Genealogy in Melfi

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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.

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

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


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

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

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.

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 Melfi, or if you have questions regarding your family in Melfi, 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


11 Messages to “Genealogy in Melfi”
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Rosemary says:

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

  6. 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

  7. Carmine Santandrea says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. DiRoma says:

    Antonio DiRoma

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