Genealogy in Bisignano

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Bisignano, 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 Bisignano registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Bisignano. As more your surname is common in Bisignano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Bisignano 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 Bisignano 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.

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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Bisignano, or if you have questions regarding your family in Bisignano, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
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6 Messages to “Genealogy in Bisignano”
  1. Christopher says:

    Saluti da Ventura, California –
    Il padre di mia madre è nata a Bisignano, secondo un documento abbiamo trovato online. Il suo nome era Thomas Alitto. Ha viaggiato in America con i suoi genitori: il padre, Frederick Alitto, e sua madre, Concetta Nicoletta. Era nato il 21 Agosto – sia 1902 o 1903. Aveva due anni quando fecero ritorno al nome dei genitori della U.S. .. di Federico erano Alitto e DePaul. Ecco tutti i record che abbiamo trovato. Forse si può scoprire di più? Quindi, molto grazie.
    Cordiali saluti, Chris Higgins

    Greetings from Ventura, California –
    My mother’s father was born in Bisignano, according to a document we found online. His name was Thomas Alitto. He traveled to American with his parents: his father, Frederick Alitto, and his mother, Concetta Nicoletta. He was born August 21 – either 1902 or 1903. He was two years old when they departed for the U.S.. Frederick’s parents names were Alitto and DePaul. That is all the records we could find. Perhaps you can uncover more? So much thanks.
    Sincerely, Chris Higgins

  2. Patrick says:

    Are there still any members of the scarnati family in the bisignano area ?
    My great grandmother side of my family

  3. JoAnn says:

    My maternal great grandparents are from Bisignano Calabria, Dominic and Anna Misciascio. Trying to find birth records for each of them. Dominic came to America in the late 1890’s I think and Anna came with thier two daughters Carmella and Rosa in 1920 I believe. Thanks for your help!!!

  4. Anthony Angelico says:

    I would like to locate my Grandfathers Nicola’s family. According to some records that I found about him, he is from Bisignano Italy. I also know that about 1953 he and his brother Francesco visited their Bisignano family. If I could locate someone from the family, I would like to speak or email with them about my Italian Family and heritage.

    I would appreciate any help with this. Looking forward to learning more about my family.

  5. Connie says:

    I would like to find the birth record of a Hanibal Cotrone born in 1867 in Bisignano. He migrated to the US in 1899 and at that point was known by the first name, Annibale. I would like to know his parents. In addition, I would like to find his marriage record. He married a Luigina Comprena (or Trombino) in 1892.
    Thanks for any help you can give.

  6. roslyn says:

    I am trying to locate my cousins. My cousins name is Marianna Scutella’ (she would be about 50 or 60 years of age). I am not sure if her married name is De Rose. Her brother is Giuseppe or Joseph Scutella’. Their parents have both died, but their father was Francesco Scutella’ and their mother was Maria Abbate.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you.

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