Genealogy in Muro Lucano

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

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

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

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

40 Comments

  1. Larissa says:

    I am trying to find out who my Grandfather’s father is and started on AncestryDNA. My Grandfather is matched with Pat Zarriello who has a picture of Peter Zarriello (born 1908) that looks very much like my grandfather. Pasquale Zarriello is his Peter’s father who was married to Antonietta Lenzi. I am wondering if Peter Sr. (1908) is my Grandfathers father. My Grandfather has no information on his father except it was a man in NY or NJ. His mother Rosa Mae worked for a family in Jersey at the time. I don’t know if the man knew he conceived a child with Rosa Mae. Whatever happened Rosa never wanted it shared with her son (my Grandfather) Any information you can give is greatly appreciated!

  2. Francine says:

    My grandparents were born in Muro Lucano. Their names were Gerardo and Maria Cantore. I was hoping there were still Cantore’s in the area as I’m planning a visit soon. My grandfather had several siblings and he was the son of Filomena Sofia Cantore.

  3. Glenn says:

    Hello, My grandparents from Muro Lucano were Zeccola, Parrillo, Cardillo, Dicanio, Sarcinella, Tummillio Would love a verified cousin to visit on our next trip to Muro. My grandparents left Muro around 1900

  4. Walter Jesus says:

    Mi abuela Rosa Capezio Magro nacida en Muro Lucano el 20 de junio de 1883,hija de Jose Capezio y Ana Maria Magro no tengo fecha de nacimiento de mis bisabuelos ,emigraron para Argentina entre 1897 y 1899,me interesa saber si quedaron familiares en Muro Lucano,espero viajar en mediados de agosto 2018,a conocer el origen de mis antepasados.-

  5. Michael says:

    I had the pleasure of visiting Muro Lucano in October. I can’t explain how beautiful the area is. We went on the weekend so unfortunately the town office and the priest weren’t available. I did stop in the Marolda bakery and noticed the name Marolda and Cerrone are all over the town. The people we spoke with said you need more information to check your history as so many families are named Marolda. I’m hoping to head back in Sept. Ristorante Il Casereccio was an excellent choice, we were treated like family. I highly recommend it.
    Michael

  6. Angela says:

    ciao! my name is angela aiello. i am going to be visiting the basilicata area in september and would like to find some information about my grandmother teresa scaringi. another family name is barbieri. my grandmother lived in one of the cave dwellings in muro lucano and her family may have owned (or were share croppers) on a farm outside of town called celestrini. she left the area around 1909 to live in new york. any information would be very helpful. if we can connect, my husband and i will take you out to dinner in gratitude for any help whatsoever. we will be in the area for 10 days in mid september. grazi!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Hello, I’m looking for information on my great great parents, Francesco Zampino and wife Vincenza Ferrara (estimated birth years 1870). Francesco immigrated from Muro Lucano to New York in 1904 with son Vincenzo (born April 11th 1881 in Muro Lucano). Vincenza immigrated from Muro Lucano to New York in 1907 with son Domenic. I believe Vincenza had two brothers, one of which had sons Tom and Peter Ferrara, and also a daughter who married into the Ronzoni pasta family of New York. If anyone has any information regarding these people, or if you’re also searching for the same people, please reach out to me.

    • Glen says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Your post is interesting, I am wondering if Vincenza Ferrara could possibly be a sister of my wife’s great grandfather, Giuseppe Ferrara. He was born in 1869, probably in the Bella/Muro Lucano area. He came to the States in 1897 settling in Chicago. His wife, Maria Gugliotta, and son Giuseppe Ferrara followed one year later. They didn’t stay in Chicago long and eventually settled in Victoria Canada. Years of research have produced no provable evidence of their lives before coming to America. Dna testing has provided the best evidence of a Muro Lucano connection, With numerous matches to people tracing their family trees to that area.

