Genealogy in Gimigliano

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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

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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 gimigliano@italianside.com


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7 Messages to “Genealogy in Gimigliano”
  1. Lucille says:

    My father Antonio was born in Maida Catanzaro Italy in 1890. His surname was Gimigliano. We assumed that the name was taken from the town of Gimigliano. His ancestors came from Albania in the 15th century after the diaspora that occurred when Iskander Bey died. He told us a folk tale about the diaspora which included the death of the king and the gypsy woman who told the people that their king was dead.

    I would love to know more about this group of people in Catanzaro, of which my father was a part, who spoke an unwritten ancient Illyrian language called gheghera. He and his family spoke this language in Catanzaro during the 1800’s.

    He was born in 1890, came to America in 1910 and died in 1963.

    Lucille

  2. Steven says:

    Hello,
    I would like to get information about and have contact with anyone who may understand my genealogy. My mothers parents came to the United States from Gimigliano in the 1890’s. My Mother is Rose Nora Russo, deceased who has two living sister Concetta and Mary Marie. Their parents were Saverio Russo and Josephine (Americanized from Giusippina and Giovanna depending on which American record you look at). I believe that the correct name was Giovanna and that her maiden name was Paonessa. I know that Saverio came here first and then Giovanna came here later with her Mother Marie Paonessa who later remarried a Mr. Bruto. Marie Paonessa’s husband came to the USA first but was killed in a bar fight in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is buried in a church cemetery that I have located and have a letter confirming the burial from the priest that was sent to my mother in the 1950’s before she was married to my dad. I am not sure what Mr. Paoness’a first name was but I can find it if I dig out the letter. My understanding is that Marie Paonessa’s maiden name was Russo and that she was Saverio’s sister and the fact that he married my grandmother was always a family secret until I discovered it. I understand that Saverio first came to Croton on Hudson north of NYC to help work on the water projects to help provide NYC with its water system and he had other family who had brought him here. Of interest to the other posters here is the fact that I have in my home a painting of the Mother and Child from the Gimigliano cathedral that is signed by a Scazzofano who my Aunt Connie tells me was her “Uncle” whose family had a close relationship with my grandparents so we may somehow have a connection to the above posters interested in the Scazzofano family.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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