Genealogy in Grassano

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Grassano, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Basilicata and in Matera province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Grassano registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Grassano?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Grassano


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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Grassano from the Italian Unification (1861).

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Grassano. As more your surname is common in Grassano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Grassano 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.

If you have the opportunity to visit Grassano 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.

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.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Grassano, or if you have questions regarding your family in Grassano, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
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10 Messages to “Genealogy in Grassano”
  1. Giuseppe says:

    My family Grandmother’s family is from Grassano on my Dads side. My Grandmothers last name is Lagronigro. Any information will great!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Laurino says:

    Any information on my father James Laurino, born February 20, 1902 would be appreciated. Thank you!

  3. Laura says:

    Looking for any information for Prospero Ambrico. He was born March 1876. his mother was Teresa Settembre. He was married to Anna Ippolito. He went to the USA in 1899 with his 2 children. He had 10 more children & then left most of them and his wife in the USA. He returned to Grassano. He had more children there. A daughter Elena and 2 sons as far as I know. He never returned to the USA.

  4. Michael says:


    I am interested in the history on Bianco. My Grandfather Anthony had a brother Joseph Anthony was born 1897. Just wanting to learn more about my ancestry, anything.

    Thank you.

  5. Gerard says:

    To whom it may concern:

    We’re looking for any information surrounding our ancestors;
    Francesco Soldo (born approx 1790-1800 (?), married to Antonia Bolettieri; with son Giuseppe Domenico Soldo, Born 19 Jan 1821, Died 20 Aug 1953.

    Thank you in advance for any/all information you may be able to provide us.

  6. pasqaule loftus says:

    House fire in 1954 destroyed all paper work for my Italian Grandmother. She was illiterate so her name was probably written phonetically at Ellis Island. I cannot locate in any Ellis Island record.
    here is what we know:
    Name; Rosina Samparelli/Zamparella…unsure of her maiden name. Everything she signed was done with a “X”.
    She was born Dec 8 1900 or 1901 in Grassano.
    Her parents were Giuseppe and Maria. Her mother’s maiden name was Lagonigro.
    She supposedly had 11 brothers and 1 sister who died from an infection due to a human bite. This incident would have prior to 1913
    She left Grassano for New York in either 1913 or 1914 to marry my Grandfather Biagio Monteleone who was from Carosino Lecce. I have been trying to research this for almost 25 years and to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated

    • Rosemary says:

      My grandparents from Grassano came through the Port of Philadelphia, not Ellis Island. They ended up in Brooklyn. I believe they came on a ship of German registry, but I don’t know the name.

  7. Marguerite says:

    I am looking for information about my great-great-great grandparents, Francesco D’Artizio and Angela Granzino, who had a child, Caterina D’Artizio, in Grassano about 1831 (she died in Gravina in 1907). Cateria married Francescopaolo Mugnolo (who was born in Gravina), but their daughter, Maria Maddalena Mugnolo (my great-grandmother) was born in Grassano around 1853 (she died in Gravina 26 June 1894).

    Was travel (and moving households) from Grassano to Gravina in Puglia common in those days? What caused families to move from one town to another?


  8. Jeanette says:

    compilling family ancestry. interested in identifying the names of my grandparents parents. need the parents of giuseppe schiavone (he was born in grassano 1892) and annarose frazullo (she was born in grassano 1895).

    Would like to identify their parents names and dates of birth.

  9. LEE D'AMBROSIO says:

    Looking for great grand parents from grassano. Francesco Cicileo and Antonia D’Ambrosio had 2 children Vincenzo and Rosina Vincenzo born 06/27/1894. immigrated to usa 1913

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