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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Ruoti, or if you have questions regarding your family in Ruoti, 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 .
Our expert in Ruoti area will reply to you


30 Messages to “Genealogy in Ruoti”
  1. Michele Errichetti says:

    I am looking for any information on my family name Errichetti n Lampriella (not sure of that spelling) from Potenza Ruoti area. They emigrated in the early 1900s to New Jersey Chicago and Connecticut USA.

  2. Sergio says:

    Ciao, volevo sapere di mio nonno GIOVANNI FIERRO figlio di MICHEL FIERRO e di RIZZO MARIUCCIA, dove vissero perché nel mese di maggio sarò in visita a Salerno richiedere la cittadinanza italiana

  3. David says:

    My great-grandfather, Felice Vaccaro, was born in Ruoti in 1859. His parents were Giovanni Vaccaro and Anna Troiano. His grandparents were Angelo Vito Vaccaro and Angela Maria Tripaldi. His parents were originally from Avigliano. My great-grandfather immigrated to America in 1886. His entire family remained in Ruoti. His siblings were:
    Angela Maria Vaccaro Sabia
    Maria Filomena Vaccaro Angiolillo
    Angelo Vito Vaccaro
    Antonio Vaccaro
    Domenico Maria Vaccaro
    I would like to find any information about them. Felice Vaccaro died in Newark, NJ in 1914.

  4. Jerry Ruoti says:

    I posted a couple of days ago, but I don’t see it for some reason. My name is Gerard Ruoti. My gramdfather, Rocco Ruoti, was born in Potenza in 1879.

    I had asked if anyone knew the origin of the town Ruoti.

  5. Edward says:

    Hello to my Italian brethren …My surname is Scavone…I currently live in Northern New Jersey…My ancestors immigrated to Brooklyn . New York sometime in the mid to late 1800’s…I know for sure they came from Ruoti…I have never been to Italy but I hear that there are many Scavones in Ruoti…I’m hoping to come to Ruoti soon to finally meet some of my Scavone ancestors…I would love to hear from some of you to get some information on our family history…ciao

  6. Angela says:

    My grandfather Vito Nicola Tolomeo was born in Ruoti, Italy on June 27, 1865. I would like to know the name of the church he was baptized in and/or the name of the church in Ruoti at that time. Thank you for any help you can give me. I’m planning on visiting Ruoti this summer and need any information on our family.

  7. Irina says:

    Looking for info. on my great aunt Vincenza Mariano born after 1907 in Ruoti, who is the daughter of Donato Vincenzo Maria Mariano B.1867 D. 1907-1914 and Maria Rosaria Santoro B. 1875 and the wife of Rocco Boccicio.. I have searched the Ruoti birth indexes, but they are only available thru 1910. thank you for any help you can offer :)

  8. Lisa says:

    Hello, looking for information on
    Roccantonio Guiseppe Mastropietro married to Rosina W.Iacouzzo (iagauzzi) in 1913/1914. He immigrated to US in 1914 and she followed in 1920 with their son Francesco. They were supposed to live in the Ruoti area. Many thanks.

  9. Marge says:

    My grandfather (Angelo Palermo b: abt 1862) and his family were from Ruoti. His father was Giacomo and his mother was Maria Domenica Florio.
    Giacomo & Domenica came to the USA about 1875. Angelo & his brother Vito arrived in the USA, Sept. 20, 1878. I would like any information on any members (living or deceased) of either the Palermo or Florio families. Thank you.

    • Christopher says:

      Hi marge this is Chris Joseph on my Nana’s side the Palermo’s that is my great great great grandfather Angelo Palermo. My uncle David palermo had looked up our geneology as well. We have a lot of Palermo’s living in Pennsylvania. Merry Christmas

  10. Angela says:

    What Catholic Churches were in Ruoit, Italy in 1865. Thank you

  11. Christine says:

    My father’s family immigrated from Ruoti sometime in the late 1890’s/early 1900’s to settle in Chicago. My father’s father was born in 1904 and was one of 8 children. I’m trying to find a record of my great grandfather and grandmother’s family. I know my great grandmother’s name was Santa Rocco but I do not have her maiden name.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

  12. Dianne says:

    I am looking for possible Italian relatives in Ruoti, Italy(Basilicata/Potenza) and any other areas of Italy of the Francesco Santoro and Angela Maria Sardonio family and their three sons, (1) Rocco Santoro (born 1868 or 1849) married to Angela Pollito, (2)Vito Antonio Santoro (born 1870-1873) wife Maria Domenica Salinardi, (3)Antonio Santoro. My grandparents, Vito and Maria, arrived in the US with two children through Ellis Island on the Trojan Prince on January 7, 1899. They ultimately became parents to a total of twelve children one which was my Father, Frank Santoro. I have learned that Vito and Maria may have stayed in New Jersey with his brother Rocco for a time; however, they eventually moved to Buffalo, New York. Any help to verify this information and assistance to locate other members of the Santoro/Sardonio/Salinardi Italian family will be much appreciated. Thank you, Dianne

    • Mike says:

      Hi Dianne,

      I’m a Salinardi and my grandparents are from Ruoti. I’m as well from Italy, but I moved to California 3 years ago.

