Genealogy in Melfi

If you search your ancestors in Melfi, 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 Melfi

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 Melfi town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Melfi on your behalf.

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





S. GIANNA MOLLA – Piazza Mazzini, 1

S. CUORE – Valleverde

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 Melfi 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 Melfi forum:
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  1. Gino ha detto:

    My grandmother’s last name was Mensucchia. She was born in Melfi, Basilicata in 1896. Her first name was Giacomina. I cannot seem to find that family name anywhere. Could you help me with my research. Maybe the name is now extinct.
    Thank you
    Gino Ricci

    • Mike ha detto:

      I found Giacomina Minsucchio. Born 24 Mar 1895 to Raffaele Maria Minsucchio (age 42) and Maria Vincenza Cantatore (age not given). I’ve done a bit of Melfi genealogy, and this is the first time I’ve come across the surname ‘Minsucchio’.

      Record of the marriage is Mar 1894
      Raffaele Maria Minusschio, his parents are listed as ‘genitori ignoti’, unknown.
      Maria Vincenza Cantatore, age 25 at the time of her marriage, is the daughter of Giuseppe and Luisa Fortuna.

      I found one brother, Giuseppe, born 15 Oct 1897

      Let me know if I could be of further assistance.


  2. Christina ha detto:

    I know my great grandfather who was born in Melfi in 1899 but died in New Jersey in 1965 served in the Italian military but I can’t find ay records of it. I know he was shot in the nose. I believe he came here with his wife Tessie in December 1920. His name is Francesco Spadone. He changed his name to Frank in America. I would love to find his records in the italian army to be able to show my grandma and her two remaining sisters. Frank and Tessie had six girls total.

  3. Sam ha detto:

    I am looking for my 3x Great Grandfather Nicolo Santangelo death record. He was born about 1784, and wife name is Lucia Rapone. Nicolo may have died in 1817. Are there any death records online for that year? I am looking for the date that he died and the name of his father &mother.

  4. Dolores ha detto:

    My dad born Alexander Sassone in Melfi came to the US along with his parents Vincenzo and Maria brothers Daniel and Joseph and sister Suzanne and Rose . Would love to know if we have some cousin in Melfi? Would appreciate any information.

    • santarosa ha detto:

      My 4th great-grandfather is recorded as Giovanni Maria Vincenzo Fiordelise (Fiordelisi)
      Born on 11 NOV 1823 • Foggia, Foggia, Puglia, Italy, but his death date is Unknown. HIs parents were Domenico and Prospero Fiordelisi of Barletta, Foggia, Puglia, Italy. He had a child named Vincent Fiordaliso in Melfi, Italy. Maybe we have family in common, it seems?!

  5. Sandra ha detto:

    My husband and I are planning a trip to Melfi, in September, 2018. My grandfather, Anthony Simonetti passed away and was buried in Melfi. My grandmother, Grace Marciano Simonetti, came to the United States around 1917. She came with her children, Dante, Carmella, and Alexander Simonetti.
    I wanted to visited my grandfathers grave, but I do not know where he was buried. Is there anyway to find the location? Thank You, Sandra Billone

  6. Mike ha detto:

    For Luisa,

    I located birth record of your father, Alfonso Brescia, born 05 October, 1901 to Antonio Brescia and Maria Giuseppa Perillo. Additionally, I found the 1895 marriage record of Antonio and Maria Giuseppa Perillo. Antonio was 24, Maria Giuseppa was 18 at the time of their marriage.

    Antonio Brescia was the son of Alfonso Brescia and Rosa Motta. Antonio’s father, Alfonso, is listed as deceased at the time of the marriage.

    Maria Giuseppa Perillo was the daughter of Agostino Perillo and Santa Trafficante. Agostino is listed as deceased at the time of the marriage.

