Genealogy in Forenza

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

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

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

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


  1. Diane says:

    My grandparent were from Italy by the name donation zotarelli he was a professional harpist who came to live in Edinburgh Scotland . What part of Italy did they come from and why did they come to Scotland his son John Giovanni was killed in the First World War in pashendale a true hero fighting for U.K.

  2. Frank says:

    My grandfather, Francesco Pepe was born in Forenza on March 18, 1878. He came to the United States in 1902. I was named after him. Just would want to know if there is anyone out there that I may be related to.

  3. B. Josie says:

    Hello! I am looking for my great-great grandmother Maria/Marie/Mary/Romania Masi and her sister Donatela Masi who was my great-great aunt. Both emigrated from Italy and settled in Washington state in the U.S.

    Maria was married to Rocco Iosi(?), whose mother was Antonia Solomino. Maria and Donatela`s father was George Masi and their mother was Antonia Pupina.

    My last name is Josie which came from Josi, which I am pretty sure came from Iosi. Maria eventually became Mary Josie but her grave says [Maria Romania Josie] in Seattle, Washington.

    I know Donatela and Maria were from Forenza so please let me know if you know anything about my family! Grazi.

  4. Linda says:

    I am trying to find the home of my great-grandparents, Rocco Giacoia and Maria M. Masi. I know they are from Basilicata, just not sure where. Any help will be appreciated since my son and I are traveling to Italy in September 2016.

  5. Anna says:

    My family and I will be traveling to Forenza to explore our heritage next month. Our family immigrated to Ohio in the United States in the early 1900’s. Our family names are Travaglini and Messenelli (now Massenelli). We would love any records or information possible! Thank you.

    • Janet says:

      Hi Anna! You are one of the Massenellis from OH I have been trying to reach. I am trying to establish our relationship (if any) from the ones who settled in CT. We are the Messanellis who wound up in the Bronx. I’m told that Louis is the one with all the family info. I would love to connect and share the info I have.

  6. Jeannette says:

    My grandparents and great grandparents immigrated to Canada from Forenza around 1900. Family names Lorusso, Masi, Lasalla.
    We will be in Italy next year and I would like to collect as much family information as possible.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.


    • Guido says:

      Hola Jeannette: soy descendiente de la familia Masi que tiene sus origenes en Forenza, Italia y que emigraron para America del Sur (Argentina-Paraguay) me gustaria tomar contacto contigo y conocer de tus antepasados de Forenza, tengo bastante informacion para compartir al respecto.

      Saludos y gracias!

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