Genealogy in Avigliano

If you search your ancestors in Avigliano, Basilicata, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Basilicata and in Potenza province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Avigliano registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Avigliano 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 Avigliano. As more your surname is common in Avigliano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Avigliano archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that the most common surnames in Potenza province are:
Albano, Bochicchio, Bruno, Calabrese, Caputo, Carlomagno, Carlucci, Cirigliano, Claps, Colangelo, Conte, Cosentino, Coviello, D’Andrea, De Bonis, De Luca, Ferrara, Fortunato, Genovese, Giordano, Grieco, Ielpo, Labanca, Lauria, Lombardi, Lorusso, Marino, Martino, Mecca, Nigro, Nolè, Pace, Pepe, Potenza, Rinaldi, Romaniello, Romano, Rosa, Russo, Sabia, Santarsiero, Santoro, Scavone, Sileo, Summa, Telesca, Vaccaro, Zaccagnino.

Church archives in Potenza 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.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Avigliano:


SACRO CUORE GESU’ – Via Nazionale

S. MARIA DEL CARMINE – Largo M. di Savoia

S. MARIA DEL CARMELO – Via Nazionale

If you have the opportunity to visit Avigliano and Potenza 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 Avigliano 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 Avigliano area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Dave says:

    Hello, Could you please help me obtain my grandmother’s birth certificate her name is Mary Ann Visconti. She was born in Avigliano on June 27, 1898. Her father’s name was Angelo Visconti (born in1870) and her mother was Maria Michael Sabia (born in 1871). Their whole family emigrated to New York in April 25th 1901. Thank you again for any help you can give me. Sincerely yours, David Johnsen

    If you are unable to find my grandmother’s information, maybe you can find my grandfather Michael Colangelo born 3/21/1891 in Avigliano, Provincia di Potenza Baslicata, Italy. His parents were Peter Colangelo (born 1853) and Maria Pauline. Thank you again, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  2. Joan says:

    I am looking for further information on a g/g/ uncle Salvatore Vaccaro born in Avigliano in 1877 , he remained in Italy and his wife was named Angela maria Carlucci. They had a son Donatantonio in Sept. 1910 and I do not have any other information on any other children. Salvatore visited his brother Vito in Stamford Connecticut in 1898. He came here as a child in 1885; but went back to Italy. I believe the Vaccaro’s had a farm in Italy

    If anyone has any information on Salvatore please let me know.

  3. Rose says:

    Hi I am looking for any information on my family from Avigliano. My great grandfather was Giocondo Salvatore “Henry” Stolfi b. Jan 1, 1892 the son of Giocondo Vincenzo “James” Stolfi b. Jul 26, 1865 and Margherita “Margaret” Lovallo? b.Jun 12, 1893 Giocondo Salvatore’s siblings were Nicola, Gaetano Louis, Lucietta, Mildred, Francesco V, and Maria Carmela. May 20, 1912 they all arrived to Ellis Island from Naples on Duca D’Aosta except Francesco V (1909?) and Giocondo Salvatore (1903?) Giocondo Salvatore married Angela “Lena” Viniello in 1916 NYC. My family mainly resided in NYC. I’d like to know more about them and trace the Stolfi line further back. Grateful for you help.

  4. Rose says:

    The name Navigato doesn’t show up.Guisepe came to USA. In 1884 to New York with wife Rosaria n 4 children and passed away in 1896.Wifes maidennamewes Spadola or close to it.Thank you for any guidance.

  5. Dave says:

    I am planning a visit to Avigliano, Potenza. I would like to find some information on my grandfather Antonio Sabia, born Nov. 25th, 1887, married to Margaret Carriero, born Sep.12th 1893. I believe they both came from Avigliano.

  6. Jan says:

    Looking for any information on my Avigliano family – great grandparents Andrea (Andrew) Romaniello married Angela Maria Sileo approx 1882, Great great grandparents Donato Sileo married to Giovanna Maria Ippolita Francesca Brigida Vaccari (gotta love that name!) Great great grandparents Domenico Romaniello married to Crescenzia Tripoldi. Also great grandparents Agostino Galasso maried to Anna Lucia Genovese, Great great grandparents Vito Galasso married to Carminella Santarsiero. – thank you!

