Genealogy in Pisticci

If you search your ancestors in Pisticci, 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 Pisticci

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 Pisticci town hall archives as of that date.

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

So, if your ancestors lived in Pisticci during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Pisticci 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 Pisticci too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Pisticci 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 Pisticci. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Pisticci 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 Pisticci

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 Pisticci on your behalf.

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

STELLA MARIS – Borgo San Basilio

SANTI PIETRO E PAOLO – P.zza XI Febbraio, 1


S. GIOVANNI BOSCO – Via S.Giovanni Bosco

S. ANTONIO – P.zza Umberto I

MADONNA DEL CARMINE – Via Tinchi – Tinchi

CRISTO RE – P.zza Cristo Re

S. GERARDO MAIELLA – Via Palmiro Togliatti

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 Pisticci area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

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  1. Angela says:

    I am looking for any information on my great grandparents that immigrated to New Jersey from Pisticci – Dominick LaViola (born 1884) and Antoinette Barbalinardo (born 1893). I believe Dominick came in 1901 & Antionette 1914.

  2. Megan says:

    I am looking for any information on the families of Antonia/Antonetta Garofalo (b. 1875) and husband Michele Plati .(b. abt 1866) who immigrated to the US after 1900 from Pisticci. They had three children – Elisabetta, Giuseppe, and Theresa – before coming to America. Any help would be much appreciated!


    • barb says:

      Hi Megan,
      Most of this information is available through the Italian archives in the state of Matera. Michele Plati of Giuseppe Plati and Elizabetta Grieco married Atnonia Maria Garofalo of Giovanni Garofalo and Maria Teresa Catanio on Oct. 4, 1894. All above were born in Pisticci. Three children born in Italy in 1896, 1899, and 1903. I didn’t look up birth records for Michele or Antonia but your dates of 1866 and 1875, seem correct. Pisticci records could give you more marriage records for Michele and Antonia’s parents. Good Luck!

  3. Trish says:

    Hi there!

    Been trying to get more information on my grandfathers side of the family.His name is Dominick Quinto. His mother’s name was Assunta Bonaccio (from Acri) and his father was Domenico Quinto (from Pisticci). We believe his grandfather’s name was John Quinto and his grandmother’s name was Mary Leona Quinto.

    Would love to visit one day and see where my ancestors came from. Any help is appreciated!


  4. Sean says:


    I’m trying to get information on Salvatore Groia. He was married to Anna Boccardo. Their children of Pasquale, Giuseppe, and Antonia were born in Pisticci in the year’s 1882, 1889, and 1893 respectively.

    Pasquale married Domenica Leone, and Giuseppe married her sister Camilla. Their parents were Giuseppe Leone and Teresa Mastroluisi.

    The family moved to Toronto sometime in the early 1900’s I believe.

    Giuseppe Groia and Camilla Leone are my great grandparents. I have a lot of information on them. I just don’t have much on their parents.

    Salvatore Groia: No information
    Anna Boccardo: No information
    Giuseppe Leone: No information
    Teresa Mastroluisi: Born around 1866 in Pisticci

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Barb says:

      Salvatore Groia was born in Miglionico, (not Pisticci,) on 19 April, 1851. His parents were Giuseppe Groia and Antonia Cufaro. Giuseppe Groia’s father was Francesco Saverio Groia. Salvatore was a mason by trade.
      Salvatore married Anna Antonia Boccardo of Pisticci on 18 Nov. 1875, in Pisticci.
      Anna Boccardo is Annantonia Boccardi on her birth certificate: born 29 January 1855 in Pisticci. Her parents were Pasquale Boccardi (of Lorenzo Boccardi and Anna Romano) and Maria Petrocelli (of Francesco Petrocelli and Stella Florio). Pasquale dies in 1858 when Anna is only 3 years old.
      Your grandfather Giuseppe was the second son by that name, the first born in 1886 did not survive, Your Grandfather was born at 45 Via San Felice in 1889.

      Salvatore remarried in 1906 in Pisticci to Elisabetta Santarcangelo.

