Genealogy in Foggia

If you search your ancestors in Foggia, 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 Foggia province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Foggia registrar as of that date.

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

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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Foggia. As more your surname is common in Foggia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Foggia archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Foggia province are:
Bisceglia, Bruno, Calabrese, Caputo, Ciavarella, Ciuffreda, Clemente, Conte, De Luca, De Santis, Delli Carri, D’Errico, Di Bari, Falcone, Ferrara, Fiore, Gentile, Giordano, Guerra, La Torre, Lauriola, Leone, Lombardi, Longo, Marino, Martino, Nardella, Notarangelo, Palmieri, Palumbo, Pellegrino, Piemontese, Prencipe, Quitadamo, Ricci, Rignanese, Rinaldi, Romano, Russo, Sacco, Santoro, Schiavone, Simone, Totaro, Troiano, Trotta, Valente, Villani.

Church archives in Foggia 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 Foggia and Foggia 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 Foggia 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 Foggia area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Claude says:

    My grand father is born in Foggia. I don’t know exactly when. All I know is that he came in Belgium in the years around 1930 to learn at “Institut Montefiore” (university of Liège). He was a brilliant student. His name was Raffaele Gentile. He left Belgium to join the Italian army to fight in Libya (official version) and my grand mother and my mother never seen him again. I would like to know if members of his family still live in Foggia. I would only like to know more about him. I only have old pictures of him (available on demand). Best regards,

  2. Carol Ann says:

    Looking for Dominico Ascolillo my GGGrandfather, parents names and birth dates dates also Maria Giuseppa Marjoles parents names a d birth dates.

  3. Lori says:

    I’m looking for descendants of the Vicario family from Foggia. The siblings migrated to the US circa 1904 and settled in Conway, PA and later Bridgeport, CT. Also related to Xavier Costanzo.

  4. Roseanne says:

    Looking for Alexadro Altomare family . in Foggia Came Ellis Island about 1912 with son Daniel . Lived in Phila . Was married to .
    Anna Russo not sure where she was from . I was able to find someone names Theresa Perri .

  5. Karen says:

    I am looking for any information about my grandfather Savino Montanaro he was born in San Gervaise Itlay in 1903, he immigrated to the USA in 1920 or 1921, he left his mother Maddalena Montanaro and my mother remembers sending her gifts, we have no other information on her or if she was married or who my grandfathers father was. My parents visited the town he was born in and the school he went to and even found the house he grew up in , however when inquiring about his mother, they were politely told to leave it alone. Any information will be helpful. My mother believes she may have come from a wealthy family and maybe at one point was /wanted to be a nun. She only remembers my grandfather stating that she may have been distant from her family. We do not know if she was married. His birth certificate and school report cards only list her as his mother. Any help would be greatly appreciated in trying to find out more information

  6. Debbie says:

    I’m looking for information on my ancestors, last name Alterisio who I believe were from this area. Alterisio (Alterisio, Alterisio, etc.) is a rather rare name in the U.S. and I believe Italy.

  7. Al says:

    I am looking for any info on Giovanni Maddalena and Philomenia or Philamora Terlingo from Troia Foggia. Their son, my grandfather was Nastasio Maddalena (madaline in USA). Would also like info on any Brothers or sisters

  8. Kerry says:

    Looking for Cesare Avolizio (Aulizio) and Josephine Piccolo Avolizio who emigrated from Foggia to Ellis Island to Ohio in approximately 1910. Thank you very much.

  9. Maryellen says:

    I am looking info on a Vincenzo Tangi, b) 1849 in Celle San Vito. He married Lucia Bologonone b) 1859, we believe she also came from Celle San Vito. Lucia died in Ontario, Canada sometime in the 1900’s. We also believe they may have immigrated to central Ohio, United States when they first came over. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

  10. Lisa says:

    Looking for data on surname. Risoldi and Vigilenti
    My grandmother came to the US in 1905 to join her husband.
    Cathrine Vigilenti 1876-1969. Nazzaro Risoldi 1872-1935. Both I believe came from Foggia Italy.

