Genealogy in Rionero in Vulture

If you search your ancestors in Rionero in Vulture, 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 Rionero in Vulture

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 Rionero in Vulture town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Rionero in Vulture on your behalf.

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

SS. SACRAMENTO – P.zza della Liberta’

SS. ANNUNZIATA – Via Montegrappa



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 Rionero in Vulture area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

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  1. lucia says:

    Any Pomarico’s out there whose ancestors came from Rionero In Vulture?

  2. Lorraine says:

    Looking for any information on Gerardo D’Alfonso born around 1886 in Rionero. He had a brother Raffaele born around 1882. There were possibly two more brothers, Mauro and Savino, but their trail in the United States ends with their arrival in New York. Both Gerardo and Raffaele named their first born Frank, so maybe their father was Francesco.

    Also looking for information on Rosa Giammatteo born around 1883 in Rionero. Any help would be very appreciated.

    • Michele says:

      Lorraine my great grandfather was Michele Giammatteo (his father was Girard and his mother was Irene Asquenino) and he was from Rionero. He married Lucia Sparenzella .They had a daughter named Rosa born 1906 in Italy. She was married to a Joe Grieco. Not sure if that is same Rosa you are looking for.My name is also Michele.

      • Lorraine says:

        Thank you so much for responding!! However, I do not believe your Rosa is my Rosa. I should have been more specific in my request. My Rosa Giammatteo was the wife of the Gerardo D’Alfonso that I’m researching. They are my husband’s Great Grandparents. I have found some records in Rionero but they end in 1860 and both of these individuals were born after that date. I’m hoping maybe they had siblings who also came to the US and someone out there is descended from them and maybe has some information. Do you know if your Great Grandfather had a sister named Rosa?

        • Kathie says:

          The records are availble thru the LDS church up to 1929. Go to the catalog search and put in Rionero in Vulture. Rosa Giammatteo was born Jan 1883 in Rionero in Vulture, daughter of Vito Donato Giammatteo and Elisabetta Berardi. I could not find Gerardo’s birth record. But I did find his brother Raffiele’s birth record. He was born Sept 17, 1882 in Rionero in Vulture and was the son of Francesco (he was age 37) and Irene Grieco.

          Gerardo and Rosa were married Nov 30, 1905 in Rionero in Vulture. Both of Gerardo’s parents are deseased at this time. Also Rosa’s father is deseased also.

          Best resource I ever used was the book Italian Genealogical Records by Trafford R. Cole. Tons of useful information and explains many of the documents you will find. Hope this helps.

  3. John says:

    My grandfather was Antonio D’Angelo, born 1865, and traveled to NY 1883. He came from Rionero in Vulture.
    He was a skilled stone mason and did work on the NY public library lions and the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC.

    I think he married Maria Antonia Fanuele here, but she may have come from Rionero or Sicily. The legend is that he loved her and followed her to America.

    Unfortunately That’s all the info I have.

  4. Aubri says:

    I haven’t posted in awhile but am hoping to find more information and would appreciate any help. Thank you!
    My grandpa’s family came from Rionero in Vulture Potenza. This is all I have and many dates are missing.

    Grandpa: Vincent Varlotto

    Great grandparents: Giovanni Varlotto & Josephine Tororelli

    2nd great grandparents: Francesco Varlotto & Caterina Rifino

    3rd GG: Giovanni Varlotto & Teresa Nicoletti

    4th GG: Pasquale Varlotto & Rosa Bocca

    5th GG: Guiseppi Varlotto 1734-1779 & Antonia Sacco

    Josephine Tortorelli (my great grandma’s family)

    2nd GG Guiseppi Torterelli & Maria G. Ragano

    3rd GG Pietro Ragano & Felice Lacava

    Thank you so very much for any help

  5. Barbara says:

    My grandfathers name is Arcangelo Mecca from RioNero Vulture . born in 1896. He is somehow related to Raffaele and Filomena Nigro. He came to the US with them. and went to Stanford Conn. If anyone knows anything about the MECCA family ,please send me a reply. anything will be appreciated

    • Mark says:

      Are you rock-solid accurate on that 1894 birth date? There wasn’t anyone by the name of Arcangelo Mecca born in Rionero in Vulture between 1895 through 1897. There was an Arcangelo Mecca born in 1894 though. His parents were listed as: Antonio Pasquale Mecca (born about 1864) and Giunditta Cardillo (born about 1868). There were many children by the name of Mecca born during these years so you would have to be more specific regarding info on the “Mecca family” since there were so many of them.

