Genealogy in Serra San Bruno

If you search your ancestors in Serra San Bruno, in the province of Vibo Valentia, 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 San Bruno

In towns and villages of Calabria and in Vibo Valentia province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Serra San Bruno town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Serra San Bruno from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.
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To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Serra San Bruno. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Serra San Bruno archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Vibo Valentia province are:
Arena, Barbieri, Bartucca, Carnovale, Caruso, Cavallaro, Ceravolo, Cirillo, Contartese, Corigliano, Costa, Cugliari, De Luca, De Vita, Ferraro, Franzè, Fruci, Galati, Greco, Grillo, Iannello, La Torre, Lico, Loiacono, Maiolo, Mamone, Mancuso, Marchese, Mazzeo, Mazzitelli, Mazzotta, Messina, Michienzi, Monteleone, Nesci, Pontoriero, Pugliese, Restuccia, Rizzo, Romano, Rombolà, Rondinelli, Russo, Serratore, Tassone, Valente, Vallone, Ventrice.

Church Records in Serra San Bruno

Church archives in Vibo Valentia 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 Vibo Valentia 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 San Bruno on your behalf.

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

MARIA SS. ASSUNTA IN CIELO – Corso Umberto I

S. BIAGIO VESCOVO E MARTIRE – 89822 SERRA SAN BRUNO VV

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 serrasanbruno@italianside.com or follow this link.

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

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111 Comments

  1. JOSEPH says:

    My father Stefano Calaminici was born in Serra San Bruno on 5 May 1897 and my maternal grandfather Nazareno DeStefano was also born there in 1879. Can you give me any information on this. I am interested in attaining dual citizenship.

    • Luigi says:

      Stefano Calaminici Born 5 May 1897
      Father Giuseppe Calaminici (40)
      Mother Maria Giuseppe Salerno (33)
      married 8 Jul 1883

      Nazareno DeStefano 6 Apr 1877
      Father Vicenzo DeStefano(36)
      Mother Maria Raffaele Figliuzzi

  2. Nancy says:

    Hi would like to know about my grandfather and grandmother:
    Grandfather Giuseppe Raffele
    Grandmother Rosaria Raffele(had the same last name)
    Both of their parents names and dates of birth.

    • Luigi says:

      Maria Rosaria Raffele Nato 24 Oct 1901
      Father Salvatore (24)
      Mother Maria Teresa Francolino

      Giuseppe Raffele Nato 11 Dec 1904
      Father Francesco (33)
      Mother Sofia Timpano

      Giuseppe Raffele Nato 21 Nov 1903
      Father Angelo
      Mother Innocenzarosa Timpano

      Giuseppe Raffele Nato 24 Jul 1893
      Father Domenico (46)
      Mother Teresa Amato

      Giuseppe Raffele Nato 5 Sep 1891
      Father Domenico
      Mother Maria Teresa Amato

      Which Giuseppe ?

  3. Ralph says:

    Trying to find the names of the parents of Raffaele Pelaia who was marries to Maria Stella Pisani

    • Luigi says:

      ( ) Age on Marriage date

      Raffaele (24) born SSB
      Bruno Pleaia (64)
      Maria Raffaela Gallucci
      Maria Stella (23) born Calabro
      Bruno Maria Pisani (62)
      Pepparina Borello

      • Ralph says:

        Do y ou have any further information about Rafaelle (24) and/or Maria Rafaella Gallucci?
        I.e. date of birth, any other children etc.

        • LuigI says:

          Maria Rafaella Gallucci Nat 1840 Mort 30 Nov 1906 SSB
          Father Francesco Gallucci
          Mother Maria Teresa DeAngela(sp)
          Bruno Pleaia died bef 1906
          Raffaele Pleaia Nat 20 Feb 1863 in SSB

  4. Debbi says:

    I’m looking for information on my 4th Great Grandfather Nicola Amato. His death record record had the following:
    (based I what I can translate)
    – Died 9-Feb-1866 in Roccavaldina, Messina, Sicily
    – Born around 1788 (age at death listed as 78) in Serra di San Bruno, Calabria.
    – Occupation: blacksmith
    – Father: Bruno (deceased)
    – Wife: Rosa Lombardo (her death record says she was born around 1794 in Ravenna, Italy)
    – there is something about madre but I was sure what it said although I don’t think it lists her name.

    I don’t know where Nicola and Rosa were married. The marriage date would be some time before around 1813 or 1815 as that is when the earliest child (my 3rd Great Grandmother, Anna) I could find was born in Roccavaldina. Anna’s birth year is based on her marriage and death records.

  5. Mary Susan says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandmother, Maria Assunta Federico, born February 3, 1892 who’s birth certificate is registered with the Comune di Serra San Bruno, Provincia Di Catanzaro. Anything you can tell me would be greatly appreciated,

  6. Edward says:

    I am looking for any information on Bruno Valente who was married to Luigia Tassone. Bruno came to the USA on October 28, 1903 on the ship Lahn. Through the research I have done it seems that Luigia died right before he came over so I am assuming she died in or around 1903. Bruno and Luigia had 2 children, Francesco (my great-grandfather) and Rosa who married Nicholas Tassone (was supposedly murdered in Italy). Bruno’s father was Francesco Valente. I am unsure who Bruno’s mother was. Anyone recognize those names? I look forward to hearing from you!!

