If you search your ancestors in Matera, Basilicata, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.
In towns and villages of Basilicata and in Matera province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Matera registrar as of that date.
So, if your ancestors were in Matera in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Matera to know more.
Before to start your genealogy research in Matera, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Basilicata and in Matera too.
Next picture shows the demographic trends in Matera from the Italian Unification (1861) an important info to understand how many people lived there in the past.
It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Matera. As more your surname is common in Matera, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Matera archives 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 archives in Matera 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.
In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Matera:
SS. CROCIFISSO – Piazza Sant’ Agnese
SANTI PIETRO E PAOLO AL SASSO CAVEOSO – P.zza S.Pietro Caveoso
SANTA FAMIGLIA – Via Taranto
S. VINCENZO DE’ PAOLI – Borgo la Martella
S. ROCCO – Via Lucana, 249
S. PIO X – Via Petrarca, 3
S. PAOLO APOSTOLO – Via Bramante, 2
S. GIUSEPPE ARTIGIANO – Via Aragonesi, 11
S. GIOVANNI DA MATERA – Borgo Venusio
S. GIACOMO – Via E.Fermi
S. ANTONIO DI PADOVA – Viale C.Levi, 2
S. AGOSTINO – Via d’ Addozio
S. AGNESE – P.zza S.Agnese
MARIA SS. DI PICCIANO – Via Picciano, 1
MARIA SS. DELLA BRUNA – CATTEDRALE – Piazza Duomo
MARIA SS. ANNUNZIATA – Via Marconi
MARIA SS. ADDOLORATA – Viale delle Nazioni Unite, 53
MARIA MADRE DELLA CHIESA – Via dei Dauni, 20
IMMACOLATA – Via Cererie
CRISTO RE – Via Gramsci
S. GIOVANNI BATTISTA – Via S.Biagio
If you have the opportunity to visit Matera and Matera province, you could plan to investigate churches’ archives by yourself, but from abroad is very difficult to obtain any result unless you find a reliable local help.
For our experience is better to start to search months before your arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices and with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps.
Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Potenza.
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.
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