  6. Bob says:

    Looking for information on:
    Donato Cardone, born Rionere In Vulture March 19, 1885
    Teresa Cardone, born Rionere In Vulture, February 8, 1890
    believe their father was Giovanni Cardone

    • Cathrin says:

      Bob, I wish I could help you. My grandfather was Antonio Cardone, born in December 1896 (I have a copies of his birth records). His parents were Donato Cardone and Teresa Quinto – probably Teresa’s maiden name. Unfortunately, I don’t have any information on Donato or Teresa, but was hoping to find other children of theirs, because they would be my grandfather’s siblings. To the best of my knowledge, Antonio Cardone came to the US through the Port of Boston in April of 1913 – he would only have been about 14 years old, so I’m not sure that date is correct unless he came here with Antonio and Teresa. I planned to go to the National Archives in Boston, but haven’t gotten there yet. Please feel free to reach out to me.

    • Cathrin says:

      Updated information. I counted incorrectly. My grandfather, Antonio Cardone (whose father was Donato Cardone) would have been 17 when he arrived in the US. Antonio’s father probably WAS Giovanni Cardone. Years ago I had a copy of a banner that had Giovanni’s name on it. I thought I saved it, but I have recently been unable to find it.

    • Mark C. says:

      Donato Cardone was actually born on March 20, 1885, Rionero in Vulture. His father’s name: Giovanni Michele Cardone (born approx 1857), his mother’s name: Rosa Antonia Giampersia (born approx 1856). What is Teresa’s maiden name? She def was not born on that day.

  7. Ann says:

    Trying to locate records for Michael Angelo Archetti. Born in Rionero in Vulture, 25 September 1879. Immigrated to USA 24 September 1880. His father was Giovanni Archetti and mother was Vincenzo Quinda. Any information would be appreciated.

  8. Mark says:

    I am searching for Pasquale Asquino-born 1827.

  9. Vito says:

    We are looking for information on my grandfather, Vito Sofia who was born in 1874 in Rionero. He married Philomena(aka Florence) Viccarro and he immigrated to the US (Pittsburgh, PA) in 1909. Philomena gave birth to a daughter, Carmella in 1905 while still in Italy. Did Vito Sofia have any siblings? His father’s name is Lawrence. We don’t know his mother’s name. Any information we can learn about their lives would be wonderful!

  10. Elaine says:

    I am looking for any information on Grieco’s from Basilicata Rio Nero in Vulture. I know my great grandfather was Antonio Grieco may have been born between 1848 and 1863? he was married to Maria theresa Fiorentino. Antonio’s father was Angelo Grieco and he was married to Maria Carlucci Thank you so much. Any help is appreciated

    • German says:

      Hi. My grandmother’ mother names Grieco. Became to Argentina at the end of 1900 about. We are searching for any imformation. German from Argentina

    • Tom says:

      My maternal grandfather was Vincenzo Grieco born in Rionero in 1890. He came to the U.S. in 1907 and eventually settled in Sacramento Califonia. I went back to visit in 2018. Many Grieco’s living there.

  11. Carol says:

    Trying to locate records of Donato Palazzo born settembre 1859 and his wife Rose Scaitorchia born Aprile 1860. These are my children’s 3rd great grandparents and just received information they were from Rionero. Any information is greatly appreciated.

  12. Thea says:

    I am trying to locate records of my grandfather’s family (Louis DiPierro 1898-1981) prior to 1898 in Rionero. I would appreciate any assistance in where I could locate records.
    Thank you!

