Genealogy in Piane Crati

If you search your ancestors in Piane Crati, in the province of Cosenza, 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 Piane Crati

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

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

So, if your ancestors lived in Piane Crati during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Piane Crati 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 Piane Crati too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Piane Crati 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 Piane Crati. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Piane Crati archives, expecially 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 Records in Piane Crati

Church archives in Cosenza 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 Cosenza 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 Piane Crati on your behalf.

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

S. BARBARA – Via Garibaldi

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 Piane Crati 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. TIMOTHY says:

    I am looking for information on my GreatGreatGreatGrandfather and Grandmother, Luigi DeCicco who was from Piane and married to Chiara Pupazzo. I believe that they had five or six children. One of which was my GreatGreatGrandfather Pasquale Antonio DeCicco born around 1824 in Piane. Tim.

  2. Renee says:

    Looking for any Abate surname from Piane Crati
    Thank you

  3. Eugene says:

    My grandfather was Frank Sisco from Piani Crati, norm approximately 1890 and came to the United States in approximately 1907.
    So you have any history on him?

  4. Alan says:

    Also from my surname side Trocano, Dominick S. 1849 and Trocano Dominick, Simone 1858.

    They both should have been from Magisano, Catanzaro Calabria

    Do you have any history on them?

  5. Alan says:

    My name is Alan Trocano
    Family related is Bisceglina in the 1800’s
    Any information on this family?

  6. Lawrence says:

    My grandfathers name was Appolitto Amendola from Piane Crati migrated to Canada 1909….1911

  7. Mary says:

    Hi. I have just started searching my ancestors. My grandmother was from Piane crati. Her name was MAZZUCCA, Guissepina. Sisters. – Rosina, Angelina, Loiuse. Not sure if she had any brothers Born early 1900

    • Angelique says:

      Hi Mary.
      My grandmother is a Mazzuca. Barbara. I’m hoping we can share some info and connect. My grandfather was Antoinio Dodaro.

  8. Ann says:

    My grandmother was Louisa Sisco she married Luigi Petrone from Apriana

  9. Annette says:

    Hello, I am searching for my Gigliotti family from Piane Crati. I would appreciate any help of suggestions on where/how to search.
    My Grandfather was Gabriel Gigliotti. He married Concetta Chiodo. I believe Gabriel came to the U.S. through Canada, but I’m not certain. He settled in Oregon, and worked on the railroad. I know he had a sister Filomena Gigliotti that ended up in Kansas City, Mo. She married Gaetano Donnici. Another sister Chiara Maria Gigliotti remained in Piane Crati (I think?) she married a Michele Elia.

    I doubted there was only 3 children born to (Great Grandparents) Guiseppe Gigliotti and Rafaela Carvello (Cavello ?) So, I paid two young women quite a bit of money to do some Piane Crati research for me. What they came back with was two brother names, Pasquale Gigliotti and Pietro Gigliotti. Nothing else.. not if they remained in Italy or came to the States. While I felt I certainly didn’t get my monies worth, I was grateful for the two names.. however, I have found no mention of them anywhere.

    If anyone has the following surnames in their tree, I would love to hear from you: Gigliotti, Cardamone, Carvello, Bisciglia, Donnici, Nino, Angotti, Chiodo, Marasco, Tosto, Felice, Paone, Piane, Adamo, Mazzucca, Marazzo,

    Annette Gigliotti Steele, Oregon

    • Mark says:

      I am a Gigliotti, my grandfather came to Canada from Piene Crate. His name was Anselmo Gigliotti and he married my grandmother named Cesira Get one they had two sons named Lougi Gigliotti and John Gigliotti. My name is Mark Gigliotti and I have cousins and there are great grand children. I currently live in Toronto, but the rest of my Gigliotti Family settled and lives in a smaller town called Sault Ste. Marie , Ontario.

