Genealogy in Tarsia

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Tarsia. As more your surname is common in Tarsia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Tarsia 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 Tarsia 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 Tarsia, or if you have questions regarding your family in Tarsia, 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 .
Our expert in Tarsia area will reply to you


  1. Gary says:

    I am looking for the the recorded last name of a couple married on the date October 17,1907 in Tarsia, Calabria Italy. They are my Grandparents,(both deceased) with the first names of Francesco and Terisina. Terisina’s last name may have been Giunti.
    For unknown reasons the last name was changed upon entering the processing center at Ellis island in the USA on or about the year 1915.
    Any help with a sir name that was recorded when this couple entered marriage on October 17,1907 in Tarsia would be appreciated.

    Many Thanks,

  2. Maria says:

    I am looking for information about my great grand father Carmine Chimenti. He was born Sept 13, 1873 I believe in Tarsia. He married Rosa Marino in 1890. She had a 2 year old daughter Maria Rosaria Colletta. Maria Rosaria was born Oct 9, 1888. Family legend tells us Rosa was raped by Frank Colletta and Carmine Chimenti married her to save face in 1890. It was scandalous since Rosa was 33 and Carmine was 17 in 1890 upon their marriage. I believe Carmines family was from aristocracy. We have a photo of him in a royal outfit. Carmine and Rosa had 2 more children Antonio (born 1893) and Vincenzo (Jimmy) born 1895. Maria Rosaria came to the us in 1901. By herself. The rest of the Chimenti family came from Tarsia in 1904. I am stuck. Any help you can give will be appreciated

  3. Carolyn says:

    I am looking for a relative named Frank Tarsia, or Francesco Tarsia. I am not sure when he was born but he had a son born in November 9th of 1919. His name was also Frank Paul Tarsia. I am looking for the name of his mother so that I can continue researching her line. Thank you very much. Carolyn

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