Genealogy in San Fili

If you search your ancestors in San Fili, 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 San Fili

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 San Fili town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 San Fili on your behalf.

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


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

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  1. Christina says:

    Maria mazzuca Gentile lived in San fili. She is my grandmother I love to find more history on her

  2. julie says:

    I am looking for information onFrancesco Fallico who was my grandfather. He lived in SanFili and Bucita. Also info on my grandmother his wife. her name was Giulia Palermo Fallico.

  3. Michael says:

    I’m looking for a marriage certificate for Salvatore Girardi and Rosina Provenzano. They were married I believe in San Fili Italy

  4. Tony says:

    I would like to find out more information about my grandfather Antonio Perri and his family tree

  5. Destephan says:


    My great-great grandfather, James Vincent Salerno, was born in San Fili in 1874 or 1875. He married Angeline “Mamie” Montemarano before they immigrated to America together. His wife wasn’t from San Fili so I am not sure if they married in San Fili or not. I don’t know the names of his parent or siblings if he had any. I would sincerely appreciate any specific information about James Vincent Salerno and his family in San Fili.

    Thank you,


  6. Ronald says:

    I am looking for information on the Passarelli family from San Fili. My grandfather, Antonio Passarelli, came to the U.S. in approximately 1904 with his father Salvatore Passarelli, and his mother, Concetta Lio. Salvatore’s father was Michele Passarelli, and his father was Frank Passarelli. Any information on current or past Passareliis from San Fili would be appreciated.

  7. Alfredo says:

    Interested in finding genealogy of my family. I was born in San Fili in 1952. My father, Carmine Iantorno, was born in San Fili in 1900. My mother, Rampone Anna Julia was born in San Fili in 1913.

  8. Peggy says:

    I believe my grandfather, Giovanni Chiappetta, was born in San Fili on January 15, 1897 or 1898. His father’s name was Giovanni Chiappetta. His mother’s maiden name was Carmella Noto. I would like to get a copy of any birth record that exists. Thank you for any advice about how to obtain a birth certificate or other record. Hope all is well, Peggy Chiappetta

  9. Thea says:

    My great-great grandfather, Antonio Giardi came from San Fili or so family legend has it. Was Giardi or Girard ever a San Fili family name?

  10. Linda says:

    my great grandfather was Michele Passarelli, born April 27, 1850 in San Fili. His father was Francesco Passarelli and his mother was Maria Gaetano Iacuruso. Francesco Passarelli was born about 1822. Michele also had a sister named Angela Marie, born in 1944. The family emigrated to America sometime after Michele was born.

    Do you have any information that might be helpful to me in my geneology search?

  11. AnaMarie says:

    I’m searching for birth, death, baptism or any significant records for my grandfather Luciano Cesario and great grandfather Riccardo Cesario.

    Anything you are able to find would be very much appreciated.

    • john says:

      My grandfather,Joe Cesario, was born in San Fili, Italy around 1890 and thereafter immigrated to the USA around 1900 with his brothers. One of his brothers thereafter frequently returned to Italy to visit family and my father also visited San Fili during World War II. They told me San Fili was a small town (probably under 5,000 people) and that a large # of the residents hold the last name of “Cesario”.

      • Cornelius says:

        Hi my Grandfather was born in San Fili in 1880 Salvatore Cesario he emigrated to Newport RI in 1897. I am trying to locate his family as I willl be visiting Italy in September 2019. Let me know if you have any information Thanks

        • AnaMarie says:

          My grandpa and Riccardo emigrated from Naples to NYC in 1906 then settled in Grand Junction, Colorado. I’ going there sometime this year. It’s amazing to know I am probably related to quite a few people there. I wonder if there are any relatives that live in San Fili…..

          • Teressa says:

            Hi are you related? Riccardo is my great great great grandfather, his Luciano is who I decend from, his daughter mayme was my grandmother. Let’s connect. I’m not in italy.

      • Kristin says:

        My 5th great grandmother was Chiararosa Cesario born 1762 San fili

    • Paulo says:

      Luciano Cesario was born in 1892. Father: Riccardo Cesario. Mother: Maria Fortunata Turano.
      Riccardo Cesario was born in 1856. Mother: Teresa Cesario.
      Riccardo got married to Maria Fortunata Turano in 1881.
      Maria Fortunata was born in 1862. Father: Santo Maria Turano. Mother: Tommasina Marrano.

  12. Susan O says:

    I am trying to find out more information about my grandfather’s side of the family. My great grandparents were Francesco(Frank) Rose and Virginia Palarma or it could be Palamara.

    My grandfather was Raffaele Rose. Born – June 22 1887
    Arrival in USA — October 25, 1909
    He was married to Flora (Florence) Tambone and they lived in Chicago.

    I know that he also had a brother, Vittorio (Victor) Rose and they all lived in San Fili, Calabria, Italy, but I do not know if he had any other siblings.

    Thank You so much for any help you can give me.

  13. onofrio says:

    mio nono chiamavasse Rafaele Onofrio natuarle de San Filli Calabria.

  14. Santiago says:

    Hi, I’m looking for information about my great-grandfather. He was born in San Fili, in 1884 or 1885. His name was Giuseppe Salerno, married to Concepción Laterza. His parents were Aquiles Salerno and Rafaela Orifina. Concepción’s parents: Luis Laterza and Paulina Ventimiglia. Thank you very much in advance.