Genealogy in Bella

If you search your ancestors in Bella, 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 Bella registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


  1. Phil says:

    I am looking my Great-Great Grandfathers and Grandmothers. My Great Grandfather, Joseph Gagliastro, was born in 1861 • Bella, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy. My Great Grandmother name is Carmela Nigro and I believe she was also born in Bella. They immigrated to USA and settled in Brooklyn, NY.

  2. Christine says:

    Hello. I’m looking for information on my great grandmother who was from Potenza but came to America probably in the late 1900’s or early 1900’s. Her name was Caroline(or Carolina) Fuoco. She married an Ernesto Caravaggio. I’d like to know what her parents names were.

    Family names researching are Caravaggio, Cecere and Fuoco

    Thank you

  3. Joanie Massaro says:

    Looking for Antonio Massaro or Angelina Donadeo Massaro.

  4. Isabella says:

    Hi Michael, Reply to your comment 2014. Not sure if you have advanced in your research. I have just started researching my family tree. CECERE. The surnames BORRIELLO, CORAGGIOSO AND MASSARO are connected . Not all , as there are hundreds same names. But Borriello related to Coraggioso. My maternal great grandmother was a MASSARO. Rosa Coraggioso married my grandfather DONATO CECERE. VITA PAOLA BORRIELLO was my maternal great grandmother.Are we related? Regards, Isabella

  5. Rosemarie says:

    I am looking for the records of my paternal grandparents. My grandfather was Dominico Doino and was born in April 1874. I was able to find his birth record in the Bella archives but can’t find his parents names. My Grandmother was Rosa Sansone. She was born around 1875. I haven’t been able to find anything on her. I know they lived in Bella. My father was born there on January 8, 1902. His name was Vitoantonio Doino. I was able to find his birth record as well. I would like to know the date my grandparents were married. I also believe they had older children then my father who died young. The names of my grandparents parents would be great

  6. Christina says:

    I want to find my great-grandparents’ records. My surname is Petillo, and I believe my great-grandfather’s name is Pietro. They were born there some time in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. I have been researching for over a year and can’t seem to get any help.

    Thank you.

    Buona sera,

    Voglio trovare gli archivi d’i miei bisnonni. Il mio cognome e Petillo e io credo que il nome de il mio bisnonno e Pietro. Loro sono nati de il tardi 1800’s oppure presto 1900’s. Sono stato alla ricerca per oltre un anno e non può ottenere alcun aiuto. Mi scusa per il mio italiano.

    Grazie mille.

  7. Mike says:

    I’am looking for any information regarding my family. My Grandmother, Grandfather and uncle were born, baptized and married in Bella, Basilicata, Potenza, Italy. There names are (Grandfather) Joseph Santora (born 1875), (Grandmother) Marie (DeVito) Santora born February 10, 1879 and (Uncle) Peter Santora born September 15,1900.

    I would apprecaite any information that be can provide or lead me in the right direction regarding my family.

    I hope I translated this right?

    Mia nonna e il nonna erano nati, battezzati e sposo nel Bella i loro nomi sono Joseph Santora (nato 1875, Marie (DeVito) Santora (nato febbraio 10, 1879) e il figlio Peter Santora (noto a settembre 15, 1900). C’e un modo per ottenere tutte le informazioni su loro dai record di Chiesa?

  8. Laurie says:

    Frances ciriello 3 28 1881
    Parents Vito fello and angling selmeno
    Can we get birth record or town she was born we think bella do potonzia
    Any info would be great

    • Chris says:

      I believe the death certificate information is wrong. The last name in Italy was Fella. Father’s name was Antonio Fella, mother was Maria Giuseppa Crovara

  9. Rosanne says:

    My grandmother was from Bella. Her maiden name was Anna Angrasani.
    I don’t know where my grandfather (her husband) was from. His name was Peter Biase.
    My son will be traveling to Italy so any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

  10. Mike says:

    My Grand mother, Grandfather and uncle were born, baptized and married in Bella, Basilicata, Potenza, Italy. There names are (Grandfather) Joseph Santora (born 1875), (Grandmother) Mary Santora (DeVito) born February 10, 1879 and (Uncle) Peter Santora born September 15,1900. I would apprecaite any information you can provide regarding my family.


  11. Richard says:

    I plan on travelling to Bella with a 91 year old man who is looking for his ancestors. His name is William Masterpietro. Can you be of any assistance? Thank you

  12. Kim says:

    Hi I need the church, birth and or baptismal records for my grandfather Vito Malanga. He was born in Bella Italy 3/1/1890. his parents were Giuseppe and Giovanna Malanga. He might also be under the name Guglielmo Malanga but Ellis Island has him registered as Vito Malanga. He comes from a long line of 18 to 20 siblings. thank you

  13. Diana says:

    Hi I am coming to Bella in September and hoping to find information about my Mother’s family. My mother was born in 1936 and her maiden name was Teresa Ferro. Her mother was Angelina Ferro. Can you please tell me if the church has records of births, deaths and marriages?
    Thank you

  14. Joseph says:

    My great-grandfather emigrated to USA in 1895+/- his name was suppose to be Guiseppe Fera or Ferara. It seems he tried to keep this part secret because he would never share anything with us. We are desperately trying to find out who he was. The name was changed when he came to the US to Ferrie but his naturalization papers say he said his name was Fera and he was from Bella Italy in Potenza. My Great Mothers name was suppose to be Maria Ellioti or Illioti .Any info you could give us would be greatly appreciated. His date of birth was to be 1869+?-January. When he travelled to the US he was married to Maria and she was pregnant or had a son Guiseppe
    born in Potenza 1895/-. He emmigated first and she followed with the child. Marie followed at a later time but when Guiseppe was still an infant.

  15. Michael says:

    My grandfather Vito Borriello and his family left bella year 1890. My greatgrandfather s name is Michele Borriello Wife, Maria Celetta Malsaro or Mafsaro. They were married in1860. Any pictures from that era .thank you.

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