Genealogy in Rotondella

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

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

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

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

S. MARIA DELLE GRAZIE – Via Beccaria, 7

S. ANTONIO DI PADOVA – P.zza Plebiscito

If you have the opportunity to visit Rotondella 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 Rotondella 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 Rotondella area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Richard Roskos says:

    Looking for any information on a Francesco Vitale , married Maria Dalesandro

  2. christina says:

    Looking for any information on my Great Grandparents GUISEPPE CIRIGLIANO and CARMELA MONTESANO who were born and married in Rotondella and came to the US in 1906- not entirely 100% on Montesano, I found that from Immigration papers- my Aunt seems to recall the name SETTEMBRINI when she visited her Rotondella with her Mother to visit family.

  3. Alejandro says:

    I am looking for information on the Soriano (aka as Suriano) family from Rotondella … My ancestor Giovanni Suriano (later changed his name to Soriano out of research indicating this was the original family surname) emigrated to the US and later to Argentina … he was born in Rotondella on June 22, 1854. Son of Nicola Suriano, born in Rotondella January 31, 1812. In turn, son of Joannes Baptista (or Giambattista) Suriano born in Rotondella on June 29, 1790. Son of Egidio Nicola Pasquale Suriano, born in Rotondella on February 14, 1762. Son of the Magnifico Joannes Baptista Soriano born in Rotondella on June 2, 1714.

    Does anybody share my family tree at one point? I’m trying to go backwards and link us to Spanish Jewish emigrants persecuted by the inquisition.

    • Tina says:

      Alejandro, I too am looking for information regarding Suriano from Rotondella, Itlay who may have moved to South America. There seem to have been several Suriano from Rotondella who moved to the USA (some to Ohio) in the early 1900’s, but my grandfather’s sister married Pietro Antonio Suriano in Rotondella and later moved to either USA or South America. Could this tie in with the family you are researching?- Tina

  4. Diane says:

    I’m looking for information on the family of Vincenzo Soriano and his parents Nicola Soriano and Maria Felicia Laguardia. Vincenzo was born ~1872 a brother Rocco born ~1860. Vincenzo married Maria Sottarelli (b ~1877) in June 1904 and they emigrated to US in 1905. I believe all births and the marriage were in Rotondella.

    • Mara says:

      My great grandfather was Rocco Soriano. He came over to the USA at that time and lived in Newark New Jersey. I have a bunch of postcards with those names on those. My grandfather and grandmother has passed away and I have been trying to research more into these postcards and time lines. Please message me

      • Diane says:

        Hi Mara,

        Would love to compare notes. The Rocco Soriano I’m related to eventually settled in Ohio. Is this the same person?


  5. Christian says:

    I am looking for information about Antonio Bianchi (born 1891) in Rotondella. He married Maria Campese (born 1901) also in Rotondella. They emmigrated in early 1900s to New Jersey. Any information about them or their parents would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Alice says:

    I am trying to find any history of the surname Disanluciano in Rotondella or area prior to 1920. Any information would be welcome.


  7. Diane says:

    I am looking for relatives of my maternal grandfather and grandmother Antonio Granito and Maria Monsanto, both born circa 1890’s in Rotondella. I will be traveling to Basilicata in mid-October and would so appreciate any information you might have.
    Many thanks!

  8. Patricia says:

    Hello, I am looking for information on the ancestry of Vincenzo Simone b. 1871, married to Mariangela Romano b. 1875. Both are from Rotondella.

  9. Graciela Laguardia says:

    Estimados mi bisabuelo Vicenzo LaGuardia vino a la Argentina en 1885 mi abuelo Giovanni Laguardia junto a su hermana Laura vino en el año 1899 a Buenos Aires , mi bisabuela se llamaba Ana Maria Trovato todos oriundos de Rotondella , tendré parientes ahora

  10. Gayle says:

    Hello! I am seeking information on Nicholas (Nicolo?) Iorio b. 1861 in Rotondella. His wife I believe was Lavinia Manfredi and they had at least one son, Fred (Frederico??) Iorio b. 1883.

    Any information you can provide would be most helpful. Thanks you.

    • Kristina Iorio says:

      I am also searching for a Fred (Fredinando) Antonio Iorio from Rotandella, my great-grandfather. I believe he came to Ellis Island with his sister, Carmela Iorio, on route to Argentina (uncertain of birth dates). The eventually settled in Pittsburgh, PA (McKees Rocks area).
      If you’ve found any information in your search, perhaps we could help each other find our family members. I am traveling to Italy-and Basilicata-this spring where I can find more information.

    • Danielle says:

      Gayle, Nicola was mine (and Kristina’s) great great grandfather. While visiting family in Rotondella area, I learned that his parents names were Lina Iorio and Rocco Comparoto (never married, Rocco is believed to have died young)

  11. Patricia says:

    Looking for Geseppie Philip Cosentino (1800’s) married to Philamina Fortinato had three sons:
    Giacomo Born 1876
    Gabriele Born 1883
    and another son who died at 21 – drowned.

    A distant cousin owns the GULF gas station in Rotondella Rocco Dalasandro. Can you give me any more information?

    • Stacy says:

      Patricia, this is a very old post, but coming across now. My great grandparents came over from Rotondella. They are Ferdinando Mele and Rosa LaGuardia. On the ship manifest, it is listed as they were coming to see his brother in law, Gabriele Cosentino in Mckees Rocks PA. The Cosentino/Fortinato/Dalasandro name have appeared in some of my DNA. Do you have any info on where any of the Cosentino sons settled and if in PA in the US.

      • Kathleen says:

        Hi Stacy,
        I am looking for info on my great-great grandfather’s parents. His name was Gaspare (or Casparo) Mele. I am wondering if he might be related to your Ferdinando Mele. He was married to a Vittoria Lello (after his first wife died, she was also a Lello).

        I am also seeking any information on the name Petrasini/Petrosina and also LaBattaglia.

        All theses ancestors came from the Rotondella area.


      • Anthony says:

        Hi Stacy – I am responding to your post from February of this year and Patricia’s post from 2013 with hopes that either one or both of you have a chance to see my response. My great grandfather was Giacomo Cosentino. He settled in McKees Rocks, PA. He and his wife Teresa had nine children. My grandfather Gabriel (named after Giacomo’s brother Gabriele) was the youngest of those children. Giacomo and Teresa had three children pass away at a very young age but the remaining six children: Tony, Angeline, Joe, Jim, Phyllis and Gabe (my grandfather) all had children of their own and their children had children, etc. and are scattered across the country. I am planning a trip to Italy later this year and am including a visit to Rotondella to walk the same streets as my great grandparents, their parents and families before them. I would love to know any information about where in Rotondella my ancestors were from and how everyone is all connected prior to this trip, so I encourage you or anyone on this message board to reply and to potentially be in touch. Any information about how we could all be connected would be greatly appreciated!

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