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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72 Messages to “Genealogy in San Giovanni in Fiore”
  1. Donna says:

    My grandparents were both born in San Giovanni Di Flori province of Cosenza, they came separately to the United States. My grandfather was born May 30,1892 name Sam Faccillo. His mothers name was Mary Rose Yoquinto and father Frank. Sister Rose and Angela brother John. My grandmother was born Dec. 12,1897 Antoinette Marra. She had brother Antonio,Salvatore, and Joseph. I am wondering how to figure out if we have any living relatives in that area. My aunt who has since passed left this info and there is no one else that can help with any additional information. Please let me know if this is a dead end.

  2. Connie says:

    My name is Connie Nagy birth name Connie Gregg my father was Sam Gregg born 1892 in San Giovanni in Fiore. Now my father passed away in 1964. His birthday Dec.15-1892. His children never knew much about his family in Italy but his father my grandfather brought him to America when he was eight years old. His father took him from his mother and he never saw her again. So, about six months ago my nephew was cleaning my brothers house after he passed away and he found my fathers birth certificate in a box in the basement. We found my fathers mothers name maiden name and the Italian name. My fathers name in America was Samuel Gregg (in Italian its Salvatore Greco) his fathers name was George Gregg but on the birth certificate its (Giuseppe Greco) and his mother Catherina Nicastro) we were all so happy to know who are real grandmother was. They came to America of course with out my grandmother 1900 on the ship EMS. I found this out through my genealogy search. So, they came to West Virginia, I think Fairmont and made it to Morgantown, WV. which is where I live today. So any help anyone can give me I will be forever grateful. Thank you,Connie

  3. Shari says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather Guiseppe Mauro. I know he was born in San Giovanie in Fiore. He had a brother named Frank we are thinking maybe Francheso. He was born in the early 1900″s. He also had a sister that passed in San Giovani named Raffaela. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

  4. Alisa says:

    Hi everyone,

    I am looking for information about these SGF family names:

    Oliverio
    Spadafora
    Iaquinta
    Marra
    Perri

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    • Renee' says:

      I to am beginning to look for people living in San Giovanni in Fiore with the name Iaquinta. My grandfather was Salvadore Iaquinta. I am traveling to San Giovanni in Fiore next September and hope to meet a relative of his. I have no living family. He lived in Clarksburg, WVA with other relatives in Morgantown.

    • Angie says:

      Hi Alisa,

      I have Spadafora (Spadafore) and Iaquinta in my family history. They lived in West Virginia and Michigan. Do you have more information for those names ?

  5. Dianne says:

    I am seeking information on my grandfather, Giovanni Scarcella, born Sept 28, 1873, mother’s name is Maria Marra. His father died and his mother remarried. to a man by the name of Scarcella . We were told his biological father’s name was Groppi or something like that. If you could locate any information on him I would appreciate it greatly. He came to America in 1903 approx. and came to Enterprise, WV. His mother passed away and what property she had went to the church. He received a letter from the parish priest stating this. He was an only child. A birth certificate, baptism paper, or something with the adoption info would be appreciated.

    • Angie says:

      Hi Dianne,

      Some of my family lived in Enterprise and the Scarcella name is familar. Do you have any other information on Givanni, census, etc. ?

  6. Theresa says:

    Hi! I am looking for information regarding my Father. He was born in 1948. His passport information says San Giovanni a Fiore. His father died when he was 5 and he lived with his mother and grandmother and possibly a baby sister. He was adopted by an American family around 1955. His name was Mario Mancuso. Any information would be great. Planning a trip next year.

  7. Henry says:

    My grandmother was Rose Spina,born to Filimina (Betonti) Spina married to Anthony Lopez.
    She was born in San Giovanna in Fiore,Province Consenza Italy.She had sisters Mart,Theresa,and brothers Joe and Sam and a brother dead at birth.
    Rose came to America to marry Theodore Lopez (might have been lopezzo or lopezio) who was from the same town as her parents. Rose’s parents knew Theodore’s parents (Filamena Sciota Lopez and dad Louie Lopez.)and planned a marriage of the both of them since Theodore’s wife passed.
    Theodore’s parents were -who lost his wife
    (Mary Antionett Banacia)and they had children Sam,Pete,Tony,Minnie,Anna,Louis and Mary Fragale(adopted).
    Rose was years younger than Theodore and the step children were almost her age.
    Rose and Theodore had children-Mary-my mother ,Virginia, (changed her birth name) and lost a child Alvina as a baby.
    Rose and Theodore lived in Fairmont,W.Va where I was born and lived with my 3 siblings ,grandmother and mother. Theodore passed in 1951 the year I was born. Rose passed in 1971. My mother passed in Arizona ,where I live now in 2005.
    If you have more information-please let me know.

