Genealogy in Gorgoglione

If you search your ancestors in Gorgoglione, 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 Gorgoglione

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 Gorgoglione town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship and you need official certificates from Gorgoglione follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Gorgoglione during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Gorgoglione to know more: on of our local experts 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 advices to search in Basilicata and of course in Gorgoglione too!

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


To go on quickly in your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Gorgoglione. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Gorgoglione 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 Gorgoglione

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 expecially from abroad and very hard to read and decipher if you are not used and skilled.
But our local genealogists, graduated in history and archivistics can research the church archives of Gorgoglione on your behalf.

Anyway for our experience, 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 your holidays in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy .
With the results gathered by our genealogists before your arrival, you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps.

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 fill the form here.

Our expert in Gorgoglione 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 Gorgoglione forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Gorgoglione feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Joseph says:

    Hello, I have been researching my family and my Great Grandfather was Antonio Friguglietti born in Gorgoglione in 1868 and his wife Maria Antonio Viggiano born in Gorgoglione in 1875. I have been unable to find birth records of either and am trying to obtain their birth certificates and find out their parents names if possible. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

  2. Richard says:

    I am attempting to find out where my grandparents were born. I’ve heard stories that they were from Matera or Craco. A USA entry to Ellis Island Stated Craco in the 1920’s. My grandfathers name was Antonio Gorgoglione born in 1897. My Grandmothers name was Giulia Dilia, born in 1895 and were married sometime in the 1920’s. My grandfather was also noted to be an orphan and possibly took the name of the family who adopted him. Still not so sure. Any info would be great . Grazie Tanto !

    R. Gorgoglione

  3. Barbara says:

    I would like to know if you have any birth certificate for a
    Luigi Viola born 1879 in Gorgoglione and
    Maria Berardi born 1881 in Gorgoglione.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • Rick says:

      Barbara, My great grandparents Antonio Berardi and Adelaide Viola Berardi also came from Gorgoglione in the late 1800s. Their daughter, Isabella Berardi married Frank Micucci in Chicago, Ill. Frank Micucci, born in 1896, also came from Gorgoglioni. I am hoping to connect with any Micucci, Berardi or Viola family members when I travel to Italy later this year (2019).

      • Alison says:

        Were you able to meet Berardi relatives when you went to Gorgoglione? I have Berardi ancestors and have some of the names you mentioned in my family tree. I want to visit Gorgoglione in the next couple of years.