Genealogy in Pietrapertosa

If you search your ancestors in Pietrapertosa, 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 Pietrapertosa registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


  1. John says:

    My grandmother’S name was Antonia Santomauro and was born in Pietrapertosa on 4 Aug 1895. Her father’s name was Rocco Santomauro. I would like to obtain more information about my greatgrandfather and my greatgrandmother as well as any relatives I may have in Pietrapertosa.

  2. Modena says:

    We have been told our Modena relatives were from Pietrapertosa. I believe my great aunt who had many names and went by Lee….was Irmalinda Lena …a few other names ….with the last namw Modena, was born there…thank you for any info you can find.

  3. ivan says:


    im trying to find relatives in italy, im from ecuador and a really dont know how to start. thanks for your help.

  4. Joe says:

    My name is Joe Dema. I’ve been to Pietrapertosa in the past trying to locate distant relatives but didn’t know where to start. I’m trying to trace my family back to Pietrapertosa with the surname “DEMA”. I’m just not sure who to contact in the town to see what information I can find. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Joe dema

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