Genealogy in Montemurro

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

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

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

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


  1. Henry Caropreso says:

    My grand father Antonio Caropreso with two brothers (Pietro and Vicenzo)must leave Montemurro to Brazil near 1890. I do not have any documents fron him.
    I woul like to find somefamily roots.
    São José dos Campos – Brazil

  2. Lisa says:

    I am researching my paternal grandfather – the name Maurice F. Zetena. I believe the family is from Montemurro. I would like any information if the family is from Montemurro! Thank you

  3. Jeff says:

    Anyone know of any families with a surname of Fanuele in Montemurro??

    • Jeff says:

      My great grandparents came to the US in 1900 from I believe Montemurro. They had 4 children. I believe the oldest Mildred was born in Italy, but my grandmother Marie and her sister Elinor and brother Donald were born in NYC. Anything sound familiar?

  4. Rhea says:

    I believe my paternal grandfather was from Montemurro; I have just learned that from a U.S. Census record. His name was Antonio Sinisgalli and his birth date was September 12, 1884. Any information you may have would be gratefully appreciated. Grazie.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi – I remember that a cousin of my father was named Maurice Sinisgalli. They lived in the Bronx, Ny. Thanks,

  5. J. De Florio says:

    Any knowledge of the D’ Errico and DeFina families of Montemurro would be appreciated. Also any possibility that Anna Labosco had a relative named Mary born in 1874

  6. Dale says:

    The 1753 catasto (census) of Montemurro is on of the few records before 1800 for the village. It is comprehensive and includes names of husband and wife, their ages, husband’s father (usually), the names of children and ages, occupations, and land and livestock information. There are between 300 and 400 pages and most have multiple entries per page. I would like to have digital images taken of the entire catasto. I would like to share the expense and of course the images. Anyone interested please contact me

  7. Roberta says:

    Looking for someone from Tafuro family or Folgore Family from Montemurro.
    Antonetta Folgore emigrated to Brasil in 1914.

  8. Silas says:

    Hi .. I m from Brazil. My Gran Gran Father was Italian and He had came from Montemurro . His names was Grabrielle Santoro. Someone know somebody from Montemurro with this surname?

  9. Stephen says:

    I am researching my paternal grandfather Carmine Joseph Dambra / D’Ambra…
    From Montemurro, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy born February 16, 1888
    He immigrated to the US circa 1904
    He had 3 brothers Rocky, John,and Benjamin, One sister Anna
    His mother’s maiden name was Anna Labosco

    My paternal grandmother was named Salemme
    Her Mother’s maiden name was Paciello
    Her Father’s Mother’s maiden name was Scipione
    Some how Scipione leads back to Palleschi…

  10. Patricia says:

    Hi, my mother in laws parents came from Montemurro. Michael Padula and his wife was carmela Marcucci. Michaels father was killed and left a wife Beatrice with 5 children. she eventually emigrated to the US.Iknow two of his sisters names were Catherine and Antoinette. if anyone has a link to this family please email me. they came over around 1900.

  11. Mildred says:

    I am trying to find information about my husband’s family. His great-grandfather John Potenza was born in Italy and his mother’s father Pietro Viola was born in Italy. I believe that the Violas came from Montemurro but I am not sure where the Potenzas lived.

  12. John Colaiacovo says:


    I am researching my family name Colaiacovo. I was born in italy and lived with my family in the town of montemurro.

    My Father is Francesco Colaiacovo and my Mother is Clemenzia (Liuzzi) Colaiacovo. We imigrated to Australia in 1969.

    I belive that my father was born in the town of Aliano.

    I would appreciate any help you can provide in finding out information about this surname.


  13. Lori says:

    I am researching the name of Tommaso Santomartino (1853-1883 – he marries Anna Liuzzi. Any family genealogy would greatly be appreciated.

    • Dawn says:

      1 Ancestry Member Trees

      Brienza Family Tree
      owner: Adrian Brienza
      sources (1)
      Anna Liuzzi

      abt 1857NEW
      Montemurro, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
      29 Mar 1898
      Montemurro, Potenza, Basilicata, ItalyNEW
      Family Info


      Sebastiano Potenza (1856-1890)NEW
      Domenica Antonia Maria (1875-1951)NEW
      Thomas Tommaso (1879-1967)NEW

  14. Lori says:

    Good afternoon sirs,
    I was recently researching a my husbands family line and came across two names from the Montemurro region – any information would be wonderful. The names are:
    Friguelietti (do I even have the spelling correct?)

    • Dennis says:

      Hi Lori, you have probably already had replays, the second name is spelt Friguglietti, it’s my mothers maiden name and she is from montemurro. Most family info is still held at the community town hall, but my mum remembers loads from years ago. We now live in the U.K. . Reply if you need info.

      • Joe says:

        Hi Dennis, I read this with some interest since I have started to begin the trace of my father’s family (Freveletti). My research has pointed me to Montemurro for where my Great Grandfather may have lived. His name was Antonio Friguglietti and he married Marie Viggiano. Although I can find many Friguglietti’s I can not seem to find anyone related to my Great Grandfather Antonio, like a sibling parent etc. Feel like I’m close but any info you might have would be greatly appreciated!

  15. Bruce says:


    Let me say that I am impressed with your website. And thanks for any help you can give me.

    Much of my family comes from Laurenzana, but I have recently found a Carmina Chiavone, born about 1820 in your lovely town of Montemurro. Her father was Maurizio Chiavone. I have no information on him, nor do I know the name of his wife.

    Is Chiavone a common name in the area? This is the first time I have come across it in my research.

    Also, you will notice that my surname is Paladino. While my family comes from the region, it was not centered in Laurenzana like some of my family was. Is Paladino possibly common in Montemurro as well? If so, this could be a huge help to me.

    Again, thank you for your help,


    • LIssa says:

      My great-great grandparents were Andrew and Julia (Judita) Friguletti — however I know for a fact they both came from Montemurro, Potenza, so this could be an anglicized version of their last name. They had at least two children, Lena and Rocco (maybe he was named after the catholic church there) who were born in Italy. They settled in the Binghamton, NY area in the early 1900’s. Julia’s maiden name was found spelled as: Sullutto and Solatto — she was born in 1864.

  16. José Luiz De Lorenzo says:

    Meu pai foi registrado em Montemurro como Pasquale Antonio Di Lorenzo, nascido em 12 de junho de 1915. Era filho de Rocco Di Lorenzo e Carmine Padula. Estou em busca dos meus ancestrais e agradeço a vossa colaboração.

    • Dale says:

      I think we are related. I descend from De Loenzo in Montemurro and I am told the family was nicknamed Brasiliano because they went back and forth to Brazil. Please contact me if you want to exchange information.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I have DeLorenzo from Montemurro in my family. Actually, I have two different DeLorenzos. One did go to Brazil as a woodcutter in the rubber plantations in/near Sao Paulo. Your email isn’t listed- I don’t know how to contact you directly.

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