Genealogy in Maschito

Region: Basilicata Province: Potenza

Tracing your Italian roots back to Maschito, in Potenza province, Basilicata region?

This comprehensive guide empowers you to understand the records available in Maschito, unlocking your family’s rich history.
Where to Begin Your Ancestry Journey in Maschito
If your ancestral trail leads to Maschito, Italy, their vital records are likely housed in two key locations:

  • Maschito City Hall Archives: Established in 1809, these archives hold civil registry records like births, marriages, and deaths for Maschito residents since then.
  • Maschito Parish Churches: For records pre-dating 1809 or for religious ceremonies, exploring Maschito’s parish church archives might be necessary.

Civil Records in Maschito

In towns and villages of Basilicata and in Potenza province civil 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 get your Italian Citizenship and you need official certificates from Maschito Municipality, 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!
With his deep knowledge of people and local history he will assist you not only finding names and dates (births, marriages, deaths) but he will reveal to you many other precious information on the life of your ancestors available in the old registers.

  • Professions: do you know what your ancestors did for a living? Our genealogist will be able to give you this info!
  • Addresses: the house where your family lived (a great information if you intend to visit Maschito !)
  • Churches: where they were baptized or married
  • (If you can’t visit Maschito, our researcher will give you the necessary info to find by yourself the relevant places on the maps available online)

  • Signatures: if your ancestors knew how to write, he will be able to show you their original signatures.
  • Any other useful info available on the old documents.
  • Are you interested in this? Write us at or fill this form

    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 go on quickly in 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 (there could be cases of homonymy).
    It’s 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 Basilicata started during 1500!

    Parish archives are far less accessible expecially from abroad and very hard to read and decipher if you are not used and skilled.
    But our local genealogists, are graduated in history and archivistics so, with their expertise, they can research the church registers of Maschito on your behalf to gather info about your family history during centuries.

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

    S. ELIA PROFETA – P.zza Regina Margherita

    For our experience, if you plan to come here to visit Maschito, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival.
    This because a comprehensive genealogy research is time consuming!

    Starting from home, you will have time to get a complete research avoiding to waste your holidays in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy .
    (Remember that archives are not open to public and officers and priests are not required by law to give you access to the local archives)
    With the results gathered by our genealogist and translated in your language before your arrival, you will have the possibility to plan carefully your visit.
    In this way you will have more free time to enjoy your tour to the roots on your ancestors footsteps.

    Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the State Archives of Potenza.

    If you need a professional help from our local genealogist in Maschito area , write to or fill the form here.

    Our expert will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

    If you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful advices to search in Basilicata and of course in Maschito too.

    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.

    70 thoughts on “Genealogy in Maschito”

    1. Hi, My grandparents came to America in 1920-21. They were both from Maschito. My grandfather’s name was Elia La Centra, my Grandmother was Rosa Vuglia. They both were born in 1899. I have old postcards that are written in their language. I’m trying to find someone who can translate them for me.
      Also, if there are any reatilves still here. My grandparents lived in Fresno, Ca., but then moved to Richmond, Ca. around 1945.

        1. My family also moved to Fresno, CA and they were from Maschito. What is the Italian Festival in Fresno and do you think it would help me? My great grandfather was Giuseppe Romano, and my Great Grandmother also from Maschito, was Elena Barbano. Any info would be very appreciated. Thanks! Michelle

    2. I have visited maschito and seen people of the same surname. Family history has been passed down verbally through the generations. It is said the first Clingo was shipwrecked off the English coast arround 1555. They have spread over the world since that time. Can you comment.

    3. My grandfather, Joseph Volpa (originally Volpe) was born in Maschito on May 13, 1886. I am attempting to discover information about his parents. To date this has been unsuccessful. Any information or suggestions would be more than welcome.

    4. My great grandfather and and great grandmother are both from maschito, basilicata, potenza Italy my grand father is Antonio Maggiore and great grand mother is Josephine Maria Giuseppa Manuto i am looking to find out more about my family

      1. my great grandmother was the daughter of Vincenzo Marchese of maschito. I have had trouble finding them when they got to Oneida NY state. T
        heir name was changed to Martin!!!

