Genealogy in Pomarico

If you search your ancestors in Pomarico, 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 Pomarico

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 Pomarico town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Pomarico on your behalf.

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


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

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  1. Michele says:

    A little success stoy for Pomarico:
    Back in 2010 I began writing to people who were still in Pomarico and shared the same surname. I received responses that helped me to narrow things down. Then I packed old photos and flew over there. One man pointed at a photo of my grandfather’s nephew and said, “Huh .. mio papa!” The rest is history. Now I have my citizenship and a small house in the countryside. I’ve met quite a few people there, many with some names listed here (Bonsanti, Navolio, Lofrumento, Cruginio, Mallano, etc). The Pomaricani are a friendly people, especially after they hear of familial connections to the comune. Unfortunately people who speak English are few and far between and on a daily basis they still speak dialect in town and in homes.

  2. Sol says:

    ¡Hola! estoy buscando información sobre el señor Giovanni Bocchetto hijo de Maurizio Bocchetto y Ángela Salvai. Giovanni nació en 1880 y murió en Argentina. Sabemos que viene de Turín pero no sé de qué parte, algunos parientes me dicen de Pinerolo o Loretto, pero aún no han encontrado nada. Si alguien tuvo relación con estas personas agradecería que me den información, gracias.

  3. Julie says:


    Looking for more information on my family in Pomarico. My family names are “Bonsanti” and “Pierro” my Grandparents Matteo & Giulia grew up and lived there during the 1930s/1940s and moved to NYC in 1965. My grandma and her two sisters Laura and Concetta Pierro Lived in a huge house at the top of the hill! I am hoping to visit and collect more information on the house.

    TIA! Xoxox

  4. Lynn says:

    I’m looking to visit Pomarico and I would love to find info on the Navolio family. Great grandfather Giuseppe Navolio wife Maria Vittoria- (not sure of maiden name) probably left in the 1880’s for US. Landed in NY. Part of family stayed in Pa, my family continued on to Chicago to the Taylor St
    Neighborhood. They brought 3 children with them that were born in Pomarico and had 3 in Chicago. The name Navolio is so unusual Id love to know what it means and why so unusual. If anyone knows anything about the Navolio’s I’d love to chat with you.

    • Linda says:

      Lynn, we must be related! My great grandfather is also Giuseppe Navolio and wife Maria Vittoria D’Amato who immigrated in 1880’s and settled in Chicago on Taylor Street. They did indeed have three children born in Chicago, but they had 4 children born in Italy – the youngest of which was my grandmother. Giuseppe immigrated to the U.S. in 1881, and the rest of the family came in 1890, according to the 1900 U.S. census and other records we have been able to locate. It is interesting that you know of 3 children born in Chicago and 3 in Italy, but not of the 4th born in Italy. I’d love to share info, as I have several records related to the family.

  5. Fabio says:

    Hi Matt. I’ve just read your post about Selvaggi family from Pomarico and I realized that my great grand mother Vittoria was the Leonardo Selvaggi’s and Vittoria Scielzo’s grand daughter. I’ll try to clarify what I mean My paternal great grand mother was Raffaele Schirone’s and Giovanna Selvaggi’s daughter and her name was Maria Vittoria. Giovanna, Vittoria’s mother, was Leonardo Selvaggi’s daughter . In fact Giovanna had a brother Francesco Antonio Selvaggi, the same who married Maria Nicola Cardetta. So we have a family link in commun. I ‘m Italian and I live in Naples. If you want, please, write to me

    • Andrew says:

      Hi Fabio, Matt

      Just saw this looking for info on my Great Grandfather from Pomarico, Potenza.. His name was Michael Castellano born Feb 21st 1884, his father was Francesco Castellano and mother was Maria Selvaggi !! sorry don’t have any more dates. Can you provide any info on where Maria lived in the town or her parents?

      • Fabio says:

        Hi, Andrew, still searching. At the moment, I’m checking 1820 birth, marriage and death records. If I find something important, I’ll tell you.

