Genealogy in Lappano

If you search your ancestors in Lappano, 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 Lappano registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


  1. Charmayne says:

    I’m heading to Lappano in Spring. I have more info gathered and have done DNA testing. My grandfather Serafino Gervino was born in Lappano. His parents Salvatore Gervino and mother Lifriorianna Grozio. He emigrated in 1905 at age 15. Looks like he was meeting his uncle in NY. Giuseppe lifrieri. His father Salvatore Gervino came in 1906 . Looks like he had relatives in Chicago. He didn’t care for the US and went back to Italy. My grandfather never saw him again. His mom died when he was 18mos old. And had a sister Maria. I would like to know more about her and her family. Anyone with any info feel free to share

  2. Terri says:

    I am searching for info or relatives of my husband’s grandfather. Here is the info we have:
    *Massimo Frank Covello, born 9.25.1885, Lappano
    *Father was Pasquale Covelli(with an “i”, not an “o”), mother Maria (no maiden name found).
    *. Immigrated to NYC in 1985.
    We would like to know if there are any relatives out there. Covello is not a common name in the US, so there aren’t a lot of us around.

  3. Gerald says:

    My name is Gerald Gerbasi, My father was born in Lappano March 20, 1920
    He had 1 brother born in Lappano Michele Gerbasi January 30, 1914 and he died in Lappano March 30, 1920. An older brother Francesco Eugenio Gerbasi was born in Aprigliano August 1914. My grandparents were Salvatore Gerbasi and Giuditta Pucci.

    I have been unable to trace my familiy back any further and was hoping you might be able to advise where I can find more records on my family such as marriage records of my grandparents, who my great grand parents were and where I can find more information about my family

    I would greatly appreciate any information you could provide or suggestions of where I might find more information.

  4. Susan says:

    My grandfather Giuseppe Pasquelle Caravetta was born in Lappano on August 27, 1880. His parents may have been Antonio Caravetta and Theresa Bruno. He departed from Naples April 1910 on the S.S. Louisiana and arrived in NYC on May 2, 1910. Several of his siblings also immigrated to US but not all. If you have any information regarding Giuseppe Pasquelle Caravetta, it would be much appreciated.

    Thank you,

  5. Susan says:

    My grandfather Giuseppe P. Caravetta was born in Lappano on August 27, 1880. He departed from Naples and arrived on Ellis Island on May 2, 1910. I believe he had a sister named Ida. This is all I know. Any information you may have on my grandfather would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your assistance.


  6. Charmayne says:

    Looking to find info on my grandfather Salvatore Gervino. From Lappano, born in the late 1880’s. Believe his mother died when he was a baby. His father brought him to Chicago in the early 1890s. He had an uncle in Chicago that his father left him with. His father returned to Italy. I believe he had a sister bUT this is about all the info I have. Anybody familiar with this family? Thank you!

    • Brian says:

      My great great grandfather’s name is Michele Gervino, born right around 1865. He was from Lappano and had 5 children when he left from Naples to Ellis Island in 1900 at age 35. He then had 5 more children in the U.S., the first of which was my great grandfather. They grew up around the Pittsburgh area. We still don’t know why our last name changed from Gervino to Ross (which is signed on his death certificate). The population was so small in the town and the timing is right, my grandfather told me we already had family over before Michele came over in 1900. Could we somehow be on the same search??

      • Charmayne says:

        We might be. I just found my grandpa’s birth certificate today. Looks like his father had a sibling named Michele. Let me do a little more digging.!

      • Charmayne says:

        Oh yeah his name was actually Serafino Gervino. His father turns out was Salvatore.

  7. Camille says:

    I would love to find my lineage and present relatives now in Lappano and Cosenza Italy.

  8. Sarah says:

    My father was borh in Lappano on Sept. 19, 1907. His parents name were Anmunziato Intrieri and Saveria Scarpelli. He emigrated to the US in March of 1923 along with his father.He told us before he died in 1967 that he had a step-sister in Lappano but we have no other information. I would like to find out if I still have some family in the Lappano area.

    • Bea Donato says:

      My great grandmother was from Lappano and her name was Maria Scarpelli, my great grandfather was Frank Scarpelli, they both had the same last name before marrying. Also my Grandmother was born there Elissa Scarpelli and her brother was Anthony Scarpelli. In addition my Grandfather was Joseph Grano, with siblings Romano, Edwardo and about 10 others I dont know. Any of this match what you have? Would love to put together all the peices.

    • Charmayne says:

      I am also related to Scarpelli, small world

      • Gina says:

        This is all so amazing to me. My Grandmother was Filomena Covello and her husband, my Grandfather was John Baptist Scarpelli. I know they were 1st cousins and had to have a special dispensation from the Pope. I had no idea where we were from until I saw this. Gina

    • Charmayne says:

      Rosa Carmina Intrieri was my great-great grandmother

  9. Suzanne says:

    My grandparents were from Lappano Italy – Michael Covelli and Antoinette Sproveri. My great grandparents last name was DeMarco.

    I would love to be able to locate some relatives from the area and connect with them.



  10. Frank says:

    I am beginning my research on my grandparents and Their families who lived in Lappano
    My grandparents named where Frank and Lucy Covelli , they had three sons Tony, John and
    Mario.I believe my grandmothers maiden Name was DeMarco.
    I am interested to know if there is any Record of other siblings of my

  11. Cindy says:


    Researching Michael and Louisa Filicetti from Lappano that immigrated to the US in 1905. I know they departed from Naples and arrived Ellis Island. Michaels Date of birth is November 8, 1885. If you could help me get started on finding this lineage, marriage certificate, baptism ect… Would be appreciated.

    Best regards,


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