Genealogy in Marsicovetere

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

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

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

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



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


  1. Barbara says:

    I am trying to locate my maternal side origins. My great-grandfather Andrea Panella is believed to have lived in Mariscovetere Italy. He came to the US but I do not know when. I am also looking for HIS father, Pietro Panella. I believe he was born before civil records were started so I need to know which church or parish in Marsicovetere would have the records as I will visit there soon for this reason. Can anyone tell me where the church records are for Marsicovetere, Italy? I thank you all.
    Any information would be appreciated.

  2. Joseph says:

    Seeking information on my grandfather ANGELO BOVE who was from MARSICOVETRE I know of an eathquake in the mid 1800s that may have lost info. He migrated to Philadelphia during late 1800s..

  3. Christine says:

    I am looking for family history of Giuseppe Marino m. Christina Tranchitore of Marscovetere, they were farmers in 1850’s, 3 sons emigrated and settled in Scotland Dominico Antonio 1855, Joseph 1858 and Michael 1863. I may not have the correct spelling for Christina. Does anyone have addresses for archives, or records for that area/ town, thankyou

  4. Stephen says:

    My great grandfather Giovanni Stefano (Steffano) was born in Marsicovetere in1833. I can’t find evidence of any Staffano in that town or province,. He married Sarafina Camnellia (don’t know the correct spelling). Do you have any hints on how to did up information on him nd his parents? Thank you

  5. Janice says:

    My great grandfather was Giuseppe Barbino who immigrated to Chicago. He claimed that he was an orphan. It appears that he was raised by the Cortese family who lso came to Chicago. My Great Grandfather was a harpist. He married Caterina Viggiano. Do you have any record of Barbinos in Marsicovetere? I have hit the well when searching. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Valerie says:

      Interesting. Do you have dates, more info, full names, please? Was he raised by Cortese as a formal adopted family, or was a Cortese his padrone, as was mostly the case with child street musicians? Seems he may have been a foundling as opposed to an orphan, and parentage is thus unknown? My Marsicovetere man, also a child harpist, Francesco Domenico Bosco b. 1845, was a foundling. It’s a real cluster trying to track them foundlings. I’m trying the DNA route now. As I think what happened with my guy, for whom I could find no birth record in Marsicovetere though I know he was a child there, foundlings may be recorded in nearby town instead of where they were wet-nursed, fostered (or exploited!). I think my man may have been found in Viggiano as a baby, but not entirely sure.

  6. Donna says:

    Surname Viggiano in Marsicovetere: I can document my Viggiano family back to Giovanni Viggiano (b. abt 1756; d. 14 Mar 1826), married to Teresa Curcio (or Lacurcio). I have most/all of their children identified. Giovanni’s father was Orazio Viggiano, but I have no further info on Orazio or his wife and am hoping someone can help.

    I am also tracking a number of other Viggiano families in Marsicovetere but cannot tie them together. They must be related to Orazio, either siblings or cousins. The oldest documented people are:

    Giuseppe Viggiano (b. abt 1740) married to Virgilia Tranchitella (children: Teresa b abt 1770; Caterina, b abt 1770; Cristina b abt 1773; Antonia b abt 1775; Rosa b unk)

    Portia Viggiano (b. abt 1739; d Jan 1809) dau of Orazio (is this ‘my’ Orazio?)

    Lucrezia Viggiano (b. abt 1759; d. Jun 1809) dau of unknown parents

    Portia Viggiano (b. abt 1737; d. Nov 1812) dau of Francesco and Rosa _____

    Pietro Viggiano (b. abt 1784; d. Aug 1838) son of Giuseppe Viggiano and Giovanna Panella; husband of Isabella Lauletta.

    Bottomline question: who is the earliest common Viggiano ancestor who ties all of these families together? Are Orazio, Giuseppe, and Francesco brothers? If yes, who is their father?

    Would appreciate any and all help. Thank you.

  7. John Roberts says:

    I am researching the Lapitino family originating in Marsicovetere, Italy and settling, for the most part, in NYC. I am especially interesting it gaining information about Marsicovetere and potential ancestors still there. Giuseppe b. 1854 and died in 1946 is the direct ancestor that came to NYC.

  8. Virginia says:

    I am looking for my grandmother. I believe she is from your town.
    Her name is Maria De’larco. She was born in the 1880’s. I would appreciate any help.

    Thank you very much


  9. Jane says:

    My previous post was cut off before I could finish. Bernardino Vita’s parents on his birth record in 1852 are Antonio Vita, age 25, a farmer, and Anna Masino, age 25. I am trying to find out if Bernardino had siblings. I would also like to find his parents’ marriage record.

