Genealogy in Soveria Mannelli

If you search your ancestors in Soveria Mannelli, in the province of Catanzaro, Calabria region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Soveria Mannelli

In towns and villages of Calabria and in Catanzaro province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Soveria Mannelli town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Soveria Mannelli follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Soveria Mannelli during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Soveria Mannelli to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!

Otherwise, if you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful to search in Calabria and of course in Soveria Mannelli too!

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

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Soveria Mannelli. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Soveria Mannelli archives, expecially 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 Records in Soveria Mannelli

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 Catanzaro started during 1500!

They are far less accessible from abroad (and even not easy to browse and to read if you are not used and skilled) but our local genealogist can research the church archives of Soveria Mannelli on your behalf.

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



Anyway for our experience, even if you plan to come here, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps, starting from the info gathered by our genealogists.

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

If you need a professional help from our local genealogists write to or follow this link.

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

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  1. Trish says:

    Does anyone know Luigi Marasco, born circa 1800s, married to Rosalia Costanza. He had four children. Lived in Soveria Mannelli on via Garibaldi.

  2. Gloria says:

    I’m looking for birth records for Gabriel Gigliotti, born in Soveria Mannelli,Calabria Italy, on 6/3/1879. His family made furniture which they took to Canada to sell. The family later emigrated to Canada and then to the USA.

  3. Heather says:

    Does anybody have any info on the Pascuzzi Bar in Soveria Mannelli ? I am curious as to who originally owned it as my great grandfathers side of the family are Pascuzzi’s from there

    • David says:

      If you want I can get in touch with some of my cousins (probably yours too) that live there to find out more about it. Not all of us Pascuzzi’s from that small town are related. Or at least not through being Pascuzzis

      • Heather says:

        I am replying quite late to this, and I hope you still check this discussion. I would very much appreciate if you could get in touch with your family regarding the Pascuzzi Bar!

    • Jennifer says:

      Do either of you have Pascuzzis in MN? I’m researching my husband’s side of the family, and think they originated from Soveria Mannelli.

  4. Sandi says:

    I am looking for any siblings to Frank Chiodo born 3/21/1878 in Soverai Mannelli to Rosario Chiodo and Mary Frances (Cardamone) Chiodo. Frank immigrated to the US in I believe on 11/4/1909. Frank possibly came over with an aunt and cousins. Neither one of his parents came to the US and both died in Italy. Frank was left with a family vineyard somewhere in Italy that he eventually left to the Catholic Church.

    • Frances says:

      Sandi, my great grandfather Rosario Chiodo was born in Soveria Mannelli in 1875 and may well be Frank’s brother. He and his wife, Luisa Elisabetta Bianco Chiodo emigrated to the United States in 1907 (we think) with 5 of their 7 kids, one of whom was Frank. I am searching for the home and any relatives they left behind as well. I would welcome a chance to compare family notes!

      • Paul says:

        I have my grandfather Paolo Colosimo to Braddock pa to visit Rosario Choido. Any connection would you think. 570-447-3381. Give me a text
        Paul Villella

    • Paul says:

      My grandmother maria stella loprete. her mother lucia cardamone. father Giuseppe cardamone I was told. Maria to America 1912. her husband paolo colisimo came to braddock pa to visit cousin Rosario choido. have that on ship manifest papers earlier. all from soveria

      • Frances says:

        Hi Paul, My great grandfather was Rosario Chiodo and he and his wife Elisabetta Bianco Chiodo had a little store at 222 Braddock Ave. It may be that Paolo Colisimo was my Rosario Chiodo’s cousin. There are a lot of Rosario Chiodos but not that many in Braddock. I will search my ancestry tree for him. Thank you for the hint and I hope this helps you as well.
        Fran Vinnacombe (nee Frances McClafferty)

    • Sally says:

      Assuming you are Sandra Chiodo Mis, daughter of the late Arthur Chiodo and Mary Lou Schryver. I am Sally Chiodo, daughter of the late Bernardo Chiodo who you reference. Several years ago I spoke to your Aunt Robyn Gautreaux & obtained some info. Legal documents that I have obtained show that my father Bernardo and your Grandpa Frank were cousins, with their fathers Gabriel Chiodo and Rosario Chiodo being brothers. And yes records show that Frank did in fact sponsor my father Bernardos trip to America. Other records that I have obtained show that Franks siblings were/are Anthony, Michael and Giovanna Molinaro By the way, how did the meeting with Albert Chiodo go ? I would love to talk to you and have accumulated a large binder of geneology information, but not enough about my father Bernardo. I have no idea of how to contact you, though some records that I have show Hoffman Estates ?????

  5. Bob says:

    I am trying to find information on my ancestor, Nicola Sirianni who was mayor of Soveria Mannelli in 1816. Does anyone have any information on him?

