Genealogy in Grumo Appula

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

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

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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Grumo Appula. As more your surname is common in Grumo Appula, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Grumo Appula 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 Grumo Appula 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 Grumo Appula 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 Grumo Appula area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Joe says:

    My maternal grandmother was named Rosa Cassano. I’m interested in knowing who her parents were. The cemetary there has her mother as Rosa Cassana (but i assumed it was a spelling error on the plaque). Any info on Rosa Cassano’s parents would be appreciated.

  2. Cyndi says:

    Looking for info on my husbands family. His great grandparents are Prudenza Balestra (1880) and Francesco Molfetta (1872). They were the first to come over to America.

  3. Josette says:


    Does anyone have information on the genealogy for the family with surname Rocco? My grandfather’s name was Augustino Rocco. They came from Bari and emigrated to NYC mid-20th century.

  4. Diana Levofskt says:

    Hello all. I lived in Brindisi from around 1964 to 1965.I would have been 7 or 8. My step father Richard Levofsky nee Tominelli had an Uncle Tio Rocco and Aunt Zia Angelina in Grumo. We spent may weekends in their home and with their children. I recall them as very warm and loving and really cherish the memories of the time spent with them. I hope their extended families are well.

  5. Deborah says:

    I am looking for information about my great grandparents, Giuseppe DiGeloromo b 1873 and Teresa Manginello b 1879; they emigrated to New York in 1902.

    I do not know Giuseppe’s fathers name, but his mother was Lucia Chimenti b 1844. Her parents were Giuseppe Chimenti and Teresa Misgoerno.

    Teresa Manginello’s parents were Angelo Manginello and Philomina Balanzano. To the best of my knowledge, all of my grandparents came from from Grumo.

  6. Joseph says:

    My name is Joseph Cea . Me and my wife will be visiting Grumo Appula in early June 2018. My grandfather Guiseppe Cea was born in Grumo on Oct. 24, 1888. I would appreciate any information on any relatives presently living in Grumo and where he was actually born there?

    Thank you


    • Leonardo says:

      Hello Joseph my cousins live in Grumo Appula and they are also named Cea, I live in nyc but have been there multiple times, the name of the street they live on is VIA VECCHIA BARI you can ask anyone there and they will tell you were it is have fun.

    • Sofia says:

      My great great grandmother was Anna Cea. She married Giuseppe Albis.

  7. Kim says:

    I am looking for information on my grandparents. Both were born in Grumo appula. His name was Guiseppe Savino and my grand mother was Rosa Mitarotonda.

    Both came to the US ( Probably NY but ended up in Worcester Mass. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Carol says:

      Do you know if Rosa is related to Donata Mitaratundo (sp?) married to Francesco Paolo DeSantis. Trying to help my husband’s family research….

  8. George says:

    I would like to find the birth records for my great grandfather. Here is what I know of him.
    He was born in Grumo Appula, (Bari) Italy on Januray 31, 1881. His name was
    Bisanzio Lupis.
    Thank You for any help you may provide.

  9. Frances says:

    How can I get a copy of my mother’s birth certificate? She was born in Grumo Appula, on February 22, 1902. Her name was Agnese Tomanelli and her parents were Maria and Rocco (?) Tomanelli.

    • Joseph says:

      Thank you Leonardo for the information. Can not wait to get to Grummo. I hope I find
      more information on my grandfather Giuseppe and the family!

  10. Lucia says:

    My grandmother whose maiden name was Laura Caporusso emigrated from Binetto to NY at 16 c 1910
    I adored her (I am now 73) and would like to locate any living relatives. She married Domenico Terrone from Grumo

  11. Judy says:

    My grandfather Francesco Colasuonno came to the United States from grumo around the turn of the century. He was born in 1875/6. I believe he came with one brother and the rest of his family stayed in grumo. I would be interested in finding out if there are any relations still living there. He passed away before I was born, and my father had almost no information about him . I would appreciate any help you could give me

