Carmela, Sam, Susan, Jennie, and Joseph Samuel, my grandfather. Any Arnone’s still in Celico?

    • Jim says:

      My mother’s name was Maria Ruffo. Her father, Antonio, emmigrated from Celico in 1890 and built a home and saloon [Ruffo’s Tavern, now “Sandy Springs” restaurant] at the top of west Main Street in Frostburg. I believe that my grandfather Antonio was one of the first Italians to come to Frostburg, and I believe he and my grandmother Rosina were friends with your Arnone great grandparents Luigi and Concetta. My cousin Delphina Mele married a Tony Arnone (both deceased) – they had three sons.

      I visited Celico with my family while on vacation in Italy in 2010. There is a street in Celico named Via Arnone. If you go to Celico, go to the town hall [Municipio]; the marriage records are very available – it’s good if you have someone to speak in Calabrian Italian to help. Many of the names of Frostburg Italians can be found in the Celico phone book and on grave markers.

  4. alison says:

    Hi my family is from Celico, my grandfather stephano spataro and his wife my grandmother Angelina Zagotta Spataro are from your village. My Spataro side is parents Leopoldo spataro and Rosa Voce and this is all I know about them. I know they had many children some died earlier. If you have any families for spataro, voce, anania, zagotta these are some of my family please if you have any info a all please let me know and thanks so much

  5. Nancy says:

    I am looking for any information on Pietro Arnone (born 1859-1919) married to Serafina Falcone. He was born in Celica, Consenza. His father was Guiseppe. Pietro went to the US, he traveled back and forth many times. He could never convince Serafina to join him in the US with him and live in Chicago. I lost track of him when she passed away, he traveled to Italy to close out the Estate and bring back their younger children. Any information on them or their parents would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Charles says:

    I am searching for any info on Carmela Livoti who I believe was born in Celico around 1888-1895. I believe her mothers maiden name might have been Anna Leonetti. Carmela Livoti married Nicola Nota. They are my wife’s grandmother and grandfather. Thank you! Chuck

  7. Rosalie says:

    My Grandparents were born and raised in Celico (and married there)in 1897 before coming to America. Nichola Zupo-born in 1879 and Marietta (Greco) Zupo-born in 1882. I would love to find out if there are any Zupo’s living in the region still. I will be coming to Italy from America in early July and would love to meet my family if possible.

  8. Robert says:

    My mother, Ermalinda Caputo Angerame was born in Celico(Mannito) in 1918. Her grandfather, Vincenzo Caputo came to Celico with his brother who was a priest. My mother’s father, Guglielmo Caputo was born in Celico in 1888. I believe the priest was sent to Santa Nicola parish in Mannito, and in those days the family came with. I am interested in the name of the priest and from where he came from. Family history states he and Vincenzo came from the Naples area. Looking for a way to start the search. Thanks

    • Jennifer says:

      Hello Robert,
      I am from this blood line also, and am curious if you were able to find out information on Vincenzo’s brother?

      If my research is correct, your mother Ermalinda had a brother Joesph Caputo. He was the father of my grandmother, Dorcus Caputo Wurtz. Ermalinda would be my great-great Aunt from my father’s side.

  9. Joanne says:

    My grandfather, Antonio Filicetti was born in Celico. My grandmother, Maria Falcone, was born in Minnito. Do you have any information on my relatives.

  10. Charlie says:

    I am going to Celico the end of next month to search for my family roots. I am frustrated at the lack of what I can find even on the local Italian Stati websites. My grandfather (Salvatore Francesco Arnone) came from Celico as a teeneager (born May 25, 1891). His father was Vittorio Arnone and mother was Carmela (Greco) Arnone. That is all I know and I can find nothing that supports this info or any other relatives that were in his family. I sure could use some help.

    • Philip says:

      Hi You must be a distant cousin. Your grandfather is my great uncle. The two brothers married the two sisters. Carmela is my grandmother’s sister. I would love to contact you directly, if you are comfortable with that. Phil

      • Charlie Arnone says:

        Absolutely comfortable. Tell me more about you and your family. I am very interested in filling in the gaps.

    • Stephen says:

      Charlie, Did you go to Celico? My grandparents, Massimo & Benedetta DeMchele were from Celico. Massimo came to America in 1903 and settled in Frostburg, MD. He had many friends that were Arnones. Thet moved to Washington, DC before WWII and some of the boys who stayed with them were Arnones. I also had a 1st cousin 2x removed named Amelia DeMichele Arnone, but I don’t know her husband’s first name. Perhaps our families are connected?

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