  6. Nick says:

    Both my grandparents originated in Soveria-Mannelli. They emigrated to Des Moines, IA in the 1920s. My grandmother was Angela Bonacci and my grandfather Nicola Cardamone. There are many Italians in Des Moines with sir names Sirriani, Chiodo, Marasco, Colosimo, Talarico, Critelli, DeFazio, Scalise, Sacco, and Pascuzzi. If you’re looking for records, you may want to check with St. Anthony Catholic Church.

    • Lucas says:

      Both my great grandfather (Carmino Aiello) and grandfather (Michele Aiello) were born in Soveria Mannelli and ended up in Des Moines as well. I have had regular Mail and Email correspondence with the L’ufficiale del Stato Civile who just so happens to be a Bonacci! She may be related to you somehow. Also, my Great Aunt Theresa Aiello married a Cardamone, and my family still keeps in touch with our 1st cousins, who now live in Rossano.

    • Kristen says:

      My great grandfather was Vincenzo (or Vincent when he came to the US in Des Moines) Chiodo. His mother was Angela Maria Pascuzzi, I’ve been having a hard time tracing the family back. Some of the information I have was a scribbled down and a lot of it is difficult to understand. You mention to check with the St. Anthony Catholic Church, We do not have one anywhere near. Would there be a way i could possibly email someone with the St. Anthony Catholic Church to gather some information or would I have to go there to receive any information?

      • Mary Chiodo says:

        Your great grandfather and my father Frank are brothers. St. Anthony’s Church is in Des Moines, Iowa. I have a copy of the family’s history I recently found. Have you made any progress? Mary Chiodo

  7. Adriana says:

    Hello, I haven’t been able to find any information on my family from Soveria Mannelli. My grandfather Salvatore Chiodo married to Concetta Cardamone. Est birth between 1880-1990. Who Can I write to to try and obtain birth, marriage and death certificates for my grandparents surnames Chiodo and Cardamone?
    Any help appreciated. Thank you.

  8. trish says:

    Seeking more information on Giuseppe Marasco, born Soveria Manelli, 24 August 1923. Father Luigi Marasco & Mother Rosalia Costanza. I would like to know where they lived in Soveria, and anything else.

  9. Karen says:

    Looking for a birth record for Louis Cosentino born Aug 15, 1860 in Soveria. would his name have been Luigi?

  10. Amanda says:

    Giuseppe Perri dob September 8, 1898
    Arrived in New York in 1920.
    I would love information on who his parents were!

  11. Robert says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandparents marriage in Soveria Mannelli. His name was Salvatore Cianco and her name was Maria Theresa Sirriani. They would have been married around 1890.
    Thank you for any help you may provide.

  12. Jari says:

    Seeking information on the parents of Tommaso Chiodo. He was born in Soveria Mannelli in 1901. He emigrated to America and lived in Des Moines, Iowa. On his wedding license, he listed his parents as Natale Chiodo and Michelina Pascuzzi. Initially he lived with his two cousins, Giuseppe and Angelo Chiodo. Their parents are Benedetto Chiodo and Annunciata Marasco. My best guess is Natale Chiodo and Benedetto Chiodo are brothers.

    • Shannon says:

      Do you know anything more about Annunciata Marasco? She might be my great-grandfather’s sister. Francesco “Frank” Marasco was born in Soveria Mannelli in 1885. I know he had one brother, two sisters, and a half-brother. Frank’s son, James wrote me a letter back in 2002 that included both sisters’ names: Josephine & Annunciata. I tracked down Josephine in Pennsylvania but I know absolutely nothing about Annunciata.

  13. Diana says:

    I am looking for information on my Great-Great-Great Grandmother
    Her name was Caterina Zupo. Born abt. 1786
    She married Domenico Barletta.
    Hope you can help me.
    Thank You

  14. Angela says:

    Looking to build a family tree and find out what the coat of arms for the Talarico name from Soveria Mannelli comes from He was born 1/11/25 and arrived in Australia in 1950

  15. frances vinnacombe says:

    In 1907 my great grandfather Rosario Chiodo and his wife Elisabetta (Luisa) Biancho Chiodo came to America from Soveria Manelli with 5 of their 7 children. I am looking for the family members they left behind. My grandmother’s name was Maria Concetta Chiodo and there is a woman by this name listed in the Soveria Manelli white pages. I have sent her a letter but have not from her as yet.
    They had 4 boys; Ernest, Frank, Anthony, and Samuel (Sam born in America) and 3 daughters; Grace, Maria Concetta, and Theresa also called Michelena. Theresa, the youngest, came to America a little later.
    Rosario settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while his sons moved to the Dearborn, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois areas with Sam moving to Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.
    Any information would be so very much appreciated.