  11. Brian says:

    Looking for my grandmother Sylvia Ann Leccesse I believe she was born in 1923 and maybe from Foggia Italy. Any info would be greatly appericated. thank you

  12. dolores says:

    looking for my grandfather Biase stellabotte and my grandmother Lucia Mandressia Stellabott

  13. Margaret says:

    I am searching for any records and history on the Vincent James DeVita family. And on the Mary Francis Bononno family and descendents. Both came to the US in early 1920’s …, I think

  14. Genea says:

    I am looking for information on my Great-Grandfather Lazzaro Ciavarelli born 1883 and married Maria Luigia Tenace in 1906. He emigrated to the United States in 1907 and she in 1913 if my information is correct. I would like to know about his parents and if he had siblings etc.

  15. dimity says:

    I am looking for info on my great grandfathers family. So far I all I have been able to find is that Luigi Lallo born about 1892 was from Foggia. He immigrated in 1909. He had 5 children one of them my grandfather Roland.

  16. fecco says:

    my grandfather was born in or near foggia in 1886 rumor is the family still operates a fig orchard there please some information would be great

    james a fecco

  17. Matthew Anthony says:

    How far back does the PACILLO name go in history
    My Grandfather was a high ranking military professional “GENERAL” ,MATTEO PACILLO . HE was “GIVEN” the town of FOGGIA ,but left it to his family and came to AMERICA in 1898, so the story goes .
    I am interested in finding out as much information as possible
    Thank you MATT

  18. Toni says:

    I am looking for vital records for my great-grandfather, Francesco Fumagalli, born in Foggia, 14 July 1894.

    He married Luisa Friscira in Talsano, Taranto. I do not know the year. Probably 1920 or 1921. He immigrated to the US in 1922.

    I believe he was in the Italian Army during WW1

    Any help in finding these records greatly appreciated.

  19. Louise says:

    Hello looking for my G Grandfaher Nicola Esposti born around 1872 who, according to my father was born and lived in Foggia. He emigrated to Wales in the early 1890’s

  20. Laura says:

    Great Grandparents lived in Foggia, Province of Foggia. Surname LoRusso. My father walked to other house during WW2 when they landed in Italy. Would love to connect. These were my mother’s paternal grandparents.

  21. C.M. says:

    Buon Giorno,

    I’m am looking for information on my grandmother, Maria Principe (perhaps Prencipe) born Aug 22 1884. I have also seen year of birth listed as 1879 We believe her parents were Grace Farina and Luigi Prencipe. I’m interested in her siblings and other children. Any information would be appreciated.


  22. Shelley says:

    My grandfather was Guiseppe Ranalli. He came from Foggia Italy. We think he was born in the late 1800’s and he emigrated to Australia when he was young. He returned to Foggia around 1929 taking his daughter Mary Anita Ranalli to visit family.

    • Pat says:

      My grandfather was born in Province of Foggia Italy, his birth years to be around 1896and left there at the age of 21 for America.
      He passed away in1965. His name was Dominic Yacci. Can you give me any additional information.
      Anything would be much appreciated.

  23. Gerri says:

    My grandfather, John Spinella, was born in 1889, and he said that he was from Foggio, Italy. He emigrated to Mt. Pleasant PA and had several children (Gerald, Raphella, Daniel, Michael, and Agnes). He passed away in 1948.

    Can you provide any additional information since I am traveling to Naples, Italy in September?

  24. Gerri says:

    I am interested in locating information about my grandfather, John Spinella, who was born in 1889, and he said he was Foggio, Italy. He emigrated to Mt. Pleasant PA and lived there till his death in 1948. Can you provide any information, since I am going to Naples in September?

  25. Joe says:

    I am trying to locate the birth certificate of my Grandfather Giuseppe D’Errico. I believe he was born in Rodi Garganico Foggia, Italy in 1894.
    Any help would be wonderful.
    Thank you.

