Genealogy in Conversano

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.)

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Conversano 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 Conversano area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. David says:

    My Grandfather Michele Malena, son of Leonardo Malena and Maria Marzico married my Grandmother Fonte D’attoma daughter of Michele D’attoma and Anna Maria Scisci. Grandfather served in WWI Fanteria Di Bari as a Mitraliatrice (Machine gunner) After the war they moved to the U.S. Bristol, CT. My Grandmothers sister Giulia married a man with the last name Chiarappa. I think Giulia’s Daughter married a man with the last name of Laselva. I remember my Grandfather telling me about the horrors of the war high in the cold mountains and that his Brother in Law Andre D’attoma was killed in front of him. My Grandfather said he only had one living relative in Italy after the war who was his younger brother.

  2. Becky says:

    I am looking for any information on my grandfather’s family. My grandfathers original name was Dalessandro. We have been given different spellings. Born 1896 In Conversano. At age of 16 he came to the USA with his brother Natale Dalessandro. In1918 He enlisted into the Army and they changed his name to Andrew Alexander. Natale brought his children Vitoantonio (Anthony) and Luciille to the States after his wife Maria died. All changed their names to Alexander. We never really knew my grandfathers real name. Rumors were Undre or Andre …. Thus Andrew I guess. He was the youngest of 16 children but he never talked much about his family. He died in 1972. I don’t know if they even kept birth or death records back then but if you know of any where to begin my search, it would be appreciated. Thank you

  3. Belinda says:

    My great Grandfather’s name is Erasmo D’Attoma and he had a sister named Rita. His father’s name was Francesco. He immigrated to the united states through Ellis Island Date of arrival Dec 19th, 1920. the port he left was Napoli. He was 23 at the time. Would you be able to find any relatives that still live in Conversano?

  4. Pasqueena says:

    Buon giorno,

    My grandfather was born in Conversano, BA Italia and passed away in Conversano, (BA) Italia
    Name: Pietro Iacovazzo born 12 January, 1900 – Died 25 September, 1949
    Wife: Pasquina Fanelli (DOB 5 September, 1905 died 13 July 1989
    Occupation: Gelateria

    What does Iacovazzo mean? Is it Jewish please?

    Can you please tell me the surnames of his parents:
    His Father : Domenico (Cognome?)
    His Mother: Isabella (Cognome?)

  5. diana says:

    Hi ‘I’ve just joined your group and I’m interested in finding more about my family in Converson. their surname is LaCalandra can someone tell me the state archives address and the Parish address and any other information would be greatly appreciated.

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