Genealogy in Gimigliano

If you search your ancestors in Gimigliano, in the province of Catanzaro, Calabria region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Gimigliano

In towns and villages of Calabria and in Catanzaro province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Gimigliano town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Gimigliano follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Gimigliano during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Gimigliano to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!

Otherwise, if you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful to search in Calabria and of course in Gimigliano too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Gimigliano from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Gimigliano. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Gimigliano archives, expecially 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 Records in Gimigliano

Church archives in Catanzaro province may store even older information. You will find religious records of the same events (births, marriages and deaths) but, most important, you could go further back in time!
So in case you would like to go back in centuries, it’s good for you to know that the parish registers in Catanzaro started during 1500!

They are far less accessible from abroad (and even not easy to browse and to read if you are not used and skilled) but our local genealogist can research the church archives of Gimigliano on your behalf.

Anyway for our experience, even if you plan to come here, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps, starting from the info gathered by our genealogists.

Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the State Archives.

If you need a professional help from our local genealogists write to or follow this link.

Our expert in Gimigliano area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

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  1. Ginger says:

    I am looking for information on Teresa or Maria Teresa PERRI, born 8-18-1881 to Gaetano Perri and Caterina Manflone.

  2. Teresa says:

    My grandmother Orsola Bonacci was born in Gimigliano in 1904 to (not sure of her full name) Giovanna Pappaianni who was born (and still not 100% sure) in 1872 (later she married Arcangelo Bonacci) and had 5 children: Orsola, Santo/Rosaria/Natale/Domenico. What I am looking for are the siblings to Giovanna Pappaianni and their birth and death dates. I do know that Giovanna Pappaianni’s mother’s name was Maria Chiarella. Three of Orsola’s sons moved to Australia in late 1940s.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Glad I found this site. I have a Raffaelle Grimaldi (1887 in Gimigliano) married Maria Concetta Rotella (1893 in Tiriolo) He is the a son of Giuseppe Grimaldi (1850) and married to Maria Cubella(o)(abt 1858).. All 4 emmigrated to Canada via Ellis Island I think. Raffaelle’s grandfather is Tomasso (Thomas) Grimaldi. No idea who the mother is. Don’t think they emmigrated. Any help would be appreciated.

  4. Francesca says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandfather whose name was Tomasso Folino. He had to be born in the late 1880’s (I’m guessing) and was a delivery man of letters and parcels to people in the country side. Was well loved as my dad shares the stories. He married Teresa Loizzo and they had many children. One of which, My grandmother, Concetta Loizzo- Folino and her husband, Salvatore Folino, had my dad Tomasso and my aunt Maria Teresa Folino-Mazzuca. My aunt passed away this past Easter and the conversation ensued regarding where she got her name and no one knew. We are guessing, my great grandfather’s wife?? But no one could remember he name. So here I am, wanting to start my search for the Family of Folino who came from Gimigliano. Any help would be appreciated

  5. Tacha says:

    I just recently discovered many of my ancestors come from Gimigliano. I am the great-grand daughter of Giuseppe (Joseph) D Rotundo (14 JAN 1876) and Maria Giuseppa Paonessa (Mary Josephine Ponessa) (12 APR 1879). Both of Gimigliano. I am not sure when they arrived in the US, but they were married in Manhattan in 1897 and their first born, Samuel was born 5 OCT 1899 in New Jersey. The family settled in Gouverneur, NY.

    From what I have been able to find from people in other branches of this tree, Giuseppe is the son of Saverio Rotundo and Maria Giuseppe Fabiano. However, there are a couple Giuseppe Rotundos and quite a few Mary Paonessas around the same time in NY. Since I don’t have any family antecdotes, it has been extremely difficult to determine if I am following the correct lines. So, any correction to this information would be helpful and appreciated.

    I am stuck when it comes to determining Maria’s parents and on the Rotundo side, I am stuck at Saverio (all lived in Gimigliano). I would like to go back just a couple more generations on both sides to be able to determine how people are related to me through a DNA test I took. I would imagine the Registry office would have the parents and grandparents of both people since they were both born in the late 1800s. I am looking forward to hearing any information on these two families. Thank you in advance for any information you can share in my search.


    • Lisa says:

      Hello my great grandmother was born in Gimigliano also March 19, 1896.
      Her name was Maria Ponessa Rotunda
      She Married Guiseppe Scozzafava. I noticed the spelling of the last vowel is different in your family name . Yours ends in o. I am wondering if you could be a relative of mine.

