Genealogy in Maida

If you search your ancestors in Maida, 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 Maida registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Maida 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 Maida. As more your surname is common in Maida, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Maida 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 Maida 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 Maida 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 Maida area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. James says:

    Looking for my family in Maida. Our last name is Ceneviva
    My grandfather’s name was Gregorio and born around 1895. He came to America when he was 15. A Stone Mason by trade. I had a stencil he made with the address but this is all I can remember. I was in touch with Antonio from the same area but lost touch. Please help.
    Thank you
    Merry Christmas

  2. Maria says:

    My nonno came from vena di maida. Antonio conestabile and his momma Elisabatta Lucia and Pappa domenico conestabile. Any info thanks maria

  3. Neil says:

    Seeking information on Gaetano Cristallo, born Catanzaro 1871 married to Anna Murica also born in Catanzaro 1887. Both emigrated to USA and died 1920 and 1978 respectively. Any information appreciated. e-mail:

  4. Dominic says:

    My father-Vincenzo Donato and mother Mariana Paone and brother were born in Maida. Any info about them would be appreciated

    • Nicholas says:

      My Grandmother was Filomena Donato born in 1880 and passed in 1958 in Delaware. She married Tomasso Pantani who was born in 1867 and passed in 1955 in Delaware. I understand that they were born in Catanzaro and almost surely in the village of Maida. My name is Nick. If you comment I will respond.

  5. Riccardo says:

    I am seeking information about Gaetano Boca ..born in Maida 1892 …mother’s maiden name was Spada ..he died fighting in the Italian army 1917 in the Mt Grappa area….

    • Geo. says:

      REPLY TO RICCARDO: Greetings, all my direct ancestors were stateside (in America) by 1890, but my family records a “Rosellini Boca” marrying into the surname “Santo” in the first or second quarter (?) of the 19th century in the town of Vena (Maida, Catanzaro), Calabria. This is about all I have, but do you have any information on a “Rosellini Boca?” Best – Geo.

    • Valerie says:

      My 2nd Great Grandfather was Gaetano Boca who was married to a “Rosemarie” but I do not believe it is the same person since my 1st Great Grandfather, Joseph Boca, was born Feb 3, 1870 in Vena di Maida. He first came to the US in 1897 and then stayed in 1900. Could possibly be a cousin? Would love to exchange information.

      • Geo. says:

        TO VALERIE: – RE: Surname “Boca” – Prior to The Risorgimento, a Rosellini Boca married Gioacchino Santo who’s son was was my Great Grandfather, i.e., Jacque, or variation of that Christian name, Santo, born 1865 in Vena), had migrated to the U.S. via New Orleans approximately 1891. If this sounds like a realtion… then please contact me at email provided in reply application, with the subject line JACK SANTO, etc. Thanks – G.

  6. Susan says:

    I am researching my great grandfather Federico Fiore, born 25 Nov 1865 died 1920. I believe his father was Francesco Saverio De Fiore Born 18 Sep 1825- Died 1 May 1893. What I am missing is Francesco Saverios wife, Federicos mother. I think she may have been a Pileggi. Any help is greatly appreciated.

  7. Jim says:

    I am researching my ancestors who was born in the maida/ filadelphia area….My father’s name is Giuseppe Braccio born 2 Feb 1898 and died Jun 1977. His fathers name is Francesco Antonio Braccio, Born; 1858 and died 1900.
    He married Vincenzena Ruscio( born: 18 jun 1904 in USA;) Her Father was Vincenzo Ruscio(born 5 nov 1864 in Maida?) Died in USA…….Can you help me??????

    I would like to know more about the family of these persons…..
    Thank you

  8. Eric says:

    Ah … I just got another hint from others doing family research on two brothers from Maida, Italy who emigrated in 1904. Does anyone know how to trace the Pirozzi family? Here is what I know ….

    Two brothers:
    – Frank Port (aka Gregorio Pirozzi) **my great grandfather by marriage
    – Dominic Port (aka Dominic Pirozzi)

    Parents were: Thomas Pirozzi (born in Sicily) + Jeanette Pirozzi (birthplace unknown)

    Dominic Married Victoria Bevivino who came from Calabria
    BIRTH 25 NOV 1894 • Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
    DEATH 1 AUG 1978 • Ellwood City, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, USA
    IMMIGRATION 9 June 1913 • New York, USA
    SS Martha Washington Departed Palermo, Italy 24 May, 1913

  9. Lynne says:

    I am trying to locate information about my maternal GG grandparents. My mother was told that they lived in Maida, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy for many generations, but I cannot find very much except if they came to the USA.

    My grandfather, Francesco Mario Puiia (1903 -1994) immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1921 (he went by Giuseppe and didn’t know his real name until late in life).

    His father was Salvatore Puiia (born about 1872) and was married to Vittoria Tedesco (born about 1875).

    Francesco had 2 brothers, Salvatore (born about 1907) and Domenico (born about 1905). Francesco gave the family property to Salvatore’s family.

    My mother does not know the names any of Francesco’s grandparents, but recalls stories about his grandfather that she has no idea how factual they are.

    If you can find any information about Salvatore Puiia’s (1872-) or Vittoria Tedesco’s (1875-) parents, it would be truly appreciated. Most important to my mother is Salvatore’s father.

    Thanks so much!

    • priscilla tedesco says:

      Vittoria Tedesco is my father-in-law’s aunt. I have lots of information to share and would like to find out more what you know.


  10. mark schwery says:

    my grandmother anna peta was born in maida Italy sept 29 1891.all family records were lost in a fire years ago.were tryng to find parents names fathers might have been baptista not sure she married Antonio clerio and came to usa in 1910 she died in 1976 in Richmond calif any help would be good thank you mark schwery

  11. Amadeo says:

    information about antonio sonetto born around 1884

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