Genealogy in Acri

If you search your ancestors in Acri, in the province of Cosenza, 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 Acri

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

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

So, if your ancestors lived in Acri during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Acri 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 Acri too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Acri 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 Acri. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Acri archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Cosenza province are:
Aiello, Barone, Bruno, Caputo, Caruso, Chiappetta, De Luca, De Marco, De Rose, Esposito, Falcone, Ferraro, Filice, Fusaro, Gabriele, Gagliardi, Gallo, Garofalo, Gaudio, Gencarelli, Gentile, Giordano, Greco, Guido, Leone, Longo, Madeo, Marino, Martino, Mazzei, Morrone, Nicoletti, Nigro, Palermo, Perri, Perrone, Porco, Presta, Pugliese, Rizzo, Romano, Ruffolo, Russo, Salerno, Santoro, Spadafora, Sposato, Veltri.

Church Records in Acri

Church archives in Cosenza 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 Cosenza 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 Acri on your behalf.

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

S. DOMENICO – P.zza Principe di Piemonte

S. GIACOMO APOSTOLO – Via Chiesa – San Giacomo



SS. ADDOLORATA – P.zza Beato Angelo

SS. ANNUNZIATA – P.zza Sprovieri

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

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

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  1. Carol says:

    looking for date of death and reason for carlo cufone-or cofono from acri italy 1889-1901c

  2. Sally Ann says:

    My grandparents

    Giuseppe Fazzinga migrated from Bisignano / Acri around 1913

    Rosina Vallone from Filendari

    I’m searching for Family history.

    Thank you kindly…

  3. Patricia says:

    I am researching family tree. I would like to mind Filomena, Cofone, I believe she was married to my grandfather, Angelo Vigliaturo. I believe she passed away between 1891 and 1899. Have never been able to find any information. Would like to find her death record, marriage and birth? My Father was Salvatore Vigliaturo.

    If you could put me on a path to find this information – I would be so grateful.

  4. Sally Ann says:

    My Grandfather, Joseph Fazzinga, migrated from Acri to the USA in the early 1900’s.

    I am searching for family information.

    My Grandmother, Rose Vallone Fazzinga, migrated from Filandari.

  5. Robert says:

    I believe my family came from Acri in the nineteenth century. My great grandfather was micheli Meringolo married to Catherina Aiello. He was born in 1853. His parents were Angelo Meringolo and Risemarie Azzinnari. Does anyone have information for me that we might be related ?

  6. Marcelo says:

    Hola , alguien esta investigando el apellido Russo de Acri ???

  7. Patrick says:

    My name is Patrick (Pasquale) Streffacio. I’ve suspected for sometime that Streffacio is wrong. The name doesn’t show up anywhere I look. I now believe the name was spelled Straface and that my ancestors came from Acri. I know my Grandfather, on my father’s side, Pasquale Straface came to US in 1903. I did alittle research here on this site and found about a dozen Straface living in Acri. Anyway to confirm the name change and how it happened? Straface seems such an easy name for anyone at Ellis Island to write. Any help is appreciated.

  8. Bob says:

    Hi I just got back from Italy didn’t get to Calabria my grandparents were from there we think Acri, we met a priest in Rome with our same last name and said a bunch of Turano’s live there

    • Christopher says:

      Bob..I’m also looking into my great great grandparents from acri..gggm is Turano and her husband was Vitaliano! 🙂

      • Rose says:

        My grandfather was a Vitaliano and came from Acri with a Cristina Turano and four children. My father was one of thechildren. If any connection, please contact me. Iam curious why she taveled with the name Turano and not Vitaliano

    • Rose says:

      I am trying to trace back my grandparents Gennaro Vitaliano and Cristina Turano, who emigrated to America from Acri. I was able to get a birth certificate for my grandfather marked parents unknown, but can’t find one for my grandmother. Can’t find a marriage certificare either. They emigratrd with 4 children, another came later. Any suggestions where else I can look?

  9. Jeffrey says:

    Hi, I am the great-great grandson of Biagio Fusaro. His parents were Domenico Fusaro and Madalena Ferraro. By any chance, does anyone have a death date for Biagio. I know his wife, Maria Francesca Paldino Fusaro died in 1905. Thanks, Jeff Fusaro Kahler

    • Dawn says:

      Hello. I am the granddaughter of the late Michelina Pellegrino who lived in Westerly and was born in Acri (1900). I believe her maiden name was either Ferrari or Fusaro or Longobucco. I am having trouble locating any of her history. Is it possible that she is in your family line? She married Luigi Pellegrino in the 1920s.

      • MaryAnn says:

        Hello Dawn, My name is MaryAnn Fico Horn. My great grandmother Bambina Foggia was born in Acri in 1877 on vis Casalicchio, according to her birth registration. But the street doesn’t seem to be on the current maps of Acri. When I visited Acri in 2011 someone brought me to a house in the old part of the city and told me it was where she came from. She immigrated to NY in 1901. She married Giovanni Scala from Marigliano Naples and had 12 children. I’ve found some old photos of her which are inscribed “Westerly RI”. I’ve often wondered about her ties to Westerly but no one in the family seems to know. Her mother’s name was Scaramuzzo. I went to Westerly a few years ago, because I happened to be close by, but I didn’t find anyone who knew either of my Acri names. If you have any advice or may know of a Foggia or Scaramuzzo family from Acri I would be most grateful for any information. Kindest Regards, MaryAnn.

