Genealogy in Marsico Nuovo

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

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

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

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


  1. Rose says:

    Looking for family of Saverio Passarella.

  2. Ellen says:

    Hello. My Catuosco family comes from Marsico. I don’t think they’re there anymore. But I have many Laino’s and Grosso’s who married in to the Catuosco family. I was wondering if any are left. My 3x’s grandmother was Raffaela Laino she died in 1897, her husband was Augustale Catuosco. I was reading some of the names in other posts. and some are in my family tree. I guess we are all connected some how..

  3. Donna says:

    My maternal great grandparents Raffaelle Cirone and Carmela Fucharilla Cirone, as well as my maternal grandfather Saverio Francesco Mazzeo all immigrated to NY in the early 1900’s.I located their passenger arrival manifests and they are all listed as coming from southern Italy, Marsico Nuovo.I remember my mom saying their town was Provincia di Potenza Basiligata. My grandfather was born around 1895.I would love to know my grandfather’s mother’s name. His father’s name was Giuseppe. Thanks,Donna

  4. Anthony says:

    I often wonder if I have any relations yet in Marsico Nuovo. My great grandfather was Luigi Laino born in 1834. His wife was Carmella Delia

  5. Susie says:

    I am researching my husbands great grandmother Concetta Tocovino Iacovina born in Marsico Nuovo Dec 11,1868 and died in Pennsylvania USA Nov 12, 1925. Does anyone have any information about either of her parents, father was Bene Tocovino and mother was Vincenza Montemurro Montemarano?

    Thank you

  6. Vic says:

    Hello, my grandfather Biagio DiSanto emigrated from Marsico Nuovo to NY in 1912. He was born in 1895. His father was Vito or Vittorio DiSanto. His grandfather was Antonio DiSanto. My great grandfather Guiseppe Iarusso emigrated to NY in 1902 from Marsico Nuovo with his 17 year old wife Filamena DeMaria and 1 year old daughter, my grandmother Rose. Rose married my grandfather Biago DiSanto. I would like to hear from relatives in Italy. Guiseppe Iarusso’s father was Vincenzo Iarusso.

  7. Lynne says:

    My husband recently discovered that he is of Italian descent! After some searching, we are looking for Joseph F. Russo, b. 1857 (or possibly 1855), in Marsica Nuova Potenza Basilicata, Italy. I realize that Russo is a fairly common name! But he left Italy in 1877 to come to the United States, and he settled in Chicago, Illinois. We don’t know anything else, if he came with his family, or he came on his own, or who is parents were. Any help you could give would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Jane says:

      Lynne, I got cut off and posted a partial reply. In 1880 census, Joseph’s wife Rosa, daughter Angeline, father Angelo Russo (also a musician), and mother Grozio live with him. They have 8 boarders, two of which are also musicians (including my GG Grandfather Bernardino Vito). The address of the boarding house was 453 Canal Street in Chicago. I have never been able to find out where Bernardino Vito came from in Italy prior to the 1880 census, who his family was, or who he travelled with,so this connection to the Russo family is my only lead. Bernardino was a lifelong musician and played the harp. I have many DNA connections to people with ancestors from Marsico Nuovo and Marsico Vitere, and since the area has produced many harpists, I have reason to believe this may be where Bernardino was from as well.

  8. Regina says:

    Hello: I am looking for information on my Grandfather, Antonio LaGrossa, who was born in Marsico Nuovo on 16 September 1884. His father was also born in Marsico on 21 May 1861. His name was Nunziato LaGrosa (I see on their death certificates it is spelled both ways)
    Anything you can provide would be appreciated. Grazie!
    Regina Sneed

  9. Valerie says:

    Peter, Do you know for certain that your Michele Passarella was from Marsico Nuovo? I ask only because I know of a Michele Passarella born in 1877 in Trivigno!

  10. Jack says:

    My grandfather Carime Gerard Petracca was born in Marsico Nuovo, Potenza, Bassillcata, Iitaly on 9 Aug 1887. His father was Michael Petracca and his mother was Mariantonia Russo. Mariantonia’s father was Michele Russo and her mother was Rosa Lauria. Carmine Gerard Petracca’s wife was Carmela Passarella, born in Brooklyn, NY.Her father was Michael Passarella and her mother was Maria Tembone, both from, I believe from Marsico Nuove, Potenza. Michael Passarella’s father was Anthony Passarella, his mother was Philomena Cirelli. Maria Tembone’s father was Saverio Tembone and her mother was Carmela Coiro.

    • EUNICE says:

      muito obrigado

  11. Tommy says:

    Ciao, mi chiamo Tomas. My great grandfather’s name is Antonio Bove & my great grandmother’s name is Angelina Gargano. They came to America in the 1890’s thru Ellis Island, NY. They ended up living in Wilmington, Delaware where they raised a family of four daughters and one son. My grandmother Emily
    Bove was the eldest sibling and married Marco Cofrancesco. He was from a small town east of Naples—
    Massa DiFaiccia. I have info on him but I am trying to find out about the family of Antonio Bove and the family of Angelina Gargano. If you can help me along in my mission I would be very grateful. Grazie

    • Gina says:

      My grandmother’s last name was also Bove (Florinda) and I would love to know more about her lineage. She left Marsico Nuovo in the 1970s, and I wonder if they may be related. She and my father have died and I wish I could learn more about her family.

  12. Peter Basile Jr says:

    First, I must say thank you for your trouble.

    My Grandfather’s name was Michael Passarella (could be spelled Michele Passeralla).
    He was born in Marsica Nuovo in 1877 or 1878.
    He married Rafaela in 1895, not sure of this exact date.

    I will be coming to Italy in September and plan to visit Marsia Nuovo in the third or fourth week.

    Hoping to hear from you soon. Fino alla prossima volta.
    Pete (Pietro)

    • Michael says:

      Hello Peter,
      This is your cousin Michael. Your father and my father were first cousins. My earliest memory is sitting at the foot of my great-grandfather Michele. I have returned to Marsico Nuovo. Spent time in the communo and researched our lineage back into the 1600. Only our uncle Joe Pace returned to Marsico Nuovo but he never entered the town – why – I don’t know. I spent a few days.
      Please send my best wishes to the entire family.
      Do not hesitate to contact me.
      All the best,
      Your cousin Michael – I was named after my great-grandfather and uncle.

    • Michael says:

      Your grand-mother’s last name was Volta.

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