Genealogy in San Fele

back to San Fele main page

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

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

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

Check how many people with the same surname live today in San Fele


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

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

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


9 Messages to “Genealogy in San Fele”
  1. Justin says:

    hello! my great grandfather originated in San Fele before emmigrating to NYC. I am looking for a copy of his birth record in Italian. Do you know which is the best office to request vital records?

  2. Paul says:

    My grandfather, Donato Marinaro came from San Fele to NY (then Buffalo) in 1903. His parents, Giuseppe and Teresa (nee Tomasulo) Marinaro, came in 1904. I am trying to find their records in San Fele and am hoping to visit there within the year.
    It seems that not many Marinaros are from that area…or at least that doesn’t seem to be the case.
    I am trying to figure out the best way to obtain these records.

  3. Setteducato says:

    Both grandparents are from San Fele. Grand mothers last name is Radice

    • Paul says:

      Any chance they were in Buffalo, NY? My Great-Grandmother’s sister, Lucy, married a Setteducato. Though her maiden name was Corritore, I do know that they were connected to Radices as well…just not sure how yet.

    • Doug says:

      I am researching the daughter of Marianna & Francesco Radice…Maddalena Radice Lanza when they emmigrated to NY. Any help uncovering a link would be appreciated

  4. Ron says:

    My Grandfather, Michele De Carlo was born in San Fele (date not known) Departed for U.S. in the late 1880′s.I would appreciate any data that will assist me in the beginning of my ancestry search. Thank you.

  5. Phyllis says:

    My great grandparents were born in SanFele Gaetano Lisante 1847/1851 my grandmother Marianna Grosso 1861 My greatGreatgrandfather was Donato Lisante my great great grandmother was LUCIA marsaro any help you can give me be wonderful any additional family info weddings birth death any family still there????

  6. Anne says:

    Trying to research the Calabrese side of my husband’s line. His great grandfather was Giuseppe Calabrese b 31 Mar 1857 in San Fele, Potenza, Basilicata d 26 Oct 1925 in Newark, NY US, married to Filomena Cristiano b 02 Jul 1865 d 30 Mar 1940 in Newark, NJ US. Giuseppe’s father was Vito Calabrese and his mother was Maria Michela Russo but I have no other data.

    Any assistance would be appreciated!


  7. Gina says:

    My great grandfather was Sabastiano Lorenzo. He was the son of Pietroangelo Lorenzo and Rosa Santuro Lorenzo. He was born in 1880 and left for NYC in 1898 I believe. I am looking for info and contacts. I will be visiting next July and would love to know where to go to find out more when I am there



Leave a Message