    • Tony says:

      Hi Thea,
      I took a look at the 1898 birth records and found record # 278 for the birth of Achille Luigi Michele on June 27 1898 at 3:40 am at the address Strada Pisacane # 31 to Maria Angela Maiorano, age 22, land owner, and Carlo Enrico Pierro, age 31.

  13. Veronica says:

    I am looking for information including birth certificate and marriage certificate for my grandmother Theresa Giordano Todisco born September 19, 1899 in Rionero in Vulture, Potenza. She married Natale Todisco. Her parents were Victor and Josephine Giordano. Thanks for any information you can provide.

  14. Elaine says:

    Hello – I’ve been working on my Father’s genealogy for some time now. His Father was Gerardo Santoro, born in Rionero in Vulture in 1880, and he married Pasqualina Barrozino, who was born in 1882. I can’t find anything on Pasqualina, and every time I find a tidbit, the spelling of her maiden name is different. ANy information about either family would be greatly appreciated. We are coming to Italy in September and I have managed to plan on spending a day in Rionero. I would love to meet a family member, if that would be possible. Thanks so much. Elaine

  15. Lou Nicoletti says:

    I have not used this site in a long while. I have a citizenship appointment at the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia July 18. I plan to spend some time in Italy next summer and fall to find out more about my great-grand parents in Rionero in Vulture. If anyone knows any Nicolettis living in or near Rionero, please let me know, thanks!!

    • Tony says:

      Hi Lou,
      I checked the phone listings on line and did not find any Nicolettis in Rionero. I did find 7 in the nearby city of Melfi and one other in the town of Lavello.
      Wishing you a wonderful trip.

  16. Teresa says:

    Hello, I am trying to find out if I have any relatives in the RioNero area of Italy. My grandmother Teresa Pinto then later married Carmen Traficante were from that area and also maybe from Potenza. My last and only aunt Irene Pinto just passed away at the age of 98 and her son gave me some info about our family in Rionero. Any info you can. give me would be greatly appreciated.

  17. Lou says:

    I am still trying to find out information about my great grandparents, Francesco Nicoletti and Carmella Bilotti.. They lived in Rionero in Vulture in the late 19th century.

  18. Janice says:

    Looking for information on my great grandparents in Rionero in Vulture (roughly 1870s), Eugenio Brienza and Rosa Miniello. Also any information on their children Vittorio, Carolina and Antoinette. Carolina and Antoinette moved to America, Vittorio married a woman whose 1st name was Julia and remained in Rionero. Any information is appreciated.

  19. Sandra says:

    We are hoping to find the birth certificate of our great grandmother, Filomena Nigro, who married Michele Bartolo (her first husband), possibly in Rionero. Filomena Nigro Bartolo’s birthdate is July 31, 1877. We believe she had two children with him in Italy, Fransecco and Giovanna (1901). She came to the US (New York) in 1902 from Rionero. We believe her parents were Rafaelle Arcangelo Nigro and Rosa Maria Letizia.

    We are also in search of my great grandfather, Filomena’s second husband, Michele S Marchese who was born maybe in Cosenza, Calabria, (maybe Aeri?) on September 18, 1879. We would like to find his birth certificate as well. His parents were Genaro Marchese and Carolina Benvenuto.

    Any information on the accuracy of our findings would be helpful! Thanks!

  20. John says:

    Trying to locate more information on

    Marco Traficante (believed to have died 1926)
    Wife Maria Saveria (also listed as Mary Rosa)
    Sons Giovanni Traficante born around 1858 (married Maria Sportiello)
    And Francesco Traficante born 1863

    • Barbara says:

      my grandfather came to the us with ralph nigro , Filomena, Rose,and Anthony Nigro . they went to Stanford Connecticut.The Nigro family is my granfathers cousins. his name is Angelo Mecca. His father is Pasquale Mecca and mother is Julia. He was born in Rionero Vulture Italy in 1896. Would anyone know how to get information obout his parents. Im not sure if Julia is the right name. thanks in advance for any help

  21. Gabriella says:

    I am trying to find out information about my Grandmother’s family. Her name was Teresa Sacco and her husband was Michele Calice. They were both born in Rionero in Vulture and would have married in the 1920’s. I know my father’s family well but have no idea about my Grandmother’s. She died in 1966. I believe some of her family may have immigrated to America. Any information would be much appreciated. Unfortunately I have no dates of birth – most likely the early 1900’s.