  6. Mary says:

    My great grand father Rocco Cea was born Sept. 14, 1845 in Toritto, Bari. My great grand mother Maria Maddalena Mirra was born July 22, 1846 in Toritto, Bari. My grand father Giuseppe Rocvo Cea was born June 20, 1876 in Toritto, Bari. His brother Francesco Cea was born May 9, 1887 in Toritto, Bari. Sometime in the 1890’s they moved to Pomarico, Matera. In 1898 my grand father immigrated to NYC. Rocco Cea died in Pomarico on Sept. 13, 1920. Maria Mirra died in Pomarico on Oct. 23, 1927. Francesco Cea married Felice Teresa Castellano on Dec. 3, 1908 in Pomarico, Matera. They had 4 children, Rocco Cea born Aug. 4, 1911; Michele Cea born Aug 27, 1915; Giuseppe Cea born Dec. 5, 1921 who died Aug. 4, 1945; and Maria Cea born April 16, 1925. I am looking for any of their decendents, my cousins, who still live in the Pomarico area.

  7. Matt says:

    My great grandfather was Giuseppe Angelo Michele Lofrumento. He was born in 1893 in Pomarico and immigrated to the US in 1905. His parents were Michele Lofrumento and Anna Vittoria (Selvaggi). If anyone knows about Lofrumento or Selvaggi families from Pomarico, I’d like to chat. We’re trying to untangle the relationships between the Lofrumento family. Also, if anyone knows of the D’Agostino family in Pomarico, that would be helpful. Caterina D’Agostino is my great-great-great-great grandmother.

    • Flizabeth D. Barbano says:

      My father Pasquale D’Agostino was born in Pomarico , as well as my mother Annarosa Gualtieri. My paternal grandmother was Anna Scandiffio, my maternal grandmother was Philomena Rutigliano.

    • Michelle says:

      Hello, we are also researching the Selvaggi family Pomarico. My husband’s grandmother was Rosa Selvaggi Cirella/Cirelli. Her father/mother was Francesantonio Michele Selvaggi and Caterina Locilenta. We have researched our group of the Selvaggi family quite a bit, if you’d like to compare notes to see if it is the same family group as yours. Michelle Montalbano

      • Matthew says:

        Oh, I almost forgot! Anna Vittoria’s paternal great-grandparents were Leonardo Selvaggi and Maria Vittoria Scielzi. They would have been born in the late 1700s or very early 1800s. They’re my great-great-great-great-great grandparents!

        • Fabio says:

          Hi Matt. I’ve just read your post about Selvaggi family from Pomarico and I realized that my great grand mother Vittoria was the Leonardo Selvaggi’s and Vittoria Scielzo’s grand daughter. I’ll try to clarify what I mean My paternal great grand mother was Raffaele Schirone’s and Giovanna Selvaggi’s daughter and her name was Maria Vittoria. Giovanna, Vittoria’s mother, was Leonardo Selvaggi’s daughter . In fact Giovanna had a brother Francesco Antonio Selvaggi, the same who married Maria Nicola Cardetta. So we have a familiar link in common. I ‘m Italian and I live in Naples. If you want, please, write to me

      • Matthew says:

        Hi Michelle, we have a Francescantonio Selvaggi in our history.
        Francescantonio Selvaggi (1819–1902), was the grandfather of my great-great grandmother, Anna Vittoria Selvaggi. His wife was Maria Nicola Cardetta however. Anna Vittoria’s father, (Francescantonio’s son), was Gianobattista Selvaggi. Gianobattista was married to Caterina Zaccaria. The Selvaggi’s seem to have been a prominent family. Not nobility, but when my great-great grandfather Michele Lofrumento married Anna Vittoria, I think he married “up.” Of Michele and Anna Vittoria’s 10 children, 8 came to New York. One daughter stayed in Pomarica (and married another Lofrumento!), and one daughter died young. All of the Lofrumentos who came to NYC were listed as tailors on the ships logs. And indeed, most of them were in the garment industry at the turn of the century. They worked at Rogers Peet before starting their own clothing company. Anna Vittoria, was a dressmaker, so we think that she taught all of her children how to sew. I would love to chat, but I’m not sure how we connect?

    • Matthew says:

      We discovered that my great-great-great-great grandmother was in fact NOT Caterina D’Agostino, but instead Caterina Cruginio. So, Cruginio famiglia, let’s talk!

