Genealogy in Carolei

If you search your ancestors in Carolei, 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 Carolei

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 Carolei town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Carolei 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 Carolei. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Carolei 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 Carolei

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 Carolei on your behalf.

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

S. LUCA EVANGELISTA – Via Sardegna Fraz Vadue

S. PIETRO – Corso Mazzini, 63

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 Carolei 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 Carolei forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Carolei feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Toni says:

    Looking for any information about a Giuseppina Iacino (don’t know if that is maiden or married name). She would have been born in Carolei in the late 1870’s. She came to the US with her son (my grandfather) in 1911. My grandfather’s name was Louis Iaccino, born in Caroei as Luigi Antonio Iacino, or Iacini in 1898.

  2. Peter says:

    I’m wondering what happened in my family’s history that they were named after plague vectors… Pulice – Pulce (fleas). Absolutely humiliating. I was told it was the Napoleonic French army who named my family in order to keep more accurate records for census and tax collection and for retribution because they resisted.

    I also have Calabrian cousins with the surname Rato and Porco. Does anyone have any real history on this?

    • Carolyn says:

      Pulices are cousins of mine. My grandmother and grandfather settled in Uniontown, PA. One of my grandmother’s sisters married a Pulice.

  3. Rachael says:

    My grandmother Rachel married Paul Principe. My grandmothers mother was Josephine who married Giovanni Fata. We are told they owned a restaurant in Italy. I would love to know the history on that. I believe it would have been Calabria /carolei

    • Mikael says:

      My family name is fata and my family on my father’s side come from Carolie , would love to know the name of the restaurant , my great grandfather name was giacinto fata.
      MIKAEL fata

    • Carolyn says:

      My father’s mother was a Data. There were 9 children from Carolei

  4. Michael says:

    My father in law was born in Carolei March 1, 1924, his name is Luigi Pulicicchio, his mothers name was Teresina Pulicicchio. He was baptized in the church of St Nicala . My wife and i will be visiting Cosenza and Carolei in September, please help us proceed trying to locate his home and any living relatives.

    Thank you

  5. Christine says:

    My grandmother was born in Carolei and Obie we my great grandfather as well. Some of the surnames include Fulone, Bastone, and Iacchino, which is “Yacino” in the US. I think I may still have family as the entire family did not come to the US abt 1908.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Christine, I found this site just as you did a week ago! We must be close cousins (Yacino/Iacino, Bastone, Reda, Porco, etc, etc). You must be from Massachusetts.

  6. paolo says:

    HI , PAOLO FATA arrived in usa in 1921 and again 1927. he was from Carolei, he was my grand gran uncle, let me know if you know his family, thanks

    • Mikael says:

      My great grandfather was giacinto fata, my grandfather who was Luigi fata , was wondering if there is any connection,

  7. Cara says:

    I am looking for information on my Grandmother Costanza Perricone (Born around Feb. 1898) who married Giuseppi (John Paul) Occhiuto in Jan 1922. She was raised by the town doctor. Her birth certificate was registered in Rogliano. My father, Francesco Giovanni Occhiuto was born in Carolei around oct. 1, 1922 and migrated to the US in 1929 or 1930.
    I am trying to find someone who can help me find the family (Parents) of Costanza. I know that her mother went to Buenos Aries at some time after her birth. Father was unknown. I have a bad copy of a birth certificate if it’s at all helpful.
    Thank you for any help you can give me.

  8. Cristy says:

    Looking for any link to my great great grandmother Angelina Talerico

  9. Mirella says:

    Hi, I’m looking for any info regarding Michele Bastone (1856-1928) and his wife Maria Guaracio (1874-1946) from carolei.

    I’m hoping to know who their parents were.

