Genealogy in Vieste

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


  1. Linda says:

    My grandparents, Michele and Concetta Donadio LaTorre were from Vieste. They were born and grew up and were married there. I believe the they arrived In New Haven CT around 1914. Other surnames: Dimauro, Simone. Any info would one appreciated. Linda LaTorre Palanza

  2. M Grace says:

    hello my grandmother her sons
    Came to America in the early 1900’s. grand mothers maiden
    Was Grace Laprocina. She Married a Lopriore or Labriola not sure.
    Once arriving in America the name changed to Loprire
    I am trying to learn the real last name. Is it Lopriore or Labriola
    Or what. Id really appreciate your help
    Mary grace loprire

  3. Bruce says:

    We are traveling from the United States to Vieste Foggia in about a month. My grandfather came to America I believe in 1912. I believe he was born in 1893. He married Giusephinna Mairano or Marano …… Something like that. My grandfather was Lorenzo Olivieri. He was in the Italian military but I do not know how long. Where should we start our search?

  4. Tony says:

    I believe my Grandfather was born in Vieste, Italy.
    His name was John Chinchio, this
    spelling could be incorrect. Are there any folks
    Living in this area with a name like this.

    Thank you

  5. Juanine says:

    I’m looking for info on my grandfather. Pasquale Lopriore. Born in Vieste Foggia, Puglia area of Italy on gennaio uno, dieciottonovantasette. He left Italy for the United States in dieciannovedieci. With his sisters Grazia and Tommosa Lopriore. His fathers name may be Antonio?

    • Maria says:


      I’m researching my great great grandfather Biagio PANZA Born in Vieste 1840. Married Tomassa Mazzone. Had three sons and two daughters.

      Any additional information on his parents or his exact date of birth, marriage and death much appreciated.


  6. Rosemary says:

    I’m looking for information on grandparents and their ancestors.
    Michele Sollecito married to Maria corso and they had a son Vincenzo.
    Gaetano Chionchio married to Domenica Rosiello and they had a daughter Maria.
    Vincenzo and Maria are my husband Giuseppe parents.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Ricky says:

    Good afternoon,

    I am looking to obtain proof of birth for Gaitano Travaglio born on July 16th 1898 in Viesti, Foggia, Italy. Any help to point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.


    Ricky Travaglio

  8. Jeanie says:

    I’m looking for info on my great-grandparents.

    Michele Fusillo DOB 6-FEB-1890 (Vieste, Italy) DOD 1-DEC-1973 (Philadelphia, PA)
    I’m looking for his parent’s names & if he had any siblings.

    Giuseppina/Josephine (Fasani) Fusillo DOB 12-SEP-1887 (Naples?) DOD 18-JUL-1963 (Philadelphia, PA)
    I believe her father’s name is Luigi Fasani & her mother’s name Lucrezia Montecalvo. I’d like to confirm that & also get their DOB’s & DOD’s I know Giuseppina had at least 2 siblings which are Leonardo Fasani & Antonietta Fasani both born in Italy as well. I’d like to find out if there were any other siblings besides them.

  9. Maria says:

    My Great Grandfather was Michele Montecalvo, he married Angelina Armente he was born in Vieste in 1862 and she was born 1864. Who were their parents?

    • Jeanie Sorkin says:

      My great-great grandmother’s name is Lucrezia (Montecalvo) Fasani. I wonder if they’re related? She married Luigi Fasani. My great-grandmother (their daughter) Giuseppina/Josephine (Fasani) Fusillo.

      Do any of those names ring a bell?

      Jeanie Sorkin

  10. Ralph says:

    Rafaelle Vescera was my great grandfather and his son Celestino was my grandfather. Celestino was born in 1895 I believe and came to America around 1907, alone. His entire family stayed behind in Vieste. His mothers name was Laura. Anything you could tell me about his family in Vieste

  11. Gail Murphy says:

    I am looking for the family tree of Quarto. My grandfather was named Giovanni Quarto and was born in Vieste Italy on June 6th, 1885.Giovanni had at least 3 brothers (they migrated to the USA) but his 4 sisters stayed in Italy. We do not know what became of them. Giovanni’s parents were named Giuseppi Quarto (father) and Nicola Delano (mother).
    I am looking for ANY records that will show the links between my grandfather and his roots in Italy.
    Please help me !!

    • Jennifer says:

      My great grandfather and three great uncles were born in Foggia. Our last name is Delano, he was Michael Delano. We think the name changed to Delano when they emigrated to America but then I saw your post about Nicola. Do you have any additional info?

  12. Cynthia Martin says:

    I was just in Vieste in September — and wasnt sure where to look this information

    I am looking for information (parents/siblings) on my great grandparents:
    Pasquale Bua b. 09.02.1872 (Vieste) d. 05.11.1951 (Vieste)
    Laura Ricci b. 28.05.1872 (Vieste) d. 29.08.1951 (Vieste)
    Married: 05.05.1892

    I think Pasquale’s father was Girolamo. Together they had 12 children – and 4 boys were named Girolamo (the first three died before they were 5 yrs old)

    Thank you,
    Cindy Martin

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