Genealogy in San Fili

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

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

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

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


  1. Ronald says:

    I am looking for information on the Passarelli family from San Fili. My grandfather, Antonio Passarelli, came to the U.S. in approximately 1904 with his father Salvatore Passarelli, and his mother, Concetta Lio. Salvatore’s father was Michele Passarelli, and his father was Frank Passarelli. Any information on current or past Passareliis from San Fili would be appreciated.

  2. Alfredo says:

    Interested in finding genealogy of my family. I was born in San Fili in 1952. My father, Carmine Iantorno, was born in San Fili in 1900. My mother, Rampone Anna Julia was born in San Fili in 1913.

  3. Peggy says:

    I believe my grandfather, Giovanni Chiappetta, was born in San Fili on January 15, 1897 or 1898. His father’s name was Giovanni Chiappetta. His mother’s maiden name was Carmella Noto. I would like to get a copy of any birth record that exists. Thank you for any advice about how to obtain a birth certificate or other record. Hope all is well, Peggy Chiappetta

  4. Thea says:

    My great-great grandfather, Antonio Giardi came from San Fili or so family legend has it. Was Giardi or Girard ever a San Fili family name?

  5. Linda says:

    my great grandfather was Michele Passarelli, born April 27, 1850 in San Fili. His father was Francesco Passarelli and his mother was Maria Gaetano Iacuruso. Francesco Passarelli was born about 1822. Michele also had a sister named Angela Marie, born in 1944. The family emigrated to America sometime after Michele was born.

    Do you have any information that might be helpful to me in my geneology search?

  6. AnaMarie says:

    I’m searching for birth, death, baptism or any significant records for my grandfather Luciano Cesario and great grandfather Riccardo Cesario.

    Anything you are able to find would be very much appreciated.

    • john says:

      My grandfather,Joe Cesario, was born in San Fili, Italy around 1890 and thereafter immigrated to the USA around 1900 with his brothers. One of his brothers thereafter frequently returned to Italy to visit family and my father also visited San Fili during World War II. They told me San Fili was a small town (probably under 5,000 people) and that a large # of the residents hold the last name of “Cesario”.

    • Paulo says:

      Luciano Cesario was born in 1892. Father: Riccardo Cesario. Mother: Maria Fortunata Turano.
      Riccardo Cesario was born in 1856. Mother: Teresa Cesario.
      Riccardo got married to Maria Fortunata Turano in 1881.
      Maria Fortunata was born in 1862. Father: Santo Maria Turano. Mother: Tommasina Marrano.

  7. Susan O says:

    I am trying to find out more information about my grandfather’s side of the family. My great grandparents were Francesco(Frank) Rose and Virginia Palarma or it could be Palamara.

    My grandfather was Raffaele Rose. Born – June 22 1887
    Arrival in USA — October 25, 1909
    He was married to Flora (Florence) Tambone and they lived in Chicago.

    I know that he also had a brother, Vittorio (Victor) Rose and they all lived in San Fili, Calabria, Italy, but I do not know if he had any other siblings.

    Thank You so much for any help you can give me.

  8. onofrio says:

    mio nono chiamavasse Rafaele Onofrio natuarle de San Filli Calabria.

  9. Santiago says:

    Hi, I’m looking for information about my great-grandfather. He was born in San Fili, in 1884 or 1885. His name was Giuseppe Salerno, married to Concepción Laterza. His parents were Aquiles Salerno and Rafaela Orifina. Concepción’s parents: Luis Laterza and Paulina Ventimiglia. Thank you very much in advance.


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