    Their children were:
    – Angelo (?-1977), married Maria ?
    – Carolina (?-1969), married Gino Iacino
    – Luigi (?-1949), married Luisetta Bastone
    – Rosina (?-1946), married Luigi Broccoli
    – Antoinette (1901-1970), married Ralph Broccoli
    – Giuseppina (1903-1997), married Pasquale Antonio Bastone
    – Francesco (1905-1979), married Jean Condurso
    – Erminia (1915-2000), married Antonio Bastone
    – Alfonso (1916-1940)

    Maria Guaracio’s siblings were:
    – Seraphina (1872-1964)
    – Antonio (1887-1977) he married Rose Reda
    – Francesco (1893-1953)

    I don’t know anything about Michele Bastone’s siblings

  10. Mirella says:

    Hi, I’m looking for any info regarding Francesco Baston and his wife Giuseppina Bastone from carolei. I’m pretty sure they also died in Carolei but don’t have their dates of birth or death.

    I’m hoping to know who their parents were.

    Their children were: Francesco, Giovanni, Luigi, Luisetta, Marietta, Pasqualina, Rosina, and Pasquale Antonio Bastone (1900-1983). I don’t know the birth or death dates of the other children, only Pasquale Antonio’s. Pasquale Antonio Bastone died in Canada.

    Thank you

  11. Mirella says:

    Hi, I’m looking for any info regarding Francesco Bastone (1892-1968) and his wife Rosa Reda (1885-1957)

    Their tombstones are in Carolei.

    I would love to know who their parents were.

    Their children were:
    Antonio, Erminia, Giuseppe, Luigi, Maria and Francesco Bastone (1912-1997). I don’t know the birth or death dates of the other siblings.

  12. Mirella says:

    Hi, I’m looking for any info regarding Gabriele Fiorino and Rosina Francelli

    Their tombstones in Carolei have photos but no dates.

    Their children were:
    Carolina, Angelina, Francesco, Giovanni, Giuseppe, Luigi, Saverio, and Teresina (1913-1967). I don’t know the birth or death dates of the other siblings.

  13. michael barone says:

    we are trying to find some info about my father-in laws family, he was born and raised in Carolei Italy. Please tell us how to proceed.
    thank you
    Michael Barone

  14. Sarah says:

    Looking for more information on my great grandfather Modesto D’Aiuto.

  15. Anthony says:

    I’m looking for information on my great grandfather and his family that immigrated from Carolei to Brooklyn NY on the Conte Rosso on June 14,1923. His name is Antonio Principe and changed his name to Tony Prince later in the United States. He was born September 19, 1907 and died March 27, 1992 and was married to Gorizia (do not know maiden name). I am trying to trace back my ancestry to Italy and see if what I can find if anyone can help.

  16. Carol says:

    I am looking for my father Francesco Fata (Franco) he was born in 1922 his parents were Domenico Fata and Maria Reda, Franco had three brothers and one sister, he had two sons which are my brothers. Franco did know of me but as I believe wasn’t allowed to see me, can you please help me in my plight? DNA has proven that I am 50% Italian. Franco was a POW in England and had a long standing relationship with my mother. Can you please help me?

    • Bob says:


      I see you posted this a few months ago, but I believe I have info on your family. I came across it looking for my Porco relatives from Carolei. I’d be happy to help you out.

    • PANDOLFINO says:

      Je recherche des informations concernant ma grand-mère paternelle REDA Giuseppina, née vers 1900 à CAROLEI. Je pense que sa mère s’appelait DI GIOVANNI.
      Pourriez-vous me dire, s’il vous plaît, si vous détenez une information susceptible de m’aider ? Cordialement,

    • Carol says:


      I, too, am interested in any information on Fata family from Carolei, Italy. Both my maternal grandparents came from Carolei. My grandfather and grandmother were cousins. Their fathers were brothers. I know my grandfather’s mother died when he was young, and his father remarried. He had an older sister. I don’t know her name. He had a younger half-brother, Giovanni Fata, who emigrated first to Canada then to the US. Ship records, show my grandfather came to the US to be with an uncle. It lists his father’s name as Gabriele Fata, and his uncle as Giovanni Fata. My grandmother, Luisa Fata, was the youngest of 8 children and the only girl. I don’t know all the brother’s names. I know one was a Giovanni and he was close to her in age. One of the seven brothers was kidnapped when he was about 5 years old (when the family had come to New York). My grandmother’s parents then went back to Italy. I believe my grandmother’s mother’s name was Serafina Broccoli. I believe my grandfather’s mother’s name was Caroline. That’s all I have go by. I have my grandparents birth and death dates but no marriage date. Thanks for anything anyone can share.