  26. Joe says:

    Looking for relatives in Foggia, Puglia, Italy, of my grandparents Giuseppe Monaco and Maria Fontana who immigrated to America about 1913.

  27. Donna says:

    I am seeking information on my surename CHIRELLO, and where it comes from. There are some families in Foggia, Italy. My Grandfather was from Italy, Tony Chirello, or Anthony Chirello. He came over to America in the 1900s, I just can’t find anything on him.

  28. PJFrabotta says:

    I am trying to locate the birth certificate of my Great-Grandfather Ippolito Frabotta. I believe he was born in Foggia, Foggia in 1866. I think his grandfather was Francesco Frabotta, and Grandmother, Maria Luigia Montanaro. I have found 4 sons of theirs that survived, and believe one of them is Ippolito’s father. Any help would be wonderful.
    Thank you.

    • JoAnn says:

      I am looking for information on my Great grandmother, Maria Luisa Volpe. She was married to Guiseppe Paolozzi. They had two children, my Grandfather, Eugenio Paolozzi and Beatrice Paolozzi. I have my grandfather’s birth certificate with her name on it but that is all I have. I have been researching for years but I am unable to find anything about her. I would love to know who her parents were and anything about her. They came from Foggia. I would be forever grateful if you could find anything about her.

  29. Pamela says:

    My grandmother Guiseppa Ricci came here to New York in Dec of 1913. We never knew where she came from, she would not talk about her family. I recently came across a small jewelry container with the name of Foggia, Italy on it. Seeing that her surname is a common name in this region, I wondered if this might be where she was from.

  30. karen says:

    looking for my Grandfathers ancestors in Foggia,Italy. Salerno,Paul I want to know if I have any relatives there and any land or home inheritance. thank you

  31. tristan says:

    Looking for info. about my grandparents Frank Patella and his wife Benvenuta Negri.

    • Joel says:

      I am your Aunt Gildas grandson. I am searching for more information as well. Have you found anything on either side yet?

    • Kristen says:

      I’m Concetta’s grand daughter (Patti’s daughter), I am also looking for information. Have you found anything?

  32. Maria says:

    Looking for information (i.e. names of parents)for my grandfather Carmine Ramere (Ramiere)who immigrated to the US on August 10, 1903. My grandfather’s birthplace was listed as Voltorino, Foggio. Any information would be most helpful.

    Additionally, if there is any info on my grandmother, Coletta Iatesta (DOB: April 19, 1894) it would be appreciated.

    Thank you!

  33. Diane says:

    I am looking for information on Dipaolo,family and Grasso, My grandmother mom name was terisana Grasso,her father was Pasquale grandmother Marie married Michael De Vito his father was Luigi De Vito

  34. Bungaro/Colonna says:

    Information on Gt. Grandfather and Mother
    Luigi Bungaro 1855-1947
    Filomena Colonna 1859-1943
    Born in Foggia died in Modugno
    Any brothers or sister either family
    The had three sons, Antonio Bungaro 1895 Foggia -1971Canada
    Erupreprio Bungaro, lived in Modugno died in Modugno
    Luciano Bungaro born Foggia died in Canada
    I want to find out about earlier family, ie Gt, Gt, Grandparents and family

  35. dolores says:

    looking for my grandmother lucia mandressia and my grandfather baggio stellabotte they were fro foggia

  36. Peter says:

    Looking for any information regarding my great grandfather Michael Forgione , born March 1865 and who I believe married Maria Angela Catri . Would like to trace relatives . Grazie

  37. Gesualdi says:

    I am looking for relatives of Giuseppe (Joseph) Gesualdi he left a brother behind in Foggia
    He came to America with his wife Anna Lapolla

  38. Raffaele Caputo says:

    my father was born in Foggia in 1917 his name is Antonio Caputo. I would like to get information about his ancestors. Also my mother born in 1926 in Foggia her birth name is Luigia Di Gemma.

