Genealogy in Serrastretta

Region: Calabria Province: Catanzaro

Tracing your Italian roots back to Serrastretta, in Catanzaro province, Calabria region?

This comprehensive guide empowers you to understand the records available in Serrastretta, unlocking your family’s rich history.
Where to Begin Your Ancestry Journey in Serrastretta
If your ancestral trail leads to Serrastretta, Italy, their vital records are likely housed in two key locations:

  • Serrastretta City Hall Archives: Established in 1809, these archives hold civil registry records like births, marriages, and deaths for Serrastretta residents since then.
  • Serrastretta Parish Churches: For records pre-dating 1809 or for religious ceremonies, exploring Serrastretta’s parish church archives might be necessary.

Civil Records in Serrastretta

In towns and villages of Calabria and in Catanzaro province civil registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Serrastretta Town Hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to get your Italian Citizenship and you need official certificates from Serrastretta Municipality, follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Serrastretta during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Serrastretta to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!
With his deep knowledge of people and local history he will assist you not only finding names and dates (births, marriages, deaths) but he will reveal to you many other precious information on the life of your ancestors available in the old registers.

  • Professions: do you know what your ancestors did for a living? Our genealogist will be able to give you this info!
  • Addresses: the house where your family lived (a great information if you intend to visit Serrastretta !)
  • Churches: where they were baptized or married
  • (If you can’t visit Serrastretta, our researcher will give you the necessary info to find by yourself the relevant places on the maps available online)

  • Signatures: if your ancestors knew how to write, he will be able to show you their original signatures.
  • Any other useful info available on the old documents.
  • Are you interested in this? Write us at or fill this form

    Next picture shows the demographic trends in Serrastretta from the Italian Unification (1861).
    This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.


    To go on quickly in your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Serrastretta. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Serrastretta archives, expecially if you have not exact dates (there could be cases of homonymy).
    It’s 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 Records in Serrastretta

    Church archives in Catanzaro province may store even older information. You will find religious records of the same events (births, marriages and deaths) but, most important, you could go further back in time!
    So in case you would like to go back in centuries, it’s good for you to know that the parish registers in Calabria started during 1500!

    Parish archives are far less accessible expecially from abroad and very hard to read and decipher if you are not used and skilled.
    But our local genealogists, are graduated in history and archivistics so, with their expertise, they can research the church registers of Serrastretta on your behalf to gather info about your family history during centuries.

    In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Serrastretta:


    S. GIUSEPPE – P.zza San Giuseppe

    S. MARIA IMMACOLATA – Piazza Colosimo – Accaria

    For our experience, if you plan to come here to visit Serrastretta, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival.
    This because a comprehensive genealogy research is time consuming!

    Starting from home, you will have time to get a complete research avoiding to waste your holidays in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy .
    (Remember that archives are not open to public and officers and priests are not required by law to give you access to the local archives)
    With the results gathered by our genealogist and translated in your language before your arrival, you will have the possibility to plan carefully your visit.
    In this way you will have more free time to enjoy your tour to the roots on your ancestors footsteps.

    Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the State Archives of Catanzaro.

    If you need a professional help from our local genealogist in Serrastretta area , write to or fill the form here.

    Our expert will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

    If you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful advices to search in Calabria and of course in Serrastretta too.

    Here below you can read the messages received from other visitors in Serrastretta forum:
    if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Serrastretta feel free to leave a message below.

    31 thoughts on “Genealogy in Serrastretta”

    1. hola soy carlos de argentina, mi bisabuelo luigi nicotera, vino de serrastretta si alguien puede aportar alguna informacion se lo agradeceria, estaba casado con angela lucia, tenian viñedos y olivares, era pariente de giovanni nicotera, luigi tambien contaba con antecedentes politicos

    2. I am researching Cesare Petrizio, born in Serrastretta in February 1880 or 1881. Rafaela Grandinetti was his mother’s name. He married Giuseppina Scalise n New Jersey in 1912. I believe Giuseppina was also born in Serrastretta in about 1888.
      Are any records available for this timeframe?