  8. Rina says:

    To Cherry Oliveto Palm
    Helen Mele Oliveto was my grandmother’s sister. My grandmother’s name was Giovanna. She married Luigi Perfetti and they settled in Pittsburgh, Pa. They are all from San Giovanni in Fiore. Only some second cousins are probably left there, and in the small town of Crotonei–in the hills above Crotone. Same province, not far. My great grandmother Antonia Iaconis Mele died in Sunnyside, Utah in 1918 in the influenza epidemic.

  9. Patty says:

    Hello all! We are looking for family Gaetano Mancina and his wife Marirosa Romano. Gaetano’s parents Frank and Mary born in SG. Gaetano came to US around 1908 through Ellis Island and settled in Clarksburg WV. We believe two of his sisters, Filomena and Sara, settled in Windsor/St Catherine’s Canada. Gaetano’s birth certificate and baptismal certificate were apparently destroyed by the total destruction of the church in SG. We are also looking for the name of the church that was destroyed. We also know that Marirosa’s father was Giovanni Romano and her mother was Katherine Palotta. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  10. Cherie says:

    We are traveling to Southern Italy in a few weeks. I am trying to find out if I have relations in SGF. My Grandfather Louis Oliveto was born 06/09/1888. Grandmother Helen (maybe Elena) Mele born 06/12/1898, both born in SGF and most of her family immigrated to Utah. My grandfather had a brother who Did not. Salvatore Oliveto. My grandmothers parents were Domenico Mele and Antonia Iaconis and stepmother Chiara Spadafora Marra)
    The only other info I have is a letter my grandmother kept dated 1970 from Benedica
    The return address (hard to read) spedi??cie Mele Luigi Vi Regio Emilia N.25. L. Giovanni in Fiore Cosenza 87055
    As it is difficult to go back in time, I am finding it more difficult to go forward and find family, though should have some cousins still there.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Cherie Oliveto Palm

    • Alisa says:

      Cherie,
      I noticed your message and I wonder whether we could compare family names and see if there is some connection. My grandfather, Paolo Oliverio, was born in SGF in 1886 and his ancestors appear to be from SGF for many generations before then. Would you like to possibly connect and see if we have some common ancestors? I visited SGF over 14 years ago and I really need to go back.

  11. flody says:

    Sophia Iaquinta was my grandmother (She was married to James Oliverio.) Her father, Rosario Iaquinta, was born in San Giovanni Di Fiori before resettling in West Virginia. My mother travelled back to San Giovanni Di Fiori 10 years ago and reconnected with some of our relatives. My mother’s health is failing and it has become important to her that we reconnect with our Italian roots. I am trying to put together the paper work to apply for my Italian passport. Who would I contact about trying to help me find my great grandfather birth certificate?
    Any advice on how to go through this process would be helpful. I will be in Italy this summer and hope to do some research.
    Thanks
    Flody

  12. Marian says:

    My husband and I are traveling to Italy in May and I know that my grandmother was from San Giovanni in Fiore. Her maiden name was Tomasina Ambrosio. Her parents were Maria DeMarco (also born in San Giovanni) and Francesco Ambrosio from Morrone del Sannio.

    I was told many years ago that the family house was given to an order of nuns that used it as a school. I would like to know if it is still there and where.

  13. Floyd says:

    looking for the ancestors of the following:

    1.) Gennaro Marasco (1840-1924) and wife Angela Maria Giuliano (dates unknown). Her surname has many altered versions.

    2.) Pasquale Oliverio (c1870 – c1916) and wife Barbara Ciletta (dates unknown). He was murdered in Chicago about 1916.

    3.) Antonio Paletta (1784 – ?) and wife Marianna Perri (1791 -?). His surname has many altered versions.

    4.) Luigi Allevato (1782 – 1830) and wife Agnese Silletta (1786 – ?)

    THANKS!! FLoyd

  14. Andy says:

    My family is from San Giovanni en Fiore.I know that members of the family are still living in and around there on the Stambene side and the Alessio(Ma’s maiden name). I’m wondering if any Iaconis(Maternal Grandmother) and Gallo’s(Paternal Grandmother)in SGF are related to Ma and Pa.My instincts tell me there are…I know on Pa’s side that the Gallo’s were also related to the DeMarco’s…my Grandparents were born on or before 1900…my Ma and Pa followed the Alessio’s to Kimberley BC,Canada in 1954.By 1955 Ma and Pa ended up in Calgary were they stayed the rest of their lives

  15. Pat says:

    Audia is our family name in SGF Ben Audia and Anna Are family of mine they had Son Ben and daughter Anna and adopted Richard I have been led to believe that Audia is a popular name still in SGF I have info on many Audia relatives from there who moved to West Virginia, Chicago, California They are mostly woodworkers, furniture makers, they lived on Via Cappucian Way which is shown on ship record when the father and several of his sons came. Mother did not come – they returned for her later.