  12. Amanda says:

    I am looking for information on my great-grandfather (Nicholas Tomanelli) and his qufe, Angela Tomanelli (Nee D’Armiento). Their dates of birth are somewhere in the 1870’s, and both in Bari. Angela’s mother’s maiden name was Sinisi. We were told that there is a street named for the family in Bari (Tomanelli). Also, there was a family story that one of the female ancestors beat and nearly killed the tax man when he came around to collect the taxes sometime in the mid-1800’s. Not sure if any truth to that story, nor do I know if there is a way to verify it. A funny story, though!
    Thanking you in advance for any information you might have,

    • Victoria oneill says:

      My grandparents were Francesco tomanelli and Maria Delia bod in Grumo Puglia around the mid 1880’. They came over separately and met and Madrid in the Bronx ny.another family name family names are Derasimo and fatizzi. Going to Bari sept 2018. Any info would be helpful. Thanks

  13. Lenny says:

    hi my name is lenny, my grandfathersavario giampietro was born in grumo may 3rd 1900.i am visiting this july and wondering if i can get any records or info at local church or local offices?

  14. Elizabeth says:

    My grandparents were born in Grumo Appula. My grandfather, Vito Colavito, was born 8/28/1879. I do not have much information on my grandmother, Domenica. My great grandparents may have been Michele and Anna Colavito. I know Michele and Anna had 7 children, Nicola, Vito, Rosa (I do not know the rest). Any information is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!

  15. Will says:

    My great grandfather, Michele Terrone, was born in Grumo on January 9, 1898 and emigrated to New York in 1914. His father’s name was Vito. I am trying to find further information on Michele’s parents. Thank you.

  16. Nicole says:

    My great grandfather Vito DElia was born in Grumo Appulo on August 20th 1894 and immigrated to the US around 1911. His Father was Saverio DElia and his mothers name was Antonia (I cannot make out her maiden name) I am looking for more information on Vito, his parents and if he had and siblings. Please help is possible I would love to know If I have any distant relatives still in Bari. Thank you!

  17. Angela says:

    Hi I’m looking for any family member of Andrea Settani my grandfather he was married to Rosina Grittanni my grandmother
    they both from Grumo Appula…My fathers name was Angelo Settani Grittanni

  18. Janet says:

    I am looking for any information on my Italian family. My great grandmother and her 1st husband and their parents. Her name is Rosa Manginelli, born 4/26/1873. Her husband was Vito Scarola or Scarolo? I think he would be born around 1865. They had 2 children: Anthony Scarola born 28 Aug 1898 and Annie or Anna Scarola, approximately 1901. Vito parents were: Anthony and Amy Scarola. Rosa parents were: Michael Manginelli and Angelina Martola. I have no birth or death records on them or on little Annie.

    Any information would be most helpful. Rosa & Vito came to the US around 1907.

    Thank you,

  19. Daniel says:

    I am seeking information on my maternal great grandfather and his family. His name was Giuseppe Toscano and he was born in Grumo Appula on April 28, 1890. His parents were Michelangelo and Maria. His sister, Paolina, was born in 1882 and his brother, Antonio, was born in 1888. Any help is appreciated. Thank you. Dan

    • Richard says:

      Dan; My Great Grandmother on my Fathers side was Candida Toscano from Grumo Appula, born in 1862. She had a sister Chiara born in 1875. Their parents were Rocco Toscano B. ~1835 and Maria Manicone. Rocco may have had a brother, Giuseppe, born around 1848. Thats all I have so far, but I have a lot more to do. I think Candida and Chiara may also have had a brother Michele who emigrated around 1904. But I still need to do some more research . Get back to me and Happy Holidays!

      • Mona says:

        My grandfather and grandmother were both born in Grumo. My grandmother was Nardina Lella and my grandfather was Francisco Toscano. They met after coming to NYC in prior to 1900. Are there any living relatives in the area or records of their birth? Names of their parents? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  20. Lucia says:

    My maternal grandfather Domenico Terrone came to NYC in 1906 from Grumo. He married my grandmother Laura Caporusso from Binetto in 1911. Seeking any relations they may have had there or here.

