Genealogy in Maschito

If you search your ancestors in Maschito, 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 Maschito

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 Maschito town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Maschito 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 Maschito. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Maschito 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 Maschito

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 Maschito on your behalf.

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

S. ELIA PROFETA – P.zza Regina Margherita

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

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  1. Karen says:

    I would love to begin dual citizenship and would like to gain access to my grandparents birth, marriage, and death certificates. They are from Maschito, Basilicata, Potenza, Italy. Their names are: Donato Rafti born 12JUN1879 and Marietta De Luca born 1889. Emigrated to US and their destination was Oneida, NY. Last name spelling was changed to Rafte. Any information anyone may have to help obtain certificates and further info; I’d greatly appreciate it.

  2. Linda says:

    My grandfather, Antonio Paulo Adorno was born in Maschito on 5 February 1897. He emigrated with his mother, Rosa Volpe, and arrived in New York when he was about a year old. His father, Paulo Adorno, was deceased, and passage was paid for by her brother, Vito. Destination was Canastota, NY. Rosa remarried in 1901, John Jury, also from Italy. They resided in Oneida, NY. My grandpa’s Draft Registration states that his father was also born in Maschito. I would appreciate any input. Thanks.

    • Katie says:

      Hi, Linda! Antonio Paulo Adorno is my great grandfather! His son Paul was my grandpa, and Paul’s daughter Sandy was my mother. This is great information!

  3. Don says:

    I am researching the family of my maternal grandfather, Donato Rafti. I believe that he was born in Maschito in 1885. He departed Naples in about 1908, travelled to South America, and had arrived in Australia by 1913. He died in Sydney Australia in 1926. His Death Certificate lists his father as Euginio Rafti (no other details), and his mother as Rosalia Rafti (no other details). However, his mother may have been more correctly named Rose Elia, and her madden name Giuratrabocchetta. Donato’s family may have been Veterinarians. I will be in Potenza on October 2020.

  4. Erika says:

    Hi. I believe my ancestor Gerard Musto came to america from this area in the early 1890s. Looking to add info to our family tree, so any leads are welcome

    • Cathy says:

      Erika: My entire paternal family was from Maschito and neighboring Forenza. I have an extensive Maschito and Forenza tree on Ancestry, including some Musto family. Contact me for more information.

  5. Mary says:

    Hello- my name is Mary De Luca. I am curious if there are still some De Lucas in Maschito? My grandfather was Joseph Eli De Luca, his father was Thomas C De Luca, and his father was Giuseppe JE De Luca. There is some Cagni and Occhinero married into the family. I’d love to know some more about Thomas and Giuseppe. My understanding was Thomas and his brother were like some kind of city officials. Any information would be great. Thank you very much.

  6. Pat Marchese says:

    My great grandfather was named Pasquale Minichiello and he was from Maschito Italy. His oldest daughter Rosario (Rose) was my grandmother. They came to America in the early 1900’s when my grandmother was 15 years old. Pasquale went back to Italy and never returned to America. He remarried and more children. I did get to meet my grandmothers sister Anna Maria who lived in Venosa about 21 years ago. I am returning to Venosa and Maschito in August this year.

    • Emily says:

      I too have the same grandparents names! They settled in NH after arriving in Ellis Island. Would u like to contact me?

  7. John says:

    Looking for information on my grandfather, Joseph Ochinero, born 1897, Had a brother named Tony.

    • Mary Dee says:

      I have a Savino Occhionero and Rosa Posca who were married in my genealogy. Born April 1811. Not sure if they are related to your relative. I will look and see if I can find out more information.

    • Susan says:

      My great grandparents were both from this town Giuseppe (Joe) Nono Ochionero born 04/02/1874 and Sarafina Barbano Ochionero born 09/09/1879. Family names Barbano, Zecia, and Dimira.

  8. Tara says:

    I am looking for information (birth certificates or info on parents ands relatives) about my great grandparents who are both from Maschito. They immigrated to the USA in 1893 or 1897.
    Their names are:
    John Lumbrazo (or Alambrese) — born 20 January 1866
    Mary Delia Langiano — born Feb 1867
    Any info would be very helpful! Thanks!