  8. Gary says:

    My Scianna family originates from Bagheria, Sicily where I have my fraternal family names connected back to an Antonino di Xianni born in 1678 in Palermo. He had two sons, one was surnamed Scianna and the other ended up Scianda. I’ve been told that di Xianni is old latin and that the Italianized would be di Scianni or Discianni. I’ve also noticed that there are many discianni in Muro Lucano. I also have a rare Y-DNA haplogroup (G-M201). Is there anyone searching for this surname di Scianni or Discianni? I would like to communicate with someone with this surname if possible. Thanks,
    Gary Scianna

  9. Marion says:

    My ancestor is from earlier days. He was probably born about 1831 or 1832. Somewhere in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Can anyone find a record of a Francesco Scaringe /or Francisco Scorringi / or Francis Scaringi who left his home country by the age of 14 years?

    Several English Ships were in the area of the Mediterranean back in those days. Two that came to New Zealand were the Philip Laing. Another was the Airedale. Francesco was said to have “jumped ship” but I have no facts about the name of any ship he may have been on. So my ancestor, a sailor, boatman, seaman, Master of Schooner in NZ, builder of punts,is something of a mystery. No parents ???

  10. Kathleen says:

    My grandfather was born in Muro Lucano as Luigi Angelicchio October 11 1909
    Born to Mariantonia Cerone
    I have not been able to find any information of his father or where the mother was from. There is no father information on the certificate.
    My grandfather and his mother traveled to NYC via Napels 1911.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Roslyn says:

      Kathleen – amazingly I am translating a birth certificate for a friend. The birth certificate is for a Mariantonia Cerone born Muro Luciano on 18 January 1871 to Pasquale Cerone, son of Vincenzo, age 38 and his wife Felicia Forano, age 28.

  11. Mariana says:

    I’d like to know about my grandfather and all his family. His name was Domenico Gerardo Giacoio. He was born in Muro Lucano, Potenza on 24th May in 1908. He had around 15 brothers and sisters. He came to Argentina, I live here. The most of them went to Usa and in July we are going to travel to Nyc to meet them. But we know that some of them stayed in Muro Lucano. We know that there is a bridge called Giacoio where one of the brothers was left on that bridge. I ‘ d like to visit your beautiful Muro Lucano and maybe some of my ancestors.
    Thank you very much for your help!

  12. Jackie says:

    Hi my great great grandparents were both from Muro Lucano. They are Maria Gerarda DiBella (born Feb 14, 1889) and Donato Fasciglione (born Aug 7, 1887). They came to the US separately in the early 1900s. I have different dates, could be anywhere from 1900-1910. They married in Manhattan, New York. Anyone know anything else about this family? That would be greatly appreciated!

    • Joyce says:

      My grandmother, Maria Theresa Fasiglione and my grandfather, Frank Antonio Longo (Luongo) were born and raised in Muro Luano. I wonder if your ancestor was from the same family as my grandmother. I visited Muro a few years ago and did meet a member of the Fasiglione family.

  13. Dwight says:

    My Great Grandfather and Great Grandfather, Antonio Spinaponte and Luisa Genuario, were married in Muro Lucano in 1890 and then immigrated to the US. Because they had both been married before and their spouses had died, they had to provide birth certicates for themselves and marriage and death records for their 1st spouses. Luisa was from Muro Lucano and I have been able to trace her line . Antonio was not and the marriage record I have says his parents names were not known. This record states that his birth records were submitted but they aren’t on-line. I believe they are in the Allegati records of 1890, which aren’t on-line. Does anyone have a suggestion about how I could obtain this birth record. Are these records in Muro Lucano or Potenza? Any further assistance would be very appreciated.
    Regards,
    Dwight

    • Ron says:

      My grandparents were Louis Genuario & Maria Biancospino. They emigrated to New York and then Connecticut in 1895 from Muro Lucano. There are still Biancospino families in Muro Lucano however we were told that Genuario’s had moved away.

  14. kathleen says:

    My grandparents were born and married in Muro Lucano. Their suname was Russillo. Is anyone familiar with the family?

  15. LUCY says:

    My grandmother, antonia lenzi zarriello and grandfather giovanni zarriello owned and operated a fruit farm in the valley of muro lucano, italy in 1896 What happened to that property as I would like to visit the farm when I arrive in May. Who did my grandparents will that property to after their death? Does their nine grandchidren have any legal rights to this property? THANKYOU

  16. Linda says:

    Hi, my grandmother, Teresa Morrone was born in Muro Lucano in 1888. She was one of eight siblings: Rafael, born 1878, Francisco Born 1880, Fiori: born 1882, Antonietta: Born 1884, Louisa: Born 1886, Teresa (my grandmother): Born 1888, Palma: Born 1890 and Maria: Born 1892. These were the dates that were passed onto me.

