Genealogy in Laurenzana

If you search your ancestors in Laurenzana, 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 Potenza province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Laurenzana registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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


  1. 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)

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. George says:


  8. 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! 🙂

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