      • Mikael says:

        Carol, this is my family too, my great grandparents were giacinto fata and serafina, my grandfather was Luigi, the brother that was kidnapped was Natale. I am looking at dual citizenship so have been digging into the family tree.

    • Carolyn says:

      My grandmother’s brother was Frank Fata. He, my grandmother and several other sisters came to the u.s.a. there were 9 children. My great grandmother was Serafina Reda.

  17. Frank says:


    I will be visiting Dipignano and Carolei to do some research on family history. Can you tell me where to find the churches and registry offices are as well as when they are open. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank You

  18. Theresa says:

    I am planning a visit inSeptember to the homeland of my father and grandparents. My father was Francesco Fata. His parents were Luigi Fata and Giuseppina Segreti. My father always spoke of an orphanage that he and others started in the town. He showed us a picture with a plaque outside with his name on it. My mother was the daughter of Gabriel Lento and Carmella Perri. Would love to find out more and visit.

    • Carol Z says:

      I am also a decendent of Fata from Carolei. Would love to know what you have found.

      • paolo says:

        hi carol,
        i live in italy and my family descend from Fata in Carolei, i know my gran gran uncle named paolo fata went to usa in 1921 first and back again 1927 to never come back in italy

  19. David says:

    I am looking for more information than what I currently have on my family. My grandfather (Antonio Nunzio Porco) was born in Carolie in 1904. His father is Domenico Porco (1868-1934) and his mother Gaetana Fata (1876-1957). I have some more names reaching further back, but I would like to see if my research is accurate, as well as to see if I have any relatives still in the area. I visited Carolei a few years ago but was unable to find anyone that could assist. If anyone has additional information it would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you!

    • Barbara Schinelli says:

      My grandmother, Rosaria Felicemarried Angelo Bastone, both from Carolei. They were related to Porco who came over with my grandmother and 5 daughters in 1915. We also have Fata in our family. They lived in East Harlem in NYC before moving to the Bronx. Also have Reda in our family, From Carolei too.

    • William says:

      hi cousin
      I visited in Carolei too, we have the same great grandfather ( Vincenzo Ciardullo)

  20. John says:

    planning to be in Carolei in September and looking for address, telephone number or email address of Paolo Filice. I think he is a Doctor who works in city of Paola

    • Arturo says:

      Paolo Filice is the son of Francesco Filice and the grandson of Paolo Filice. I am the grandson of Paolo Filice Sr brother and live in USA. Paolo is a good friend and lives in Carolei. He is a gastro MD. What a great guy! You are welcome to contact me as I see him a few times a year when I visit. I just celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary which occured last summer.

  21. Dondi says:

    My grandfather, Francesco Bastone was born in Carolei in 1896. He and his younger brother, Pietro Alfonso Bastone, who was born around 1900, migrated to the US in 1913. Their father’s name was, I believe, Rafael Bastone. I will be visiting Cosenza province in August and was wondering what you could tell me. I know there is a Cafe Bastone there, where I will most certainly be having a beverage or two.

  22. Al says:

    I am researching my ancesters in carolei. My great grandfather Francesco Tenuta and 2 sons emigrated to america in about 1901 leaving family behind. I cannot find any records prior to their arrival in New York. Francesco booked passage to return to Italy in 1909 to bring his wife and daughters to america. Sadly he died on that trip and the family never returned. I am hoping to find persons and resources that will allow me to research my Italian ancestry.

  23. Peter says:

    Looking for relatives in Carolei, my grandfather Luigi Porco born in Carolei February 5, 1899 to Francesco Porco & Maria Bastone he was the youngest of 6 brothers & 1 sister older brothers Antonio, Pietro, possibly Diego. Luigi served in WWI and after was Carabinieri before coming to U.S. in 1921. I would love to be able to connect to relatives still in Carolei.

    Thank you.

