Genealogy in Bitonto

If you search your ancestors in Bitonto, Puglia, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Puglia and in Bari province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Bitonto registrar as of that date.

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

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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Bitonto. As more your surname is common in Bitonto, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Bitonto archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Bari province are:
Altamura, Basile, Bellomo, Bianco, Bruno, Campanella, Caputo, Carbonara, Carella, Cassano, Catalano, Clemente, Colella, Colonna, Colucci, De Gennaro, De Palma, De Santis, Fanelli, Fiore, Gadaleta, Gentile, Giordano, Laera, Laterza, Leone, Lippolis, Longo, Lorusso, Losito, Mancini, Marinelli, Minervini, Nitti, Palmisano, Paparella, Pepe, Pinto, Pugliese, Ranieri, Rizzi, Ruggiero, Rutigliano, Santoro, Savino, Signorile, Simone, Spinelli.

Church archives in Bari 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 Bitonto and Bari province, you could plan to investigate churches’ archives by yourself (or with us!), 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 Bari.

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 Bitonto 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 Bitonto area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Caroline says:

    I have HAD quite a bit of success doing my genealogy. However,I am at a point where I need church records. Can you possibly let me know how many churches are in Bitonto and how can I make appointments to meet with the officials at each church. The last record I have is for my greAt great grandfather named Andrea Rossiello born in 1815. However, no record for his father Archangelo. Are there any consultants who can go with me to these churches WHO perhaps Could help to get information??
    Thank you for anything you can do for me.

  2. Barbara says:

    My grandfather Custode Leccese came from Bitonto and moved to New York. His father was Michele Leccese and his mother Mary Tarantino. Two of his sisters also immigrated but I would love to know what happened to the rest of the siblings. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Guiseppe b. 1883
    Nicola b. 1885
    Francesac b. 1887
    Gaetano b. 1890
    Gaetano b. 1892 (not sure if another brother or a discrepancey in birthdate)

    thank you

  3. Kevin says:

    My great grandfather Rocco Fiore born November 27 1869 came from Bitonto an moved to New York City. His first wife Teresa born Febuary 27 1887 from Palo del Colle. Teresa died and then Rocco took a second wife also from possibly Bitonto. I would like to find any family members in Bitonto and get my Italian citizenship.

  4. Rosa says:

    My mother and father come from Bitonto, immigrating to the USA in 1920. My father, Michele Terlizzi was born about 1894. My mother, Rosa DePalo was born about 1902. I’m trying to find the names of their parents and siblings. Can you help.

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