Genealogy in Tricarico

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

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

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

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



S. ANTONIO DI PADOVA – P.le D. Pancrazio Toscano

S. MARIA DEI LOMBARDI – Via Cosilina, 11


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


  1. Ronald says:

    My great grandfather was Francesco Raga or roga and my great grandma was Rosina paradiso from tricarico Italy but I can’t seem to find anything else out

  2. MARIA says:

    My Father and his Family was from Tricarico, Italy.

    My Surnames are: Luisi, Paradiso, and Tomacci/Tomaccio.
    How can I find out informationand photos on my family.

  3. Julianne says:

    My great-great grandfather was born in Tricarico, Matera, Italy in 1885, January 2nd. We know him as Julius Ceasar Pellegrino, but we also know he changed his name when he came to America in 1910. My aunt, before she passed away prematurely, said she found out that our name was originally Cataldo. My father never got more information from her before she passed.

    What I know is that Julius Ceaser Pellegrino, born on January 2, 1885 in Tricarico, Italy, married Terase (Teresa) Lucia Francia on September 17, 1908 in Tricarico, Matera, Italy.

    Just hoping someone out there may know Julius. My guess is that his middle name really isn’t Ceasar either, since in his documentation, he spells it several different ways – leading me to believe the C in Julius C Pellegrino really stands for the surname Cataldo.

    Thank you to anyone who can help. 🙂

  4. Patricia says:

    Seeking information on Nunzio Laurenzana married to Maria Christina Tolve. Immigrated to USA. Nunzio’s parents were Antonio Laurenzana and Rosa Benevento.

  5. Mary Katherine says:

    My grandmothers maiden name was Scarabino. Her mother’s maiden name was Grassano. I don’t know what my great grandfather’s Mom maiden name was nor my great grandmother’s mother’s maiden name. Grandma Mary Scarabino was born in Tricarico. I am interested in the rest of the family. My great grandparents emigrated to New York, New York and finally settled in Wellsville, Ohio

  6. Sandy says:

    My grandfather was Pietro Grassi and he had 2 brothers Angelo and Frank. He was born in Tricarico in 1898 and came to the US approximately 1913. His father was Louie and mother was Marie (?) My grandmother wrote letters to relatives in Tricarico . I found a letter she wrote to Lucia Volpe who lived on Via Piano 22. I’m planning a trip the end of March and like to see if the relatives still live there and if they have any pictures of his mother and more information of my family.

  7. Taylor says:

    Hello! Visiting Italy soon and hope to visit this town soon, my grandfathers parents were from Tricarico, Victoria Comastro and Chauncy Vizzuso. There also used to be a Comastro Winery, does anybody have any information about this?

  8. David says:

    My greatgrandparents, Giuseppe Toscano and Assunta immigrated to the US around 1900.
    Giuseppe’s parents were Antonio, born 1848 and Maria Curcio, born 1852(they also had a child named Francesco Paolo Pancrazio Toscano, born 1883.
    I want to go farther back. There is reference to a Giuseppe, born 1806 and Angela Laurtosa, supposedly the parents of Antonio and a Nicola, who was born in 1776 and supposedly father of Antonio.
    I am interested in going back further and seeing if there are descendants of this family who still live in Tricarico

  9. Carole says:

    My paternal and maternal grandparents were from Tricarico.
    My paternal great great great grandparents were Rocco Casella and Antonia Maria Amato. I don’t have dates but they go back to the early 1800’s. My paternal great grandparents were Nicola Casella
    1849-1942 and Carmella Centola 1859-
    1953. My great great grandparents were Rocco Centola and Theresa Mazzoni. I would like to know if I can go back further than my great great great grandparents. Also I would like to know if I have any relatives living in Tricarico or surrounding areas. My paternal grandparents were named Rocco Casella and Theresa Camicia.

