Genealogy in Melfi

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

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

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

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


  1. Dolores says:

    My dad born Alexander Sassone in Melfi came to the US along with his parents Vincenzo and Maria brothers Daniel and Joseph and sister Suzanne and Rose . Would love to know if we have some cousin in Melfi? Would appreciate any information.

  2. Sandra says:

    My husband and I are planning a trip to Melfi, in September, 2018. My grandfather, Anthony Simonetti passed away and was buried in Melfi. My grandmother, Grace Marciano Simonetti, came to the United States around 1917. She came with her children, Dante, Carmella, and Alexander Simonetti.
    I wanted to visited my grandfathers grave, but I do not know where he was buried. Is there anyway to find the location? Thank You, Sandra Billone

  3. Mike says:

    For Luisa,

    I located birth record of your father, Alfonso Brescia, born 05 October, 1901 to Antonio Brescia and Maria Giuseppa Perillo. Additionally, I found the 1895 marriage record of Antonio and Maria Giuseppa Perillo. Antonio was 24, Maria Giuseppa was 18 at the time of their marriage.

    Antonio Brescia was the son of Alfonso Brescia and Rosa Motta. Antonio’s father, Alfonso, is listed as deceased at the time of the marriage.

    Maria Giuseppa Perillo was the daughter of Agostino Perillo and Santa Trafficante. Agostino is listed as deceased at the time of the marriage.

  4. Louisa says:

    My grandparents were Maria and Antonio Brescia from Melfi, Potenza Province. Their son my father, born in 1901 was Alfonso Brescia and their daughters were Santella and Ninette. I would guess the daughters (my aunts) were born between 1898 and 1910. Santella lived in Melfi and was still there during the 1960’s. My grandfather, Antonio, had several brothers. One was Miguel (Michael) who also had a son named Alfonso. Is their anyway for me to get more information on Maria and Antonio Brescia? When did they marry, who were there parents? Did Santella have any family in Melfi? On zi’Miguel’s side, his son, Alfonso married Lucietta and the only name I can find on old photos is Araneo sent from Melfi and somewhere in Potenza. Can u give us any information on the Brescia’s or the Araneo’s (Assunta (photo says Melfi, 1926 – her children were Gino, Michele and Emanuele. I have found a photo of Gino – Potenza, 1947. He was in the military, 1st Regiment-Naples. Emanuele’s children that we know of were Peppino 12yrs old in 1967 and Michele 6 years old. They would be about 62 and 56 years old. Anything you can tell us would be very much appreciated.

    • Billy says:

      My grandfather was named Antonio Brescia and his parents were named Ralph Louie Brescia and Maria Raffaela Sassone both born in Melfi in 1881/1888 respectively and came to the U.S. in 1909. We know from the immigration records that Ralph Louie Brescia’s father was Antonio Brescia from Melfi – could be a connection?

  5. Rita says:

    i am looking for birth records on Antonio vittorio Arena born 5th March 1903 in Melfi Italy. Looking for parents and possible siblings . thank you Rita

  6. Jo-Ann says:

    I am trying to find information about my great grandfather. I have been told that he was born in the Potenza Province near the town of Melfi on October 15, 1876 to a single mother. He was taken in and raised by the Lamorte family. In about 1899 he emigrated to NewYork and traveled with Mary Lamorte. His name was Mauro and he took the last name Lamorte. Eventually while living in New York he changed his last name to Troetti.

    Any information you could provide to help my locate distant relatives in that area would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Gerard says:

    My grandfather, Carlo Colabella, was born in Melfi 10 October, 1875. I know his father’s name was Salvatore, Mother was Filomena Saraceno. His grandfather was Carlo. Could you send me any information on my great grandparents, Salvatore and Filomena? Thank you.

  8. Thomas says:

    My grandfather Thomas and his brothers Vincenzo and James came to NY Ellis Island about 1908. I am trying to find out their parents names

  9. Michelle says:

    My grandfather was born in Melfi to a man with the last name of Jolliere and a woman that we don’t know her name. My grandfather was then raised by his adopted parents the LiButti s. Is there a way to find out who is real mother & father were?thanks

  10. Rosemary says:

    trying to locate
    Maria Rosa Scioscia (maiden name)my cousin
    in Melfi
    approx. 65 yrs. old
    her mother Fanni was a teacher.

  11. Rose says:

    I’m trying to locate records on my grandfather, Donato Moscaritolo, I was told he was from Melfi, Italy. He was born August 7, 1894,1895.He came to the USA in 1920 on the boat Canada. We do not know the names of both parents.On the passenger list of the ship it gives Antonio as his fathers name, we assume our great grandmothers name may have been Carmela. If you can help it would be most appreciated. Thankyou, Rosalie

  12. Carmine Santandrea says:

    Is there any records of my Grandfather or his family before coming to the USA in 2005?

  13. Cheryl says:

    Hi. I am doing research on my 97 year old neighbor’s family tree. Her father was born in 1891 in Potenza. His name is Luigi Giovanni Melfi. He came to the USA as a young boy. It is believed his mother remarried and Luigi may have taken the name of his stepfather, DeGiglio? There seems to be some confusion about that. I am having a hard time finding records so if you have any info where I can search further I’d be very grateful. Thanks so much.

  14. DiRoma says:

    Antonio DiRoma

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