Genealogy in Stigliano

If you search your ancestors in Stigliano, 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 Stigliano

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 Stigliano town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Stigliano on your behalf.

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

MARIA AUSILIATRICE – Gannano del Monte

S. ANTONIO DI PADOVA – Via Zanardelli, 25

S. MARIA ASSUNTA – Largo Chiesa

S. TERESA DI GESU’ BAMBINO – Via dei Castagni, 1

S. MARIA ASSUNTA – Largo Chiesa

S. MARIA ASSUNTA – Largo Chiesa

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

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  1. Danette says:

    My grandfather is Giuseppe Fornabaio he was born in Stigliano Matera on November 10, 1890 he joined his brother in law Salvatore Motta in New York in 1913 he later returned to Stigliano after serving in WWI to bring his wife Filomena (Motta) Fornabaio and son Michele, they were separated for 7 + years before coming to America in 1922. Filomena was detained and Michele was deported at 11 years old. I am trying to locate the church they married and hope to find his parents names .Giuseppe’s parents passed when he was a child and his uncle raised him. Giuseppe had a sister but I do not know her name. Giuseppe built a house in so he was a land owner but passed before he could return home. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Michele says:

    Hi, family names are Bonelli (Stigliano) and Cirone (San Chirico Raparo). Additional cities include Craco and Salandra. Some Bonelli’s emigrated to NYC.

    Significant Bonelli Genealogical ties are:

    Filippo Bonelli – (Rosa Raimondo, Nicola/Angela Lafata, Anna Maria Caterina Domenica, Rizzuto Pietro Giuseppe, Dorotea Dichiara)

    Francesco Antonio- ( Rosa Mandile, Michele, Rosa DiRuggiero, Rocco, Teresa Chiancazzo)

    Bonelli Pietro – (Antonio, Rosa Mandile, Aurelia Maria Conchetta Doronzio, Francescantonio & Giacoma Diglio. Maria Maddalena, Francesco Maria, Domenica Maria Tornaquindici, Giuseppe & Maffei Felicia

    Michele Arcangelo- (Alderisio Nicoletta, Antonio, Maria Spera, Anna Cirigliano, Dilema Guiseppe, Giuseppe & Corrado Margherita, Francesco Archangelo, Maria Maddalena, Pietro Antonio, Angela Pantone, Raffaele & Sarubbi Maria Teresa

    Antonio Maria-

    Pietro & Angela Bonelli – ( Pietro Antonio, Angela Pantone, Nicoletta, Barbaro Michele, Mastrangelo Arnaldo, Maria Teresa, Cilento Antonio, Anna & Paradiso Domenico, Michele & Adelaide Silvia Antoinetta Derosa, Filippo & Anna Rosa Marotta, Anthony or Pietro Anthony

    Rosa Raffaella Carmela- (Lucarelli Salvatore, Giuseppe & Caterina Cascino, Pietro)

    Francesco Raffaele- ( Papa Lucia)

    Maria Maddalena- ( Felice Fornabaio, Felice & Giulia Marchese, Giulia, Antonio, Pietro)

    Antoinetta Vincenzina ( nun)

    Antonietta Vincenzo Domenico- ( Anna Marchese, Carmela Darino)

    Vincenzina- (Vincenzo Calbi, Vito & Colangelo Anna Rosa, Rocco Fornabaio, Angela)

    Rose Anne Colavito Cirone – Sinfarosa Cirone, DiSerio, Domenico Cozza, Maria Louise Cirone Bonelli, Peter Lepore. Maria Luiga, Chiara Stella Cirone, Clara Masteloni, Maria Guiseppa Christofora, Mary Fuccella, Vincenzo DiSerio, Maria Luiga Cirone, Florence Fuccella Colavito, Sinfarosa Cironi, Maria Luigi Bonelli, Maria Guiseppa Fuccella, Guiseppe Antonio di Serio, Filomena D’Elia, Francesco Cirone, Maria Sinfarosa di Serio, Antonia Cirone, Christoforo Cirone, Maria Louise Antonia Cirone, Maria Maddalena Cirone, Clara Mastelone, Filippo Antonio Christoforo, Anna Lepore, Louie Masteloni, Antonio Bonelli, Peter Bonelli, Frank Bonelli,

