Genealogy in San Severo

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


8 Messages to “Genealogy in San Severo”
  1. Michael says:

    Interested in finding out about the Castelli and Sparavilla families in San Severo – I can’t seem to find any birth records for them (notably Vincenzo Castelli, b. 1862?) who was my great-grandfather.

    My grandfather, Luciano, was born there in 1912.

  2. Pamela says:

    Gentile signor:

    Mio nome è Pamela Oliva, sono cilena e mio binonno è venuto da San Severo. Giunto nel Cile circa l’anno 1893.
    Suo nome era GIORDANO Severo, fu Carlo fu Stoccola Antonia nato il 24 settembre 1851 (Atto di nascita 428) Suoi fratelli erano Vincenzo, Anna Maria, Carmela e Rocco
    Le scrivo per chiederLe una cortesia: a Settembre farò un viaggio in Italia e sarò a San Severo l’8 e 9 di quel mese con lo scopo di conscere la terra dei miei antenati. Mi piacerebbe sapere se Lei mi può aiutare a ricavare informazione sui posti dove loro abitavano e dove sono seppelliti i loro genitori.

  3. lucia says:

    I am looking for details of my Grandads Family. He was born In San Severo in 1923. His name Is Matteo Luigi Delfino, he then married and moved to San Paolo Di Civitate. Many Thanks

  4. Gianna says:

    Wanting verification on information regarding my grandparents, 3-4 times removed..
    Grandmother’s name is Filomena Cercone. She married Gregorio Palumbo. All I know they had a daughter called Felicia and she married Francesco Antonetti in 01/06/1853 in Campo di Giove. I have found the following information
    b. 21/04/1833 or 18/12/1834 Baptized. 22/04/1833 or 19/12/1934. in San Savero Foggia. Mother possibly was Teresa Lincalci or Teresa D’Incalei and Father possibly was Crescenzo Cercone.

    Any information you can provide on any of these people would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Carol says:

    Am looking for info on my 2x gr grandparents Dominic Staffieri & Anna Maria Baglione, whose children were all born in San Severo, btw. the yrs. 1883 & 1895. Names, Guiseppe, 1883, Pasquale 1889,Carmine 1893, & twins Giovanni & Nicola 1895. There were possible other children, but these are all we know. Have info on them once they emigrated to the US. What I’m looking for is info from their time in San Severo before they emigrated,such as birth, marriage documents, etc.

  6. David says:

    My wife’s late father’s family came from San Severo. His grandparents, Thomas D’Errico and Angela Russo )both born ca 1860) and parents, Vincenzo (born 02 Aug 1882)and his two wives, Elodia La Vacca (born abt1888) and Leonora Gentile (born 16 Apr 1891, father Giuseppe) were a;; born in San Severo and all but Giuseppe died in Worcester, MA. I also have basic information about some siblings. I would like to trace a couple more generations back and flesh out what I already know. Thank you.

    • Mary says:

      I am looking for my family line, also from San Severo. My grandmother was Maria Severina D’Errico, daughter of Antonio D’Errico (1868) and Lucia Sasso. Lucia was the daughter of Leonardo Sasso and Celeste Russo. I wonder if we are distant cousins–possibly through either one or both of our lines.
      What is so striking about your posting is that we are also from Worcester,Mass.

  7. Kay Poucher says:

    I am looking for Luigi Ciavarella probably in his 90’s now if still alive.Formerly interned prisoner in London, England during 1944.

    I am interested in visiting his grave site if deceased, he was known to my mother while working for Red Cross at that time.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    I had contact until my 16th birthday

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