Genealogy in Civita

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Civita. As more your surname is common in Civita, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Civita 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 Civita 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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Civita, or if you have questions regarding your family in Civita, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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10 Messages to “Genealogy in Civita”
  1. Marla says:

    My maternal grandmother was a Zucaro (Lena))and my maternal grandfather was Serafino Basta(born 1888). Both were born in Civita and moved to the US around 1910-15 through Ellis Island. They settled in Willoughby Ohio. My mother Rose Basta Mazar was born in 1923 and just passed away last year in 2015. I visited Civita in 1983 but have not been back since. It is a beautiful place!

  2. mike says:

    Carol – we are related…my grandfather Anthony Lacativa was your dad’s first cousin. his father Francesco was your grandmother’s brother. I rememeber as a kid your aunt jay josephine coming to visit us here in ny and we used to visit her in key west….my grandfather’s brother was arthur lacativa and my mother’s name is Angela. your other aunts were madeline and frances. i remember one of them coming to my grandmother Santina’s funeral years ago…

  3. Carol says:

    My father’s father was born in Civita around 1878. His name was Andrea Scurachio. My fathers mother was born in the US, but lived with relatives in Civita at some point. Her name was Domenica Delia Lacativa. I believe they were Albanian-Italian. Are there any records?

  4. Joanne says:

    You see lots of Zuccaro, Tudd, Morelli and Mastrota.
    In my family it goes…
    Morelli wed Ferraro wed Tudda wed Mastrota

  5. Rose says:

    Wanting to visit Civita in Calabria Cosenza province next September 2016 and would like to find some ancestry with my dad’s last name:

    My dad’s name was Mercurio Ercolino Lalaina, his father Antonio Lalaina

    • Jaime says:

      Hi Rose,

      I am from Brazil. My maternal grandmother was Adelina Lalaina from Civita and her parents Francesco and Ursula. They immigrated to Brazil just after WWI and stabilshed in a small city in the state of São Paulo.

  6. Victoria says:

    My maternal mother’s name was Basto and my paternal grandmother’s name was Zuccaro both from Civita Calabria (Cosenza)…both born around 1888-1895…I also want to know if they were from Albanian descent or Italian descent??

  7. Joanne says:

    Catherina Morelli wed Vincenzo Ferrari, my great-grandmother Maria Ferrari wed Vincenzo Tudda. Civita, Calabria

  8. Anthony says:

    My ancestors who came from Civita have the last names of D’Angelo and Cervino. AngeloAntonio D’Angelo (1872 to 1935) was my great grandfather and My Great Grandmother was Lucrezia Cervino (1885-1946).
    Thank you,

  9. Mary Ann says:

    My maternal grandmother’s name was Domenica Ferrara or Ferrari. she was born in Civita , Calabria on or about 1878 .

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