Genealogy in Verbicaro

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

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

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

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


30 Comments

  1. Gilles says:

    Un voyage prévu à l’automne 2020 à Verbicaro. Les ancêtres de mon épouse ”’Aloisio”
    Le nom de son arrière grand-père est Francesco Aloisio né en 1860 à Verbicaro fils de ”Giovanni Aloisio” et de ”Francesca Torante ou Torrano”
    ”Francesco Aloisio” a immigré au Québec (Canada) date inconnu.
    ”Francesco Aloisio” marié à Aurore Lafrance le 21 février 1887 à Montréal
    Avez- vous de l’infomation sur ces gens?
    Merci.

  2. Carole says:

    Looking for information on my Great Grandfather Giovan Lufrano born in 1880 and Great Grandmother Anna Campagna born in 1885 in Verbicaro. His parents were Giuseppe Lufrano and Caterina Bruno, Hers was:Battista Campagna and Maria Guaragno . Had two children Giuseppe Lufrano 1905 and Francesco Lufrano born 1907 (my grandfather). I immigrated to San Francisco in 1913.

  3. Carolyn says:

    I am seeking information about my great-grandmother Maria Contadina Angela Todaro, born in Verbicaro on May 8, 1876. She married Biagio Campagna from Trabia, Palermo, Sicily in 1891.

    Maria bore two daughters (Carmela, 1896; Theresa, 1898) in Verbicaro before immigrating to the US in 1901 and settling in San Francisco. She bore three more daughters in San Francisco. I would like to trace her mother and father and any other additional records from Verbicaro.

    Rather interesting how San Francisco seemed to be the top immigration destination for Verbicaro immigrants to the US.

  4. Frank says:

    Looking for ancestral records for great-grandfather Frank Corbelli (married to Domenica), born in Verbicaro, Calabria, 1872. emigrated to USA, and died in 1902.

  5. Carole says:

    Looking for information on Biase Spingola 1775-1825 married to Maria G. Addiego and had a son was Giovanni and Granddaughter Filomena Spingola who married Angelo Torrano. All lived in Verbicaro.

  6. Nicole says:

    I am looking for any information on my great-grandmother, great-grandfather…. Giovannina Teresina Addiego 1893 Verbicaro – 1972 San Francisco, CA, Giuseppe Mario Dito 1885 Verbicaro – Death CA 1948

  7. Brenda says:

    Any family with the name Ambrose, Migalo, or Fazio from this region?

  8. Lina says:

    I’m looking information about my relatives from Verbicaro. My grand father was Conte Biagio born in Verbicaro (21/08/1904). I know he had a brother,Conte Giovanni and a sister Conte Teresa. They lived in San Francisco. I would like to know if Conte Giovanni had children and their names.

  9. Lori says:

    I’m looking for info on my great grandfather Pasquale Silvestri born around 1830 and my Great Grandmother Elisabetta Forte. My grandfather Francesco Silvestri was born in Verbicaro on June 2, 1880. He also had a brother Giovanni but I don’t know if he was younger or older. Pasquale died when my grandfather was young. I would like to know the dated he passed away. Elisabetta remarried but I don’t know when or who. If any of these blanks can be filled in I would appreciate it it very much. Thank you.

  10. Terri says:

    Buon Giorno, I am looking for the death date for my great grandmother Brigida Maria Lugia MARADEI, daughter of Battista MARADEI and Angiola CIRIMELE. She was born in Verbicaro 31 Aug 1864. Married Francisco Antonio TUFO on 9 May 1885. Mother to at least three children, Antonio Mario, John Battista, and Angela Maria (Marino Caristo), all who immigrated to San Francisco. Soon after Brigida’s death, Francisco married Mariannina GRISIA in about 1920-21 and they had five children together. He died in Nov 1930. I have photos of his grave marker to confirm his death date, but have nothing for Brigida. I descend from their first son Antonio Mario Tuffo (Tufo). Many thanks for any assistance you can give me!

  11. Greg says:

    Any history of the Torrano or Lucia family from Verbicaro. My great grandfather came to US in late 1800’s.worked for Miller and Lux empire in California then homesteaded in Tranquility,calif. . Started a dairy. Would like to know the history of the Verbicaro Torrano family down through the ages. Thank you.

    • Cindy says:

      We are Torrano from Verbicaro- as a matter of fact we are in Verbicaro right now….
      Your grandparents names?

