Genealogy in San Giovanni in Fiore

back to San Giovanni in Fiore main page

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


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


30 Messages to “Genealogy in San Giovanni in Fiore”
  1. Patricia says:

    I am writing to see if there is any information about my Italian side the last name is Chiodo. My great grandfather was Giovanni Chiodo and he married Theresa Urso. They immigrated to Clarksburg WV in around 1903. If you have any information on them or their family an e-mail would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  2. Eric says:

    I am researching my wifes ancestry and have hit a dead end prior to their immigration to America. Her Grandfathers name was Gabrielle Muto from SGF. He immigrated to America in 1925 landing at Ellis Island with his mother Catherina (Gallo) Muto. They too were destined for the mines near Clarksburg where they met his father who was already there, Luigi Muto.Luigi was born in SGF about 1881. Later the family moved to Washington, Pennsylvania where steel and glass plants offered gainful employment. Her Grandmothers maiden name was Bullotta.Full name Marcangelum (Julia) Bullotta. Her parents were Pietro Bullotta born in Savelli in 1870 and mother was Philomena Gualteri born 1880 in Savelli.

  3. Roberta says:

    Looking for information on Pasquale Perri, grandfather, born either 1888 or 1889 Immigrated to US approximately 1915.

  4. Debra says:

    I am looking for information on three brothers, Sam (probably Salvatore), Giuseppe and Frank Amato from San Giovanni Fiore. Born around 1900 (Giuseppe in 1902). Mother’s maiden name was Spadafore. They had a sister. All came to Canada around WWI or just after. Sam used his mother’s name in Canada. Any information would be helpful.

  5. Mike says:

    I am looking for any genealogicoal records for my great-grandparents both born in San Giovanni in Fiore. My great-grandfather was Giovanni Sellaro born on April 6 1878 and my great-grandmother Rosa Ferrara (or Ferraro) was born May 12 1885. He immigrated to America in February 1902. I am not sure when she did. They married in the US after emigrating. Any information that could be found would be fantastic.

  6. mario says:

    my father Francesco Rosarini apparently was a adopted kid that grew up with a family i would like to know in which he a my mother rosa cimono. they left italy in 1967. can you pls tell my a bit of my parents history.

  7. Linda says:

    My grandparents were from San Giovanni Fiore. We plan to make a visit to the town next year and would like to investigate if the genealogy passed down is accurate. Grandmother was Rose Facciola and her parents were Frank Facciola and Mary Rose Iquanita. She was born in 1883. My grandfather’s name was Sam, but the last name was changed to Reese in America. He was born in either 1879 or 1882. His parents were John and Rose. He immigrated to America in 1903 I believe and settled in Rivesville, West Virginia. Perhaps the family name was Rizzoat or Rizzo. We do not have any other records except an incomplete death certificate. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated

  8. Sarah says:

    Ciao Bria,
    I’m the granddaughter of Serafina Mancina
    Marra and Francesco Marra who emigrated from SG to Clarksburg. Serafina was the sister of Antonetta and
    Filomena Mancina. I met both of my nonna’s
    sisters when I was a child in Detroit.
    Can you pass on the info to me of the Mancina
    side of the family ! Grazie Mille !

    • Anna says:

      You said the name of Mancina that was my great grandmother’s name she married Antonio Belcastro from SGF…but my Grandfather Belcastro lived in Shinnston WV

  9. Delma says:

    Am helping a friend research her Bossio family. Joseph Guiseppe Bossio (at the age of 12) came to Canada with his parents, Eugenio Bossio and Parma Ferraro (have seen this spelt many ways on the Death Certificates). Many of the children and Eugenio listed: Grimaldi, Cosenza as their places of birth. Parma stated birthplace was: San Giovanni in Fiore. I have some of the children’s BC Death certificates, but not much other than Grimaldi was listed on them.

    Upon entering Canada, they settled in Fernie, BC,Canada and raised a community of Bossio’s.

    If any one could offer direction or information, it would be deeply appreciated.

    • Wendy says:

      I am descended from the Bossio’s of Fernie. I am also researching the genealogy. It appears that there were a least 2 families, possibly 3 or 4, who emigrated from Grimaldi, Italy. All with the Bossio name. I have since found out the the Bossio name appears to have been shortened from Bruno Bossio. It can appear as one name, two names or hyphenated. I am descended from Antonio Bossio (one of many) who married Maria Ventura in 1904 in Fernie. They had three sons named Luigi, Joseph and Eugene. Luigi was my grandfather. I am trying to determine if John Marchelo Bossio was Antonio’s brother. John’s parents are listed as Eugene and Parma but his death certificate was certified by my Great Uncle Gene Bossio (brother to Luigi) who listed himself as John’s nephew. Antonio’s parents are listed as Januario and Palma. I also have another family who’s parents are listed as Geniale and Palma. Not sure if they are all the same people?? I have lots more info. Maybe we can help each other.

      • Peter says:

        Eugene Ancenio Bossio (Dec. 16, 1905 – July 11, 1980) died in Creston, BC. His son still lives there. You are correct about the name being shortened upon coming to Canada from Grimaldi. Some of the Bossios married into the Carollo family, also from Grimaldi and vice versa. Some of the Carollos changed their name to Carolla after coming to Fernie.

