Genealogy in San Mauro Forte

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

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

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

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


  1. Robert S says:

    My mother’s paternal great grandparents were Concetta Fugaro & Francesco Bisaccia and Madeline Cifichiello & John D’Ambrosio and two of her maternal grandparents were Frances Cifichiello & Peter Lacovara. As far as we know, all were born in San Mauro Forte. Any information anyone could provide us on them or their lineage would be most sincerely appreciated.

  2. Karl says:

    My grandfather (Antonio Autero) and grandmother (Concetta Guarino) were born in San Mauro Forte in 1888 and married there in February, 1902. I believe GGF Autero’s name was Pietro Autero. Does anyone have any information on these families?

  3. Nicole says:

    Hello, I have an immigration record of a Michele Cavalcante coming from San Maulo Forte. He was on the same ship as Vincenzo Villone, in 1902 (and they were both 24). It is not clear if they were blood related, but their destination happened to be the same family at same address in Rochester, NY. Can anyone tell me if these names truly originated in SMF?

  4. Jane says:

    My grandparents, Vito Cazzorla & Angela Salamone were from San Mauro Forte. Is there any family left there? Any geneology info? Appreciate your help.

  5. Laura says:

    I am seeking confirmation of birth for my paternal Grandfather. I have two locations of birth. William Dominic Querrieri or Guerrieri DOB: 02 July 1897 perhaps in San Mauro Forte, Poutenza Italy. If someone would guide me in the correct direction of where to find a birth certificate & parents names?

  6. Mike says:

    My grandfather, Victor (Vito?) Urgo, immigrated from San Mauro Forte to Passaic, New Jersey, USA, married to Fannie DiOrio. I haven’t interviewed my New Jersey cousins, who likely have more info. Just starting.

  7. Robert says:

    I was told my father, Michael Ralph Spinelli was born in 1899 in the town of San Mauro Forte. His name is listed as Michele Ralph Spinelli. His father’s name is Frank or Francis Spinelli and his wife is Rose Spinelli. They were first cousins. I would like any information you can give me about him.

  8. Donna says:

    All four of my grandparents emigrated from San Mauro Forte to the USA at the beginning of the 20th century. (Salvatore Cifichiello-Filomena Mulierè and Mauro T. Lamagna-Rosaria Cifichiello)..
    I have done a lot of family tree research but need more information to connect family lines and go further back. The site only has a few files for me to see.

    I need marriage certificates for:

    Great great grandparents:
    Vito Cifichiello – Francesca Paglia. Married about 1840s
    PietroAntonio Disanza-Maddalena Lacovara also probably married about 1840s

    And great grandparents:
    Vincenzo Mulierè-Donata Ronzillo married probably 1890s
    Francesco Lamagna-Francesca Tufo probably married about late 1870s

    Any and all help greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Donna Cifichello

    • STEVEN says:

      My great grandfather was Giuseppe Tufo, he came from from Basilicata, I believe San Mauro Forte in the early 1900s.

    • Marianne says:


      I just left you a phone message – I believe that my great grandparents were Francesco Lamagna-Francesca Tufo. They were my grandmother, Santa Cirillo’s parents. Santa came to the US in 1916 were her mother – the last of the children to immigrate. My grandmother married Joseph Cirillo and my mother was Anna Cirillo and my uncle was Rocco Cirillo.

    • Camille says:

      Hi, Donna. I believe you are the cousin, Lisa found (John Lamagna’s daughter). I am Camille Rowe, formerly Camille LaMagna. My father was William, brothers, Joseph and Frank. Their father was Salvatore, whose brother was Mauro. Salvatore married Grace Sanchirico. I do have their passports, as well as my great grandmother. I just returned from Italy but the town San Mauro Forte was not known by anyone in the Amalfi coast region. I will try to dig up those passports.

  9. Robert says:

    My father said he was born 0n September 10,1899 in Salerno in the province of San Mauro Forte Polenza. Can you please verify this. Thank you, Robert Spinelli

  10. Debby says:

    My family is from San Mauro Forte surnames are Michael birth around 1850 ish or Giovanni birth around 1870 is or Mauro diFate or diFato also Maria Scavetta birth around 1876 mother Maria and Onorato . I believe Michael married Caremisa Baso ablos born around 1850


  11. Bill says:

    I believe that my grandparents came to America in the 1890s from SMF. Do you have any record of a Giovanni Onorato, married to Benedetta, pls?

    • Bernadette says:

      My grandfather was Giovanni Onorato married to Benedetto Fanelli. My husband and I went to San Mauro forte and found there names in the commune. How are you related to them? They had seven children, Victor, Bosco(Tony) Joe Louis ( my father) Rita, Jean AndThomas now all deceased. Would love to hear from you!

  12. Angela says:

    Looking for info on my great grandfather Mauro Cifone, born 13 December 1880, emigrated to US 1903.

  13. Joseph says:

    Hi. My Great Grandmother was Celia urgo. She was married to Antonio Cavaliere. Both were from San Mauro Forte. I have very little information on Celia. Please email me. I have a lot of information on the Cavaliere side.Also, my grand uncle’s wife was Margaret Tricarico. They lived in Astoria, NY.

  14. Catherine says:

    I am trying to find as much information as possible about my grandparents who were born either in the city of San Mauro Forte, Italy or in the very close surrounding area. My grandfather was William Urgo. He was related to Antonio Urgo who owned a ranch in San Mauro Forte. I don’t know what year he was born but, He passed around October 16, 1970, in Whitestone, New York. His father’s name was Salvatore Urgo. Grandpa was one of 13 brothers including, Dan & Frank and they had 1 sister named Louisa. He was a Veteran of WWI. He married my grandmother Caterina Buonfante. It was a fixed marriage. She was related to Francesco & Antonio Buonfante. One of her cousins was Frank Buonfante & they were all from San Mauro Forte. I don’t know when my grandmother was born. She passed around 1981, in Whitestone, New York. I appreciate your help & very kind assistance! Many blessings!

  15. Mark says:

    My great grandparents were born in San mauro forte:
    Rosa Tricarico 12/20/1870
    Giuseppe D’Ambrosio 10/3/1864

    Her parents were:
    Tomassa DiSanza and Antonio Tricarico

    His parents were:
    Maria Furioso and Andrea D’Ambrosio

    I would like to find out any information about any of these individuals – dates of birth, marriage, death, their parents, etc.

    Thank you

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