    • Michelle says:

      My son’s great grandfather Frank Torrano moved from Verbicaro to San Francisco between 1900 and 1915. His son Carmino P Torrano was born in Verbicaro, but moved to San Francisco when he was young around 1912 – 1920. Carmino (“Carl”) Torrano went back to Verbicaro in the 1950’s and married Anna Marie Cirimele, and broungt her back to San Francisco, where they raised their two sons, John A. Torrano and Frank Torrano. Carmino passed away in 1987. His wife Anna is still living in the Bay Area, and John Torrano lives in San Francisco and Frank Torrano lives in Marin.

  12. Robert says:

    I am the grandson of Maria Francesca Russo (born 1900) who married Pasquale Rinaldi born 1887 in Verbicaro. They lived in San Francisco, California. I am searching for any relatives or information about the family. Grazie

  13. Cynthia says:

    Joseph Ritondaro and Angela Pandulfa came to the united states with 4 children Anthony, Letiza,Dominic, Ludvico. Ludivico was my great grandfather and I’m looking for relatives the came from a town called verbiacaro of calabra

  14. Renee says:

    I am trying to find my maternal grandfather’s family. I believe that his father, Guiseppe Campolongo was born in Verbicaro. He married Guiseppa Dolce and had one son Antonio born in Italy in 1884 in San Lorenzo Bellizzi before they immigrated to New York, USA. In 1889, my grandfather, Pietro was born in Brooklyn, New York. They also had another son, Emilio and 1 daughter, Teresa. While on holiday in Italy, Guiseppe died and the family remained in Italy. Antonio and Pietro returned to the US as young adults around 1905. I hope that you can help me. Grazie.

  15. Bob says:

    Looking for information on my Grandfather; Sinibaldo Cascino, son of Vincenzo Cascino and wife Rose, probably Rosa. Sinibaldo was a farmer from Verbicaro prior to his move to US. His birth date was June 30, 1879. He traveled to US in early April 1904 leaving from Naples on or about April 4, 1904.

    Great, Great Grandson will be traveling to Italy this year and we are trying to get him some more information.

  16. Nancy says:

    My husband and I will be visiting Verbicaro next May, so want to see if we can find his great-grandparents trail. Giovanni Battista Amoroso and Maria Barlotti, were born about 1845 and emigrated to San Francisco about 1875. Would love to find birth records, parents names etc. Thanks!

  17. JimB says:

    Anyone have data on Picerno’s? My grandfather Giuseppe Picerno was born in Verbicaro May 1895. Hi father was Francesco Picerno; mother Maria Giuseppa Germano. The mystery: I found records on film (LDS library) that there were two other sons we never knew about: Alberico (b. 1907) and Giovan (b. 1897). The records for Ellis Island do not list them. Like to know what happened. Is there any records of their death?

  18. Sandy says:

    I am trying to find any information on my Great Great Grandmother, Anna Raimondi. I don’t know the year she was born, but she married a Spingola and they had a daughter, Angela Rose Spingola in 1838 in Verbicaro. Given that Italian women had children when they were young and continued having them, she could have been born any where from 1800 to 1820 or so.

    • Rosa Silvestri says:

      Hi Janice:

      My grandmother’s name was Maria Ruggiero. She married my grandfather, Felice Silvestri-not sure the exact date. They had two children, Francisco and Vittorio (my father). She is not the same Maria you are looking for as my grandmother dies in Italy around 1930. She had four brothers. Possibly the Maria you are looking for might be a cousin? Anyway, just thought I would share with you.

      I hope you find more info. Take care, Rosa.

      • Mirta says:

        Hola soy de Argentina,y mi abuelo se llamaba,stefano geremias ruggiero,nacio en verbicaro ,en 1884 y vino con su hermano ,y creo que una hermana a la Argentina.Quisiera conocer si alguien es pariente nuestro.gracias.

  19. Janice says:

    I am looking for any information on Maria Pasqualina Ruggiero (maiden name) who was born in Verbicaro, January 5, 1889 or 1891. Most specifically, who her parents and grandparents were.
    She immigrated to the USA and died in California.

  20. Anna says:

    I am looking for my great grandmother aka nonna. Her name was Maria Rosaria Tufo she was born in October of 1889. Her father was Francesco Tufo. Her mother I am not sure but maybe Angiola Cirimele? I am not looking for any legal copy just a family informational sheet for my own genealogy. I hope you can help me. I tried the stato do archivio Cosenza but the site has been down a long time now. Grazie.

    • Jim says:

      I have info on Maria Rosaria Tufo! She married Giuseppe Arietta… have fair amount of info on him, but nothing else on Maria Tufo

      • Evelyn says:

        Jim, I think I am related also. My grandparents are Giuseppe Arietta (Arieta) and Maria (Mary) Rosaria Tufo but her father’s name is Nicola Tufo not Francesco. He might be her uncle. I’d appreciate any information you have.

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