Genealogy in Barile

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Barile. As more your surname is common in Barile, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Barile 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 Barile 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 Barile, or if you have questions regarding your family in Barile, 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


3 Messages to “Genealogy in Barile”
  1. Vincent says:

    My grandmother was Palma paternoster.She was from Barile,Italy.She came to united States around 1917. My grandfather was from Melfi. His name was Rafael Convertito. My grandmother had two brothers,Ralph and Luigi and a sister Josephine who also came to Americs. They lived in Bridgeport,Ct. I know there is a winery named Paternoster in Barile. I would like to know if there is some relation. I am coming to Italy on May 16,2015. I plan on visiting Barile and Melfi. Hope to hear back from someone.

  2. Peter says:

    My sister and I are going on a lifelong dream trip to hopefully meet our Italian ancestors. Our Grandfather and Grandmother were born in Barile. His name was Donato Volonnino and her name was Philomena Silvestro. We are hoping with all our hearts we meet any family members that are there now. We would be so grateful if you can provide us with any information you can so we may contact them. We will be staying in Positano from 28 Sept. to 5 Oct.
    Grazie, Peter

    • Suzanne says:

      My friend whom I am helping to research family has a grandmother who was from Barile. Rachela Volonnino (Volomino) age 19 traveled to New York with her brother Donato Volonnino age 16. In 1907 their last residence was Barile.
      Later in 1912, , she traveled with her 2 year old son Bartolo Talia to visit her father Michael in Barile returning on 21 October 1912 to White Plains, New York where they lived. Her husband’ s name was Vincenzo Talia. Rachela died after having 4 children on October 16, 1918. Her husband later remarried and had more children.
      He made a lovely tombstone with her picture at her grave in Mt Calvary cemetery in White Plains, New York.
      I am wondering if her Donato was your grandfather.
      Suzanne for Donna

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