Genealogy in Salandra

If you search your ancestors in Salandra, 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 Salandra

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 Salandra town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Salandra on your behalf.

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

SS. TRINITA’ – Via Regina Margherita

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

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  1. Pete says:

    My grandfather, Antonio Ambruso emigrated to America in 1930. He was born in Salandra in 1914. Would like to contact any Ambrusos that are still in Italy.

  2. Edie says:

    I am looking for any information about my grandfather born 4-19-1877 in salandra. His name was Rocco Frumento. I’m trying to find out if I have any family left ther

  3. Jacito says:

    I am trying to obtain Italian citizenship through Jure Sanguinis. I need to locate my grandfather’s birth certificate. He was born in Salandra on 3 December 1911. His name was James Acito and his father’s name was Frank or Francesco Acito. I am not sure of his mother’s name, but believe it to be either Mary or Vincenza. They came to the United States around 1914. Can you help me determine how I can find any information concerning my ancestors?


  4. Richard says:

    I am trying to get Italian citizenship by way of Jure Sanguinis. I need to find my grandmother’s birth certificate. I believe she was born in Salandra in 1880 or 1881. Her name was Carmela Aspromonte and her father’s name was Giovanni Aspromonte. They came to the United States in 1893 on a ship from Naples. Can you help me determine how I can find her birth certificate?

  5. Kim says:

    Trying to find out any information regarding my great grandfather and/or my great grandmother’s family. My great grandfather’s name was Francesco Benjamin Angelastro, he was born in Salandra in 1890 and immigrated to Ellis Island in 1908. The only information I have on my great grandmother is her name Mary Panchelli (sp?). They lived in Philadelphia and had three children, my grandfather Erasmus (Ray), and Antoinette and Angelina.

    Grazie xo

  6. Tony says:

    My Grandfather Antonio Paradiso was born in Salandra in 1873, His Father was Rocco Paradiso his mother was Rosa Locantore
    I looking for information on my Family and for any relatives.
    Grazie mille

    • Linda says:

      My grandmother married Alessio Locantore. Alessio was born @1875. I think his fathers name was
      Leonardo. I just started seaching

  7. Jacalyn says:

    My grandfather was born in Salandra on January 16,1889. His name was Nocola Zagaria and he had two brothers, Vincenzo and Rocco. His mother was Brigida Donella (sp?)and his father may have been named Joseph (Guiseppi). I am looking for any records that relate to our family. Thank you so much.

  8. Kevin says:

    Mi piacerebbe conoscere la mia discendenza. Sto cercando per i record di Antonio Castale Daria, nato il 15 ottobre 1873. emigrato a New York ai circa 23 anni. Grazie!

    I would like to find out about my ancestry. I am searching for the records of Antonio Castale Daria, born October 15, 1873. Immigrated to New York at approximately 23 years old. Thank you!

  9. Anthony says:

    I am looking for informatioon my great grandfather – Francesco Ragone – and/or his extended family. He was born in Salandra in 1895

  10. Christi says:

    Looking for information regarding family Padula. Maurantonio Padula born 1871 married to Caroline Iezzo born Jan 26 1880, daughters Theresa born 1904, Mary 1907, Anna 1913. Maurantonio immigrated to USA 1906, 1913, listings cousins Rocco and Nicola Angelastro. Carolina immigrated to USA 1915 with three daughters. All are from Salandra.


  11. Sandra says:

    Looking for birth record of my grandmother Angela/Angelina Maria Calabrese born I believe in July of 1886 in Salandra. Her mother was Maria Calabrese who was born in Salandra January 11, 1867 and her father is unknown to me so would very much like to know his name. I would also like to know the names of the parents of my great grandmother Maria Calabrese.

    With thanks,


  12. Peggy says:

    Surnames in Salandra in 1800’s – LEONE, PARADISO, SAPONARO, PANELLA, DONADIO.
    Looking for marriage of Anna Maria PANELLA to Giovanni LEONE about 1862 in
    Salandra or maybe Potenza.