    • Paula says:

      Your great grandfather was my great grandfather. I remember your grandmother Tzi Tzi Mary Zito and all the rest of the siblings Uncle Tony, Uncle Frank, my grandfather Ernest, Uncle Sam who was born here, and the other aunts Teresa Chiapetta and Grace( we cannot remember her married name) Was Gina your mother or was Toss Zito your father? I only recall two of Mary’s children. My cousin Ernest went to our family’s town years ago and there are family members there, but my Dad says all the children came to the states.

      • Frances Vinnacombe says:

        hi paula! i finally saw this posting months after the fact and responded with a message which i don’t see here. i would love to get in touch with you and your cousin ernest. i’ve just “met” my second cousin davis chiodo (son of Tony Chiodo) by phone and it was such a treat BUT he doesn’t have any information on the address/location of the house where our great grandfather and my grandmother lived. i’d love to send you some old photos i have. if you ever get back onto this page again please contact me.

    • Ernest says:

      Louis Antonio Ernest (Ernest) Chiodo was my grand father who lived between Pittsburg and Dearborn, Michigan. John Ernest Chiodo was my father who was born in Dearborn, Michigan. My uncle was Rosario (Ross). My great uncle was Frank. It sounds like we are related.

      • Frances says:

        Hi Ernest!
        I doubt that two years later you will see this but I’ll try. Yes we are related. Frank was my great uncle as well and I knew him as a kid. My mother, Betty Zito, was his niece and she said he was a great dancer! She loved to dance. When I hear big band music I think of them! I have an ancestry tree now under my maiden name Frances McClafferty. I will try to find you.

  16. David says:

    Searching for Teresa Bonacci born 21 Oct 1878. Married Giuseppe Casanova in 1900, He was born 11 Sep 1878. A daughter Francesca Casanova was born abt 1 Jan 1901. Looking for information on any of these people. Parents names and data and other family.

    • Don says:

      I am related to Teresa Bonacci. She is my grandfather sister. his name is Anton Bonacci and bough of them are buried in Hurley Wisconsin

    • Karen says:

      My Great Grandparents Joseph and Theresa Casanova from Soveria Mannelli, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy.
      They emigrated to the USA in 1903. My Grandfather was Frank Casanova of Hurley, WI, married to Olga.

  17. Lynn says:

    I am looking for children of Aloysio Cardamone and Santa Caliguiri (likely born 1892-1900) of San Tommasso, Soveria Mannelli. My great grandfather, baptized Angelus Antonius Cardamone, was their firstborn son, born 5 Sept 1891. He immigrated to the United States around 1905, but had a younger brother and sister that remained in Soveria Mannelli. I am hoping to find their names, and possibly their descendants.

    • Fran V says:

      my mother, elizabeth zito mcclafferty, daughter of maria concetta chiodo and antonio zito, is has cousins named caliguiri in pittsburgh. richard caliguiri was the mayor several times! one branch changed it to collinger if that is helpful to you.

  18. Mickey says:

    I am searching for information on Name: Bernardo Chiodo (no middle name)
    Date of birth: September 2, 1903
    Place of birth: Calabria (Catanzaro) Italy
    His Mother was Serafina Cardamone
    His Father was Gabriel Chiodo
    Arrived at Ellis Island, New York on April 20, 1920 per the ship manifest
    Believe that he had an older sibling (sister) in Italy named Rosa Chiodo

    Also interested in how this area was affected in World War ONE.

    • Sonseere says:

      I happened upon your note tonight. I believe my great-great grandmother was Rose Chiodo. I am in the process of obtaining my Italian citizenship through her son ,my great grandfather, Pietro Maria scalise. I am just starting to explore more about this line in my family.

      this group landed in Wisconsin where my grandmother was born. Pietro married into the del Monico family.

      my apologies for the quick note. But I had to respond when I saw this post. Good luck to you also!

    • Sandi says:

      My grandfather was Frank Chiodo born in Soveria Mannelli, Italy on 3/21/1878 to Rosario Chiodo and Mary Frances Cardamone Chiodo. He died 5/19/1956. My grandfather sponsored Bernardo Chiodo to come to the US 4/20/1920.

      Bernardo lived in Chicago. DOB 9/2/1903. DOD 3/3/1972. He married Sylvia Krall. They had two daughters Sally Marie Chiodo (Arnold) Switzer and Bernadette May Chiodo. Bernardo owned a grocery store somewhere in Chicago and sold it then worked for Sears Roebuck. He had three grandchildren as of his DOD: Sheryl, Jody and Jeffery but I don’t have last names. Sally, I believe, has three sons now. I’m not sure if Sally is still alive today and I know nothing about Bernadette other than she must have had at least two daughters.

      As I don’t know anything about my grandfather Frank’s siblings, I don’t know how exactly Bernardo is related to Frank, just that they are related. Please contact me so we can talk. Next week, we are meeting with Albert Chiodo who says he is related to us and has the family tree from Soveria Mannelli.