      • Jeanette says:

        Hi, I am helping a friend figure her ancestry out. I believe her great grandmother was Maria Rotunda, born in 1831 in Gimigliano. She married a Giuseppe Trapasso. Does anyone have info on that?

    • Avery says:

      Hi I am related to you. My 2nd great grandmother was Caterina Paonessa. She had many cousins with the Rotonda last name. I have found them on an ancestry tree but yet to be able to successfully map them to see how they are related.

  6. Gina says:

    I am looking for information about my great-grandfather, Giuseppe Porcaro (born December 11, 1895), who is from Gimigliano. His parents (I think) were Rocco Porcaro and Giovanna Fava. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance 🙂

    • Ron says:

      Hi Gina,
      Your Giuseppe was born on 11 Dec 1895 in Gimigliano as you know. He was indeed the son of Rocco who was born about 1859 who was a carbonaio=coal seller and Giovanna Fava. Rocco’s father was Francesco Porcaro, however, they were from a different town. I would have to find Rocco’s death record to see if it shows which town he was from. I am currently doing marriage records before 1865. It may take a while to get to those death records. I have completed death records from 1866 to 1910 and he was not in that bunch. Also death records do not always give the parents name or the place of birth. Rocco and Giovanna also had a son, Carmine, born n.n 15 Jun 1899. I doubt if Rocco married in Gimigliano.

  7. Susan says:

    I am searching for relatives of Fred Scalzo, Letitia Scalzo, Teresa Paonessa, and any Sulari relatives. Gabriel and Maria Scalzo with their children moved from Gimigliano,Italy to New York(Stony Point and Governour), then to California(Monrovia and Sierra Madre) in the late 1800s. They were the parents of Fred Scalzo and his siblings-Anna, Thomas, Joseph and two others. Fred was in the wholesale bakery business(4-S Bakery) and coffee business(Major Coffee Company). Do any relatives of Fred and Letitia still live in Gimigliano? I am Visiting there in June, 2017.

  8. Susan says:

    I am searching for relatives of Frederick Gaeton Scalzo and his wife Letitia Marie Saluri(sp??). They were born in 1880s in Gimigliano and moved with their families to Governour, New York. They later moved to California and had a market, then a bakery (4 S Bakery) and a coffee company. All in the Los Angeles area. I will be visitng Gimigliano in June, 2017, and hope to find some relatives. They were friends or relatives of Joe and Theresa Paonessa.

    • Maria says:

      I believe the spelling is Soluri. I do not know these people but I know that this is one of the common surnames in Gimigliano. My mother was from Gimigliano and my father’s parents were from Gimigliano. Good luck!

  9. Tim says:

    Looking for relatives in Gimigliano. Trapasso. My grandfather immigrated to the United States in the 1930’s. His Name was Salvatore Trapasso. Would like to know if I have any Telatives there. His wife’s name was Mary. Their Children were named Thomas, Mary, Lena, Rose, Romie, Elizabeth Joe, And Benny. My Uncle Joseph was killed in Korea in December 1950. His remains were just recently identified and returned to us for burial in November of 2016. My wife and children are visiting Italy in July of this Year. If anyone has any connection to our family, I would enjoy hearing from you. Tim Trapasso

  10. Eleanor says:

    Hi,my grandfather Salvatore Agostino Mariano was born on February 18, 1882 in Gimigliano,Catanzaro Italy. He was married to Maria Saveria Paonessa, who was born on January 18, 1882 in Gimigliano as well. They married in Gimigliano. They both immigrated to America in 1909. I am looking for my great grandfather’s birth/death date: His name is Luigi Mariano. I am looking for his wife’s birth/death date, Catarina Merante). Both of them I assume were from Gimigliano.

    I am also looking for my great grandparents on my grandmother’s side, the Paonessa’s side. I believe he was also born/died in Gimigliana, Thomas Paonessa, who married Maria Trapasso, I am also sure she was born/died in Gimigliano.

    My aunt Maria Mariano was born on August 12, 1901, in Gimigliano, the first child of Agostino Salvatore Mariano and Marria Trapasso, their second child born there was my mother, Caterina Marino and their third child was my uncle Luigi Mariano.

    My grandfather’s military record shows the names of his parents names as shown above.

    Any assistance you can give me would be most appreciated.


  11. kelly says:

    My great grandfather came from gimigliano arriving at Ellis island. His name was domincio (dominic) mauro

  12. Lois says:

    My grandfather, Aniceto Louis Salerno, was born in Gimigliano approx. 1885. He immigrated to 1904 Ellis Island and became a blacksmith. Would like to know If there are any ancestors in the region. Thank you for any help you can give.

