If you search your ancestors in Cosenza, 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 Cosenza registrar as of that date.
So, if your ancestors were in Cosenza in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Cosenza to know more.
Before to start your genealogy research in Cosenza, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Calabria and in Cosenza too.
Next picture shows the demographic trends in Cosenza 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 Cosenza. As more your surname is common in Cosenza, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Cosenza 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 Cosenza 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.
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If your research is in a dead end and you need professional help from our local Italian genealogists write to firstname.lastname@example.org our expert in Cosenza area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.