Genealogy in Colobraro

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

In towns and villages of Basilicata and in Matera province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Colobraro registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Colobraro 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 Colobraro. As more your surname is common in Colobraro, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Colobraro archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that the most common surnames in Matera province are:
Andrisani, Bianco, Bruno, Carbone, Carlucci, Cifarelli, Colucci, Coretti, D’Alessandro, Di Cuia, Di Lecce, Di Pede, Ferrara, Festa, Fiore, Fortunato, Gaudiano, Giordano, Grieco, Guida, Iacovone, Lamacchia, Lauria, Leone, Manicone, Martino, Matera, Montemurro, Montesano, Nicoletti, Olivieri, Padula, Paolicelli, Papapietro, Quinto, Rinaldi, Rizzi, Romano, Rondinone, Rubino, Ruggieri, Russo, Sacco, Salerno, Stigliano, Tataranni, Venezia, Vizziello.

Church archives in Matera 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.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Colobraro:

S. NICOLA DI BARI – P.zza Elena

If you have the opportunity to visit Colobraro and Matera 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 is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Potenza.

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 Colobraro 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 Colobraro area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Robert says:

    My great-grandmother was Maria Rosa Fortunato Mango. She married Giuseppe Mango in Colobraro in 1887. The story goes that she was killed by an uncle in 1911. This is a snippet my father got from one of his cousins on the death of my great-grandmother…”morta a Colobraro il 10.8.19111 alle ore antimeridaine 6, all’eta di 43 anni e stata uccisa da un suo zio perche oltrpassava la sua terra, faceva la filatrice”. I believe this translation means she basically trespassed onto her uncle’s land. It also says she was a filatrice “spinner”. I assume she spun cloth and maybe was using her uncle’s property. Anyone have more information on this killing? Perhaps any newspaper articles for reason, what was the uncle’s name and his fate. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

    Grazie mille,

    • Nicki says:

      Sorry, no information, but my great great grandmother was Domemica Fortunato born in 1843 and I just started exploring lineage. If I discover anything I will let you know.

  2. Lucinda says:

    My grandfather, James V. Mango, was born in Bella, Italy Nov. 7,1895. He traveled to America and died in 1948. His father Frank Mango, was born Feb. 15, 1875, was married to Victoria Lutsella. She was the daughter of Anthony Lutsella and Theresa DeSaude.

    Can you help locate descendants? We are traveling to Italy and will be visiting Bella.

  3. Kathleen says:

    My husband and I are traveling to Italy in June. We will be staying in the Basilicata region for part of our trip. I would like to get some information about my paternal grandparents who were from that area before they immigrated to the United States of America. I know they were from the Matera region and we think they came from Colobrara. My grandfather’s name was Guiseppi Antonio Morano and I think he was born in 1876. My grandmother’s name was Maria Bernard but I don’t have a birthdate. I wondered if you could please give me any information you have about the Morano or Bernard families and if there are possibly any descendants still living there.


  4. Jacqueline says:

    un ancestro, Nicola Damiani è nato a Colobraro en 1790 circa, figlio di Gaetano. E partito e ha sposato Lucia Martini a Livorno en 1806.
    Penso che potremo trovare informazione nel documenti in preparazione del matrimonio.
    Grazie per aiutarme.
    One ancester, Nicola Damiani was borned a Colobraro approx. 1790, son of Domenico. He has gone and got married with Lucia Martini in Livourne.
    I think we could find documents relative to the preparation of the marriage.
    Tnahs in advance for helping me

  5. Kathy says:

    My grandmother was born Filippetta Clelia Lapampana I would like any information on her parents if possible .She was born around 1890

  6. Maria Julia says:

    My grandfather, Nicolas Logioia, was born in Colobraro in 1875 in Via Andrea Doria 15. He left Italy when he was 7 and went to New York with his parents, and later at 17 left for Cuba where he stayed until he passed in 1964. I would like any information about the Logioia family if there are any descendents still living there.

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