Genealogy in Toritto

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Toritto, 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 Toritto registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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

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

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


  1. Denise says:


    I am trying to find some information about my great-great grandparents on my father’s father’s side.

    My dad is Piccininni, his father was Frank and mother was Emilia (maiden name Pizzo).

    My pop-pop Frank, had siblings: Rose, Fred (Nuffy), Anthony, and Marie.

    Pop-Pop Frank’s father was also Frank Piccininni, and his wife was Grace (maiden name Benedetto).

    I am trying to find information on Grace and Frank (my great grandparents). I think my great-grandmother Grace’s maiden name was Meile? (not sure of spelling). Of course my great-grandfather Frank’s surname was Piccininni, but I don’t know his first name.

    I would love to be able to go farther back and get more names. Please reach out to me if any names sound familiar.

    thank you so much.

  2. Keri says:


    This is a long shot. I am searching for my grandfather (Joseph Sardone). He came to the U.S. in 1900 (New York), and had six children (among them was my father Samuel Sardone). I was told this side of the family was from Bari and I have searched for many years. Can you please help me? I am not sure what other information you will need, but any assistance you are willing to give would be very appreciated.


    Keri Sardone-Higby

  3. Gerardo says:

    My Great Great Grandfather came from Toritto. He was married to Elizabeth Farello . They had two children, Gerardo and Anna Rosato. We think they lived in Torrito. Gerardo Rosato married Maria Constanza Toto, and lived in Toritto. They are my grandparents who came to America 1898-1901. They had 13 children many who died and we think they are buried in Toritto. My Great Great Grandfather we think is also buried in Toritto. We would love to visit their graves but have no idea where they are buried. We are coming to Toritto October,2017 to pay our repects. Any information you can give me regarding their places of rest would be more than appreciated. Thanks so much, Victoria Cardella

  4. Laraine Francesca says:

    My father was born in Toritto. 4 June 1914. Francis Richard Benvenuto.Where could I obtain his birth certificate?. Also both his parents married there, Santo and Francesca (DiMarinis) Benvenuto, where could I obtain their marriage records?

    Thank you

    • Scott says:

      Hi Laraine,

      My great grandfather Nicola Benvenuto was born in Toritto. His parents were Michele and Crescenza Miloscia. One of my grandfather’s older brothers was a Santo, “Sonny”. The odds seem high that this is the same family. Hoping to hear from you.

  5. Carla says:

    My grandmother Maria Costanza Cianciotta. I know she came from Toritto, Bari. Emigrated to US in 1920. Married name is Novello.

  6. Rosemarie says:

    My grandparents were both born in Toritto. Unfortunately, I have no dates. They were born in the late 1800,s and were married there. Their first born was born there too (Giuseppe). Their names were Vito Poveromo and Rosine Dionisio who became Rosine Poveromo. Do we have any relatives there today. To my knowledge all the young people migrated to the United States to the Bronx, New York.

    • Joseph Occhiogrosso says:


      My mother was born in Toritto, (date unknown). Her name was Rocca Poveromo.
      She had two sisters, Rose and Frances. She also had two brothers, (names unknown).

      This is an unusual name, therefore we may be related. Can you provide any information? Thank you.

      her name was Rocca Poveromo.

  7. Donna says:

    I am looking for birth, baptism or marriage records for Domenico Viseglie, Born in 1885 and married to Maria Castora, born in 1887 and died in 1916. Thank you

  8. Doris says:

    Looking for family of Angelina Tetro, born in Toritto July 24, 1892, with siblings Domenica, Michael, Francesco, Loretta, Savano and Maria. Need info for a family reunion in July. We do not know her parents names. She and her brother Michele immigrated to New York City about the early 1900’s. Would really appreciate anything you could find about her. Thank you so much!

  9. Lisa says:

    Trying to find out connections in Torrito: Biagi Paccione 12/5/1899-1970 Married Josephine(a) D’Urso (1897-1992), may have had a brother named Silverio Paccione who m. Vincenza. Any help would be wonderful! Also, seeking Patrono’s from there (Joseph Patrono 1924-2004) nephew Pasquale.

  10. Fran says:

    My Grandfather born 5-13-1890, Fedelle Quirino Toritto Bari Italy, searching for living relatives.

  11. michele says:

    Both my parents are from Toritto, Bari. My father Stefano Pueraro ( last letter “I” changed to “o” when he emigrated to USA. My mother Maria Pompieri also emigrated from Toritto to USA. I believe my father still has many relatives still living in Toritto. Any info please?

  12. Anne says:

    My Dad was born in Toritto, Bari on August 14, 1899. His name was Dominico Mincieli. How can I get a copy of his birth certificate.

  13. Savannah says:

    Hi, We are trying to trace my husband, Nicholas Poseno’s family. We have hit a wall at his 2nd Great-Grandfather Pasquela Poseno (alt spelling Possena). We know that his son Samuel Possena (Name changed in 1942 to Poseno) was in Virgina in the early 1900’s. We have been unable to find any information about Pasquela.

  14. angie says:

    Can you provide me with an address for the State Archives in Toritto/Bari? My great-grandmother was born there and I’d like a copy of her birth and marriage certificates. Thank you.

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