    • Linda Andi says:

      Pat…it is believed that my Grandfather is Vincenzo Audia and he had at least two siblings, a brother named Angelo J. (Gabrielle) Audia and a sister named Maria Theresa or Caterina Audia. Coincidentally their birthplace is listed as Via Capuccian Way also. I’m wondering if we are related. We hired a genealogist and he discovered these birth records from San Giovanni in Fiore, about a year ago.

      I have many other names, as well as DNA connections but cannot figure how it all fits together. Many of the names mentioned in this thread are connections to me thru DNA, and are as follows, Marra, Gentile, Spadafore, Talarico, and others I’ve seen in this post. Have you ever come across any of the names I’ve mentioned. I have been told that my Grandfather’s parents names are Giovanni Audia and Caterina Rosa (Rosina) Cavalla, Cabella, Cobelle, Cavallo, sp?. I found some deed records from West Virginia that connects several of these names to my Grandfather, and it was pretty much an unwritten rule that land stays within a family…indefinitely. If ever sold, only sold to bloodlines. As a side note an elder paternal Uncle has taken the Y-DNA test also which will only trace the Audia lineage, and we are E-M78.

      If you have any information or contacts that could be a help to me and my elders, please let me know.

      Thank you,
      Linda Andi

    • Biagio says:

      Audia is our family name from San Giovanni in Fiore and I am very close with my relatives in Italy. My father was born there and moved to Montreal in late 60’s early 70’s with his immediate family while leaving everyone else behind. Yes, Audia is still a big name in San Giovanni. My nonno’s name was Biagio as well with brothers Antonio, Bernardo, Francesco, Peppino and sister Caterina. My nonna’s maiden name was Cimino and like the Audia side of my family, we are still very close with the Cimino side.

  16. Claudia says:

    Hello,
    I am doing research for my husband and it looks like his grandmother’s line is very closely linked to San Giovanni –
    on her grandfather’s line, there is Francesco Secreto who married Vittoria Marra (from Caccuri) in 1902 and
    on grandmother’s side, there is Giovanni Lopez who married Caterina Audia in 1908.
    I believe all of these ancestors would have immigrated to the Clarksburg area as children or young adults, but I have not really found any passenger lists. As far as I could see, there were many people from San Giovanni who came by boat from Naples through New York – is that correct?

    Is there any way I can find out more about our San Giovanni ancestors – who their respective forefathers were (Secreto, Marra, Lopez and Audia families), why they left, and if there are still any relatives in San Giovanni?

    grazie mille – auguri
    Claudia

    • Glenna says:

      Hi Claudia, I also am looking for ancestors in SGF. I am looking for Polifronio family name. Several versions on the spelling. I noticed you have the name “Lopez” in your tree, as do i as well. Email if you’d like to compare notes. Glenna

    • Margie says:

      Claudia,
      I came across this site while helping a great nephew with a genealogy project and was looking for a birthdate for my husband’s grandfather, Giovanni Lopez. He was married to Caterina Audia in 1908. They lived in Clarksburg, West Virginia. My husband is Dominick Lopez. He was also born and raised in WV. I assume the two of you must be cousins. I would be interested in knowing any information you might have as we really have very little information on the Lopez side of our family. Perhaps he is related to Biagio and Glenna as well.

  17. Jane says:

    Am looking for Luigi Louis Bitonti born either 1867 or 1877 in Calabria Italy, He hadGIOVANNI “Jennie” BITONTI,John Bitonti,Joseph “Brooksie” Bitonti,I believe that he was married about 1893…Any family info would be a blessing. Thank you for your help

  18. Gail Nettle says:

    I am looking for information on Pasquale Iaquinta, born 1851. He married Maria Romano, born 1854. I do know that they had 3 sons, Francesco born 1883, Giovanni born 1885 and Salvatore born 1893. I’m not sure if there were any more children or who Pasquale Iaquinta’s parents were. Thank you for your time and consideration.