      • Wilde says:

        Hi Barb. I’m from Brazil and I have a great-grandfather called Giuseppe Groia. He was probably born in 1859 or 1860 and got married with Fortunata Arenare. They have a boy named Giovanni Groia in Casaletto Spartano in september, 1885, and then they emigrated to Brazil.
        I Know Giuseppe Groia was born in Potenza, “distretto di Lagonegro”, but I dont know the”comune”. Did you know if they are relatives?

  5. Domenic says:

    My grand father, Domenic Viggiani, was a half brother to a Vincenzo Cufaro, known to us as Uncle Jimmy. He came to Canada in the early 1900s and sponsored my grand father to come here around 1922. They had two other brothers. One came here in the 1970s. His name was Giuseppe. My father lived with their mother Maria Teresa DeNittis, married name Cufaro.
    The family is from Pisticci.

    • Tina says:

      My Grandfather, Theodore William Cooper was born in Pisticci in March 1883 as Teodosio Cufaro, his parents on his birth record (I just obtained from the Family Research Center on Salt Lake City,) shows his parents as Michele Archangels Cufaro and Mother Maria Theresa DeNitti (Cufaro) the birth record is written in Italian, of course so I haven’t translated it all. But it sounds like your Grandfather was my Grandfather’s half brother as well and if I understand correctly, your “uncle Jimmy (Vincenzo Cufaro born in 1888 (?) would have been Teodosio ‘s full brother. The mystery is why my Grandfather never told his family of his true birthplace and name. He claimed to be born in Stockton, NJ in 1888. When was Giuseppe Cufaro born? If you are on Facebook I have formed a closed group called “Cooper Cufaro Family” and I have posted a photo of Theodore Cooper taken around 1920 with his wife and 3 children (grew to 8 children) in Hagerstown MD

  6. John says:

    Searching a male living on Italy that is related to the Scandiffio family of Pisticci. His first name is Antonello. In his 60’s and a professional perhaps an accountant.

  7. Elaine says:

    My Grandfather was Dominic Barbalinardo. His father’s name is Joseph and his wife’s name is Madeline.
    My grandfather was a barber and lived in Jersey City.

    • Brian says:

      Wow!! I just found my Great Grandfathers letter of recommendation from a Church in Pisticci Italy. His name was Dominic Salerno. My Grandmother who was his Daughter is named Madeline Salerno and they were also from Jersey City NJ I beleive my grandfather arrived in Jersey City in 1915.

  8. Antonio says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather Antonio Laviola who came to New York on April 9, 1903 and went back and forth to Pisticci in 1905, 1906, 1907, 1909. I am going to Pisticci in August 2018 and wish to know if any family is still there. Because in 1903 the ships manifest says he was 27 years old, that makes him born in 1876-77. I knew him as a child but want to know more about him and his back and forth to Pisticci. Any help or ideas to accomplish this is appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Anthony Laviola

  9. Wiliam says:

    Ciao, I well visiting Italy Pisticci region. My family is from this town. Looking for records of ancestors Peter LoPatriello born 6-26-1898 grand parents and my grandmas name Mary Miolla or Vita Maria Miolla her siblings ,John ,Vito ,Frank,Joseph.

    • Christine says:

      Hi William,
      I have a copy of your grandparent’s marriage certificate from the Ontario archives that I would be happy to email you. They were married in Toronto on Jan 4 1923 and my husband’s Great Aunt Camille Rosano was a witness at their wedding. Pietro Lopatriello’s mother was Vittoria Rosano and his father was Guglielmo Lopatriello. Maria Miolla’s mother was Maria Laviola and her father was Giuseppe Miolla. My Husband’s family comes from Pisticci as well.

    • Lori says:

      My grandfather was Domenico Lopatriello and he had a brother Peter and I think he went to California. I don’t know his parents names. He had a few brothers, Pasquale was another, not sure about sisters. I can ask my aunt if u like.

  10. Marietta says:

    Trying to locate records for my father, Giovanni Barbalinardo, born of Nicolo Maria and Domenica Onorati Barbalinardo on 23 March, 1896 in Pisticci. Would like to know their street address at the time. Served in Italian army during WW 1. Came to United States in 1920 and 1924.

