Genealogy in Rende

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Rende. As more your surname is common in Rende, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Rende 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 Rende 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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Rende, or if you have questions regarding your family in Rende, just leave a message below

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  1. Caron says:

    Hello, I believe that my maternal great grandfather and grandmother were from Rende Italy. Their names were Fiore Antonio Sturino (born in 1889) and Beatrice Ranieri Sturino (born in 1892). They came to the United States in 1914 with their young son Giuseppe (born in 1913). Any genealogy or information on them or other family members would be welcome. Thank you!

  2. Monika says:

    Looking for my husband’s mom side- Her name was Triestina Francesca Ferraro (1920 born in Rende -2013USA) her parents were Eugenio Ferraro & Emilia Conforti as far we know both from Rende. We have nothing else. If anyone has info on them we would really appreciate it. thanks

  3. Gordon says:

    Searching for relatives and information regarding Francesco DeFranco from Rende.
    Birthdate perhaps 14 Sept 1895 or 1896. Immigrated to US leaving Naples in 1913 at age 18. Arrived at Ellis Island on the ship Mendoza on 13 June 1913. Lived in US in Chicago and died in Fresno, CA, July 22, 1970.

  4. Terry and Nancy says:

    Hello! We’re trying to find any information about my husband’s grandfather, who we believe was named Frank Cosentino. He would have come to the United States in the early 1900’s and possibly settled in Kenosha, Wisconsin. My husband’s father was also named Frank Joseph Cosentino, but we don’t have a birth certificate for him, possible because his mother was not married.

    We want to plan a trip to Italy at some point soon, and want to make sure we visit the right town. Any information or records you might have would be greatly appreciated!

  5. Jeff says:

    Several of my relatives were originally from Rende, Cozena, Calarbria, Italy. I am trying to locate more information about my great great grandparents and would appreciate any assistance that you can provide:

    Great Great Grandparents
    Francesco Vercillo (1865-1954)
    Giuseppina Gaudia (1858-1950)
    Pasquale Chiapetta (?)
    Giuseppina Reda (?)

    Great Grandparents
    Emilio Vercillo (17 April 1898- 18 August 1977)
    Aquila Chiapetta (13 October 1898 – 24 August 1996)

    Mary (Vercillo) Gentile Lombardo (15 November 1921)

    Thank you!

  6. Nancy says:

    We’re trying to find information about our paternal grandmother. Her name was Francesca Mente (or Menta). Her birthdate was February 8, 1891. We are told she was from Rende. She married Angelo Conforti from Marano Marchesato in 1909 (not 100% sure about the date). Any information would be wonderful.

  7. France says:

    Hello, My grandmothers name was Rosaria Costantina Costabile. Born in 30 September 1882 OR 1886. I have not yet been able to find her parents names to follow down that line. Any info appreciated, thank you.

    Interesting names so close to that of a previous commenter!

  8. Elio says:

    Hi my fathers name is Raffelli greco His father was Arturo Greco,Do you know what his fathers name is and what did he do in Rende.

  9. Carla says:

    Hi, I am trying to find more information about my mother’s side. We lived in Rende and her grandfather’s name was Francesco Morrone. He had 4 children (Albino, Fedora, Edimondo and Nerina). I believe great great grandfather’s name was Michele. Would you be able to confirm that and also (if possible) his date of birth and his wife’s name and any other dates you can provide me (their birthdates). Thank you very much in advance.

  10. Michael says:

    My grandfather, Melchiorre Pastore left Rende in 1900 for New York, USA. He was born on Dec 10th 1887. His Father’s name was Baldassarre,and his mother’s name was Angela Schinella, and they had many sons. Any help I could get with this family would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

    • Dan says:

      Michael, here is a start for you. There is more but this will get you started.

      BALDASSARRE4 PASTORE (Domenico Costantino3, Gaspare2, Domenico1) was born on 19 May 1837 in Rende, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy. He married Angela Schinella, daughter of Carlo Schinella and Innocenza Iorio, on 10 Aug 1861 in Rende, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy. She was born on 19 Mar 1844 in Rende, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy.

      Baldassarre Pastore and Angela Schinella had the following children:
      1. BENEDETTO PASTORE was born on 30 Mar 1862 in Rende, Cosenza, Calabria,
      2. STEFANO PASTORE was born on 18 Aug 1863 in Rende, Cosenza, Calabria,
      3. DOMENICO PASTORE was born on 06 May 1866 in Rende, Cosenza, Calabria,
      4. RAFFAELE ENRICO PASTORE was born on 15 Apr 1871 in Rende, Cosenza, Calabria,
      5. BERNARDO PASTORE was born on 13 Feb 1878 in Rende, Cosenza, Calabria,
      6. MELCHIORRE PASTORE was born on 10 Dec 1887 in Rende, Cosenza, Calabria,

      There may have been other children between Bernardo (aka Bernaudo) and Melchiorre – most likely females as could not find any other military duty records of sons.

  11. Jeanie says:

    My husbands grandfather came to ellis island from rende
    Leopoldo Salato Rende, Cosenza 1909 at age 18.
    trying to find out more about his genealogy?

    • Dan says:

      Hi Jeanie,
      Salato is not a name associated with Rende. Perhaps Leopoldo was given up at birth by his mother and therefore given a very unique name so that the identity of the parents could not be traced. It did happen fairly frequently when unwed mothers gave birth to an unwanted child. The Ellis Island manifest indicates that his family was left behind and the next of kin is identified as Rosario Cosentino. This could be the person who adopted him and there was a record of a Rosario Cosentino living during that time frame in Rende (see below). Leopoldo was destined for Chicago where many people from Rende ended up in America including a number of my relatives. The person awaiting him in Chicago appears to be Serafino Iantorno and is identified as a friend. The names Cosentino and Iantorno were both fairly common names associated with Rende and there were several close relationships between these family names.

      SIAS Code IT-ASCS-F680258
      Ufficio Leva della Provincia di Cosenza, Enlistment year 1867.Volume number 89,
      document number – page 225 section –
      Rosario Cosentino, enlisted on –/–/—-
      born on 03/10/1867 in RENDE
      son/daughter of Emmanuele Cosentino and of Teresa Belmonte

      I am quite certain the parents of Rosario Cosentino were originally from the neighboring town of Marano Marchesato as several of their older children were born there. Good luck on your search.

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