        • Dawn says:

          Hello! My Aunt, who is 90 and living in Westerly may know. I will ask her when I see her this summer! Westerly has a very large population of people who have roots in Acri.

          • Mary says:

            Hi….found that our ancestors from Acri & Longobucco named Gulluscio & Fusaro settled in Westerly as well as in CT.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hello Jeffrey!

      I unfortunately don’t have any information on Biagio, for that I am sorry. I am the great granddaughter of Francesco Fusaro who immigrated to the United States circa 1913 and we believe he was from Acri. Does this ring any bells for you? Thanks in advance and I hope you are finding your search fruitful.

  10. Jared says:

    My great great grandfather, Carmine J Bruno was born in 1870 and married Rosario M Meringlo Bruno was born in 1880. Not sure as to where they were born or lived, but considering my great grandmother, Mary Bruno, who was one of their 9 children, was born in Acri, Calabria, Italy, I’m going to guess that’s where they settled. Mary Bruno was born on October 23, 1903 and had 8 other siblings James, Palma Ann, Fanny, Joseph, Virginia, Charles, Paul, and Angelo; all of them were born between 1897 – 1919. However, I have no idea when they all immigrated to the United States or where they individually aged as adults. Mary Bruno married Angelo Gencarella, who was born on October 15, 1892, location not known and neither are his parents. Mary and Angelo had two daughters, Evelyn – 1928 and Rosina – 1935 (Rosina is my grandmother). Both were born in the United States so I’m not sure when/where Angelo and Mary married or when they came to the US. I do know that just about all of my great grandparents ended up residing in Westerly, RI as I can find their grave sites in the Saint Sebastian Cemetery.

    If anyone somehow knows any other information about my ancestors that would be awesome!
    And any tips or suggestions to point me in the right direction would be much appreciated 🙂

    • Pamela says:

      Hello everyone, my grandfather also immigrated from Acri in the 1900’s and also settled in Westerly RI. Frank C Barone born 1886. He married Mary Serra, who was born in NY. My Mom(94) still lives in Westerly, I visit her often so if anyone needs info from Westerly I try to help.

  11. Cindy says:

    I am sure you are very busy with so many requests. I would like to visit Acri to see where my grandfather and great grandparents came from. Is there anyway you could tell me what address he was born or where he grew up?
    I have a certificate di nascita for my grandfather. No address is listed but this is what it reads
    Guido Carmine Pat. Luigi Mat. Mauro Nunziata, born in Acri on 27, May, 1894. Parte1, Serie A, Numero 205, consetito dalla legg 30.5.1968.

    My great grandparents on my grandmothers came from Consenza. Joseph DeCaro born 1862 , Acri, Italy and Maria Forte born 1876, Rose, Italy

    Thank you,


  12. Bob says:

    Does anyone have information on my Arcuri (Arcuro, also, Grandmother, and Romano (Grandfather) families from Acri. They both came from Acri in the early 1900s – I believe separately – settled in Providence, RI and had 8 children – my mother, Rosina (Rose) being the fifth one (born in 1917). I also have two aunts in RI who had married two uncles in the later sixties/early seventies – one was a Ritacco, the other a Capalbo. I have aflight scheduled for Sept. 11 for Naples, from which I will explore my Venticinque side (northern Campania- Pietravairano and Marzano-Appio) and then drive south to Calabria, and Acri, Cosenza. In the meantime, I’m trying to master my Italianas well as my knowledge of the family ancestry. Ciao e grazie per informazioe qualcuno potere offrire.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Bob, I think we are related. Your grandmother Cristina was my grandfather’s aunt. Giuseppe Guzzi came from Acri thru Eklis Island on Juky 3, 1920 and according to ship manifest, he went to stay with his Aunt Cristina Arcuri in Providence. Giuseppe had a sister Amalia (Guzzi) Fusaro who lived in Brooklyn, NY. He also had a brother Albino who at one point went to Brazil. His daughter Francesca (Guzzi) Capalbo traveled back and forth to Brazil. She is married to a Ettore Capalbo and had a son, Mario. Albino is now buried in cemetery with his wife Ortensia (Molinaro) Guzzi in Acri. Your grandmother, I think had 2 other sisters, Angelina and Francesca and also a brother Giovanni. From info I have, there father’s name was Pietro Arcuri. (I don’t have any info on them). So jealous that you will be going to Italy. Hopefully, my info helped you a bit and thru your trip to Italy can find out more information about our “family.”.
      Hope to talk to you again.
      Lisa. P.s. I believe your last name starts with a “V”?