    3. Looking for family members related to ancestors who emigrated to America from Angoli(Serrastretta) My great grandmother was Giuseppa Moscaro who was married to Tomaso Iuliano(Juliano). They and their daughters, Maria Concetta and Rose lived at 72 via Sottana. Maria Concetta would marry Angel Antonio Lucia and they would sail to America in 1912. Settling at first in Springfield, Mass. they would eventually move on to settle in New Jersey. Their cousins Anthony and William Mazzei lived in the Pittsburg area while other relatives sir named Scalise(Frank,Rosanna,Rose,Edith,Angie) and Lucia(Charles,Rose,Mildred) lived in Warren and Erie Pa. respectively. Also in Pennsylvania were Peter, Rose and Mark Juliano(Warren) and Josephine Juliano(Kane).

      1. It is more than 2 years ago … but I have some Angoli records that indicate we are distant relatives. My great grandfather Francesco Scalise was born in Angoli in1849 and eventually settled in Warren PA. I can provide more data if you like…
        As an example .. the parents of your Giuseppa were Vincenzo Mascaro and Rosa Angela Scalise

    4. hello williams my line is from serrastretta, my great-grandfather was luigi nicotera married to angela lucia, they emigrated between 1888 and 1900 to argentina

    5. Looking for records relating to my grandfather named Tommaso Vaccaro born mid 1880’s and grandmother Maria Mazzei born 1888. Any information such as birth, marriage is greatly appreciated.

    6. Hi
      my name is Alfredo Perri and i live in melbourne victoria australia. now my fathers fathers father Domenico Perri was born in murachi cosenza italy so was his dad Pietro perri. domenico in 1881 and pietro in 1853. now i heard that pietros dad also domenico is the one i believe that mightve came from serrastretta and went north to murachi. this is not proven just a family story passed down. would like this verified if possible. this domenico married carolina colosimo.

    7. I am looking for Antonio Scalise, son of Raffaele Scalise and Petronilla Molinaro, born between 1872 and 1873, in Serrastretta, Catanzaro. He immigrated to Brazil.

    8. My family is from the Serrastretta Calabria region

      Grandfather: Joseph Molinaro Father: Anthony Molinaro
      Birth 1884 Mother: Caroline Scalise
      Grandmother: Rose Talarico Father: Joseph Mark Talarico
      Birth 1891 Mother: Maria C. De Fazio
      Sharon Jones

    9. I am searching for my great grandparents Tony Mazzei and Guiseppinna Scalise. My uncle said they were from Angoli, but I am seeing many more DNA matches through Serrastretta. They ended up living in Lily, Cambria County, PA near Johnstown and are buried there. I cannot find them on the ship’s manifests. I don’t think they came in through Ellis Island.
      Thank you.

    10. Il mio nome è Carla Lucia Plottel, io sono la figlia di Belmonte Lucia (deceduto) e Angelina Vescio. Mi piacerebbe conoscere la mia Lucia Heritage. I genitori Di mio padre erano Serafino Lucia e Maria Stella Lucia.
      I miei bisnonni paterni erano Domenico Lucia e Francesca Mascaro. I miei bisnonni materni erano Gregorio Lucia ed è stato sposato a Rizzuto. Non so il suo nome di battesimo.
      Inoltre non ho alcuna conoscenza della mia famiglia nonne materne. cognome paterno è Faga, non è sicuro del lato materno, tutto quello che so è che il suo nome era Maria.
      Spero che tu possa aiutare.

