Genealogy in Salandra

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

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

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

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


  1. Jacito says:

    I am trying to obtain Italian citizenship through Jure Sanguinis. I need to locate my grandfather’s birth certificate. He was born in Salandra on 3 December 1911. His name was James Acito and his father’s name was Frank or Francesco Acito. I am not sure of his mother’s name, but believe it to be either Mary or Vincenza. They came to the United States around 1914. Can you help me determine how I can find any information concerning my ancestors?


  2. Richard says:

    I am trying to get Italian citizenship by way of Jure Sanguinis. I need to find my grandmother’s birth certificate. I believe she was born in Salandra in 1880 or 1881. Her name was Carmela Aspromonte and her father’s name was Giovanni Aspromonte. They came to the United States in 1893 on a ship from Naples. Can you help me determine how I can find her birth certificate?

  3. Kim says:

    Trying to find out any information regarding my great grandfather and/or my great grandmother’s family. My great grandfather’s name was Francesco Benjamin Angelastro, he was born in Salandra in 1890 and immigrated to Ellis Island in 1908. The only information I have on my great grandmother is her name Mary Panchelli (sp?). They lived in Philadelphia and had three children, my grandfather Erasmus (Ray), and Antoinette and Angelina.

    Grazie xo

  4. Tony says:

    My Grandfather Antonio Paradiso was born in Salandra in 1873, His Father was Rocco Paradiso his mother was Rosa Locantore
    I looking for information on my Family and for any relatives.
    Grazie mille

    • Linda says:

      My grandmother married Alessio Locantore. Alessio was born @1875. I think his fathers name was
      Leonardo. I just started seaching

  5. Jacalyn says:

    My grandfather was born in Salandra on January 16,1889. His name was Nocola Zagaria and he had two brothers, Vincenzo and Rocco. His mother was Brigida Donella (sp?)and his father may have been named Joseph (Guiseppi). I am looking for any records that relate to our family. Thank you so much.

  6. Kevin says:

    Mi piacerebbe conoscere la mia discendenza. Sto cercando per i record di Antonio Castale Daria, nato il 15 ottobre 1873. emigrato a New York ai circa 23 anni. Grazie!

    I would like to find out about my ancestry. I am searching for the records of Antonio Castale Daria, born October 15, 1873. Immigrated to New York at approximately 23 years old. Thank you!

  7. Anthony says:

    I am looking for informatioon my great grandfather – Francesco Ragone – and/or his extended family. He was born in Salandra in 1895

  8. Christi says:

    Looking for information regarding family Padula. Maurantonio Padula born 1871 married to Caroline Iezzo born Jan 26 1880, daughters Theresa born 1904, Mary 1907, Anna 1913. Maurantonio immigrated to USA 1906, 1913, listings cousins Rocco and Nicola Angelastro. Carolina immigrated to USA 1915 with three daughters. All are from Salandra.


  9. Sandra says:

    Looking for birth record of my grandmother Angela/Angelina Maria Calabrese born I believe in July of 1886 in Salandra. Her mother was Maria Calabrese who was born in Salandra January 11, 1867 and her father is unknown to me so would very much like to know his name. I would also like to know the names of the parents of my great grandmother Maria Calabrese.

    With thanks,


  10. Peggy says:

    Surnames in Salandra in 1800’s – LEONE, PARADISO, SAPONARO, PANELLA, DONADIO.
    Looking for marriage of Anna Maria PANELLA to Giovanni LEONE about 1862 in
    Salandra or maybe Potenza.


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