Genealogy in San Fele

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.

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 Abruzzo and in San Fele too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in San Fele 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 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.
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 San Fele, or if you have questions regarding your family in San Fele, 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 San Fele area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Steve Sabia says:

    Trying to find out more about “branches” of the Sabia family. I have heard and read about more than one.

    “Stozza” Sabia
    “Talene” Sabia

    Any info would be helpful

  2. Joseph says:

    Sun., 12–24–2017

    Maternal and paternal forbears on both my parents’ , grandparents’ and great grandparents’
    sides are San Felese ; and I am a 100 per-cent thoroughbred . B. 11-28-1897 , my dad was S.F.-born .

    This is to invite any to-Buffalo / Niagara Falls S.F. tourists to telephone / visit us .

    Mr.&Mrs. Joe Carnevale , age 86 , retiired school
    truant officer and active piano player
    409 Jersey St. ; Buffalo , N.Y. 14313 (716) 886-4238
    ( ” no capeesh Italiano ” )

  3. Rosanne says:

    I am trying to locate information on my gggrandfather Errico (or Enrico) Cagnazzi, (or the woman who registered his birth Elisabetta Ceruzzi) who was born on Sept. 29, 1846. He is said to be a foundling. I can’t find any info on what happened to him. She named him and was assigned the task of finding him wet nurse or nurturing him herself. I don’t speak or read Italian so any help would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Elaina says:

    My great grandfather Francesco Torrone was born in San Fele on May 5, 1881. His parents were Nicola Torrone (born in 1852) and Lucrezia Scapicchio (born in 1853). They were married in San Fele in 1877 and Nicola immigrated to NY with Francesco somewhere around 1885-1986 and was remarried in 1887 in NYC. I believe that Lucrezia must have died and I am looking for a death record. Can anyone help?

  5. Denise says:


    I am trying to find out information on my grandfather’s family his name was Michael Cristiano and he was born in San Fele Italy in 1903. Its my understanding that he had quite a large family 14 brothers and sisters. He came to the United States in 1920 and believe his family remained in Italy.He married my grandmother Flora Perfetto and they had 2 sons Michael and Ronald. Any information on the Cristiano family from San fele would be helpful. I have very limited information.

    Thank you

    • dan says:

      My mom is a Christiano (Serafina ) from buffalo New York My great great great grandfather was Vito Christiano who came here in 1830 from San Fele …my uncles are the leaders of the sons of san fele Society ( it’s on google) My uncle John would be the person to talk to if your still searching they live in Buffalo New York you may be able to find some info on your grandfather ..hope This may help

  6. Angela says:

    My grandfather was Soldano Frascella and came to US in 1902 from San Fele. His mother was Diodata De Faceo and his father was Luigi Frascella. His grandparents were Donato Frascella and Marguerita Cardone. Any info about this family would be greatly appreciated. Angela

    • Susan says:

      Hi Angela … just found this site … my great grandparents are the same as yours … my grandfather’s name was Giuseppe – or Joseph … Soldano was my grandfathers brother … and my great uncle …my family has quite a bit of history on our family and one of my brothers recently visited with one of Soldano’s children … if you are still looking for information please get back to me … would love to chat! … Thank you, Susan

  7. Sara says:

    I am researching my nonna’s family tree.

    Her parents were Michelangelo Crecca (called Michele) and Carmela Fabrizio.
    Her great grandparents were Giuseppe Crecca and Elisabetta Masi and Giuseppe Fabrizio and Erminia Maselli. Any information on them would be greatly appreciated, birth dates etc and their parents if possible.

    Grazie Mille

  8. Madeline says:

    My great grandfather, Frank Katlien, was from San Fele, but I believe his name must have been misunderstood and changed upon entering the United States. Is there someone to contact about solving this name puzzle? I have no records of him going by any other name. On his naturalization papers he wrote in was born in San Fele, Italy.

  9. Cyndi says:

    I am researching my husband’s paternal line, Marraffino. His great grandfather, Leonard (Daniel) Marraffino was born in San Fele in 1878. He immigrated to NY in 1892. I am looking for information regarding his parents, Donato Marraffino, and Catherine Cavalieri, who are listed on Leonard’s marriage certificate from his second marriage in Los Angeles, CA. I am also interested in learning about Leonard’s siblings.

    • Cheryl says:

      My maternal side has a lot of Marraffino in it. From San Fele. I have Donato born 1829, but no info on his kids. However my DNA match on ancestry recently indicated someone as a 4-6th cousin on Marraffino side, and that persons grandfather is a Leonard Daniel Marraffino.

