Genealogy in Filadelfia

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Filadelfia, 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 Vibo Valentia province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Filadelfia registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Filadelfia. As more your surname is common in Filadelfia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Filadelfia archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Vibo Valentia province are:
Arena, Barbieri, Bartucca, Carnovale, Caruso, Cavallaro, Ceravolo, Cirillo, Contartese, Corigliano, Costa, Cugliari, De Luca, De Vita, Ferraro, Franzè, Fruci, Galati, Greco, Grillo, Iannello, La Torre, Lico, Loiacono, Maiolo, Mamone, Mancuso, Marchese, Mazzeo, Mazzitelli, Mazzotta, Messina, Michienzi, Monteleone, Nesci, Pontoriero, Pugliese, Restuccia, Rizzo, Romano, Rombolà, Rondinelli, Russo, Serratore, Tassone, Valente, Vallone, Ventrice.

Church archives in Vibo Valentia 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 Filadelfia and Vibo Valentia 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 Filadelfia, or if you have questions regarding your family in Filadelfia, just leave a message below

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  1. Thomas says:

    I am looking for any information available on our family of Thomas Joseph Ruscio born in March 1915 to a Joseph and Barbara Ruscio. He was the third son of theirs the oldest was Frank Anthony, second son was Anthony T. then Thomas Joseph, then a fourth son Joseph and finally a girl Catherine, All were born and came from Filadelfia, Calabria Italy and came to the US sometime in the 1930’s to maybe 1940? Any helpful information related to them or other relatives who may have been related Ruscio’s or possibly Gugliota’s.
    Many thanks, Tom Ruscio

  2. Matthew says:

    I am trying to find information on my family. While putting together my family tree I found some inconsistencies between stories I was told and pictures that I found. My great,great grandfather was Biagio Michienzi, a name and man that is apparently not well liked back in Filidelfia from what I understand due to some property dispute. Biagio had 5 children, Anna (great grandmother), Felicia, pietro, guiseppe, and I believe Caterina. From what I know Anna and Felicia shared the same mother possibly Caterina Giancotti. Pietro,Guiseppe, and Caterina”s mother was Veronica buccini I believe, I think Biagio married a third time to innocenza Genoese. Any information regarding the people listed above and or confirming thier relation via birth,death, or marriage certificate would be greatly appreciated. Any info especially on Felicia would be great as well as we have absolutely zero information on her.
    Thank you so much in advance

  3. Pamela says:

    We had a Bevivino family and a Gualtieri family from Filadelfia living in our neighborhood in Utica NY. Frances Gualtieri was my grandmother’s cousin. It was her married name. She was probably born before 1908. My mother might know more. The Bevivino s were younger. They probably came in the 1950s to Utica.

  4. Ann says:

    I am trying to find out about my grandfather, Antonio Pilieci,born in 1884. Thanks.

  5. Georgina says:

    Hi! I am looking for my great granpa’s birth certificate. He was born in Filadelfia Catanzaro and emigrated to Argentina at some point.
    I have two inconsistencies, his Argentinian ID says he was born the 19/03/1876, son of Pascual Carchedi (Pasquale) and Maria Antonia Zervelli.
    Now on his marriage certificate, it doesn’t show the exact birth date but it said that by 1906 he was 28 years old (the day of his wedding). So according to that he would have been born in 1878.
    I have written to the anagrafe email that I found online but its more the times that they don’t write back than those that do. Any help or guidance on where to write about a record from those days?
    Thank you!

  6. Marie says:

    I believe my maternal grandfather was born in filadelfia, Italy in the last quarter of the 1800s. It seems that he moved to Serra San Bruno at some point either alone or with his family. My mom didn’t tell me much about him as she and my dad come to the u s when she was in her early 20s and never returned to Italy. I would love to find out if my grandfather had any siblings. Don’t know where to begin my search. His name was Clemente Monaldo. He passed away in the late 40s or 50s.

  7. Dina says:

    My grandfather Francesco Caruso was born in Filadelfia, March 30, 1894 to a Joseph & Barbara Caruso. He immigrated to the US along with his brother Dominic on may 7, 1912 from The port in Naples Any info would be appreciated.

  8. Marty Acree says:

    conducting research on: Francesco Frucci (Fruci). Born 17 June 1884 in Filadelfia. Married Angela Saratore (Serratore) on 30 Jan 1909. She was born 6 Aug 1886.

    Any assistance appreciated.


  9. Paula says:

    Trying to find out about my grandparents, not much information available any info appreciated. From Filadelfia

    Paternal grand mother Angeioline (Angela) Gualteri born 1901 came to America around 1920
    Paternal grand father Andrew Bevivino born 1897 came to America around 1914

    Thanks for any help.

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