    Family trades: carpenter, shoemaker, ice man etc. upholsterer, farmer, blacksmith, weaver, tailor, mason,

    Significant Cities: Stigliano, San Chirico Raparo, Craco, Salandra, NYC, Armento,

  3. Vikki says:

    Buon Giorgio,

    I am searching for information about my grandfather Mazza’s family in Stigliano. His father was Giusseppe and his mother was Maria Teresa Fortuna. Francesco Mazza arrived at Ellis Island on November 1, 1910. He departed Napoli on the ship Re d’Italia

  4. JW says:

    My great-grandfather Pasquale Braia moved from Stigliano to Yonkers, New York some time in the 30s.

  5. Diane says:

    My great-grandmother Maria Teresa Fornabaio Finamore was the daughter of Guiseppe Fornabaio and Margherita Viggiano from Stigliano. Teresa and Margherita emmigrated to New York during the 1890s. Margherita was already a widow so I assume Guiseppe died in Stigliano. Three families of Fornabaio lived in the same building in 1905 according to the census. I am not sure how everyone is connected.

    • Michele says:

      Diane, Please see my ties to Fornabaio name in my January 18, 2020 post. Not sure if relevant. Would be interesting. I am planning a trip to Stigliano this year in the Fall, 2020. Have you ever been?

  6. Toni says:

    I know I’m a stigliano , my great great great grandfather was Orazio stigliano . My grandmother Helen Stigliano was born in America and they changed to stillian . My mom just recently found all this out

  7. Andrea says:

    Hello. My great grandfather Felice Sarubbi was born and raised in Stigliano. He immigrated to the US through Ellis Island in the early 1900’s. I visited Stigliano this past year and it seems to have a lot of Sarubbis there. Any Sarubbis out there who can provide info about our family?

    • Rosemary says:

      Hi Andrea,
      My maternal grandmother was related to the Sarubbi family. Her uncles were priests who were in a church St. Anthony in Yonkers. Also some relatives of hers were medical doctors. I would like to research her family and also my grandfather’s. His last name was Topazio.. It seems both grandparents emigrated around the same time. Let me know if you have any info.

      • Diane says:

        Yes information on Pancrazio Sarubbi who lived in Yonkers NY
        Had son Felix Sarubbi, and others Daughter Carmella Sarubbi married Peter Madri

      • Meredith says:

        Hi Rosemary & Andrea,
        My grandmother was a Sarubbi, born in Yonkers in 1908, but her parents came from Stigliano through Ellis Island 2 years before.
        There are still Sarubbi’s in Yonkers, my great Uncle (Grandma’s brother) and his family.

        My grandfather was also from Stigliano (last name Madri) and came over at age 18 in 1920.

  8. Martha says:

    Searching for information about my Grandfather Antonio Cavalieri, from Stigliano, Matera, Basilicata, born about 1860 and his wife Lucia Maria or Maria Lucia Longo. Both immigrated to Bristol, CT.

  9. Michael says:

    I am searching for family members of last name Garrambone, Garambone, Garrammone in Stigliano. My records go back to 1760 but are incomplete. All help appreciated. Maternal names are Amato, Troiano, Martoccia, Dimona.

    • Dominic says:

      I am a Garrambone living in New York. My great grandfather Vincenzo Garrambone was born in Stigliano. I’ve been there and saw his name in the church book from baptism.

