Genealogy in Rapone

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

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Rapone?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Rapone


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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Rapone from the Italian Unification (1861).

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Rapone. As more your surname is common in Rapone, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Rapone 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 Rapone 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.

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.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Rapone, or if you have questions regarding your family in Rapone, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
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  1. Jennifer says:

    Looking for the names of my great-great-great grandfather’s parents. His name was Carmine D’Elia, born around February 1868. His wife was Concetta. Would like to know her surname as well. Carmine’s last residence was in Rapone before immigrating to America in 1894. Not sure where he was born. Any information at all would be much appreciated. Grazie!

  2. Margaret says:

    My maternal grandmother’s name Angela Patrissi whose family migrated to Vancouver, Canada. We believe from Rapone. I don’t have any information on her parents as yet but will visit Rapone later this year. Does anyone have information on the Patrissi family? Thanks.

  3. Michelle says:

    My great grandfather, John Natale, was Born in Rapone, March 8, 1876.
    My great grandmother was born in Rapone. Her name was Angelina Mascola. Not sure of her birthdate.

  4. Teresa says:

    My mother Vituccia was from Rapone. Her father was Mario Angelliolo. Her mother Giuseppina Miele. Both born around 1910 or so. Guiespinna was the illagitamate child of a union of a married man and an orphan lady who was abandoned as a new born to a family who took her in. This is all I know about my mother’s side of the family. Mum is now dead and I would love to know if there is anyone out there who’s has some more information to my mums history.

  5. Erica says:

    I am searching for more information about my maternal great-great-grandfather (my mother’s father’s father). His name is William Cappiello and he is from Rapone. He was born on February 14, 1855. He came to the US between 1878 and 1883. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

  6. Erica says:

    I am searching for any information about my maternal great-great grandfather(my mother’s father’s grandfather) who was from Rapone, Italy. His name was William Cappiello and he was born on February 14, 1855. From the research I have done so far he arrived in the US sometime between 1878 and 1883. Any information or help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  7. Nicola says:

    Believe both grandparents were from rapone. Grandmothers name Camela Mascola.

    • Tammy says:

      My great-grandmother was Rose Mascalo from Rapone and my Great-Grandfather was Donato Ciampi (b. 1885)also from Rapone. I am looking for any relatives in Italy.

  8. Wesley says:

    I am looking for the family of Vito Michael(Michelle) Ciampo b. 1850?, and Rosa Fasciglioni?(Spelling?)his wife.
    Emmigrated to US around 1895? Children born in Italy, Rapone? Nicolo and Salvatore and Anna?

    Thank you.

  9. DianeLettiereNonnemacher says:

    My paternal great grandparents come from Rapone. Great grandfather’s name is Michel Lettiere(Lettieri) born about 1856. Great grandmother’s name is Maria Donata Pinto Lettiere(Lettieri) also born about 1856. They married in Rapone and their first child, one of eight, was born in Rapone about 1877. His name is Peter Michael. The remaining children were born here in the United States. Is there any chance I may have family residing in and or about Rapone?
    Can you direct me to help me determine if I do.
    Thank you,

  10. D. Thomas says:

    I am searching for information on my maternal GreatGrandparents and earlier.
    My grandfather was born in/around Rapone in 1896 to Guiseppe and Rosa/Rose Santo…(Anthony Santo)
    Guiseppe was killed in an accident when they returned to the States and Rosa married his brother Antonio/Antonino Santo. A town by the name of Castella Grande is also mentioned in old newspaper articles about the family.
    If it helps my Maternal Great Grandmothers maiden name so we were told and according to her marriage liscense to her second husband was Pintomarmo/Pentomaro?
    I know they had to have some family in Italy since they were in the states, sailed back to Rapone and spent time there before returning to the US.
    Any help would be so greatly appreciated… thankyou..Grazie Mille

  11. Donato DiRuvo says:

    I’m searching my father’s past and I am aolso trying to locate any relatives that I might have. My father’s name is Donato DiRuvo born Sept 16, 1920, in Rapone.


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