Genealogy in Parenti

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Parenti, 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 Parenti registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


  1. Michael says:


    I am looking for help with any genealogy for :

    1- Agata Grana birthdate July 30, 1892 in Cosenza

    2- Franceso Savario Falbo birthdate March 11, 1890 in Parenti Cosenza

    3- Gennaro Mazzei birthdate December 5th, 1901 Parenti Cosenza

    4- Maria Mastrianni birthdate June 8th, 1899

    I would also pay for private assistance for further genealogy research into these names

    please contact me by email ….Gracie, Michael

  2. Anthony says:

    My fathers name was Bruno Tucci, born in Parenti April 15,1903. Mothers name Maria Grandinetti October 28, 1870
    Father claims his father was Dr. Bruno Tucci
    Sent letter to Parenti records but no reply
    Trying to find Birth record.

  3. Phyllis says:

    My grandfather, Giovanni Calfa born December 12, 1881, I believe in Parenti. His parents were Carmino Calfa and Santa Scordamaglio; and his grandparents were Antonio Calfa, Costanza Mirabelli, Serafino Scordamaglio and Eugenia Perri. I would like to find the birth record for my grandfather and marriage record for his parents. My family is planning on visiting Italy this year and would be pleased with any assistance as to where begin searching for this information. Thank you.

  4. Greg says:

    Lorenzo Lupia, who was Mayor of Parenti after World War II, is my great uncle, brother of my grandfather Bruno Lupia. I am interested in knowing more about my family history in Parenti and environs, and plan to visit in 2017. I understand that Lorenzo and his two brothers (Bruno and Luciano) emigrated to the U.S in the early 20th Century, but that Lorenzo returned sometime in the 1920s. The circumstances are not yet clear. I’ve read some Parenti history, but access and translations are limited. I also understand that a book on town history has been written by Ubaldo Lupa, who might also be a relative, but cannot obtain a copy in the U.S. Help in this matter, and any other information about my ancestors in Parenti, would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Matthew says:

    My great-grandmother Margherita Maletta was born in Parenti on May 11, 1894. Her father was named Giuseppe Maletta. She went through Ellis Island in May of 1916 on the SS Patria.

  6. Bruce Perri says:

    Grand Father: Guiseppe Perri Born 30th September 1886 in Pelona, Italy
    Did my Grand Father have a middle name and who was my Great Grand Father: ?????? and
    Great Grand Mother ???????

    Thank You,
    Bruce Leo Perri

  7. Morgan says:

    My great, great grandfather Gabriele Cerenzia and his wife Orsola Perri married in Parenti Italy before coming to the United States. They arrived in NY via Ellis Island in February of 1901. They then came to Washingto State to meet up with his parents who has also come over from Italy. Any information regarding their family history, including relatives in Parenti would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

  8. Lucille says:

    My grandfather Vincenzo (James) garofalo came from Parenti. Arrived NY via Ellis island July 1901. Siblings Michael,Robert,Theresa, Emanuel. Any info regarding family in parenti appreciated. Thank you

    • Phyllis says:

      My great grandfather was Giuseppe Garofalo, also from Parenti. He arrived through Ellis Island in 1898. I don’t know names of his siblings. I do know his father was Bruno and mother Caterina. Think there’s any relations?

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