      • Dina says:

        Dear Lisa:

        I think we may be related my grandmother’s name is Amalia (Guzzi) Fusaro who lived in Brooklyn she was married to Luigi Fusaro. She passed away in 1972. She had three children. One of which was my Dad. He passed in 1977. He was married to Phyllis Fusaro (Boggio) . I have a picture on my phone that my sister just texted me with names you mention. Albino, Francesca and Giuseppe the last name that starts with a “V” is on there too. The last name Arcuri is on this picture too. Hope that we can talk

        • Mary says:

          Hi Dina,
          We have grandmother, Angelina Fusaro Gulluscio born in Acri, Cosenza in 1892 to Giuseppe Fusaro and Marietta Alice. They immigrated through Ellis Island & went to Ct before settling in Bklyn. There must have been Fusaro’s living in Ct. because Grandfather Giovanni Gulluscio went to CT to marry Angelina before returning to Bklyn.

        • Lisa says:

          Hi Dina, I’m so sorry it took me so long to see this message. Amazing! Yes, your grandmother Amalia (Molly) was my grandfather’s sister. Was your dad Luca? I would love to talk about our “family.”. OMG I would like e to see that picture. Regards,

      • Daniela says:

        Hi Lisa,

        You seem to have great information in the Capalbo family. I’m trying to find my ancestors from Calabria region and thought i’d send you a msg in case you have any info. I can’t find anything past my great granfather, Domingos Capalbo and his wife Seraphina Sergia.

        Domingos Capalbo is from the Calabria region. His son, Angelo Capalbo married Giusepina Furlani who is from Naples, then moved to Brazil and that’s where he died. My grandma Magdalena Capalbo (Guerra) passed away last year. I’m trying to find info on anything past Domingos Capalbo…

        Do you have any info on that? Can you contact me at ? thank you!

  13. Francis says:

    Pace e Bene,

    All four of my grandparents and my father were born in Acri.

    My paternal grandparents were Francesco Bruno who married Rosina Turano. My Father, Salvatore Bruno, was born in Acri in 1909. They came to the US circa 1912. The Bruno Family lived on St Mary’s Place in Nutley, NJ after a short time in the Avondale section of Nutley. My father was the oldest of 12 children. My grandmother’s younger sister, Bambino Turano, became a matriarch of the Vocaturo family in Nutley.

    My maternal grandparents were Vincenzo Sposato (b. 1894 Acri) who married Annunziata Ippolito (b. 1883 Acri). Vincenzo Sposato arrived in the US on the SS Oceania sailing from Naples in 1910. They were married in Holy Family Catholic Church in Nutley, NJ in 1912. Witnessing their marriage were Salvatore Garofalo and Luisa Piagaro. They had 3 children all born in Nutley: my mother Grace, and her brothers Salvatore and Frank. Vinzenzo Sposato’s parents in Acri were Francesco Sposato and Maria Gencarelli. Annunziata Sposato’s parents in Acri were Salvatore Ippolito and Finita Perri. My grandparents lived on King St in Nutley, next to Zinicola’s Bakery. My uncle Salvatore Sposato married Esther Zinicola.

    I’m planning on being in Acri in September, 2018, and am interested in finding any relatives who may be there. I’m also interested in finding any relatives in the US who I’ve never met.

    I look forward to hearing from anyone who may have any pertinent information!


    • Bob says:

      Hi Francis,
      I am not contacting you to relate any family connections between us , or such, but just to point out that my maternal side- Romanos and Arcuris- all came from Acri,as well, and coincidentally, I have a flight scheduled for Sept. to visit Campania first, where my father’s folks came from, and then Calabria, and Acri for researching those families’ background. I’ll be there from Sept.11 to 29; if the our schedules intersect, maybe we’ll meet by chance. If not, buona fortuna a lei quando cerca sua famiglia; faccio lo stesso con mio famiglia. Ciao, Bob

    • Joseph Pirozzi says:

      Hi Francis,
      I see one of your great grandparents was a Gencarelli. Well, my mother’s parents were Pasqule Gencarelli and Anna Servidio and they moved to Humbert Street in Nutley, NJ. My grandfather’s parents were Giuseppe Gencarelli and Carmella(?) and my grandmother’s parents were Nunziado Servidio and Sarafina Lupinacci. Do any of these names sound familiar? Were you able to locate anyone during your trip? I’ll be going to Acri in September 2019 and am trying to do some research now.

      • Francis says:

        Hi Jim…

        According to 23 & Me, I recently realized that Donna Servidio, formerly from Nutley, NJ is my 2nd or 3rd cousin. My guess is that comes through my maternal great grandmother, Maria Gencarelli. I’m wondering if Maria and Pasquale might have been siblings. It seems as though every Italian from Acri that ended up in Nutley, NJ passed through the Avondale section and Humbert St. in particular. My grandparents all started out there after passing through Ellis Island… Let me know if any of this seems to make sense to you!!!

        Francis (Buzz)

    • Erva says:

      Hello Francis. I just started finding my family but we may be related as well. Angelo Luzzi married aqualina sposato and had a son Vincenzo “James” Luzzi who would of been my great great grandfather I do believe.

