Genealogy in Spinoso

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Spinoso 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 Spinoso. As more your surname is common in Spinoso, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Spinoso 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 Spinoso 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 Spinoso, or if you have questions regarding your family in Spinoso, 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 Spinoso area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Lorraine says:

    My grandfathers name Giuseppe solimando. He had3 brothers and one sister he moved to New York City and always re visited Italy. I believe he owned a villa there but not sure exactly where. Pleas let me know where he came from and where the villa was located. His parents names were Michael and Rosalia his brothers names were Anthony, Michael and jimmy( American names). Thank you

  2. Karen says:

    I am searching for relatives from Spinoso or Moliterno Italy. My grandmother was Theresa Barone. That was her married name. She had a daughter – my mother – named Mary. My grandfather was from Moliterno. If anyone has any information, please let me know.

  3. Claudia says:

    I was inquiring about my Grandmother, Maddalena Roccanova Marchesani who lived in Potenza, Spinosa. I believe she may have been born around 1890. She married my grandfather Rocco Marchesani and moved to the United States. They had 4 children. My aunt Anne was born in Italy prior to Maddalena moving to US. My father, Vincent was born in US. My grandfather lived in US prior to marrying Maddalena and went back and forth until permanently relocating the family to US. Maddalena died in 1919 from influenza epidemic. I know she had a sister and brothers and was curious about the family and her actual birth records and any family history. Any information would be appreciated. I believe her sister returned to Italy after her death. I was also curious about any records in the area for my grandfather, Maddalena’s husband Rocco Marchesani 1884-1964 and his family. Thank you for your assistance.

  4. michael says:

    My great grandfather, Toney Sanzobrino (1864-1923), came from Spinoso, Italy. His father, Carl Sanzobrino (1822-1906), also from Spinoso area. I believe the surname was originally Sansobrino.

    Any information on the family background would be greatly appreciated.

    Michael Sanzobrin

  5. Maryann says:

    I am researching my ancestors from Spinoso. Michele Solimando was born in
    1850, his parents were Theresina Roccanova and Giovanni Solimando. Anna Maria DePuglia wAs born in 1860 and her parents were louis DePuglia and Maddalena destefano.
    Michele and anna Maria married around 1880. Any info greatly appreciated.

  6. Marilu says:

    Dear sir or madam
    I have been searching for my great grandparents who were born in Spinoso. My great grandfather in found. He was Angelo Raffaele Fulco born on 4 Feb 1862 in Spinoso. His parents were Giuseppe Fulco and Antonia Bonelli, both from Spinoso. Giuseppe was 33 and Antonia 30 when Angelo was born. Therefore they must have been born in 1829 and 1832 respectively.

    With this information I would like to find out
    1) did Antonia and Giuseppe have other children. I believe there is an older brother to Angelo names Vito
    2) when were Antonia and Giuseppe born and to what parents
    3) were they also from Spinoso
    4) did Antonia and Giuseppe die in Spinoso. I know Angelo married Emmanuela Maccarone in 1885 and sailed on a ship to Argentina that year.

    Any information would be much appreciated.
    Thank you

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