Genealogy in Molfetta

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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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Molfetta, or if you have questions regarding your family in Molfetta, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


2 Messages to “Genealogy in Molfetta”
  1. 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

  2. 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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