      • carol says:

        hi—my great grandma is born rosa cruginio in pomarico in 1858 or so—she married di canio in 1884 in pomarico and came to Taylor st in Chicago in 1889—2 children—Joseph and Maria—are we related so far back—u are only cruginio I have ever found—hope to be in touch—carol

      • carol says:

        so lets talk—carol

      • carol says:

        my grandpa is a cruginio—-born 1882 in pomarico

  8. Frank says:

    My great grandfather emigrated from Pomarico in either 1902 or 1903 and settled in the Taylor St neighborhood in Chicago and married my great grandmother Philomena Marzano I am not sure if she is from Pomarico……our family still remains on Taylor st. ..115 years later……hopefully one day I can visit Pomarico!

    • Frank says:

      I forgot to post his name Michele Carioscia

      • Matthew says:

        My Great Grandfather’s sister, Maria Domenica Lofrumento (b. 1890 d. 1985) was born in Pomarico. She immigrated to New York City 11 Feb 1907 and married Antonio Carioscia (b. Aug 31, 1881. d. May 28, 1947). They were married September 11, 1910 in NYC. There were other Lofrumentos who wound up in Chicago and the running story in our family is that the Lofrumento’s, Taddonio’s, Spica’s, and Cariosia’s were all buddies from the Old Country and wound up, still all together, in NYC, Albany NY, Boston, and Chicago.

        • Marie says:

          My grandmother was Maria Donata Carioscia (b:July 24, 1889, d: 1959-1960). She married Marco Vincenzo Laterza in Pomarico Nov 5, 1908 She emigrated to NYC May 20, 1912 with one child (Donato) in tow. She lost a 6-month old daughter (Raffaelle) within 1 month of emigrating to the US. I know that she had at least one brother and one sister who also came to NYC. I have been to Pomarico 2 times and found out she was not born in Pomarico, but married in St Michael the Archangel church in Pomarico and lived in Pomarico, as did her mother (Maria Morroco) and grandmother. Her “accent” indicated she was likely born near Bari and subsequently her father moved the family to Pomarico. The marriages were all arranged and Laterza is the most prevalent name in the Pomarico phone book. The records are all in the Comune in Pomarico. Allow enough time to go through the records if you go. It is a fabulous walk through your past.

        • Donna says:

          Hi Matt. My sister and l were reading your blog and our grandmother and grandfather are Domenica Carioscia and Antonio Carioscia. They had three children. Anne Victoria (Vicky) , Judith and Dante. We are children of Vicky and Aldo Placido; John, Donna and Judy. I think we’re cousins. Our Aunt Judith prepared a genealogy chart that we’re following, In May we will be visiting Pomarico. Do you know any living relatives there.
          Are you Anne and Georges son?
          Donna and Judy

          • Donna says:

            Matt correction are you Anne and Georges grandson???

          • Julianna says:

            Hi, Donna and Judy— Was stumbling around and saw this. I am Matt’s sister, Julianna. Our parents are not Anne and George, but rather, Franklin and Nanina (née LoFrumento). Nanina is the daughter of Michael and Josephine (née McClure), granddaughter of Anna Victoria (née Fazio) and Michele. Does that help?

        • Dylan says:

          Maria Domica Lofrumento was my Great Grandmother,

    • Michele says:

      My great grandfather, Vito Armando we believe was from Pomarico. Is the area of Bumagegon known to you? My great grandmother was named Laura Milano. It is believed they had Kate, Rose, Mike and Toni (Antoinette). Antoinette Armando is my biological grandmother.

      The interesting this is, my maternal grand father was Samuel Gilardi or Girardi of the Naples area. He immigrated as a child, but married Antoinette and settled in the Taylor Street area of Chicago. My mother grew up there.

    • marty carlson says:

      My G Grandpa Vincenzo Dimuccio came in from Pomarico to NY on the Sicilian Princess , settled at Loomis and Taylor Chicago.

