If you search your ancestors in Conversano, 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 Conversano registrar as of that date.
So, if your ancestors were in Conversano in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Conversano to know more.
Before to start your genealogy research in Conversano, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Puglia and in Conversano too.
In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Conversano from the Italian Unification (1861).
It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Conversano. As more your surname is common in Conversano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Conversano 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 Conversano 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.)
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If your research is in a dead end and you need professional help from our local Italian genealogists write to firstname.lastname@example.org our expert in Conversano area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.