      • Annette says:

        Hello Mark! I am so sorry for the late response. I just found this. I would love to speak with you to see if we can connect our families.
        Feel free to reach out and we can figure out a time to chat!

  10. Ronald says:

    My name is Ron Pellegrini. My dad was Pellegrini Joseph Pellegrini. He was born in Chicago in 1915. My dad’s mom was Julia Sisco. She came from Piane Crati. She had a brother named Peter (Pietro)…a sister named Rose…another sister named Mary. They all came to the Chicago area in the late 1890s to early 1900s…and then the sisters and their families moved to Salinas and San Jose just before WWII. We had relatives from that side of the family named Piane…Mazzucca…Brutto…Cava…my dad’s mom had been married before she married my grandfather…that family name was Donnici.
    If anyone sees this and it sounds similar to your family tree please contact me……I’d love to know more!

  11. Connie says:

    My maiden name is Rossi-my father was Emilio Rossi and my mother is Rosa Orlando Rossi. They are both from Piane Crati and I’m trying to find information about my Father’s parents and extended family-Nicola Rossi and Concetta Talarico Rossi were his parents. Can anyone fill in some holes about my family especially my grandfather Nicola. do I have other relatives I don’t know about? Grazie!

  12. Phillip says:


    Greetings. I may be able to connect some dots or really confuse the issue. My Grandfather (who I only met when I was less than 1 year old) was Fedele Infelise, born in Piane-Crati in 1877; immigrated to the US in 1900 married Guissepina Lucente in 1906, and passed in 1950. He was a “Bakery Mechanic” as noted in the 1910 census. There was another Fedele Infelise

    I was just in Piane Crati on October 10 and have this Fedele Infelise birth document in front of me. There I met a remaining second cousin, Franco Infelise. My Grandfather’s parents were Franco Infelise and Caterina Tosto who were married in PC in 1876. My father was also Fedele Infelise (1925-2015) who later went by Phil. In the records I have seen, there are Fedele Infelise’s in my direct line that go back to 1817 in PC.

    Of course, in my research and even looking at “official’ documents I have seen Fedele spelled three different ways and Infelise spelled four different ways to confuse things even more. No doubt were are related in some fashion.

  13. Renee says:

    I am looking for information for my great grandfathers mother and father, he was born in Piane Crati Oct 1888. His name is Fedele Infelise and was married to Lauretta Russo married in Chicago 1908. I can not find his immigration to the US or Canada, any help would be greatly appreciated. I think his parents name we Antonio or Vincenzo Infelise and Teresa Gualitieri ??

  14. Phillip says:

    Thought I should weigh in. I am traveling to Piane Crati in October. I have been told my Grandfather’s – Fedeli Infelise – property still exists (in some state, perhaps just a plot of land) at Via Pirillo 11. He passed in 1950 in Chicago. My father was born in Chicago in 1925. We moved to CA in 1952. GTo the extent I know it today, our heritage in P-C passes through Serra (circa 1727) Pianes (circa1730), Tostos (circa 1759) , Infelises (known as early as 1759). I recall visiting my Father’s uncle Roberto Brutto from Piane-Crati in the San Jose, CA in the mid 50s, so surely there is a Brutto line I have not connected. If I have touched on something you want to know more about, please let me know. A presto. Filippo

    • Daniele says:

      I can add a comment regarding the Brutto family in Piane Crati. They still reside there. My dad (Antonio) was Roberto’s brother. We immigrated to Canada in 1957. Was planning on making our second return to P-C in Sept/Oct but the recent virus issues may certainly change our plans. TBD? Daniele

    • Josie says:

      My maiden name is Brutto, my dad, Giovanni emigrated to Canada in the late 1950’s from Piane Crati

    • William says:

      Hi Phillip My name is Bill. My moms brother is probably the Robert Brutto you visited in San Jose Ca. The connection to Infelise was on my Grandmothers side Infelise and La Piane. They are mostly Lapine here now. Anyway lots of history one of our cousins traveled to plane Crati I would think 20 years ago and did an extensive genealogy check on that side of the family. I don’t know if they went into the brutto side though. Feel free to contact me I can forward what little I have maybe it will help.

