Genealogy in Paterno Calabro

If you search your ancestors in Paterno Calabro, 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 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.

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 Calabria and in Paterno Calabro too.

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


  1. Diane says:

    Hi, I’m looking for any and all information you may have on Antonio and Lucy Madeo as well as their two kids Rose M and Frank Madeo. Rose was born approximately 11/30/26 and Frank was born 6/1/30. My name is Jennifer Manno and I’m 54 years old. I was sent to angel guardian home straight from Hospital and put up for adoption. My original name on adoption paperwork is Diane madeo born 5/1/63 at Physicians Hospital in queens New York. After DNA testing I was able to locate a first cousin named Frank Madeo. And Frank and his mom gave me a brief background which I was able to research A little bit online. I did stumble on a copy of old plane ticket from Rose Madeo in 1959 coming back from Italy, other than that I can’t find any photos of anybody mentioned, or any information or background on anybody. Unfortunately I had a very bad adoption situation so I have no family. And I would love love love to just have some background information and Photos so that I have at least some history and background for myself.

  2. victoria says:

    Hello, I am looking for information, and the birth certificate to get my great grandfather Gabriel QUINTIERI, was the merchants of Cosenza, and I have been told I could have been born in Paterno Calabro, between 1880 and 1895, was the son of Vito Quintieri and Micaela Di Pace. If you could help me I would be very grateful.

  3. Carla says:

    My grandfathers name was Carl maio his parents were from peterno Italy they both came to America I think the same year, please contact me if you’d like.

  4. Beth says:

    I am trying to find out about my great grandfather Giuseppe Casciaro who emigrated to the US around 1905. So did my great grandmother Vincengina (Turco) and I believe they were both from Paterno Calabro. They settled in Glasco, New York and had 13 children, one of whom is my grandfather Alexander Cashara. I am hoping to get my Italian citizenship and need to locate Giuseppe’s birth certificate!

  5. Michelle says:

    My family is from Roseland/Corona, Kansas. My great-grandparents came from Paterno around 1911. Santo and Mary (Maria) Carpino. They had 6 children- Frank, Tony, Pete, Mike, Phelomena and Josie. I did not see our surname Carpino as a common one in Paterno. Several of our family members, all cousins are planning a trip to Paterno in summer of 2017. We would like to know if we have any relatives currently living in or around Paterno.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

    • Lori says:

      My parents are from there. We had family that immigrated to Kansas. They will have the records at the church. You can also try city hall.

    • Josie says:

      Hi Mike,

      My paternal great grandfather was Francesco Guadagnolo. I don’t have a lot of information, but I do know that he immigrated to America in the late 1800s, early 1900s. They landed in New York and settled somewhere nearby there. My great grandfather and his wife (I do not have a name, but know she was also from Paterno) had a daughter, Antonietta, in 1904. Her birth certificate lists Glasgow NY as her birthplace. His wife passed away shortly after, and they returned to Paterno around 1908.

      My great grandfather remarried Agata (last name Sacchetta, also from Paterno) and together they had 7 children. Two of which remained in Paterno until fairly recently. Siters, Adelina and Rosina, never married. I know one passed away and the other is now in a nursing home, but do not know where.

      The only other child still alive is my great uncle Genaio. He lives in Lons-le-Saunier in south eastern France.

      My grandfather, Rosario Guadagnolo, moved to Toronto, Canada with his family in the late 1960’s.

      I was in Rome This passed July and spent a day in the town of Guadagnolo. The town has an interesting history, you should look it up if you haven’t already. Wish I could have found some information on how it fits in to our family histories. I spoke to a few locals, not a single Guadagnolo lives in the town. In fact, they were surprised to hear that my surname was Guadagnolo.

      Good luck with your search.

      Josie Guadagnolo

  8. 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.

    • Lori says:

      My parents are paterno. My moms maiden name is Ferraro. My uncle still live there.

      • Manderino says:

        My great grandmother was a Ferraro and married a Manderino. Did you find out any information or get to visit in Paterno? I was in Italy for a year and most Manderino’s were all living in the north.

  9. 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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