Genealogy in Picerno

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

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

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

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


  1. Cynthia says:

    My great grandparents were Francesco and Anna Fiore from Picerno. I do not know my great grandmother’s maiden name. They left Naples in March of 1892 on the Victoria and arrived in New York on April 8, 1892. One of their children was born in Italy in 1890, a daughter named Maria. Their other children, including my grandfather Rocco, were born in Port Chester, NY, and Bridgeport, CT.
    They eventually ended up living in Bridgeport, CT.
    Any information about their families would be appreciated.

  2. Mike says:

    I am able to assist you in loicating some info on both Gerardo and Lucia.

  3. Brad says:

    I am looking for any information on a Gerardo (Jerry)Casale that was born in Picerno Italy and left for New York I think about 1882 – also a Luci Carelli born in Picerno Italy and I believe on the same ship as the above Gerardo Casale and married in Picerno before leaving for New York.

  4. Vicki says:

    I am searching for any information on my great grandmother Lucia Fortunato. I have found when she traveled with her sister Felice to New York out of Naples, arriving on Sept 22, 1904. I believe her mother’s name was Angela and she had a brother Domanico.

    That is as far as i have been able to get. Any information you can provide would be wonderful.

    Thanks you so much!

  5. Amy says:

    I’m looking for my husbands family, luisa jasparra buchicchio, born nov 9, 1888. She married February 1911 to Antonio buchicchio born in around 1880. He had travelled to the U.S. several times as a boy, I’m assuming for work. They lived in Ohio then in Los angeles together until Antonio died in 1926. I’m looking for any info regarding their lives or family info in Italy.

  6. Rick says:

    I am looking for information about my grandfather Vito Marcantonio , who I believe was born in Oct of 1881. His name shows up in the US Census of 1920 , 30 & 40… Might have been through Ellis Island in NY around 1911 from Naples. Any and all information would be appreciated.



    • Marie Stewart says:

      My grandmother was Marie Marantonio Scavone who was born in Picerno We have Marantonio
      cousins who lived in Connecticut and a distant cousin Vito Marcantonio who lived in Bronx NY.
      Feel free email me

  7. Anna says:

    I am searching for information on my grandfather, Felice Tancredi. He traveled to the US on the Prinz Adalbert out of Naples, arriving on Jan. 30, 1904. He is listed as 32 years old and his last place of residence was Picerno.
    I am also searching for information on his wife, Anna Capece, my grandmother. She traveled on the Burgundian from Naples, arriving on April 2, 1897.
    Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.
    Warm regards,

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