Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Falerna, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy, Civil Registration 1810-1936

I am spending another $30 to do some research @ www.ancestry.com . I have delved into the international collections and I have found civil records for the town of Falerna, Catanzaro, Italia. I have learned that the keeping of vital records for Italy started in 1866. Phew.... Grandpa was born in 1887. In the southern part of Italy, records were kept as far back as 1809, with the exception of Sicily which started in 1820.

The database (written by hand) contains records for the town of Falerna. It says that the town of Falerna encompasses the frazioni (hamlets) of the Castiglione Marittimo and Falerna Scalo. Records for these localitites will also be found among these records.

I need to sit down now and make sure that Curinga is part of Castiglione Marittimo and Falerna Scalo. I want to say it is, but I have to do my homework first.

Falerna is not far at all from Curinga! This is the exciting news. The frustrating news is that handwritten document is 370 pages long and it's not that easy to peruse on a computer screen.


  1. Ciao! I'm an American who lives in Calabria in the province of Catanzaro, not far from the towns you're talking about. Please feel free to email me with any questions [bleedingespresso (dot) sognatrice (at) gmail (dot) com].

    I came here originally on a genealogy search myself, so I know what you're getting yourself into ;)

    For now I can tell you that Castiglione Marittimo is, indeed, part of Falerna (a "frazione"), but Curinga is its own town with its own city hall, etc. You can write directly to them for records if you know dates. Again, please email if you have questions!

  2. My family and I will be visiting relatives in LaMezia in April of 2011 and from what I understand our cousin whose name is Nicola Gualitieri is the Recorder of Records for the Civil Office of the Province of Catanzaro. Can you help me to get in contact with him. I understand that he doesn't speak English and I don't speak Italian. Thank you.


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