Genealogy in Magisano

Region: Calabria Province: Catanzaro

Tracing your Italian roots back to Magisano, in Catanzaro province, Calabria region?

This comprehensive guide empowers you to understand the records available in Magisano, unlocking your family’s rich history.
Where to Begin Your Ancestry Journey in Magisano
If your ancestral trail leads to Magisano, Italy, their vital records are likely housed in two key locations:

  • Magisano City Hall Archives: Established in 1809, these archives hold civil registry records like births, marriages, and deaths for Magisano residents since then.
  • Magisano Parish Churches: For records pre-dating 1809 or for religious ceremonies, exploring Magisano’s parish church archives might be necessary.

Civil Records in Magisano

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

(If your goal is to get your Italian Citizenship and you need official certificates from Magisano Municipality, follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Magisano during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Magisano to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!
With his deep knowledge of people and local history he will assist you not only finding names and dates (births, marriages, deaths) but he will reveal to you many other precious information on the life of your ancestors available in the old registers.

  • Professions: do you know what your ancestors did for a living? Our genealogist will be able to give you this info!
  • Addresses: the house where your family lived (a great information if you intend to visit Magisano !)
  • Churches: where they were baptized or married
  • (If you can’t visit Magisano, our researcher will give you the necessary info to find by yourself the relevant places on the maps available online)

  • Signatures: if your ancestors knew how to write, he will be able to show you their original signatures.
  • Any other useful info available on the old documents.
  • Are you interested in this? Write us at or fill this form

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


    To go on quickly in your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Magisano. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Magisano archives, expecially if you have not exact dates (there could be cases of homonymy).
    It’s 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 Magisano

    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 Calabria started during 1500!

    Parish archives are far less accessible expecially from abroad and very hard to read and decipher if you are not used and skilled.
    But our local genealogists, are graduated in history and archivistics so, with their expertise, they can research the church registers of Magisano on your behalf to gather info about your family history during centuries.

    In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Magisano:

    SANTI SIMONE E GIUDA – Loc. Vincolise

    For our experience, if you plan to come here to visit Magisano, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival.
    This because a comprehensive genealogy research is time consuming!

    Starting from home, you will have time to get a complete research avoiding to waste your holidays in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy .
    (Remember that archives are not open to public and officers and priests are not required by law to give you access to the local archives)
    With the results gathered by our genealogist and translated in your language before your arrival, you will have the possibility to plan carefully your visit.
    In this way you will have more free time to enjoy your tour to the roots on your ancestors footsteps.

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

    If you need a professional help from our local genealogist in Magisano area , write to or fill the form here.

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

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

    Here below you can read the messages received from other visitors in Magisano forum:
    if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Magisano feel free to leave a message below.

    15 thoughts on “Genealogy in Magisano”

    1. Pietro and Rosa were my great great grandparents. They had a son Giuseppe (Joseph in the U.S.), born in 1879 who was my great grandfather.

    2. Hello,
      I am looking for more information on my great grandmother’s family (Maria Jenny Talarico born 6/24/1920). Her mother was Isabella Catizone (born around 1894) and her father was Gaetano Cesare Talarico (born around 1889). Any information about my great grandmother (Maria) or her parents or grandparents would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

      1. My great grandmother was Giusippina Solone (Scheri) and her mother was Jesuzza Catizone (b. 1850s/1860s) – who’s mother was Francessca Catizone (no record of her fathers name)

    3. I am searching for birth and marriage records for my great grandparents Maria Cortese born about 1866 and Giovani (John) Lostumo born around 1868, also for my grandfather Vincenzo (James) Lostumo born September 1888. Maria’s death record states both Maria Cortese and John Lostumo were from Magisano Catanzaro Calabria Italy. John’s death record states he was born in Catariggio Calabria Italy.
      The last name may have been changed when entering The United States.
      I would appreciate any help you can give me. I wish to travel to the area where my family lived in Italy.

      1. Omg there r Cortese’s here in Boston. The North End
        My grandmother Angela Lia was from Magisano and lots of other relatives

        1. i have the following Surname Lia in my Family Tree Marco, Dorotea (Died 1834), I also have the Catizone Surname Genaro & Innocenza. She was my 2nd Great-Grandmother on the Paternal side of the family. She was married to Tomaso Cortese (1780-1860). The Cortese Surname on my paternal side came from Magisano

          1. My great great grandmother was Jesuzza Catizone (b. 1850s/1860s) – her mother was Francessca Catizone (no record of her fathers name)

    4. Information on Ellis Island records states my grandfather Natale Magisano born in Nicastro and left Naples for America arriving in New York on 29th June 1913. Do you know if people needed some identification when immigrating as I am now under the impression that this is not my grandfather’s real name. If so how can I find out. thank you

      1. I also wondered this. I am having the same issue with my great grandfather Vincent James Catizon (Vincenzo Catizone?) I am having difficulty locating him and wonder if he was using a different name.

        1. Hi Ashley. Just found this blog and posted above
          My maternal great grandmother was a CatizoneLots of them here in Boston

        2. My great grandmother was Giusippina Solone (Scheri) and her mother was Jesuzza Catizone (b. 1850s/1860s) – who’s mother was Francessca Catizone (no record of her fathers name)

    5. I am looking for information about Maria Pistoia who was from Magisano and left in November 1914 from Napoli on a ship called the America (1908). It looks like she was born in 1888 or 1890. I believe she left to marry Antonio Vaccaro in Butler, Pennsylvania in the United States. I am her great-grand daughter.

    6. I’m interested in finding out about the Furlo family from Magisano, Italy. My 2x great-grandmother was Maria Concetta Furlo and she was born in Magisano, according to her transcribed marriage records. Her parents were Pietro Furlo and Rosa Maria Iannone. She married Natale Lia in Sersale, Italy in 1887 and then immigrated to the USA in 1896. They may have been living in Magisano before they left for the states as that is listed as their last residence on their passenger list.

      1. Just seeing this now. I believe Pietro and Rosa were my great grandparents. Their son Pietro Furlo was my grandpa. My father is Orlando Furlo now 94 years old! I think Maria Concetta was my Grandpa’s sister.

      2. Pietro and Rosa were my great great grandparents. They had a son Giuseppe (Joseph in the U.S.), born in 1879 who was my great grandfather.

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