Genealogy in Molfetta

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Molfetta, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Puglia and in Bari province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Molfetta registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Molfetta. As more your surname is common in Molfetta, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Molfetta 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 Molfetta 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 Molfetta, or if you have questions regarding your family in Molfetta, 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 Molfetta area will reply to you


  1. Michael says:

    I am looking for the Family of Corrado DePinto who lived in Queens New York and passed away in 1976. He had 2 brothers here -Cosmo and Joe both have since passed away. I am the grandson of Corrado(Conrad) and would love to find out more about my italian relatives. Thank you Michael

  2. Jerry says:

    I am trying to find information about the illegitimate birth of my Great-Great Grandfather, Anselmo Finzi, born 8/17/1839. He was born and abandoned in the Regio Ricoverò di Giovinazzo (currently called Istituto Vittorio Emanuele II Giovinazzo.)

    As I understand from some Italian relatives living in Molfetta (my father’s birthplace), the father’s surname was Fontana, the mother was unknown–a servant girl from Giovinazzo. I would love to hear from anyone with knowledge of this family “secret”. I wonder if there is any way in Italy to discover the name of Anselmo Finzi’s mother who gave birth to him in the Regio Ricovero in Giovinazzo so we might follow that line of our family tree. Would this orphanage keep records of such young women who abandoned or gave up their children for adoption?

    One more thing. Out of the blue, Anselmo’s surname became Finzi. As far as our research can tell, there were no Finzi families in the Molfetta area. Most Finzi families in Italy are in the north and are Jewish. Our family have always been Catholic. It’s an intriguing mystery to solve. Why, instead of the normal orphan surnames given by orphanages, such as Esposito, Trovato, Orphanelli, etc… Anselmo was given the name Finzi? Why? Was he named after a benefactor of the orphanage? Could Finzi have been the servant girl’s name? As is often done today, could the girl have named another boyfriend (and not the real father) with the surname Finzi as the father of record?

    There is no shame… just a desire to trace our family heritage back as far as possible. It’s like uncovering a wonderful, complex mystery.

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

  3. Mauro says:

    My father(Angelo Scardigno) was born in Molfetta on February 25, 1904. His father was Micheli Scardigno & his mother was Rosa Anna Albanese.

    My mother (Maddalena Albanese Scardigno) was born in Molfetta on January 20, 1907. Her father was Nicola Albanese and her mother Justina Rugio.

    They were married in Molfetta on Feb. 23, 1929.

    My father left Italy in 1934 and my mother in 1936. They settled in Hoboken, NJ. They had 4 children, Micheal, Angelo, Rosa, & myself, Mauro. My father’s brother (Mauro)also settled in Hoboken as well as my mother’s sister (Vincenza).

    My family & I will be going to Italy in July and planning on visiting Molfetta. We were wondering if there were any relatives in the area from either my father’s family, or my mother’s.

  4. Brigid says:

    Trying to find out where my mom grew up, her name is Rafaella Scardigno
    She was born on October 6 or 7, 1926 in Molfetta
    and was sent to a convent. How would I find out
    The name of that convent.

  5. Mauro says:

    I live in Adelaide, South Australia. Both my parents are alive. My mother’s maiden name was De Candia. Adelaide De Candia. She and her mother came out to Australia when she was eight years old, Adelaide is now 86. Born Feb 1930. I am looking for relatives of hers – De Candia. She had a brother named Frederico and a sister named Philamena. They are now both deceased. Can anyone help me?
    Thank you

  6. Michael says:

    Can anybody provide me information about
    the couple Vito Vitulano – Lucia Turtur who lived in Molfetta
    during 1750-1830?
    Molte grazie.

    • Michael says:

      Can anybody provide me information about
      the couple Vito Vitulano – Lucia Turtur who lived in Molfetta
      during 1750-1830?
      Molte grazie.

  7. Grant says:

    My grandparents are from Molfetta, Cosmo Cirillo and Antonetta Candida.
    All I know is they were married in Molfetta just after the First World War and my grandfather then came to Australia on a ship. First port was in Perth Western Australia then on to Port Pirie South Australia at which he disembarked and settle there. I think my grandmother came out a couple of years later with her daughter Lena.
    I know nothing else and was wondering if you could help me out tracing my family.
    I’m hoping to visit Molfetta next April and try to chase up some information.
    I live in Adelaide South Australia Australia.
    Any help will be appreciated.

