Genealogy in Serra Pedace

If you search your ancestors in Serra Pedace, 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 Serra Pedace

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 Serra Pedace town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Serra Pedace on your behalf.

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 Serra Pedace area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

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  1. Rosaria says:

    I am looking for my father Vittorio Rizzuti that would be 90 years old, his birthday Dec. 28, 1929. I have never met him. He came to Toronto, Canada in 1967, married my mother in April 1967 and left her 3 months pregnant in August 1967. He left without any notice and return to Italy.
    I was born March 16, 1968 and to date have never met him. I would love to know if I have any brothers or sisters and would like to meet or speak to any relatives of his. I know he lived in Cosenza on a street called zumbini Bonaventura 25. Can anyone help???? Please

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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,

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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..

  8. Yolanda says:

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

  9. 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?