    • David says:

      Hello Peter, although the Porco name is not so common in the U.S., it is very common in Carolie, Italy. My grandfather, Antonio Nunzio Porco, left Italy at age 16 and returned a couple of times to bring family back to the United States. I too have tried to reach out to connect to family there and have not been successful. I brought my family over there 2 yrs ago and unfortunately did not time things right. All of the businesses had just closed for the weekend.

    • Dondi says:

      Hello Peter. I am a Bastone. My grandfather was named Francesco Bastone, born in Carolei in 1896 to Rafael Bastone. There’s a good chance we’re related I guess.

      • Jim says:

        Hello – My great grandmother was Maria Bastone who came from Carolei to New York on Christmas, 1908 with her children. Sounds like there were MANY Bastone’s living there at the time.

  24. Carol says:

    Looking for information on grandparents….Antonio Felici (Felice)& Caroline Carino….also Ragusa. Birth years 1874 & 1886.

  25. Carolyn says:

    Looking for family, Iaconetti in Carolei. My dad is Francesco (born 1925) -he immigrated to NY,USA in 1050- his dad was Gabrielle, who was lost during WW2 (POW?) – we’d love to find out more about him. His mother was Giusepina Gaudio. They were born between 1900-1905. I need to add to my family tree and would love to fill in the blanks. Especially my grandfather. Any help or direction to take would be great. Thanks so much.

  26. Mário Eber Segreti says:

    Juruaia, Minas Gerais (Brazil), January 3, 2015.
    Hello everybody, I do not know who will receive this message, but I wish they could reach someone who can help me.
    I’m of Italian descent coming to Brasilv in the years 1850 to 1890, I’m not sure, just know that came from Carolei, Cosenza PROVINCE, SOUTH ITALY.
    My great-grandparents and grandparents came from there and would love to find any relatives there in Italy, belong to Segreti family, I am the great-grandson of Severus Segreti and Rosa Cecilia and my grandfather Francisco Segreti (Franciso Segreti Saverio), born and baptized in Carolei and my maternal great-grandparents Anthony and Cecilia Pascoalina Rose, and my grandmother Mauretta Cecilia (Cecilia Mauretta Saveria Bradomont), born and baptized in Carolei.
    Years ago I’m trying to find my descendestes, please Help me.
    You can not imagine the will I have to know them because I feel a true Italian, but without the traditions because my grandparents did not go to the children. It is my dream since childhood to know someone and not want to die without having this opportunity.
    Look with love, do not overlook this letter.
    Tale with a good heart woe Carolei or any part to help me.
    Stay with God.
    Thank you very much.
    Mario Eber Segreti

  27. Michael says:

    I believe my grandparents, John Segreti and Christine Derose were born in Carolei but I’m not sure. I would like to find their birth records and information about their parents and grandparents.

    • Mirella says:

      Based on what I have found for a Giovanni Segreti (italian name for John),

      His siblings were Antonio, Assunta, Luigi, Angelo, Maria, Rosina, Teresa.

      his parents were Francesco Segreti and Carolina Fiorino.

      His grandparents may have been Luigi Segreti (1874-?) and luigina merende (1874-1837)

    • Mirella says:

      If I got ghe wrong generation,
      It could also be (in the same tree but one generation down):

      Giovanni Segreti

      Francesco, Maria, Theresa, Rachel.

      Luigi Segreti (1874-??) and Rosina Merenda (1874-1937)

    • Monica says:

      Michael, I have a Rose De Rose in my family tree who is the mother of Francoise Marie Caputi born in Carolie in 1877. Did you find any information about your Derose ancestor?

  28. Mary says:

    I’m looking to find out my father’s grandparents’ names. His father’s name was Pasquale Lento from Carolei. He married Maria Reda also from Carolei. They married and came to the US. My grandmother also spoke of a cemetery that she used to walk by. She called it the “campo santo”. I’d like to know the names of nearby cemeteries to research further. Grazie!

    • Mary says:

      There is only one cemetery in Carolei. It is on the outskirts of the small town. Campo Santo means ” Cemetery”. The best place to find details is in the Churches of Carolei. Birth deaths marriages, and sacraments are all recorded there. You will need to have good local help though as records have been moved in the past several decades.