    • Nicoletta says:

      Hello Grant,
      Your grandmother Antonetta, was my fathers sister, he also lived in Pt. Pirie for a time and then Adelaide South Australia. I know a little of your family but as you experienced, I have also experienced the silence. I would be very open to meeting up with you to perhaps fill in some portion of your search.

  8. paula says:

    Hi, I am tracing my Husbands Family name. His Great Grandfather – Giosue Mirante came from Molfetta – province of Bari and was born on 9.3.1870, migrated to Australia in Dec 1902. We believe his fathers name was Pasquale Mirante and mothers name Filomena Arrediata.
    He married Maria Giuseppa Gagliardi (her DOB 24.11.1878) -Im unsure when they were married and had one child in Italy,
    Florence Filomena, born in feb 1902.
    Maria’s fathers name was Leonardo Gagliardi and mothers name Nunziata Pansini.
    We would love to hear from anyone who knows anything about this family or where they are buried.
    thank you

  9. Michele says:


    My grandfather, who was born in Molfetta in the early 1900’s, came to Australia in about 1920. His name was Michele and was a stone mason by trade. He originally went to Queensland Australia to cut sugar cane and eventually moved to Moruya on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, working in the granite quarries. He was followed to Australia by some of his brothers and sisters – Sergio, Saverio, Francesco and Pasqua. He eventually settled in Adelaide, South Australia, and died in the 1980s. I am very keen to hear from any of his family (my family) still in Molfetta.

    • paula says:

      Hey Michele, was his last name Mirante, or Miranda? Our grandfather had an unlce who visited him in Adelaide named Michele around 1920.

  10. Erin says:

    I am interested in finding where my roots! My grandfather is from Molfetta and came to the United States a long time ago. His name was Angelo DeNicolo. The family set up in Youngstown, Ohio. He had a couple of brothers with the last name of Smaldino. I know it isn’t much but I figured I would give it a shot!
    Thank you!

  11. Eugenia says:

    My mother, Ippolita DeCesare (deceased 1991)was born in Molfetta in 1925. She emigrated to America with her mother, Eugenia Tridente DeCesare and her brother, John, in 1929. I would like to get a copy of her baptismal certificate but I am unsure what church she was baptized in. Her cousin owns Boutique Smart on Corso Umberto. I have had no contact with those who own the boutique…I don’t know them. My mother’s civil registration certificate says she was born in January, 1926 yet we always celebrated her birthday on 20 November and always knew her to be born in 1925. I am wondering if her civil registration was done later and that is why there are 2 different birth dates. I am hoping that you can help or direct please so that I can get a copy of my mother’s baptismal certificate. This info will confirm her “true” birth date.

  12. Ignazio (Ian) says:

    My parents, both of whom are now dead, were both born in Molfetta. My father, Modesto Cappelluti, was born in 1914 and migrated to Western Australia sometime around 1927-1930. My mother, Anna Maria Salvemini, was born in 1925 and migrated to Australia sometime around 1939. I am currently visiting Italy, and am in Bari. I plan to take a trip to Molfetta to see where my parents came from. I have an address for my father’s family home, but I don’t know where my mother was born and grew up. We have tried to talk to her surviving sisters in Australia, but they are old and no longer remember where they were born. My mother’s parents names were Ignazio and Sylvia.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    • Jo says:

      Hi Ian

      I’m pretty sure that you and my mum are cousins? My mum’s name is Mary, her mum’s name was Angelica (who I believe was Sylvia’s half sister).

      My mum’s brother Vic was doing a family tree, and was in contact with the Italian side of the family who still reside in Molfetta so he may have further info to help you.

      In 2010 I was back in Molfetta, and my uncle from Molfetta took me to the Municipal Council offices to try and find further info on our family. Unfortunately there was a fire in the 1960’s so most of the documentation was destroyed.

      I was also fortunate enough to be taken to the cemetery in Molfetta to see where our great grandmother was buried.

      Should you ever head back there, you should pop in to see my Uncle Antonio, he can give you additional info to help you with your search.

