Genealogy in Cinquefrondi

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Cinquefrondi, 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 Reggio Calabria province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Cinquefrondi registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Cinquefrondi 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 Cinquefrondi. As more your surname is common in Cinquefrondi, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Cinquefrondi archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Reggio Calabria province are:
Agostino, Albanese, Barbaro, Barreca, Battaglia, Calabrò, Carbone, Caridi, Catalano, Chirico, Commisso, Costantino, Crea, D’Agostino, Ferraro, Foti, Giordano, Iaria, Labate, Laganà, Latella, Lombardo, Longo, Macrì, Malara, Marino, Marra, Martino, Minniti, Modafferi, Morabito, Musolino, Napoli, Neri, Nucera, Panetta, Polimeni, Quattrone, Raso, Romeo, Russo, Scopelliti, Sergi, Siclari, Spanò, Surace, Tripodi, Zappia.

Church archives in Reggio Calabria 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 Cinquefrondi and Reggio Calabria 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 Cinquefrondi, or if you have questions regarding your family in Cinquefrondi, 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 Cinquefrondi area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. David says:


    I believe that my Grandfather, Raffaele Macedonia, was born in Cinquefrondi on April 16 in 1887 or perhaps May 16 of 1883. I also believe that his parents (my Great-Grandparents), Bruno and Rose Marie Macedonia, along with his brothers Angelo, Augostino and Guisseppe, and sisters Mariangela and Victoria are also from Cinquefrondi, but I have no information on their birth dates.

    It would be wonderful if I could confirm that my grandfather was indeed born in Cinquefrondi, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Mille grazie,


  2. James says:

    Hello: My grandmother, Mary Gallo, married my grandfather Vincenzo Papasidero, & I am told they were from Cinquefriondi. Timeframes would be late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Mary & 3 sons (1 of which was my father, Salvatore) came to America @ 1928. Vincenzo went back & forth several times until @ 1930. Any information would be treasured! Thank you, Jim

  3. Deborah says:

    Family name: Varone
    Gerard Esposito (my spouse) is descended from Caterina Varone (1843-1916), son Francesco (1879-1941), his daughter Rose.
    We plan to visit in September 2017.
    Website indicates there are 3 Varones listed in Cinquefrondi with names resembling those of our family. How to reach them?
    Thanks so much for any help!
    Deborah Soule Esposito

  4. Jeanne says:

    I am searching for Margarita Papasidero born 1865 near Cinquafrondi, died 1898. Married Vincenzo Zerbonia. Had 3 sons, Angelo, Michele, Raffaele, 2 daughters, Carmella and Teresa. We can not find her grave, as we have visited Cinquafrondi three times. Vincenzo is buried with his second wife, Mariangelo Gulizzzo. Thank you your help.

    • Jim says:

      Vincent Papasidero married Maria Gerace. Both were from Cinquifrondi and came to America on the same ship. They were married in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Glen Cove, Long Island, New York.

      Would love any information about their family line in Cinquifrondi.


  5. Tracey says:

    I have been trying to learn about my great grandfather Michele Papandrea who was born in 1875 and came from Cinquefrondi. Michele’s father was called Luigi Papandrea but that is all i have been able to find. Michele jumped ship to Australia in 1899 and no one in my family knows anything about his life in Italy. I would love to find out his mother’s name and any siblings he had. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Nunge/Panetta says:

    hello Calabria,
    I want to continue my genealogical tree, but unfortunately my researches concerning my name are dead. Would you please help me?
    My grandfather’s name is Panetta Arcangelo born at the end of the 19 th century married to Zuccala Teresa, two sons were born one was my father Panetta francesco(born in 1916) and my uncle Panetta Giuseppe.
    Thanks a lot for your help
    tanti saluti a Cinquefrondi which I visited last in 1969
    MT Nunge/Panetta

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