Genealogy in Scigliano

If you search your ancestors in Scigliano, 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 Scigliano

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 Scigliano town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Scigliano on your behalf.

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

S. MARIA ASSUNTA – Via Duomo Fraz. Diano

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 Scigliano 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 Scigliano forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Scigliano feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Judy says:

    My grandmother LEONARDA FAZIO arrived at Ellis Island September 1923 age 18; traveled with her 2 brothers Her ship of travel was the Guglielmo Peirce. Married Thomas Campagna in Chicago; gave birth to 2 daughters and 1 son.
    I would love to know more about these 2 people.

  2. Judy says:

    Looking for information on Grandfather, born March 12, 1885. Not sure of his name,could have been Mario. He was in a hospital or Home, where a monthly payment was made to the Home for his up keep. The Papers are so old that the writing is fading and only a few words can be made out.
    He came to the US with the Salvatore and Maria Carmella Rizzo Cara or Carra family around 1902 to Dunmore Pa.
    The Hospital or Home was located in Scigliano Cosenzo Calabria Italy.
    Thank You

  3. Maria says:

    Grandfather was abandoned at birth. Born Diano, Scigliano, Calabria. Left at age 12. I have been trying to locate info for a long time. There were many siblings also abandoned. Father was wealthier land owner, mother worked in kitchen?. Would have been born in 1880’s perhaps 1884. Left for US at age 12 as stowaway and landed in Montreal, then worked his way to PA. Thank you.

    • Christian says:

      My great-grandfather was the son of the Milano family, abandoned at birth born in 1877. His name was Rodolfo Pellegrino.

  4. Linda says:

    I am looking for evidence of 5 Jewish families who left Scigliano in the 1500s. There was some type of plague that they, as Jews were blamed for. The names were Aiello, Bruno, Gallo and two others. Anyone know this story, I would love to communicate.

  5. L chiodo says:

    looking for info on:
    Frank Carman Chiodo born 1894
    Rachela born 1855
    Emilio Chiodo born 1888
    Vincenzo Chiodo born 1862

    From Scigliano and immigrated to US in 1900

  6. Francine says:

    My grandfather was Nicola Gualtieri and my grandmother was Francesca Damiano
    Let me know if this rings any bells

  7. brenda p says:

    Hello my name is Brenda.

    I am searching my son in laws family, who hail from Scigliano. His (son in law) fathers name was Rocco Rizzo.
    Roccos dads name was Antonio and mother was Clara.

    They all lived in Toronto Canada, Until the untimely death of Rocco circa 1983.

    I’d appreciate any help I can get.



  8. Maria says:

    My grandfather (father’s father) was an orphan and here the story goes. He was born 1888 in Scigliano area (Diano?) and was the child of a wealthier man and house maid/cook. He was left at a church, convent or other religious institution. According to stories he had siblings also abandoned. Names I’ve heard are Fiore, Fiore, Recchione, First name was Alfredo and upon landing in Canada/US changed name to Unione. Story was also that he witnessed a murder at age 12 in Scigliano and left pronto and ended up in ? as a ship stowaway. Story is that he lived for a time in Montreal. Found naturalization papers and he actually entered US thru Buffalo, NY. My mother’s families Mancuso, Ritzo were from same area and knew of story.
    My father’s mother was from Griffone and her name was Concetta Spano. I would appreciate any information. Thank you.

    • Mary ann says:

      Hello Marie, my name is Mary Ann.
      After reading your post I feel compelled to reply as your grandfather’s story is so very similar to my own grandfather’s.
      My grandfather Francesco Bauldino was born in Scigliano about 1878 and was also an orphan. He came to America as a young man and lived in Schuylkill County PA.
      I have no other knowledge regarding his early life but it is very interesting that he had a lifelong connection with Rose Mancuso married to John Ritzo. Despite the diffetence in their last names He referred to Rose as his sister….
      Rose and John Ritzo lived in Shenandoah PA.
      Just a few miles from my grandfather and my father would tell stories of going there and visiting his cousins.
      I believe Rose was born in Italy about 1885.

  9. Antonetta says:

    My mother was born in Schigliano in 1913, her name was Italia Maria felici
    Early in the 1950’s she had a white altar built to Saint Anthony in her childhood church.for answering her prayers and giving her a child .
    I was born in 1949 and named Antonetta for Saint Anthony
    She had a sister Amelia who died in Schigliano around 1972 , She had several sisters and brothers

  10. Luanne Grandinetti says:

    I am trying to find the parents or Ortenzio Deodato Grandinetti born in Sciglinano in 1886. He subsequently moved to the US about 1909-1911. I know he served in the Italian Military due to his US draft registration but cannot find out anything about his parents, names, etc.
    Please assist.