  7. Marylee says:

    I’m looking for information about my grandfather Andrea Matturro
    Who came to America from Avigliano Potenza
    His parents were Francesco and Domenica.
    He was born around 1890

  8. Ferrare says:

    Good day I am looking for any information on the surname Ferrare. I am told it might have been Ferrara before my grandfather came to the US.My grand parents were Florence Mecca and Anthony Ferrare I believe both from Avigliano.Both came to Ny in the early 1900’s.Thank you

  9. Alison says:

    I’m looking for my great grandfather’s birth record. His name is Leonardo Grieco, born in Avigliano on February 14th, 1893. He left Naples on the S.S. Berlin North German Lloyd and arrived at Ellis Island on February 23, 1912.

    Many thanks in advance for any help!

  10. Bill says:

    I am trying to find some information on my great grandparents.
    Vito Romaniello was born in Avigliano, Italy February 29, 1868.
    I believe he came to America in 1884 or 1886.
    When in America he married Irene Carriero who was also from Avigliano and was born there on September 12, 1871.
    Can you tell me the names of my great, grandfather’s parents?
    I believe my great, grandmother’s parents were Vito Carriero and Vita Telesco, both from Avigliano.
    Thank you for any information you can add.

  11. Ron says:

    I am looking for any information on my family. Their last name was Lovalllo and they were from Aviigilano. Most immigrated to the US in the 1900’s. My great grandfathers name was Theodore Lavallo and grfand mothers name was Maria Giovana Lovallo.

  12. Barbara says:

    I am looking for family in Avigliano. My grandfather was Dominic Mecca born in New Rochelle, NY in 1900. His parents were Nicola Mecca born 1869 in Avigliano. His wife was Maria A Germania. Nicola’s parents were Antonio Mecca and Giovannia. I am living in Calitri AV now. Thanks. Barbara

    • Chris says:

      My great, great, great grandmother was Carmella Mecca from Avigliano. Born in 1863. Emigrated to the US in the late 1800’s. Any relation in your family tree? We’ve hit a road block at her and her husband.

      • Marie says:

        Could be a relative of my grandmother. Her maiden name was Florence mecca (Nov. 21, 1898) born in Dunmore Pennsylvia. Married Anthony Ferrare (MAY HAVE BEEN FERRARA OR FERRARI) from Avigliano Italy , Born March 29 1897.
        my greatgrand parents were Carmella D,ndrea (maiden name) who married Sebastian Mecca. I just started making a family tree so
        I don’t have much information, but I have a feeling the D,Andrea’s may have been from Avigliano too…looking into this. Hope this helps.
        PS: If this pans out for you, I would appreciate any information you could share with me.

    • Myrriah says:

      Wow!! My grandma was Born Rosemarie Mecca. Her father was Dominick Mecca and her Mom was Carmela Pietrefase. Dominick and Carmela married in 1929 but he fell ill and passed away….the Mecca’s sound amazing!

    • Sandi says:

      Barbara, we are related. My grandmother Elisabetta Mecca’s parents was Nicola and Maria. I also believe her sister married a Dominic Mancusi. My grandmother married his brother Michele.

  13. Joseph says:

    Corbo family, grandfather Canio came to US late 1800’s, my father Angelo, Raphael Corbo born 1920, they end up in Waterbury, Ct on Butler St! I am trying to learn more about his childhood,I was told he was brought to US as a young man left with aunt and never saw his father again, My grandmother was Domenica Marie Summa! Any help info? I am told they were 3rd or 4th cousins, any help or knowledge is appreciated, I plan to visit in the next year! Thanks, Giuseppe Corbo

    • Diane says:

      Did you ever visit and find out any info? My grandmother was a Domenica Maria Summa, but her maiden name was Colangelo. My grandfather was Vito Summa, born in 1907 here in the states. Both Summa and Colangelo are Aviglianese. One day I’ll return there and hopefully stay for awhile to do some investigating.

  14. Casey says:

    Does anyone have any information on Pace lineage from the Avilgiano area? My grandmother’s grandmother (my great great grandmother) Anna Marie Pace died in childbirth in 1908 and unfortunate we don’t have much information about her. Anything anyone can share would be greatly appreciated.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Casey.