  7. Louisa ha detto:

    My grandparents were Maria and Antonio Brescia from Melfi, Potenza Province. Their son my father, born in 1901 was Alfonso Brescia and their daughters were Santella and Ninette. I would guess the daughters (my aunts) were born between 1898 and 1910. Santella lived in Melfi and was still there during the 1960’s. My grandfather, Antonio, had several brothers. One was Miguel (Michael) who also had a son named Alfonso. Is their anyway for me to get more information on Maria and Antonio Brescia? When did they marry, who were there parents? Did Santella have any family in Melfi? On zi’Miguel’s side, his son, Alfonso married Lucietta and the only name I can find on old photos is Araneo sent from Melfi and somewhere in Potenza. Can u give us any information on the Brescia’s or the Araneo’s (Assunta (photo says Melfi, 1926 – her children were Gino, Michele and Emanuele. I have found a photo of Gino – Potenza, 1947. He was in the military, 1st Regiment-Naples. Emanuele’s children that we know of were Peppino 12yrs old in 1967 and Michele 6 years old. They would be about 62 and 56 years old. Anything you can tell us would be very much appreciated.

    • Billy ha detto:

      My grandfather was named Antonio Brescia and his parents were named Ralph Louie Brescia and Maria Raffaela Sassone both born in Melfi in 1881/1888 respectively and came to the U.S. in 1909. We know from the immigration records that Ralph Louie Brescia’s father was Antonio Brescia from Melfi – could be a connection?

  8. Rita ha detto:

    i am looking for birth records on Antonio vittorio Arena born 5th March 1903 in Melfi Italy. Looking for parents and possible siblings . thank you Rita

  9. Jo-Ann ha detto:

    I am trying to find information about my great grandfather. I have been told that he was born in the Potenza Province near the town of Melfi on October 15, 1876 to a single mother. He was taken in and raised by the Lamorte family. In about 1899 he emigrated to NewYork and traveled with Mary Lamorte. His name was Mauro and he took the last name Lamorte. Eventually while living in New York he changed his last name to Troetti.

    Any information you could provide to help my locate distant relatives in that area would be greatly appreciated.

  10. Gerard ha detto:

    My grandfather, Carlo Colabella, was born in Melfi 10 October, 1875. I know his father’s name was Salvatore, Mother was Filomena Saraceno. His grandfather was Carlo. Could you send me any information on my great grandparents, Salvatore and Filomena? Thank you.

  11. Thomas ha detto:

    My grandfather Thomas and his brothers Vincenzo and James came to NY Ellis Island about 1908. I am trying to find out their parents names

  12. Michelle ha detto:

    My grandfather was born in Melfi to a man with the last name of Jolliere and a woman that we don’t know her name. My grandfather was then raised by his adopted parents the LiButti s. Is there a way to find out who is real mother & father were?thanks

  13. Rosemary ha detto:

    trying to locate
    Maria Rosa Scioscia (maiden name)my cousin
    in Melfi
    approx. 65 yrs. old
    her mother Fanni was a teacher.

  14. Rose ha detto:

    I’m trying to locate records on my grandfather, Donato Moscaritolo, I was told he was from Melfi, Italy. He was born August 7, 1894,1895.He came to the USA in 1920 on the boat Canada. We do not know the names of both parents.On the passenger list of the ship it gives Antonio as his fathers name, we assume our great grandmothers name may have been Carmela. If you can help it would be most appreciated. Thankyou, Rosalie

    • mike ha detto:

      have you had any luck locating Donato ? I have done quite a bit of research in Melfi records, perhaps I could help

    • Sam ha detto:

      Rose, Donato was born on 7 Aug 1894. His parents are Antonio b-15 Jan 1864 & Maria Carmela Pocchiari b-10 Mar 1872. They married on 26 Apr 1891. Antonio parents are Giuseppe b-19 Mar 1836 & Caterina Sassone b-abt.1844. Giuseppe parents are Alessandro b-abt. 1786 & Teresa Messucca b- abt 1788. I hope this info was helpful.

  15. Carmine Santandrea ha detto:

    Is there any records of my Grandfather or his family before coming to the USA in 2005?

  16. Cheryl ha detto:

    Hi. I am doing research on my 97 year old neighbor’s family tree. Her father was born in 1891 in Potenza. His name is Luigi Giovanni Melfi. He came to the USA as a young boy. It is believed his mother remarried and Luigi may have taken the name of his stepfather, DeGiglio? There seems to be some confusion about that. I am having a hard time finding records so if you have any info where I can search further I’d be very grateful. Thanks so much.

  17. DiRoma ha detto:

    Antonio DiRoma