    Thank you.

  22. Sharon says:

    Hello My great grandmother was Irene pinto Schifino. She was born Rionero
    Born April 15 1880 and came to us in 1891according to Us Census. Her mom was Carminella schifino born in Rionero. I am looking to get birth certificates and and baptismal records. Also I saw on Aug 4 2014 Jan wrote about her employer schifino. Please give her my email address. Thanks so much

  23. Michelena says:

    I am trying to locate any family members that may have information on my Grandfather Michele Galante, born in Rionero In Vulture, August 27, 1905. His mothers name was Angela Paolino (Her brothers name Girardo Paolino) both born in Rionero In Vulture.
    Any information would be appreciated
    Thank you

    • Tony says:

      Hi Michelena,
      I found birth record for the birth of Michele Galante at 7:20 on August 27, 1905. Father = Vincenzo Galante, age 26, profession contadino (farmer). Mother = Angela Paolino.

  24. Angela says:

    Ernesto Gerbeville
    Maria Lucia Cima(Father -Guiseppi Leonardo
    -Mother- Pasquelina Cescese
    Son- Michele b.1870
    Daughter-Concetta b.1873
    Son-Bonaventure b.Sept.20 1877
    Daughter- Antonina b.1879
    Other name related to the family
    Anselmo DiPace- Carlo-Totero-Donato Russo
    Pinto-D’Angelo- Pasquele Russo

    Bronx-Westchester -Manhattan-Yonkers-Harrison- NY
    Newport RI

    • Angela says:

      Can you recognize any of these people. I would like to find more on my Great Grandparents information or any of these people. Especially Ernesto,s Parents or Maria’s his wife parents.
      Thank you for your time and effort.

    • Sharon says:

      Irene pinto schifino lived in the Bronx NY US census 1925 1930 Irene pinto Schifino was born April 15 1880 she died 1969. She had ,4 children.she was born in Rionero in zvulture

    • Mauro says:

      Hello Angela. I am from Argentina. My great grandmother was Elena Cima, borned in Rionero in 1868. Her Father was Antonio Cima, borned in Rionero in 1841, who emigrated to Sao Paulo but returned in Rionero and died there. My grandmother Elena came to Argentina aprox in 1902 1903 and died in 1949. There aren´t Cima in Rionero now… maybe all emigrated in the past.

  25. Joe says:

    My grandfather was Giuseppe Recine and he was married to Carmela Libutti. both born in Rionero in Vulture. His father was Antonio Recine who was married to Rosa Mandredo. Antonio’ father was also Giuseppe and he was born about 1840. I do not have the record in front of me. I am told that the area was settled by French and Spanish after the wars for Italy in the 1500’s. I am also told that the name “Recine” is a surname that is very common in Frosinone, Italy, just a few miles away. any informaiotn would be appreciated.

    • Nina says:

      There are a few Recines in San Fele, Potenza, Basilicata. Not a huge family there, but only 15 miles from Rionero

  26. Kate says:

    does anyone have any info on Francesco Pruonto (born October 1903 in Rionero to Michele Pr. and Teresa Restaino) married to Teresa Viggiano (born 1908 to Leonardo V and Caterina Grieco)in 1927? Did they immigrate to America? Did they stay in Rionero?? All of my records end before I can get any more info about them.

    • lucia says:

      Hello Kate.

      I believe Francesco Pruonto (deceased) and Teresa Viggiano are my mother’s aunt and uncle.
      They never went to the U.S. as far as I know. They stayed in Rionero Invulture and had 7 boys. With the exception of two; ; they are still all living in Italy. It is possible that we are talking about the same people.

  27. Kassie says:

    Hello!! I am trying to find out as much as I can about my ancestors. i have traced them back to Rionero in Vulture.

    My Great Grandfather was born in Chicago. His name was Harry Asquine.

