Genealogy in Cerisano

If you search your ancestors in Cerisano, 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 Cerisano

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 Cerisano town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Cerisano on your behalf.

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


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

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  1. Sylvie says:

    Je cherche la famille de Vincenzo Giantorno née à Cerisano, son épouse ce nomme Thérèsa Bisceglio, ils ont quitté Cerisano dans les années 1900

  2. Ronald says:

    Looking for my husbands relative who lived in Cerisano. The family name is Santelli (or Santellio).

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  3. james says:

    I am seeking my relatives in Italy. My grandfather Frank Spizzirri born in 1896 came to the US with some of his brothers in 1912. His younger brother Salvatore remained in Italy.
    I met his brother Salvatore In 1966 or 1967 when he came to Montreal, Canada to visit his daughters. One daughter Maria married Mario Ruffalo a mason who built numerous brick homes in Montreal. Maria and Mario had 2 children a son. Joseph and a daughter Maria(?) I would appreciate any help you can give me. I hope to meet relatives and intend to visit Italy soon. Thank you. Jim

  4. Julia says:

    Im looking for relatives in Cerisano. My paternal grandfather was from Cerisano Eugene Segreti I think his father was Pietro Segreti. If any one knows of this family I would Appreciate your input

  5. John says:

    I am interested in obtaining birth records for my great grandfather Domenica Greco born in Caerisano 15 Jul 1876.

  6. J says:

    Hello – I am looking to verify that Raffaele Greco (June 12, 1875) was actually born and a resident of Cerissano, Italy. Looking to obtain birth certificate. He would be my great grandfather.

  7. Deborah says:

    Hi Everyone,

    I am trying to find the ancestry of my maternal grandparents. My grandfather was Luigi Marino and his wife was Maria Pulice. My great grand parents were Luigi Marino and Katherine Caputo. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • Katheryne says:

      I also have a Luigi Marino in our line: siblings Angela, Carlo, Caterina. Is he the son of Maria Chiapetta and Pietro Marino by chance?

      • Deborah says:

        I really don’t know. He passed away before I was born. I don’t have a lot of history. He married Maria Pulice. They immigrated to Wisconsin and then lived in San Diego.

  8. Gary says:

    Hi, looking for any information on my grandfather and his brothers . Surname Muoio, Dominic, Raphael, Vincenzo are 3 firstnames. From the town of Cerisano.

  9. Terri says:

    I’m looking for information on my family, Ricchio was the name I was told they left in 1908 aboard a boat

    • Anne says:

      I too am looking for Ricchio relatives in Cerisano. What first names are you looking for?

      • Drue says:

        My grandfather was Serafino Ricchio. He lived in Cerisano and same to the US in 1906. A brother, Joseph and a sister, Philamena stayed in Italy. Parents were Pasquale and Mary Cairo.

  10. William says:

    My great grandfather was Francesco Segreti. He married Gabriella Greco. He had several sons and daughters, Angelo, Carlo, Joe, Assunta, Carolina and Eugenio ( my grandfather) who came to the USA in1904. He married Julia Gaudio, her mother’s maiden name was Goletti,her great grandmother was Fortunata Santoro . Assunta married a Dodaro and Carolina a Chiapetta. And info would be greatly appreciated.

  11. Antonio says:

    I was born in Ceriano in 1951 and I am living in Montreal, Canada. Many from Cerisano have emigrated to Montreal (Greco, Ruffolo, Marino, Dodaro, Settino and more., Many went to Toronto. Thosethat arrived via Ellis Island settled in NYC, but my distant cousins (Santelli’s) went to Lyons, NY.

  12. Diane says:

    My grandfather was Salvatore Marino, born July 9, 1899 from Cerisano, Italy. He left for American on a ship named Canada and arrived on May 3, 1920. He had a sister Carolina who also lived in Cerisano. I’m hoping to visit Italy next fall and would love to find out more about the Marino family in Cerisano. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

  13. Pamela says:

    My grandmother Antoinette Salerno Morano was from Cerisano Cosenza. She came to United States probably around 1920. Her father bought her and then returned to Italy. She never saw her parents again. She had a brother Giuseppe Salerno who immigrated later and returned to Italy every few years. Also Pasquale who also came to US and I remember when her brother Frank came and in probably early sixties but then returned to his wife and children. She also had a sister Assunta. Her family then came to Canada. There was no better person on this earth than Antoinette Salerno Morano.

  14. James says:


    All my relatives on my fathers side of the family came from Cerisano. They all emigrated about the same time in in the mid 1890’s. My great grand parents, Domenico Bisciglia and Carolina Golletti, and their two children Laura and Francesco, and my great great grandparents, Francesca Golletti and Aquila Pranno all emigrated in 1894. My grandmothers parents named Greco and Bilotto also emigrated around this time. If anyone knows of any connections, the information would be much appreciated.