      My grandfather Angelo Pace was from Avigiliano. I’m not sure of the date he came to US. I think it was the early 1900s as my father was the baby in the family and he was born in the US in 1926.

    • Todd says:


      I am also a great great grandchild of Anna Marie Pace. Her daughter is Margherita Lacerenza. Do you know who Anna was married to, and who were Anna Marie’s parents were?

      • Casey says:

        Hi Todd,

        Sorry for my incredibly late response. My great, great grandmother (Anna Marie Pace) was married to Vito Stolfi. And I am not sure who her parents were.

  15. Greta says:

    I’m trying to find my Italian great-great grandmother and great-grandmother. My great-great grandmother’s name was Maria Giovana Larusso or Lorusso (I’m unsure of the exact spelling). She married a Lovallo, first name unknown. Her daughter, my great-grandmother, was named Maria Carmela Lovallo. She was born in 1907 (I’m not sure if this is the exact year). They emigrated to New York around 1913, I believe. Any information on them would be greatly appreciated.

  16. Jill says:

    Ciao and Hello! My grandmother, Donata Rossini, was from Avigliano and I am trying to find more information on her and my family. She was born in 1898 and her parents were Angela Maria Rossini (maiden name Sabia) who was born approx. 1871 and Domenico Rossini who was born approx. 1873. The immigrated to the USA – traveling twice in 1906 and again in 1913 because my great-grandfather was not allowed entry into the USA because of an eye infection. They resided in Hazleton, Pennsylvania until their deaths. Any direction on how I can find more information would be so appreciated. Thank-you and Grazie! Jill

  17. Michael says:

    I am looking for my great-grandfather’s birth records and any information leading to direct family members who reside in Avigliano Potenza region. His name was Leonard Frank Vaccaro. He immigrated from Avigliano to Stamford, Connecticut, USA. It is said that he had a large farm in Avigliano of which my grandfather (his son) Sanford Vaccaro sold-off. Any details would truly be helpful.

  18. Jamie says:

    My great-grandmother, Donata Maria Telesca, was from Avigliano. According to her passport, her date of birth was sept 1, 1892. Her father’s name is Leonard Antonio and her mothers name is Maria Giovanna Bochicchio. She came through Ellis Island oct 26, 1912 and resided in Buffalo, NY. She had a sister Maria Rosaria and a brother Angelo Vito (birth Jan 25, 1894). Looking for more information regarding The parents of Donata Maria and other relatives of that family tree. She named having an uncle Giuseppe and the Meccas are cousins. We have old pictures of Bochicchios, and meccas but can’t make the connection without more details. Thanks!

  19. Deanna says:

    Looking for any information or anyone else who might know any Rogato family. My great grandparents, Vito and Carmela (Gerardi) Rogato immigrated through Ellis Island in the early 1900’s. Vito came over first and settled in Dunmore, PA. His wife, Carmela came a little while later with my great aunt, Margaret and joined him. All were from Avigliano. Thank you!

  20. David says:

    I am looking for my Great grandfathers parents and any siblings. Raffaele Colucci born November 6,1875 in Avigliano, Potenza. He married Ida Berenice De Orsi 1899, they had a son Sylvio Colucci in Italy and moved to Yonkers, NY. Ida’s parents were Felice Maria De Orsi born 1835, Vietri de Potenza and Francesca Marasco who I don’t have birth date or city.

  21. Kim says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandfather Domenico Carriero who was born in the late 1800s in Italy and moved to the US in the early 1900s. He also had an older brother, Paul “Red” Carr Carriero.

  22. Veronica says:

    I’m helping my Colangelo cousins find their family. Their Grandfather, Arcangelo Colangeo, came from Avigliano according to his WWI and WWII registration records. He was born March 25, 1894. He had an older brother, Antonio, born December 24, 1888. On Antonio’s death record, it listed his mother’s maiden name as Louita. I’m trying to find out who their parents were and if they had other siblings. Antonio died in California in 1965 and “Arch” died in California in 1967.

