Genealogy in Serra Pedace

If you search your ancestors in Serra Pedace, Calabria, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Calabria and in Cosenza province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Serra Pedace registrar as of that date.

So, if your ancestors were in Serra Pedace in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Serra Pedace to know more.

Before to start your genealogy research in Serra Pedace, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Calabria and in Serra Pedace too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Serra Pedace from the Italian Unification (1861) an important info to understand how many people lived there in the past.

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Serra Pedace. As more your surname is common in Serra Pedace, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Serra Pedace archives 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 archives in Cosenza province may instead contain even older information, but they are far less accessible from abroad (and almost impossible by email).
Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Serra Pedace and Cosenza province, you could plan to investigate churches’ archives by yourself, but from abroad is very difficult to obtain any result unless you find a reliable local help.
For our experience is better to start to search months before your arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices and with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps.

Another important source of information are the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Catanzaro e Reggio Calabria.

In any case, never give up! Probably the distance from your country and Italy, some difficulties in understanding and in translation, could complicate your search but this should not discourage you.

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Serra Pedace just leave a message below in the comment area

If your research is in a dead end and you need professional help from our local Italian genealogists write to our expert in Serra Pedace area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Marie says:

    I recently (Oct. 2019) visited Pedace where my parents were from – my mother from Pedace; my father from Perito. I was in the church where they were married but, unfortunately, the priest was not in town. We spoke to the local pharmacist and made arrangements for masses to be said for family members. Best of all, we met a first cousin still living in Pedace. Once she realized I was Concetta Vencia’s daughter (her father was my mother’s older brother), she was thrilled to see me. Although there were seven Vencia children (my mother the youngest who emigrated to the U.S. in 1929), only this first cousin – Pasqualina Vencia – still lives in Pedace. It was a thrill to meet her and I will keep in touch. Anyone know more about the Vencia and Massimilla (my father) families?

  2. Marie says:

    My parents – Pietro Massimilla/Concetta (Bernardina) Vencia – were married 6/20/1920 I believe in Pedace/Perito, Italy. Both were born in these two towns. Can someone help me find their records? Thank you in advance. Marie R.

  3. Linda says:

    Can someone please tell me the name of the cemeteries, and how many are there in Serra Pedace, Cosenza, Calabria?
    I am trying to find out where my grandmother is buried and possibly get someone to photograph
    her gravesite.
    By the way, how are the buried names of married women listed; by married name or maiden name?
    My grandmother”s name: Concetta Lauro (maiden name: Rota) She was born in Pedace and died in Serra Pedace.
    Hope someone can email me a reply.
    Thanks so much,

  4. Lynne says:

    Looking for any information on Guiseppe Pietrosanti who emigrated to the US approx early 1900’s. He was born maybe around 1895. Think he lived in Buffalo New York, Rochester New York or New Jersey. He was married in 1916 but only for a short time.
    thanks for any information you may have.

  5. Amie says:

    I went visit serra pedace in 1998 where my grandfather’s family came from. They were the Iazzolino’s. I met a Roldolfo Bonaro which was also family. Do you know how I can see if he is still alive?

  6. Shane says:

    Funny reading all the Leonetti names here. I’m looking for more info on Antonio Leonetti born 1849. He is my great great grandfather. Word is he left the family and went to Argentina.

    Also, looking for relatives there or information about Giovanni Leonetti, born 1889 and Maria Assunta Cinnante before they immigrated to America. They are my great grandparents.

    • Linda says:

      Shane, my great grandmother was Concetta Leonetti who married Antonio Lauro in Serra Pedace. Their son Bruno Lauro was my mother’s father..

  7. Yolanda says:

    My grandmother, Gaetana Leonetti, from Serra Pedace, married Antonio Cava and immigrated to Philadelphia in 1904. I also live in Georgia.

  8. Linda says:

    I live in the State of Georgia. My ancestors and relatives on my mother’s side were born and lived in Serra Pedace. My nonno Bruno Lauro who was born in 1880, married Concetta Maria Leonetti. Can you tell me how I can find their marriage record in Serra Pedace?
    Thank you very much,
    Linda Tremonti
    Georgia, USA

    • Sydney says:

      My Great great grandfather was Giovanni Leonetti (maybe a brother of Concetta?) he was also from Serra Pedace.

      • Linda says:

        Sydney and Yolanda….. Sorry it took me a while to respond.
        I have a Family Tree with all the names of Leonetti and Lauro relatives, and I also am related to Cava who married Rosaria Rota in Pedace. Rosaria Cava died at 33 in 1859.
        Giovanni Leonetti, brother to my great grandmother Concetta Leonetti, was born in 1873, and they had 2 brothers, Carmine and Gaspare, all born in Serra Pedace. Believe me when I tell you, I’ve done years of research, with some information left to me by my mother, that helped me find what info I needed, and letters to Italy requesting documents. I’m pretty sure you can view my family tree on line by punching in Lauro Family Tree. I’ve compiled quite a few documented records, found both here in the U.S. and in Italy, that I’ve put pages and pages of them to create a Family Album. So you see……we ARE related! I have cousins in Serra Pedace, who I visited with a few years ago, and my cousin’s mother was Leonetti who married Lauro. Yolanda, I live in Madison, Ga. What part of GA do you live? Sydney, may I ask where you are at?

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