  15. Arthur says:

    I’m looking for information about my Grandfather
    His name was Gaetanoe Sisco
    Also we think our ancestry goes back to the 1700’s
    Where the the name Sisca became Sisco somewhere down they the ages

    Thank you
    With respect for our Italian culture

    Arthur Sisco

  16. Joanne says:

    Don’t know if I am related to anyone above but my great grandfather was Luigi Antonio Lepiane. He married Rosanna Lepiane in Saratoga Ca in 1898. They had 7 children. Twins Christina and Raphaela, Isabella, Pasquale, Maria, Louise and Elena.
    They lived in San Jose and moved to Hollister Ca. He died in 1938 and she died in 1943. There are many relatives in that area and the SF Bay Area. Luigi came to the United States but had a stepfather named Filice. They were also related to the Piane family. They were close to the Tosto, Guerra and Bisceglia families while in San Jose and Hollister. I would love to know more about family. Can anyone help?

    • Jeanne says:

      These are all family names that are in my husbands family. His great=grandmother was Maria Lepiane who was married to Santo Filice. All from
      Donnici and/or Piane Crati. We live in San Jose,Ca. The Piane family in Hollister, Filice’s all over the place…Our family vaery close to the Guerras of
      Hollister and San Jose.

  17. Charlie says:

    My grandfather was Pasquale Donnici (1870?-1943), “anglicized” to “Donnes” (and some to “Donnis” at Ellis Island. Grandmother was Josefina Miada (D1944). . . Pasquale went from PA to Chicago to Big Horn & Billings MT. Many familiar surnames/relatives : Lavorato (Tacoma WA), Preite (Great Falls, MT), Carbone (Tacoma, WA), Bisciglia(Hollister, CA), Mauro (ID, Custer, MT), Tosto (Tacoma WA).
    “Folk Story” has it that “original” Donnici (Pasquale’s GGF?)was the “nephew” of a priest . . . Any leads appreciated. Thanks!

  18. Angela says:

    My maiden name was Mauro. Grandmother’s name was Rosaria Tosto. Date of birth was 9/28/1874, date of death was 4/24/1948. Grandfather was Giuseppe (I think)Mauro. My father was Carmine Mauro, he had a sister Chiara Mauro Marrazzo and another sister named Caterina. I know my grandmother died in Piane Crati. Any information would be much appreciated.

    • Dan says:

      Angela. My grandmother Maria Serra is from Paine Crati and married my grandfather Carl Mauro whose father also came from Piane Crati. Did Carmen (your father) grow up in Chicago? If so, he is my grandpa’s cousin. My grandpa can help you with some of your questions. He is 90 years old. Let me know if you would like to speak to him.

  19. Brenda says:

    Both of my parents as well as all four grandparents were all born in Piane Crati. Last names were
    Lavorato(a), Scornaienchi, Piane, Tosto.
    Interesting what you said about your great grandmother named Pasqualina Carbone. My grandmothers best friend also from Piane Crati or maybe Vico Aprigliano was Maria Carbone. That was her married name. She was married to Pete Carbone and they lived in California. They had 3 children with only 1 living now, carol, with whom I am in frequent contact. I have been to Piane Crati several times as my parents have many cousins there. Many people from Piane Crati settled in Salinas and Hollister, CA in the 30s.

    • Verleye says:

      I read the name Carbone … Mother of grand Ma was Caterina Carbone … Her brother to Caterina was Ipolite Carbone, he went to Chicago in the early 1920, 1930 ( I’ve got a document where he sold the house to my grand father : Francesco Saporito in 1931) … Guess a couple of them went to California …

      • Marian says:

        My son forwarded me this information and I wanted to reply. My paternal Grandfather was Ipolito Carbone, Paul. I have his citizenship document. I visited Piane Crati and had lunch at the family home. My Father’s cousin Annina Carbone Saporito and her 3 daughters were living in the family house. My Mother, Raffaela Filice Carbone, my father Eugene Robert Carbone and my husband had lunch with the family. . The surviving daughter, Carmela moved to be with her brother in Catanzaro after her sisters died. As far as I know the home is empty. My brother Paul and I send her money gifts a couple of times a year.

