Genealogy in Pomarico

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Pomarico 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 Pomarico. As more your surname is common in Pomarico, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Pomarico 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 Pomarico 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 Pomarico, or if you have questions regarding your family in Pomarico, 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 Pomarico area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Frank says:

    My great grandfather emigrated from Pomarico in either 1902 or 1903 and settled in the Taylor St neighborhood in Chicago and married my great grandmother Philomena Marzano I am not sure if she is from Pomarico……our family still remains on Taylor st. ..115 years later……hopefully one day I can visit Pomarico!

  2. Nick La Guardia says:

    My paternal grandfather was born and lived in Pomarico. His name was:

    Giuseppe Donato La Guardia – Born 27 June 1880 — Death 3 May 1951 – Welby, Colorado
    He immigrated to Colorado about 1903

    I know he had at least one brother who I believe immigrated to Chicago… in the early 1900’s
    He also talked about his twin sisters, although I don’t remember their names…

    He had a cousin or cousins who immigrated to Racine, Wisconsin

    His father’s name was: Domenico La Guardia – Born abut 1855
    His mother’s name was: Laura Scarandafia – Born about 1855

  3. Stephanie says:

    I am looking for information on the family of Isabella Ragone, who would have been born around the late 1700s. I would like to know names of her siblings and her children. Thanks!

  4. Mary Ann says:

    My parents grandparents and great grandparents were born in Pomarico. Leonardo Ferrara, Rocco Ferrara and Julia Agneta), Vitoangelo Ferrara (the Ferraras had a vineyard) (an uncle had a jewelry store in Rome)
    Elisabetta Pizzolla, Domenico Pizzolla & Rosa Armando), Giuseppe Pizzolla
    I will be going to Pomarico in October and would appreciate any information.

    • Michele says:

      What kind of info would you like? I began going to Pomarico in 2010 and go 1-2x a year. Currently I am buying a house there. My grandparents came from Pomarico, where I still have cousins (family names: Ferrandina & Dianora). It’s a beautiful comune and still very ‘old world’.

      • Mary Ann says:

        All I have are names and I’M looking for more information about both families. I know my dad had a sister Mary Ferrara (marriage name unknown) and she had 11 kids. Maybe one of them might still live in Pomarico.

      • Lori says:

        My great grandparents were Michele and Margaret Dianora. My grandfather Domenick Dianora lived and died in Staten Island New York date
        Of death march 28 1937. He’s gone 81 years. Are those names familiar to you?

  5. Michael says:

    Hello Bud and E,

    I am Michael Mallano, Janine’s older brother. I am starting to plan a trip to see Pomarico. I am hoping to make it out there this upcoming December or January. Bud, I would love any information you have on our great grandparents. Wondering where you live.


  6. Leonardos Sorresse says:

    just wondering about my ancestors..
    Any thing you have would be very helpful
    To me

  7. Jeremy says:

    My great grandfather and great grandmother are from Pomarico Italy:
    Domenico Castellano
    Pomarico, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
    Death: January 4, 1940
    Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
    Immediate Family:
    Son of Vito Santo Castellano and Mary Bruno
    Husband of Maria Fortunata Castellano
    Father of Albert Castellano; Ernest Castellano; Mary Angelina Pennini and Adelina Dorothea Dalton
    Brother of Gionvani Castellano and Miguel Castellano

  8. Janine says:

    Two of my great grandparent are from pomarico. Leonardo Antonio Mallano and Anna Maria Tristano . We are visiting December 2014.

    • E says:

      Hello Janine,

      I am just seeing this for the first time. You can write to the Province of Matera for more family information. It needs to be in Italian and you should include a return envelope (no postage because theirs is different coming back to the States). Matera is very helpful. I visited Pomarico for the first time in December and will go back in April. It’s a fabulous place with incredible people. I have many “Mallano” family members there. It’s possible we are related. Did you ever visit?


    • Bud says:

      Hi Janine, we must be cousins. Those are my great grandparents also. I would like to hear about your visit and also I have some info about them as well.

  9. Marie says:

    All 4 of my grandpaents were from Pomarico. They emigrated to the US approximately 1910. Their names were:

    Maria Donata Carioscia
    Marco Laterza

    Elisabetta Musillo
    Michele Angelo Dellotto

    I will be traveling to the region this Fall and would appreciate any preliminary information that I could obtain.

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