      Hope this info helps.


    • Michael says:

      This is so weird…my grandfather’s name was Modesto Cappelluti, he was born in 1894 in Bari and came to N.J. in 1912 (I believe) but went back to Italy to fight in WWI as he was a fisherman and had naval experience. He came back to the US in 1919. He was awarded the title of Cavaliere (knight) for his bravery and saving many men from drowning. He had a previous marriage and I think 3 children who I know one of which was named Frank Cappelluti who has a son named Frank who still lives in Nj. I don’t know his first wife’s name but he married my grandmother who was from Alcamo (her name was Rosaria Gnoffo) and they moved to Brooklyn and he started the first diesel fishing boat in Brooklyn which was a hundred footer and the 1st one named “The SeaQueen” in Sheepshead Bay. They had my father whose name is Modesto Cappelluti as well in 1949 when they were older. I don’t know if I have any relation to you but I thought it was a crazy coincidence that there are 3 Modesto Cappelluti lines. Also,DOES ANYONE HAVE A TRANSLATION FOR CAPPELLUTI? My dad always said it meant leader of the chapel or choir, but I’ve also heard it meant thick or shiny hair, lustful hair, hat maker, etc. Thank you!

  13. Joseph Gerald says:

    My grandfather’s name was Gennaro Cappelluti and my families name was spelt incorrectly as when my father Pasquale Cappeluti arrived in Australia in approx 1937 he could not speak English and they misspelt our families uncle Salvatore came to Australia with my father.My grand father made frequent visits to Australia from the 1890s until he went back to Italy and never returned. My father had 3 sisters and 2 brother Salvatore and Sergio.My family lived in Molfetta Italy.If any one has any info on my family please e-Mali me.cheers

  14. Angela says:

    I am trying to find more information regarding the parents of my great-grandfather, Guilio Binetti. Guilio was born Oct. 7, 1877 in Molfetta. He arried Guiseppina Gattagrisi in 1899 and came to America around 1909. His father’s name was Pasquale and his mother was Maria Scivittaro. I have written several letters asking for a state of the family certificate (separately) for Pasquale and Maria and have never heard back. Any help would be appreciated.

  15. Priscilla says:

    I am also an Amato. Our people were from Fagnano Castello, a tiny village in Calabria. I think I may be able to help you in finding more info on your family. Please contact me if you’d like some help.

  16. Mary says:


    I am looking to find some information on the birth and parents of a man named Fillipo Mancini who immigrated to the US in 1910. It states in the records that he was 16 or 17 y/o in 1910 and was coming to the US to live with his uncle. His place of birth in several documents states Bari, Molfetta Italy. I do believe that the story is he came only to the US because his father was imprisoned for killing his mother. I know its a strange story. However I do not know the parents of Fillipo and would really like to figure that out. I would also like to verify if this story is correct.

    Thank you

  17. Maria says:


    I’m very interested in tracing my roots. I’ve been trying for some time but I have trouble when it comes to searching in Italy. Three of my four grandparents are from Molfetta- the other from Naples. I have all of the names of my great grandparents and a couple of great great grandparents, but that is where it ends. Not being fluent in Italian, it’s very hard for me to search beyond that.

    My grandfather’s name (my mother’s father) is Joseph Giancaspro. His parents were named Dominick, which I’ve seen on censuses as Domenico or Diminick. My granfdather’s mother’s name is Victoria Vitulano, sometimes as Vittoria Vitulano.

    My grandmother’s name (my mother’s mother) is Chiarina Fontana. She is still with us and her married name is Rina Giancaspro. Her parents were Victor Fontana and Maria DiTrizzio. Victor’s mother’s name was Chiarina. Maria’s father was Sergio DiTrizzio and her mother was named Serafina.

    My father’s father was named Vincenzo Amato. Vincenzo Amato’s parents were Gianbattista Amato and Marianna PIccininni. Marianna’s father was name Michele Piccininni.

    These three grandparents are all from Molfetta and moved to Hoboken, NJ in the earlier part of the 1900s. I don’t know if any of this information is anything to you, or if someone can even help me, but my family and I are very curious to know. I’d really love to fill in some gaps, so any information would be very helpful. If there’s any other information I can provide please let me know.

    Thank you!

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