  39. Katelyn says:

    I have been stumped on my research of my family’s history, particularly my mother’s side. THe name known is Caterina D’Attellis and her mother is Luisa Yerizzo in Celenya, Foggia, Italy. Any information on Luisa Yerizzo is greatly appreciated. She was supposedly married twice and had three children. Although, her last name is a bit “iffy.” Any links of info would be helpful.

  40. Maureen says:

    Looking for grandmother Giavonna DeMenna, her parents wee Pasqule and Margaret MeMenna (Demenna)

  41. Paul says:

    My Grandfather, James Simone, born about 1895, married Mary Parenti, oldest son Frank Simone born in Italy, immigrated to the United States approximately about 1917-1919. Do you have any records of this family.

    • Paul says:

      My Grandfather, James Simone, date of Birth 24 August 1894, married Mary Parenti date of Birth: 16 MAY 1896, oldest son Frank Simone born in Italy 1920, immigrated to the United States approximately about 1920-1921. Do you have any records of this family.

  42. Lauren says:

    Looking for some family history on some of my ancestors. My great grandfather and my great uncle travel here from Foggia in the early 1900s. They went through Ellis Island first then resided in South Philadelphia. It would be cool to find if generations of this family’s legacy still existed. My grandfather’s name was Guispesse LaTorre.

  43. Jennifer says:

    My great grandfather. Micheal Delano came over from Foggia late 1800. We believe the name was altered and I found census records whereas the family was listed as Delino. I m trying to find out if there is a surname that this could have come from. His wife was Assunta Buzzo also from Foggia. Any links to these two names would be greatly appreciated!

  44. Frances says:

    Looking for information about my great grandparents
    Barthalomew Ferrante, Libera Rossi, Vincenze Guelano, Ciccia Sumnenes.

    Also grandparents Guiseppe Ferrante b. 1886
    Angela Gualano b. 1891

  45. Antonette says:

    My grandmother’s maiden name Laquintano of Foggia had wheat fields married Domenico Caggese. Had children Antonio deceased result of war and Anita one other dtr died result of war. Other dtr Camela and son Domenico imigrated to Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Carmella about early 1920’s my father Domenico about 1925.
    Later my grandmother Antonia and grandfather Domenico came to Phila to live with remaining children. Other Caggese came and at least l Laquintano.
    I am interested to know if there are any relatives still in Foggia and of my grandmother’s property which she gave to a niece. My father had mentioned he thought for employment many moved to Rome.

    • Al Madaline says:

      Just saw this. Sorry for the delay. My father Al Madaline (Maddalena), when he was about 10-12 yrs old was being raised, for a short time, by a Mrs Caggese in South Philadelphia. He often said she was like his second mother since his mother died when he was 3. My dad was born in 1918 in Brockway, PA, but some how wound up in Philly. In addition, my dad told me we were related to the Laquintanao’s. My grand father was from Troia, Foggia and was related to the Terlingo’s as well. If you would like to communicate, my e mail is Hope to hear from you.

  46. Anthony DiPaolo says:

    Grandfather was from Foggia, Italy who left behind a large family and came to America. Relocated from New York to Chicago. Owned and operated a resturant for many years until the depression. Invested in a home in Indiana where he live out his life. Only relative in US was Anthony Palmumbo who has also passed on. Would like to find Donato DiPaolo’s family(s).

  47. MAUREEN says:


  48. Deborah Tursi says:

    Looking for my grandfather Lawrence Tursi born in foggia Italy around 1896.

  49. Susan says:

    Looking for history of the
    Lo Albo family from Foggia, Italy
    Giovanni Lo Albo born in 1782
    Savino Felice Francesco Lo Albo born in 1812


    • Susan says:

      Looking for history of the
      Lo Albo family from Foggia, Italy
      Giovanni Lo Albo born in 1782
      Savino Felice Francesco Lo Albo born in 1812



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