Genealogy in Cotronei

If you search your ancestors in Cotronei, 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 Crotone province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Cotronei registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Cotronei 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 Cotronei. As more your surname is common in Cotronei, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Cotronei archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Crotone province are:
Adamo, Aiello, Arcuri, Astorino, Basile, Bevilacqua, Bruno, Caligiuri, Carvelli, Cortese, Curcio, Esposito, Fabiano, Falbo, Fazio, Ferraro, Gallo, Garofalo, Gentile, Giordano, Greco, Iaquinta, Ierardi, Le Rose, Lombardo, Macrì, Mancuso, Marino, Marrazzo, Martino, Mauro, Oliverio, Pace, Palmieri, Perri, Poerio, Pugliese, Rizza, Rizzo, Rocca, Russo, Salerno, Scalise, Schipani, Sestito, Tallarico, Vaccaro, Vona

Church archives in Crotone 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 Cotronei and Crotone 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 Cotronei 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 Cotronei area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Frances says:


    I’ll be in Cotronei (so excited!) Nov 3rd & 4th doing research at City Office & Catholic Churches to obtain dual citizenship & to see where my family is from on my mom’s side. My Grandfather Nicola Salerno b9.29.1897 immigrated in 1905 with my Great Grandmother Rosaria (Scandale) Salerno. Francesco Salerno immigrated in 1902. I have a copy of Nicola’s birth record but will need an original. I’d also like to get his siblings birth records, Saveria b12.12.1899 & Dominico b1900-b1902 & Francesco & Rosaria’s Marriage Certificate; around 1897-1898. Do I need to request these ahead of time, or can I get them the day I am there? Also, is there a way I can connect with a local interpreter the day I’m there? Thanks, Frances

    • Jennifer says:

      Frances, I learned I am related to you. I am trying to learn more about our heritage and my uncle had brought up exactly what you wrote. I have heard alot about our family and want to learn more.

  2. Ben says:

    I am trying to find information about my grandmother, grandfather and mother. They immigrated to America in 1912, Grandmother’s name is Caterina Cerenzia born about 1893, grandfather’s name is Samuel Cerenzia born about 1874, mother’s name Maria Elizabeth Cerenzia born in Cotronei March 2, 1912.

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