Genealogy in Matera

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Matera, 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 Matera registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Matera. As more your surname is common in Matera, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Matera 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 Matera 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 Matera, or if you have questions regarding your family in Matera, 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 .
Our expert in Matera area will reply to you


  1. Debbie says:

    Hi, I am researching a Maria Pace who I believe was from Salandra. Her date of birth is 2 Nov 1881.
    She immigrated to the USA and arrived on 16 May 1899 on the Ship Chateau Yquem.

    I need some help finding her birth records.

    I am also trying to find her husband, who was born 27 Jul 1881 in Grassano. They married in New York. He arrived in the USA 14 Apr 1902. Thank you

  2. Lisa says:


    My great- grandparents were from Matera prior to their immigration to the United States.

    Angelo Ambrosecchio (shortened to Ambrose once entering the U.S.) was born August 10, 1872 in Matera. I believe his parents were Eustachio Ambrosecchia and Bruna Papapietro, although I am not 100% certain.

    Angelo Ambrosecchia’s wife, Paola Rosa DiLecce was born August 25, 1878 in Matera. Her parents were Eustachio Vincenzo Di Lecce and Filomena Chiamone.

    Any information you have on these individuals or their families would be much appreciated. Thank you.

  3. Christine says:

    To Whom it May Concern:
    I am interested in researching my paternal side of the family. My great-grandfather Eustachio Quintano was born in Matera 2 NOV 1878. His father’s name was Vincenzo. I would like to know his mother’s name, and possibly any information on his parents, grandparents etc. and siblings. Thank you!

  4. Russell says:

    Hello, I am searching for relatives and family history of Giovanni Lattarulo who was my Grandfather, he was born in Matera Italy in 1902, immigrated to the U.S. in 1920 on the SS Patria from Naples. i was told he was from a large family with many brothers and sisters. any help would be great ! thank you !

  5. weiker says:

    My great-grandfather, Antonio Fortunato (1871-1917) and Rosa Trolio, my great-grandmother (1877-1915), were both born in Colobrio and emigrated to the United States in the early 1890’s. His parents emigrated to Argentina about the same time and are believed to have settled in Buenos Aries. We are interested in any information that might still be available on both my great-grandparents and great-great grandparents. It is believed by great-great grandparents on Rosa’s side of our family may have had first names of Franco (Frank) and Catherine.

    Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.

  6. Gary says:

    Hi. I am looking for information on my grandfather born Feb 1899..Alphonse Montemurro…In Matera..WW1 vet. Is there an address I can visit there where he lived. Regards

  7. TOM says:


  8. Michael says:

    I am looking for information about my grandmother,Maria Bruna Scalcione. According to her US Naturalization record she was born in Matera on 30 September, 1894. She emigrated to the US with her mother, Angela DiBenedetto, in 1921.

  9. Diane says:

    I looking for information about Maria Vincenza Schiuma, born in Matera 03/30/1888 and Maria Giovanna Schiuma, born in Matera 05/09/1891. There are no records of their deaths in Matera, so they may have married and moved elsewhere. Thank you.

    • Nick says:

      Hi my name is Nick Schuima and I live in the US. My great grandparents, Angelo and Anna Maria(DeLesandro) came from Matera to New York. Angelo came after WW1 and Anna Maria, my grandfather Willaim(Emanuele) and my great uncle Rocci(Rocco) came to America to meet him in 1928. Anna Maria and my grandfather visited Matera in 1978, but everybody lost contact after she died in 1989. If you know anyone from Matera, let me know! Thank you

      • Nick Schuima says:

        And Schuima used to be spelled Schiuma, but at Ellis Island they put the dot on the I at the wrong spot so it became Schuima

        • Diane says:

          Hi Nick,

          It could be we are distant cousins. I have done some research in my grandfather’s (Francesco Schiuma) line, but I have not come across the names Rocci (Rocco) or DeLesandro. But since Schiuma is not a common name (except in Matera), maybe if we trace back far enough, we may find we are related. I’m also in the US.

          • Nick Schuima says:

            Hi Diane,
            I know that my great grandfather Angelo was born in 1895 in Matera, I know that he fought in WW1, then came to America. When he came to America, the dot in the “i” in Schiuma was accidentally changed to Schuima. Thank you!

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