Genealogy in Bocchigliero

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

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

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

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


  1. Mary Ann says:

    I would like to see if you could help me find any family surnames of Brunetti. My grandfather was born in Bocchigliero. I have records of him and my grandmother leaving on the Barbarosa ship.

  2. Dominick says:

    looking for patrrnal grandfather: Rosario Lagonegro. I believe he was born jn Boccgliero in the late 1800.

  3. Dominick says:

    Can you tell me if any De Filippis family members are still living in Bocchigliero. My grandparents immigrated to the United States at the turn of the last century. I am a grandson, now 70 years of age. The family donated a bell to the church in Bocchigliero. Thank you

  4. Michael says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather Nicola Capristo. He was born in 1863-4 and lived in Bocchigliero. He first came over in 1900. Can you find him?

  5. Brooke says:

    Hi my name is Brooke Vulcano and I am interested in finding out some information about my great grandparents who are both known to come from Bocchigliero. Their names are Filomena Donici and Pasquale Vulcano. Filomena was born in 1905 to Pandusa who had a different last name than Donici for unknown reasons. I dont really know where to start. If you could guide me in the right direction i would appreciate it. Thanks

  6. Gian says:

    I would like to see what further information you may have to provide on my surname of Ruggiero.
    I know my grandfather and great grandfather were both born in Bocchigliero. I have records of their leaving Italy from 1895 to 1910.
    Thank you and I look forward to your response.

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