Genealogy in Cerisano

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

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

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

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


  1. Antonio says:

    I was born in Ceriano in 1951 and I am living in Montreal, Canada. Many from Cerisano have emigrated to Montreal (Greco, Ruffolo, Marino, Dodaro, Settino and more., Many went to Toronto. Thosethat arrived via Ellis Island settled in NYC, but my distant cousins (Santelli’s) went to Lyons, NY.

  2. Diane says:

    My grandfather was Salvatore Marino, born July 9, 1899 from Cerisano, Italy. He left for American on a ship named Canada and arrived on May 3, 1920. He had a sister Carolina who also lived in Cerisano. I’m hoping to visit Italy next fall and would love to find out more about the Marino family in Cerisano. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

  3. Pamela says:

    My grandmother Antoinette Salerno Morano was from Cerisano Cosenza. She came to United States probably around 1920. Her father bought her and then returned to Italy. She never saw her parents again. She had a brother Giuseppe Salerno who immigrated later and returned to Italy every few years. Also Pasquale who also came to US and I remember when her brother Frank came and in probably early sixties but then returned to his wife and children. She also had a sister Assunta. Her family then came to Canada. There was no better person on this earth than Antoinette Salerno Morano.

  4. James says:


    All my relatives on my fathers side of the family came from Cerisano. They all emigrated about the same time in in the mid 1890’s. My great grand parents, Domenico Bisciglia and Carolina Golletti, and their two children Laura and Francesco, and my great great grandparents, Francesca Golletti and Aquila Pranno all emigrated in 1894. My grandmothers parents named Greco and Bilotto also emigrated around this time. If anyone knows of any connections, the information would be much appreciated.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Hello, my great grandparents were from Cerisano. Antonio Mandarino was born around 1871, his occupation was a Tailor and his parents were Lorenzo Mandarino and Michelina Ruffalo. His wife, Saveria DeRose was born around 1869 and her parents were Pasquale DeRose and Gabriela Doni. Antonio and Saveria both immigrated to Canada in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks. 🙂

  6. John says:

    Granparents born is Cerisano. Antonio Trozzo and Maria giantorno. Farmers. Great Grandmother Caterina Settengiani, Any information concerning them in any way would be greatly appreciated. All were born prior to 1900. thank you

  7. Janine says:

    My name is Janine Fabino Daniels and am the grand-daughter of Domenic Cinelli (born 1903 in Cerisano). Dominic’s parents were Rose Marino (1868)and Gueisseppi Cinelli (1866) of Cerisano. They had several children: Maria, Caroline and Frank (twins), Tony, Larry, Domenic and Peter (twins). I know that Pete died at the age of 14 and all of the boys made their way to America, but I am looking for any of my relatives that may be children or grandchildren of Maria or Caroline. Actually, it would be wonderful to learn of any of my relatives still living in the area. My grandfather, Domenic came to America in 1916 married and had three girls: Josephine, Rita, and Jeanette. My mother is Josephine.
    My husband, Jeff, and I will be coming to Calabria this summer (end of July to beginning of August) and I would love to be able to meet any relative willing to do so.
    If anyone has any information, that could help me, I would appreciate the information. Thank you.

  8. William says:

    Looking for information on the family of Louis Greco born March 21, 1865, his parents were Antonio Greco and Rose Paura, all from Cerisano,Cosenza, Italy

    Louis Greco Married Caroline Caputo in Cerisano, Cosenza She was born June 22, 1868, and her parents were Dominic Caputo, and Rose mazzola.

    Also looking for information on the family of Santo (Sandy) Spadafore Born March 2, 1872 in Cosenza. Santo was the son of Gasteano Spadafore and Thomasine __________?

    and the family of Mary or Maria Trombino Born June 27, 1877 in Cosenza, She was the daughter of Dominic Trombino, and Rose Santelli.

    any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

  9. Frank says:

    Both of my parents were born in Cerisano, Italy. My Father was Pasquale Santoro (1894 – 1957), his father was Gaetano (1848 – 1935) and his Mother was Aquila Secreti ( dates unknown). My Mother’s maiden name was Raffaella Greco (1897 – 1967), her father was Francesco Greco (dates unknown)
    but I am not certain what her Mother’s maiden name was.
    Where can I find out more about my Grandparents?

  10. Evelyn says:

    Hi My Grandfather was born in Cerisano, as far as what we know. His name was Pietro Pulice. His Mother was Rosaria Salerno and father was Gaetano Pulice. Would you have any information on this tree such as dates of birth or more of the tree. Thank you so much!

    • William says:

      Where is your pulice family from? My Aunt said that she had relatives in or near NYC that were Dress Makers??? or ran some type of Clothing factory, but she was not sure of the exact relationship only that they were cousins and that she visited them in her 20s…. she is now 95

    • Dee says:

      MY great grandmother was Rose Pulice (Police) and married Antonio Vitaro. Any connection? She was from Cerisano.

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