Genealogy in Grimaldi

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Grimaldi, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Calabria and in Cosenza province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Grimaldi registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Grimaldi?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Grimaldi


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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Grimaldi from the Italian Unification (1861).

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Grimaldi. As more your surname is common in Grimaldi, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Grimaldi 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 Grimaldi 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.

Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in 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.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Grimaldi, or if you have questions regarding your family in Grimaldi, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


10 Messages to “Genealogy in Grimaldi”
  1. Joan says:

    Looking for information on a Alessandro family from Grimaldi. Guissseppe P. was born about 1887. His wife name was Serafina.

    Guisseppe immigrated to Canada in 1926. The passenger lists states he was 30 yrs. of age and married but we do not know what happened to his wife Serafina. She did not come to Canada with him. Don’t know if he had any brothers or sisters in Italy.

    Thanks very much.

  2. Josie says:

    My dad’s 80th birthday is June 6,2016. I am trying very hard to put a family history together to present to him but can’t find any information on his grandfather. His name was Michele Magnone. He was married to a women named Anna and had 3 children, Celestino, Giuseppina and Nicola. We believe he was born in Grimaldi early 1900’s and may have had 3 brothers. We also know he left for America around 1928. Also if you have any information on the parents of Rosario and Giuseppina Sgroi. I know they came from Linguagrossa, Sicily early 1900’s.

    This would be the best birthday present for my father. Especially if I could find a photograph.
    Thanking you so much,

    • Josie says:

      Hi I’m just wondering if you ever got my request? I haven’t heard from anyone and thought maybe I didn’t send it correctly.Please let me know if everything is ok with the request on finding any information.
      Thank you so much

  3. Marguerite says:

    My mother, Jessina was born in Calbria, Cozenza, to parents Gioavanni and Carmela Grimaldi.
    My Grandmother Carmela’s maiden name was also Grimaldi. I have been told they were 3rd cousins.
    Are there any records on their marriage or my mothers birth. And is Grimaldi a common name for the region?
    Thank You for your help
    God Bless

  4. Jason says:

    Hello! My family originated in the Calabria Region, with information showing them living around Grimaldi, Maione, and Altilia. From what I have found, they were Olive farmers. My great-grandfather Serafino Falsetto-Spina came to America in 1913. He was born in 1891 in Grimaldi, on via Cona. This road shows up in the comune of Maione, where there are a handful of farms showing on Google Earth. L Young, if you are able to find out any information regarding any of the information above, please let me know! There are a dozen or two of us left that I have documented from this side of the family, and we would love to find out more about the family before more information is lost to time.

  5. L Young says:

    I have a birth certificate from my grandfather Falsetto Rosalbino; born in Grimaldi in 1895. Will be visiting Grimaldi trying to locate and meet any relatives of my grandfather in September 2016! Wondering if you can help me to locate any of my grandfathers relatives. He left out of Naples in early 1904 and arrived at Ellis Island on February 19, 1904.

    Thank you very much for any help/contacts that are living in Grimaldi currently!

    • Michelle Guerrie says:

      Hi, L. Young. If everything goes well, might you be able to peek at the records for a Vincent James Guerrieri (born April 3, 1871). He married twice, Felicia Forillo (with whom he had a daughter born July 17, 1899) and Angelina Altomore (born 1881. Angelina’s parents were Joseph Altomore and Rosaria Naccarato.

      Vincent had a brother named Phillip (born May 28, 1865) married to Raphaela/Raphaelina Altomore (they married in March 1907). Phillip immigrated to US in 1883. Vincent and Phillip had a sister, Phyllis, she married a Forillo (Pete Forillo’s brother) and moved to Argentina. She had red hair.

      They were all born in Grimaldi.

      It was a small town then. Maybe we are cousins!!!!!

  6. Agidio says:

    I’m looking for my records on my great-grandfather Giovnni Veltri. Birth year is about 1841. My records indicate he’s from Grimoldi Cosenza Italy. His wife is Josephine Pedestia. Children are Rosaria, Rosa, Franchesco and Carmine. There may be others. If you have any information, please reply.

  7. Cathy says:

    I am looking for information on Falsetto Spina’s and Veteres in Grimaldi. Geniale, Pasquale, Raffaele and Serafino are some of the first names of the Falsettos. There was a Giuseppina, Giuseppe, Francesco, Assunta, and Erminia Vetere. Also Fortunato Vetere and his daughter Maria Luisa Vetere, Giuseppina Potestio was her mother. I only recently found out Spina was the name listed after the surname Falsetto. I don’t know where the name Spina came from. It is my desire to find out this information. Some of these people traveled back and forth from Grimaldi to Sao Paolo, Brazil.


  8. D Hourigan says:

    I’m looking for information on Francesco Mauro, birth 1825 (possibly 24 March).
    He left Italy 1893 and listed Grimaldi as home.
    Thank you very much

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