Genealogy in Pietrafitta

If you search your ancestors in Pietrafitta, 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 Pietrafitta

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 Pietrafitta town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Pietrafitta on your behalf.

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

S. NICOLA DI BARI – P.zza S. Nicola

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

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

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  1. James says:

    My paternal grandfather migrated through Ellis Island in 1905. Pasquale Tignanelli. Born 1885. Said to be from Piettrafitta. Worked in coal mines near Pittsburgh and moved to Detroit in 1928.

    • Marcello says:

      Hello James,
      I share the Tignanelli surname and my ancestors come from Pietrafitta, Cosenza, Italy. I have been fortunate to visit the village of our roots on a few occasions and have communicated with the locals about our ancestry. My grandfather was Antonio Tignanelli, born around the same time as Pasquale. He had another brother named Giovanni who immigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Giovanni had 18 children and so there are many Tignanellis living in Argentina still. My father told me of another brother who settled in the USA. Details were vague as they lost touch over the years. This may have been Pasquale ?
      The children of Antonio (my grandfather) have mostly settled in Canada and there are many Tignanellis living here in Canada still. All the best with your searches. Marcello
      In reading the other Pietrafitta Comments….there are so many people with the surnames Biafore and Cipparone in my community here in Canada !

  2. Anthony Biafore says:


    I am looking for any information on my grandfathers Family. My grandfather was Joseph Biafore. His father came from Pietrafitta and settled originally in Philadelphia and then moved to Bridgeport Ct. Really interested to know if we still have family in Pietrafitta. Thank You in advance.

    • Frank says:

      Hello Mark

      There is a connection between my family, Cipparone, and the Biafores. My great-grandfather Gabriele Cipparone married Orsola Biafore, born 1/03/1851, in Pietrafitta on 7/19/1873. She was the daughter of Rocco Biafore and Giuseppina Giorgio both born in 1830.My grandfather Francesco’s brother Pasquale married Rosario Biafore (second or third cousin?) in Pietrafitta on 12/31/1908…the next year they came to New York, date unknown; they had a son Giuseppe on 10/03/1909 and a daughter Assunta on 2/12/1912, both born in Pietrafitta. The family settled in San Jose, CA where according to the 1930 US Census Pasquale was listed as a farmer. I hope this helps.

      • Jeanne says:

        Dtr Assunta born 1912 was the mother of our cousin Buzz Ereno wife Clementina Derose Ereno. They live in San Jose,Ca. I am trying to do her family history for them. Do you go back any further than Gabriel? Do you know the children of Gabriele? Want to thank you so much for posting the Cipperone family line. If we have anything you would like please let us know

    • Anita says:

      My grandfather Vito Cipparone also left Pietrafitta and eventually settleed in Belle Vernon PA, as a coal miner, later moving to Philadelphia. Married to Rosa Cavallo (?). They had 9 children, all now deceased, the last died in 2013. Are there any Cipparones still in Pietrafitta?

  3. Susanna says:

    I have a different problem, I have an old photo of a relative of my father, both are deceased. My mother thinks it’s a cousin of my father who died at a young age(20’s) of an illness. I want to know who this person is. My son looks just like him
    The surname is Allevato from the village of Pietrafitta cosenza Italy
    My father Giuseppe Allevato was born in Pietrafitta Feb 18 1916

  4. Daniel says:

    Planning a visit to pietrafitta in the fall this year. My grandfather Giovani and brother Angelo migrated to kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada in early 1930’s and born around 1910 in pietrafitta. Looking for church record and any family to contact for our visit.

    • Sylvia says:

      My mom moved to Kapuakasing in 1961 from pietrafitta and she lived with her uncle Giovanni. I wonder if it’s the same family. I wonder? My mom was Ida and my Uncle Sam Noce ? Last name could be tancredi or pettito or de Marco?

  5. Andrew says:

    I’m looking for relatives of Joseph Mauzzillo who was born 28.11.1883 in Pietrafitta, Province of Cosenza, Italy. His son William is my grandfather.