Genealogy in Pisticci

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


12 Messages to “Genealogy in Pisticci”
  1. Elaine says:

    My Grandfather was Dominic Barbalinardo. His father’s name is Joseph and his wife’s name is Madeline.
    My grandfather was a barber and lived in Jersey City.

  2. Antonio says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather Antonio Laviola who came to New York on April 9, 1903 and went back and forth to Pisticci in 1905, 1906, 1907, 1909. I am going to Pisticci in August 2018 and wish to know if any family is still there. Because in 1903 the ships manifest says he was 27 years old, that makes him born in 1876-77. I knew him as a child but want to know more about him and his back and forth to Pisticci. Any help or ideas to accomplish this is appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Anthony Laviola

  3. Wiliam says:

    Ciao, I well visiting Italy Pisticci region. My family is from this town. Looking for records of ancestors Peter LoPatriello born 6-26-1898 grand parents and my grandmas name Mary Miolla or Vita Maria Miolla her siblings ,John ,Vito ,Frank,Joseph.

  4. Marietta says:

    Trying to locate records for my father, Giovanni Barbalinardo, born of Nicolo Maria and Domenica Onorati Barbalinardo on 23 March, 1896 in Pisticci. Would like to know their street address at the time. Served in Italian army during WW 1. Came to United States in 1920 and 1924.

  5. Gregory says:

    Can anyone tell me the history and origin of the family surname Cufaro. My grandfather Vincenzo Cufaro emigrated to Toronto in the early 1900’s. He married a Maria Manfredo(her mother’s name was Carmela Urga or Urgo). They were From Laurenzana and Vaglio.

    I would like to know where the Cufaro family originated. I was led to Miglionico, (my grandfathers grandfather I believe), but am unable to find out any other information.

    Any information regarding the Cufaro name, the Manfredo name, or the Urga, Urgo name would be appreciated. Thank you for anything you can provide.

    • Barb says:

      Vincenzo Cufaro was from Pisticci. His Ontario marriage certificate (under Cuffero) states his father as Michele Cufaro and mother as Maria Denitti. His mother’s name could very well be incorrect.
      Maria Manfredo’s mother was Carmela Urgo, her father, Dominic. They emigrated to Canada quite early (1880s, I remember) and all three children were born in Toronto, Canada. They lived on Robert street. My grandparents met at their house!

  6. Peter says:

    I AM TRYING TO FIND MORE INFORMATION ON A FAMILY NAMED Barbalinardo My grandfather was Domenicangelo Barbalinardo his wife’s name was Carmina Gioia Carmina and her first son Donato came to Toronto,On Canada in 1911 I am trying to trace the family BEFORE THEY IMMIGRATED Family history suggests they were landowners (1815) ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED THANKS PETER

    • Angela says:

      Hi Peter. I have a relative named carm barbelinardo who lived in Toronto and was born early 1900,s. Her brother was Johnny Lombardi. His children own an Italian radio station in Toronto. She was my dad’s cousin. Not sure if it’s the same person. I know my mom’s family was from pisticci.

  7. Gina says:

    I am looking for information on my husband’s grandfather, Carlo Agneta. He was born in Pisticci, Italy on November 27, 1895.

  8. Robert says:

    I am trying to locate and establish a genealogical tree for Pietro(Peter)Maffei who left Pisticci in 1916 for America and settled in Jersey City, NJ.
    USA. I believe He was one of 11 siblings.

    • Elaine says:

      I know of a Peter Maffei who was a barber and lived in Jersey City. He had a brother Frank Maffei who lived in jersey city also. They owned a two family house. They also had a brother who I only know as Doc. They had two brothers who immigrated to South America.

  9. Victoria says:

    I will be visiting Pisticci and Craco in June 2014 with my husband, who speaks Italian. We are looking for records of my ancestor Michele Plati who we believe was born in Pisticci and later moved to Craco. We believe that Michele’s father was Maurizio. There is a record showing a Michele Plati who died in 1893 in Craco.

    I would like to visit the Records Office in Pisticci. Can you provide me with information? Is there an office for church records or any other records office that I should plant visit while I am there to get information on my ancestors?

    Thank you for your assistance.


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