  14. Jim says:

    My grandfather Carmine Chimento was born in Acri Italy. He lived on Humbert street in a section of Nutley NJ called Avondale. He was born in 1883. He married my grandmother Anna…not sure what her maiden name was? I would like some more info about my grandparents….neither spoke English so we never had any real dialog when I grew up.

    Jim Rizzolo

    • Joseph says:

      Hi Jim,
      I just saw your note about your grandfather living on Humbert street in Nutley. My grandparents on my Mom’s side lived there also, Pasquale and Anna Gencarelli (akaGingarelli) and I visited their home many times. I expect they may have emigrated around the same time as your grandparents and knew each other as everyone on the street was Italian and socialized with each other. I just found out I have cousins who emigrated recently and they live in Belleville but have not been able to contact them but will keep trying.
      Just thought I’d reach out to connect.

    • Ann Marie says:

      I knew both of your grandparents. They used to visit my parents in Westerly RI. My father grew up on Humbert Street. Your grandparents also had cousins in Westerly named Capalbo. Patti Rizzolo was married to my cousin Tom Gingerelli

  15. Barbara says:

    My grandparent came from Acri Rachael and Lewis Barberia to e Centre St Nutley to work in the quarry Reahael Vocaturo born 1875 Lewis 1870. Not sure that’s his real name. Trying to fine out more about their live in Acri

  16. Sarah says:

    Hi I’m looking for information on:

    Antonio Pellegrino, born Sept 5 1889, in Acri

    and/or his wife:

    Philomena Laudone born approximately 1895

    Their children were:

    Pepino, Salvatore, Frank, James, Anthony, Rose, Florence, Sophie, Rita, Jeanette, Carmella, Ruth, and John Joseph.

    They lived in Worcester, Mass. and the 1920 and 1930 US Fed Census shows Antonio arriving in the US in 1908 and Philomena arriving in 1913.

    Thank you!

  17. Philomena says:

    I am looking for information about my grandmother, Filomena Simeone Meringolo, Vitterito. She was born in Acri about1885, came to this country in 1900 and married Angelo Meringolo. They moved to Westerly <RI where he was killed by a train in 1910. She later married Giuseppe Vitterito. I can find no information about her family . Does anyone know how to research this?

    • Brendan says:

      My family from Acri had the last name Vitteriti, could it be the same? My Great Grandma Teresa Vitteriti arrived in 1914. I am not sure if her father Antonio or mother Maria ever came to New York.

  18. Roberta says:

    Sto cercando informazioni su Cosmo Petrone (nato nel 1895) e Mary Sposato (nato 1900), sia da Acri, Italia.

    I am looking for information on Cosmo Petrone (born 1895 – immigration to US 1911) and Mary Sposato (born 1900 – immigration to US 1901), both from Acri, Italy. Cosmo went through Ellis Island and the family settled in Huntington Station, NY, USA.

    I recently found my birth father (John J Petrone 1932-1991), Cosmo “Gus” and Mary are my grandparents. I hope to travel to Acri in 2018, but would like to get some information before then.

  19. Debbie says:

    Great grandmother was Annunziata Terranova who immigrated around 1901-1907. She was from Acri and married my great grandfather from the same village. His name was Franceso Iaconeto or Iaconetti later it would become Jaconetti. Not sure if they married in Acri, Italy or New York or Rhode Island. They ended up in Westerly Rhode Island where my grandfather was born in 1908.

  20. Judy says:

    my grandfather, Antonio Amorello was born in Acri on August 6, 1889 and emigrated to the US in 1907. Trying to discover who his parents were and if he had any siblings. He settled in Worcester, Massachusetts. thank you!!

  21. Rosemary says:

    I am trying to research my dad’s family who came from Acri. His grandmother was born in Acri. Her name was Louisa Canino. She was born about 1854. She married Peter Vuono in 1877. They had several children. One was my grandmother who I know her name as Maria Vuono. She was born 1885. After Peter died in 1895, Louisa and all her children left Acri in 1897 and settled in Brooklyn, New York. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

    • Gary Canino says:

      My family is also from Acri, so our families paths may have crossed.
      Vincenzo Canino, Acri,@1820
      Angelo Canino, Acri, 1857-1922 (Manhattan)
      Francesco Canino, Acri or Corigliano,1880-1933 (Brooklyn)

      I see that Louisa Canino was born abt 1854 and my great grandfather was born 1857, I bet they knew each other.

      I’m researching them now.

      Gary Canino DOB 1951 Long Island, NY

  22. Kayla says:

    Hello… I’m seeking information about my great grandfather born in Acri on March 14, 1905. We know that his first name was Guglielmo but we’re unsure of the last name he was born with due to it being a controversial situation. It could possibly have been Servidio. We know that he was given the last name Fiore at some point. We also know that he came to the United Stated in 1922. Any information helps! Thank you!

