Genealogy in San Donato di Ninea

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from San Donato di Ninea, 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 San Donato di Ninea registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


  1. Lynette says:

    My paternal grandfather Patrick Ferraro was born in San Donato Di Nina and had moved to New Jersey , USA when he was young . But I know
    family owned a bakery there and we have a lot of family there.
    Off hand I don’t know my great grandparents names are though , but my grandfather’so brothers were born in the USA.

  2. Tamara says:

    Buenos días:

    Yo busco a los parientes de mi bisabuela, ella emigró a España y su nombre es María Sa Marco Lara,me gustaría encontrar a algún familiar que pudiese quedar por allí.

    Un saludo.

  3. Calogero says:

    Di Belice or Menfi. I have not been able to find out who my grandmother Rosa Gugliotta’s ancestors are. I believe she might have arrived in New York on the SS Trojan Prince September 1899. Her residence is given as San Donato Di Ninea and her age is 22 on the manifest. Her brother Vincenzo was traveling with her. They are going to their uncle Domenico in New York but I have not been able to find him, yet.
    My grandfather Calogero DiGiovanna married a Rosa Gugliotta 8 Sept 1903 in Brooklyn, New York. My information about Rosa seems to be consistent with census records and I’ve ordered a copy of the marriage certificate to see if the information there is consistent, too.
    Can you add to what I have about her roots?

  4. Frank says:

    My father was born on April 6, 1921, He passed away on April 26, 2017. I would like to hear from any surnames of Morano, Panebianco, Ottata, Ianuzzi. Maybe there is some findings we can share. Thank you all. Frank Morano

    • Joanne says:

      Frank, my maternal grandmother’s name was Giuseppina Panebianco Todaro. She was born in 1880 in San Donato Di Ninea. In addition, my paternal grandmother’s name was Carolina Iannuzzi Martino born in 1868. My mother passed in 1980, but told me that when the church burned, the birth records were destroyed, so it’s difficult to find additional information.

      • Matt says:

        Hello Joanne,
        My maternal Grandmothers name was Maria Panebianco from the same town. I think they we sisters because I know I’m related to the Todaro’s.

        • Joanne says:

          Hello Matt,
          Todaro was my mother’s maiden name. In what way are you related to the Todaro’s? Could we be cousins?

  5. Paulo says:

    Hello, my grand mother Concetta Ponzo was born in san donato di ninea in 1920, her parents were Nicola Ponzo and Maria Iannuzzi.
    From my grand father’s side : Vincenzo Martin Luca, his parents Nicola Luca(born in 1880) and Maria Yerino (born in 1886) they emigrated to Argentina.
    My great great grandparents were Giuseppe Luca / Filomena Schirripa. and Vincenzo Yerino / Maria Rosa Poltrone.
    If somebody knows any information, please contact me.

  6. Lynda says:

    My Great Grandmother Filomena De Rose was born in San Donato di Ninea in 1886. Her parents were Domenico Giovanni De Rose and Maria Troppelli. Filomena immigrated to the U.S in 1907. She married Camillo Capuzzi who was a foundling born in San Donato di Ninea in 1889. I’d like to find out who raised Camillo and is there a way to find out who his biological parents were?

    I’m also looking for info on Filomena’s brothers Michele 1867, Vincenzo 1871, and Francesco 1874. We think she had another brother Giovanni but have no documentation. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  7. Daniel says:

    From what I understand, my great great grandfather was named Francesco Saverio Cianni. He was born in Santo Donato di Ninea, Calabria, Italy. He was born in 1860. He came to the USA at the age of 16. I was wondering for advice on how I could get more information on him. Thanks

  8. Alex says:

    I am looking for any information regarding Consolis and Benningcazas in San donato. If there are any still living in the area.

  9. Spencer says:

    Hi there! I’m searching for some register concerning my ancestor Luiz Barone, son of Giuseppe Barone, which I already know that was born in Consenza/Calábria. As you have mentioned the surname Barone as being among the most popular in San Donato di Ninea, I wonder if both Luiz and Giuseppe came from there.

  10. Robert says:

    I have located the record of what I believe to be my great grandparent’s wedding in San Donato di Ninea. The record indicates that Pasquale Cosentino married Ann Livimarco(not sure it is exactly that)on November 19, 1878. My grandfather Joseph (Giuseppe) was born in that town in 1887.I cannot make out on the document their place of residence or parent’s name. I found this on Family I do not know anything else about my great grandparents. Any suggestions on where I can do more research?

  11. Vanesa says:

    Hello, i´m searching information about my grandfather, BENEDICTO/BENITO VIGGIANI, who was born in San Donato di Ninea on 1859. It is also possible in 1861/ 62, from baptism records os his sons i´ve found in Argentina.
    He married to Gisella Colangelo, born in 1869.
    Both emigrated in Argentina.
    I need to find birth records. Any help or advise would help me a lot! Thanks.
    Sincerely, Vanesa.