    • Thomas says:

      I am the grandson of Theodore Lumbrazo of Canastota NY who came from Machito Italy with his father Joseph. We are also trying to find out the connection between Lumbrazo and Alambrese or Allampresse. Have you found out any further info ? Hope to hear from you and see if we have a connection

  9. Carol says:

    Hello, I learned that my grandparents emigrated to the US from Mashito in 1910. Their last name was “Ferramisco” which was shortened to “Feramisco” in the US. They settled in Fresno, California. I am wondering if there are still Ferramiscos in Mashito today. Thanks!

  10. Robert says:

    Anthony Musacchio was my father and his father Camio Musacchio (1882-1944) was born in Potenza. We are looking for any information about the Musacchio family for our history project.
    Thank you. Robert Musacchio

  11. Ronald says:

    My father’s parents were from Maschito their names were Donato Giuralarocca and Rosemaria (Musto) Giuralarocca..My grandfather was born in 1878 I would love to get any information on either grandparent. Thank you

    • Alfonso says:

      I’m a musto my grandfather came to the United States in 1911 his name like myself is alfonso. I live in Florida .my grandma musto was Creise first name lucy.and they lived in greenpoint Brooklyn .a lot of similarities.

      • Betty says:

        Your grandmother, Lucy Criesi, was a sister of my grandfather, Giuseppe Criesi. We all lived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Lucy had 5 siblings: Giuseppe (1879-1959), Donato (1882-1929), Michele (1886), Rose (1895-1926) and Maria(1901-1976). I remember visiting them. We called Alphonse “Uncle Funzie”. They had 7 children: Elizabeth (Betty) born in 1916. I remember her well as after we moved to Bellerose, she moved down the block. She married Michael Codianne. Then there was Michael (1917-1993), Anna (1918), Grace (1919), Pasquale (1922-1998), Joseph (1925-1984), and Alphonse,Jr. (1929-2005). Hope this helps.

        • Diane says:

          Hi Betty, my grandfather was Donate Criesi! He passed away in Fresno, California in June 1929. I had no clue about his siblings or what their names were. I was so excited to read your comment. Do you have any photos? I would be so happy if you could share any other information you may have about the Criesi family with me.

          • Betty says:

            I’m so glad the information was helpful to you. I don’t have any photos, it’s difficult to get any information on the Criesi’s. There isn’t much online at the present time relating to them. Your grandmother was Elisabetta Giuiralarocca (1884-1953). She was also born in Maschito. Her father was Savino Giuralarocca and her mother was Domenica Romano. Donato’s parents were Pasquale Criesi (1857-1908), also born in Maschito and Anna Giuralarocca (1855-1900). Pasquale and Anna were my
            great-grandparents. My grandfather was their son, Joseph(1878-1959). My grandmother was Elisabetta Rafti. My childhood was spent mainly in Brooklyn, but we moved to Florida in 1972. Thanks so much for contacting me, I’ve been working on this for almost 15 years and it’s really great to hear from a “long-lost” relative.

          • Diane says:

            Sorry for the late reply!
            I just now saw the message you sent last October.
            Thank you so much for the Criesi family history! I truly appreciate the information you have provided. I am working on a family tree on Ancestry, but I hit a wall pretty early into it, which is why all of this family history that you have provided is a treasure to me!
            Please keep me updated. None of my family spoke of their history, so the generations to follow had very little knowledge. Without someone like you, this history would be lost forever.
            I am so grateful.
            My goal is create a family tree for my children so they, and any future children will know about their family.
            Thanks again,
            Fresno, CA

        • Nancy says:

          Hi Betty!

          Thank you for posting that information! I am a granddaughter of Lucia Criesi and also daughter of Joseph Musto (1925-1984) who you mention above. I was searching for the internet for answers after recently matching with a cousin on Ancestry that I do not know. Her last name is Criesi as well (daughter of Donato, Lucy’s brother). You seem to know a lot about our Ancestry, I am hoping to learn more. Do you have a family tree or anymore information? I currently live in Tampa, was born in New York.