  19. Sheila says:

    I believe my Grandfather was born in San Giovanni Fiore Calabria Italy on April 14,1900. The name is Anthony Scalise. His father may have been Pasquale Scalise and his mother Vittoria Talerico Scalise. I think this information is correct but I am not sure. I would appreciate an family history that is available. Thank you for you assistance.

  20. Shanda says:

    I am looking for information regarding my great grandparents Francesco Baptista Pino and Anna Guadagnulo Pino married 1887 in Aiello Calabro Cosenza as well as Giambattista Pino and Maria Grandinetto Placido Pino married on July 24, 1865 in Aiello Calabro Cosenza Italy.

    Any thing you can find relating to the Pino family surname would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

  21. Vicki Price says:

    My grandparents, grandfather is Giovanni Alioa(Aloia) and grandmother Mario Folio are both from the same area, San Giovanni Fiore and Cosenza. I have pictures of GF as child with his family, before leaving Italy. I have records of him coming to US with his sister Gaetana Aloia (Alioa) Pastoria (Pistorico). Is this ringing a bell with anyone out there. I am stuck!

  22. 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.

    • Cathryn Pastore says:

      My Grandfather’s best friend’s last name was Chiodo and they were originally from Cerenzia. I still have contacts in SGH if you like I can inquire.

      Cathryn

  23. 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.

    • Cathryn Pastore says:

      My grandmother’s maiden name was also Caterina Gallo so there must have been some kind of familial relationship. Several of Caterina’s children are still living and I am in touch with one of them. If you like I can get more information.

      Cathryn

  24. Roberta says:

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

    • Kimberly says:

      My great-grandfather, Pietro Perri, was born in San Giovanni on January, 11,1883 and came to the U.S.( per passenger list/Ellis Island) on June, 9th, 1902 at 19 years of age. He did not renounce his citizenship. There is “no record and certification of the non-existence of record from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services”. He married Teresa Mancuso on December 17, 1910 (?Probably in Monongahela, West Viginia). Pietro died on March 16, 1913. I think the story goes that he was shot in a card game and that’s how he met his untimely demise.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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

      • Joy says:

        Sarah, My husband’s mother was Philomena “Flora” Mancini, b. 1912 in SGF, dau of Benneditto Mancini & Maria Desimone. Her father came to Clarksburg, WV, first. “Flora” and her mother came when she was 7 or 8. Benny & Maria had 7 more children after Maria arrived in WV.WE Visited in SGF in 2014. What a wonderful community. BTW, Clarksburg is the home of the Italian Heritage Festival every Labor Day week.

  30. 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.

  31. Linda says:

    Hello,

    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.
    Thanks!

  32. 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.

        • John says:

          The city was Dawson my father was raised there and also came up to Detroit with the ursos who we still see today.

          • Judy says:

            The 1753 tax census from SGF shows the name as Lopis – they are one of the founding families of SGF. As far as my research shows, the name is French.

  33. 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.

    • Cathryn Pastore says:

      My favorite uncle was Giovanni Lopez a cop. I am talking to his daughter, my cousin, on a daily basis and she lives in San Giovanni in Fiore.

      Cathryn

  34. 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.

    • Amy says:

      Hi Georgette,

      My great grandfather was a Louis Talerico/ Louie Tallerico, born in Italy in 1902, who was listed as divorced when he married my great grandmother, whose family was from SGF, in 1930 in West Virginia. It’s possible we have a match. Do you happen to know any more details?

      Thank you!

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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

        • Donna says:

          I believe my GGparents Pietro Oliverio and Isabella Lopez came over 1903. Lived in Rivesville, WV… Had 10 children… A sister, cousin and Great Uncle Petie will be visiting SGF this year..hopefully September 2016!!

          • Cathie Morrone says:

            Hi Donna, Both sets of my GGparents, Morrone’s and Urse’s lived in Rivesville, WV too. They were both from San Giovanni. The Morrone’s had a store that had their own script that the coal miners would use to shop. Later, they moved to Fairmont, WV. Today the Urse’s have several car dealerships in the area. I am hoping to visit Italy next year and will be going to San Giovanni….don’t know if I have any relatives still there.

        • Tony says:

          Hi Mario,

          It was very interesting reading your story. My great grandfather Francesco Cimino (possibly a brother of Saverio) had also gone to WV from San Giovanni in Fiore around the same time. He later returned back to SGF married my great grandmother Rosa Alesio and stayed in SGF. It would be interesting to connect and compare notes.

          I am going to try and find you on Facebook to try and connect as I am not sure if you will get this message.

          Best Regards,
          Tony Cimino

  39. Jim says:

    Are Oliverio and Iaquinta common San Giovanni names?

  40. 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

  41. 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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