Genealogy in Cleto

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

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

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

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


  1. Carol says:

    My grandfather Sylvester Bernardo was from Cleto. I’m looking for any descendants of his family. I was told when he left for the US he left a daughter in Cleto?

  2. Rita says:

    My dear friend Rosa from British Columbia, Canada was born in Savuto Di Cleto, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy about 1950 and I am trying to help her with her family history. Also of Savuto, her parents were: Angelo Marrelli b 1 Apr 1915 now deceased, and her mother was Carinda Furano b 8 Oct 1914 also deceased. Angelo’s parents were Gaspare Marrelli and Rosina. His wife Carinda’s parents were Lorenzo Furano and Rosina Gambaro. I would be so grateful of anyone having any information regarding birth, marriage and death records for these persons so I can begin a family tree to share with the family. I know they had an olive tree orchard which was sold in the past 10 years. Thanking you kindly in advance, Rita

  3. Michele Augusto says:

    Can anyone PLEASE tell me the connection betweeh Etore Furano and Luigi A. furano. they are cousins but how..zthe moved to Geneva New Yorj and Etore married Mary Mungo and They stood up in the wrffong of Luigi A Durango to Genevive Cappozzi of Waterloo. please this connection is vety urgent..

  4. Katherine says:

    I am looking for the birth of Ralph Eugene Yanni (or Raffaelo Eugenio Ianni who was born on April 7th 1894 in Cleto. His death certificate from Utah, USA list his father as Frank Yanni and Mary Melits. So I assume it is probably Francesco Ianni and Maria Melits. Can you let me know what I need to do to acquire the information? Thanks, Katherine

  5. Bella Conner says:

    Hi! I am looking for ANY reference to the surname of Mollame. One of my relatives was born in Cleto, and I think this is his information:
    Mollame, Valentino (I THINK that is the surname. It is difficult to read the handwriting)
    His birth date: September 1913

    If you find his information, please tell me if you can find the names of his parents.

    Thank you.

  6. Teresa Mitchell says:

    My family is quite large and i am looking for information on the family of Vincenzo Pucci Daniele, Michele Russo who has a son named Aurelio Russo

    • Delaney says:

      Hello Teresa
      were you able to find anything.
      My uncle in Aiello, Cosenza, was named Vincenzo Pucci Daniele. He was the son of Giovanni Pucci Daniele and Fortunata Caputo. His siblings, brother Eugenio (Eugene, my father), Frank, Caterina and Concetta all immigrated to Canada. One sister Amerinda moved to Luxembourg and Nancy France region. I do not know all the names of the Vincenzo’s children but I do recall he also had a son named Giovanni. Let me know if you find out more. I wonder if it may be the same relative?

      Delaney from BC Canada

  7. Ken says:

    My Great-great grandfather Natale Caputo was born 1812 in Cleto. His father was Bruno Caputo.
    I’m would like to find more information about them if someone can help me.
    Thank you,
    Ken Caputa (yes the family name was misspelled in the 1890 timeframe)

  8. Michele says:

    hello…I have been working on our family tree..i need information on family members that no one can fine.i need dates of birth death,, marriage and possible copies of certificates..i will enclose the names of these people..please tell me how I can get this information..thank you so kindly..if you cannot get for me could you tell me how I could get..thank you

    these are all in the 1800 area I am told I need marriage packages…not sure…each of them are married couples..any help appreciated ty so very much

  9. Camillo says:


    I am looking for information on my family ancestry. My father left Cleto region in 1955 or so and my mother left Cleto in 1956. My father was Francesco Antonio Pucci son of Camillo Pucci and Filomena Pucci. My mother was Madalena Maria Longo daughter of Guerino Longo and Elvira Longo.
    I would like to find records of the families as far back as I can.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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