    • Ron says:

      Hi Lois, He was born Aniceto Salerno on 6 Sep 1885 in Gimigliano, the son of Alfonso Domenico Salerno, born abt 1862, a blacksmith, in Gimigliano and Maria Stella Giuseppa Grimaldi, born about 1859 in Gimigliano and died there on 16 Nov 1909. They married there on 8 Jul 1883. I can give you more info if you are still active.

  13. Philip says:

    I am looking for information about Tomasso Biamonte, he left Gimigliano in the early 1900′ s. He was married to Maria Costantina Rotundo. Also my grandfather,Angelantonio Mussari, he left Gimigliano in the 1890’s.

  14. Anna Maria says:

    Buon Giorno!
    If this is a help to anyone:
    Of the names listed in the paragraph above, all but a couple are names heard in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area of NY. At the time of the largest immigration into Ellis Island, that area of the state had a great deal of industry to offer.
    Prayers and good wishes to you in your searches!

    • Chuck Hughes says:

      I just recently discovered that my great grandfather Giuseppe Rotella immigrated to Niagara Falls from Gimigliano in 1893, and was followed by his wife, Angela Rosa Zagordi, in 1898 with three of their children. I had wondered why they chose that area, thanks for explaining.

  15. critelli says:

    I am looking for information on Stephen Critelli. middle name unknown My husband is 2nd generation American. any help will be appreciated.

    • Jim says:

      Can you provide more information about Stephen Critelli? Is he your husband’s father? Do you have any estimate of his birth year and when he came to the U.S.? Historically, Critelli has been one of the most common surnames in Gimigliano so any additional information you can provide would be helpful. Best, Jim

  16. Lucille says:

    My father Antonio was born in Maida Catanzaro Italy in 1890. His surname was Gimigliano. We assumed that the name was taken from the town of Gimigliano. His ancestors came from Albania in the 15th century after the diaspora that occurred when Iskander Bey died. He told us a folk tale about the diaspora which included the death of the king and the gypsy woman who told the people that their king was dead.

    I would love to know more about this group of people in Catanzaro, of which my father was a part, who spoke an unwritten ancient Illyrian language called gheghera. He and his family spoke this language in Catanzaro during the 1800’s.

    He was born in 1890, came to America in 1910 and died in 1963.


  17. Steven says:

    I would like to get information about and have contact with anyone who may understand my genealogy. My mothers parents came to the United States from Gimigliano in the 1890’s. My Mother is Rose Nora Russo, deceased who has two living sister Concetta and Mary Marie. Their parents were Saverio Russo and Josephine (Americanized from Giusippina and Giovanna depending on which American record you look at). I believe that the correct name was Giovanna and that her maiden name was Paonessa. I know that Saverio came here first and then Giovanna came here later with her Mother Marie Paonessa who later remarried a Mr. Bruto. Marie Paonessa’s husband came to the USA first but was killed in a bar fight in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is buried in a church cemetery that I have located and have a letter confirming the burial from the priest that was sent to my mother in the 1950’s before she was married to my dad. I am not sure what Mr. Paoness’a first name was but I can find it if I dig out the letter. My understanding is that Marie Paonessa’s maiden name was Russo and that she was Saverio’s sister and the fact that he married my grandmother was always a family secret until I discovered it. I understand that Saverio first came to Croton on Hudson north of NYC to help work on the water projects to help provide NYC with its water system and he had other family who had brought him here. Of interest to the other posters here is the fact that I have in my home a painting of the Mother and Child from the Gimigliano cathedral that is signed by a Scazzofano who my Aunt Connie tells me was her “Uncle” whose family had a close relationship with my grandparents so we may somehow have a connection to the above posters interested in the Scazzofano family.

  18. Melissa says:

    This is the information that we have concerning my husband (Mike Scalzo’s) Great Great Grandfather : Ignazio Scalzo Had 4 brothers and 2 sisters (no names)??? no other info from Gimigliano

    Great Grandfather: Raffaele Scalzo 3 brothers 4 sisters He married
    Serafina Margarita Biamonte from Gimigliano

    Grandfather: Giuseppe (Joseph) Scalzo sisters: Angelina, Mary, Letizia, Brothers: Girolima, Salvatore All from Gimigliano He married Angelina Rosselli – Her parents were Saverio
    Rosselli and Caterina Trapasso : Both from Gimigliano
    they also had 3 sons: Dominic, Joseph and Salvatore Rosselli

    We are visiting Gimigliano in October- if there are any relatives in the area it would be nice to know.

