Genealogy in Borgia

If you search your ancestors in Borgia, Calabria, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Calabria and in Catanzaro province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Borgia registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Borgia from the Italian Unification (1861) an important info to understand how many people lived there in the past.

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Borgia. As more your surname is common in Borgia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Borgia archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Catanzaro province are:
Aiello, Bianco, Caruso, Cimino, Colosimo, Cosentino, Critelli, Curcio, De Fazio, Donato, Falvo, Fazio, Folino, Gallo, Gentile, Gigliotti, Grande, Greco, Gualtieri, Leone, Mancuso, Marino, Mastroianni, Mazza, Mazzei, Mercuri, Molinaro, Muraca, Nistico, Paone, Paonessa, Perri, Procopio, Pugliese, Ranieri, Rocca, Rotella, Rotundo, Russo, Sacco, Scalise, Sestito, Talarico, Torchia, Trapasso, Vaccaro, Vescio, Viscomi.

Church archives in Catanzaro 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 Borgia and Catanzaro 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.
For our experience is better to start to search months before your arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices and with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps.

Another important source of information are the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Catanzaro e 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.

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Borgia just leave a message below in the comment area

If your research is in a dead end and you need professional help from our local Italian genealogists write to our expert in Borgia area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Scicchitani says:

    Hello! I am researching my family, last name Scicchitano / Scicchitani. My earliest family member was Tommaso Scicchitano, born in 1758. He was married to Anna Vonella in Borgia in 1785. I would like any information on The earlier ancestry of Tommaso Scicchitano. My Grandfather is Vito Scicchitani, from Massachusetts, USA.

  2. Cossari says:

    Hi Guys Its great to know that you are searching for your past, I live in Australia and there are quite a few families from Borgia in Sydney. my family is the only family that is from Borgia in Melbourne.
    I have my fathers uncles who migrated to the USA . I have also tried find my roots without success.

    However we immigrants should get together,and build a monument in memory of our ancestors who left Borgia , their surnames inscribed on the monument and where they migrated too.

    Cossari Australia

  3. Henry says:

    Dear Deb, I’m pretty sure your grandfather was my great uncle Rocco—the brother of my grandmother—Marietta Posella. The Posellas came from Borgia and settled in Newark NJ. The first Posella to come was Uncle Tony, and then, after him, the rest of his siblings—along with his mother and father came also. There were ten siblings, and I’ll try to list them for you as best as I can: the brothers were: Uncle Tony, Uncle Frank, Uncle Gregorio “Henry”, Uncle Eugene, Uncle Sam, Uncle Leonard, and Uncle Rocco, and the sisters were: Marietta—my grandmother–Aunt Frances and Aunt Rose. Their parents, my great grandparents, were Giuseppe Posella and Concetta Posella who lived in a house on South 16th Street in Newark. After their parents died, Uncle Frank, Uncle “Henry”, Aunt Frances and your probable grandfather, Uncle Rocco, continued to live in the house. Uncle Rocco had two children from his first wife—Joseph, and Connie—and then his re-married and had two daughters, Fran and Carmela, with his second wife Liboria. There is so much I could tell you, but it’s probably better if you e-mail me. Best wishes.

  4. Elaine says:

    I am making my family tree and i sent to New York for my grandpa- Settimio Totino’s ( b. 1885 in Borgia ) marraige certificate so that I may know his parents names.They are. Listed in the certificate as, Filippo Totino. Born circa 1850-70 as father and Catorina Totino( born- Chiarella) I cannot find them on any geneology site in United States. Can you help please? Gracie.

    • Henry says:

      Dear Elaine: I was casually browsing through stuff about Borgia in Catanzaro province which is the birthplace of both my grandparents. My mother was Celeste Alcaro and my grandfather was Domenico Alcaro (whose mother, incidentally, was Barbara Chiarella–same last name as Catorina your great-grandmother), and my grandmother was Maria “Marietta” Alcaro (born Maria Posella). I lived across the street from them and in my childhood I spent almost every day in their home and was very close to them. I would always hear them referring to “Cumpara Settimio” (most likely your grandpa) and I know that my family was very close to the Totino family; they were almost like relatives. I can’t remember the names of some of the other Totinos–I think maybe one of them was named Violet who had a sons named Lenny and Jimmy I think–but I need my memory to be refreshed. I remember I would usually see them at my aunt’s house, “Jean Piesco” in Brooklyn. There was definitely a link between my family and yours–your grandpa and mine were about the same age and both were “cumparas” from Borgia–so if you’d like to explore this further, it would be nice to hear from you and compare notes. Best wishes. Henry

      • Deb says:


        I am trying to find information on my grandfather, Rocco Posella, born in Borgia in May, 1897. I see your grandmother was Marietta Posella and I remember Totino was a surname mentioned often during my childhood. My cousin and I are taking her mother (my godmother) to Borgia this summer for her 80th since she wishes to see her father’s birthplace. All from my grandparents’ generation are gone and my mother and aunt don’t remember enough for us to conduct a search from this side of the Atlantic. (I visited Sicily a fe years ago and successfully traced my paternal grandparents in Agira.) My grandfather Posella had a number of siblings who came to the U.S. around 1910-1913. But, I can only recall meeting his brother, “Sam” and sister, “Frances”. If your grandmother, Marietta came from Borgia, maybe there is a family connection. Thanks for any assistance you may provide. Deb

  5. Charlotte says:

    I’m looking for birth certificate of Giovanni TITO born 2 Sept 1849 please. Any information on TITO family will be appreciated. Thank you Charlotte

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