Genealogy in Ruoti

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Ruoti. As more your surname is common in Ruoti, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Ruoti 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 Ruoti 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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Ruoti, or if you have questions regarding your family in Ruoti, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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


4 Messages to “Genealogy in Ruoti”
  1. Cindy says:

    I am looking for information on Felice Florio who we think was born in Ruoti, Italy about 1830-40. His wife was Agatha (?) Barbarita and she was born in the 1840s. They had at least 4 children whose names were: A Vito Florio, Angelina Florio, Rosa Florio, and Saverio or Savenis Florio.
    If you have any information that could help us connect some dots, it would be most appreciated.
    Thank you so much!

  2. Mary Alice says:

    My father, Rocco Anthony Mariano was born in Ruoti Jan. 27, 1909. His father was Guiseppi (spelling may be incorrect) Mariano (known in USA as Joseph) mother Vincenza Burnetti.

  3. Joanne says:

    My family name is Zarrillo, and I understand that our ancestors originated from Ruoti. Two names I managed to discover are Fannie Zarrillo (Fannie Jarrillo) and her husband Rocco Zarrillo. Fannie Zarrillo was born in 1865 in Italy and emigrated to the United States in 1885. Do you have any information on either set of their parents?

    Thank you for your time.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    My grandfather was Gerardo Spadola, born in Ruoti on 23 April 1890. His mother was Angela Marie Sileo. I see there are a lot of Sileo’s still in Ruoti. I was always told that his father was Gugiemo Spadola, but on a birth cirtificate from his sister who was born in NY, it said his father’s name was Vito. My grandfather immigrated in 1895 to NY. Any birth information on him or his parents, I would love to find.
    Thank you,

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