Genealogy in Laurenzana

If you search your ancestors in Laurenzana, in the province of Potenza, 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 Laurenzana

In towns and villages of Basilicata and in Potenza province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Laurenzana town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Laurenzana 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 Laurenzana. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Laurenzana archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that the most common surnames in Potenza province are:
Albano, Bochicchio, Bruno, Calabrese, Caputo, Carlomagno, Carlucci, Cirigliano, Claps, Colangelo, Conte, Cosentino, Coviello, D’Andrea, De Bonis, De Luca, Ferrara, Fortunato, Genovese, Giordano, Grieco, Ielpo, Labanca, Lauria, Lombardi, Lorusso, Marino, Martino, Mecca, Nigro, Nolè, Pace, Pepe, Potenza, Rinaldi, Romaniello, Romano, Rosa, Russo, Sabia, Santarsiero, Santoro, Scavone, Sileo, Summa, Telesca, Vaccaro, Zaccagnino.

Church Records in Laurenzana

Church archives in Potenza 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 Potenza 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 Laurenzana on your behalf.

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


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

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  1. Janelle says:

    My father’s last name was Coluzzi. His mother’s last name was Fanelli. I believe a cousin was a Cirigliano. My brother visited Laurenzana because Coluzzi and Fanelli grandparents came to New York from there. Any information is appreciated. Thank you.

  2. Frank says:

    Hi, I am looking for any information regarding my great grandfather. His name is Ernanio Cupido who was born in Lauranzana, Potenza on March 10 1887 and emigrated to America in 1903. He was the foster son of Rocco and Guiseppina Abbate.

    • Donna says:

      Hello Frank, Do you have a Carmela Abbate (maiden name) on your family tree? She is my grandmother, she was from Laurenzana , born in 1894.
      Her parents were Salvatore Abbate and Rosa Anglela Abbate (maiden name Gioscia)

  3. Walter says:

    I am trying to find information on Pio Destefano, married to Anna Marchetta. their so Rocco listed Laurenzanna as his place of birth

  4. Marlene says:

    I am looking for information about the family of Vito Pellettieri. Last known address is Via Monte, last date of correspondence was during the mid 1970s. I am sure he has passed, but am looking for ancestors. Vito was my grandfather George’s brother. George was born October 23 I believe in the year 1889 in Laurenzana.

    • Sue says:

      Hello Marlene,

      My husbands great great grandfather is Vito Luca Pellettieri born 1928 in Laurenzana. We are going to Italy next summer and plan to visit. My husband is out of town right now but I believe Luca had several brothers and they were very musical. Vito passed away in Nashville, TN in 1901 I believe.

      • Catherine says:

        Hello Sue & Marlene, My great great aunt Rose Beretta was married to Leonard Pelletiori (George and presumably Vito’s father). She wasn’t their birth mother but raised them as the second wife. I would be interested in any information you discover. I am also planning on visiting southern Italy in the summer of 2019.

  5. Lynn says:

    I am looking for information on my great great great grandparents and children.
    Michael Perito who was married to Nunciata Perroni married in the mid 1800’s
    Lucia Laurenzo who was married to Nicholas Perito married in the late 1800’s
    John Laurenzo who was married to Phenomena Romanzo also married in the mid 1800’s

    Any help would be a great help. I am interested in children and birth days.

    Thank you Lynn

  6. Ken says:

    Am looking for records about the Bonelli family in first half of the 19th century.

    Also, want to know if there are any residents of Laurenzana named Bonelli.

  7. Elaine says:

    My Great grandfather, Nicholas Lobraico, son of Angelo Lobraico and Mary Fanelli, were from Laurenzana. Nicholas emigrated to Canada in 1880. Nicholas’s wife was Margherita Marone, daughter of Sebastian Marone and Maria Guiseppa Glionna. I am trying to get any records of his birth or baptism, or hers, so I can apply for my Italian citizenship as I am panning on moving back to Italy.
    If there is ant help you could give me, I would greatly appreciate it.

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  9. Lisa says:

    Hello, I will be visiting italy next month. September. I was interested in visiting Laurenzana as I know my great grandmother is from there. Her maiden name was Pisani. I was told that I still have family there. I was told they are in the construction business as well as farming and banking. Is there any way to find out more before my trip so that I may visit? Thank you for any help you may offer. Ciao! 🙂