    Antonietta never left Mauo Lucano. I believe she passed away some years ago.

    My grandmother was brought to the United States in 1906 by her Aunt Rosa and Uncle Felix Pagliuca – not sure of the spelling. I have the US census of her arrival. I have a copy of the 1910 Federal Senses of their arrival.

    She married Guiseppi Martiotta in San Francisco in 1914. She had one child, Archangle (Archie) Margiotta, my father and died in 1930.

    I have written all of the churches in Muro Lucano for a birth record, to no avail. The church were she was married is closed. I wrote to the church in San Francisco that holds all of the previous records has not answered. I am visiting Italy in May 2016. I would love to visit Muro Lucano. Thank you.

  17. Scott says:

    Hello,

    I have traced my Italian ancestry back to Muro Lucano…I think! The surname is Scorese. If I have it correct, Pasquale Scorese left Italy for the United States in the mid-1800’s. His father was Francesco Scorese and grandfather Vincenzo Scorese. Pasquale had a son named Felix, who is my maternal great grandfather. I am looking for any information to confirm these lines are correct. I hope to come to Italy someday, but that is not certain. Thank you, in advance for any help.

    • Michele says:

      My great grandfather was Pasquale Scorese (born 1853) and his wife was Maria Antonia Vitello (born 1865). Both were from Muro Lucano. However, there is no Felix in our records. Sons were Carmine, Anthony, Savino & Peter. Daughters, Vincenza, Maria Gerarda (my grandma) & Marie.

  18. Babs says:

    My great grandfather, Francesco Capezio, was born on 10/27/1887 in Muro Lucano. I’m looking for information on his sister, Victoria, who, at some point, immigrated to New York. Also looking for info on his parents, Antonio (b.1865) and Philomena Capezio. Thank you!

  19. Pauline says:

    Hello Iam trying to find any family of Rosario Innocenti He was my husbands father he was born in 1912 died in Australia in 1964,he came out to Australia in 1951,the rest of the Family came out in 1959 any help would be great

  20. Franco Restaino Catalano says:

    Ciao, i miei nonni son Nati a Muro Lucano, erano: Vincenzo Catalano e lo Zio Monsignore Dott. Giuseppe Catalano, mi domando? Ce cualcuno di quest’a familia Catalano a Muro ancora. Grazie.
    Franco Restaino Catalano
    Porlamar Isla de Margarita, Venezuela.

  21. Diane says:

    my grandfather was born on October 14, 1878. His name Arcangelo Epelone. His stepfather was Anthony Ferraro
    Mother or stepmother Rose Yacune spelled (phonetic)
    My grandmother was born on June 19,1880 . Her name was Maria Luigia Marolda.
    They were married on January 6, 1899.
    Both born and married in Muro Lucano , Italy
    Any information you may have would be wonderful.
    Thank you Diane

  22. Theretta says:

    My greatgrandmother, Antonia Lenzi, my grandmother, Theresa Zarriello, my grandfather, Joseph Vitiello were born in Muro Lucano a n d left from Potenza to the US in 1896…..The Zarriello family owned a fruit farm in the valley of Muro Lucano…..I’m looking for relatives….I am visiting in May…..

    • Al says:

      Hi my mother Theresa Mennonna was born in Muro and many of the names you mention are on my family tree:
      My grand mother was Maria Donata Lenzi, Birth 8, JAN 1880
      Death 11, SEPT 1933 • Muro Lucano, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
      She was the daughter of Tobia Lenzi born 1853-1886. Antonietta Lenzi Pasquale Zarriello
      are my uncle and aunt both from Muro lived in NY AND NJ
      Guiseppe Vitiello 1761-1825 was my 4th great grandfather he is the first on my tree, with to many Vitiello to mention.
      So we are related but I don’t live in Muro nor have I ever gone there. Did you visit Muro Lucano in May?

