Genealogy in Stigliano

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

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

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

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

If you have the opportunity to visit Stigliano 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 Stigliano 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 stigliano@italianside.com our expert in Stigliano area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

35 Comments

  1. 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,

  2. 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

  3. JW says:

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.
      Rosemary

      • 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    • 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Marilyn says:

    FOUND INFO ON MY DADS BACKGROUND & FAMILY WHO CAME FROM STIGLIANO, WHICHIS WONDERFUL == MARCHESE, BUT STILL CANT FIND ANYTHING AT ALL ON MY MOMS FMILY FROM STIGLIANO == LA CASA & POZZOLENTO == NEED ADVICE== PLEASE == THANKING U IN ADVANCE ==

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Antonio says:

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

  14. Marilyn says:

    PLEASE HELP ME FIND INFO ON MY GREAT-GRAND-PARENTS, WHO LIVED & NEVER LEFT STIGLIANO == NAMES WERE GIUSEPPE DI PERSIA & CONCETTA POZZOLENTO == LEONARDO LA CASA & ROSE GUILIANO == PLS == APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH ==

  15. Marilyn says:

    NEED INFO == MY MOMS PARENTS BOTH PARENTS BORN IN STIGLIANO == LEONARDO LA CASA & MARGHERITA DI PERSIA IN THE 1800s == APPRECIATE ANY HELP U CAN GIVE ME == THANKS, IN ADVANCE ==

  16. Marie Elaine says:

    Hello,

    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!

    Sincerely,
    Marie Elaine

  17. 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.
    John

    • 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:

        Hello
        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!

  18. Andrea says:

    GUISEPPI RASULO IS MY GRANDFATHER, ANDREW RASULO IS HIS BROTHER BOTH BORN IN STIGLIANO. BOTH CAME TO THE US THROUGH ELLIS ISLAND. THEY HAD A SISTER
    NAMED STELLA RASULO WHO STAYED BEHIND. MY GRANDMOTHER, MARIA DOMINICA PETRONE BIRTHDATE AUG.12 1890’S. IM LOOKING FOR RELATIVES. THANK YOU

    • 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!!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

    Kim
    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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

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