    • Veronica says:

      Hola! Mi bisabuelo nació el 24/8/1880 en Pisticci en la calle via Municipio nro. 15 su nombre Ángel Colucci. Su padre Nicolás y su madre Teresa De Bellis. Emigraron a Argentina no se en que año. Quisiera saber si la dirección existe en la actualidad y si habrá quedado en la region algún familiar. Muchas gracias

  11. Gregory says:

    Can anyone tell me the history and origin of the family surname Cufaro. My grandfather Vincenzo Cufaro emigrated to Toronto in the early 1900’s. He married a Maria Manfredo(her mother’s name was Carmela Urga or Urgo). They were From Laurenzana and Vaglio.

    I would like to know where the Cufaro family originated. I was led to Miglionico, (my grandfathers grandfather I believe), but am unable to find out any other information.

    Any information regarding the Cufaro name, the Manfredo name, or the Urga, Urgo name would be appreciated. Thank you for anything you can provide.

    • Barb says:

      Vincenzo Cufaro was from Pisticci. His Ontario marriage certificate (under Cuffero) states his father as Michele Cufaro and mother as Maria Denitti. His mother’s name could very well be incorrect.
      Maria Manfredo’s mother was Carmela Urgo, her father, Dominic. They emigrated to Canada quite early (1880s, I remember) and all three children were born in Toronto, Canada. They lived on Robert street. My grandparents met at their house!

      • Tina says:

        Thank you Barb and Gregory for posting. I’m just learning through my DNA test, that I have a connection to this family via my Grandfather, Theodore Cooper who we believed was a Cufaro instead. Trying to see if Teodosio Cufaro could actually be my Grandfather (as I posted in another thread. Would love any hints you could me. Thanks!

    • Domenic says:

      My grand father, Domenic Viggiani, was a half brother to a Vincenzo Cufaro, known to us as Uncle Jimmy. He came to Canada in the early 1900s and sponsored my grand father to come here around 1922. They had two other brothers. One came here in the 1970s. His name was Giuseppe. My father lived with their mother Maria Teresa DeNittis, married name Cufaro.
      The family is from Pisticci.

  12. Peter says:

    I AM TRYING TO FIND MORE INFORMATION ON A FAMILY NAMED Barbalinardo My grandfather was Domenicangelo Barbalinardo his wife’s name was Carmina Gioia Carmina and her first son Donato came to Toronto,On Canada in 1911 I am trying to trace the family BEFORE THEY IMMIGRATED Family history suggests they were landowners (1815) ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED THANKS PETER

    • Angela says:

      Hi Peter. I have a relative named carm barbelinardo who lived in Toronto and was born early 1900,s. Her brother was Johnny Lombardi. His children own an Italian radio station in Toronto. She was my dad’s cousin. Not sure if it’s the same person. I know my mom’s family was from pisticci.

  13. Gina says:

    I am looking for information on my husband’s grandfather, Carlo Agneta. He was born in Pisticci, Italy on November 27, 1895.

  14. Robert says:

    I am trying to locate and establish a genealogical tree for Pietro(Peter)Maffei who left Pisticci in 1916 for America and settled in Jersey City, NJ.
    USA. I believe He was one of 11 siblings.

    • Elaine says:

      I know of a Peter Maffei who was a barber and lived in Jersey City. He had a brother Frank Maffei who lived in jersey city also. They owned a two family house. They also had a brother who I only know as Doc. They had two brothers who immigrated to South America.

  15. Victoria says:

    I will be visiting Pisticci and Craco in June 2014 with my husband, who speaks Italian. We are looking for records of my ancestor Michele Plati who we believe was born in Pisticci and later moved to Craco. We believe that Michele’s father was Maurizio. There is a record showing a Michele Plati who died in 1893 in Craco.

    I would like to visit the Records Office in Pisticci. Can you provide me with information? Is there an office for church records or any other records office that I should plant visit while I am there to get information on my ancestors?

    Thank you for your assistance.