Genealogy in San Nicola dell’Alto

If you search your ancestors in San Nicola dell’Alto, 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 San Nicola dell’Alto registrar as of that date.

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

Before to start your genealogy research in San Nicola dell’Alto, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Calabria and in San Nicola dell’Alto too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in San Nicola dell’Alto 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 San Nicola dell’Alto. As more your surname is common in San Nicola dell’Alto, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in San Nicola dell’Alto 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 San Nicola dell’Alto 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 San Nicola dell’Alto 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 San Nicola dell’Alto area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Nicholas says:


    My name is Nicholas Basta and im searching for relatives in this town.

    My great grand mother and father are from there.

    Their names are Salvatore Basta and Mariangela Dolcemore.

    Please email with ideas.

  2. Jerry says:

    I believe my paternal great grandfather was Costantino Titta and he was from S. Nicola Dell’alto. He came to America in 1907 when he was about 18 or 19. Can you confirm this town as his birthplace?

  3. Louis says:

    I believe my grandfather, Luigi Carmine Liotti was born in San Nicola dell’Alto in March 1876 and came to the U.S. in or about 1892. In addition to Italian, he spoke a dialect of Albanian called, I believe, “Gheg”. His father’s name may have been Vincenzo or Antonio.

    Any assistance in finding information and/or connections would be deeply appreciated.

  4. Gilberto says:

    My name is Richard,my grandfather left Italy around 1910 and came to American,I would like to know his family ,parents and siblings names.Two of his siblings also moved to American ,brother James and Micalena Splendido.Are any Splendido’s left in San Nicola Dell Alto also what language is spokened there.My father said my grand father spoke a dialect of Albanian.Could he be of Albanian ancestry?I would appreciate any information,Thank you.

    • Thomas says:

      This village was established by people from Albania who were escaping from the Turks who had invaded, I believe, in the 13th century. There are a lot of Albanian ancestry in this village ancestry.

  5. Michael says:

    I am looking for information on the Vaccaro family from San Nicola dell alto. My father Giuseppe Vaccaro moved from San Nicola to Wilkes-barre pa. His sister Betina Vaccaro who resided in San Nicola until here death in 1990. He also had a brother Nicholas who also resided in San Nicola. My wife and I visited San Nicola in the summer of 2008 and saw the family home. We were unable to learn anything else due to the language barrier. I am trying to find out as much as I can about my fathers family as I know nothing else except what I have just stated.
    I appreciate any information anyone may have

  6. Ashley says:

    I am searching for records about my great grandfather Dominick Splendido, possibly born Feb 3 1886. He lived in San Nicola del Alto and came to the U.S. in 1910. In particular I am looking for the names of his parents or any information about where I could find these records. I will be in Calabria in July and would like to continue my search. My biggest thanks. Grazie mille…

  7. Jennifer says:

    My paternal grandfather, Riccardo Ermenegildo Leone Gambetta Basta, was born in San Nicola dell-alto on April 8, 1883.

    My paternal grandmother, Rosina DeBiasi, was born in November 1891.

    Please send me any information you can gather. We hope to visit Italy in October 2014 and would love to learn as much as possible about my heritage.


    • David says:

      My maternal grandfather was Francesco Giuseppe Basta. I suspect that we are cousins. Currently, both the Mayor and Vice Mayor of San Nicola dell’Alto are relatives.

  8. Kristy says:

    Hi there! My family is planning g a trip to Italy. I’m trying to locate my great grandfathers ancestors, home etc. the info I have is

    Vincenzo Basta born 7/17/1880
    His last place of residence was San Nicola dell’Alto. He came to the US on ss Roma in 1905. Is this something you can help us with?

  9. Antonio says:

    If you can help me in my search of great grandparents and family members, I would appreciate in hearing
    from you, and receiving information about your fees. I have reason to believe that the following were
    born and lived in San Nicola dell’Alto, province of Crotone, Calabria:
    Gloria Ruperta, born 1870. Married Biagio Gatto, born 1868-1870 possibly from Carfizzi or San Nicola
    Sarafina Ruperta, born 1876, married Domenico Auselio, born 1874 possibly from Carfizzi or San Nicola
    Giuseppe Gatto, born 1894; Michele Gatto, born 4/2/1897
    Maria Auselio, born 1900
    Michele Auselio, born 9/3/1880
    The two towns of San Nicola dell ‘Alto and Carfizzi may have been where the marriages took place.

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