    • Mark says:

      Veronica, I found the birth records for Antonio and Archangelo. Antonio’s birth was recorded on record 881 on 30 December 1988. He was born on 29 Dec 1888. Arcangelo’s birth was recorded on record 209 on 31 Mar 1895 and was born on 29 Mar 1895. Their parents were Berardino Colangelo and Anna Maria Lovito. I couldn’t find any others that were close to the dates you mentioned. Hope thisa helps.

  23. Charlotte says:

    Hi I am also researching avigliano relatives. My great great great grandfather was angelo mecca and his wife was maria mecca. Their son Antonio was my great great grandfather, and his son Angelo was my great grandfather. Angelo came over thru ellis island in 1901 on the Liguria with his family which included my grandfather Dominick John Mecca. He was 5 years old at the time. They settled in Dunmore and the family is still there. They had a farm in avigiano from early times and i believe the farm is still in the mecca family. anyone out there related and have info to share? thanks

    • Bill says:


      I have done some research on Meccas from Dunmore. My wife’s family were Meccas from the Avigliano area of Italy. I am not familiar with your Angelo but will share any information I have that might help.

      Bill M.

      • Charlotte says:

        There are a lot of Meccas in dunmore. My Meccas would be descendants of Dominick John Mecca druggist on chestnut street, early 1930s. His sisters. Josephine née Mecca Mecca and Angelina née Mecca Mecca (yes they married Meccas!). My grandfather Dominick John had a brother William Mecca, but don’t know any of his descendants. I am writing a 200 page book on ancestors. Almost finished. Angelo Mecca great grandfather had a father Antonio Mecca who remained in avigliano. Birth about 1820 for antonio. Thanks for answering my post.

        • Rosie says:

          Hi Charlotte, I may a 6 months too late. But my father was the son of Josephine. We are starting our family tree & it sounds like we are related. I remember my father talking about his Uncle D.J., the druggist! I hope we can get as far as it sounds like you have!

          • Ellyn says:

            My great grandfather Leonard Mecca also immigrated from the Potenza / avigliano and resided in Dunmore, PA on Foote Street. He was one of five brothers who immigrated. I believe the name of one of the brothers must have been Peter because that was the name of my grandmother’s (Leonard’s daughter)eldest and only brother Peter.

          • Casey says:

            Her father was Peter Mecca (presumably one of Leonard’s nephews named after one of his uncles). Her mother was Carmela (Stolfi) Mecca.

          • Virginia says:

            My grandparents were Guiseppe and Anna Maria Pinto from Foote St Dunmore. They had five sons. My father’s Godmother was a Stolfi. My great grandparents were Anna Maria Coviello and Angelo Vito Pinto.

    • Myrriah says:

      My great great grandparents are Dominick Mecca and Carmela Pietrefase! They had 1 daughter together Rosemarie Mecca who is my dads mom, Rosemarie Wilson. Dominick died a year into his marriage to my grandma Mille ( Carmela.” 1929.

      • Marie says:

        My great grandmother Carmella DeAndrea (Dunmore PA ) married Sebastion Mecca and their daughter Florence Mecca
        married Anthony Ferrari (Antonio?). Florence’s brother and sisters were
        , Lucy, Pete, Nora, Daniel, Frank, Conio, Joann. My grandparents and great grandparent were from the Avigliano area.
        I do not know any of the names of my grandfather’s brothers or sisters. Please share any knowledge if you can.


  24. Judy K. says:

    Bochiccio Family (Buchicchio, Bochicchio)- Looking for family connection to:
    Margherita Bochiccio b. abt 1857 d. 1938 m. Theodosio Cillis
    Vito Bochiccio b. abt 1820 d. 1884 in Pietragalla m. Angela Maria Debonis
    Nicola Bochiccio b. 1780-1800 d 1837-1866 m. Rosa Muscio

    I have names of children and extended family but trying to find out more about the Bochiccio’s of Avigliano. So, if you are a Cillis or Bochiccio, we are related!

    • Lisa D says:

      My gg grandmother is Carminella Bochicchio born in Avigliano in 1870.
      Her parents were Pasquale Bochicchio (abt 1845) and Maria Giovanna Labella.
      Pasquale’s father was Pietro Bochicchio.
      So we may be related!

