Genealogy in Saracena

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

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Saracena?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Saracena


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Saracena. As more your surname is common in Saracena, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Saracena 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 Saracena 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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Saracena, or if you have questions regarding your family in Saracena, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
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6 Messages to “Genealogy in Saracena”
  1. Rosa Amalia says:

    dear Sir,
    Le scrivo con la speranza che lei possa aiutare a mettermi in contato con la mia famiglia in Saracena.
    MIo nono Leone Viola e nato a Saracena, il 20 Novembro del 1872, il suo genitori erano Gaetano Viola e Catharina Tolisano ( o Tolesano).
    IO sono nata in Argentina , resiedo in Canada.
    Io visitare Saracena in Settembre, perque e mio sogno visitare la terra dei meie antenati.
    LA ringrazio anticipatamente per ogni forma di aiuto.
    con rispetto,
    rosa Viola.

  2. Michael says:

    I am very much interested in tracing the Marrella paternal line. My great great grandfather Luigi Marrella was born in Saracenacirca 1830, his father also named Luigi. He had a younger brother Filippe, who was said to be a Greek rite monk. Luigi married Virgina Pace (Di Pace) who bore him 3 children, a daughter, and two sons. She then passed away leaving Luigi with his three dependent children.
    The story then is on the way back from the Bizantine Monestery where his brother lived, he took the tunnel the emerged in the collegiate of St Adriano in San Demetrio Corone, an Albanese town near by. This is cridible because the Roman Church, especially under the Borbones were ruthlessly hunting down and even killing the Bizantine Greek church.
    At any rate, Luigi moved he and his family to San Demetrio, and became a kind of surveyer. A marriage was arranged with young woman, AnnaMaria, sister of a land magistrate from Murano Calabro.They were married and produced another 5 children, the youngest of which was my grandfather, who was born in 1889, and died in San Demetrio in 1905. I have his will and testament.
    My father, yet another Luigi Marrella born in San Demetrioi in 1911? The Albanese (Arbreshe) are a lively independent people who maintained the language, customs, and culture of 600 years ago, in the
    scattered villages through the South and Sicily still.
    But I am fascinated by Saracena, with its incredible history, and judged from what I glean from the web, are a unique mini culture of their. Own.
    No Marrella listed in Saracena now. But there appears
    to be a good many Di Pace family , which I suppose could be the Pace surname that I was told was belonging to the great great grandmother.
    I would appreciate any kind of help with this search, as my grandfather FRANCESCO Marrella was a selfless, kind hero through out his life for his country(Bersagliere), his community of paesani in America, and to me as the most important influence in my life.

  3. Don says:

    my brother had some research done many years ago,but when he passed a few years ago the info was lost. would like to find info about my grandfather and his relatives (his name: Saverio tulisano-sometimes spelled tolisano) .we still have many relatives in mamarnno (bloise) and my great grandfather came to the U>S> from Pescora,Italy (1903?? on the s.s.Commonweath to Boston as I understand.a any leads or advise would be great-tks,don

  4. Hector says:

    I forgot to put his name: Angelo Ventimiglia.

  5. Hector says:

    Hello, I am looking for information about my great-grandfather. He was born in Saracena, Cosenza in October, 1864 (at least this is the date he declared in some documents in Uruguay). His father was Gennaro Ventimiglia y and his mother was Maddalena Carino. His brothers: Vincenzo and Maria Antonia emmigrated to Uruguay too.
    I would appreciate if you could localize the number of his birth certificate and any other data about him.

    • magdalena says:


      Buenas noches, sabes que yo estoy buscando la partida de mi bis abuelo que se llama
      Blas ventimiglia tengo entendido que el padre se llamaba Gennaro también y que vinieron de cosenza

      Tú has podido encontrar algo???

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