Genealogy in San Giovanni in Fiore

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

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


Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in San Giovanni in Fiore?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in San Giovanni in Fiore

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

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



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

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to sangiovanniinfiore@italianside.com


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13 Messages to “Genealogy in San Giovanni in Fiore”
  1. Linda says:

    My husband’s family also settled in West Va from SGF. Their name was Lopez, but I’m sure this was not their original Italian surname. Do you have any ideas on what the surname could be? It is listed as Lopezzo on the 1910 US Census, but I’m not convinced this is really it either!

    • Bria says:

      Hello Linda! My name is Bria, and, like your husband, I am a descendant of San Giovannese immigrants. I am in San Giovanni in Fiore visiting family and doing some research on my own genealogy and might have some information for you. The name Lopez is all over the town. In fact, my cousin tells me that the Lopez family is one of the oldest and formerly most important families in the town. ‘Casa Lopez’ is one of the most important historical sights in the town. It was the former estate of the Lopez family, turned into political prison, and now is a restaurant/museum. When I asked about the name Lopez not sounding Italian, he explained to me that when Joachim de Fiore founded the Abbey which the town eventually formed around, people from all over Europe, Northern Africa, and the Near East flocked to this small mountain village for refuge. Still today, remnants of these other cultures can be heard in the very distinct San Giovannese dialect, which incorporates words and pronunciations not found in Italian. He told me that it is likely that the name Lopez comes from Spanish settlers here back in the 1000s.

      On a side note, I have also come across the name Lopez in my genealogical research when a one Rose Lopez, born in West Virginia in 1924, married my relative Anthony Marra in Detroit in 1946. I wonder if she might be of any relation to your husband?

  2. Benjamin Anthony Frances Audia says:

    I am looking for info about, or living relatives of, my grandfather from San Giovanni. He emigrated to the US with his parents–or father, and his American name was Benjamin Audia. Possibly in Italy he was called Benito. He had 11 siblings, and his father was a skilled carpenter and also designed a perpetual motion machine. My father’s two siblings were Richard and Anna.

  3. Georgette says:

    Hello, I am trying to locate as much information as possible for my relatives from and around San Giovanni in Fiore. The information I have is:
    Carlo Baia, apparently a magistrate there. He was married to Maria Antonia Persiana, and they had three daughters I know of: Maria Francesca (born 18 feb 1866), Michelina (born 8 sep 1872) and Raffaella (born about 1880).

    All three daughters immigrated to the US under their maiden name of Baia. I know that Michelina was married to Louis Tallerico, but it is unclear if they divorced before she immigrated with their daughter, Mary Antonia. Rafaella was also married, but apparently was widowed before immigrating with her young children. Michelina, her daughter Mary Antonia, Raffaella and her children all immigrated together.

    I am most grateful for any and all help you may be able to provide. Thank you.

  4. Sandra Jackson says:

    My grandfather Francesco Marra went to Clarksburg West Virginia. His parents were Pasquala Marra and Flora Allevato. How can I find out if I have any relatives left in San Giovanni?

    • Bria says:

      Hello Sandra, my name is Bria. I am wondering if your grandfather Francesco Marra is the same Francesco Marra who married Sarafina Mancina in West Virginia in 1920? If so, I have lots of information on the Mancina side of your family, as I am a descendent of Sarafina’s sister Antoinetta.

  5. Megan says:

    Hi. I’m looking for history if my Marra Family in San giovanni in Fiore. My great-grandfather was Luigi Marra born in 1880s. Married Rosina Spadafora between 1895-1905.

    Thanks.

  6. Cindy Stalnaker says:

    I’m looking for any information on Samuel Bitonti Rose born Dec. 10, 1878 St John Italy.He is related to George Antonio Caria and Tommaso Lucente. They all lived in Spokane Wa at one time.

  7. Jim says:

    I’m amazed at the number of San Giovanni in Fiore people that settled in Clarksburg WV (North View). Does anyone have accurate information as to why this was a popular place for SG families to move or the first San Giovanni family (surname) to settle in this area.
    We have an annual Italian heritage festivile in Clarksburg each year and if I recall it was started by many of the San Giovanni decendents .
    Thank you

    • Bria says:

      From everything my family has told me, West Virginia, in particular Clarksburg and Morgantown, were popular choices because of the job opportunities in the coal mines. Also, the climate and environment in the mountains of West Virginia are similar to those here is the Sila mountains that San Giovanni in Fiore sits in. The abundance of San Giovannese in the area is likely a result of chain migration, where one man went to find work, then would hear of more job opportunities and send for his brothers, cousins, and friends to join him in the mines.

  8. Jim says:

    Are Oliverio and Iaquinta common San Giovanni names?

  9. Lisa Elixson says:

    I too am looking for information about my family. My Great Grandfather Francesco Antonio Audia left my Grandmother (or she refused to leave Italy) Clarice Talerico (Talarico) in san giovanni fiore consenza calabria italy. I would like so much to know when they were married, how many children they had, where they attended church. If Clarice remarried in Italy and had more children. If you know or know of a way in which I can find out information please write…Thank you, Lisa

  10. Andrea Pecora says:

    I am wanting a copy of my grandfathers Birth certificate he was born in the 1950s he was raised by a family by the name of Fragale. It is my understanding that he owned property and this property was deeded to the
    Fragale family I would like to have a copy of this deed along with the birth certificate if possible I will pay any expenses please let me know if this can be accomplished. Andrea larosa pecora fucillo

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