    • Chris says:

      My grandmother was a Bochiccio. Her parents came from Avigliano and were Vincenzo (born 1881) and Anna Rosa (born in 1887). They immigrated to NY (Port Chester).

  25. Sheila says:

    I’m seeking living relatives in BASILICATA; my grandfather (Vito Gruosso) is from AVIGLIANO and came to America early 1900. He had brothers that came as well but also ones that STAYED in Italy – I’d like to locate these decendents.

    My great grandmother (CARMELLA SANTAMANO-RADICE-Frascella) came here in the late 1800’s before the big migration. She was an incredible woman and a prominent mid-wife here in the Trenton, NJ area in the 1920’s. I would like to find any living relatives of hers still in Italy.

  26. William says:

    My great, Grandfather, Vito Romaniello, was b. Feb. 29, 1868 in Avigliano.
    His wife, my great, grandmother, Irene Carriero was born Sept. 12, 1871.
    I am trying to find out their mothers and fathers names and dates of birth and death.
    Can you help me find that information?

  27. Anna says:

    My name is Anna and I live in Italy, my family origin is in Avigliano – Potenza – Italy. I know that an uncle of my grandfather, the name of the uncle was Giuseppe Rocco Vaccaro, came to New York I think about 1925-1930 with his family, he was married and he had many childs, I know only the name of one of them Carmela Vaccaro who came to visit my dad’s family about 1955-1960 with a cuisin who had the same name Carmela, and in these period she was about 40 years old and she wasn’t married. For many years my father told me that his family was in touch with this american uncle and cuisins but then they loose contact. Someone can help me to find my parents? I would like so much to know them but I haven’t many information because my father and all my uncles are not alive. Thank you very much!!! Anna

  28. Rebecca says:

    Hello, I am searching for my husband’s ancestors from Avigliano.
    My husband Steve’s great great grandfather Dominick Coyer (Coiro) was born in 1864 in Avigliano. He emigrated to the United States, but we think he may have traveled back and forth to Itlay. In my research, there are three dates for his emigration- 1870, 1881 and 1890. In America, he married Antoinette Ingrese around 1892. We don’t know if she is also from Potenza. Her parents were Leonardo Ingrese and Lucia Ricci.
    They settled near Scranton or Dunmore, Pennsylvania.
    Also, I believe his father’s name was Nick.

  29. Leonard says:

    I just discovered on a document that my grandfather Leonardo Lovallo who arrived in America in 1913 when he was 13 years old; put his place of birth as Sant’Angelo Avigliano. He was born April 18th, 1900 and died in Brooklyn NY, April 12th, 1973. I would love to find out if I have distant relatives in Avigliano; and what the history is of the Lovallo name.
    were all the Lovallo’s in that region related? Thank you so much.

    • Vinny L says:

      My grandfather angelo Lovallo arrived in American in 1916 with his wife.They resided in Port Chester, NY, until their death. If you check the Ellis Island museum search you will find a whole bunch of lovallo’s eventhough, the name could of been misprinted but importantly they all came from Avigliano.

  30. Vinny S. says:

    I am looking for relatives of my maternal grandfather, Vito Colangelo. He was born in Avigliano in 1872. His father was Tommaso Colangelo and his mother was Rosa Maria Colangelo (also her maiden name). Vito emigrated to Brooklyn NY and was married to Angela Maria Rubino of San Fele. He had sisters that I believe remained in Avigliano.

  31. Anthony says:

    My paternal grandparents were Leonardo gricco (grieco) and caterina santarsiero. Any information on them or any siblings they may have had would be greatly appreciated. I believe they came to the USA between 1900 and 1905.

  32. sol says:

    i,m looking for family silea lorusso..
    my grand grand father was angelo silea cilea sileo.. ??
    and her wife was margherite lorusso
    my grand father was vincenzo silea cilea or sileo.. was born in 1884
    can you help me??

  33. Diane says:

    I am looking for information about my great grandfather Angelo Colangelo b. 1865 in Avigliano. He married my great grandmother Rosa from Atella. Rosa was his second wife. He had children from his first marriage– at least a daughter who was not allowed into the US when the family traveled there in 1905. He died in1935 in Westchester New York. I wonder if there are any relatives related to the daughter he left behind. Rosa was 20 years younger than he. Angelo had a passport when he left Italy. Rosa, his second wife, may also have been called Colangelo. The story was that they were cousins, but nothing is known for sure.

