Genealogy in San Donato di Ninea

Region: Calabria Province: Cosenza

Tracing your Italian roots back to San Donato di Ninea, in Cosenza province, Calabria region?

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

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

Civil Records in San Donato di Ninea

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 San Donato di Ninea Town Hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to get your Italian Citizenship and you need official certificates from San Donato di Ninea Municipality, follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in San Donato di Ninea during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of San Donato di Ninea 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 San Donato di Ninea !)
  • Churches: where they were baptized or married
  • (If you can’t visit San Donato di Ninea, 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.
  • Are you interested in this? Write us at or fill this form

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

    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 San Donato di Ninea 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 San Donato di Ninea:

    SS. SALVATORE – Via S. Sebastiano

    SS. TRINITA’ – Via Ss. Trinita’

    For our experience, if you plan to come here to visit San Donato di Ninea, 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 San Donato di Ninea 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 San Donato di Ninea too.

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

    36 thoughts on “Genealogy in San Donato di Ninea”

    1. Hello! I have been trying to find any information about my great grandfather, Antonio (Tony Iannuzzi). According to his death certificate, he was born on 3/23/1892, but I’ve seen different dates on census reports. His parents were Guiseppe or Rafaelle Iannuzzi and Angelica or Angelina Panebianco. I have a telegram that was sent from to him from San Donato in 1938> Any information is greatly appreciated.

    2. Hello
      I’m great grandparents are from San Donato. Their names are. Frank Palermo in America and Philomena salvo
      They were both born in 1878 came to America 1992. Staten Island New York. They lived here whole lives.

    3. My family name is Maurelli. They arrived in US between 1890-1900. That is all I know. I do plan on a visit to San Donato do Ninea next year

    4. My paternal grandfather Patrick Ferraro was born in San Donato Di Nina and had moved to New Jersey , USA when he was young . But I know
      family owned a bakery there and we have a lot of family there.
      Off hand I don’t know my great grandparents names are though , but my grandfather’so brothers were born in the USA.

    5. Buenos días:

      Yo busco a los parientes de mi bisabuela, ella emigró a España y su nombre es María Sa Marco Lara,me gustaría encontrar a algún familiar que pudiese quedar por allí.

      Un saludo.

    6. Di Belice or Menfi. I have not been able to find out who my grandmother Rosa Gugliotta’s ancestors are. I believe she might have arrived in New York on the SS Trojan Prince September 1899. Her residence is given as San Donato Di Ninea and her age is 22 on the manifest. Her brother Vincenzo was traveling with her. They are going to their uncle Domenico in New York but I have not been able to find him, yet.
      My grandfather Calogero DiGiovanna married a Rosa Gugliotta 8 Sept 1903 in Brooklyn, New York. My information about Rosa seems to be consistent with census records and I’ve ordered a copy of the marriage certificate to see if the information there is consistent, too.
      Can you add to what I have about her roots?

    7. My father was born on April 6, 1921, He passed away on April 26, 2017. I would like to hear from any surnames of Morano, Panebianco, Ottata, Ianuzzi. Maybe there is some findings we can share. Thank you all. Frank Morano

      1. Frank, my maternal grandmother’s name was Giuseppina Panebianco Todaro. She was born in 1880 in San Donato Di Ninea. In addition, my paternal grandmother’s name was Carolina Iannuzzi Martino born in 1868. My mother passed in 1980, but told me that when the church burned, the birth records were destroyed, so it’s difficult to find additional information.

        1. Hello Joanne,
          My maternal Grandmothers name was Maria Panebianco from the same town. I think they we sisters because I know I’m related to the Todaro’s.

          1. Hello Matt,
            Todaro was my mother’s maiden name. In what way are you related to the Todaro’s? Could we be cousins?

            1. I just found this site. My great grandfather was Guiseppe Todaro who married Rosina Palermo. Both families were from San Donato di Ninea. They came to Armerica in the 1890s and settled in the Pittsburgh PA area

    8. Hello, my grand mother Concetta Ponzo was born in san donato di ninea in 1920, her parents were Nicola Ponzo and Maria Iannuzzi.
      From my grand father’s side : Vincenzo Martin Luca, his parents Nicola Luca(born in 1880) and Maria Yerino (born in 1886) they emigrated to Argentina.
      My great great grandparents were Giuseppe Luca / Filomena Schirripa. and Vincenzo Yerino / Maria Rosa Poltrone.
      If somebody knows any information, please contact me.