  9. Nick La Guardia says:

    My paternal grandfather was born and lived in Pomarico. His name was:

    Giuseppe Donato La Guardia – Born 27 June 1880 — Death 3 May 1951 – Welby, Colorado
    He immigrated to Colorado about 1903

    I know he had at least one brother who I believe immigrated to Chicago… in the early 1900’s
    He also talked about his twin sisters, although I don’t remember their names…

    He had a cousin or cousins who immigrated to Racine, Wisconsin

    His father’s name was: Domenico La Guardia – Born abut 1855
    His mother’s name was: Laura Scarandafia – Born about 1855

  10. Stephanie says:

    I am looking for information on the family of Isabella Ragone, who would have been born around the late 1700s. I would like to know names of her siblings and her children. Thanks!

  11. Mary Ann says:

    My parents grandparents and great grandparents were born in Pomarico. Leonardo Ferrara, Rocco Ferrara and Julia Agneta), Vitoangelo Ferrara (the Ferraras had a vineyard) (an uncle had a jewelry store in Rome)
    Elisabetta Pizzolla, Domenico Pizzolla & Rosa Armando), Giuseppe Pizzolla
    I will be going to Pomarico in October and would appreciate any information.

    • Michele says:

      What kind of info would you like? I began going to Pomarico in 2010 and go 1-2x a year. Currently I am buying a house there. My grandparents came from Pomarico, where I still have cousins (family names: Ferrandina & Dianora). It’s a beautiful comune and still very ‘old world’.

      • Mary Ann says:

        All I have are names and I’M looking for more information about both families. I know my dad had a sister Mary Ferrara (marriage name unknown) and she had 11 kids. Maybe one of them might still live in Pomarico.

      • Lori says:

        My great grandparents were Michele and Margaret Dianora. My grandfather Domenick Dianora lived and died in Staten Island New York date
        Of death march 28 1937. He’s gone 81 years. Are those names familiar to you?

      • Nicholas says:

        Hi Michele,

        I also have family in Pomarico and have been many times.
        I was there in August 2019.

        My grandmother and great aunt were born there and then came to New York.
        The other sister who I guess would be my great Aunt never did come to US.
        Her family is all still there in Pomarico and we have become closer over the last couple years.
        Congratulations on you purchasing a home there.
        Is it difficult??
        My brother and I talk about getting an apartment there.

        Any help you can provide would be most thankful.

        Warm regards,

  12. Michael says:

    Hello Bud and E,

    I am Michael Mallano, Janine’s older brother. I am starting to plan a trip to see Pomarico. I am hoping to make it out there this upcoming December or January. Bud, I would love any information you have on our great grandparents. Wondering where you live.


  13. Leonardos Sorresse says:

    just wondering about my ancestors..
    Any thing you have would be very helpful
    To me

  14. Jeremy says:

    My great grandfather and great grandmother are from Pomarico Italy:
    Domenico Castellano
    Pomarico, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
    Death: January 4, 1940
    Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
    Immediate Family:
    Son of Vito Santo Castellano and Mary Bruno
    Husband of Maria Fortunata Castellano
    Father of Albert Castellano; Ernest Castellano; Mary Angelina Pennini and Adelina Dorothea Dalton
    Brother of Gionvani Castellano and Miguel Castellano

  15. Janine says:

    Two of my great grandparent are from pomarico. Leonardo Antonio Mallano and Anna Maria Tristano . We are visiting December 2014.

    • E says:

      Hello Janine,

      I am just seeing this for the first time. You can write to the Province of Matera for more family information. It needs to be in Italian and you should include a return envelope (no postage because theirs is different coming back to the States). Matera is very helpful. I visited Pomarico for the first time in December and will go back in April. It’s a fabulous place with incredible people. I have many “Mallano” family members there. It’s possible we are related. Did you ever visit?


    • Bud says:

      Hi Janine, we must be cousins. Those are my great grandparents also. I would like to hear about your visit and also I have some info about them as well.

  16. Marie says:

    All 4 of my grandpaents were from Pomarico. They emigrated to the US approximately 1910. Their names were:

    Maria Donata Carioscia
    Marco Laterza

    Elisabetta Musillo
    Michele Angelo Dellotto

    I will be traveling to the region this Fall and would appreciate any preliminary information that I could obtain.

    • Dan Quinn says:

      Hi Marie, what’s your last name. My grandfather was Donato Laterza. We had many Marco’s in my family. And in fact my Mother’s name is Marie Donato Laterza. We could be cousins.