          • Betty says:


            Looks like we both started out in Brooklyn and both ended up in Florida. Your grandmother, Lucy, (I still have some memories of her and “Uncle Funzie”- though they have dimmed with time) was the sister of my grandfather, Joseph.
            My mother, Josephine, was his daughter. We all lived in Greenpoint and saw each other often. When we left Brooklyn, we moved to Bellerose and your father’s sister Elizabeth (Betty) and her husband Mike and daughter Dolores moved down the block from us. It was great living there. I did create a family tree but it’s not posted online. Did you know that many of the people in Maschito were originally from Albania? That explained the strange dialect they spoke. Other Italians in Brooklyn couldn’t understand them.

    • Pat says:

      My great grandparents came to America from Maschito in the late 1900’s. They lived in Beacon and Onita New York before moving to Fresno, California. Vincenzo Marchese my great grandfather married Antoinette Giuralarocca. They had seven boys, my father being the youngest.

      • amy says:

        Hi Pat,
        I was wondering if you were able to find any information in Maschito

        Your great grandmother Antoninette was my great grandmother’s older sister.
        My great grandmother was Teresa(1871-1949).
        They had at least five other siblings
        Their mother was Rosa Romano(1820-1918)
        Rosa lived with my grandmother’s family in Brooklyn.
        According to her death record her parents were Elia Romano and Anna Maria Loroina .
        I believe Joseph Giuralarocca was Antoninette’s father
        According to a handwritten family tree Rosa was married to 3 different LaRoccas.
        These are the children listed on the tree.
        Bettina (about 1854)
        Angelina (1860-1950) Onedia New York
        Michele (1866-1960) Brooklyn
        Elia (1868-1936) Brooklyn
        My great grandmother, Teresa married Elia Tamburrino in Maschito
        I believe there were more children from a first marriage.
        Thank you,

      • Linda says:

        I am the great grand daughter of Madeline Marchese d Amato. She was born in Rome NY, lived her life in Beacon NY.Her parents and sister Vera moved to fresno CA

    • Betty says:

      HI Ronald,
      Your grandparents are on my family tree. Your dad’s father was Savino Giuralarocca. His mother was Domenica Romano, both born in Maschito. Their other children, as far as I know, were Angelo, Giovanni, spouse’s name is Grazia Barbano, Giuseppe, married to Domenica Dichirica, Elisabetta, married to Donato Criesi. Your mom’s parents were Michael Musto and Elisabetta Vernava, also from Maschtio. My great-grandmother was Anna Giuralarocca and my grandfather’s brother was Donato Criesi, who married your dad’s sister, Elisabetta. My grandfather’s sister, Lucia (Lucy) married Alphonse Musto so I guess we’re all related. Hope this helps.

    • Erika Hedden says:

      Hi Ronald, Did you find any Gerardo Musto in your search? Maybe a brother

    • Rich says:


      There are definitely Musto people in Maschito. Michale Musto owns a pizza parlor and restaurant in Maschito. I think someone in his family has a winery.

  12. Donna says:

    My Grandparents came from Maschito in early 1900’s to the U S. Their names are Anthony Paladino & Delia Tarantino. My Grandfather came over with his Brother Michael. He had a sister Angela who married a Romano. Any records would help me out in finding more about them & any relatives if any are still living there.

  13. Caitlin says:

    Hello! My great-grandfathers name was Luigi Carmen Grieco. He was born on 07 Dec 1893 in Moschito Italy. I’m hoping to obtain his birth certificate from Moschito, but am not quiet sure where to start. I would be grateful for any information pertaining him! Endless thanks and happy holidays!

  14. Carmine says:

    Ciesco family in Maschito. Carmine. Had 8children. Only one is alive now that is my father Attanasio who was the last born in 1929 in Maschito. Be interesting to find out more history information.
    Grazie e tante .