  23. Dona says:

    My grandfather Alessandro Altomare, born 1/26/1879, came from Acri to NYC in about 1903. We know his mother was Jewish ancestry from Spain. Family lore is that her family was forced out of Spain. She died young and Alessandro’s father remarried. He had two full sisters who became nuns in Italy and a brother Phillip who also came to NYC. I would love to know about any family. We think his father had more children with 2nd wife. Not sure if Alessandro was Jewish like his mother. His name could have been Altomari, not sure. He eventually married Immaculata Caruso also from Acri, they met and married in NYC. Do not know much about her. Father, Salvatore Caruso, mother Angela Loconte. Thank you.

  24. Myranda says:

    Iam trying to find my husbands great grandmother’s family her name was Carmella algere or algiri we are not sure of the spelling. But we know nothing of her family but here is what we do have she was married to a Pasquale straface in Italy they moved to Denver any help would be gratefully appreciated thank you

  25. Kelly says:

    Seeking any info on Antonio Pellegrino of Cosenza and Annunziata Guido, the parents of Angelo Pellegrino who settled in Westerly and married Maria Russo.

  26. Fran says:

    Like to get info on my mothers family.
    Altamare and Fusaro last names

  27. Luiz says:

    I seek information Vincenzo (Vincenzo?) Gallo, born in Acri, Calabria.

  28. Scott says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather (Angelo Bifano) born in Vallonecupo, and my grandmother(Giulia Guagliardi)born in San Demetrio Corone Calabria. Also looking for great grandparents Michele Bifano and Carmela Capella of Acri. Thank you

  29. Celia says:

    Hi Everyone!

    My great Grandmother was a Iaconetta or Iaconetti, born in Acri and immigrated to the Silver Lake section of Belleville in 1911. She had siblings who settled in Westerly as well…so no surname matches in this thread but since there were two very specific location matches I thought I’d join the conversation. If Iaconetti sounds familiar to anyone, and for anyone who is still in Essex County…if you’d be interested in meeting up to throw ideas around, let me know!

  30. Rob says:

    My grandfather Carmine Crocco was born in Acri about 1892 and emigrated to America in 1910 settling in Avondale/Nutley, NJ. I found an old baby book in which someone listed his parents names as Santo and Teresa, but as the book had other erroneous info, this may not be correct. I am trying to determine their correct names and any info about their parents. I also understand my grandfather had a wife and child in Acri but the marriage apparently did not survive his moving to America. I have seen listings for Croccos in Acri but I haven’t been able to find out if any are related. I have also read much about a famous “brigante” named Carmine Crocco, who joined Garibaldi’s forces. I wonder if my family has any connection to his.

    • Layna says:

      Hello, My grandfather Annunziato Crocco was born in Acri in 1893 and came to America in 1911 and settled in Mt. Vernon, NY. I know he had cousins that settled in Nutley, NJ. They visited us one time and my mom used to keep in touch with them when she was alive. My Grandfather’s manifest says he was coming to the USA to stay with his brother Antonio, who arrived here in 1907.

    • Dena De Rosa says:

      I find this so interesting, I’ grew up in Nutley. My great grandfather Angelo DeRosa also immigrated from Acri around the same time. I graduated HS with Patti Crocco. The De Rosa family settled on King Street in Nutley. I’m starting to research, I hoe you find the answers you are looking for.

    • Donna says:

      I have an Immaculata Crocco married to Carmine Luzzi in Nutley 1910 both from Acri

      • Cheryl says:

        My husband’s second great grandparents were Carmine Luzzi and Immaculata Crocco. Information given to us shows that Immaculata went by the name of Margaret and that she was born in 1886 in Bari, Puglia, Italy–but we don’t know where that information came from and we haven’t been able to source it.

    • Phyllis says:

      Francis croccomwas a cousin of mine, she lived in Nutley and she and my aunts were close. Francis would walk to my aunts house. In Nutley , which took five minutes. I had four aunts and 3 uncles he lived in same house in Nutley, Ali my dad.The crocco’s lived in ave dale a section of Nutley. they all came from Acri..mybgrandpa came to Nutley when he was 12 and lived in same house til he passed away 1965.his name was Louis Vocaturo

  31. Todd says:

    My great grandmother Theresa Catrovillari was from Acri
    Italy . Married Angelo De Rosa and migrated to New Jersey USA about 1900. I ave a cousin (4th) in Acri trying to fing

  32. emiliano says:

    Hi, I am looking for relatives, information and documentation of Angelo Feraco, argentinian name after he arrived as inmigration was Angel Ferraco, was born in Acri in 1884, his father was Francisco Feraco and his mother was Anunciacion Santoro/Lantoro. He inmigrate to argentina and lived in necochea, buenos aires province. He got married with Rosa/Rosario Talarico/Talerico (from San marco Argento), dont know the year, neither know if he got married in buenos aires or in italy. If anyone know any way I can look info about him, please contact me. thank you

    • Michael says:

      Hi Emiliano,

      I know it has been a long time since you posted, but I would love to chat about whatever information you might have discovered. I am a Ferraco as well and am researching my family’s history in Acri. My grandfather’s name is Angelo Ferraco and his father had the same name as well.

