Genealogy in Viggiano

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

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

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

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Viggiano


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Viggiano. As more your surname is common in Viggiano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Viggiano 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 Viggiano 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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Viggiano, or if you have questions regarding your family in Viggiano, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
Our expert in Viggiano area will reply to you


12 Messages to “Genealogy in Viggiano”
  1. Allison says:

    I am researching the Italian side of my family and cannot get past my great grandfather Pasquale Maria Angerami born May 17th 1873 I know his father was Vincent and he and his wife were killed when sheltering under a tree in a storm. Pasquale my grandfather emigrated to Adelaide Sth Australia, with 2 uncles when he was around (we think) 12-15 years old. I do not know his mothers name I only know his fathers, Vincent, as it was on Pasquales Marriage certificate (in Adelaide Australia 1902)
    I am not even sure that he came from viggiano but this seems to be the place to find Angerami’s My Great Aunt Roma (1 of his daughters) traveled to Naples many years ago as she thought this is where her father came from, She had no luck and as Viggiano is close i was just wondering maybe this is where they are from. I will be going to Italy next year and would love to have some kind of lead to follow. Thanks for, if any info you can supply. Cheers Allison

  2. Joseph says:

    My Grandfather, Vincenzo Gargaro, was from Viggiano and was born in 1902. How would you be able to assist? What information would you require? Many thanks

  3. Natalie says:

    Dear Sirs,
    I am looking for information on my grandfather’s family. His name was Salverio Miglionico and is related to the Cassini family through marriage. I believe that his sister married a Cassini. He was born in 1874 or 75. His father was an attorney and was also a Councilman. I do not have his mother’s name and would like to know something about her family geneaology.

    I would appreciate any information or suggestions for further searches.

  4. Shane says:

    Researching family from Viggiano/Potenza. My great grandfather was Charles Gentili (originally), he changed his name when he came to America. I know he had an older brother Vincent and grew up with the Verallo family, but that’s all the info I have acquired. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Debra says:

    Looking for any information regarding my grandparents,
    both families from Viggiano,
    grandfather was Leonardo Vita, born 1893ish, left for California via Ellis Island in 1917ish.
    G.mother was born Cecchina (Frances)Croccia b.1891ish, left for USA around 1919.
    GGFather was Salvatore Croccia, he was a professional musician along with other relatives, he played the violin. He & his musician relatives left for USA around 1915
    I see a Hotel Croccia in Accettura, Potenza

  6. Pauline says:

    I am researching my family history and am interested in your genealogy tours.
    My family name is Arcaro. My grandfather was Francesco Arcaro, his wife was Teresa Arcaro (first cousins) and the whole family migrated to Australia in 1914.
    He was one of the Viggianese musicians who came to Melbourne, firstly in 1888.
    The family all lived in Viggiano.

    I am coming to Italy in September and would appreciate any help.
    I have accessed the Family Search records back to 1860, however the earlier records are not accessible here in Melbourne.

  7. Darlene says:

    There are 10 Viggiano’s in Viggiano. How can I tell which, if any, are my relations? My father was Dominick, born in Brooklyn, NY, USA. His father was Gaetano Viggiano, born in either Viggiano or Potenza, Italy and emigrated to NY, USA, in the early 1900s, no later than 1928. That’s all I have to go on, but I would really like to visit any relatives in Viggiano. Thanks.

  8. Eugenio Fabrizio says:

    I am the son of Mateo Domenico Marsicano, who was the son of Fabrizio Marsicano, who had two brothers Domenico and Prosperous. The family came from Viggiano Potenza. All the brothers came to South Africa. Are there any family member in Viggiano? Look forward to a response. Eugenio Fabrizio Marsicano

  9. Ralph says:

    Hi….looking for any information on relatives from Viggiano, Potenza, Basilicata.

    GGG-Grandfather: Michelangelo Russo, married Anna Rosa Marsicano…..has to be around 1840’s ???

    Any information will be helpful…thanks!

    • Paule Ann says:

      I have only gotten back as far as Michelangelo Russo and Anna Rosa Marsicano who are my great grandparents. My research shows five children:
      Anthony M. Russo who is my grandfather – my dad is Francis A. Russo

      Anthony M. Russo – B 20 Sept 1874 D. 01 Oct 1953 Married Anna Marie Gallo B. 1877 d. 9 July 1958
      Would love to share information – but this is all I have thus far.

  10. Debbie says:


    I recently found that my great grandparents and going back to my 3 times great grandparents were all from Viggiano. I have their birth dates, and date of deaths, all in Viggiano.

    I am trying to find out what cemetaries my great-great, and 3 times great grandparents may have been buried at.

    How many cemetaries are there in Viggiano?

    I’m hoping to make a trip to Italy in a couple of years and would love to visit Viggiano while I’m there, so I can do a little family research

    Do you know if there are any families with the last names of DeLorenzo, Messina, Gerardi, Marsciano, Angelino or Setaro still living in Viggiano?

    Thank you for your time!


  11. Aldo says:

    Dear Sirs
    I am looking for information about my Grand farther:- Vomero Biagio born on the 25 May 1879 in Viggiano Potenza.

    I want to look at the possibility for me to return to Viggiano to work and live there.

    Please also advise if there are any relatives of Vomero Biagio left in Viggiano.


    Aldo (Our surname was changed from Vomero to Biagio when my Grand father immigrated to South Africa)

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