      • Michael says:

        Hello Dominic. I have been looking for Vincenzo for many years as his family was spoken of by members of my Family in Yonkers, NY. Unfortunately they remember meeting the family and hearing the names, but because of their ages are unable to tell me how we are related.
        I believe Vincenzo was a brother or cousin to Salvatore and Pancrazio Garrambone and perhaps he worked at a Barber shop on New Main Street in Yonkers in the early 1900-1910. I have been researching the Garrambone’s in Stigliano and have gone back 10 generations. Please provide me the names of your ancestors so I can find them in the tree. If you can identify Vincenzo’s father or Grandfather I can link us to the other members. I believe Vincenzo’s wife is Margarita (my aunt Marie spoke to her as a little girl–please let me know. Best to you. Mike

    • Michelle says:

      Hello Michael, My great grand father Francesco Troiano from Stigliano came to the US in 1898 with his wife Carmella and their children. Lived in Philadelphia and raised is family.

  10. Gary says:

    I have been trying to verify the birthplace including month, day and year of my grandfather. His name was Guiseppe Chiascione and he was born in 1870 or 1871. He came to the United States in 1896 at the age of 25. If you do have this information, how can I get a copy of his birth certificate? Records at Ellis Island show that several others with the name Chiascione came from Stigliano Italy while the arriving ship record of my grandfather does not state his Italian residence along side his name. My father has told me that his father was from the Potenza area so I think he is also from Stigliano like the other Chiasciones.

  11. Marilyn says:


  12. Barry says:

    my great grandfather francesco calciano & his identical twin brother salvatore
    born in stigliano in 1880, sailed to america in 1900 docked in new york city
    somewhere i think, sal ended up in BRISTOL CT. frank in PHILADELPHIA PA.
    frank was married once in italy i think her last name was brigante; if anybody
    has any info i would appreciate it.

  13. Peggy says:

    My ancestor was born in Stigliano about 1810. His name was Giuseppe LEONE or DI LEONE. His father ‘might have been Francesco’. They moved to town of Salandra in Matera Province by 1840. Also ancestor Egidio PARADISO died in Santeramo cir 1781. Grazie

  14. Antonio says:

    Antonio Grazioso my grandfather born 1872 in Stiglino also grandmother born 1876

  15. Marilyn says:


    • Lily says:

      These are my great-great-grandparents, I believe my great-grandfather Giuseppe/Joseph Calbi lived with Leonardo la Casa when he arrived in America.
      – Concetta Puzzolente was born May 4, 1853 to Vito Puzzolente and Margherita Diruggiero. She died August 30, 1915 at 62 y.o. – her husband Giuseppe Dipersia was most likely still alive at the time.
      – Concetta Puzzolente and Giuseppe Dipersia had a son, Nicola Dipersia (born February 14, 1894 and died February 26, 1915) as well as a daughter Anna Dipersia (born January 26, 1874). Anna Dipersia and Domenicantonio Calbi were the parents of my great-grandfather Giuseppe/Joseph Calbi.

  16. Marilyn says:


  17. Marie Elaine says:


    My grandparents are both from Stigliano: Antonio Mastronardi and Teresa Longo.They came to New York around 1929. I am seeking any information about my family history and to communicate with family members!

    Marie Elaine

  18. John says:

    I have asked the Commone and the mayors office for input but never received an answer. My Great Grandfather’s name was Salvatore Sansone. He had 6 daughters and Rosa, Maria, Caterina, Paulina, Margarita, Grazia, and 2 sons, Nicolo, and Giacomo. Maria, Paula, Margarita, married 3 Colangelo brothers all from Stigliano. They all came thru Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century. I understand that my Great Grandfather was self taught and was sort of the Da Vinci of the town. He was a carpenter, barber, and the handy man. I did go there in 1956 when I was in the service from Naples. The Train to Matera and the bus to Stigliano. It was the last town. Any info will be helpful. Most all the old timers are gone.

