Genealogy in Pisticci

If you search your ancestors in Pisticci, 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 Pisticci registrar as of that date.

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

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

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

If you have the opportunity to visit Pisticci 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.

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Pisticci just leave a message below in the comment area

If your research is in a dead end and you need professional help from our local Italian genealogists write to our expert in Pisticci area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Gina says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.


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