      Looking forward to your reply!


  33. Nicholas says:

    My grandmother was named Sofia Cofone,( 1895?), her mother Angelina n was from Acri. They both moved to Santa Sofia D’Epiro. They later moved to Usa, Jersey City and then Philadelphia after meeting a man named Saverio Castellucci from San Sosti who lived in Manhattan who was married to Carmella Ranuio from San Sosti. They have a connection with the Baffa family in Santa Sofia. Any comment? Also who is Count Simone Cofone from the 12th Century?

    • Rob says:

      My great grandmother was Teresa Cofone, married to Santo Crocco. Their son Carmine Crocco, my grandfather, was born in Acri in November 1891. Relation?

    • Jacqueline says:

      I’ve been researching the same. Are you able to confirm that Sofia was married in Italy to a man with the surname Ciaramella and had a daughter with him named Fedora that came to the US with her? I’m not sure if her (1st) married name was Ciraramella or Cofone. Would love to nail that down!

  34. Janis says:

    My great great grandparents were Francesca festa and Carmine gabrieli. Parents of Antoinette I believe. Came in 1909 on ship named Virginia from Naples to New York, then to Worcester. With a cousin Giuseppe degiacoma. Looking for info on why they came here and who their ancestors in Italy were. They were both from south Italy., acrid and Calabria. Cosenza.

    • Terri says:

      Antoinette was my great aunt and I saw her birth record while trying to find out about my grandmother. We have never been able to find a record of my grandmother, even in Italy.

  35. Mike says:

    I found out that my great grandfather Francesco Maria Campanella was born to “parents unknown” in 1893 and was taken in by Vincenzo fusaro and Teresa pignataro in Acri, cosenza. Francesco eventually came to Westerly, RI.
    I’m wondering why the name Campanella was chosen for him and if there is any hope of ever figuring out who his birth parents were.
    Thanks for any help.

  36. Helen says:

    My Grandparents were born In Acri, Franceso Vincenzo Ritacco born 1865 and Marietta(or Maria) Sposato born about 1878 and migrated to New Jersey I am attempting to trace our family for my children. Thank you

  37. Terri says:

    I will be traveling to Acri this summer – it is where my grandparents were born. Their names were Luigi Falcone and Angelina (Gabriella) Falcone. My grandfathers parents were Antonio P and Philomena (Abbruzzi) Falcone. My grandmothers parents were Charles and Frances (Festa) Gabriella. The both came to the USA around 1914 and lived in Worcester Massachusetts after spending time with family in Westerly, RI. I would love to see if any of my relatives still live in the region. Does anyone know of a way to research?

    • Janis coderre says:

      Terry that is my family also. Did you learn anything about Frances or Carmine? My dad thought Anna was an orphan but she came here with her mom a year after Carmine and the ships records lists him as their husband and father

      • Terri says:

        I just saw your reply….I actually went to the hall of records in Acri. I saw the actual birth record of Antonio and my grandfather Lugi. I would love to talk more….

    • Mary says:

      In my recent research I found Falcone married to Gulluscio 1870’s. Did you get to visit Acri last year? Our Gulluscio also immigrated to Westerly, R.I. & Worshter,MA.

      • Terri Falcone says:

        I did get to Acri – great place to visit. It seems that Falcone is a very popular name and there is even a statue in town dedicated to a Falcone! And a shoe Store! I was not able to find out more on my grandmother – Angelina – though I did find info on her parents and sister. I know she came over after her mother – several years, she came with her grandmother. She lived in Worcester, MA until her death in the late 1970’s.

  38. Bob says:

    Would be grateful for any info on the family of Francesco “Frank” Ligouri b May 1887 in Acri. His wife was Filomina Ricatto b Nov 1886 to Nunziato Ricatto & Maria Toscan also in Acri. They lived in Westerly, Rhode Island. Thanks.
    Bob Foran – CT

    • Zack says:

      Immigration from Acri to Westerly was really popular in the early 20th Century. I was born and raised there. Came to the comments to see if anyone else was looking for immigrants to Westerly!

  39. Vitor says:

    I am searching for Celso,my grandfather is from Acri…and I would like to know about my past ancertors from Acri,. Hoping if is possible to know how long they are living in Acri. Thanks

  40. Valerie says:

    Updated information….Last name could be spelled Acre. Francesco (Frank) first name. Born 3-12-1878. Father (my great great grandfather) was a baron. Thank you!

  41. Valerie says:

    My great grandfather was born around the 1870’s. He was illegitimate. Named either Modesto or Frank Acri…I believe, and was either adopted or took on Modestino as his last name.