    • Marie says:

      Carole – Hello my name is Marie Hoffman. Wow I can’t believe I came across this message. My Great Grandmother was Lucia Centola. She was married to Pancrazcio Romano. Both are from Tricarico and died in Santa Clara. Your great grandmother Carmella and my great grandmother Lucia were sisters. I have a marriage document for Rocco Centola and Theresa Mazzoni which names Rocco’s and Theresa’s parents. Lucia died 6 months after my Grandfather was born and noone has a photo of her. He never knew what his mother looked like. Since Carmella was so much older than Lucia, I’m wondering if your family might have a photo. I’m desperate to find one. I live 40 minutes south of San Jose and would love to meet with you. Please respond to this message if you are interested and I’ll send you my email. Thank you in advance. Marie….Happy New Year.

    • Carole A Helder says:

      I am trying to contact Francesco Martinelli. My grandfather, Rocco Casella, and his grandmother, Angela Casella, were brother and sister. I plan on visiting Tricarico in May and would love to meet him. If anyone knows how I can contact Francesco, I would appreciate hearing from you.
      Thank You,
      Carole Helder

      • Marie says:

        Hi Carole. I’m visiting Tricarico in April. How was your trip? Did you happen to find any information on the Centola side of the family. My grandfather was related to Rocco Casella, your grandfather. I believe they were cousins.

  10. Frank says:

    Grandfather Benjamin Zito and father, Francesco Zito came from Tricarico in the early 1900’s.

  11. Susan says:

    Looking for information on Rocco Zasa born in Tricarico.

    • Chris says:

      Hey Susan, i am Cindy’s son Chris. As I am sure you heard she passed away in June. I am also looking for information about family. I just got off the phone with Dolores about our family’s whereabouts. One day I plan on going to Italy to visit. Please feel free to call me if you would like to talk. I am sure you know more about our history than I. Thank you.

    • Nicole says:

      I am of Rocco Zasa’s family. Born in Italy and passed in NYC.

  12. Rocco Vincenzo says:

    Paternal grandparents left Italy for New York (USA ) during October 1894, arriving Ellis Island on the 17th.
    His name was rocco tricarico, his wife was Maria. With them were four children , Angelina and three
    Their home was in or near to Tricarico.

  13. Michael Tricarico says:


    My Grandfathers name was also Michael Tricarico, just wondering if there is any info that would make sense to share with me… Don’t think he was from there but he was born in Italy.

    Just looking for anything that might make sense being our last name is the same as this town.

  14. Carmella says:

    Any information on my Grand Father Rocco DiSopa (DeSopa) and grandmother Carmella Paradiso. Also related to the Papapieteo family.

    • Rick says:

      Hi Carmela I just found this site, very interesting. Have you received any information? Let me know if you have I would like further the Papapietro’s of Tricarico

  15. Frances says:

    I would like to obtain birth certificates for my parents who were born in Tricarico. Italy. Their names and birth dates are. Rocco Romano, July 23, 1884. Domenica Brienza , November 2, 1887. Please advise. Thank you.

  16. Theresa says:

    I am interested in finding out more about my family. My parents are from Tricarico, but they don’t have much documentation and the memories have dwindled. My mom is Teresa Olita, daughter of Celeste Langone and Rocco Olita and my dad is Benedetto Tammone, son of Rocco Tammone and Teresa Armento. Mom’s home was in Largo Beccaio and and dad was Via Piano.

  17. Ted says:

    Two of my maternal great grandparents, and two of my maternal great great grandparents were from Tricarico, Italy. In reviewing the phone book listings for the region I see all four surnames are resident in a around the village/city. The surnames are: Calamiello, Mazzarone, Infantino, and Sabatino.

    I am seeking to learn more about my ancestors from the region, and seek to go further back to learn who my great great great grandparents and great great great great grandparents were. I would also like to find out who the children were of all of these people, if possible.

    I have completed this same detailed research into my Polish family, it took 22 years. Now, I am concentrating on my Italian family.

    I have thought about taking a trip to the town and looking up the people listed in the phone book, but my Italian is minimal at best.

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