Genealogy in Pescopagano

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

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

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

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

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


  1. Penni says:

    Hello! My father was adopted. His birth parents were Theresa and Louis pescopagano. That’s basically all I know. Could they have been from pescopagano? I have never seen the name used as a surname before. Any ideas? She was born in 1903, he was born in 1898. They came to the US in the early 30’s, late 20’s from Italy, and he died 1936, she died in 1938. I am stuck. I would love to know more. Any tip would help. Thanks.

  2. Angelo says:

    Hi, I was born in Melfi Provincia di Potenza. Moved to Canada
    as a child and was recently in Melfi.
    My Gradfsther was born in Pescopsgano but moved
    to Melfi at some point and became an administrator
    for Absentee landlords. One was Count/Price Doria. He was a Genovice
    admiral who fought on the side of the Spanish and defeated the French in
    a decisive naval battle. Finding himself on the right side of history,
    he was lavishly rewarded. Melf is an interesting pivot point and mentioned
    numerous times in history books.
    As to Pescopagano, which translates fron the Latin as “the gathering of the
    Pagans”, pesco meaning net/fishing/gathering of the pre Christian people/pagans.
    Now as we know, southern Italy is known as “Magna Grecia” greater Greece. In fact it was
    Greece. Over time, Roman, Caracins, Normans, Albanians, Spanish, Jews and others were thrown into
    the mix. Because of it’s isolation, Pescopaganesi are probably an interesting lot.
    My Gradfsters brothers were “vacari” and dairy herds are kept to this day. Morning from high ground of
    Basicata/Lucania low ground Puglia and back, depending on the seasons.
    This area is a fascinating place and tourist are starting to discover that
    there is an Italy beyond Tuscany. In fact the name ITALIA was first applied to southern
    Italy by the aincient Greek colonists, “land of great/fiertle pastures”.
    There is a lot more to this story and anyone wants to add, please do.
    Ciao for now.

  3. Kathleen Torlucci says:

    My husband’s family is from Pescopagano Italy- Torlucci family. His Grandfather’s name was Angelo Torlucci and his father’s mother name is Angelina Ruvo Torlucci. They both emigrated to the USA. Trying to locate family members that may still live in Pescopagano area of Italy or who may have known my husband’s relatives.
    Thank you for your assistance.
    Kathleen Torlucci

  4. Carleen says:

    I am trying to find birth dates and genealogical histories for my grandparents, both from Pescopagano.

    Sebastiano Bavosa
    Anna Maria De Rosa Bavosa.

    They both emigrated to the US in their late teens or early 20’s. We have good information on them in the US, but would like as much information as you can provide on their Italian parents and relatives.
    Mille Gracie!

  5. Edward says:

    thank you for the this informative site.I am trying to find relatives from Pescopagano. My grandfather Nicola Pace was from there. He came to New Jersey in the United States in 1921 by way of Ellis Island. At that point his last name was translated as PACIO. He had a sanitation business in New Jersey (Nick Pacio) as did other people from Pescopagano, with names and including Graziano, Marangi and Pucillo.I did notice two listings In the Pescopagano directory with the name spelled PACE. I am interested in finding any potential relatives I may have.
    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Ed Pacio

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