Genealogy in Cosenza

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.

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Cosenza 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 Cosenza area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Lesa says:

    My paternal grandfather is known to have originated from Cosenza, Reggio Calabria Italy. Would like to hear if anyone knows more about my Paffile ancestors

  2. Maria says:

    My grandparents,John or Giovanni Carella, came to USA (not sure of date) with his wife Mary or Maria Gilda. I would like to find some information. I know they lived in Calabria, but not sure which province or commune. I heard the town was Cosenza. It was told that they had children in Italy but they passed away due to illness. Wondering if there is a way to fin some information. Thank you!

  3. Robert says:

    Researching Birth and Ship Passage Records for my Calabrese grandparents – Angelo Romano and his wife, Cristina Arcuri. They both were born in Cosenza, Angelo in Acri – not sure of commune for Cristina. Their births were in the latter 1880s. They both left Italy in early 1900s, settling in Providence, RI. Angelo died 6/6/1974, Cristina in 11/30/1941. Any information on their births, emigration, etc would be appreciated. I am trying to gather information to establish my eligibility for Dual citizenship. Thank you, Bob

  4. Susy says:

    Im looking for my grandfather families . He was Paolino Porco from Lago , cosenza. Thank you

  5. John says:

    My greatgrandparents are Matteo Iantria and Filomena Chiappetta-Iantria and they are from Marano Marchesato.Filomena’s mother was Angeline Varela-Chiappetta.My other greatgrandparents are Luigi Maletta and Domenica Maletta-Maletta and Domenica was from Catanzaro.The Iantria name in the U.S. was changed to Andrea and everyone settled in Kenosha,Wisconsin.Any information on them would be appreciated.Thanks

  6. Gloria says:

    My grandfather, Raffaele de Paola (married to Elena Lanzilotta) and his father, Vincenzo de Paola (married to Caterina Cavalcante). I have no information on Elena Lanzilotta or Vincenzo de Paola and Caterina Cavalcante. They all come from Torano Castello. I have Raffaele de Paola’s birth date but that is all. I would be very grateful for any additional information on any of these ancestors.
    Thank you!

  7. Rhonda says:

    Hello, my is Rhonda MacRae, I’m searching for my Great grand parents I’ve been told they were from Cosenza. My Great grand father was Guiseppi Tucci,
    his wife was Antonnetta Ungaro she was born in 1885, Guiseppe was born June 2, 1859 he immigrated to the USA in 1893. I hope you are able to help with the very limited information I have, or give me some direction.
    Thank you
    Rhonda MacRae

  8. Ronald says:

    My family is known to have originated from Cerisano, Cosenza, Reggio Calabria Italy. Would like to hear if anyone knows more about my Santell(I) ancestors.

  9. Lorraine says:

    Looking for last name of Mazzatto, Mazzatta, Mazato, in the Lago area of Cosenza. Anthony Mazzatto married Angelina Renda a son Phillip, was born in what was called the “Wolf” area? Any information would be appreciated.
    Thank you.

  10. Mary says:

    I am researching our Gulluscio from Longobucco, Cosenza. I would like to find out which churches to write to before visiting so I can be better prepared.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Hello! I’m researching my great-great grandparents who were born in Altomonte Cosenza and immigrated to the US in the 1890s. Their names were Vincenzo Tiesi (b. 9 Mar 1863) and Maria Vigniera (b. May 1861). They traveled with their son (my great-grandfather) Carmine (b. 5 Mar 1992) in Altomonte. Any help on their families would be appreciated. Thank you! Jenny

  12. Josie says:

    My grandfather, Nicola LaScala born 1891 came to USA 23Sep1916 on the San Guglielmo with wife serafina and daughter, Catherine. I would like to find their marriage certificate. I know they lived in Calabria, but not sure which province or commune. Maybe Cosenza or Catanzaro. I am planning to go to Italy in Fall, 2015. I am anxious to find the town so I can visit.

  13. Linda says:

    My paternal grandmother, Serafina Cosenza, emigrated to NYC in 1896 with her spouse, Francesco Licropani (name misspelled to LeCropane at Ellis Island) from Terranova da Sibari, Tarsia. I can find no ancestry for her. I am eager to trace her Cosenza line. Can you help me? I believe she was born circa 1865-1870. To my knowledge, the only other Licropani’s emigrated to Argentina and I find none in Italy. Thank you!

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