    His parents were Rock/Rocky/Rocco and Anna Asquine who were from Chicago.

    Rock’s parents were Nick/Nicola and Rose Asquino They changed their name to Asquine sometime after immigrating to Chicago in the early 1900s. They were both born in Rionero, Italy.

    I think Nick’s parents were possibly named Pasquale and Raffaela Asquino but they were born in the early 1800s.

    I believe Nick was born in Oct 1862. I believe his wife Rose was born in 1865 and that her parents were Rocco Marchetti and Maria (Pelletieri) Marchetti.

    I am trying to find out for sure who Nick’s parents were and if he had any siblings and if they also moved to Chicago, Illinois, USA.

    • Kassie says:

      I believe Nick was born in Oct 1862. I believe his wife Rose was born in 1865 and that her parents were Rocco Marchetti and Maria (Pelletieri) Marchetti.

    • Donna says:

      My g.grandfather was Michele Soriano born in Nusco 1860. His parents were Michele Suriano and Maria Asquino born 1869. Her parents were Michele Asquino born abt. 1840 in Rionero and his wife Rubina Pasquarella. Michele Asquino 1840, his parents were Cristofaro Asquino and Teresa DiSunno.
      My family immigrated to NY and then NJ. Looking for family and also records for the above people.

    • Aaron says:

      My paternal grandfather was from Rionero; his mother was a Libutti and his father a Recine. They emigrated ca. 1906 via New York and Pennsylvania, settling in southern Illinois. I believe an Asquino married into the Libutti line. I will check with my father who has done a significant amount of genealogy research.

    • Joe says:

      Kassie; My son found this site. Both of my grandparents were born in Rionero and migrated to the US in about 1905. My grandfather’s brother, Antonio Recine had a daughter who married into the Asquino family. Carmela is my second cousin and now living back in Rionero after retiring and living a number of years in Chicago.

    • Cara Recine says:

      I have a cousin in Rionero who lived in Chicago for many years and was married to a man named Asquino. She moved back to Italy after her husband’s death. If you want to give me your email, I can try to hook the two of you up. Who knows? Her husband might be related to your family.

  28. Lou says:

    My grandfather was Luigi Marco Scatorchia born around 1890 in Rionero In Vulture. I would like to research his father and mother, there names and how many children they had. Any info is greatly appreciated.

    • Tony says:

      I checked 1889 to 1891 and found birth record in Rionero (number 163) for a Marco Luigi Scatorchia who was born 29 March 1890 to Arcangelo Raffaele Scatorchia, age 28, occupation contadino (farmer) residing on via Processione # 40 and Vita Rosa Di Battista, age 28, occupation contadino (farmer).

      • Lou says:

        Thank you so much, now I know who my father was named after, Arcangelo. My grandfathers name was reversed when he came America .
        Is there any chance to see how many children Archangelo had? There are so many Scatorchia’s still in the town.

        • Tony says:

          Hi Lou,
          Marriage, on March 20, 1884, Arcangelo Raffaele Scatorchia age 22, son of Francesco Scatorchia (deceased) and Lucia Mollica married Vita Rosa Di Battista, age 22, daughter of Luigi Di Battista and Concetta Libutti.

          Here are their children’s births I found:
          Birth, August 22, 1885 Maria Teresa Scatorchia
          Birth, April 24, 1888 Maria Stella Scatorchia
          Birth, March 29, 1890 Marco Luigi Scatorchia
          Birth, September 17, 1892 Francesco Antonio Scatorchia
          Birth, September 28, 1894 Maria Michele Scatorchia
          Birth, April 8, 1897 Donato Scatorchia

        • Donna says:

          Donato was my grandfather, died around 1932 in NYC.