  10. Anthony says:

    My Great Grand Father, Potito Russo, was born in San Fele. He married Costanza Bagarozza. Their son Antonio married Catarina Tauriello. They came to America in 1895 and lived in Brooklyn, NY before moving to Newark, NJ.
    Antonio re married Filomena Di Iorio in 1916 at St Rocco’s in Newark, NJ.
    If you think we may be related please contact me.
    Grazie, Tony

  11. Dave says:

    My great grandfather Giovanni Gerardi ( Girardi / Girardo sp? ) was born in San Fele. apx.1878 ( 1878-82 ), came to New York City apx 1895 ?, .
    His parents were: Antonio Gerardi & Feliciana Pontillo…..
    he traveled here with cousins. He went from NYC to Conn. then back to NYC, married and settled in Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY.
    His cousins went both upstate to Buffalo and New Jersey.
    Story has it that one cousin was a Catholic Priest, specifically a Monsiginor last name sounded like Tronolone who went to Buffalo ?

    if anyone can help with search re cousins who might have additional info or in San Fele, Thank You all…


    • Lisa says:

      My father in law was Michelle puntillo he died in 2013 but his wife Lucia puntillo is alive and well at 85yrs.. I have three children alissa Lucia and luisa puntillo. We live in keighley West Yorkshire England.

  12. Tina says:

    My great great grandparents were both from San Fele. Tony Donato Daniel Radice was born in 1851 and died June 8, 1933 or 35 in Newark, New Jersey. His parents may be Vincenzo (4/23/1821- 3/16/1904). Vincenzo possibly immigrated 12/13/1887. Tony Donato’s mother may be Angela or Angelia born in 1822 or 1824. Tony Donato married Maria Theresa “Jenny” Carnevale (also from San Fele) who died 5/6/1943 in New Jersey. Some of their children are Conrad, Katherine(born 1889?),Rosa born 12/1/1880 and Teoro Thomas(he may be the only child born in San Fele).

  13. Mike says:

    My great grandmother Carmella Faggella was from San Fele. She was born around 1875 and came to New York City around 1895. I was hoping to gather some information on her, her parents and any siblings she might have had. I was in San Fele back in 2001 but I didn’t have any information with me and was passing through from Naples at the time.

  14. nitosha says:

    Hi, re:Researching my great great grandparents

    My great grandfather was Daniel Spero (Spera) and he was born in Manhattan in 1889. His parents my great great grandparents were born in San Fele and emigrated to the United States through Ellis Island. Their names were Frank Spero (Spera) and Angela Scarpone Spero. Frank Spero was born on April 30th 1866 and Angela was born in 1874. This is where the family lived in 1910 at 70 Mott St. in Manhattan. His children (Franks were Samuel Spero, William Spero, Joseph Spero, Anthony Spero and his sister Rose Spero. Please let me know how you can help. Most appreciated!

    Great-Great-Grand daughter,
    Nitosha Parham
    in Long Island, NY
    My grandmother was Bula Mae Spero daughter of Daniel Spero (Spera)

    Name Angela Scarpone
    Arrival Date 12 Apr 1893
    Birth Date abt 1871
    Age 22
    Gender Female
    Ethnicity/ Nationality Italian
    Port of Departure Naples, Italy
    Port of Arrival New York, New York
    Ship Name Gergovia

  15. Elizabeth says:

    My great grandfather Vincenzo Pascale was one of 7 children born to Giuseppe Pascale and Filomena Radice. Many stories have them coming from San Fele before emigrating to nyc. I think Giuseppe died in Italy before everyone was able to get to New York. I remember the names of a few siblings- Feliciana, Sebastiano, Donata. Any information to confirm San Fele is the correct birthplace would be very much appreciated!
    Thank you!

    • Lauren says:

      Hi…my ggrandfather’s mother is listed as an Elizabeth Pascale, born in San Fele around 1858. I don’t know anything about her, except she married Raffel Vernotico. Might be related?

  16. Suzanne says:

    Have been desperately trying to find the hometown of my grandfather. Very confused since there is never a town listed on paperwork. They make mention of Naples all the time, however, mention the town of San Fele and Basilicata. Any help would be great.

    Pietro Abate (Abbato, Abato, etc.) Born 1885 Arrived NYC in 1919
    Rosaria Silvestro (Silvestri) No evidence of her arrival to NYC
    Rosaria (daughter) Born 12/04/1903
    Antonetta (daughter) Born 21/03/1905
    Domenico (son) Born 07/05/1907 All 3 children arrived July 1921

    I hope this info is helpful in finding my origins. Thank you for your help.


  17. Melissa says:

    Hi, my Dads grandfather was born in San Fele, Potenza in Oct 10th 1886 His name was Vito Fasanella. Was wondering if there are any records of were he lived. I believe his parents name were Anthony Fasanella and Calela Fallomena Please help this is as far as a got and my father would like to know more thanks!!!

  18. Richard says:

    My grandmother, Lucia Grieco was born in San Fele I believe 1n 1890. She came to New York around 1908. I was told her father was the Mayor of the town. I had an old photo, since lost, of his funeral procession. It seemed to be quite elaborate perhaps in keeping with position. Can you confirm any of this? Thank you.

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

    • Francesco Paolo Marinaro says:

      Ciao Paolo anche mio nonno era di Matera classe 1871 si e’ trasferito a
      Civitavecchia e con mia nonna hanno messo al mondo ben 13 figli ( l’ ultimo mio padre classe 1924) . Forse siamo parenti!???

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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????

  24. 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!


  25. 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



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