    • Lynn says:

      Hi John, My name is Lynn Salvaggio. My husband’s mother Rose was a Viggiano born in NY whose parents were born in Stigliano. Her parents were Nicola Viggiano and Caterina Mona. Caterina and my mother-in-law Rose often talked about the Sansone Family. Nick the barber and so forth. Other names in our line from Stigliano are Mangiameli, Magariello, Tursone. I can’t remember them all. There were Calbis and Colangelos. In fact, Pasquale Mona was first married to a Colangelo and then a Ripullone. Nick and Katie (daughter of Second wife of Pasquale) lived in the Bronx. Some of our relatives also settled in Bridgeport CT. Di Pierro, Recupero, Aitchison, Schettino. My husband and son were in Stigliano about 3-4 years ago-just for a few hours. Anyway, I have done a lot of research in Stigliano and still have a few microfilms on loan. Perhaps I have something you might need.

      • Nancy says:

        My maiden name is DeNise (changed from Dinisi). My family is from Stigliano and I am trying to put pieces together. Unfortunately all my elder aunts and uncles have passed, my grandmother’s name is Annunziata DiPierro DeNise. You mention Bridgeport,CT and Aitchison, Recupero and DiPierro. These were cousins. My family lived in Yonkers. You also mention Colangelo. This is also connected. I realize this is old but it you see this please get back to me. Thank you.

        • Dawn says:

          I do not know if this is related at all, but I am searching for my great-grandmother Maddalena or Elinor Pasciucco. Maddalena was born around 1877 and emigrated around 1890. Her mother was Antonia di Dinisi from Stigliano, so I am wondering if perhaps the families are related? Antonia’s other daughters were Teresa Pasciucco Viggiano and Mary Pasciucco Manzone. Her sons were Vincenzo Pasciucco and Michele Pasciucco.

          Any information would be terrific as we’re at a dead end of both the Pasciucco (great grandmother) and Petrone (great grandfather side.

          Thank you and good luck!

  19. Andrea says:


    • Dawn says:

      Hello Andrea:

      I am searching for Petrones from Stigliano. My great-grandfather was born (we think) around 1848 and emigrated to the US in 1880. His name was Vincenzo Petrone – changed to James in America. He married Maddalena Pasciucco also from Stigliano. They married in the States in 1890.

      Vincenzo had a brother whom also came over to the US. He went by Joseph and lived in New York when he arrived.

      Please let me know if you found any info when searching for the Petrones? Thank you so much!!

  20. Roberta says:

    Looking for any information and or photos regarding my grandfather. His name was Pietro Antonio DiLecce. He was born in Matera on September 4, 1888. He married Filomena Oliveri from Montorio Nei Frentani. Thank you.

  21. Kim says:

    Can someone explain to me why all the documents I find regarding my family from Stigliano says “Stigliano Potenza”. My family immigrated to the US from Stigliano about 1913. Isn’t the town of Stigliano in Matera province? I have found several records that say “Stigliano Potenza”. Thanks.

    my family names from Stigliano are Manzo, Marchese, Barisano and DeRuggiero

    • Joe says:

      I have a Grandmother that was from Stiglaino also and just started my search

    • Joe says:

      Kim, I was born and grew up in Stigliano. My family immigrated to the US in NY in the late sixties. The reason why you have found Stigliano-Potenza is because the region Basilicata has two provinces Potenza and Matera. A very long time ago Stigliano was part of the Potenza province and now, not sure exactly since exactly when, Stigliano is part of the Matera region.

  22. Leonard says:

    I would like any info about my Grandfather, Leonardo Francesco Mandile Born 1900 and my Grandmother, Rose Fugaro, both who lived in Stigliano. Also, any living relations who still resde in or near Stigliano. Thank you.

  23. Dominic stigliano says:

    Just curious about my last name and family in italy

    • Monica says:

      Dominic, my father was a Stigliano, and his family was from Rocca Imperial, Italy. His father (Carlo Stigliano) was born there, and my father was born in Philadelphia in 1916. My grandfather had several brothers and sisters who moved to the states. I actually just ran across your post and decided to answer, but I have not looked into the genealogy of my family for awhile, so it is not fresh in my mind. If you are interested, let me know. Not that I know much! My grandfather came thru Ellis Island, and I found some information there. Monica