          • Joseph says:

            Is that the same Donato Scatorchia that married Angela Di Battista? The Donato Scatorchia that I’m related to on my paternal grandfather’s side was born in Rionero in Vulture, Potenza, Italy on April 8, 1897. My Santoro and Di Battista family lines on my paternal grandfather’s side were from Rionero in Vulture, Potenza, Italy. My great-grandmother was Giovanna Di Battista and her parents were Michele Di Battista and Carmella Palazzo. My great-grandfather was Michele Santoro and his father was Angelo Santoro. My Palazzo’s, Santoro’s, and Di Battista’s were born in Rionero in Vulture, Potenza, Italy. I don’t know the parents of Michele Di Battista and Carmella Palazzo and I also don’t know the names of the parents of Angelo Santoro and his wife. However, I don’t know the name of Angelo Santoro’s spouse. My great-grandfather Michele Santoro was born in 1892 in Rionero in Vulture, Potenza, Italy. My great-grandmother Giovanna Di Battista was born in 1895 in Rionero in Vulture, Potenza, Italy.

          • Donna says:

            Yes, Joseph my grandparents were Donato Scatorchia and Angela Rose DiBattista. Their children were Angelo, Rose, Carmella (Millie), Michelena (Florie), Domenick (my Dad), Daniel and Adeline. When my Uncle Angelo enrolled in school in NYC, the family name was changed from Scatorchia to Scatorchio by one of his teachers.

  29. Donna says:

    Searching for relatives of Michele Asquino born 1840 and Rubina Pasquarella-I am a descendent of Michele Suriano 1860 of Nusco- I also have Lucia Traficante as a witness to the marriage of Michele Suriano and Maria Asquino in NYC 1888.
    My great grandfather Michele Suriano was married in Italy to Filomena DiGiacomo who came to the US with him in 1886-I don’t know what happened to Filomena as my g. grandfather remarried Maria Asquino in 1888. Parents of Filomena DiGiacomo were Giovanni DiGiacomo and mother Maria Teresa Bocchere Traficante.

  30. Kristen says:

    I’m looking for info on Pasquale and Emmanuela Antonacci (Brienza), I believe Pasquale’s dads name was Joseph. See info below.

    Pasquale Antonacci
    BIRTH: 1 APR 1862 • Rionero in Vulture, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
    DEATH: 8 MAR 1913 • Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA

    Emmanuela Antonacci (maiden name – Brienza)
    BIRTH: 1858 • Rionero in Vulture, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
    DEATH: Unknown, but probably Pittsburgh, PA

    • Tony says:

      I found birth record for the birth of Pasquale Antonacci on April 1, 1862 at 18:00. His father was Giuseppe Antonacci age 32, profession contadino (farmer) son of Francesco. His mother was Rosa Filidoro age 27.

    • Tony says:

      Hi Kristen,
      I found Rionero marriage record June 22, 1884 between Pasquale Antonacci (age 22, contadino (farmer), son of Giuseppe Antonacci and Rosa Filidoro) and Emmanuela Brienza (age 25, contadina (farmer), daughter of Giuseppe Brienza and Maria Giuseppa Mannisi).

      Also, I found Rionero birth record for the birth on May 24, 1859 of Emmanuela Brienza to Giuseppe Brienza, age 29, son of Rocco, profession contadino (farmer) and Maria Giuseppa Mannisi, age 28.

      My great great grandmother was Faustina Brienza (1841-1919).

  31. Anne says:

    I am trying to trace the ancestors of my father.. He was born Guiseppe Grieco in 1914 Rionero in Vulture Potenza His fathers name was Luigi Grieco born 1894 and was a farmer. His mother name was Teresa Manfreda. My father was one of six children their names were Michael,Lugi,Philomena,Incoronata,Marainnia My father went to Africa as a young man and was taken prisoner of war there and shipped to England.

    • Tony says:

      8 March 1881 birth of Luigi Grieco in Rionero to Michele Grieco, age 32, contadino (farmer) and Maria Michele Gallucci, age 33, residing at via Concordia # 10.

      23 October 1883 birth in Rionero of Maria Teresa Manfreda, daughter of Giuseppe Manfreda, age 24, contadino (farmer) and Filomena d’Urso, age 24, contadina (farmer) residing on via Cirillo numbers 11 & 13.