      I wonder if Maria Domenica Salinardi was an ancestor of mine which would make us distantly related.


  13. Philip says:

    My mother and father met at a family summer party in Waterbury Connecticut in 1930. My mother’s grandmother was Felicia Zarillo (I dont know Felicia’s maiden name, but one of her parents may have been a German. After Felicia’s husband passed, she remarried to a man named Scorpion(e?) while they were in Ruoti and emigrated to Waterbury. Mr. Scorpion’s daughter married a man named Rocco Meo, whom I believe was also a Ruoti. So my father’s mother and my mother’s father were both Ruoti people.
    I’m planning to visit Ruoti in October of 2017 to research this. I will deeply appreciate any information you can give me. I believe the Rocco Meo (a barber) left Ruoti in about 1873. He was one of the earliest Italian settlers in Waterbury and in fact the state of Connecticut, which has the highest percentage of Italian Americans in the US, at 20 percent.

  14. Richard says:

    Grandfather was Vito Paterno Gabriele
    He migrated to USA in 1912
    I am looking for any records on him. He is listed as being from Touti

  15. Ashton H says:

    Hello — looking for more information on great and great great grandfather Isaia Angelo Longhi and Felice Longhi. Both were from Ruoti, Isaia born in 1904 & immigrated to the US in the early 1920s. Any information or advice on where to start would be helpful.

  16. Richard says:

    I am looking for Birthbay Records or Baptisom for Vincenzo Ciuffreda, from the town of Ruoti. He was born on December 23rd. 1887. He died on June 1948 in Bronx, New York. Daniel, Rocco, Josephine and Lena. Father name was Vito ciuffreda, Mother unknown. One brother remained in Italy his name was Domenico was born on August 14, 1899. He died on October 29th, 1988. Also I believed it was a sister named Immacolate she died on April 1st. 1986. Thank you

  17. Sue says:

    Am interested in locating some information on my great grandfather–Gerardo Navagata born in August 1849 in Ruoti and died August 1919 in Brooklyn,NY. He immigrated to the US in 1875 with his wife (name not known) and one child named Michelangelo (born in 1874). I would like to have information and then visit Ruoti with my family.

    Thank you

  18. Edward says:

    My grandparents came from Routi and my grandmother’s name was Maria Claps – a very common surname in Potenza – made famous (infamous) by the disappearance and murder of Elisa Claps in 1993, as told in the book by Tobias Jones, “Death at the Alter”.

    I am very curious about the origins of the un-Italian Claps surname. Does anyone know anything?

  19. James Burt says:

    My grandfather, Louis (Luigi?) Triano, was born on October 26, 1886 in Ruoti, Potenza, Basilicata. I believe he immigrated to New York between 1889 and 1902. I understand his parents (my great grandparents) were named Angelo, circa 1865, and Angeline, after 1865. It is possible my grandfather was the child of an earlier marriage by Angelo and came to America on his own as a teenager. In America my grandfather married my grandmother Mary Mariano who was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on January 29, 1890. Her parents, Rocco Mariano and Maria Spadola were born in Italy circa 1869 and 1875, respectively. I believe they were from the Potenza province. My grandparents were married in the United States circa 1918. I appreciate any information you are able to provide regarding my Italian roots and assist me in the building of my Family Tree.

    My wife, my sister and I will be touring Italy for the first time in 2016 and plan to make a side trip from our scheduled tour to Ruoti. We would love to see where our family is from and those homes/places where they may have lived. Thank you so very much.

    • andrea says:

      My Mother was also from Ruoti I remember her mentioning the names mariano and spadola I don’t think I can be of any help to you but I’m curious how you’re going to get to Ruoti, as I’m going as well, to Sicily then Ruoti but very hard to find transportation to get there.

  20. Frank says:

    My great grandparents,
    Nicola and Carmela Sabia were born in Ruoti about 1875-18880. I understand they were of a branch of Sabia known as ‘Sabia Stozza’. Does anybody know what this means? I went to Ruoti in 1991 with a historian from Potenza by the name of Geraldo Salinardi.

    • David says:

      Hi Frank. Do you know if Nicola had a brother named Rocco? My great-grandfather, Felice Vaccaro, had a sister named Angela. Angela and her husband, Angelo Sabia, had a son named Rocco Sabia that immigrated to Naugutuck, CT. I don’t know much else about him. I was searching the birth records from Ruoti online but they only went up to 1876.

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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,

    • JoAnn says:

      My grandfather was Angelo Spadola and his father (my great grandfather) was Rocco Spadola from Ruoti. I would like to know if you were able to obtain any information from the Spadola side. Thank you.

    • Tom says:

      Your grandfather was my grandfather’s (Frank) brother. Their father was Vito Antonio Spadola and was married to Angela Sileo. Vito arrived at Ellis Island 10/24/1894 aboard the ship Wieland. It departed from Naples. He returned to Italy and then back to New York 7/22/1902. Vito was born in 1868.

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