Genealogy in Venosa

If you search your ancestors in Venosa, 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 Venosa registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


  1. Dennis says:

    Will be visiting Venosa sometime this year. My Great Great Great Great grandparents were Domenico Oronzio Laurita and Beata Antonia Brindesi. Domenico was born around 1750. Most of the ancestors frequented the Church at the Abbey of the Holy Trinity. What Cemetery in Venosa could they be buried in ? I would also like to know has the town changed much since 1910. Thats when my Maternal grandmother and grandfather came to America.Would love to visit the streets where they lived and the place they were lied to rest.

  2. Nancy says:

    My grandfather Giuseppe DiTullo was born in Italy in 1872. I found a letter from Venosa, Potenza, Italy. I think this is an address, Vico to S GioGucci n 8. It’s a very old letter and hard to read. Any help would be appreciated.

  3. Giancarla says:

    my father was domenico miranda and his mother was giovanna castelgrande miranda.
    i would love any information tracing both the surnames miranda and castelgrande in venosa as many generations back as possible. are there family crests associated with them
    i am grateful for your time.

  4. Kristine says:

    HI, I am trying to find information on my great grandmother. Her name was Marianna Pugliese. Her father’s name was Vincenzo Pugliese and her mother’s name was Antonia Bruno. I do not know if they are from Venosa for sure but wanted to see if there was anyway for me to search online for a possible connection to Venosa or any records. She was born about 1875. Any help would be appreciated.

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