Genealogy in Avigliano

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Avigliano, 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 Potenza province 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.

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

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


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

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

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.

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.

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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Avigliano, or if you have questions regarding your family in Avigliano, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


26 Messages to “Genealogy in Avigliano”
  1. 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?

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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??

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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).

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.


  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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,

  23. 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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