  11. Giulio says:

    I’m looking for any information on any relatives that are still living in Scigliano. I was born there 67 years ago and my mother and fathers name were Maria Gemma Scarpino- maiden name Villino – and Antonio Scarpino. I visited Scigliano in April of this year and met my second cousin Giulio Scarpino at a Tobbaxxo shop by accident his son lives across the street from the Tobbacco shop, the area I was in was called Calvisi. I also visited the cemetery in Calvisi to locate my grandmother and grandfather on my fathers side and only found my aunt and uncle Tubia Scarpino.I also was not able to locate my Aunt’s mother and her name was Rizzo don’t recall her first name. I wasn’t able to locate and photograph the house that I was living in Scigliano till 1956.
    I also visited Il Commune di Scigliano and was not able to find where my relatives are buried and I met a young man there by the name of Nello Rocca and I was hoping that he could’ve of helped but he wasn’t unable to find any info on where my relatives are buried.
    I would appreciate any information including phone numbers and any photos of the house that i lived in and maybe a photo or two of the cemetery where my relatives are buried.

    Thank you in Advance
    Grazie Tanto

  12. Adele says:

    I’m trying to find information about my grandfather’s family. His name was Peppino Mazzulli born March 17, 1917 in Scigliano. He married and had two children in Scigliano, Maria Lina and Luigi and they moved to Toronto, Canada and had twom more children. My grandfather had 3 siblings: Rosina, Mariantonia, and Mario. For some reason Mario’s last name was Mazzullo (we aren’t sure which is right -i or -o). They have all passed. My grandfather’s parents were Luigi Mazzulli and Carmela Scarpino. This is all the information we have.

  13. marcelo says:

    hiii….I am looking for the origin of my grandmother, she was sofia giusseppina russo, she was born in scala coeli, consenza in circa 1921.
    her father was giusseppe russo and her mother was filomena scigliano.
    the strange thing that makes me wonder about her real origin is that always says her family came from greece and she also spoke a dialect very different from the common dialects talked by southern italians, so I guess she might have been descendant of albanian…she always referred to a word for bread, bucco…it sounds similar to buke the albanian form for bread….and when she said greece maybe it was albany not greece…thus i need to know the real origin of her family ascendence. please contact me…there are many relatives in italy living nowadays, their surname is apa and russo

  14. lucia says:

    I know there are Rizzo’s there. I read an article on it. They are related to Gualtieri’s I think. That is my family line. My Great Grandma came over to America in 1903.

  15. Debra says:

    I just found out that my great-great -grandfather was born in Scigliano. I thought my Nicastro roots originated in San Giovanni in Fiore but apparently they moved.
    I am hopeful to continue this 15 year quest I have been on discovering my roots. Any other Nicastro’s?

  16. Ignacio says:

    Hey Lucia, my grandfather was Gualtieri, and also from Scigliano. He came to Argentina around 1930… His name was Orlando, he had a lot of brothers and sisters… maybe your granma was one…

    • lucia says:

      I think there was a Barron Guiltieri in Scigliano too. Ignacio, I think you may be right. I wonder why your relative moved to Argentina and not USA? My G Grandma was a mail order bride.She was 30 when she came over. It be fun if all us Guiltieri’s
      showed up in Italy for a visit at same time! 🙂

    • Francine says:

      My grandfather was Nicholas Gualtieri but immigrated to Us in 1907

    • Catherine says:

      How funny. My grandmother’s oldest brother, an Alcibiade whose mother was Caterina Gualtieri, left his parents and siblings in the US and went to Argentina.

  17. Lucia says:

    I am a Gualtieri from Scigliano. My g. grandma Maria Luisa Gualtieri came to America in 1903. Her Dad was Philip Gualtieri. Does any of this sound familiar? I saw a paper done from someone who visisted who was Gualtieri saying alot of Gualtieri’s are in the Cemetery. Is Philip (fillipe )Gualtieri there and who was his wife? I think he remarried after being a widow. Thanks

  18. Donna says:

    Plan to visit Scigliano in October. My grandfather Carlo Rizzo was born there in 1889.
    Came to America in 1909. Want to see if there are any cousins still living there. His father was Angelo Rizzo.
    Thank you.