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

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


53 Messages to “Genealogy in Serra San Bruno”
  1. Frank says:

    I am looking for any information about my great grand-father, Gabriel Frank Zaffino. He was from Serr Santo Bruno Catanzaro. He was born in 1864. He married Pauline Lerro in Italy around 1887. They had a daughter, Elvira that same year. They immigrated to the United States, port of entry, New York on August 20,1887. I would like to know anything about his life in Italy, as well as his wife, Pauline.

    • Luigi says:

      Elvira Zaffino was born 12 August 1888 in Serra San Bruno to
      Giuseppe Zaffino B:1864 and Pasquelina Marianna Pelaia B:1862
      Married 10 Jun 1887 in Serra San Bruno

  2. Maria says:

    Im looking for information about Antonio Pelaia, born in Catanzaro in 1882 . He emigrated to Argentina when he was a boy and married Elvira Mazzola.
    Thanks in advanced!

  3. Josephine says:

    I am looking for any information on my family.I know my Mother and father were from Serra San Bruno My father name was Nazareno Scicchitano and his father was Domenico Scicchitano his mother was Apollonia Pace.My mother name was Raffaela Federico born about1890 her father was Salvatore Federico I done know who her mother was. my father was born in 1888
    Thank You,

  4. Deanne says:

    Hello – I am trying to find out information about my Grandparents from Serra San Bruno, seeking genealogy information (parents, grandparents) of Salvatore Vellone (born 1911) and Raffaela Catroppa (born 1914). The immigrated to Canada with their four children in the early 1950’s. Thank you for your help!

    • Luigi says:

      Raffaele Vellone (26) married 13 Nov 1902 in SSB
      Father Bruno Vellone
      Maria Giuseppa Ariganello
      Teresa Iorfida (23)
      Father Francesco Salvatore Iorfida
      Mother Marianna Schiafone

  5. Joseph says:

    My father, Joseph Tucci (Tucci Giuseppe) was born in Serra San Bruno on November 11, 1912 to Benone and Giuseppina Calebretta Tucci. He had an older brother Dominick, and two younger sisters, Gina and Annina. One of the sisters married a Faciolo (sp?).

    Giuseppina died (of cancer I believe) during WWII.

    My father immigrated to the United States in 1930.

    Does anyone have any information, stories or memories of my father’s family?

    In the United States he was friends with members of the Pupo and Paisani families.

    • Luigi says:

      Benone Tucci(24) married Maria Giuseppa Calabretta(21) on 8 Feb 1902
      Benone Parents are Domenico Tucci and Marianna Schiafone.
      Maria’s parents are Luigi Calabretta and Maria Teresa Dominelli.

      We are cousins —
      Marianna Schiafone is the daughter of Michael Schiafone and Maria Giuseppe Tucci.
      Maria Giuseppe Tucci is the daughter of Bruno Tucci and Anna Pisani.
      Bruno Tucci is my GGG Grandfather. My relatives went to Johnsonburg, Pa
      in 1903 from Serra San Bruno.
      I have been back to SSB many times
      I live in Monterey California.

  6. Celeste says:

    I am looking for additional information on my maternal grandparents’ families, both of which are from Serra San Bruno. My grandparents were born and raised there before coming to the US in 1901/1906 (Pennsylvania) and becoming naturalized US citizens in 1917. My grandparents, Giuseppe Catroppa (born 1879) and Maria Rosaria Scicchitano (born 1885) were married in Serra San Bruno on February 17, 1906. If I am understanding the marriage document correctly, my grandfather’s parents were Domenico Louis Catroppa and Maria Aurora Carrera, and my grandmother’s parents were Domenico Scicchitano and Apollonia Pace. I know that my grandfather had at least one sibling (brother Angelo Catroppa – born 1882) and that my grandmother had at least one brother (Nazareno Scicchitano – born 1888). I would really appreciate any additional information on my grandparents families, especially on any other siblings they might have had, and also anything you may be able to tell me about whether or not the information I have on the names of their parents is correct.
    Thank you very much – Celeste

    • Josephine says:

      Celeste, My father is Nazareno Scicchitano born1888 we lived in Aliquippa Pa.

      • Josephine says:

        Rose Katroppa was my aunt,she had a daughter lena,helen,josephine,mary,and a son angelo katroppa Domenico scicchitano was my grandfather my father had another sister Catherine griffo from Portland conn.

    • Linda says:


      My mother Josephine Tawney wrote to you and we are thrilled to read your posting! That’s my grandfather, we are family! Please reply!

      • Celeste Miller says:

        Josephine and Linda,
        I am so sorry but I just saw your replies to my post. We are indeed family! I grew up in Aliquippa/Hopewell but have lived in Los Angeles for many years. Rose was my grandmother and Helen was my mother. Our family (Clarence & Helen Miller), Grandma Katroppa, and Aunt Lena and her family (John & Lena Kost) lived in the big family house on Park St and then all moved together to Kane Rd in the very late 1950s. Our familis used to do a lot of things with your sister/aunt Nae Williams and her family and occasionally saw her sister Catherine Terrazano and family as well when I was growing up. I have been doing a lot of research on my own on the US stuff and acutally just used Italian Side for more info from Italy. What they found is wonderful! I now have a lot more info on our Scicchiatno ancestors, including more bothers and sisters beyond Rose, Nazareno, and Catherine. I am not sure how we can be in touch directly but please be back in touch on this page and we will figure something out.

        • Josephine says:

          I have been doing a lot of research on my own but always come to a dead end. I just can’t fine anything on my mother or father I just can’t fine out who I am.