      1. Hello Paulo,

        We are quite related! We share great great grandparents, and a bit more: your great grandparents Nicola Lucá and Maria Ierinó had siblings who were also married: Maria Giovanna Giuseppa Lucá and Francescantonio Ierinó. They met in the boat coming to Argentina, and married between brothers.

        1. Hello, my husbands great grand mother was a Filomena Schirippa, from Calabria. She was born around 1880. Had a daughter and possibly 3 sons. Not sure if this is the same person as yours?

    9. My Great Grandmother Filomena De Rose was born in San Donato di Ninea in 1886. Her parents were Domenico Giovanni De Rose and Maria Troppelli. Filomena immigrated to the U.S in 1907. She married Camillo Capuzzi who was a foundling born in San Donato di Ninea in 1889. I’d like to find out who raised Camillo and is there a way to find out who his biological parents were?

      I’m also looking for info on Filomena’s brothers Michele 1867, Vincenzo 1871, and Francesco 1874. We think she had another brother Giovanni but have no documentation. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    10. From what I understand, my great great grandfather was named Francesco Saverio Cianni. He was born in Santo Donato di Ninea, Calabria, Italy. He was born in 1860. He came to the USA at the age of 16. I was wondering for advice on how I could get more information on him. Thanks

    11. I am looking for any information regarding Consolis and Benningcazas in San donato. If there are any still living in the area.

      1. Hi. Was reading some info, and came accross your post. My grandmother was born in San Donato and her last name was Consoli. She cane to the U.S. around 1912, and settled near the Pittsburgh area.

      2. Hi, My Parents are Consoli (Father) and Bennincasa (Mother) and they both grew up in San Donato di Ninea. They moved to Canada in 1965 after they were married. they live in Hamilton, Ontario

    12. Hi there! I’m searching for some register concerning my ancestor Luiz Barone, son of Giuseppe Barone, which I already know that was born in Consenza/Calábria. As you have mentioned the surname Barone as being among the most popular in San Donato di Ninea, I wonder if both Luiz and Giuseppe came from there.

    13. I have located the record of what I believe to be my great grandparent’s wedding in San Donato di Ninea. The record indicates that Pasquale Cosentino married Ann Livimarco(not sure it is exactly that)on November 19, 1878. My grandfather Joseph (Giuseppe) was born in that town in 1887.I cannot make out on the document their place of residence or parent’s name. I found this on Family I do not know anything else about my great grandparents. Any suggestions on where I can do more research?

    14. Hello, i´m searching information about my grandfather, BENEDICTO/BENITO VIGGIANI, who was born in San Donato di Ninea on 1859. It is also possible in 1861/ 62, from baptism records os his sons i´ve found in Argentina.
      He married to Gisella Colangelo, born in 1869.
      Both emigrated in Argentina.
      I need to find birth records. Any help or advise would help me a lot! Thanks.
      Sincerely, Vanesa.

    15. I have researched my family in San Donato for several years and found a big help was a yearly picnic in Claritin Pennsylvania every year on the first weekend of August. All are Sandonese and a couple of hundred attendees. the attendees are Ianuzzi, Consoli, campolongo, Arturo, Capolupo, and many others. I hope this helps.

      1. Marcos Luis Blanco y Centurión

        I have Campolongo and Artuso in my family. Look please at my post dated July 25, 2015 at 8:45 pm.
        1.1.2- Phelipe Antonio Esposito = Magdalena Artuso
        Magdelena’s parents were Giovanni Artuso = Letizia Compolongo

      2. Roger: Do you know if the yearly picnic is still held? I am trying to obtain information about my grandmother’s family from San Donato di Ninea. Please confirm the name of the town where the picnic is held. I cannot find Claritin on a map of Pennsylvania. Thank you.


    16. I plan to visit Italy, San Donato di Nenia in October of 2106. I want to go to the local church and the local library for both church records and civil records.