  42. Mary says:

    My mother’s paternal grandparents are Calabrese…his last name is Acri, first names seem to be Francesco Salvatore or Sylvester. Born 1863-1865. The spelling of Acri surname was changed to Akrey when Grandpa immigrated late 1800’s. Grandma’s last name (many different spellings)is Molinari, or Mullenare, etc. Her first names are Raphaella (and various spellings such as Raffael, Raphel ++), and could add Maria, and Rosa. She was born in Calabria approx. same year range as Grandpa Frank.
    They married in Calabria. They discovered each other while working in the fields.
    Once Grandpa became established in his business (sold produce from a street cart) he sent for Grandma and their 5 yr old daughter Maria Acri to come over.
    They lived in Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada.
    He died in 1923…buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Toronto. Raphael was 89 yrs. old when she passed (Toronto) and was laid to rest at Mt. Hope (as were most of their Acri/Akrey children. Listed in the Canada Census 1911…THX!!!

    • George Gregory says:

      Hello Mary, obviously a relative and probably one of my childhood acquaintances as my family often visited Toronto to hang out. My dad was George and my mom June with my sisters Alana & Edyie, brothers Frank and Kevin. We often visited the Loverings, GrandPA, GrandMA, uncle Bas Akrey and family gatherings on uncle Bud’s farm. Good times, great memories. I thought my grandpa’s name was also Frank but he was married to my Gma whos maiden name was Mcguckin. Think GPA Akrey died in the early sixties? My dad Georgie Akrey was born in 1921. So the Sylvester Akrey you mentioned must be my great GrandPA? Sounds familiar. Sister Alana just did a DNA study with shocking results. Supposedly only <1% Italian? WOW. Have always been proud of my heritage and name so I am sorta shocked. All of Georgie's kids are on west coast outside of LA (except Alana) and there is a growing clan of Akrey's! Keeping the Akrey name strong and prosperous. Thanks for the info

  43. Lisa says:

    Looking for my great grandfather Francesco Guzzi. His wife was Anna Arcuri. Their children were Albino, Amalia, Giuseppe. Thanks for your help.

    • Bob says:

      Lisa, I think we have a common thread in our backgrounds; my grandmother Cristina was an Arcuri, and I saw an inlaw with the Guzzi surname listed on a settlement document from 1970 to my mother. They lived in Oyster Bay, NY. My grandmother came to Providence and married my grandfather, Angelo Romano, also born in Acri, appx. 1885. Also, there was a Fiore Luzzi that was connected to that Arcuri line. Does any of this sound familiar ? Bob

  44. Mary says:

    I have just located grandmother & great-grandmother from Acri to Stamford, Ct. where she married grandfather in 1910.

  45. Kimberley D. says:


    I am looking for any information I can obtain about my paternal great-grandfather and paternal great-grandmother. My great-grandparents immigrated to Worcester, MA from Acri, Cosenza, Italy. I have their dates of birth. I have had no luck in finding any vital records on my great-grandfather’s birth, although I have his WWII draft card identifying his birth in Italy. His “americanized” name was Nicholas Ducimo, but his birth name (I believe) was Nicola Docimo. (We have many cousins with the surname Docimo.) He married my great-grandmother, Angelina Gaspari or Garspari or Galspari (spelling???). She was also from Acri. I have her date of birth, as well.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!


  46. Dawn says:

    My grandmother was born in Acri approx. 1900. Her name was Michelina Fusaro, but the name Longobucco is also associated with her family. I cannot find her on passenger lists. She settled in Westerly, Rhode Island and married my grandfather Luigi Pellegrino. Looking for birth (or any) information on her and her siblings in Acri. Thank you.

  47. Crystal says:

    I am researching Samuel Pingalore. He was born in Acri (I have the date). Family legend says he changed his last name from Vigliaturo when he came to the States. I can’t find any information to support or deny that. Nor can I find a single Pingalore in Italy! 🙂 Help!

    • David says:

      There are Pingatores here in Cranston, Rhode Island from Acri. Slightly different spelling. Unfortunately, the ones I know are very elderly and were all born here around 1920 and are probably deceased by now or unable to help. I believe that my grandmother was a Pingatore or related to them, she came to Providence,RI before 1900 from Acri. All her children are deceased Our last name is Ferrara. Our grandfather was an orphan from Acri. I hope that helps.

  48. Camille says:

    I am also looking for my other grandmother, Rosina Spezzano born 1/25/1896. Or it could be spelled Spezzaro.

  49. Donna says:

    Anyone seaching for Luzzi, Mannarino, Pignataro, Feraco ancestors

  50. Peter Siciliano says:

    Ciao, il padre de il mio nonno e nato ad Acri nel 1871. Il suo nome era Giuseppe Siciliano. Lui e partito nel 1888 per andare a New York. Il suo moglie se chiama Annunziata Siciliano e lei e nata nel 1876 anche ad Acri. Nome de il suo fratello era Santo Siciliano e ha anche lasciato Acri di New York nel 1903. Voglio imparare se ci sono ancora persone che habitano in Acri che sono connessi a tali persone o a vedere come posso saperne di più? Grazie.

    Peter Siciliano

    • Rosemary Siciliano says:

      Hi Peter,

      My great-grandfather, Pasquale Siciliano, left Acri for Brooklyn in 1882, and helped bring his nephew, Angelo Siciliano over some years later. He went back to Acri to visit often. Perhaps he is related to your relative, Giuseppe Siciliano.

