Genealogy in Pignola

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

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

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

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


  1. Linda says:

    Anyone related to Pergola’s, Mancinelli’s, Mancino’s???

  2. Bernadette says:

    My great grandfather, Francisco Coiro, was born in Pignola. I don’t know his birth date, but my grandfather, Nicola Coiro, was born there in 1882. He emigrated to New York State in about 1902.

    • Dianna says:

      My gr gr grandfather was also named Francisco Coiro and he was born in Pignola. He married Angela Mancini. They had a daughter, Lucia, in 1891. She immigrated to NY in 1912. I believe that she had at least two brothers, Donato and Nicola. Are we looking for the same family?

  3. Danielle says:

    I am looking for the address to the City Office of Pignola in order to search some (census pre 1900, birth and property) records. If there is an email address too, that would be helpful. Thank you, Danielle
    The people I am interested to know about are Marie Petrone and Saverio Olito/e. Thank you!

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