  21. Penelope says:

    I have a great uncle and his family Rocco Zeverino, Nicolo Zeverino, and Vito Zeverino who came from Grumo Appula and Santeramo. I would like to know the father of Rocco born 5 may 1889 and the mother also. also I would like to know the names of his siblings. any help would be greatly appreciated.

  22. Ann says:

    My grandfather Vincent D’Erasmo born June 17, 1891 had two sisters and a brother, named Angela, Frances and Michael. They were born in grump appula. My grandfather Vincent”s mother and father were Donato D’Erasmo and Mary Lorusso. Could you please tell me who Donato and Mary’s parents were, which would make them my great, great, grand parents. I understand they were all from Grumo Apulla or Bari, Italy

    • janine says:

      My great grandmother was born Emanuella D’Erasmo born in Grumo in 1871 came to NY with her husband Mauro Patrono in 1893

  23. Lucille says:

    I am visiting grumo bari. I am trying to find information for grandmother born in grumo on 12/6/1890, Maria d’elia. Also grandfather fransesco tomanelli bot grumo 8/20/1888.

    • Grace says:

      Your grandmother Maria Delia born on Dec 7 1890 in Grumo Appula, birth document states her father is Rocco Delia and her mother is Maria Lella.
      Your grandfather Francesco Tomanelli born in Grumo Appula on August 2, 1888; his father is Giuseppe Tomanelli and his mother is Angela D’Erasmo. Hopes this helps knowing your Great Grandparents.

    • Jim says:

      Hi, i have a pasquale lella in my tree and would love to compare our info to see if we can build our trees further.also have tomanellis on my tree with one of them my great great great great grandmother and derasmo my great great great great great great grandmother. would love to share whatever info we have on both family trees and see if we can build them furhter. thanks so much. hope to hear back. jim

      • Leonard says:

        My grandfather was Pasquale Lella (1887) and he married my Grandmother Rosa Derasmo (1889). His mother was Maria DiChiara, and her mother was Angela Panzarino.

  24. Marianne says:

    We will be visiting Italy on Sept. 27 2014. I am taking my 90 year old mother who has always dreamed of visiting her parents hometown which is Grumo Appula in Bari. This is the first time that she will be coming to Italy. She would love to see the area where her parents were born. I am searching for information such as if the houses that they lived in are still standing, the Churches that they went to and things of that sort. I am hoping that their baptismal certificates would provide this type of information. Information about her parents are as follows: Her father and my grandfather: Michele Rella, born January 12, 1983. His father and my great grandfather: Vincenzo Rella. His mother and my great grandmother: Maria Filomena Rella. My mothers mother and my grandmother: Maria Santa Scarola, born November 20, 1901. Anything you can come up with to help me fulfill my mothers dream will be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance! Sincerely, Marianne

    • john says:

      What you write interests me. My grandfather was Donato Scarola. He was born in 1898, and immigrated to New York City in 1919, right after World War 2.

      My mother’s birth name was Marie Santa Scarola; this makes me wonder whether your grandmother might have been a younger sister of my grandfather.

  25. Grace Campanelli Reino says:

    My Great Grandfather was born in Grumo Appula in Bari.
    His name: Antonio Campanelli born on February 1, 1852. His father: Giovanni Campanelli, His Mother: Nunzia Signorile (both born in Grumo Appula).

    I would like to know how to obtain birth certificates and marriage certificate for Giovanni Campanelli and Nunzia Signorile. Probably require records from 1800 – 1810 for birth and marriage date is unknown.

    Any assistance is greatly appreciated…
    Thank you!

  26. Colantuno says:

    My name is Peter. My mother was Pasquale Colantuno born and raised in Grumo. My grandfather was Gaetano Colantuno from Grumo as well. I would like to
    Get information from the towns church if I could. Could you tell me how? Thank You Peter

Leave a Reply

Please remember that our local experts can t read all the messages posted on the website so they will not reply to these comments.
If you would like to start a research in Grumo Appula please send your request to
Give them the time to study the info you sent about your italian ancestors, and we will be back to you with a plan of activities and a quote

Your email address will not be published
Required fields are marked *