Genealogy in Serra San Bruno

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

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Serra San Bruno?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Serra San Bruno


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Serra San Bruno. As more your surname is common in Serra San Bruno, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Serra San Bruno 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 Serra San Bruno 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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Serra San Bruno, or if you have questions regarding your family in Serra San Bruno, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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22 Messages to “Genealogy in Serra San Bruno”
  1. Kathryn says:

    Looking for information on ancestors, Bruno Tassone, born June 17, 1886 to Raffaele Tassone and Elisabetta Valente Tassone. Bruno married Maria Rosaria Pupo, daughter of Bruno Michele Pupo and Maria Grazia Figliuzzi, born March 26, 1894. Both are from Serra San Bruno and married on August 16, 1913 in SSB. They gave birth to daughter Elizabeth on January 27, 1921 in SSB and applied for a passport in 1922 to come to US to live. I believe Maria Rosaria has a sister named Nicolina Pupo Drago, possibly living in Toronto, Canada and a sister Carmella Pupo who stayed in SSB. Any information is helpful. Thank you!

  2. Dennis says:

    Need help researching Belluso, Tassone, Timpano and Roti – Roti. Cna you suggest any sources. Main town was Simberio circa 1900-1928

  3. theresa says:

    I am looking for the last names, grenci, mannella, fazio and vavala-I believe all lived in or were born in serra san bruno-late 1800s and early 1900s. Thank you.

  4. Rita says:

    Looking for anyone who is researching the surname ALBANO. I believe my ancestors came from Serra San Bruno. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

  5. Toni says:

    I am looking into information on my grandfather and grandmother ancestors from the region of Reggio Calabria. Their names were Carmelo Riggio and Antoniette (Campese) Riggio. Thank you!

  6. Ed says:

    What assistance can you give as to any distant relatives still in Serra San Bruno
    for Ruth Zaffino, born Sep 1, 1930. Her father was Rafael Zaffino.

    I am married to Rose DiMarco, daughter of Ruth. We are visiting Italy for two weeks end of September.

  7. Florence says:

    Looking for Annunziato Tripodi born and died in Serra San Bruno married Roseria Zaffino from Monigna possibly married there they had one child== Francesco on Dec 6 1865 I figure, since he was born there his Mother and Father also lived there. I also know that family came from Reggio originaly. Can you help me with any of this? They probably attended St Mary of Seven Sorrows in Serra San Bruno

  8. Maria says:

    I am trying to research my family from Serra San Bruno and I have been stuck. I am trying to find out information about:

    Michele Giancotti and his wife Raffaela Maria Franzi
    They had 5 children Gabriele (B 1885), Salvatore (1876), Carmello (1895), Stefano (1892)and Elizabeth (?). I wanted to know their birth dates, parents, and also if I can find any address where they resided with their family (Gabriele was my grandfather and I am visiting Serra San Bruno this summer).

    Bruno Marcese? Pelaia and his wife Maria Raffaela Gallucci. I know they had at least one child, Raffaele Pelaia (b 2/20/1866)in Serra San Bruno who married Maria Stella Pisani.

    The last one is Bruno Vincenzo Pisani and his wife Giuseppina (Peppina) Barello. They had two children – Maria Stella (2/17/1864 in Calabro?) and Vincenzo (b. Pentone Italy?).

    If you can tell me how to access information to find this information or help, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Grazie Mille!

    • Ralph says:

      Maria, is your mother’s name Dolores?I think your dad was my cousin.

    • Molly says:

      Hello Maria,
      I believe the same Stefano Giancotti (b. 1892) may have been my late Grandfather. He moved to the US at age 14 and from what I understand met some older brothers here. He lived in Pennsylvania, married Mary Nicotera, had three children the eldest of which is my Mother. I’d be curious to learn an update following your trip to Sera San Bruno.

  9. Sam says:

    I am looking for the birth date of my grandmother Niccolina Galluci. She was born in Mongiana, Italy as I know it to Bruno Galluci. She married my grandfather Angelo Campese who was from Serra San Bruno and they immigrated to the US around 1900. They lived in Freedom, Pennsylvania where she died on December 3, 1931.

    I cannot find any records for her and all of the family records are lost to me. I am one of three remaining grandchildren and I would like to provide my children with as much information on their ancestry as possible and I cannot find Niccolina┬┤s birth date. I will appreciate any help you can provide.

    With appreciation

    SD Timpano

  10. Carole says:

    A family Catroppa emigrated to Fernie British Colombia Canada and then moved to Vancouver.

  11. p-m vaugeois says:

    Am searching for Luigi Tassone m. Carmella Pisani (Luigi died 1934 in San Bruno; Carmella died 1991 in Canada)
    Their son – Francesco Tassone was born 1 Oct 1927 in San Bruno; m. 1952 – Stella Zaffino, born 21-04-1931 San Bruno; died 19-12-2014 St-Albert, AB, Canada, daughter of Giovanni Zaffino & Teresa Console. Giovanni was the son of Pipi Zaffino.
    Am looking for dates & more generations.
    All help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  12. Franca says:

    I would to trace my genealogy . I know my grandparents lived in Serra San Bruno. Their names Annunziata DiStefano and Vincenzo Pelaia. They had six children together. My grandfather moved to Argentina and died there but my grandmother remained in Italy and died there.

  13. Debra says:

    I am looking for information about my g-grandfather, Giuseppe Amato. Born in Serra San Bruno in 1875-76. Father was also Giuseppe and was a cobbler. Mother was Teresa Pace. Giuseppe married Carmela Amato in 1900 and moved to America in July, 1900. He moved on to British Columbia in 1912. I am looking for siblings or their descendants. Are any relatives left in Serra?

  14. Bettyann says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather who is from Serra San Bruno and has family there ( I dont know anything about them) but his name is Dominic Campese. Thank you for your help

  15. vicky pupo-ardia says:

    any information about my grandfather domenico salvatore pupo. believe he was born in the serra san Bruno area.

  16. Florence Tripodi says:

    am looking for information on Annunziato Tripodi born in Serra San Bruno Italy and died there. He married Roseria Zaffino from Mongiana Child Francesco Pietro born December 6th, 1865 Can I find more info on Annunziata? Such as Father or Mother — Birth date etc

  17. Mary says:

    I am interested in knowing more about my family/ancestry from the Serra San Bruno Area/Calabria Italy area…Vibo Valentina Region. There surname was Galluccio/they my great great grandparents and other relatives came from there to Ellis Island, NEW YORK in the early 1900s. There name changed to Gallucci once they became US citizens.
    Great grandfather is Biagio Gallucci birth around 1870
    Grandfather is Nicholas Gallucci and his wife Angelina Pronto [prunto] year 1886.

    Immigration was around 1901-1903 era. Wondering if I still have ancestors/relatives in current generations alive in serra san bruno italy and surrounding areas.

    Thank you!!!

  18. Rachel says:

    Trying to find the origin of the surname Catroppa family from Serra San Bruno, Catanzaro, Calabria
    Family immigrated to canada in the 1950’s

    • Janet says:


      My Grandmother was a Catroppa from Serra San Bruno
      and immigrated to Canada in the 50’s….

      • Rachel says:


        Have you any more information about your grandmother ? I don’t know much about this side of my family as my father has alzhiemers , it runs on my side of the family .

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