    • Luigi says:

      What year was Francesco Valente born in Serra San Bruno?
      Unable to locate a death document for Luigia Tassone,maybe a different name.

  7. Marcella says:

    My great grandfather, Alessandro Guerino, was born in Serra San Bruno sometime in the 1860s. He was married to Carmela Borello. I am having a hard time finding any information on him. The story my family has always heard was that either he or his father was born illegitimatelym and he was either adopted or given a different surname by the state, and that is all we know. We do not know the name of the biological father except that it might be Tiano or Tigano, or something similar. He arrived in the US in 1906 with his wife and son, Giuseppe, my grandfather, who was also born in Serra San Bruno. I would really like to find out our real family name, if possible, and also where the name Guerino might have come front. Was this a common name given to illegitimate children by the state or could Alessandro have been adopted by the Guerino family?. I would really appreciate any information that anyone could give me.

    Thank you,
    Marcella

  8. M BREWER says:

    Looking for information on the Figliuzzi and their families and who they married and children. Maria Figliuzzi birth year 1922 married Damiano LaRizza his birth 9 MAR 1920 birth place: Provincia di Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy, death 11 JAN 1991 death location. Fernie, East Kootenay Regional District, British Columbia, Canada

    • Bruna M says:

      M Brewer, I am the daughter of Maria Figliuzzi and Damiano LaRizza. I would like to know if we are related in some way.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      • Mary says:

        Hey Bruna,

        Me and your mother share 2nd great grandparents. If this helps. I am also on facebook. As Beth Shackelford Brewer. My nickname is Beth. Look forward to hearing from you.

        Sincerely,
        Mary Brewer (Beth)

        • Bruna M. says:

          Mary,
          Email me. This is exciting. My grandfather Figliuzzi immigrated to New York. He eventually returned to Serra but I know a couple of his brothers remained.

      • Sal says:

        My grate grandmother Rachela la Rizza
        Was Married to zaffino Domenico
        We may be related

    • Natalie says:

      Hello, I am a descendant of Natale Figliuzzi who married Maria Lacaria. I wonder if Maria Figliuzzi is a sibling of Natale’s?

      • Beth says:

        Hey Natalie,

        I am not sure. I am researching my father’s side of my family. Who was Natale Figliuzzi’s parents? I can do some research to see.

        Sincerely,

        Beth

      • Bruna says:

        Hey Natalie,

        My mother’s maiden name was (Maria) Figliuzzi and she is the daughter of Salvatore Figliuzzi. We can be related.

        Bruna M.

  9. Day says:

    Looking for birth records to help with recognition of Jure Sanguinis. Great grandfather Vincenzo Tozzo born in Serra San Bruno 1895… I think. His parents Domenico and mother Francesca Zaffino. Any help would be so appreciated

    • Nancy says:

      I cannot offer much help, as I am also searching for ancestors born in Serra San Bruno. My paternal grandfather was Vincenzo (James) Albano. Vincenzo was born on February 17, 1887. His parents were Gabriel Albano and Maria Zaffino. My grandfather settled in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA. There was a Zaffino family who also settled in Pittsfield, I do not personally recall them, however through Ancestry I am a DNA match for Zaffino.

  10. Rachel says:

    Looking for information on Catroppa family.
    They immigrated to canada in the early 1950’s with two children ; My father Giuseppe Nicola Catroppa born August 19 1950.

  11. Kathryn says:

    Looking for siblings of Bruno Tassone, born June 17, 1886 in Serra San Bruno to parents Raffaele Tassone and Elisabetta Valente. Bruno married Rosarina Pupo on August 16, 1913 in Serra, eventually immigrating to Massachusetts. Am at a dead end in finding family members of Bruno Tassone. Visited Serra 3 years ago for one day and town clerk did not have time to help. Any information is appreciated, thank you!

  12. bette says:

    i amm looking for my granfathers family raffalle albano born in serra san bruno on feb 23 1879 his wife was maria angela figliuzzi born oct.171875 he eventually settled in wellan ontario after he lived in rome new york and in northern canada

    • Luigi says:

      Raffaele Albano
      N: 23 Feb 1879 #117
      F: Francesco (34)
      F: Raffaele
      M: Rosa Manella

      Mariangela Figliuzzi
      N: 17 October 1875 #141

      Vicenzo Figliuzzi
      D: 2 Nov 1893
      Maria Rosa Candeloro
      alive after 1910

    • Nancy says:

      I am at a dead end with my Serra San Bruno ancestors. Perhaps we are distant relatives. My paternal grandfather was Vincenzo Albano, date of birth 17 February, 1887. I believe Vencenzo’s parents were Gabriel Albano and Maria Zaffino. My paternal grandmother was Margaret Candilore (Candeloro ?). Margaret was born on 21 June, 1898 in Catanzaro. Her parents were Raffaele Candilore (Candeloro ?) and Mary Josephine Carchidi. The Candilore family lived in Pennsylvania and Canada before settling in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Many different families from Serre San Bruno and the surrounding area settled in Pittsfield. My grandparents Vincenzo and Margaret had eleven children.