  10. Linda says:


    The family name is Nicastro. Serafina (sarah) was born in San Giovanni and her arrival papers state San Giovanni in Fiore and possible father’s name is Nicola. Any information that you could provide would be appreciated. The information that we have from her daughter’s is that she was raised in South America by an Uncle John Saletta who settled in California as a barber and she had an arranged marriage with Carmelo Garcea (aka Carmine aka Garcia). Again any information on the Nicastro name would be greatly appreciated. Her daughter has no information only memories and her sisters who had the information are both deceased.

  11. 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?

      • Anna says:

        my grandmother’s maiden name was Lopez Catherine, her mother was a Stembena
        lived in Shinnston WV. I have been to SGF and my cousins the Nicoletti family on the Belcastro..Grandma Lopez we are looking into she and her sister Mary only the only ones who had children..Mary married a Bruno and that side of the family lives in Pa..last name of one of the family is Haught.

      • IsLopezItalian says:

        These posts bring tears to my eyes because i have suffered my entire life with my
        Lopez last name. I have been called every hateful name imaginable by both italians and non italians who insist my family is Mexican, PR or anything else but Italian. It haunts me every day of my life (i am middle aged now) and have suffered both private and professional discrimination because of this name. Perhaps you can help me obtain proof of my Italian heritage in SGF. I read many of your posts and these are all last names of people my parents and grandmother knew.

        My parents are both dead now. What I was told was my father was born in SGF in approx 1908 to his mother Mary Guido and father Guiseppe( Joseph). His name was Frank Savero Lopez. I believe my grandfather died a couple of years later and my grandmother Mary came to the US with my dad(age 4) and his sister Mary( Anna Marie I believe age 2) and pregnant with my uncle Joseph. My grandmother Mary Guido came to the Clarksburg(Dalmont) WVA area also where I believe her sister (not sure of her real name we called her Aunt Lula) lived. I think Lula was married an Urso and had many children. Some names I recall were Benny, Rose, Fanny and a younger brother who was referred to as Junior. My grandmother remarried a man with last name Delcioppo and had two addition male children, Michael and John.

        My mother, Thresa, was born in 1920 in Glen Falls, WVA to parents John Piccolo and mother Rose Larata. She had siblings Catherine, Frank, Angela and James. My mother lost both of her parents when she was very young and the children were separated and raised by other relatives in the Clarksburg area. My mother was raised by the family with last name Lover. Her ‘stepmother’ as she referred to her even though she was never adopted formally was a woman named Rose.

        My mother and father married in 1939 and lived in the Dalson(sp?) mining camp where my father and uncle joe worked in the mines. My aunt Mary(Anna Marie) was married by this time and living there also. Her husband was Joe Carbacio who worked in the mines on the rescue team. This aunt and uncle Joe remained in Clarksburg area while my Father, grandmother and second husband and sons mike and John moved to Detroit,MI to find work in the auto industry. The Urso family may have already moved to the Detroit area which helped my family move to the lower Eastside. Eventually my parents had 6 children (5 girls and one son).

        I have my parents birth certificates with my father’s stating the original spelling Frank S Lopez in SGF. Would there be any other documented proof or other family members alive today in this town with the Lopez last name that could provide more background on my father’s family in SGF?

        Thank you for any help you can provide.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Sandra. If your grandfather had a brother here in N.Y. named
      Joseph Marra, then you do have relatives in San Giovanni. Do you know if
      your grandfather had a sister in Italy named Caterina Marra? If so,
      your relatives are Spadafora who own a jewelry store in San Giovanni.
      Caterina married a man named Spadafora.

  15. 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.


  16. 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.

  17. 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.

      • Mario Cimino says:

        Hi Jim and Bria:

        This is a great discussion – I’ve thought about this question a great deal as well. My family’s story followed a similar pattern. My great Grandfather Saverio Cimino emigrated from San Giovanni in Fiore to West Virginia in the late 1890′s. From family stories, they likely followed other friends or relatives that had already gone to the Clarksburg area. These included Spadaforas, Oliverios, Lucente’s, and Pulice – I’m not sure who came first. My grandfather went back to San Giovanni, married my great grandmother Caterina DeSimone, and returned to the Clarksbug area in 1903. At least one of his brothers was killed in the mines, which was a main reason that my great grandmother prevailed upon him to follow other extended family members to Philadelphia in 1926. Other cousins stayed in WV to this day.

        Several years ago, my parents and I took my cousin to Hutchinson Hollow, Mt Clare, WV, just below Clarksburg, to see the mining camp where my grandfather was born. The mines themselves have been filled in, but there are still a couple dozen of the 4-room miners houses, still occupied and maintained as private houses. It was 4th of July Weekend, and when we pulled over to look around, a couple of guys walked over from a picnic at one of the houses. They asked if we were lost – a perfectly reasonable question – I’m guessing Hutchinson Hollow gets very few tourists. I explained that actually my grandfather had been born there a century before, we talked a bit, and they indicated that most of the families still living there came from San Giovanni in Fiore. That’s the first time it really dawned on me just how many people emigrated specifically from San Giovanni to the Clarksburg area.

        On thing that I have wondered is whether the mining companies actively sent recruiters to San Giovanni, and if so why the chose it. Given its size, I’m guessing that San Giovanni had some sort of newspaper at that time. It would be interesting to see if there were ads placed for mine workers if there is an archive somewhere.

        Mario Cimino

  18. Jim says:

    Are Oliverio and Iaquinta common San Giovanni names?

  19. 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

  20. 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

Leave a Message