Genealogy in San Giovanni Rotondo

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

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in San Giovanni Rotondo?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in San Giovanni Rotondo


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in San Giovanni Rotondo. As more your surname is common in San Giovanni Rotondo, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in San Giovanni Rotondo 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 San Giovanni Rotondo 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 San Giovanni Rotondo, or if you have questions regarding your family in San Giovanni Rotondo, just leave a message below

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4 Messages to “Genealogy in San Giovanni Rotondo”
  1. Dean says:

    My grandfather, Celestino Piacentini came to America at the age of 21 in 1923 from the port of Naples. His hometown is listed as S Giovanni in southern Italy. I’m trying to identify where his hometown was in Italy and am trying to gather any further information.

  2. Ryane says:

    I am trying to find information on my great grandparents born in San Giovanni Rotondo, Bartolomeo Sabatelli born approximately January 23 1998, as well as Filomena Sabatelli, Maiden name Filomena Cascavilla born approximately October 26, 1902. I believe her parents names were Anthony Cascavilla and Lucy De Bois. Bartomomeo and Filomena had two children born in Italy Joseph Sabatelli and Mary Sabatelli as well as two children born in the U.S. Lucy Sabatelli and Pasquale Sabatelli. The only information I have been able to locate is the american census records showing their arrival to Ellis island and Filomena’s death certificate in New York. My grandfather Pasquale had very little information about his family especially Filomena as he was only around the age of 3 when she passed away. I would really love to be able to find out more information about our family and even some pictures if they exist anywhere. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you,


  3. Tobi says:

    I am researching the family of my husband’s grandmother, Angeline Cocomazzi. Her parents Michele Cocomazzi and Palma Brega immigrated to Canada from Italy. Micheal was born in San Giovanni Rotondo in about Jan 13, 1888. His parents were Giovanni Cocomazzi and Gactana Companile. Michele immigrated to Canada in approximately 1907 to 1911. Palma Brega was born in approximately 1878 to parents Dominico Brega and Anna DiPietrino. Ships records have her place of origin as Serra, Italy. she immigrated to Canada in1910 accompanied by her brother Eugenio Brega. I am not sure where this is in Italy exactly as there doesn’t seem to be a town solely called Serra but I thought it might be Serracapriola in Puglia. Michele and Palma came to Canada separately which suggests that they met after leaving Italy but perhaps they were from the same region of Italy. My family will be travelling to Italy at the end of July 2014. We will be travelling to Puglia, staying in Gargano and I was planning a day in San Giovanni Rotondo to do some genealogical research. I am not sure exactly where to start but would like to explore parish records. I would really appreciate any help or advise you might be able to give me like where to start and where the church’s are to search for parish records.

    • pat says:

      Hello, I don’t know whether it’s too late. Serra is Serra San Qurico in the province of Ancona in the region of Marche, in Italy. Brega is a common surname in the province of Ancona, about 100 people or families. I haven’t found the origin of the surname, which is also mine, yet.

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