  13. Jayson says:

    I am looking for information on Luigi Giuseppe Iorfida Born: Jan 23 1917 Serra San Bruno Catanzaro and his wife Marianna Iorfida nee Riggio or Riggi: Born: Jan 23 1917 Serra San Bruno Catanzaro. Their marriage was in 1924…her parents.

  14. Josephine says:

    I’am looking for information on my mothers side of family her name was Raffaela Federico her father was Salvatore Federico.And my fathers name was Nazareno Scicchitano,and father was Domenico Scicchitano and his mother name was Apollonia Pace. They were from Serra San Bruno. I would like to know if I have any cousin their.
    Josephine

    • Josephine says:

      I would like to know if I have distant cousins in serra san bruno

    • Vincenzo says:

      Sto cercando informazioni sulla famiglia di mia madre, il suo nome era Raffaela Federico, suo padre era Salvatore Federico, e mio padre si chiamava Nazareno Scicchitano, e padre era Domenico Scicchitano e il suo nome madre era Apollonia Pace. Erano di Serra San Bruno. Vorrei sapere se ho qualche cugino loro.
      Josephine

      In Effetti è come dici tu, Domenico Scicchitano sposato in Pace APOLLONIA, aveva una sorella

      MARIA FORTUNATA SPOSATA IN ARIGANELLO FRANCESCANTONIO MIEI NONNI MATERNI

      Fratello
      FRANCESCO SPOSATO ROSINA AMATO

  15. Justine says:

    Hello!
    I am actually doing two family tree’s. One for my son Colby Pisani….his Gr grandfather Eduardo “Edward”* Pisani was BIRTH JULY 11, 1886 • Serra San Bruno, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy and Died SEPTEMBER 26, 1952 • Ridgway, Elk, Pennsylvania, USA. We believe that Eduardo’s parents were Luigi Pisani or Pisano and Anna Theresa Vavala. We have no information on siblings or the family other than what I have provided.

    The other family history is my step father, Joseph John Malfara. His grandfather was Giuseppe Michael “Joseph” Malfara BIRTH APRIL 10, 1873 • San Nicola De Crissia, Calabria, Italy and Died OCTOBER 27, 1933 • Ridgway, Elk County, Pennsylvania, USA. He traveled back and forth to Italy several times in 1890, 1898 and possibly in the early 1900’s. He went back to Italy in 1898 to Marry his wife…Anna Maria Scuglio BIRTH NOVEMBER 25, 1877 • Vazzano, Provincia di Vibo-Valentia, Calabria, Italy and Died OCTOBER 14, 1967 • Ridgway, Elk County, Pennsylvania, USA.
    I believe that Giuseppe’s father was Michele Rosario, but have no name for his mother. As for Anna Maria, her parents were Francesco Scuglia and Maria Theresia Scida. Anna Maria had a sister Catherine that was married to Domenic DeCario. Other than that I know nothing elso on either of these families. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks you so much for your time and anything that you can provide for me at this time.

    Justine

    • Michelle says:

      Hello Justine,
      I saw your post and I am also researching the Vavala family. Curiously enough my Great Grandfather, Rosario, his brother, Salvatore and their father, Rocco came from Serra San Bruno to McKean County, PA. They changed the spelling to Vavalo after their arrival. DO you have any information that might connect our families?

  16. Stefano says:

    Both my mother (Maria Grazia Calaminici – April 11, 1948) and father (Salvatore Scopacasa – March 8,1939) were born in Serra San Bruno and therefore all of my grandparents were from Serra as well. However, finding information beyond my grandparents has proved difficult.
    I would like to start with my paternal grandparents. My last name is Scopacasa and my paternal grandmother’s last name was Vavala (accent on the last a). My grandfather Stefano Scopacacasa was born in 1900 and my grandmother Consolata Vavala was born in 1901. I am searching for any records of my great grandparents. My dad and relatives always made reference to Nonna Rosa who was apparently my grandmother Consolata’s mother and lived to the age of 95. Any information you may have would be greatly appreciated. Thank You in advance.

    • Luigi says:

      Maria Consolata Vavala
      nat 1 Sep 1901
      Father Luigi 56 years old

      Stefano Scopacas
      nat 18 Sep 1900
      father Bruno 38 years old

      children

      Nazareno 1903 – 54 nat 21 Mar 1903
      father bruno 34 years old

      pasquale 1900 – 60 nat 21 Apr 1900
      mother Concetta Scopacas 28 years old

      twins
      salvatore 1897 – 207 nat 26 Aug 1897
      fater Bruno36 years old
      annunzita 1897 – 208 nat 26 Aug 1897
      father Bruno 36 years old

      • Luigia says:

        My mother Stella Tucci is from Serra San Bruno. Her parents Nazzareno Tucci born in 1909 and Maria Teresa Vellone born 1912. Her family immigrated to Canada in the mid 1950s. My grandfather had 2 brothers: Carmelo Francesco Maria and Salvatore and a sister Francesca. All siblings passed away in SSB. My great grandparents were Francesco and Rosa (Pupo)Tucci and Francesco and Stella (Iorfida) Vellone. Really enjoyed reading this thread and all your stories. Louis I believe you tried to connect with me. Apologies I cannot find your email.

