Genealogy in Belcastro

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Belcastro 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 Belcastro. As more your surname is common in Belcastro, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Belcastro archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Catanzaro province are:
Aiello, Bianco, Caruso, Cimino, Colosimo, Cosentino, Critelli, Curcio, De Fazio, Donato, Falvo, Fazio, Folino, Gallo, Gentile, Gigliotti, Grande, Greco, Gualtieri, Leone, Mancuso, Marino, Mastroianni, Mazza, Mazzei, Mercuri, Molinaro, Muraca, Nistico, Paone, Paonessa, Perri, Procopio, Pugliese, Ranieri, Rocca, Rotella, Rotundo, Russo, Sacco, Scalise, Sestito, Talarico, Torchia, Trapasso, Vaccaro, Vescio, Viscomi.

Church archives in Catanzaro 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 Belcastro and Catanzaro 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 Belcastro 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 Belcastro area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Elaine says:

    My great grandfather was Mariano Carrozza, born in Belcastro in Jan 13, 1870.

    His parents were Beniamino Carrozza and Filomena Camino.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Greetings. Our family name is “Belcastro” from San Giovanni in Fiore, Calabria. In trying to find out how we came by that name, one ?theory? was our ancestors originally emigrated from Sicily to Belcastro, adopted the surname “Belcastro,” and then migrated to San Giovanni in Fiore.

    To your knowledge, was that a common practice in centuries past or was there an original Belcastro family that had emigrated from the city of Belcastro to various other communities in Calabria?

    Do you have an ideas how any one family could get the surname Belcastro?

    Now, why Sicily? I have no idea where that theory originated or even why.

    Thanks for any input you might have that can lead us past San Giovanni in Fiore to a place of origin.

  3. Karen says:

    Good afternoon,

    I am trying to locate any information on my Great Grandfather Salvatore Coco, born 11/13/1877. His naturalization paperwork states Belcastro as his home. How would I find a birth record or his parents name?

    When he came to the United States, he traveled from Naples and arrived in New York in 1902.

    Any direction is appreciated

  4. Carol says:

    I am helping a friend trace her family. We live in USA.

    I found her grandfather’s birth record. It’s in Italian and I cannot read it. Antonio Francesco Tommaso Marchio was born June 10. 1891 in Bel Castro, Italy. I can read his father’s name, James Raffaella Marchio but I can’t read his mother’s name. Another researcher said his mother was Maria Lodari but I don’t see that on birth record.

    Antonio came to USA in 1907 with an Uncle, and married in 1916.

    Can you confirm Antonio’s parents, and tell me what happened to them? I think James was born about 1861 and Maria was born about 1862.

    Did they have other children?

  5. Belcastro says:

    My Grandfather was Angelo Belcastro.
    He had 2 brothers i have been told the 2 other brorhers were the founders of Belcastro can any one help

  6. Ryan belcastro says:

    Was wondering if I have roots from their? I’m in the United states.

    • Thomas J Belcastro says:

      Of course you do; your surname. Many of us do. The name “Belcastro” is of latin derivation (Bellum Castrum) and translates to war tower or war camp.
      If you have seen photos of Citta Belcastro, you must have seen the military tower ruins that sits on a high point in the center of that mountain town with a commanding view of the surrounding area; hence the name Bellum Castrum.
      Over the centuries that Latin derivitive became the Italian version, Belcastro. It does not translate to “beautiful house.”

      Belcastro, with various other names, has been populated for centuries. Unless your uncles and father are in their multi-hundreds, it is not likely that they founded Belcastro.

  7. Mary says:

    I am trying to find records of my grandfather, Salvatore Ciaccio, born in Belcastro in 1898. His mother was Mariana Colosimo and his father was Tomas Ciaccio. Thank you.

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