Genealogy in Orsara di Puglia

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Orsara di Puglia, 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 Foggia province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Orsara di Puglia registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Orsara di Puglia?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Orsara di Puglia


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Orsara di Puglia. As more your surname is common in Orsara di Puglia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Orsara di Puglia 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 Orsara di Puglia 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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Orsara di Puglia, or if you have questions regarding your family in Orsara di Puglia, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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9 Messages to “Genealogy in Orsara di Puglia”
  1. Carole and Karin Sitts says:

    Our grandfather changed his name to fight in WW1 because he had been rejected under his original name. The only thing we have been able to find so far was the WW1 enlistment document saying his name was Sam Tony Delsono or Delsano from Orsar, Avellino, Italy on April 1st 1888.

    Can you find anything on him? We would appreciate any help we can get. Thank you!

  2. Maria says:

    Looking for the name of the town Doctor back in 1920′s

  3. Looking for Acquaviva/Cerrato/Lepore says:

    I would appreciate any help with finding information about my great-grandparents, Michele Acquaviva and Filomena Cerrato (who I think was married to Antonio Tozzi before his demise and her subsequent emigration to the USA where she married Michele). Michele’s father, Giacomo Acquaviva, also came to the US. Family lore has it that Giacomo’s wife was Lucia Lepore who died before he left Italy, but I have not been able to confirm that. All left Orsara di Puglia in the early 1900′s, settling in Trenton, New Jersey.

    Grazie di cuore,

  4. Anthony says:

    I’m looking to find out more information on my great grandfather’s family who lived in Orsara Di Puglia. I’ve been working on my family tree for quite some time now and hit a wall with my search. My great-grandfather’s name was Antonio Iatarola, born 1891 in Orsara. Along with his brother Donato (born in 1880), they both came to America in different times in the early 1900′s. They left behind their parents Domenico (born abt. 1855) and Domenica (maiden name & birthdate unknown)as well as their 2 sisters, Carmela & Rocchina. I would love to know more about them, such as actual birth dates, their marriage date, death dates, the parents/ grandparents of domenico/domenica, the maiden name of Domenica ,siblings or other children I’m unaware of. I’ve been told that Domenica may have lived to 100 years of age and that one of the sisters (Rocchina/ Carmela)became a sister in the catholic church. I really hope you can help me in finding any information on the Iatarola family. It will be truly appreciated!

    Thank you,

  5. Edie says:

    I am looking for my great-grandparents. They lived there, were married there. My grandfather was born there. Raimondo Gatto b 1866, and Maria Domenica Savino, also born in 1866. I am trying to find who their parents were, and the exact date of their wedding, reportedly in 1886.

  6. RH says:


    Trying to find info on great-great grandparents and their children. Their son was Rocco Sciarappa birth maybe Aug 1858, I know he had a sister Maria Leonarda Zaccari. His father’s first name was Francesco. Rocco married Maria Michela Ferrara. Also Antonio Sciarappa born Oct 1870, I would like to know who his parents were if possible. There’s never much info on Orsara di Pulia.

    Thank you for any info may have or know how to get it.

  7. Anna says:

    I am interesting in any information about my great-grandfather Carmelo Mastropieri.

    According to the NY census he was born in (Avellino, Orsara di Puglia) which is confusing because they appear to be two different places, in 1883.

    He had siblings who were born there and came to the US. They were: Rocco (b 1881), Maria (1886), and Francesco (?). I believe his parents were Dominico and Carmina.

    Thank you so much for ANY help, I have hit dead ends! :)

  8. Danny says:

    I am looking for information about my grandparents Donato Calvo born 1899 from all accounts he was born in Orsara Di Pugila ,married to Anna Desca(name last name my be slept wrong )I would like his parents names birth/death and any siblings(birth/deaths dates)or any important information will be gratefull.
    My goal is to make a family tree and see what my family history to pass on to my kids.

    Regards Danny

  9. Stuart says:

    My maternal grandparents, Rocco Simonelli, and Lucia Concetta Bolza Simonelli, were both born in Orsara in 1873. The were married in Orsara, and two boys were born there before my grandfather came to the US in 1900, and my grandmother in 1903. I am trying to find out the name of my uncles and what became of them. Supposedly they died in Orsara before 1900, but we think that my grandmother gave the two boys to her brother, a priest at the monastery, to be cared for, but they never came over here later. This a long standing mystery in our family.

    My grandparents lived in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. My grandfather was a stone mason who learned the trade in Orsara from his father-in-law, Michael Bolza.

    Thank you for anything you can find on the two Simonelli boys.


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