Genealogy in Belsito

If you search your ancestors in Belsito, 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 Belsito registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


  1. John says:

    My Grandfather was Giovanni Carpino, born 1862 Belsito Italy and my Grandmother was Rosina or Rose Carpino (Also a Carpino) they came to US 1892. Both born in Belsito, Italy. They also came to East Kingston New York. Ny Grandfather age 32 came over with a Raffaele Carpino age 17 a cousin or nephew. They all settled in East Kingston New York. I think Amber’s Family are all my cousins. Tommy and Mary Carpino are my Grandfathers nieces and Nephews. Tommy had a sister Mary (Carpino) Saccoman. Interested if you can put this all together.

    Thank You
    John Carpino

  2. Amber says:

    My great-grandmother Mary (Maria) Carpino listed Belsito, Italy has her place of birth. She was born on January 8, 1898 to Luigi Carpino. Records indicate that she traveled to the United States in 1904 (age 6) with her brother (age 5) aboard the ship named “Neckar” from Naples. It appears that her father was already in the United States and they were leaving Italy to join him in E. Kingston, NY. It has been told that Mary’s mother died when Mary was a child. I am trying to find out what Mary’s mother’s name was, and how she died if possible.

    Thank you for taking the time to review and respond to my question.

    • Rosemary says:

      Hi Amber,
      I may have the information you are looking and may be your relative. In reviewing the manifest, I see that it is quite confusing.
      My Aunt Mary and Gaetano (Thomas) Carpino was my dad who came over on the boat with my Great Aunt Rosaria (Rose) Altomare and her mother Maria Altomare (Carpino). My dad’s mother did not come over, as she was deceased. I am clarifying the names and will get back to you on this. Please feel free to contact me, so that we can discuss further.

      • Rebecca says:

        Hello to you both,
        My great-great grandfather was Raffaele Caprino, brother to Luigi, husband of Rosaria and uncle to Maria and Gaetano. It was my understanding that Marie Altomare Carpino was mother of Raffaele and Luigi and not that of Rosaria Altomare. I would love to contact either of you to discover more and to confirm some questions.

        • Barry says:

          Hi Rebecca, Rosemary & Amber,
          I too am interested in this, Raffaele.and Rosaria Carpino were my Great grandparents. It would be great to have some more information on their background in Italy. Many thanks.

        • Rosemary says:

          Hi Amber, Rebecca and Barry.
          I would very much like to be in contact with all of you. Unfortunately, all my relatives are deceased, but will be more than happy to discuss with all of you.

          • Barry says:

            Hi Rosemary, I would be very glad to, but I’m not sure how to contact you or anyone on here, perhaps whoever approves the comments can put us in touch 🙂

  3. Irineu says:

    My great-grandfather Antonio Monaco was from Belsito. He came to Brazil in the 1890s, with his mother Maria Rossi (or Russo) and his step-father Vincenzo De Luca. His father’s name was Pietro Monaco. He died in some war.

  4. Luigi says:

    Salve vorrei informazione di una coppia di giovani sposati negli ultime del 1890
    la prima figlia nata nel 1892 ‘Candida’il nome della coppia .
    lui era Lorenzo Belsito lei era Michelina Valeo.

  5. Frank says:

    Good day.
    I am seeking information about a couple married in the early 1900’s. my great grandfather’s last name was Calabrese and my great grandmother’s last name Gagliardi. Apparently he might have been mayor there for some time. My grandmother was Rosalbina (calabrese) Mauro.
    I’m very interested in the area of belsito ad its history during ww2.

  6. J. Brown says:

    My grandfather’s name was Frank Spadafora – he immigrated to the US from Belsito, Italy sometime between 1910 and 1920 to New York City. I am trying to find information about any relatives still in the area.

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