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

      1. 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!

        1. it looks like a lot of people from Maschito. went to Oneida! My great grandparents Marchese went there also with their 5 children. My great grandmother was born in Oneida. Many of them moved on to Fresno CA and Beacon NY

    7. 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.

    8. 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

      1. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

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

      1. 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.

      2. 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.

    11. 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!

      1. 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

    12. 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!

    13. 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

      1. My grandfather Rocco Musacchio was born in Maschito, Italy in about 1870 something. He immigrated to Minnesota and worked for the Great Norther Railroad. I believe he was the oldest son of the family.

    14. 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

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

            1. Diane,
              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.

            2. Betty,
              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

            3. Diane,

              There is a photo of your grandparents grave, which contains their photos. They are buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fresno, Ca.

              I hope this helps.


          2. 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.

            1. Nancy,

              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.

          3. Hi Betty!

            Just following up on our conversation. I see you live in Florida. Where do you live? Also, would you have any information on my grandfather’s (Alfonso Musto) siblings? My brother is doing a family tree and there seems to be some discrepancies.

            Maybe we can talk or get together when this pandemic is over?

            Take care!

            1. Nancy,

              Just noticed your posting. ( I stopped my research for awhile and haven’t been
              on this website). I never researched the Mustos so I’m sorry I. can’t offer more info on them. However, it seems that Aunt Lucy and her daughter, Betty, and maybe some other family member moved to Tampa some years ago. Betty was very artistic, painted in oils, taught herself to play piano and banjo and had a flair for decorating. She was a very interesting person.

              We live in Winter Springs, Fl. 32708. I would love to meet you.


      2. 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.

        1. 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,

        2. 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

        3. Betty, My father was Giuseppe (Joseph) and his mother (my grandmother), was Lucia Criesi whose brother was Giuseppe Criesi. That would make Giuseppe Criesi my Great Uncle, your mother Josephine, my first cousin once removed and you and I second cousins, I think that’s right. I was born in Brooklyn but grew up in Yaphank. My father built a home there and my grandparents (Lucy and Funzie) lived with us in their own upstairs apartment until we all moved to Florida in 1972. They were both amazing people and a big influence on me. You might have mentioned this somewhere, but where in Florida do you live? Also, was wondering what information you have on my grandfather Alphonso (Funzie) Musto’s siblings? It’s been difficult to piece that together. Thank You

          1. Glenn,

            Just noticed your posting. Are you Nancy’s brother? I replied to hers a few minutes ago.
            In rechecking my notes from a few years ago, I found info on Alfonso from “N.Y. County

            In 1972 we moved from Lindenhurst, N.Y. to Orlando, Fl. In 1998 we moved again to Winter Springs, Fl 32708.

            Good Luck in your search.

            Your 2nd cousin,

      3. 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.

      4. Ronald

        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.

    15. 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.

    16. 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!

    17. 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 .

      1. 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.

      2. Hello! My great-great-grandfather was Sabino Ciesco, married to Elisabetta Tringolo, who arrived in Argentina around 1893 on a ship called “Re Umberto” from the port of Naples. Both were born in Maschito. He had 8 children: Elena (born in Italy, married here and had at least two daughters), Gracía Maria (first daughter born here, married; had at least two children), Donato (my great-grandfather), Antonio, Vicente, José, María and Saverio (of whom I don’t know much). Sabino’s father was Donato married to Elena Musto, his grandfather was Antonio married to Domenica Giuratrobocchetta, and his great-grandfather was Eligio married to Rosa Usanna. All of them were born, had children and died in Maschito.
        I would like to find more information.

        1. Juan,
          Hello my name is Gary Ciesco just got finish reading your email about your family in Maschito. I believe our families must be related if you would like to send email a me I would love to here from you.
          Looking forward hearing from you…..

          Thank You

    18. 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?

      1. 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.

    19. 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 !!!

    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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.

      1. 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.

    23. 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.

    24. 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.

      1. Musacchio joseph

        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.

    25. 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

    26. 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.

    27. 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.

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