Genealogy in San Lorenzo Bellizzi

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

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

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

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


  1. MASTROTA says:

    Bonjour !
    Je suis intéressé par la généalogie de la famille MASTROTA qui est originaire de SAN LORENZO BELLIZZI.

  2. Karen says:

    Dear Italianside,
    I just learned that my nonno was from S. Lorenzo Bellizzi. His name was Nicola Noia, He was born Oct 10th 1890. Can you tell me if there is any blood line left in this area of Italy. I would love to see where my Nonno & Nonna were born and plan a trip to visit.

  3. Hal says:

    Dear Italianside,
    I would like to ask the City Office of San Lorenzo Bellizzi, and the parish church S. Lorenzo Martire, if they have birth records for my great-grandfather and great-grandmother.
    My great-grandfather was named Giovanni Guaragna, and he was born in San Lorenzo Bellizzi in April 1864.
    My great-grandmother was named Maddalena Palazzo, and she was born in San Lorenzo Bellizzi in October 1865

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