Genealogy in Scigliano

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

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

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

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


  1. Maria says:

    My grandfather (father’s father) was an orphan and here the story goes. He was born 1888 in Scigliano area (Diano?) and was the child of a wealthier man and house maid/cook. He was left at a church, convent or other religious institution. According to stories he had siblings also abandoned. Names I’ve heard are Fiore, Fiore, Recchione, First name was Alfredo and upon landing in Canada/US changed name to Unione. Story was also that he witnessed a murder at age 12 in Scigliano and left pronto and ended up in ? as a ship stowaway. Story is that he lived for a time in Montreal. Found naturalization papers and he actually entered US thru Buffalo, NY. My mother’s families Mancuso, Ritzo were from same area and knew of story.
    My father’s mother was from Griffone and her name was Concetta Spano. I would appreciate any information. Thank you.

  2. Antonetta says:

    My mother was born in Schigliano in 1913, her name was Italia Maria felici
    Early in the 1950’s she had a white altar built to Saint Anthony in her childhood church.for answering her prayers and giving her a child .
    I was born in 1949 and named Antonetta for Saint Anthony
    She had a sister Amelia who died in Schigliano around 1972 , She had several sisters and brothers

  3. Luanne Grandinetti says:

    I am trying to find the parents or Ortenzio Deodato Grandinetti born in Sciglinano in 1886. He subsequently moved to the US about 1909-1911. I know he served in the Italian Military due to his US draft registration but cannot find out anything about his parents, names, etc.
    Please assist.

  4. Giulio says:

    I’m looking for any information on any relatives that are still living in Scigliano. I was born there 67 years ago and my mother and fathers name were Maria Gemma Scarpino- maiden name Villino – and Antonio Scarpino. I visited Scigliano in April of this year and met my second cousin Giulio Scarpino at a Tobbaxxo shop by accident his son lives across the street from the Tobbacco shop, the area I was in was called Calvisi. I also visited the cemetery in Calvisi to locate my grandmother and grandfather on my fathers side and only found my aunt and uncle Tubia Scarpino.I also was not able to locate my Aunt’s mother and her name was Rizzo don’t recall her first name. I wasn’t able to locate and photograph the house that I was living in Scigliano till 1956.
    I also visited Il Commune di Scigliano and was not able to find where my relatives are buried and I met a young man there by the name of Nello Rocca and I was hoping that he could’ve of helped but he wasn’t unable to find any info on where my relatives are buried.
    I would appreciate any information including phone numbers and any photos of the house that i lived in and maybe a photo or two of the cemetery where my relatives are buried.

    Thank you in Advance
    Grazie Tanto

  5. Adele says:

    I’m trying to find information about my grandfather’s family. His name was Peppino Mazzulli born March 17, 1917 in Scigliano. He married and had two children in Scigliano, Maria Lina and Luigi and they moved to Toronto, Canada and had twom more children. My grandfather had 3 siblings: Rosina, Mariantonia, and Mario. For some reason Mario’s last name was Mazzullo (we aren’t sure which is right -i or -o). They have all passed. My grandfather’s parents were Luigi Mazzulli and Carmela Scarpino. This is all the information we have.

  6. marcelo says:

    hiii….I am looking for the origin of my grandmother, she was sofia giusseppina russo, she was born in scala coeli, consenza in circa 1921.
    her father was giusseppe russo and her mother was filomena scigliano.
    the strange thing that makes me wonder about her real origin is that always says her family came from greece and she also spoke a dialect very different from the common dialects talked by southern italians, so I guess she might have been descendant of albanian…she always referred to a word for bread, bucco…it sounds similar to buke the albanian form for bread….and when she said greece maybe it was albany not greece…thus i need to know the real origin of her family ascendence. please contact me…there are many relatives in italy living nowadays, their surname is apa and russo

  7. lucia says:

    I know there are Rizzo’s there. I read an article on it. They are related to Gualtieri’s I think. That is my family line. My Great Grandma came over to America in 1903.

  8. Debra says:

    I just found out that my great-great -grandfather was born in Scigliano. I thought my Nicastro roots originated in San Giovanni in Fiore but apparently they moved.
    I am hopeful to continue this 15 year quest I have been on discovering my roots. Any other Nicastro’s?

  9. Ignacio says:

    Hey Lucia, my grandfather was Gualtieri, and also from Scigliano. He came to Argentina around 1930… His name was Orlando, he had a lot of brothers and sisters… maybe your granma was one…

    • lucia says:

      I think there was a Barron Guiltieri in Scigliano too. Ignacio, I think you may be right. I wonder why your relative moved to Argentina and not USA? My G Grandma was a mail order bride.She was 30 when she came over. It be fun if all us Guiltieri’s
      showed up in Italy for a visit at same time! 🙂

  10. Lucia says:

    I am a Gualtieri from Scigliano. My g. grandma Maria Luisa Gualtieri came to America in 1903. Her Dad was Philip Gualtieri. Does any of this sound familiar? I saw a paper done from someone who visisted who was Gualtieri saying alot of Gualtieri’s are in the Cemetery. Is Philip (fillipe )Gualtieri there and who was his wife? I think he remarried after being a widow. Thanks

  11. Donna says:

    Plan to visit Scigliano in October. My grandfather Carlo Rizzo was born there in 1889.
    Came to America in 1909. Want to see if there are any cousins still living there. His father was Angelo Rizzo.
    Thank you.

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