Genealogy in Fagnano Castello

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

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

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

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


  1. Josephine says:

    Awaiting to here from the above web site
    About my Barone family from FagnanoCostello
    My granddather leftthere anywhere from 1888-1900
    He was 25 when entrred Ellis Island but he arrived from SaoPaolo Brazil visiting a brother already living there. I d love to know my Greatgrandfather s name and my greatgrandmother’s family name
    My grandfather s name was Benedetto Barone he had a sister Concetta Barone
    Not sure if EdiardoBarone was an Uncle or granduncle. He founded la Suola di arte Barone
    Hope to hear soon. Man thanks
    Hi to all descents from Fagnano Costello

  2. Georgia says:

    Estou procurando meus antepassados italianos e tenho informações que sejam de Fagnano Castello.
    Bisavô Graciano Salerno ou Graziano Salerno, nascido por volta de 1986, filho de Vicente Salerno e Rafaela Abritta
    Bisavó Guilhermina Giglio oi Guglielmina Gigli, nascida por volta de 1906, filha de Alexandre Gigli e Maria Rosario Gordono (ou Rosaria Ordine)

    • Georgia says:

      um detalhe de minha bisavó ela veio par ao Brasil com minha tataravó (já viúva) em 1922 junto com seus irmãos Bianca e Mario

  3. Janice says:

    My Grandfather’s name was Pantaleneo Arena and was from Fagnano and was born in 1884.
    He arrived on Ellis Island on 04/16/1903 on a ship called Palatia which departed from Naples, Italy. He was 18 years old.

    He married Maria Theresa Avolio, also from Fagnano. She was born 12/24/1885.

    Any one have info?

  4. Claudia says:


    I am looking for Giovanni Acquesta, who was born in Fagnano Castello 1940, August 1st.
    He lived in Munich, Bavaria for a few years, about ~ 1964- 1967, before he emmigrated to Canada.( or the United States)
    I would be very happy if anybody could tell me some news.
    Thank you so much!

  5. Carolyn says:

    I am trying to locate anyone who might remember the names: Pasquale and Raffaele Martino — They were married to sisters Carmela Martino and Angelina Martino. Pasquale came to America, worked for ten years, then went back to Italy to marry Angelina. Raffalele was the priest in the town of Fagnano Castello for many years, and I do not know if he is still alive and well. I am the daughter of Pasquale and Angelina and live in Ohio. I would appreciate any information anyone would have to let me know if either Don giovanni (son of Raffaele) still lives in Fagnano Castello.

  6. Clebia says:

    Procuro por meus antepassados italianos. Tenho informações de parentes em Fagnano Castelo, nomes: Saluz Binardi(Binard), Cristina Dellaroca, Leopoldo Spinicelli ( nasceu em 15/11/1900 em Fagnano Castelo), Atilio Spinicelli, Francisco Binardi, Angelina Binardi(nasceu em Malito, provincia de Cosenza em 11/08/1904) Nineta Spinicelli( enviaou carta em 1973 para minha avó, com endereço: Fagnano Castello provincia de Cosenza rua Cirangelo ou Cirangulo, numero 115). Se possivel localizar alguma dessas familias. Grata Clébia.

  7. Teri says:

    We recently found out my Grandfather’s name was Alessandro Verta, DOB is either 2-2-1887 or 2-2-1907. We have no other information except he came to the US, but can’t find info. Somewhere along the way, his last name was changed to VELTO.

  8. Ambrose says:

    Filippo Onorato was born May 15, 1909 in Fagnano Castello and died there on June 24, 2003. I am seeking the names, dates or any information concerning his parents. Thank you!

  9. Ellen says:

    My grandfather was born in Fagnano Castello on Feb. 12th 1890. He emigrated to the US in 1907. His parents were Gaetano Avolio and Maria Francesca Porcella. I have no dates for their births, marriage, or deaths. Any information on them would be most welcome, as I have hit a brick wall with my family tree.

  10. Katherine says:

    I am seeking information about my grandfather’s family. Emiddio Bello (b.1891-d.1948), eldest son of Agostino and Angela from Fagnano-Castello, Italy. He migrated to America, settled in Salem, Oregon with a younger brother Frank (b.1895-d.1964) in the 1900s. Other siblings include Luigina (b.1893-d.1960), Maria, Vincenzina (b.1898), Saletta (b.1912-d.1975), Rosina (b.1913), Pasquale (b.1911-d.SpanishWar) and Erico (b.1905-d.1973). Any additional information would be very appreciated and helpful. I uncovered data linking Rosina to Corona, CA. She had a son Giovanni Carnovale and grandson Batista Carnovale. I would like to extend these distant cousins a welcome.

  11. Bill says:

    I am searching for information on my grandfather who came to the United States from Fagnano. We were told he was an orphan yet he traveled with a brother. His name was Alessandro Velto. The last name could have been changed at Ellis Island. He was born in the 1880’s, and came to the US around 1910. Sad that he passed away in 1922, 2 months before my father was born. My father never new his father and someday I hope to know more about his father.

  12. Cristina says:

    Pai: Vincenzo Greco, veio para o Brasil em torno de 1950 e avós Emídio Greco e Carolina Caprino Greco. Gostaria de saber se há familiares vivendo na cidade de Fagnano Castello.

  13. Sandra says:

    My grandparents both came from Fagnano Costello-Cozensa.
    Maria Savaria Iapichino and Filiberto Ruggiero. They married in NYC on 1916. The parents of Filiberto are: Rosario Farrante and Gioacchiono. Maria Savaria are: Raffaele and Maria Domencia Tunno. Can you give me the name of the cemetery where they’re buried, if possible or a photo? Don’t have year of their deaths or any information on the Iapichino name?
    Thank you so much. I am trying to do a family history on the grandparents I never met.


    • Maureen says:

      Hi it’s interesting but maybe my relatives are the ones you listed here. I’m looking for a Ralph and Mary Tunno, Ralph was from Fagnano Costello, Cosenza Italy and she was from Calabria as well but not sure what town. Mary’s last name however was not Savaria, it was Trotta (but that’s because her father had multiple wives and my great grandmother, her half sister has the last name we always called them the Trotta sister) all living in or near Paterson, NJ.

  14. Katrina says:

    I am searching for my family which originated in Fagnano Castello, I believe. The oldest relatives I can find are Sebastiano Avolio b: ?(spouse Maria Domenica Tommasina Carmela Barone b:4 Aug 1830). Other family originating from there is Francesco Tarsitano b: 1868 (spouse Fiorina Avolio b: Nov. 1867) and Phillip Perrone b: April 8, 1890 (spouse Rosina J. Tarsitano b: 1898).


    • George says:

      Hi. My grandfather was born in Fagnano Castello. His name was Sebastiano Tarsitano. He was born in 1886 and emigrated to the US in 1903. He came to the US by himself and no one has a record of his family he left there. We believe he had a sister, but don’t know her name. Have you run across the name “Sebastiano Tarsitano”?

      • Katrina says:

        I am just now seeing this post! Did you find out anything about Sebastiano? I don’t have him in my family tree, but I haven’t filled out all of the Tarsitano line, yet. Sorry that I can’t be more help.

      • David says:

        Hi George, my maternal grandfather mother’s maiden name was Tarsitano. Her first name was Concetta. I believe she was born on October 24, 1898. They came to the US in 1927.

    • Neil says:

      Did Philip have a brother? I have a photo of my great-grandmother’s (she was an Avolio) cousin Philip Perrone together with his brother. They were all from Fagnano.

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