        My Grandfather had 3 brothers, John that lived in St. Paul, MN, and Peter that lived in Chicago and Gustino. The story goes that he was not well and wanted to return to Piane Crati. He died in New York and is buried there. The family said it was from a ruptured appendix. HIs 2 sisters Luisela and Caterina stayed in Piane Crati. My Grandmother was a LePiane, also from Piane Crati, Cosenza, Italy. My mother’s Father was from there, but her Mother was from a little place called Rizzuzo. I have all the information re my Grandfather Francesco Felice, her Maternal Grandfather Pietro Filice, but nothing on her Grandmother, Marianna Bozzo.

        • Danny Verleye says:

          Hi Marian

          I think we are talking about the same family about this house in front of Sint Barbara Church …

          Ippolito Carbone fu Carmine sold a part of the house to my grand father Saporito Francesco on 16/1/1931 …

          Caterina Carbone ( his sister) Piane Crati 28/12/1884 piane Crati 29/03/1961

          Saporito Francesco Dipignano 15/01/1903 Cosenza 18/03/1985

          Buffone Anna Piane Crati 8/3/1912 Cosenza 2/4/2000

          Domenico, Maria Carmela, Rita and Maria Luisa Died …

          Mother is : Saporito Barbara 2/2/1929 … still living with me in Belgium … She told me about receiving dollars … a great present enabling them to eat …

          Rizzuzo is located in Piane Crati near the railway station … we have a ground there …

        • Danny says:

          Carbone Ipollito , Pietro, Giovanni, Luisa, Caterina e Giuseppe fu Carmine

          They had a ground in the Rizzuso Contrada … neighboring with Germani Carbone, Magaro Rosina and Germani Uccello fu Paolo

          Grand Father bought one for 12.000 LIRES ( Quercia Grande ) from Ipollito … neighboring with Nicola Arurri , Fedele Torbi, Maria Federico also in Rizzuso Contrada …

    • Sandra says:

      Brenda if I am correct you the daughter of Mary and grandchild if Eugene and Rosie Lavorato…Auntie Rosie the sister of my grandmother Assunta Piane Covello


  20. David says:

    Looking for my ancestry,last name Marrazzo drom Piane Crati

  21. Samuel says:

    I am trying to locate a copy of my great grandmother’s death certificate. She was born in Piane Crati as Pasqualina Carbone on December 18, 1887. She married my great grandfather, Domenico Bisciglia (sometimes spelled Bisceglia) on December 21, 1894 in Aprigliano.

    After living in the United States for about 10 years, my great grandmother, Pasqualina returned to Italy with my grandfather in 1909. My grandfather returned to the United States in 1920, and we have always understood that he came back after his mother passed away. I am looking for as many details as I can get about her death, and I am trying to procure a copy of her death certificate in rather short order.

    I would greatly appreciate any assistance that you may have to offer.

    Thank you very kindly,


    • Kris says:

      Do you know any of Pasqualina’s brother’s and sisters?? We had quite a few of our family come over and settled in Minnesota that are Carbone. I believe we are related to some Bisciglias. I can ask my mother.

      • kate says:

        I have been researching this family for a few weeks. Pasqualina Carbone has been a bit difficult.

