Genealogy in Cerisano

Region: Calabria Province: Cosenza

Tracing your Italian roots back to Cerisano, in Cosenza province, Calabria region?

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

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

Civil Records in Cerisano

In towns and villages of Calabria and in Cosenza province civil 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 get your Italian Citizenship and you need official certificates from Cerisano Municipality, 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!
With his deep knowledge of people and local history he will assist you not only finding names and dates (births, marriages, deaths) but he will reveal to you many other precious information on the life of your ancestors available in the old registers.

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

  • Signatures: if your ancestors knew how to write, he will be able to show you their original signatures.
  • Any other useful info available on the old documents.
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    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 go on quickly in 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 (there could be cases of homonymy).
    It’s 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 Calabria started during 1500!

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

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

    S. LORENZO MARTIRE – Via S. Lorenzo

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

    41 thoughts on “Genealogy in Cerisano”

    1. Im looking for relatives in Cerisano. My paternal grandfather was from Cerisano his name is Tomasso Golletti around 1867 If any one knows of this family I would Appreciate your input

    2. I am looking for the father of Cerisano. I do not know his name. He is a great great (I don’t know how many greats) grandfather of mine. My italian family still bears the last name Cerisano. Most of them live in North Bay, Ontario, Canada now.

      What I have found is that the father of the town got rich gold mining and broght his wealth via ship back to Calabria. A bag of gold was stolen from him during the trip and he had enough power to forbid anyone disembarking the ship until the theif was uncovered. The thief was shot aboard ship.

    3. I am looking for information on DeLuca’s & Greco’s who lived in Cerisano. My Great Grandfather was Lorenzo DeLuca & his wife was Mary Greco. He died in Italy. She came to the USA around 1917. Ernest, Joseph, Frank (Francesco) and Angelina came to America. I am trying to find out if they had any brothers or sisters who stayed in Italy

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


    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

      1. 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?

        1. 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.

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

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

        1. 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.

    11. 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.

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    14. 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.

    15. Hello,

      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.

      1. 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

        1. 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.

    16. 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. 🙂

    17. 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

    18. Hello,
      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.

    19. 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.

        1. Hello
          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.

      1. 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?


    20. 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?

    21. 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!

      1. 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

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