Genealogy in Matera

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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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Matera, or if you have questions regarding your family in Matera, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


2 Messages to “Genealogy in Matera”
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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