    • Joseph says:

      My father Stefano Calaminici was born in Sera San Bruno on either 4 or 5 May 1897 to Giuseppe and Giuseppa Calaminici. I visited the church where he was baptized…the entry shows the date of 4 May 1897 which would have been the date of his birth.
      Stefano Calaminici emigrated to the US in 1921. He departed Naples on the SS Taormina on 22 April 1921 and arrived in the Port of Philadelphia on 6 May 1921 then he went to Freedom, PA to live with his sister Rose (nee Calaminici)Campese temporarily. He later move to Newark NJ where he married my Mother, Raffaela Sofia De Stefano whose father also was from Sera San Bruno. I am currently trying to find other relatives in the US and Italy.
      I have also found Giuseppe Calaminici who emigrated to the US in February of 1903 on the SS Phoenix departing Genova (Genoa) and arriving in The Port of New York on 6 March 1903.
      Giuseppe is listed as a workman from the town of Stignano, Reggio Calabria which is about 34 Km (about 19 miles) southest of Sera S. Bruno near the coast.
      It’s likely that Giuseppe and my father are related.
      If you are interested in tracing our family history together I would be willing to work with you. I travel to Italy often and have discovered my father’s brother’s (my uncle) grandson.
      Interested in learning about all the Calaminici family history. My searches point to the Calaminici family havin deep roots in Sera San Bruno.

  17. Luigi says:

    Hi, trying to find the Middle East connection. My grand parents both had the same last name before they were married Lucia Zaffino and Giuseppe Zaffino from serra San Bruno they had 8 children rosa, assunta, biaggia, Francesco , Bruno, Salvatore, umberto, ?. Thanks

  18. Joe says:

    My grandfather -Bruno Vincenzo Giovanni Primerano born June 23,1882 Serra San Bruno
    His wife & my grandmother -Anna Maria Dominelli born 1881 Serra San Bruno
    Both married in 1904 Serra San Bruno

    My great grandfather – Francesco Antonio Primerano born 1852 Serra San Bruno
    His wife my great grandmother Innocenza Rosa Mannella born 1854 Serra San Bruno
    Both married in 1882 Serra San Bruno

    My great great grandfather-Giuseppe Primerano born Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy born early 1800’s maybe 1820-1832
    Hi wife and my great great grandmother-Angela Zaffino -born early $1800’s

    1) I would like to know who my great grandfathers siblings were and also my great great grandfathers siblings were.

    2) Carmelo Primerano ws born in Vallelonga, Catanzaro, Calabria abt 1932

    Carmelo’s father was: Stefano Primerano born in the early 1900’s between Vallelonga and Serra San Bruno

    Carmelo’s Mother was : Domenica (Pileggi) Primerano

    We would like to see who Stefano Primerano’s father and grandfather were

    • Rick says:

      My grandfather was Francesco Primerano born in Serra San Bruno in 1895 and his parents were Bruno Primerano and Maria Rosa Zaffino. SSB is a small town….are all the Primerano’s related? I don’t know much about my great grandparents. Would be nice to know if they had siblings.

    • Bob says:

      My maternal Grandfather was Luigi Primerano, born in Serra San Bruno in 1887. Immigrated to the US around 1905. His parents were Salvatore Primerano and Mary Rose Ariganello.Luigi’s second wife (my mother’s mother) was Saveria Villela. Her parents were Giuseppe Villella and Teresa Guidice. Does this connect with anyone?

  19. Olivia says:

    I’m looking for my great-grandmother. My great-grandfather’s name is Salvatore Tinpano. I know that he was born 1875 in Serra San Bruno, Catanzaro, Italy. He has at least one daughter, My grandmother, Nicoletta, or Nicolina. She later married Espedito Ariganello. My grandma immigrated to Canada Ontario, with her six children around 1962.

    If anyone can help me find her that would be great!

    Thank you
    Olivia

    • Maria says:

      I think you are talking about my late mother-in-law Nicolina Ariganello nee Timpano, she died in 1970 her husband died in 1983 the children, Franca, Salvatore, Bruno, Sue, Ida and Fernando all live in the Toronto area, Vincenzo oldest son died in 2001, Olivia how are you related to the Ariganellos

  20. Terri says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandparents and beyond. My great grandfather was Bruno Salerno born in 1863 in Serra San Bruno. He was married to Elisabetta Dominelli (or possibly Dominetti) who was born in 1865. He immigrated to the US in 1901 and settled near Ellwood City, PA. His father’s name was possibly Ralph. One of Bruno’s sons was my grandfather who was born around 1891. He was Louis Bruno and sometimes flipped his name to Bruno Louis. Any information you could provide would be so helpful. Thanks!

  21. Rose says:

    Looking for information on the Muzzi families. My father Bruno Muzzi’s father was Gabriele. Bruno’s mother was Maria Giuseppa Fragomele. From Serra San Bruno.
    Bruno had one sister Brunina who married a sam Pisani and One bro. Savatore.
    And had 12 uncles.