    • RJ says:

      my great great grandmother was Maria Vita. Her parents were Antonio Vita and Anna Masino. There was also Antonio and Nicola her brothers If you would like to shoot me an email I can give you some info about the family.

      • James says:

        My GGG Grandparents were from the same town, Pasquale Falvella B-1793 D-1852 & Angela Vita B-1795 D-1825
        GG Grandparents: Michele Falvella B-1821 & Rosa DiMarco B-1828

        G Grandfather and 2 sisters, William Biase Falvella B-1854 Immigrated to Corpus Christi, Texas D-1901

        Williams had two sisters, Marianna Falvella B-1854 and Serafina Falvella B-1856 no mention of what happened to the sisters?

        Anyway, was wondering if Angela Vita might be related to Maria or Antonio?


        JB Falvella

  10. Angela says:

    I am looking for a birth certificate for my greatgrandfather, Francis(?) “Frank” Antoine/Angelo CASSO who was born in Marsicovetere in September 1841, immigrated to the U.S. @1864, and died in Indiana, USA in July 1923. His marriage record to Eugenia MANIER shows his parents to be Joseph and Rosa CASSO and I am looking for a marriage certificate for them. I have also found information showing that he had a sister named Angeline CASSO CRANCIARALA. Any advice on how to proceed and any help or information on this family would be appreciated.

  11. Rick says:

    I am looking for information on a Giuseppe Campiglia who would have lived in Marsicovetere around 1723.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I am looking for information on my great great grandfather Luigi Montano. He was a foundling, but showing in the birth register for 1820 in Marsicovetere. I found a duplicate birth certifate in his marriage documents in 1855, when he married Carmela Lauletta. His birth certificate indicates he was found in Viggiano, near the border of Viggiano and Marsicovetere.

    I’m trying to find out who his adoptive parents were, where he really did come from, and anything at all about him. Without this information, I can’t determine any further information about my family.

  13. Joan says:

    Giacomantonio Fratantuono married Silvia Zottarelli. Their children were Chiara Rose, Maria Teresa, and Pietro. I have the birth record and marriage record for Chiara Rose. She married Francesco Dimondo in 1839 and document states that her father died prior to 1839.Also Maria Teresa married Angelantonio DiMondo on that same date in 1839. I found two Giacomantonio’s who passed away prior to that date one in 1831 and the other in 1837. I am unable to find a marriage record for Giacomantono and Silvia Zottarelli in order to determine which Giacomantonio is the right one. I also cannot find a death record for Silvia Zottarelli. One of the Giacomantonio death records states that his wife was Teresa Zottarelli.
    Will you be able to help me?
    thank you

  14. Barbara says:

    I am trying to locate my maternal side origins. My great-grandfather Andrea Panella is believed to have lived in Mariscovetere Italy. He came to the US but I do not know when. Any information would be appreciated.

  15. Mel says:

    Hey there,

    I am looking for birth information for a family member Her name was Chiora Rose Fratantuono
    BIRTH 1811 • Marsicovetere, Potenza, Italy We beleive her father’s name was Giacomantonio Frantantuono. She married Francesco A Dimondo
    BIRTH 1807 • Marsicovetere, Potenza, Italy

    Any help you can prove would be great. Thanks!

  16. Joseph says:

    My Grandfather Giuseppe Varallo Came to America in 1902 with his wife Catarina I believe her maiden name is Borello.
    My Great grand parents names are Francisco Varallo and Anna Varallo.
    The last letter in my surname was somehow changed in America not sure why or how. But Giuseppe Varallo was born in 1872 not sure of the month or day.
    Any help please. I can only get to my grand fathers death certificate in America he died in 1920.

  17. Mary says:

    I’m looking for anyone from my Dad’s family. My grandfather was born in Marsicovetere. All of his family and friends are also from Marsicovetere. They are Campestre, Bove, Vita, Panella and Cirigliano maybe Mangini. I can’t wait to go to Sts. Pietro e Paolo Chiesa. My family is planning on a trip next year. I wonder if I have any relatives still living there. My great grandmother was Katherine Bove who married my great grandfather Fortunato Campestre. After he died she and Guiseppe Cirigliano. They moved to Pittsburgh, PA. I would love to hear from any relatives that might still be there or came to the US. I’m going to try to rewrite in Italian. I wish I could rewrite in Lucanaese

    • Donna says:

      Mary, Did you make the trip to Marsicovetere, and did you do any family research while there? I’m wondering how easy it was to request info from the church. Thanks.

