Genealogy in Magisano

If you search your ancestors in Magisano, 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 Catanzaro province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Magisano registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


  1. Linda says:

    I am searching for birth and marriage records for my great grandparents Maria Cortese born about 1866 and Giovani (John) Lostumo born around 1868, also for my grandfather Vincenzo (James) Lostumo born September 1888. Maria’s death record states both Maria Cortese and John Lostumo were from Magisano Catanzaro Calabria Italy. John’s death record states he was born in Catariggio Calabria Italy.
    The last name may have been changed when entering The United States.
    I would appreciate any help you can give me. I wish to travel to the area where my family lived in Italy.

    • Virginia says:

      Omg there r Cortese’s here in Boston. The North End
      My grandmother Angela Lia was from Magisano and lots of other relatives

  2. Diane says:

    Information on Ellis Island records states my grandfather Natale Magisano born in Nicastro and left Naples for America arriving in New York on 29th June 1913. Do you know if people needed some identification when immigrating as I am now under the impression that this is not my grandfather’s real name. If so how can I find out. thank you

    • Ashley says:

      I also wondered this. I am having the same issue with my great grandfather Vincent James Catizon (Vincenzo Catizone?) I am having difficulty locating him and wonder if he was using a different name.

      • Virginia says:

        Hi Ashley. Just found this blog and posted above
        My maternal great grandmother was a CatizoneLots of them here in Boston

  3. Deborah says:

    I am looking for information about Maria Pistoia who was from Magisano and left in November 1914 from Napoli on a ship called the America (1908). It looks like she was born in 1888 or 1890. I believe she left to marry Antonio Vaccaro in Butler, Pennsylvania in the United States. I am her great-grand daughter.

  4. Shawna says:

    I’m interested in finding out about the Furlo family from Magisano, Italy. My 2x great-grandmother was Maria Concetta Furlo and she was born in Magisano, according to her transcribed marriage records. Her parents were Pietro Furlo and Rosa Maria Iannone. She married Natale Lia in Sersale, Italy in 1887 and then immigrated to the USA in 1896. They may have been living in Magisano before they left for the states as that is listed as their last residence on their passenger list.

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