    • bob elia says:

      My mother was Anna. Her brothers died decades ago. There was another brother who died as an infant. The second husband was not Joseph but Saverio Paonessa and he was a french citizen. Logically you are descended from Peter Paonessa and the Ciambrone side. My daughter, your relative is Susan Elia Macneal who is a best selling author and a graduate of Wellesly cum laude. You both share grandma Maria (Trapasso) Paonessa once a green eyed beauty with long reddish hair.I have never been to Gimigliano and like you I am more American than the other generations.

    • Virginia says:

      My Great Grandfather was Joseph Scalzo from Gimigliano. His first wife was Catherine Gigliotto and they had 6 children. After she passed, he went back to Gimigliano and remarried, brought his new wife to the US and they had five children. I do not know the name of the second wife. I am descended from Felicia Scalzo from his first marriage. They lived in Peekskill NY and Joseph worked on the water projects for NYC as a stone mason.

      • Robert says:

        I think I can identify with Joseph Scalzo and Angelina. Angelina had three brothers- Dominic, Salvatore and Joseph (surname Rosselli). Dominic was my grandfather. Joseph Scalzo, my uncle, was a stone mason and lived in Newton, NJ before passing. Joseph and Angelina had several children. One had two sons with surname Lanzi. They became famous amateur wrestlers and one became a national champion from the University of Toledo. Joseph Rosselli had 14 children and lived in Newton, NJ. Salvatore had one child and lived in NJ. Dominic Rosselli, my grandfather, was also a stone mason and had 5 children (4 girls and 1 boy). He lived in Peekskill before moving to Newton, NJ. I (Robert Rosselli) have lived in NJ all my life.

  19. Nichole says:

    My Great Grandfather, Pietro Paonessa (born 1893),other Great Grandfather Fred Ciambrone (born approx. 1893), and his Father Speraldo Ciambrone, and my Great Great Grandparents Salvatore and Mary Scalzo and further back on both sides were all born in Gimigiliano. I was told that my 2xgreat grandmother, Maria Paonessa was married to two different men named Joseph Paonessa, and her children were Pietro, Joseph, Arthur, Anna Paonessa. Any information you are able to assist with would be wonderful. Thank you!

    • Kelsey says:

      I as well am looking for a Joseph Paonessa. I have been frustrated with the fact that there seem to be two Joseph Paonessas, or there are discrepancies in the years of birth. The Joseph I’m looking for was born in 1880s came to the U.S. where he had a son named Frederick Paonessa with his wife Maria. The name somehow changed from Paonessa to Panessa. Any help is equally appreciated.

      • Susan says:

        Hi, Kelsey-
        I know of a Teresa Paonessa who lived in Sierra Madre, CA. I believe she was born in Italy in 1880s. She was often with my grandmother Letitia Marie Scalzo(maiden name Soluri). Teresa was married to Joe(I think) and Letitia was married to Frederick Gaetano Scalzo. His father was Gabriele Scalzo and his mother was a Ciambrone.-Susan Scalzo Jones

  20. Kevin says:

    My Great Grandparents came from Gimigliano. Giuseppe Rotundo and Maria Angela Paonessa. Giuseppe was the son of Tomasso Rotundo and Maria Cabelli. Maria was the daughter of Samuel Paonessa and Sara Soluri. Their siblings came to America with them, but from what I understand one of Giuseppes Sisters stayed in Italy. not sure if any of the Paonessas stayed in Italy. Id love to know ANYTHING.
    I am also told that Giuseppe was in the Italian Marines.

    • Ron says:

      Hi Kevin, I am currently indexing the town of Gimigliano. Giuseppe Rotundo was born abt 1868 in Gimigliano and married Mariangela Paonessa on 18 Jun 1895. Giuseppe was the son of Tommaso Rotundo and Maria Tavano. Mariangela was bon abt 1866 in Gimigliano, the daughter of Saverio Paonessa and Saveria Soluri.

  21. Marnie says:

    My great grandfather Saverio Scozzafava was born in Gimigliano around 1860 (?) and emigrated to New York in May/June 1887 with his wife Angelica (Paonessa) Scozzafava and their 3 year old daughter teresa born in 1884 in Gimigliano. Angelica Scozzafava died in Gimigliano in 1935. She had 2 grown daughters who also lived in Gimigliano after 1920. Rosa Scozzafava (married to Giuseppe) and Constantina married to Mr. Ferolito (sp?) I would love any information about any of these people! I also had an Aunt Annie who died at the age of 6 in Gimigliano around 1899. Thank you. Marnie