  18. Patricia says:

    Researching the Cortese family and the history of musicians in the family. Many young musicians immigrated to the US and other countries. The Cortese relatives all came from Marsicovetere and many landed in Chicago. We are interested in finding information about Cortese, Lasca, and Russo. My husband’s grandfather was a performing harpist and violinist…his first wife was Teresa Russo. We would like to know the name of his father….Frank’s mother was Carolina Romangnano.

    • Jane says:

      Patricia – My great great grandfather was a harpist named Bernardino Vita/Vito who settled in Chicago. In the 1880 census he lives in the home of a Russo family of musicians in Chicago. I wonder if this Russo family has anything to do with yours. Records of my Bernardino conflict as to birthplace – some say he was born in Italy, but two (his daughter’s birth record, and his death record) say he was born in France. I thought I had him pinned down as a Bernardino Vita I have an 1848 birth record for in Marsicovetere, where many of the travelling harpists come from, but there is also the possibility he was born in France. Please contact me if you would like to collaborate and share resources.

  19. Veronica says:

    Good morning, I am researching a Donato Antonio Lapetina, born in Marsicovetere in 1820. He ended up in Philadelphia and died in 1897. His death certificate says his parents are unknown. There are variations on the the spelling of his last name: Lapatino, Lapatina, Lapetina. I would love to know if he is in any birth records in Marsicovetere. Thank you!

    • Mike says:

      My Grandfather is from Mariscovetere his sur name is Lapitino I will be traveling there for the first time in August with two of my daughters, he was born in 1854 and died 1946 in New York City, I wonder if there is any connection

      • John Roberts says:

        My wife’s gg grandfather is Giuseppe Lapitino and has the same birth/death dates as you quoted above. Would like to connect with you to discuss family as well as your visit to Marsicovetere. My wife and I are planning a trip there in October. Hope to hear from you or anyone else related to the Lapitino family

  20. Caterina says:

    hello ,I am travelling to Italy in July and looking for information on my dad ,Nicola Maria Panella he was born in Marsicovetere on 28.1.1932 his mum and dad where Giuseppe and Maria Caterina Panella and I would love to know where he lived in marsicovetere ,he died on 19.8.2004 .
    Thank you very much

  21. Susan says:

    I do not have the answer to your question, but I am researching the family. My partner is the grandson of Nick Frantell, son of Frank Tranchitella or Tranckitella (sometimes spelled with a “F”). Frank died aboard the Eastland in 1915. Frank, his brother Mat, and a sister Mary Katerine immigrated with their parents. I have not found the ship as of yet. Frank, Mat(and his wife) and Paolo are all buried in Mt Carmel cemetery in Hillside, IL. I would be interested in sharing information.

    • Nick says:

      Hi Susan, My Name is Nick, and I’m the sun of Bob from the post below. We seem to have very similar info, however we’re not sure who your partner is? My Father and I would be more than happy to to share/trade info.

      • Susan says:

        My partner is John Flanagan, the grandson of Nick Frantell and Helen Czosek. His mother is Patricia Frantell. I have indications that M. Caterina Lauria (1875) was from Naples and is also buried @ Mt. Carmel Cemetery and was the person who purchased the burial plots. The family lived on Berwyn Ave. in Chicago. I have a copy of Frank and Caterina’s marriage certificate and many of their children’s birth certificates.

  22. Philip Tranchitella says:

    I believe it is Mariscovetere.
    The Tranchitella Palazzo and Crypt are both in Mariscovetere.
    The Palazzo is at the top of the town and the Cemetary is down the hill heading to Val De Agri.
    The Crypt is well kept and the locals know the history of the Familly.(some interesting stories).
    The Crypt has the coffins of Tranchitella and Russo plus others.
    Other areas of this Cemetary have additional sites with both Tranchitella’s and Russo’s.
    Viggiano was home to some Tranchitella’s and it is probable that some are buried there.
    Look up the Palazzo you may find it interesting.
    I was also told that a branch of Govt (historical) was updating it’s records (when I was there a few years ago).
    Good luck.

    • Christine says:

      I am looking for Christina Tranchitore or Tranchitella married to Giuseppe Marino farmers from Marscovetere 1820-1890? They had sons Dominico, Joseph and Michele, who emigrated to Edinburgh and later Dublin, possibly a sister Bernadetta? Where can l find info on Marino’s still living in Marscovetere, or old historical records of family Marino’s, thankyou

  23. Bob Frantell says:

    I am trying to find out if my great grandfather and great grandmother came from Marsicovetere or Viggiano. Francesco Tranchitella (1872 ?) and Caterina Lauria (1876 ?). Francesco’s father’s name was Paolo Tranchitella and his mothers name was Theresa Russo. I just want proof that they came from Marsicovetere.

    • matthew says:


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