      • lucy and theretta says:

        HI AL, IT’S THERETTA AND LUCY INQUIRING ABOUT THE LENZI’S , VITIELLO’S, ZARRIELLO’S……LENZI AND ZARRIELLO OWNED AND OPERATED A FRUIT FARM IN MURO LUCANO, 1896, CAME TO NEW YORK TO PICK THEIR SON, WHO WAS KIDNAPPED FROM MURO LUCANO IN 1894. …CONTACT COMMUNE DI MURO LUCANO(PROVENCIA DE POTENZA) 1 SETTORE AFFARI GENERALI – SERVIZI DEOGRAFICI ANTONIO BIANCOSPINO TO LEARN ABOUT THE KIDNAPPING…….I NEED TO KNOW THE MAYORS’ NAME IN MURO LUCANO, 1895….PROPERTY WAS TAKEN CARE OF THE ZARRIELLO’S, MY GRANDFATHER, AND UNCLE BENEDETTO, LATER DIED AND PROPERTY FROM GUISEPPI ZARRIELLO SHOULD BE WILLED TO ,LUCY LENZI ZARRIELLO VITIELLO RIZZI, 12A JEANNE MARIE GARDENS, NANUET, NEW YORK 10954 AND THERETTA LENZI ZARRIELLO VITIELLO DEZAGO SUTHERLAND, 66 HAWKINS ST., CITY ISLAND, N. YORK,10464..PLESE EMAIL ME FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND KEEP IN TOUCH…..RESPECTFULLU SUBMITTED…..CIAO’ LUCY

      • Theretta says:

        I didn’t get to Muro Lucano in May….I was in Amalfi and the cab was too expensive to go……My Aunt Lucille was there years ago but didn’t have enough information to give to the authorities…where do you live……I live in NYC and my relatives live all over the eastern seaboard,,,,,NYC, PA, NJ, Fla……sorry for not replying sooner….got busy…..Theretta

  23. William says:

    Looking for information on my grandfather Michael DiCanio, born around 1900 to parents Sam and Marie Antionette Romagnano. Would like to apply for Italian passport with the proper documents of my grandfather’s birth.
    Would also like to visit and purchase property in Muro Lucano.

    • Michele says:

      Did you find any info on your grandfather? Gerardo DiCanio arrived at Ellis Island in 1912 at age 16. Wondered if related since DiCanio not a common name in this area.
      Thanks
      Michele

  24. Georgetta says:

    Looking for information on my grandfather. His name was Antonio DiLurgio ( DeLurgio) from Muro Lucano. Married my grandmother, Maria Antonia Masiello in 1905 in Bella, Italy. Any help appreciated.

    • Peter says:

      My Grandmother, Teresa Masiello (maiden name Indelli) was married to Archangelo Masiello both from Muro Lucano. They came to the US and lived in Manhattan (125th St). I’ll be going to visit Muro Lucano in May. I’m looking forward to walking the streets where they walked, visiting the church where they prayed and tasting the original eggplant parm.

  25. Margiotta says:

    My great grandfather came from Muro lucano his name was michael they settled in Harlem NY early part of 20th century.

    • George says:

      My family came over the same time. I have found more information on my great grandfather. my Grandfather Giuseppe and His wife Rosina Travaglio moved to Washington Heights.

  26. Maria Ferracane says:

    I was born in Muro Lucano on 3-8-1932 and lived there until 1964 . If your grand parents lived there between these dates, I probably knew them or maybe by some chance we could be related.Good luck and God bless. Maria Ferracane

    • Jet says:

      Hello Maria,

      Did you know any Selvaggi’s or Zaccardi/Zarriello families in ML? My great grandparents Filippo and Mariantonia Selvaggi were married in ML in 1884 and I believe Filippo passed away in 1944. The Pietro Zacarrdi / Maria Zarriello family I have very little info on. I’m trying to find their birth records or any info I can. Thank you! Jet Selvaggi

    • Noemi says:

      Maria Ferracane, this is a little before your time but… My great-grandfather Donato Pécora went to Argentina in the late 1800s do you know any Pécora ’s from Muro Lucano?

  27. Paul Caviness says:

    Hi my great grandparents were from Mauro Lucano.. I am looking for marriage information, their names were louigi Felice farenga and amalia Della rosa or de rosa, I am not sure what her exact maiden name was. Louigi was born 1863 and amalia probably around 1870. They emigrated to New York in 1902.

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