  22. Paula says:

    Looking for any information on Stefano Calaminici (father Giuseppe Calaminici) He was born May 5, 1897 in Serra San Bruno. Looking for information on parents and siblings.
    thank you

    • Luigi says:

      SSB-Calaminici-1898-Nat
      Giuseppe Maria Calaminici (27) married
      Maria Lisabetta Giuseppe Salerno (21) on 8 Jul 1883

      his parents Giuseppe Calaminici and
      Maria Carmella Pisani

      her parents Angelo Salerno and
      Rosaria Sefano(SP)

  23. Diane says:

    Do you have any information on my great-grandfather and great-grandmother (their parents or their children)? Domenico Politi and Maria Giuseppa (Timpano)Politi – birthdates-date of deaths? I believe that most of their children immigrated to the US in the early 1900’s. There may have been a son Gregorio (born ~1864) who stayed behind. If you have any info on these family members, I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks

    • Luigi says:

      Giovaniantonio Politi (38)
      parents Domenico Politi(alive)
      Maria Giuseppa Timpano(dead)
      married in August 1909 to
      Angela Marino (31) born in Conflenti, Catanzaro
      parents unknown

  24. Frank says:

    I am looking for any information about my great grand-father, Gabriel Frank Zaffino. He was from Serr Santo Bruno Catanzaro. He was born in 1864. He married Pauline Lerro in Italy around 1887. They had a daughter, Elvira that same year. They immigrated to the United States, port of entry, New York on August 20,1887. I would like to know anything about his life in Italy, as well as his wife, Pauline.

    • Luigi says:

      Elvira Zaffino was born 12 August 1888 in Serra San Bruno to
      Giuseppe Zaffino B:1864 and Pasquelina Marianna Pelaia B:1862
      Married 10 Jun 1887 in Serra San Bruno

  25. Maria says:

    Im looking for information about Antonio Pelaia, born in Catanzaro in 1882 . He emigrated to Argentina when he was a boy and married Elvira Mazzola.
    Thanks in advanced!

  26. Josephine says:

    Hello,
    I am looking for any information on my family.I know my Mother and father were from Serra San Bruno My father name was Nazareno Scicchitano and his father was Domenico Scicchitano his mother was Apollonia Pace.My mother name was Raffaela Federico born about1890 her father was Salvatore Federico I done know who her mother was. my father was born in 1888
    Thank You,
    Josie

  27. Deanne says:

    Hello – I am trying to find out information about my Grandparents from Serra San Bruno, seeking genealogy information (parents, grandparents) of Salvatore Vellone (born 1911) and Raffaela Catroppa (born 1914). The immigrated to Canada with their four children in the early 1950’s. Thank you for your help!

    • Luigi says:

      Raffaele Vellone (26) married 13 Nov 1902 in SSB
      Father Bruno Vellone
      Maria Giuseppa Ariganello
      Teresa Iorfida (23)
      Father Francesco Salvatore Iorfida
      Mother Marianna Schiafone

    • Sal says:

      I believe may be related. Did they immigrate to southern BC

  28. Joseph says:

    My father, Joseph Tucci (Tucci Giuseppe) was born in Serra San Bruno on November 11, 1912 to Benone and Giuseppina Calebretta Tucci. He had an older brother Dominick, and two younger sisters, Gina and Annina. One of the sisters married a Faciolo (sp?).

    Giuseppina died (of cancer I believe) during WWII.

    My father immigrated to the United States in 1930.

    Does anyone have any information, stories or memories of my father’s family?

    In the United States he was friends with members of the Pupo and Paisani families.

    • Luigi says:

      Benone Tucci(24) married Maria Giuseppa Calabretta(21) on 8 Feb 1902
      Tucci-SSB-1902-Mat-0010a—
      Benone Parents are Domenico Tucci and Marianna Schiafone.
      Maria’s parents are Luigi Calabretta and Maria Teresa Dominelli.

      We are cousins —
      Marianna Schiafone is the daughter of Michael Schiafone and Maria Giuseppe Tucci.
      Maria Giuseppe Tucci is the daughter of Bruno Tucci and Anna Pisani.
      Bruno Tucci is my GGG Grandfather. My relatives went to Johnsonburg, Pa
      in 1903 from Serra San Bruno.
      I have been back to SSB many times
      I live in Monterey California.

  29. Celeste says:

    Hello,
    I am looking for additional information on my maternal grandparents’ families, both of which are from Serra San Bruno. My grandparents were born and raised there before coming to the US in 1901/1906 (Pennsylvania) and becoming naturalized US citizens in 1917. My grandparents, Giuseppe Catroppa (born 1879) and Maria Rosaria Scicchitano (born 1885) were married in Serra San Bruno on February 17, 1906. If I am understanding the marriage document correctly, my grandfather’s parents were Domenico Louis Catroppa and Maria Aurora Carrera, and my grandmother’s parents were Domenico Scicchitano and Apollonia Pace. I know that my grandfather had at least one sibling (brother Angelo Catroppa – born 1882) and that my grandmother had at least one brother (Nazareno Scicchitano – born 1888). I would really appreciate any additional information on my grandparents families, especially on any other siblings they might have had, and also anything you may be able to tell me about whether or not the information I have on the names of their parents is correct.
    Thank you very much – Celeste

    • Josephine says:

      Celeste, My father is Nazareno Scicchitano born1888 we lived in Aliquippa Pa.

