Genealogy in Sasso di Castalda

If you search your ancestors in Sasso di Castalda, Basilicata, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Basilicata and in Potenza province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Sasso di Castalda registrar as of that date.

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

Before to start your genealogy research in Sasso di Castalda, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Basilicata and in Sasso di Castalda too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Sasso di Castalda 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 Sasso di Castalda. As more your surname is common in Sasso di Castalda, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Sasso di Castalda 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 Sasso di Castalda 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 Sasso di Castalda 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 Sasso di Castalda area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. marcella says:


    Cerco qualche informazione sul Pasquale Corrado e la sua famiglia. Lui e immigrato a Brasile e poi si e sposato con mia bisnonna. Vorrei sapere se qualcuno c’e qualche informazione/foto etc


  2. Carl says:

    Hi I am the grandson of Antonio Gentile and Amalia Cappa if anyone has information about my Grandparents and their family it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Carl Matricardi

  3. Marcos says:

    Hi, I’m from Uruguay.
    I’m direct descendant of Vincenzo Michelle Gentile Parente born on October 6th 1854 in Sasso di Castalda, son of Antonio Gentile and Maria Rosaria Antonia Parente. He married to Annunziata Maddalena Rosaria Pagano Peppe born in 1855 in Sasso di Castalda and daughter of Rafael Pagano Berbentano and Maria Peppe Venobentano. Michelle and Rosaria came to Uruguay after the marriage and here, in a city call Paysandú they have sons. One of them, Francisco, later married with Carmen Corletti (or Corleto, Corleti). Carmen also born in Paysandú but I believe that her parents were also from Sasso di Castalda or another place near it. Their names were Silverio Corletti and Carmen Venetucci. Maybe this information that I have is wrong and many names were traslated to Spanish, and also maybe with the surnames, because it was common that local people couldn’t understand the correct form to write or pronounce the surnames and then appears troubles in official registrations. Well, if someone has any information about this people I would feel greatfull if you can share it with me.
    Thanks a lot to read me,
    Regards from Uruguay,
    Marcos Gentile.

  4. Lynn says:

    Good afternoon,
    I am in search of my family history starting with my great grandfather Gabriel Faraldo born December 26′ 1857 to Michael Faraldo and Maria Dotti or Dote Faraldo. Maria was the daughter of Joseph and Angeline. Any help is much appreciated.

  5. Eduardo says:

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    I am looking for the ancestry of Nicola Maria Michelangelo SICA, born in Sasso di Castalda on September, 1865. He married Rosa Medici (born in Polla, Salerno. 1868) at Polla, Salerno, on 7th December, 1886, The daughter of Vincenzo Medici and wife Maria Giuseppa Cúrcio.
    Nicola Maria Michelangelo Sica das The son of Rocco Sica and Maria Teresa Dotti; paternal grandson of Nicola Maria Sica and wife Caterina Romanzo; maternal grandson of ?
    In view of the facto that I now hold three surnames in Sasso di Castalda, Sica, Dotti and Romanzo, there must be people, descendants and colaterals still living in Sasso di Castalda or related to Sasso di Castalda from other countries, such as myself. I need your help to add more info to what I already have. I obtained such info after hard research but I will not give up, especially because this is the ancestry of my beloved maternal grandfather João Sica (1897-1983), The son of Nicola Maria Michelangelo Sica and wife, Rosa Medici.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Vincenzo says:

      My grandmother was from Sasso di Castalda and was related to the Sica family there. She told me stories of a “cousin” who emigrated to Porto Alegre in Brazil from Sasso. Related names include Dote, Taurisano, Curto,

      • Vincenzo says:

        Maria Teresa Doti was the sister of my grandmother’s grandmother, Carmela Doti, married to Rocco Taurisano. Both emigrated to USA and Utica NY, where the lived with 8 of their 9 children and their descendants. Only one daughter remained in Sasso, Maria Taurisano married to Rocco Curto. My grandmother, Giovanna Nunziata Curto, came to the USA in 1921, married here, and left a large family when she died in 1991. I am her grandson.

        • Lynn says:

          Thank you so much for the info on Maria Theresa Doti. She was my great great grandmother. Her husband was Gabriel Faraldo he came to the U S in1873 and she followed in 1877 with my great grandfather Michael who was born in 1872 in Sasso di Castaldo. Michael married Nellie Prete in 1896. My grandfather was born Gabriel Michael in 1908. I was thrilled to see your info when I re-entered the web page. If you should have any earlier information before Maria and your great great grandmother Carmela I would love it. Dates and names are much appreciated. I live in Utica NY still.

    • Jack says:

      My grandfather was Frank Thomas Romanzo b.1895 Utica, NY, Both his parents & many relatives, came to America 1885.. were born in Sasso Di Potenza, Basilicata, Italy.Other family names ..Dote,Julian,Graziadel, Dunn,Leone,Tedesche, Bono, Thank for any info.

  6. Theresa says:

    looking for ancestral parties living or deceased

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