  12. Roger says:

    I have researched my family in San Donato for several years and found a big help was a yearly picnic in Claritin Pennsylvania every year on the first weekend of August. All are Sandonese and a couple of hundred attendees. the attendees are Ianuzzi, Consoli, campolongo, Arturo, Capolupo, and many others. I hope this helps.

    • Marcos Luis Blanco y Centurión says:

      I have Campolongo and Artuso in my family. Look please at my post dated July 25, 2015 at 8:45 pm.
      1.1.2- Phelipe Antonio Esposito = Magdalena Artuso
      Magdelena’s parents were Giovanni Artuso = Letizia Compolongo

  13. John says:

    I plan to visit Italy, San Donato di Nenia in October of 2106. I want to go to the local church and the local library for both church records and civil records.

    Can you tell me the church to go to and the location of the civil records?

    My first search would be to find the marriage of Francesco Caruso and Angelica Artuso. or the marriages of Carmine Caruso and Matilda Buono or marriage of Giuseppe Artuso and Filomena Pacenza.

    Francesco and Angelica marrage in 1913

    Carmine and Matilda Buono 30 years earlier

    Giuseppe and Filomena Pacenza 20 years earlier.

    Can you make any recommendation on how to get access to the church records and an interpreter.



    • Marcos Luis says:

      I’ve been to San Donato in 1988 and 2000. There wasn’t any hotel. I had to take one at San Sosti, the neighbors town. The priest did not show me the sacramental books. But he searched for my family. In the Ufficio Anagrafe e Stato Civile an employee looked for my grandmother’s birth. This has a cost and the payment had to be done at the bank. Anyway she gave me the photocopy.

  14. Marcos Luis Blanco y Centurión says:

    1- Vincenzo Esposito = Angela Ianuzzi
    1.1- Innocenso Esposito = Rosaliæ di Josephi Puccioli
    1.1.1- Vincenzo Esposito (✳︎San Donato de Ninea 1852) = Irene Centurión (✳︎Buenos Aires 1871)
    1.1.2- Phelipe Antonio Esposito = Magdalena Artuso Ricardo Jorge Spósito-Centurión (✳︎Buenos Aires 1891) = Maria Rosaliæ Spósito (✳︎San Donato de Ninea 1895) = & María Magdalena Spósito-Centurión (✳︎Buenos Aires 1919) = Roberto Mariano Blanco (✳︎Buenos Aires 1915) & Marcos Luis Blanco y Centurión (✳︎Buenos Aires 1955)
    ☞ My maternal grandparents were cousins.

  15. Tom Sarp says:

    Hello My grandfather was Francesco Moranelli born in 1905 and his parents were Pasquale and Filomena (Panebianco) Moranelli. My Grandmother was Maria (Iannuzzi) Moranelli born in 1905. Her parents were Domenico and Rosina (D’Elia) Iannuzzi. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

    • Paulo says:

      Hi Roger,my grand grand mother was maria Iannuzzi, wife of Nicola Ponzo, do you have any information about them?

  16. Florence says:

    Hello and blessings! I am looking for information concerning my grandfather Innocenzo Capolupo and my grandmother Maria Maurelli his wife. Innocenzo was born in San donato di Ninea in 1870…my grandmother@1880. I would like any information about them. Thank you and be well.

  17. marianne says:


    Thank you for the information. Unfortunately my grandparents came to NY and lived there until their deaths. I know my grandparents as I had a loving relationship with them until they died. I know my ggparents by name only and know that the maternal side also lived in NY. I can’t find the certificates of my paternal side who stayed in San donato.

  18. Aaron says:

    After visiting your web-site and reading though some of the tips (which were very helpful), I realized I still am in desperate need of some help with my research. I do not know the correct office or email address of the place I am researching. According to your tips it is pretty important to send your request to the right email address and office. Could someone PLEASE help me by informing me the name of the office and email address I would require when looking for a single marriage record in San Donato di Ninea, Cosenza?

  19. marianne says:

    My grandfather, Raffaele Iannuzzi was born in San donato on November 14, 1881. I would like a birth certificate. His parents were Vincenzo Iannuzzi and Philomena Artuso. I also would like his father’s birthdate and parents marriage records. His mother, Philomena, was born on September 16, 1860. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


    • Antonella says:

      Marianne, I believe, just by reading the names you mentioned, that I may know who your relatives are….some of which may be in Montreal….

      Hope this helps.


  20. Janet says:

    My paternal grandfather is Vincenzo Di Nicola Consoli. He was from the Santo Donato region and immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900’s. It has been rather difficult finding anything beyond his parent’s names. I have a Nicola Consoli born about 1860 and a Mary Martino/a born about 1865 but that is all I have. I was told that there was a huge fire in the region years ago and many records were destroyed. Who or where can I contact to help me put some more pieces of this puzzle together? Vincenzo’s wife is Maria (Mary) Iannitelli and she, too, is from the same region. Any advise or direction you can point me to would be of great help and be very much appreciated!

    Sincerely, Janet

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