      3 December 1905 marriage in Rionero of Luigi Grieco [age 25, born in Rionero to Michele Grieco and Maria Michele Gallucci]
      and Maria Teresa Manfreda [age 22, born in Rionero to Giuseppe Manfreda and Filomena d’Urso]

      I am descended from the Grieco and Manfreda families in Rionero as well.

      • Anne says:

        Hi Tony
        I have just seen your message. Do you have any other informations or records. I can’t seem to find any myself. Do you have a list of birth dates for any of their children and also ancestors for either side.

  32. Teresa says:

    I am trying to obtain information regarding my grandfather’s family. His name was Giuseppe Cicchiello born in Rionero in Vulture on 1/1/1895 and he came to the U.S. in 1929. He was married to Teresa Sileo and they came with their two children Antoinette and my father Antonio Vincenzo Cicchiello. My father was also born in Rionero on March 19, 1925. My grandfather’s parents were Antonio Cicchiello and Antoinetta Carnese both born in the mid 1800s. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I am trying to create a family tree but cannot find the information needed.

    • Tony says:

      I found the following in the birth and marriage records from Rionero:

      Birth record # 3, Giuseppe Cicchiello born 1 January 1895 to Donato Antonio Cicchiello, age 45, calzolaio (shoemaker) and Irene Caranese, age 41, filatrice (weaver), residing at Via Caracciolo # 15.

      Birth record # 67, Teresa Sileo born to Angelo Sileo, age 38, mulattiere (muleteer) and Caterina Mele, age 37 filatrice (weaver), residing at via Marina # 30.

      Marriage record # 72, 29 September 1914 Giuseppe Cicchiello, age 20, muratore (mason), born in Rionero, son of Donato Antonio Cicchiello and Irene Caranese married to Teresa Sileo, age 19, casalinga (housekeeper), daughter of Angelo Sileo and Caterina Mele.

  33. Anna says:

    My parents were born Rionero en Vulture. They migrated to America as children. Their family names were Giordano, DiLucchio, Capabianco, DiLonardo, Manfredo. Any information about those families would be greatly appreciated.

  34. Darlene says:

    Husbands family are Nardozzi’s from Rionero in Vulture, Mauro Nardozzi and wife Philemena Tasficanta
    Son Leonard Nardozzi born August 1884 wife Vicenza Pitzel

    • Jennifer Donnelly says:

      My great-great grandfather was Mauro Nardozza from Rionero. His wife was Filomena Trafficante. He had a brother Leonado, married to Vincenza Pizzichello. We have different spellings, but I believe this to be the same family.

      • Kelli ODonnell says:

        Jennifer, do you know any more about Filomena Trafficante? My family is Trafficante from Rionero…Michele Trafficante, born May 14, 1874 married to Angelina Marino born October 12, 1872. They were married in 1889. They moved to Pittsburgh where they raised their family. We’re trying to find out more about his family, as he is the last name we have. Thanks!

        • Jennifer says:

          Hi Kelli,

          I’m sorry, I just saw this. My Filomena Traficante’s parents were Leonardo Traficante and Cherubina Errichiello. Leonardo’s parents were Vito and Teresa Cappiello. Vito’s parents were Michele and Maria Palermo. Michele’s parents were Pasquale and Antonia Ciocco.

          • Donna says:

            I have Lucia Traficante and Caccio?? Traficante- Lucia born abt. 1842 and Caccio abt. 1840-Lucia was married to Michele Asquino.
            On May 7, 1888 Michele Traficant 47 came to NY with Michele Asquino, Lucia Traficante and Maria Traficante

        • Daniel says:

          Kelly, I just located this site. I read you email.
          My name is Daniel Cardone, as was my grandfather.
          His father, Francesco Cardone came to Pittsburgh from Rionero in Vulture.
          The Nardozza’s lived in Homewood Brushton on and around Frankstown Avenue.
          The Cardone’s and Nardozza’s were related.
          I met a cousin, Donato Nardozza in Rionero.
          Other names were DiLonardo, Scatorchia, Traficante, Grieco, Larontonda.
          They are the same names of those in Rionero.
          They all lived near or on Mohler Street.