  7. Nicolina says:

    Hi I am trying to find out any information that I can for the last name Gennaro and Pupo. As far as I know my great grandfather was Bruno Gennaro born Feb 15,1893 and his (adoptive) parents where luigi and luisa spatula which I have no dates of birth, marriage or death. I would love to have these dates and possibly some information surrounding the adoption or possibly the biological parents names.

    I am also looking for info on Michele Pupo whom married Rosaria Pupo, again I am so sorry but I have no dates but they did have a daughter by the name of Maria Assunta Pupo who passed in SSB in 1928. My family has no idea as to where she was buried or have we been able to get any picture of her grave. Maria Assunta did marry Bruno Gennaro but I do not know when and they had 5 children

    Lorenzo Gennaro (born March 19,1925),Luisa Gennaro, Luigi Gennaro,Michele Gennaro,Rosaria Gennaro (born 1926) any dates would be great.

    Luisa Gennaro passed in SSB and I believe she may still have children there. I really hope you can help thank you,

  8. sam says:

    my father Giuseppe Bruno Iorfida was born in serra san bruno april 23 1901 got married to teresa dominelli in april 1923 he was in the army and also a carbiniere he came to canada ontario in 1950 can you tell me about his family thank you

  9. Rita says:

    Cerco un Stato di famiglia per il mie antenati Rocco Albano e Giovanna Cicciari. Per favore mi poi dirmi a chi devo scrivere. grazie

    • Luigi says:

      Were they from Tresilico ?
      Any bith dates or dates of marriage ?
      Where were they last know to be at?

      Erano da Tresilico ?
      Tutte le date di nascita o la data di matrimonio?
      Dove sono stati ultimo sanno di essere a ?

      • Rita says:

        Hello Luigi. Sorry I only just found your message. Rocco and Giovanna’s children were born in Oppido Mamertina. I believe Rocco was born in Serra San Bruno. There are no records of him in Oppido. Their first child Gennaro Albano was born in Oppido in 14 March 1879. Look forward hearing from you.

  10. 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!

    • Luigi says:

      Bruno Tassone, born June 17, 1886. I have a birth of 13 June 1886
      Document dated 16 June 1886
      to Raffaele Tassone and Elisabetta Valente Tassone. Married in 1877 in SSB.

      Bruno Tassone married
      Maria Rosaria Pupo, Born April 21, 1886 – Pupo-SSB-1886-Nat-0070a
      daughter of
      Bruno Michele Pupo B: 1846
      and Maria Grazia Figliuzzi, (check birth date >>) 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, Born 10 July 1900
      possibly living in Toronto, Canada
      and a sister Carmella Pupo (Maria Carmela) Born 2 October 1880
      who stayed in SSB. Any information is helpful. Thank you!

  11. Dennis says:

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

    • Luigi says:

      Dennis says:
      January 7, 2016 at 5:35 pm
      Need help researching Belluso, Tassone, Timpano and Roti – Roti. Cna you suggest any sources. Main town was

      Simberio circa 1900-1928
      They all live there. Do you have any more information – Name and Birth or Marriage

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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

    • Luigi says:

      Found a Rasaria Zaffino married to a Domenico Tripodi. She died in 1895- Zaffino-SSB-1895-Mort-0005c
      She was born in 1839. He was still alive after her death. A Domenico Tripodi died in 1898.

      Salvator Francesco Tripodi married a Maria Francesca Calaminici in 1884
      He was born in Mongiana but father was named Giuseppe

      Francesco Pietro Tripodi married a Immaculata Vavala in 1890 in SSB

  17. 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.

    • Luigi says:

      Michele Giancotti B:(1838) and his wife Raffaela Maria Franzi
      M: 1872 – Giancotti

      They had 5 children
      Gabriele (B 1885), 25 Mar 1884 – Giancotti
      Salvatore (1876), 3 Feb 1876 – Giancotti
      Carmello (1895), B: 1893
      Stefano (1892)and 9 Dec 1886 – Giancotti
      Elizabeth (?). Maria Elisabeta – 7 Jan 1878 – Giancotti

      Giuseppe 10 Mar 1881 – Giancotti

      Maria Elisabetta married Raffaele Manno in 1905 – Giancotti

  18. 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

    • Luigi says:

      Francesco Nicola Campese (25) married Maria Rosaria Vavala (26) in 1895 in SSB
      His father is listed as Angelo but no mother listed
      If I get a chance, I will try and locate both birth documentss

  19. Carole says:

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

  20. 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.

    • Luigi says:

      Found 2 Bruno Luigi Tassone’s
      Found 3 Luigi Tassone’s
      Found 3 Maria Carmella Pisani’s
      Any idea what year Luigi and Carmella were born ?

    • Luigi says:

      ound 2 Bruno Luigi Tassone’s
      Found 3 Luigi Tassone’s
      Found 3 Maria Carmella Pisani’s
      Any idea what year Luigi and Carmella were born ?

  21. 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.

    • Luigi says:

      Bruno Vicenzo Pelaia B: 10 Oct 1880
      father Giuseppe Pelaia B:1840
      mother Rosa Zaffino
      married 7 Sept 1907
      Maria Assuantia DeStefano B: 11 Nov 1885
      father Salvatore DeStefano
      mother Rosaria Belicamino
      Rosina Pelaia B: 7 August 1908

  22. 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?

  23. 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

  24. vicky pupo-ardia says:

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

    • Luigi says:

      Could this be the right one?

      Domenico Salvatore Pupo B: 19 July 1900
      father Francesco Pupo B: 1874 married 1899
      father Domenico Pupo
      mother Maria Giuseppe Bava B: 1876
      sister Raffaela Pupo B: 1905

  25. 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

  26. 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!!!

  27. 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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