Genealogy in Bianchi

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Bianchi, 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 Cosenza province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Bianchi registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Bianchi 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 Bianchi. As more your surname is common in Bianchi, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Bianchi archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Cosenza province are:
Aiello, Barone, Bruno, Caputo, Caruso, Chiappetta, De Luca, De Marco, De Rose, Esposito, Falcone, Ferraro, Filice, Fusaro, Gabriele, Gagliardi, Gallo, Garofalo, Gaudio, Gencarelli, Gentile, Giordano, Greco, Guido, Leone, Longo, Madeo, Marino, Martino, Mazzei, Morrone, Nicoletti, Nigro, Palermo, Perri, Perrone, Porco, Presta, Pugliese, Rizzo, Romano, Ruffolo, Russo, Salerno, Santoro, Spadafora, Sposato, Veltri.

Church archives in Cosenza 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 Bianchi and Cosenza 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 Bianchi, or if you have questions regarding your family in Bianchi, 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 Bianchi area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Victor says:

    Hello Sam, Robert, Connie,
    My grandmother, Donne Francesca, was, apparently, Sam’s Aunt Angeline’s sister. As Angeline was my great aunt. I met her in the summer of 1970 when I was 15 years old.

    My grandmother died in either late 1918 or early 1919, after giving birth to my mother in 1918. She had caught the Spanish Flu while in the hospital from soldiers returning from WW.1.

    She had married my grandfather, Santo Cerminara, who had already immigrated from Chicale Calabria. And settled in Niagara Falls Ontario.

    Aunt Angeline gave my mother a photo of my grandmother that was printed on a tin plate if you look closely they had my grandfather cropped out of the photo. It is at least 100 years old.

    Not sure who was older between the two sisters. I heard most of the stories and had heard the knocker went missing from the door from when my parents went to the big house in Murachi. I never went but I have photos & can see it on Google Maps.

    I’ve heard a few stories as well on how they lost their wealth. I am interested in this curse I never heard of but it might explain a lot of things. Can you share?

    • Sam says:

      Hello Victor,Robert Connie: It great that we are all talking because we are all related. Victor I am Jeanette Mancuso’s Grandson (Dolores s my mother). You are correct Aunt Angeline was your grandmother’s sister and also my Great Grand mother’s (Elizabetta). Aunt Annetta was the oldest sister she married Gabrial Morocco who ran the mill in Cicale. I believe Elizabetta was next oldest of the girls followed by Francesca and then Angelina. Francesca did die very early from the Spanish Flu. My Grandmother left the big house with her brother Francesca and his family and her youngest sister Angelina. They went to live in PA where her brothers Antonio & Salvator had already secured jobs there. When Francesca got sick she came to Niagara Falls to help look after her sister and family. She met Thomas Rocco and married him. I remember uncle Sand & his 2nd wife Mary. I worked at Casa D’oro for several years and I know Francie and her family.I am sure we have met at famly functions. I went to Italy in 2016 September and went to the house in Morachi. I met Muraca family members there and they still maintained apartments in the house. They were very nice and allowed me in to there apartments and we talked about the family through my interpreter. They were very guarded about disclosing to much and they insisted that it was their grandfather and his father that owned the house. They did admit that they had heard of a woman who lived there named Betta. I explained that Betta was what my great grandmother was called ElizaBETTA. After that she wrote down the family on her family tree.

  2. Rocco says:

    I am trying to get info on my great grandfather Giuseppe Cerminara. I was born in Bianchi in 1944. My father Fausto was born there in 1925. My grandfather was born in Cicala in 1896. I do not know where Giuseppe was born perhaps Cicala but I believe he died in Bianchi about 100 years ago. He was married to Filomena Talarico. Is it possible to find out when and where he was born?

    • Victor says:

      Hi Rocco. If your family is from Niagara Falls we are probably related. My Grandfather was Santo Cerminara. I believe he was the oldest of 5 brothers that immigrated from Calabria. He was originally from Cicale. Which i think is in Catanzaro. He then moved when young Bianchi then immigrated to Canada. He then married Francesca Muraca who was also from Bianchi.

      I was born & raised in Toronto.

  3. christopher says:

    trying to find my family and ancestors in italy

  4. Sam says:

    I have reached a dead end in my search of my Italian roots specifically the Muraca family from Murachi a small community in Bianchi Calabria,Italy. What would it cost to have this family history professionally researched?
    According to my grandmother and others the family was a very wealthy family that owned a very large house in Murachi. Aniceto died while on business in South America, his body was shipped back to Murachi for burial. The family fortunes dwindled over time till the children left Murachi to seek work in the United States. The house was closed up but as time passed other families perhaps relatives moved into the house. My Aunt Angeline Muraca (D’Onofrio) was the last of the family to still own the house as all the other children had passed away. Her one sister did not leave for the United States because she had married and lived near Murachi. Her name was Annetta and her husbands name was Gabrial. I will be in Murachi this September and will hopefully meet with Franca Muraca who lives in Murachi and knows some of the family history. Anything you could add would be appreciated.

  5. Sam says:

    My Great Grandmother was Elizabetta Muraca She was the daughter of Aniceto and Carmela Muraca of Murachi. She was raised in the large house that is still there in Murachi.
    She had several bothers and sisters Francesco was the oldest brother They immigrated to the U.S. after their family lost their wealth (cattle from disease and other holdings)
    My Grandmother told a story of her family and the ‘curse’ I know the story and it is very interesting. Her sister Annetta remained in Murachi/Bianchi and she ad 3 children Antionetta, Immaculetta and Carmelo.
    I plan to visit Bianchi this September would it be possible to talk to someone about the family and it’s history. I do not speak Italian. I have contacted Mossimo Iannuzzi who is also willing to help. DO you have any suggestions. My Grandmother visited Murachi in 1970 and they gave her a large door knocker from the house as a momento.

    • Robert says:

      Hello Sam:

      I am also a descendant of the Muraca Family. MY Grandmother was a Muraca (Scolastica) and married my grandfather Vincenzo Tamburino and moved to the nearby town of Soveria Mannelli (10 miles away) I know of the curse as well and the accusation of theft by the Vatican. I live in NYC. Where are you?

      • Connie says:

        Hi Robert and Sam,
        I’m the Great-Grand daughter of Scolastica & Vincenzo Tamburino. My Grandfather was Guglielmo William Tamburino from Soveria Mannelli. I emailed Sam last night Robert and told him that you responded to his post. I’m looking for any info on the Tamburino,Muraca,Moracco,Gentile,Mastrisciano,Caruso. I live in Fort Pierce,Fl.Any info will be helpful..Thank You

        • Robert says:

          Hey Connie:
          Your grandfather was my Zio Guglielmo from New Brunswick NJ…He and my father Mario were brothers…As far as my paternal grandmother’s side of the family, Muraca there are still several ways of researching but the best way is probably visiting the area in Calabria at some point…I still have a first cousin there named Aldo Pate (his mother was Amelia Tamburino daughter of Scolastica Muraca). He is a well-known agriculture professor(retired) in the area and he has maintained ties with the Muracas in the frazioni of the Bianchi called Murachi. Aldo also has a brother named Mario Pate who lives in the Tampa Fl area.


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