    • Vinny S. says:

      Hi Diane,

      I don’t have a match for your great grandfather, but my maternal grandfather(Vito Colangelo b. 1872) was from Avigliano and there are many Angelo’s or Archangelo’s in his tree. His father was Tommaso (b.1842) and his mother (Rosa Maria Colangelo b. 1848) were both from Avigliano. I remember my Mom talking about relatives in Port Chester, NY. Mayne there is a connection…

    • Lisa D says:

      My gg grandmother was Vieta/Vita Crescencia Colangelo from Avigliano. Not sure of her birth date but she had at least 3 children born between 1868 and 1888, so she was probably born in the 1840’s.
      She married Vito Galasso also from Avigliano.
      The 3 children (Rosa Maria Galasso, Maria Carmela Galasso, Giuseppe Galasso) all emigrated to the US between 1900 and 1908, settling in Port Chester, NY, where they raised families.

  34. John J. says:


    My Great Grandmother was Carmela Filomena (Claps) Genovese. Wife of Salavtore Genovese who also was from Avigliano. She was born 5 April 1895 or 1896. Came to America on S.S. Principe di Piemonte to New York and arrived 8 March 1912. Settled in Waterbury, Connecticut.
    Any information is greatfully appreciated.

  35. James romanello says:

    My grandfather came here around 1890’s From San Fele Italy. He went by the name of Charles but not sure. Lived on seventh street buffalo ny.

  36. Jean says:

    Looking for some information on my great-great grandmother Rosa Genovese (thats her married
    name). I would like to know her husbands first name and when she married and the names of
    all her children. She was born around 1842 +/- 1 year. I would so love to recieve any information you may have. She immigrated to New York City after 1900. I believe two or three of
    her sons were Antonio, Guiseppi, Dominick.

    Thank you so very much.

    • Linda says:

      The reason for Cramutola is when people were writing the name down, the “T” looked like a “C”. Your name is Tramutola. People who are transcribers are mistaken the T for a C.

  37. Laura says:

    I am looking to fill in the gaps of my family history. Here is the information I know. My grandfather John Cramutola, USA, told me his grandparents came over from Potenza. He said that our family name was Tramutola, but some of our family changed it to Cramutola, while others kept Tramutola. His Grandfather was Giovanni Tramutola I believe to been born late to mid 1890s in Potenza. He may have a brother Donato and Father Michele. So, Giovanni Tramutola came to the USA met and Married Mary DeSimone, my grandpop believes ( they are my great great grandparents). They had several kids one is Joseph (name now Cramutola) he married Lucy (nee Terlingo) they are my great grandparents. Joseph and Lucy have several kids one being my grandfather John Cramutola, still living, 80 yo. We are from the Philadelphia, PA and New Jersey area of USA. Any help would be appreciated. I am planning a trip to Italy fall 2015. I would love to be able to visit where my ancestors lived ( and possibly current family).

  38. juan Iucciolino says:

    hi,family from Basilicata, “Pasquale Yucciolino” was born circa 1849, I want to know actual town, left Italy and went to Argentina (Buenos Aires). Any information will be greatly appreciated.

  39. Michelle says:

    I have been searching for information about my grandfather’s family. I found a record for my great uncle that listed his birth town as Avigliano, Prov. Potenza. My grandfathers name was Romano Rosa. He was born in 1888. He had four brothers Michael, Eliseo, Tony and Francesco. I believe my great-grandfather’s name was Francesco and my great-grandmother’s name was Louisa. I would appreciate any advice you have on how to get information about my family. Thank You!

  40. Michelle says:

    I have been searching for information about my grandfathers family. His name was Romano Rosa. I thought he came from the Abruzzo Region. I have been researching on ancestry and my great-uncle listed his birthplace as Avigliano, Province Potenza. Any information about how I can locate information on my family would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

  41. Mary Vita Brennan says:

    Hello. I am looking for information on my great grandmother and great grandfater. Her name was Vita Crescencia Santarsiero. I think her year of birth was 1877. She married Frank (sorry, don’t know the actual name) LaBelle whose year of birth I think was 1872. Vita came to the US in 1898 and I think Frank came in 1894-1895. I know they came from Avigliano (pretty sure it’s Avigliano, Potenza). Any information you could provide would be very helpful and very much appreciated.

