Genealogy in Grimaldi

If you search your ancestors in Grimaldi, Calabria, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Calabria and in Cosenza province registry offices 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.

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Grimaldi 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 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.
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 Grimaldi 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 Grimaldi area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Erin says:

    I’m looking for any information on the Amantea family (my GGF name was either Gofredo or Goffredo?) He was married to Enrichetta Bursa. My grandfather and his brothers immigrated to both Canada and the USA sometime before 1962. Any leads would be appreciated.

  2. Beverly says:

    I am looking for any Naccarato’s from Grimaldi who are related to the 5 brothers who settled in Priest River, Idaho. And family of Angelo who married Marie Teresa Naccarato. And, family if Antonio who married Carmellina Marie Naccarato. The all immigrated between 1895 -1900. Thank you

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Beverly- I know some others (distant relatives) who are also researching this family and they have found a lot of information. I can link you to it if you’d like.

  3. francesca says:

    Josie,I sent you message a while ago and did not get a reply. I am still interested in finding out who you are and where you live. There are other Magnone families close to where we live but apparently not related to us. Hope you will reply. Franca Veltri Magnone

  4. dawn says:

    I am interested in the Rogliano family of Grimaldi. In 1743, there were many households with the surname Rogliano. In time they all moved away, but I believe there were still Rogliano families in Grimaldi in the 1800’s. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  5. J. Sacoman says:

    Hello all….I am interested in anyiformation I can find on Michele Saccomanno who, to the best of my knowledge was born around 1855 and immigrated to the US from Grimaldi around 1875 – 1880. Parents where Pasquale Saccomanno and Tereza Nigro, both born around 1827.

    • Lcordova says:

      Michele was my GGF and I have recently found some information that I would like to share with you. Please let me know how you are related and how to contact you.


  6. Natalina says:

    I am interested in finding out information about the Marrello, Maio and Allessio families in Grimaldi. I know that the Marrello family originated from Paterno but at some point they came to live in Grimaldi. My grandfather’s name was Giuseppe Marrello and he was born in 1915. My grandmother was born Rosina Maio in 1919 Her mother’s name was Michelina Allessio and grandmother’s name was Candida. Michelina’s family was originally from Maione.

    • Jim says:

      Hi, my mother’s mother was a Maio. She lived in Priest River, Idaho. She died when my mother was 6, which would have been in 1922. I am also interested in finding out more about the Maio name, particularly Mario Maio from Grimaldi. Let me know if I can help. Jim

    • Mary Jo says:

      My grandfather was a Francesco Marrello born to a Dominico Marrello and a Giuseppina Bombino. Francesco emigrated in 1914 on the S.S. Berlin with his brother Salvatore. He moved to Utah and was called Frank Marrelli. I’d be interested in any information on the Marrello side as well.

  7. Carmino says:

    I am searching for any information on the surname Presta. Carmino Presta emigrated to Canada and I would like to find out about his roots. Parents were Guiseppe (born 1835)and Maria Presta both born in Grimaldi, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy. He had a brother named Guiseppe and might have had another brother named Guglielmo. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I have a photograph of Carmino but would love to obtain additional information on the family members he left behind when he emigrated to Canada. Is anyone related to this family or researching the “Presta/Presto” surname? Thank you kindly!

    • Renee says:

      I don’t have a lot of information about the Prestas, but I am descended from another Guiseppe Presta (b. 1886), the son of Santo (b. 1848) and Maria (b. 1848).

  8. 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.

  9. 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

    • francesca says:

      Josie, I was looking at something in the Grimaldi, Cosenza history. My name is Francesca Veltri and I am married to Antonio Mario Magnone, who is the son of Celestino Magnone. Celestino has one brother Nicola and one sister Giuseppina. We live in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Giuseppina was married to Rosaria Sgroi. Of course, we do not know where you live but seems that we might related. Please, reply if you get this e mail. Very interested in find out who you are and how we are related.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!!!!!

  13. 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.

    • francesca says:

      Dear Agidio,

      My name is also Veltri. I am the grand daughter of Roberto Veltri and Francesca Bruni. My dad’s name is Augusto Veltri.

      Please reply and let me know where you live and even a telelphone numbet.

      tks. francesca

  14. 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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