Genealogy in Palazzo San Gervasio

If you search your ancestors in Palazzo San Gervasio, Basilicata, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Basilicata and in Potenza province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Palazzo San Gervasio registrar as of that date.

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

Before to start your genealogy research in Palazzo San Gervasio, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Basilicata and in Palazzo San Gervasio too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Palazzo San Gervasio 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 Palazzo San Gervasio. As more your surname is common in Palazzo San Gervasio, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Palazzo San Gervasio 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 Palazzo San Gervasio 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 Palazzo San Gervasio 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 Palazzo San Gervasio area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Kelly says:

    My Great-grandfather Amarico D Manieri & my Great-grandmother Clementina Manieri (maiden Name was Servadio) born September 22 1891 in Arpoli, Italy HER Parents were Louis Servadio born abt 1855 (still researching Anasasi’s Maiden Name) and I believe My great Aunt Theresa was also born in Italy BEFORE they came to America in the early 1900’s (I found some strange records as to the “baby” who is thought to have been theresa MIGHT have been MY Grandfather Dominick one of Theresa’s brothers) its on the immagration documents BUT I’m sure if they were born in Italy there MUST be a record as its such a small island THere is also a story of BOTH having been orphans So….again a small island Thank you for any assistance you can provide

  2. Pasquale says:

    I’m tryn to find out birth. And death of my grand father molino pasquale which he died
    Late 1930′ or early 1940..

  3. Michelle says:

    I am trying to find information for my Grandparents. My Grandfather was Pasquale DiNardo born April 1, 1909 in Palazzo San Gervasio and went to Canada abt 1950. Pasquale had a sister Lucia born 1900 who went to Brookly, New York abt 1936 and Concetta born possibly 1905 any information for Concetta DiNardo would be greatly appreciate. Pasquale DiNardo’s father was Fransesco DiNardo born unknown death unknown. Pasquale’s mother is unknown. Pasquale DiNardo’s Grandparents were Francesco DiNardo b unknown death unknown. Francesco Pasquale’s Grandfather and wife #1 name unknown had two boys Pasquale and unknown. Pasquale was said to have gone and stayed in Argentina and had 26 children. Francesco DiNardo and wife #2 Lucia Savoia had 15 boys some of them are Savino, Pietro, Vincenzo, Giuseppe, Francesco and Michael and 1 girl Maria. I am missing some important information any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

  4. Patti says:

    Looking for information on great grandparents. Her name is Lucia Bevilacqua born 31 March 1890 in San Gervasio. She married Dominico Giordano there and they had a child Teressia Giordano born 12 October 1909 in San Gervasio. Lucia and Teressia left 3 September 1912 for New York in the United States.

  5. Joanne says:

    Need info on savino montanaro born Jan 12 on or around1912
    To maddalena montanaro do not have fathers nameless was born in palazzo San gervasio
    Thank u

  6. Maria says:

    My mother Nicoletta Montanaro wa born in Palazzo San Gervasio June 28, 1908
    Parents were Nicola Montanaro an Maria Cosentino Montanaro

    She had four brothers Canio, Rocco,Michael and John. Sisters Angelina and Antonette
    Is it possible that there are still distant relatives still living there?
    My father Daniel Merlino’s family also came from there
    Thank you for whatever info is available

    • Joanne says:

      My father savino montanaro was born on January 12 on about 1912 his mother was Madeline montanaro do not now his fathers name
      Do you have any info on this have wonder for many years who my grandparents were

    • Cait says:

      My great grandfather, originally from palazzo san gervasio, name was Canio too. Different last name though. Weird

  7. Joy says:

    My great grandfather , Giuseppe D’anzieri was born in Palazzo San Gervase in 1888. His parents were Carmela D’Anzieri & Savino D’anzieri. Do you have any more family records about my ancestors Carmela & Savino? I will be very grateful.
    Thank you.

  8. Karen says:

    Please help our family put an end to the mystery of our grandfather Savino Montanaro, He came to the United states in 1918, his home town listed on his immigration form is Palazza San Gervasio, his mother is listed as Maddalena Montanaro, they kept in touch until her death, we have no idea who his father is or who her family is. My parents visited his home town in 1983, they found his home and his school, but when asked questions about his mother , her family, or his fathers, they hit a dead end, no one wanted to talk to them about it. We know at one time his mother was from a wealthy family and quite possibly maybe even a nun. Please help us find out who my
    grandfathers family is.

    Thank You

  9. Lorraine says:

    I am searching for information on my Grandfather, Nicolo Vincenzo Manieri born approximately September 1862 and my Grandmother, Maria Savoia Manieri born approximately April 1878.

    They both listed Palazzo San Gervasio as their home town when they migrated to the U.S. the early part of 1900.

    I plan on visiting San Gervasio in 2017 and would love to have some family history before I visit.

    Thank you so much!
    Warm Regards

  10. chris says:

    I am researching Palazzo San Gervasio and noticed church records from Potenza of Santissima Trinità, san Gerardo, and San Michele Arcangelo dating back to the 1500’s. Which one if any would have the records for Palazzo San Gervasio and for Albano Di Lucania ?

  11. Frederic says:

    Hello- I am trying to find any Spione relatives living in Italy. My father, Fred, was born in the US. We were told that the family originally came from Bari or nearby. My father’s brother was Joseph Spione. My brother is Vincent (Vincenzo), my cousin is Angelo; these names appear multiple times in the Italian Spione families. I am an artist, illustrator and painter; it would be interesting to learn of other Spiones with artistic talents. Brother Vincent is a talented (unprofessional) photographer and cousin James Spione is a professional film maler and director.
    Any family history is welcome.

  12. Patti says:

    I am trying to find out history of my Grandfather, who was born September 2nd or 4th, 1893 in Palazzo San Gervasio. His name is Ruggiero Abbatemarco but Abbatemarco is not his birth last name. Some of the information I have is that his Father was a baron, had an affair with a servant and raised my Grandfather until they parted ways and that is when my Grandfather changed his name to Abbatemarco , his took the last name of the women who took care of him. I believe his birth last name may have been Durico or Del Rico.
    If you have any information, please contact me as soon as possible.
    thank you.

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