      My name is Carla Lucia Plottel, I am the daughter of Belmonte Lucia (deceased) and Angelina Vescio. I would like know my Lucia Heritagez. My fathers parents were Serafino Lucia and Maria Stella Lucia.
      My paternal great grandparents were Domenico Lucia and Francesca Mascaro. My maternal great grandparents were Gregorio Lucia and was married to Rizzuto. Do not know her Christian name.
      Also I have no knowledge of my maternal grandmothers family. Paternal surname is Faga, not sure of the maternal side, all I know is that her name was Maria.
      Hope you can help.

    11. I am searching for informations on Felicio Antonio Mascaro born 27/03/1871, in Serrastretta, his father Raphael Mascaro and mother Raquel Mascaro. Thanks for informations.

      1. oi eliana, nao sei se voce vai ver isso ainda afinal ja faz muitos anos, mas acho que somos parentes, me envie um email novamente se receber essa mensagem.

    12. Martin Marie - Line

      Bonjour,j habite la France mais ma maman est née le 20 juillet 1940 et s’appelait Maria Molinaro . Fille de Michelina Lopreiato. avez vous des informations à ce sujet. MERCI

    13. My name is Scott Haraty and I live in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the US. My wife and I plan to visit Italy and we’d like to see if I can locate any family there to meet them. Please review the information below, and feel free to forward it to others if you feel they may have any information about these families. I would love to hear from anyone who has any information that can help locate my family in Italy. Thank you.

      The 2 names from my family are on my mom’s side are Falvo (her father) and Mazzei (her mother).

      My grandfather’s name was Agostino Falvo – he was born on May 8, 1892 in Serrastretta/Catanzaro. His parents were Gaetano Falvo, and Angela Rosa Mazzei. Agostino had 1 sister Rosanna and also a brother and we don’t know his name but we believe moved to Brazil. In April of 1910, Agostino took a ship to New York, and we believe he first stayed with his Uncle Angelo Falvo in Hartford, CT, then he settled down in Springfield, Massachusetts permanently. On August 16, 1914, he married Angelina Mazzei, and they had several children (Charles; Raymond; Josephine; Thomas; Phyllis; Daniel; Ernest, Fredrick, and Maryann who is my mother and the youngest of the children). About 1965, his sister Rosanna and her husband Joseph from Calabria visited my grandfather here in the US. Roseanna’s last known address was Via 24 Maggio No. 17 88043 Feroleto Antico. Please note Rosanna’s maiden name was Falvo before she married Joseph Falvo. Since there was 19 years age difference between Agostino and Rosanna – we’re wondering if there were other brothers and sisters besides the one who we think moved to Brazil. My mom is 82 now and her only living bother/sister left is Ernie.

      My grandmother’s maiden name was Angelina Mazzei – she was born in Angoli/Catanzaro on April 3, 1898. Her parents were Tomasso (Thomas) Mazzei and Teresa Mazzei. Please note Teresa’s maiden name was Mazzei before she married Tomasso who was a Mazzei as well. Angelina arrived in the US in 1910 and married Augostino Falvo in 1914. They had 9 children listed above.

      My grandmother’s parents moved to the US and lived in Springfield, Massachusetts. They had 5 children: my grandmother Angelina; Anthony; Joseph; Louis; and Rose.

      Please feel free to share this information with others. If you or anyone else knows anyone related to the people above – I’d like to learn more about them so I can get connected to our family in Italy. Thank you.

    14. Hi, i am searching for information of my grandfather Rosario Talarico, he was born in Serrastretta in 1930 i thinnk. thank you.

    15. I am searching for information on my paternal grandfather Gaetano Mazza, born (I believe) in Serrastretta on 1/08/1890. He married Maria Fazio and they had their first child ( Rosario born 1912 in Italy). They immigrated to America and raised their family of 10 children in Springfield, MA. If you have any information that may be of any help in my search I would be grateful. Thank you.

      1. Hi Donna – interesting post about Springfield, MA. I am working on trying to track down family in Italy to go visit and meet them. My grandfather was Agostino Falvo who was born 5/8/1892 in Serestretta. His parents were Gaetano Falvo and Angela Rosa Mazzei. He came to the US in 1909 and lived in Springfield his whole life – he had 11 children. I lived in Springfield until I was 12, then we moved to East Longmeadow, then I joined the Navy at 18. Good luck on your search.

