Genealogy in Paterno Calabro

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

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

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

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Paterno Calabro


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Paterno Calabro. As more your surname is common in Paterno Calabro, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Paterno Calabro 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 Paterno Calabro 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 Paterno Calabro, or if you have questions regarding your family in Paterno Calabro, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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4 Messages to “Genealogy in Paterno Calabro”
  1. Stephanie says:

    I am looking for information on the Maio family. My grandfather Saverio Maio was born May 17, 1883, in Paterno, Calabro. He married Giuseppina Grandinetti, and they immigrated to America in 1908. They were neighbors in Paterno Calabro. Saverio’s brother Guglielmo and sisters Prudenza and Adelina (Berlingo) also immigrated to America. They left behind their mother Agata and an invalid sister. Giuseppina’s parents were Adolfo and Amalia Grandinetti. The Grandinettis owned a silk plantation at one time.

  2. Mike says:

    My paternal grandparents were both born in Paterno Calabro, Italy. My grandfather’s name was Giuseppe Guadagnolo. He was born 28 August 1885. He was the son of Gaetano Guadagnolo( or Guadagnuolo)and Agatha Carpino. My Grandmother’s name was Angeline Torchia. She was born 7 January 1891. They both immigrated to the United States (seperately) and married on 22 January 1910 in Carona Kansas. My grandfather changed the surname from Guadagnolo to Wadino. They had 8 children all born in Kansas.
    I will be visiting Paterno Calabro from 9 Sep 2015 through 11 Sept 2015 and would like to see if there are any relatives still living there and find out as much information as possible….would the church or City Hall have records I could look at?

  3. Gina says:

    My name is Gina Maria Ferraro and I am the daughter to Vincenzo Ferraro; I am one of (8) children.
    My Father’s Grandparents were from Paterno Cosenza Calabria. Thier names were Vincenzo & Catherine Ferraro. Who had (7) Children: Michael, Louis, John, Pete, Tommy, Joseph and Julia.
    My Cousin and I are plannng a trip to Italy in March and would LOVE to visit the area of which our ancestors were born. To make this trip even more memorable, would be to actually meet our ancestors.
    Do you have any suggestions on how we could go about finding and meeting up with someone from our Parents/Grandparents ancestory?
    Any help would be so very appreciated.
    Wishing You a Blessed Day!
    We will be staying in Rome for 2 weeks, but will be renting a car to make the trip to Paterno.

  4. Stephanie says:

    I am trying to find out about my grandfather who immigrated to America in 1908. He lived in Paterno and married Giuseppina Grandinetti. His name was Saverio Maio.

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