      • Josephine says:

        Celeste,
        Rose Katroppa was my aunt,she had a daughter lena,helen,josephine,mary,and a son angelo katroppa Domenico scicchitano was my grandfather my father had another sister Catherine griffo from Portland conn.

    • Linda says:

      Celeste,

      My mother Josephine Tawney wrote to you and we are thrilled to read your posting! That’s my grandfather, we are family! Please reply!

      • Celeste Miller says:

        Josephine and Linda,
        I am so sorry but I just saw your replies to my post. We are indeed family! I grew up in Aliquippa/Hopewell but have lived in Los Angeles for many years. Rose was my grandmother and Helen was my mother. Our family (Clarence & Helen Miller), Grandma Katroppa, and Aunt Lena and her family (John & Lena Kost) lived in the big family house on Park St and then all moved together to Kane Rd in the very late 1950s. Our familis used to do a lot of things with your sister/aunt Nae Williams and her family and occasionally saw her sister Catherine Terrazano and family as well when I was growing up. I have been doing a lot of research on my own on the US stuff and acutally just used Italian Side for more info from Italy. What they found is wonderful! I now have a lot more info on our Scicchiatno ancestors, including more bothers and sisters beyond Rose, Nazareno, and Catherine. I am not sure how we can be in touch directly but please be back in touch on this page and we will figure something out.

        • Josephine says:

          Celeste,
          I have been doing a lot of research on my own but always come to a dead end. I just can’t fine anything on my mother or father I just can’t fine out who I am.

  30. Nicolina says:

    Hi I am trying to find out any information that I can for the last name Gennaro and Pupo. As far as I know my great grandfather was Bruno Gennaro born Feb 15,1893 and his (adoptive) parents where luigi and luisa spatula which I have no dates of birth, marriage or death. I would love to have these dates and possibly some information surrounding the adoption or possibly the biological parents names.

    I am also looking for info on Michele Pupo whom married Rosaria Pupo, again I am so sorry but I have no dates but they did have a daughter by the name of Maria Assunta Pupo who passed in SSB in 1928. My family has no idea as to where she was buried or have we been able to get any picture of her grave. Maria Assunta did marry Bruno Gennaro but I do not know when and they had 5 children

    Lorenzo Gennaro (born March 19,1925),Luisa Gennaro, Luigi Gennaro,Michele Gennaro,Rosaria Gennaro (born 1926) any dates would be great.

    Luisa Gennaro passed in SSB and I believe she may still have children there. I really hope you can help thank you,

  31. sam says:

    my father Giuseppe Bruno Iorfida was born in serra san bruno april 23 1901 got married to teresa dominelli in april 1923 he was in the army and also a carbiniere he came to canada ontario in 1950 can you tell me about his family thank you

  32. Rita says:

    Cerco un Stato di famiglia per il mie antenati Rocco Albano e Giovanna Cicciari. Per favore mi poi dirmi a chi devo scrivere. grazie

    • Luigi says:

      Were they from Tresilico ?
      Any bith dates or dates of marriage ?
      Where were they last know to be at?

      Erano da Tresilico ?
      Tutte le date di nascita o la data di matrimonio?
      Dove sono stati ultimo sanno di essere a ?

      • Rita says:

        Hello Luigi. Sorry I only just found your message. Rocco and Giovanna’s children were born in Oppido Mamertina. I believe Rocco was born in Serra San Bruno. There are no records of him in Oppido. Their first child Gennaro Albano was born in Oppido in 14 March 1879. Look forward hearing from you.

  33. Kathryn says:

    Looking for information on ancestors, Bruno Tassone, born June 17, 1886 to Raffaele Tassone and Elisabetta Valente Tassone. Bruno married Maria Rosaria Pupo, daughter of Bruno Michele Pupo and Maria Grazia Figliuzzi, born March 26, 1894. Both are from Serra San Bruno and married on August 16, 1913 in SSB. They gave birth to daughter Elizabeth on January 27, 1921 in SSB and applied for a passport in 1922 to come to US to live. I believe Maria Rosaria has a sister named Nicolina Pupo Drago, possibly living in Toronto, Canada and a sister Carmella Pupo who stayed in SSB. Any information is helpful. Thank you!

    • Luigi says:

      Bruno Tassone, born June 17, 1886. I have a birth of 13 June 1886
      Document dated 16 June 1886
      to Raffaele Tassone and Elisabetta Valente Tassone. Married in 1877 in SSB.

      Bruno Tassone married
      Maria Rosaria Pupo, Born April 21, 1886 – Pupo-SSB-1886-Nat-0070a
      daughter of
      Bruno Michele Pupo B: 1846
      and Maria Grazia Figliuzzi, (check birth date >>) born March 26, 1894.

      Both are from Serra San Bruno and married on August 16, 1913 in SSB.

