Genealogy in Castelgrande

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


13 Messages to “Genealogy in Castelgrande”
  1. Marie says:

    My grandfather was born March 8 1879 in Castlegrande Potenza Italy. His father was Angelo Masi. Does anyone know his mothers name.

  2. Pat says:

    My great-grandmother, Vincenza Gasparina, left Castelgrande with her children Maria, Matilde, and Pasquale sometime around 1883-1885. Her husband was Isadoro, but I have no information about happened to him except that her marriage license to Lorenzo Bologna (Belloni) listed her as a widow. My grandfather, Patrick Gasparin, was born in 1881 in Italy, and he grew up in the Bowery in Little Italy. Would like info about Gasparina or Gasparini family. Please use Italian Family in the subject line.

  3. Richard says:

    Looking for any information on the Racaniellos from Castelgrande. Immigrated through New York.

  4. Chris says:

    My great grandfather was Vito Masi from Castelgrande and he came over through Ellis Island I think in late 1890’s and had a son in 1902 Angelo Masi born I think in Port Chester, New York. He married Anna (Graziano) and had my father Victor in 1936 and his sister Marilyn in 1931 and three both grew up in Port Chester. I am seeking any info on Vito and his family in Castelgrande. Have any Masi’s ever returned to Castelgrande to meet with relatives there?

  5. Dayna says:

    I am interested in learning any information about the Lissanti/Christiano family. Their names were Peter and Teresa Christiano and came to New York around 1912.
    Thank you.

  6. Heather says:

    I am searching for my husband’s extended family via information. The only details I have is the names;
    Vincent Mennona (M) life approx. 1851-1911 in area of Castlegrande, Italy
    Angela Racaniello (F) life approx. 1851-1911 in area of Castlegrande, Italy

    Presumable left and arrive Ellis Island? They both married and gave birth to children, one whom was Anna Mennona born in Stamford, CT. 6/18/1916, since deceased.

    Any info would be most helpful, thank you.

  7. Kevin says:


    I am a descendant of Felice. Archangelo ended up in Colorado and Felice and Vittorio ended up in elizabeth nj. I have never heard or was told of the others but am actively trying to piece the information together.

  8. Ken says:

    My grandfather wasDomenico Cardillo who emigrated to the US in 1900 with several friends (from the families Masi,Melillo, Bologna, and D’elia). I would like to know how I might be able to find out if the Cardillo families still residing in Castelgrande are my relatives. Any help or guidance would be appreciated.

    • Jose Masilotti says:

      Dear friend. I am from Venezuela. I was born in Castelgrande and when I was 6 month old my parents emigrated to Venezuela. As I remember, there is a group of memmbers of the Cardillo family in caracas.

    • Paul B says:

      Hi Ken,

      My Great Grandfather Giuseppe Bologna came over in 1901 and resided in NYC, i wonder if our grandparents came over together.

  9. Marie says:

    I am interested in the Colonna family. My grandmother Agnese Colonna came to New York via Ellis Island in 1921. She was born in 1899 and lived in Catelgrande with her parents Giuseppe and Carmela and siblings, Felice, Archangelo, Vittorio, Gerald, Mary and Theresa. I would appreciate if you could provide me with any information about the family. I believe there are relatives still living in Castelgrande. I will be visiting Italy in the Spring and would like to make contact.
    Thank you for your help.

  10. Alessandra says:

    I am interested in the Pace family. My great-grandfather Giambattista Pace came to New York via Ellis Island in 1909 with one of his sons ( I think his name was Pietro?); then in 1912 he brought the rest of his family to New York including my grandfather Guiseppe Pace. It would be appreciated if you could provide any information on the Pace family. I miss my grandfather very much since he died and any link to his history would comfort all my family. Thank you for your help.

    • Jonathan says:

      My great grandfather was Pietro Pace and he had a brother “joe”. Contact me if I can assist with any information on the Pace family. Thank you

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