  42. John says:

    I am looking for the birth records of Vincenzo Mecca, my grandfather. He was born in 1885. His father’s name was probably Salvatore and his mother’s name was most likely Margarita.

    • John says:

      Correction, the name would be Augustino, not Salvatore. So I am looking for Vincenzo Mecca, son of Augustino and Margarita Mecca, born in 1885.

  43. Anthony says:

    I am looking for my grandfather’s and grandmother’s birth records. His name was Santolo (Santo) C. Santarsiero, born in Avigliano, Italia on/about 17 March 1881, and who immigrated to Buffalo, New York, USA. Also, my grandmother was Carmela Cavalieri Santarsiero, born in San Fele, Italia on/about 4 July 1884, and who also immigrated to Buffalo, New York, USA. Also, any information that you have on their parents and brothers and sisters is appreciated. Any confirming information that you can provide would be very much appreciated! Grazie!

    • Marilyn DeGanne says:

      Anthony, your family is exactly like mine – I have relatives from both San Fele and Avigliano. What is your surname? I have Santarciero relatives – Mary Santarciero (b. 1874 in Italy) married Vittorio (Vito) DiNello, and my direct line is the DiNello family (though I am descended from Vito’s brother). Mary’s parents are Angelo and Crescentia Santarciero, and their other children are Lucy (b. 1889) and Antonio (b 1886). That is all I know so far. Any connection???

  44. Mark Leagjeld says:

    My wife’s family is from Avigliano Her Grandfathers name was Rocco Vito Lorusso born April 5, 1889 and her grandmothers name was Angela Maria Lopardo born September 18, 1893.
    Rocco emigrated to the USA in 1906 and Angela emigrated in 1913.

    If you have any information on either I would appreciate hearing from you.
    We plan to visit in the next couple years to find any relatives.


  45. Christine says:

    My Grandparents, Domenico Nole’ and Cristina Cortez Nole’ and their son,Michele, age l, arrived in Ellis Island on May 19, 1902. Their home in Italy was Avigliano. I am seeking marriage records from Avigliano. They would have been married in 1900-01.

    • Karen says:

      Hello Christine, I just came across your post on this site. Domenic Nole and Christina Cortez are my great grandparents. Their son James Nole was my grandfather and his daughter Marie Nole was my mother. I would be interested in knowing if your have any family info to share.

  46. Carol says:

    I have very little information about my Italian ancestry. My father is Don Avigliano (alive @ age 89, a WWII veteran), my grandfather was Pietro Paulo Avigliano the son of Lucia Messina & Girade Avigliano (a candy maker in New York). Girade’s siblings were Giovannia, Augusto, & Margarita. I believe there is a 1900 New York census where Girade, Lucia and children were all living in the USA. I am curious how best to determine where Lucia & Girade came from (in Italy)& when they came to the US. My understanding is that they came to the US at different times and met & married in the USA. Any suggestions on where to begin ? (I actually visited Avigliano Citta in 1998 and was told there were few Avigliano’s in the city any longer) Thanks, Carol

  47. Frank says:

    I am trying to get info on my grandfathers first wife ( Rosina Petrino) She arrive in NY on January 14,1906 at the age of 21. She traveled under her maiden name and stated she was going to visit her husband Joseph D’Andrea. She gave birth to a son Anthony D’Andrea who later died at the age of 13. My grandfather married my grandmother in 1909 and raised Anthony until his death. He is buried with my grandfather in NY. My grandfather was born in Avigliano to Antonio and Maria Giuseppa Claps. Any information on any member of my family would be helpful.
    Many thanks,

  48. Marilyn DeGanne says:

    I am looking for my great-grandfather’s birth record. His name was Donato DiNello and my family told me he was born in Avigliano on 18 October 1869. Do you think his name was really DiNello? I keep searching for him and his parents. His parents are Francesco DiNello and Caterina Santoro DiNello. They all immigrated to Buffalo, New York, USA.

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