      They gave birth to daughter Elizabeth on January 27, 1921 in SSB and applied for
      a passport in 1922 to come to US to live.
      I believe Maria Rosaria has a sister named Nicolina Pupo Drago, Born 10 July 1900
      possibly living in Toronto, Canada
      and a sister Carmella Pupo (Maria Carmela) Born 2 October 1880
      who stayed in SSB. Any information is helpful. Thank you!

  34. Dennis says:

    Need help researching Belluso, Tassone, Timpano and Roti – Roti. Cna you suggest any sources. Main town was Simberio circa 1900-1928

    • Luigi says:

      Dennis says:
      January 7, 2016 at 5:35 pm
      Need help researching Belluso, Tassone, Timpano and Roti – Roti. Cna you suggest any sources. Main town was

      Simberio circa 1900-1928
      They all live there. Do you have any more information – Name and Birth or Marriage

  35. theresa says:

    I am looking for the last names, grenci, mannella, fazio and vavala-I believe all lived in or were born in serra san bruno-late 1800s and early 1900s. Thank you.

  36. Rita says:

    Looking for anyone who is researching the surname ALBANO. I believe my ancestors came from Serra San Bruno. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

  37. Toni says:

    I am looking into information on my grandfather and grandmother ancestors from the region of Reggio Calabria. Their names were Carmelo Riggio and Antoniette (Campese) Riggio. Thank you!

  38. Ed says:

    What assistance can you give as to any distant relatives still in Serra San Bruno
    for Ruth Zaffino, born Sep 1, 1930. Her father was Rafael Zaffino.

    I am married to Rose DiMarco, daughter of Ruth. We are visiting Italy for two weeks end of September.

  39. Florence says:

    Looking for Annunziato Tripodi born and died in Serra San Bruno married Roseria Zaffino from Monigna possibly married there they had one child== Francesco on Dec 6 1865 I figure, since he was born there his Mother and Father also lived there. I also know that family came from Reggio originaly. Can you help me with any of this? They probably attended St Mary of Seven Sorrows in Serra San Bruno

    • Luigi says:

      Found a Rasaria Zaffino married to a Domenico Tripodi. She died in 1895- Zaffino-SSB-1895-Mort-0005c
      She was born in 1839. He was still alive after her death. A Domenico Tripodi died in 1898.

      Salvator Francesco Tripodi married a Maria Francesca Calaminici in 1884
      He was born in Mongiana but father was named Giuseppe

      Francesco Pietro Tripodi married a Immaculata Vavala in 1890 in SSB

  40. Maria says:

    I am trying to research my family from Serra San Bruno and I have been stuck. I am trying to find out information about:

    Michele Giancotti and his wife Raffaela Maria Franzi
    They had 5 children Gabriele (B 1885), Salvatore (1876), Carmello (1895), Stefano (1892)and Elizabeth (?). I wanted to know their birth dates, parents, and also if I can find any address where they resided with their family (Gabriele was my grandfather and I am visiting Serra San Bruno this summer).

    Bruno Marcese? Pelaia and his wife Maria Raffaela Gallucci. I know they had at least one child, Raffaele Pelaia (b 2/20/1866)in Serra San Bruno who married Maria Stella Pisani.

    The last one is Bruno Vincenzo Pisani and his wife Giuseppina (Peppina) Barello. They had two children – Maria Stella (2/17/1864 in Calabro?) and Vincenzo (b. Pentone Italy?).

    If you can tell me how to access information to find this information or help, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Grazie Mille!

    • Ralph says:

      Maria, is your mother’s name Dolores?I think your dad was my cousin.

    • Molly says:

      Hello Maria,
      I believe the same Stefano Giancotti (b. 1892) may have been my late Grandfather. He moved to the US at age 14 and from what I understand met some older brothers here. He lived in Pennsylvania, married Mary Nicotera, had three children the eldest of which is my Mother. I’d be curious to learn an update following your trip to Sera San Bruno.

    • Luigi says:

      Michele Giancotti B:(1838) and his wife Raffaela Maria Franzi
      M: 1872 – Giancotti

      They had 5 children
      Gabriele (B 1885), 25 Mar 1884 – Giancotti
      Salvatore (1876), 3 Feb 1876 – Giancotti
      Carmello (1895), B: 1893
      Stefano (1892)and 9 Dec 1886 – Giancotti
      Elizabeth (?). Maria Elisabeta – 7 Jan 1878 – Giancotti

      Giuseppe 10 Mar 1881 – Giancotti

      Maria Elisabetta married Raffaele Manno in 1905 – Giancotti

  41. Sam says:

    I am looking for the birth date of my grandmother Niccolina Galluci. She was born in Mongiana, Italy as I know it to Bruno Galluci. She married my grandfather Angelo Campese who was from Serra San Bruno and they immigrated to the US around 1900. They lived in Freedom, Pennsylvania where she died on December 3, 1931.

    I cannot find any records for her and all of the family records are lost to me. I am one of three remaining grandchildren and I would like to provide my children with as much information on their ancestry as possible and I cannot find Niccolina´s birth date. I will appreciate any help you can provide.