      Rosemary Siciliano

      • Peter says:


        Your great grandfather could easily be my Dad’s great uncle. I know my grandfather had a cousin named Angelo Siciliano, who later became known as the body builder, Charles Atlas, that supposedly was the son of my great grandfather’s brother, Santos (who also sounds like could be the brother of your grandfather, Pasquale). Do you know how many siblings Pasquale had? After your great grandfather came to Brooklyn, where did his family live? Where do you live now?

        My understanding is that my great grand-father, Giuseppe Siciliano lived in Little Italy, New York until ~ 1920 when he moved his family to Brooklyn until he died ~ 1930. I would guess there is a good chance that you and I are related.

      • Pasquale says:

        Hi I am looking to find any of the meringolo family I might have left in santa Sofia tarsia and acri can you please let me know if you can find anyone

    • Barbara says:

      My grandfather Salvatore Siciliano was from Acri. He came to Fort William, Canada in 1898 and brought his wife, Maria (nee Cigaro) over in 1903. Salvatore came from a family of 9 who spread out into the United States and South America.

      • Peter says:


        Do you know the names of any of your grandfather, Salvatore Siciliano’s siblings? Where did he ultimately live and where did your father and you live after that? It seems that it is possible that your grandfather could be my great grandfather’s brother. My great grandfather, Giuseppe came from Acri, Italy to NYC in 1888. I know the population of Acri, Italy now is ~ 21,000. I have no idea what the population of Acri would have been ~ 1890 to know how likely that someone named Siciliano from Acri would be related.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Peter,
      My great grandfather Carmine Siciliano’s father was from Acri and his name was Giuseppe. He was born in 1849 and died in 1930 in Brooklyn. He is on the census in 1930 living with my grandmother when she was a child. I have been searching for my great grandfather’s mother’s name but have not found any information. I could not read your entire post because it was in Italian and I only have 2 years from high school a long time ago. I am not sure if the two men were the same or even related. I would appreciate any information you may have.
      I just read another post, and my great grandfather was cousins with Angelo Siciliano aka Charles Atlas

      • Peter says:


        I actually went to Acri three months ago and met 17 second and third cousins that I did not know previously existed. When I first came to this site, I thought I was writing to something in Acri, which is why I wrote in Italian. My great grandfather, Giuseppe was born in 1870 and had four brothers and three sisters as well as some half brothers and half sisters since his parents both had previous marriages because their first spouses died. Giuseppe moved to Brooklyn from Acri in 1888 and lived there until he died in 1929. His younger brother Nunziato (1872-1968) was the father of Angelo Siciliano (aka Charles Atlas). Therefore, my grandfather, George Siciliano was a first cousin of Charles Atlas.
        Where do you live now? You must be fairly young for your great-grandfather to be a cousin to Charles Atlas. My grandfather had a brother named Carmine Siciliano, who was born in 1905, but only lived to between 15-20 because he appears on the 1920 census but not 1925 census. So, your great grandfather is Carmine Siciliano and your great great grandfather is Guiuseppe Siciliano?

        • Peter says:


          I found a Giuseppe Siciliano born in 1849, presumably in Acri, on my family tree but don’t have any information about any descendants, so you will have to fill in the gaps. You and I share the same great great great grandfather, Francesco Saverio Siciliano (1797-1873). However, I am connected through his first wife, Annuziata Ritacco (1800-1836), who had a son named Natale (b. 1823) that was the grandfather of Charles Atlas and you are connected through Francesco Saverio Siciliano’s second wife, Maria Francesca Murano (b. 1818-?) The latter were married in 1837 after my great great great grandmother died the year before. The 9th child of Francesco Saverio and Maria Francesca was your great great grandfather, Giuseppe. So, I would think it would be Carmine’s children (as opposed to Carmine, who would be a half uncle to Charles Atlas) that would be the generation that would be cousins with Charles Atlas. Technically, they would be half second cousins because they would share the same great grandfather, Francesco Saverio (as opposed to grandfather) but only half because they didn’t share the same great grandmother.

          Where do you live now? I am in NYC.

  51. Mary says:

    Our grandmother Angelina Fusaro, born approx. 1892, Acri, to Joseph & Maria Fusaro. Angelina immigrated to the U.S. & married Giocanni Gulluscio (from Longobucco,Cosenza) in 1910 in Connecticut, US.I am continuing to search on Archivio Di Stato Di Cosenza website as well as many other sites. I cannot locate any birth or immigration, passenger lists, etc. and hope you could give me direction. Thank you for your time.

    • Louis Pietoso says:

      Born and raised in the avondale neighborhood nutley nj 1938 paternal grand father was angelo paternal grandmother Louisa Siciliano both from acri . Our entire neighborhood was from either acri or Luzzi or Rose.

      • Research says:

        I believe your grandfathers first wife, cristina died abt. Sept 1941 in Rhode island. Her parents were Pietro and Anna Arcuri. Angelo remarried in 1954 Calabria Italy to Nunzia Gencafrelli and came back to RI where he passed in 1974.