Genealogy in Ferrandina

If you search your ancestors in Ferrandina, in the province of Matera, Basilicata region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Ferrandina

In towns and villages of Basilicata and in Matera province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Ferrandina town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Ferrandina follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Ferrandina during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Ferrandina to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!

Otherwise, if you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful to search in Basilicata and of course in Ferrandina too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Ferrandina from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Ferrandina. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Ferrandina archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that the most common surnames in Matera province are:
Andrisani, Bianco, Bruno, Carbone, Carlucci, Cifarelli, Colucci, Coretti, D’Alessandro, Di Cuia, Di Lecce, Di Pede, Ferrara, Festa, Fiore, Fortunato, Gaudiano, Giordano, Grieco, Guida, Iacovone, Lamacchia, Lauria, Leone, Manicone, Martino, Matera, Montemurro, Montesano, Nicoletti, Olivieri, Padula, Paolicelli, Papapietro, Quinto, Rinaldi, Rizzi, Romano, Rondinone, Rubino, Ruggieri, Russo, Sacco, Salerno, Stigliano, Tataranni, Venezia, Vizziello.

Church Records in Ferrandina

Church archives in Matera province may store even older information. You will find religious records of the same events (births, marriages and deaths) but, most important, you could go further back in time!
So in case you would like to go back in centuries, it’s good for you to know that the parish registers in Matera started during 1500!

They are far less accessible from abroad (and even not easy to browse and to read if you are not used and skilled) but our local genealogist can research the church archives of Ferrandina on your behalf.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Ferrandina:

SACRO CUORE – Borgo Macchia

S. MARIA DELLA CROCE – Via Venita, 2



Anyway for our experience, even if you plan to come here, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps, starting from the info gathered by our genealogists.

Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the State Archives.

If you need a professional help from our local genealogists write to or follow this link.

Our expert in Ferrandina area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

Here below you can read the messages received from other visitors in Ferrandina forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Ferrandina feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Susan ha detto:

    Hi I’m looking for information on my great-grandfather Leonardo Santivasci. He was born in Ferrandina in 1878.
    Thank you!

  2. Sandra ha detto:

    Ciao!! I am looking for information about my maternal grandfather, Raffaele Iandoli, who was from Ferrandina. I know very little about him, other than he married Isabella Serubbi, and they had nine children. Their oldest son, Dominic, was born in Italy and I don’t know exactly when they emigrated to the U.S. I am trying to determine if I can secure dual citizenship, and my father was naturalized before I was born; so I must research my maternal grandfather. If anyone knows an Iandolii family, I would love to hear from you.


  3. Tom ha detto:

    My grandmother Antoinette Bounpastore was born June 12, 1890 in Ferrindine. I have no knowledge of any family in Ferrindine.

    • Tony ha detto:

      Hi, I am researching information on my grandfather, Abbonanzio Buonpastore. He was born in Italy in 1887. I believe he came to US in early 1900s, but not sure. I’m pretty much just starting out on this venture and any help would be greatly appreciated.
      Thanks and Take Care,

  4. James ha detto:

    will be visiting Matera, Ferrandina soon. Looking for information on Grandparents Rose DeLizzia and Charles or Bernardo Perretto

  5. Craig ha detto:

    I have heritage coming from the Libonati of Montemurro. My great grandmother was Mary Harford (born Libonati). Her father was Thomaso Libonati, from Francesco Libonati and Christina Libonati (born LoSpinoso or LaSpinoso. I’m unsure of her maiden name).

    Are you able to share any information, however small, regarding my family from this region. Can the family be traced any further back in time?

    Kind regards


  6. Craig ha detto:

    I have heritage coming from the Libonati of Montemurro. My great grandmother was Mary Harford (born Libonati). Her father was Thomaso Libonati, from Francesco Kiribati and Christina Kiribati (born LoSpinoso or LaSpinoso. I’m unsure of her maiden name).

    Are you able to share any information, however small, regarding my family from this region. Can the family be traced any further back in time?

    Kind regards


  7. Dawn Marie ha detto:

    Both my grandparents were born in Ferrandina, but they met and married in Brooklyn in 1911.

    My grandfather’s name is Giuseppe Altieri (which was changed to Galtieri at Ellis Island, so I was surprised to see the name Galtieri on official papers, a Secretary, Domenico Galtieri).

    His birthday is 2.22.1885; his father’s name is Vincent (Vincenzo), and his mother’s maiden name is Antonetta.

    My grandmother’s name is Angelina Mastrangelo. Her birthday is 9.13.1892; her father’s name is Antonio (last name listed incorrectly as Mastranello on one document), mother’s maiden name is Unk.

    I have been looking through the Ferrendina microfiche that I found online, but that is all I have been able to find as an online source. I am in Chicago, and have not gone to Italy to look into other files.

    Is there any place I should look to track down their records or other members of their families?

  8. Elaina ha detto:

    My husband and i have been told there is a statue of a libonati in the center of town and we were wondering if we are related…can you take a picture of it and send it to us or tell us where we can find it on line, we have not been able to….thank you..joseph and elaina libonati

  9. Panarella ha detto:

    I am looking into the family of Domenico Panarella, born in 1883, to Vincenzo and Filomena. He left for America in 1898, but I know there are other Panarellas still in the area, would like to trace the relations.

  10. Joseph ha detto:

    My father Leonardo Montefinese as born in Ferrandina in 1899. He lft for America in 1922. His father’s name was Giuseppe, his mother’s, Caterina. Her maiden name I believe was Labriola. My cousin Peppino still resides in Ferrandina. There are many Montefinese, related and unrelated living in Ferrandina today. It would be nice to trace his family origins.

    • Carmela ha detto:

      I believe Labriola was my nonna’s mother’s maiden name in Ferrandina.

    • Ruth Ann ha detto:

      Joeseph Montefinese, I hope you receive this message. My Father in law was from Ferrandina Italy. His mother was Carmina Montefinese married Nicola Flocco. When he came to America in 1923 he stayed with a cousin Leonardo Montefinese in Chicago Illinois. We my husband Nicholas M Flocco and I still live in the Chicago area . We still keep in touch with cousins that live in Ferrandina and Borgo Macchia that is near by .

      • Joe ha detto:

        I just now saw this, message. My father ‘s cousins name was Tony Flocco who lived in Chicago.. my father passed in 1977. I have been in contact with Ferradina cousins Peppino Montefinese.
        Also Caterina