    With appreciation

    SD Timpano

    • Luigi says:

      Francesco Nicola Campese (25) married Maria Rosaria Vavala (26) in 1895 in SSB
      His father is listed as Angelo but no mother listed
      If I get a chance, I will try and locate both birth documentss

  42. Carole says:

    A family Catroppa emigrated to Fernie British Colombia Canada and then moved to Vancouver.

  43. p-m vaugeois says:

    Am searching for Luigi Tassone m. Carmella Pisani (Luigi died 1934 in San Bruno; Carmella died 1991 in Canada)
    Their son – Francesco Tassone was born 1 Oct 1927 in San Bruno; m. 1952 – Stella Zaffino, born 21-04-1931 San Bruno; died 19-12-2014 St-Albert, AB, Canada, daughter of Giovanni Zaffino & Teresa Console. Giovanni was the son of Pipi Zaffino.
    Am looking for dates & more generations.
    All help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Luigi says:

      Found 2 Bruno Luigi Tassone’s
      Found 3 Luigi Tassone’s
      Found 3 Maria Carmella Pisani’s
      Any idea what year Luigi and Carmella were born ?

    • Luigi says:

      ound 2 Bruno Luigi Tassone’s
      Found 3 Luigi Tassone’s
      Found 3 Maria Carmella Pisani’s
      Any idea what year Luigi and Carmella were born ?

  44. Franca says:

    I would to trace my genealogy . I know my grandparents lived in Serra San Bruno. Their names Annunziata DiStefano and Vincenzo Pelaia. They had six children together. My grandfather moved to Argentina and died there but my grandmother remained in Italy and died there.

    • Luigi says:

      Bruno Vicenzo Pelaia B: 10 Oct 1880
      father Giuseppe Pelaia B:1840
      mother Rosa Zaffino
      married 7 Sept 1907
      Maria Assuantia DeStefano B: 11 Nov 1885
      father Salvatore DeStefano
      mother Rosaria Belicamino
      child
      Rosina Pelaia B: 7 August 1908

  45. Debra says:

    I am looking for information about my g-grandfather, Giuseppe Amato. Born in Serra San Bruno in 1875-76. Father was also Giuseppe and was a cobbler. Mother was Teresa Pace. Giuseppe married Carmela Amato in 1900 and moved to America in July, 1900. He moved on to British Columbia in 1912. I am looking for siblings or their descendants. Are any relatives left in Serra?

  46. Bettyann says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather who is from Serra San Bruno and has family there ( I dont know anything about them) but his name is Dominic Campese. Thank you for your help

  47. vicky pupo-ardia says:

    any information about my grandfather domenico salvatore pupo. believe he was born in the serra san Bruno area.
    gracie

    • Luigi says:

      Could this be the right one?

      Domenico Salvatore Pupo B: 19 July 1900
      father Francesco Pupo B: 1874 married 1899
      father Domenico Pupo
      mother Maria Giuseppe Bava B: 1876
      sister Raffaela Pupo B: 1905

  48. Florence Tripodi says:

    am looking for information on Annunziato Tripodi born in Serra San Bruno Italy and died there. He married Roseria Zaffino from Mongiana Child Francesco Pietro born December 6th, 1865 Can I find more info on Annunziata? Such as Father or Mother — Birth date etc

    • Vincenzo says:

      Annunziato Tripodi nato a Serra San Bruno in Italia e morto lì. Sposò Roseria Zaffino di Mongiana, figlio di Francesco Pietro, nato il 6 dicembre 1865. Posso trovare maggiori informazioni su Annunziata? Come padre o madre – Data di nascita ecc

      Rosaria Zaffino è nata a Mongiana
      Il.Padre di Francesco Pietro Tripodi si chiamava Annunziato

      FRANCESCO PIETRO TRIPODI SPOSA MARIA IMMACOLATA VAVALÁ ED EBBE 14 FIGLI
      TRA CUI ANNUNZIATO SALVATORE (ARTISTA) LU PRUFISSURI TRIPUODI) NATO IL 6 dicembre 1865

  49. Mary says:

    I am interested in knowing more about my family/ancestry from the Serra San Bruno Area/Calabria Italy area…Vibo Valentina Region. There surname was Galluccio/they my great great grandparents and other relatives came from there to Ellis Island, NEW YORK in the early 1900s. There name changed to Gallucci once they became US citizens.
    Great grandfather is Biagio Gallucci birth around 1870
    Grandfather is Nicholas Gallucci and his wife Angelina Pronto [prunto] year 1886.

    Immigration was around 1901-1903 era. Wondering if I still have ancestors/relatives in current generations alive in serra san bruno italy and surrounding areas.

    Thank you!!!
    Mary

  50. Rachel says:

    Trying to find the origin of the surname Catroppa family from Serra San Bruno, Catanzaro, Calabria
    Family immigrated to canada in the 1950’s

    • Janet says:

      Rachel–

      My Grandmother was a Catroppa from Serra San Bruno
      and immigrated to Canada in the 50’s….

      • Rachel says:

        Janet:

        Have you any more information about your grandmother ? I don’t know much about this side of my family as my father has alzhiemers , it runs on my side of the family .