    16. My Great, Great Grandfather(Francesco Nicotera) born about 1835 & Grandmother (Chiara Perri) are from Serrastretta. Their Daughter (Raffaela Nicotera) born 1877 married my Great Grandfather sometime in the early 1890’s. All of them emigrated to the United States about 1891. My Great Grandfather went by John Mangus in the USA but my guess is his name may have been Giovanni Manguso or Mancuso. He was born in 1866 in Southern Italy but I do not know where. I have also heard his first name may have been Pasquale. Any information about where he was born, his parent’ names etc would be greatly appreciated. Grazie

      1. William,
        WE are related and the same generation! My great, great grandparents were Francesco Nicotera and Chiara Perri! They had 7 children. My great grandmother was Maria Vincenza Nicotera who was a sister of Raffaella. I visited Serrastretta last year and researched some records at the church.I have more information.
        We should talk.

        1. Hi Ed & William,

          Are any relatives of Francesco, Maria Vincenza, or Raffaella named Sigismondo, or Nicola / Nicola Maria. My line of Nicotera descents goes back to Serrastretta, CZ and I’ve been able to get names as far back from myself as 6 generations, but clearly the available information starts becoming less and less available online. Any input would be very much appreciated!


          1. Ciao Kevin,
            I have not come across a Sigismondo in my tree but I do not have much detail. Nicola Maria is much more common and I believe that name is in the Nicotera line.
            I have visited Serrestretta twice and have lots of photos. I also did some research at the church there.

            1. ciao ed se potessi darmi un indirizzo o qualcuno con cui comunicare da serrastretta, i miei antenati sono di lì, era luigi nicotera, se hai qualche conoscenza o sono discendenti vorrei che parlassimo in privato. Grazie

      2. hola, mi nombre es carlos, mi bisabuelo luigi nicotera nacio en serrastretta y viajo a italia con la esposa que era angela lucia, si conoces algun dato sobre esto te lo agradeceria, me acabas de confirmar que lucia es un apellido alli, por que no estabamos seguro gracias

    17. My grandfather is Rosario Bevevino, born June 6, 1883, we believe in Serrastretta or very close by. He was born out of wedlock and then adopted. His birth mother was from a wealthy silk producing family, and she was banished to Brazil. His birth father was a policeman. My grandmother, Rose Scalise Bevevino, was born December 6, 1882, we believe in another town very close by, possibly Angoli. They knew each other growing up, but were married in the USA after arriving in New York in 1902. It is also believed that my grandfather may have been raised by his future wife’s aunt. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

      1. Hello! Some of the names you have mentioned, I believe that I have heard years ago. Did the Bevevino’s end up around the Warren, PA area? My grandfather’s mother (Maria Scalise) may have been related. Do you know anything? I have been searching for my grandfather’s (Vincenzo Ferraro) history for a long time. There may have been the name Mascaro (or other spelling) somewhere in the mix. Thanks!

    18. The name in Serrastretta is Franscesco Gallo, born apx 1862. However, he may have been born in Belsito. But, I believe the family was originally from Serrastretta. That is what I am trying to confirm. He immigrated to upstate NY around 1890. He is my maternal great grandfather. Thank you for any direction that you can give me.

    19. I am searching for information on Pietro Molinaro. I have no information on him except that he was listed as deceased on a ship manifest from 1913. He married Angelina Scalise and they had four children: Natale (born 1894), Antonio (born 1895), Francesca (born 1899), and Filomena (born 1900). Angelina immigrated to the USA in 1913 with her children.

      I would like to get some information on Pietro. When was he born? When did he marry? Did he die in Italy? Did he come to the USA and die here? Did he come to the USA and was never from again?

      Thank you.

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