    • Gary says:

      My great grandfather is Eligio Ciesco born and raised in Maschito Italy born in 1875 came to USA 1895 to Brooklyn, NY they migrated to Torrington, Ct. My grandfather Gerado Ciesco was the oldest of 7 brothers and sisters. My wife lived near the Amilfi Coast for 30 years we go to Italy often because her family still lives there. We have visted Maschito 3 years ago and at that time there where 7 Ciesco families still there. If possible I would love to talk with you I have birth certitficate of my great grandfather Eligio and my grandfather Gerado.

  15. Chichi says:

    Recently found out that my grandfather, Pasquale Minichiello, came to America in 1906 from Maschito to Naples to America. Wonder if there is any info on that name in Maschito?

    • Pat says:

      My great grandfather was named Pasquale Minichiello and he was from Maschito Italy. His oldest daughter Rosario (Rose) was my grandmother. They came to America in the early 1900’s when my grandmother was 15 years old. Pasquale went back to Italy and never returned to America. He remarried and more children. I did get to meet my grandmothers sister Anna Maria who lived in Venosa about 21 years ago. I am returning to Venosa and Maschito in August this year.

  16. vincent says:

    per piacere per l`ufficio anagrafe : mi serve un certificato di nascita che dice : Volpe Vincenzo nato il 4/11/1952 …moltissime grazie antipacitamente !!! perche ? nel mio passaporto dice che sono nato a Chieri provincia di Torino !!!

  17. marcello says:

    Hello I just posted yesterday but made a mistake.. I found out the real name is
    Giuseppe Telesco born sep 12 1878 father was Angelo Telesco

  18. marcello says:

    Hello, I am looking for info on my Great Grandfather who was born in Maschito on 12 Sep 1878. His name was Joseph Angelo Belasco (or Telesco) Im trying to find out the name of his parents and any other information

  19. Patrick says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather. His name was Giuseppe (Joseph) Mazzei and he came to the US via Ellis Island around 1908. Some time around 1912 our last name got changed to Mazzeo.

    I was hoping to find more family info including the village he came from in the region.

    • Jeff Buckner says:

      Hello Patrick, are you the brother of Carole and Linda? This is Jeff, husband of Carole asking. We’re here in Fresno with dad/Joe.

  20. Daniel says:

    I just received an email with the correct spelling of my grandmother’s name. Elisabetta Masucci who was born in 1882. the email also reports that my grandfather was not born in Maschito but my mother told me he was. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks so much.

  21. Daniel says:

    Can you please tell me how I could possibly find the birth certificate for my grandfather? His name is Carmen Musacchio and was born about 1878. His wife was Elizabeth who was born in about 1881. They both were born in Maschito. I would greatly appreciate any direction you can give me. Thanks so much.

    • Musacchio joseph says:

      My family migrated to nyc in early 1900s my mom benvenuto and my Dad Musacchio both came from Maschito. Live on long island until their death. Would love to know more about the legend of Muzaki royal family of Albania until they escaped to Falconara in early 1400s…settled in maschito.turks arracjed and conquered them.

  22. JoAnne says:

    Looking for information of my grandfather. His name, Rocco James Giglio. He was born in Maschito Potenza Basilicata Italy June 20, 1881. He came to America from Naples to Ellis Island when he was 25 years old. He went to live with someone in Patterson New Jersey. His fathers name was Joseph Giglio and his mothers name was Martha Telesco. Any information would be appreciated.

    Thank you

  23. Kathleen says:

    I am looking for the marriage record of Agostino Sinerchio and Rosa Marie Jura that were believed to be married at Chiesa di Sant’Elia probably in 1890’s. Maternal surname was Summa. Any records pertaining to either side of this family would be helpful. Thank you.

  24. Mary Ann says:

    My granfather’s name was Francisco Cammarota. he had A brother Mike and a sister Geniife. He was born about 1878. he did have siblings who did not come to America. He married while in Moschito and had a child Vincenzia. When he came to America, his wife died and he remarried. his wife was my grandmother. I visited Moschito three years ago. the City Hall was closed and I was unable to obtain ny informtion. I would be grateful for any information regarding relatives. I was thrilled to be in the village my dear grandfather came from.