Genealogy in Gimigliano

back to Gimigliano main page

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Gimigliano, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Calabria and in Catanzaro province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Gimigliano registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Gimigliano?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Gimigliano


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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Gimigliano from the Italian Unification (1861).

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Gimigliano. As more your surname is common in Gimigliano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Gimigliano archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Catanzaro province are:
Aiello, Bianco, Caruso, Cimino, Colosimo, Cosentino, Critelli, Curcio, De Fazio, Donato, Falvo, Fazio, Folino, Gallo, Gentile, Gigliotti, Grande, Greco, Gualtieri, Leone, Mancuso, Marino, Mastroianni, Mazza, Mazzei, Mercuri, Molinaro, Muraca, Nistico, Paone, Paonessa, Perri, Procopio, Pugliese, Ranieri, Rocca, Rotella, Rotundo, Russo, Sacco, Scalise, Sestito, Talarico, Torchia, Trapasso, Vaccaro, Vescio, Viscomi.

Church archives in Catanzaro 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 Gimigliano and Catanzaro 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.

Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in 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.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Gimigliano, or if you have questions regarding your family in Gimigliano, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


5 Messages to “Genealogy in Gimigliano”
  1. Melissa says:

    This is the information that we have concerning my husband (Mike Scalzo’s) Great Great Grandfather : Ignazio Scalzo Had 4 brothers and 2 sisters (no names)??? no other info from Gimigliano

    Great Grandfather: Raffaele Scalzo 3 brothers 4 sisters He married
    Serafina Margarita Biamonte from Gimigliano

    Grandfather: Giuseppe (Joseph) Scalzo sisters: Angelina, Mary, Letizia, Brothers: Girolima, Salvatore All from Gimigliano He married Angelina Rosselli – Her parents were Saverio
    Rosselli and Caterina Trapasso : Both from Gimigliano
    they also had 3 sons: Dominic, Joseph and Salvatore Rosselli

    We are visiting Gimigliano in October- if there are any relatives in the area it would be nice to know.

  2. Nichole says:

    My Great Grandfather, Pietro Paonessa (born 1893),other Great Grandfather Fred Ciambrone (born approx. 1893), and his Father Speraldo Ciambrone, and my Great Great Grandparents Salvatore and Mary Scalzo and further back on both sides were all born in Gimigiliano. I was told that my 2xgreat grandmother, Maria Paonessa was married to two different men named Joseph Paonessa, and her children were Pietro, Joseph, Arthur, Anna Paonessa. Any information you are able to assist with would be wonderful. Thank you!

    • Kelsey says:

      I as well am looking for a Joseph Paonessa. I have been frustrated with the fact that there seem to be two Joseph Paonessas, or there are discrepancies in the years of birth. The Joseph I’m looking for was born in 1880s came to the U.S. where he had a son named Frederick Paonessa with his wife Maria. The name somehow changed from Paonessa to Panessa. Any help is equally appreciated.

  3. Kevin says:

    My Great Grandparents came from Gimigliano. Giuseppe Rotundo and Maria Angela Paonessa. Giuseppe was the son of Tomasso Rotundo and Maria Cabelli. Maria was the daughter of Samuel Paonessa and Sara Soluri. Their siblings came to America with them, but from what I understand one of Giuseppes Sisters stayed in Italy. not sure if any of the Paonessas stayed in Italy. Id love to know ANYTHING.
    I am also told that Giuseppe was in the Italian Marines.

  4. Marnie says:

    My great grandfather Saverio Scozzafava was born in Gimigliano around 1860 (?) and emigrated to New York in May/June 1887 with his wife Angelica (Paonessa) Scozzafava and their 3 year old daughter teresa born in 1884 in Gimigliano. Angelica Scozzafava died in Gimigliano in 1935. She had 2 grown daughters who also lived in Gimigliano after 1920. Rosa Scozzafava (married to Giuseppe) and Constantina married to Mr. Ferolito (sp?) I would love any information about any of these people! I also had an Aunt Annie who died at the age of 6 in Gimigliano around 1899. Thank you. Marnie

Leave a Message