      Can you tell me the church to go to and the location of the civil records?

      My first search would be to find the marriage of Francesco Caruso and Angelica Artuso. or the marriages of Carmine Caruso and Matilda Buono or marriage of Giuseppe Artuso and Filomena Pacenza.

      Francesco and Angelica marrage in 1913

      Carmine and Matilda Buono 30 years earlier

      Giuseppe and Filomena Pacenza 20 years earlier.

      Can you make any recommendation on how to get access to the church records and an interpreter.



      1. I’ve been to San Donato in 1988 and 2000. There wasn’t any hotel. I had to take one at San Sosti, the neighbors town. The priest did not show me the sacramental books. But he searched for my family. In the Ufficio Anagrafe e Stato Civile an employee looked for my grandmother’s birth. This has a cost and the payment had to be done at the bank. Anyway she gave me the photocopy.

    17. Marcos Luis Blanco y Centurión

      1- Vincenzo Esposito = Angela Ianuzzi
      1.1- Innocenso Esposito = Rosaliæ di Josephi Puccioli
      1.1.1- Vincenzo Esposito (✳︎San Donato de Ninea 1852) = Irene Centurión (✳︎Buenos Aires 1871)
      1.1.2- Phelipe Antonio Esposito = Magdalena Artuso Ricardo Jorge Spósito-Centurión (✳︎Buenos Aires 1891) = Maria Rosaliæ Spósito (✳︎San Donato de Ninea 1895) = & María Magdalena Spósito-Centurión (✳︎Buenos Aires 1919) = Roberto Mariano Blanco (✳︎Buenos Aires 1915) & Marcos Luis Blanco y Centurión (✳︎Buenos Aires 1955)
      ☞ My maternal grandparents were cousins.

    18. Hello My grandfather was Francesco Moranelli born in 1905 and his parents were Pasquale and Filomena (Panebianco) Moranelli. My Grandmother was Maria (Iannuzzi) Moranelli born in 1905. Her parents were Domenico and Rosina (D’Elia) Iannuzzi. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

      1. Hi Roger,my grand grand mother was maria Iannuzzi, wife of Nicola Ponzo, do you have any information about them?

    19. Hello and blessings! I am looking for information concerning my grandfather Innocenzo Capolupo and my grandmother Maria Maurelli his wife. Innocenzo was born in San donato di Ninea in 1870…my grandmother@1880. I would like any information about them. Thank you and be well.

    20. Antonella,

      Thank you for the information. Unfortunately my grandparents came to NY and lived there until their deaths. I know my grandparents as I had a loving relationship with them until they died. I know my ggparents by name only and know that the maternal side also lived in NY. I can’t find the certificates of my paternal side who stayed in San donato.

    21. After visiting your web-site and reading though some of the tips (which were very helpful), I realized I still am in desperate need of some help with my research. I do not know the correct office or email address of the place I am researching. According to your tips it is pretty important to send your request to the right email address and office. Could someone PLEASE help me by informing me the name of the office and email address I would require when looking for a single marriage record in San Donato di Ninea, Cosenza?

    22. My grandfather, Raffaele Iannuzzi was born in San donato on November 14, 1881. I would like a birth certificate. His parents were Vincenzo Iannuzzi and Philomena Artuso. I also would like his father’s birthdate and parents marriage records. His mother, Philomena, was born on September 16, 1860. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


      1. Marianne, I believe, just by reading the names you mentioned, that I may know who your relatives are….some of which may be in Montreal….

        Hope this helps.


    23. My paternal grandfather is Vincenzo Di Nicola Consoli. He was from the Santo Donato region and immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900’s. It has been rather difficult finding anything beyond his parent’s names. I have a Nicola Consoli born about 1860 and a Mary Martino/a born about 1865 but that is all I have. I was told that there was a huge fire in the region years ago and many records were destroyed. Who or where can I contact to help me put some more pieces of this puzzle together? Vincenzo’s wife is Maria (Mary) Iannitelli and she, too, is from the same region. Any advise or direction you can point me to would be of great help and be very much appreciated!

      Sincerely, Janet

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