        Some of her siblings were:

        Alfonso Carbone 1878 – 1943 (St Paul, MN) he married Antonette Infelise
        Rosaria (Rose) Carbone ca 1881 – 1953 St Peter Psychiatric hospital where she had lived over 30 years.
        she had married Antonio Marrazzo (aka Anthony Morrow)
        Fedele Salvatore Carbone 1883 – 1967 St Paul, MN he married Maria Mauro in Montana, where she had been living in Whitefish.
        Pasquale Carbone ca 1887 – ? she married Dominico (Domenick) Bisciglia (1878-1943, St Paul, MN)
        Chiara (Clara) Carbone 1892 – 1985 she married Eugenio (Eugene) Infelise
        Marie Carbone ????
        Teresina Carbone ????

        This family I have been working on for a friend who is a granddaughter of Rose Carbone Morrow. I have found many of this family for her, but Pasqualina has been a mystery to find her death. Your comments, Samuel, tell me why. I had suspected she did not die in the US and was about to look in Italy.

        Marie and Teresina are also not found by me yet.

        The person I’m helping is Cathy, daughter of Joseph, who is son of Rose and Anthony Morrow.

        Rose was in the St Peter psychiatric hospital at St Peters for over 30 years and died there. She suffered from manic depression.

        Her brother in law, Domenick Bisciglia (Pasqualina’s husband) also died in the St Peter hospital, but he was in the “criminal ward”. I found a number of ads in old Duluth Herald newspapers via MHS of him selling property in Montana. To be in St Peter criminal ward he must have been both mentally deranged somehow and have committed some kind of crime.

        I see the following names together often on ship manifests, as neighbors in census records, and marriage records:
        Carbone, Marrazzo, Mauro, Infelise, Bisciglia, Lavorato, Tosto. They stuck very close to their Italian ties from home while in the US.
        Seems they married a lot of cousins of varying degrees.

        I could use help on the Marrazzo family. I can find none of Anthony Morrow’s (Antonio Marrazzo) relatives or ancestors. Any advice or help would be appreciated. The only clue I have is that his father may be Francis.

        • Kathleen says:

          I got chills when I came across my great grandparents name on your list of Pasqualina’s relatives. Alfonso Carbone and Antoinette Infelise were my great grandparents. I will be going to Italy next week and plan to stop in Piane Crate. Do you or anyone else here know how I might get in touch with some long lost cousins while there? I know it’s a long shot but it would be so special.
          Thank you for all your research!

          • kate says:

            I thought I’d sent a reply but I may have goofed it up in sending, so I will reply again.

            Kathleen, have a great time in Italy. I think if you just ask around you will find many descendants of the Carbones and Infelices living there still. If you go to the local catholic church you may find birth or marriage records for them. (Leave them a donation if they actually take time to show them to you.)

            The people I’m researching for (for my friend) is Rose/Rosaria Carbone and her husband Antonio/Anthony Marrazzo/Morrow. I cannot find any birth record for Rosaria.

            Do you happen to know anything more about the parents of Alphonso/Alfonso and Rosaria? All I have is Francesco Carbone and Raffaela Tosto. And I’m not 100% sure of that.

            I have found a lot of info on Alfonso and Antoinette in the US. Are you in St Paul, or the Twin Cities metro area, too? Can share.

            The person I’m helping is your second cousin once removed. She is your mom’s generation. She’s also a Cathy.

            Thanks and I hope to hear from you when you return.
            Have a great trip.

            Kate (another Katherine, but no relation!)

  22. Aimee says:

    My great grandfather was Peter Preite, I don’t have first names but have found that his father was a Preite and Mother a Vigalicia.

    • Tony says:

      Dear Aimee,
      My father Eugenio and my uncle Gaetano Preite were both from Piane Crati.
      They came to Montana in early 1900’s. Since the name Preite is not common we are probably related.
      Wishing you the best!!

      • William says:

        I’m curious what area in Montana? My mom was born there my grandfather (from PC) worked on the railroad in basin until 1925 they moved back to Chicago. I still have family in Hamilton.

  23. Brutto says:

    Earliest registry going back. Grandfathers name Salvatore Brutto son of Carmino Brutto.