    • Franca says:

      Hi james thsts so cool is your great grand father domenico bisceglia? Hes my grandfather on my mothers side. Im trying to find out more information on him

      • James says:

        Hi Franca, it is so good to meet you. Yes my grandfather is Domenico, but I can find nothing about him. I know that he was born in Cerisano in about 1863, married Carolina Golletti in Cerisano, dad a couple children them emigrated to America and had a couple more children, including my grandfather. He died around 1945.That is all I know.

  15. Stephanie says:

    Hello, my great grandparents were from Cerisano. Antonio Mandarino was born around 1871, his occupation was a Tailor and his parents were Lorenzo Mandarino and Michelina Ruffalo. His wife, Saveria DeRose was born around 1869 and her parents were Pasquale DeRose and Gabriela Doni. Antonio and Saveria both immigrated to Canada in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks. 🙂

  16. John says:

    Granparents born is Cerisano. Antonio Trozzo and Maria giantorno. Farmers. Great Grandmother Caterina Settengiani, Any information concerning them in any way would be greatly appreciated. All were born prior to 1900. thank you

  17. Janine says:

    My name is Janine Fabino Daniels and am the grand-daughter of Domenic Cinelli (born 1903 in Cerisano). Dominic’s parents were Rose Marino (1868)and Gueisseppi Cinelli (1866) of Cerisano. They had several children: Maria, Caroline and Frank (twins), Tony, Larry, Domenic and Peter (twins). I know that Pete died at the age of 14 and all of the boys made their way to America, but I am looking for any of my relatives that may be children or grandchildren of Maria or Caroline. Actually, it would be wonderful to learn of any of my relatives still living in the area. My grandfather, Domenic came to America in 1916 married and had three girls: Josephine, Rita, and Jeanette. My mother is Josephine.
    My husband, Jeff, and I will be coming to Calabria this summer (end of July to beginning of August) and I would love to be able to meet any relative willing to do so.
    If anyone has any information, that could help me, I would appreciate the information. Thank you.

  18. William says:

    Looking for information on the family of Louis Greco born March 21, 1865, his parents were Antonio Greco and Rose Paura, all from Cerisano,Cosenza, Italy

    Louis Greco Married Caroline Caputo in Cerisano, Cosenza She was born June 22, 1868, and her parents were Dominic Caputo, and Rose mazzola.

    Also looking for information on the family of Santo (Sandy) Spadafore Born March 2, 1872 in Cosenza. Santo was the son of Gasteano Spadafore and Thomasine __________?

    and the family of Mary or Maria Trombino Born June 27, 1877 in Cosenza, She was the daughter of Dominic Trombino, and Rose Santelli.

    any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

    • Antonio says:

      I believe the Trombino’s and Santelli’s settled n Lyons, in Upstate New York. Would you be related to this clan?

      • Mitch says:

        My name is Mitch Ruffalo from Newark NY and my great grandmother was a Santelli from Lyons NY originally from Cerisano. My wife’s maiden name was Greco and her family is also from Cerisano. We are both very interested in our Italian heritage and are planning a trip to visit cerisano in the next two years. Our surname was originally spelled Ruffolo. We would love to connect with others that may be related or know people that are related to both families.

    • Robert says:

      William, I saw your info on the website. My name is Robert Joseph Greco, Jr. from Michigan, USA. I have Greco ancestors from Calabria, Cosenza, Aprigliano. My Great x 3 Grandfather(Gaetano Greco) and Grandmother(Rosa Pasqua) lived there. Rosa’s parents were Antonio Pasqua/Saveria Felice Caputo. Saveria’s parents were Bernardo Caputo/Antonia Serra.

      Does any of this help/look familiar to you?


  19. Frank says:

    Both of my parents were born in Cerisano, Italy. My Father was Pasquale Santoro (1894 – 1957), his father was Gaetano (1848 – 1935) and his Mother was Aquila Secreti ( dates unknown). My Mother’s maiden name was Raffaella Greco (1897 – 1967), her father was Francesco Greco (dates unknown)
    but I am not certain what her Mother’s maiden name was.
    Where can I find out more about my Grandparents?

  20. Evelyn says:

    Hi My Grandfather was born in Cerisano, as far as what we know. His name was Pietro Pulice. His Mother was Rosaria Salerno and father was Gaetano Pulice. Would you have any information on this tree such as dates of birth or more of the tree. Thank you so much!

    • William says:

      Where is your pulice family from? My Aunt said that she had relatives in or near NYC that were Dress Makers??? or ran some type of Clothing factory, but she was not sure of the exact relationship only that they were cousins and that she visited them in her 20s…. she is now 95

    • Dee says:

      MY great grandmother was Rose Pulice (Police) and married Antonio Vitaro. Any connection? She was from Cerisano.