          Where do you live?
          I will be able to share some more information w you.
          I will be visiting Rionero this spring

  35. deanna says:

    I am trying to find out information on my great grandfather who was an orphan his name was Francesco (frank) dipace and was born in 1899. Trying to do a famity tree and any information would be extremely helpful. Thank you

  36. janice says:

    I apologize, I did not leave the surname of Antoinetta and Vittorio. There name was Brienza. He had several children. 3 daughters, Antontte, Flora and Gen and 1 son Bruno.

    Antoinetta married a Francesco Schinco in New York and had two children Rose and Thomas. Rose was my mother

    I believe they were born in the 1880s

  37. janice says:

    My grandmother Antoinetta and her brother Vittorio lived in Rionero. I am trying to put together a family tree. If you have any information, it would be appreciated

  38. Aubri says:

    I am really having a hard time finding info on my great grandparents. I would love to find the names and their parents and go back as far as I can. They were Giovanni Varlotto and Josephine Torterilli from Rionero in Vulture. Any info or help appreciated.

  39. Louisa says:

    I am looking for information on my grandparents. Vincenzo Michele Grieco son of Mauro Grieco and Filomena Catena was born 19 August 1890. Luisa Guiseppina Zollo/ Zolle/ Zoli/ Zola daughter of Pietro Daniele Zol?, mother unknown was born March 30, 1886. This information is from their Italian passports. I would appreciate any information you can share on their families. Thank you!

    • Dawn Picone says:

      I would really love to discuss this family with you because I believe this is either my family or cousins of my family with the same names. Please contact me.


      • Louisa says:


        I would be happy to share/compare family information with you. My grandfather, Vincenzo, had two or three brothers who came to the US, and one sister who came to the US but returned to Rionero and another sister, Maria Carmela, who stayed in Rionero.

  40. Jan says:

    Hello. My employer is trying to establish his citizenship. His last name is Schifino. Great-great grandfather Leonardo is from Rionero, married to Madalena Traficante. Born 1868 and 1870. Need to get copies of both of their birth certificates and marriage certificate. Is there any way to get in touch with the commune in English, since I do not read Italian? Thank you so much for your help! jan~

    • Kelli ODonnell says:

      Quick question, what is your employer’s great-great grandfather’s last name? Schifino? Also, do you know anything else about Madalena? My family is Traficante from Rionero, Michele Traficante born May 14, 1874. He came over in 1889/1890 to Pittsburgh, PA, and his family on down live here.

  41. Ralph D'Angelo says:

    I am looking for records and relatives of my grandfather, Antonio D’Angelo. He was born in 1864 in Rionero, and came to New York in 1885. He had two sisters, one of whom, Ripalda returned to Rionero and married Pasquale D’Angelo, and they had two sons–Mark and Anthony. I would appreciate advice on locating records and relatives. Thank you.

  42. Rebecca says:

    I am looking for records of my husband’s great great grandfather, Giuseppe Dipace, probably born around 1850. His wife Maria Madalena Quinto and children moved to the state of Delaware in 1904, apparently after his death. Thank you and happy new year!

    • Robert Cole says:

      Giuseppe DiPace is my great grandfather. Have you had any response to your inquiry? BTW, my mother claims he died young; however, a book on Italians in Delaware states that “Joseph de Pace, who was in Wilmington in 1904 and later returned to Italy, was the father of Daniel De Pace…” My mother also said that he was raised by priests as an orphan.

    • Ann says:

      My grandfather Daniel Dipace (later Depace) came to Delaware as a young man. He was one of 10 children and stayed with his brother Joe, I believe in around 1904. He was first a barber, but then with help from a sponsor went to the University of MD law school.

      • Robert says:

        One of 10 children is very surprising! I have found 5: Nicola, Rosa, Teresa, Antonietta (my grandmother, Anna), and Donato (Daniel). The 1910 census has Daniel, Anna and her husband Michael Capaldi living with Nicola. If you have information on any other children, please advise. Thanks.

  43. Lou Nicoletti says:

    My last message, my grandfather was Michael Nicoletti

    • Sunda says:

      My grandmother was Teresa Nicoletti, who was your grandfather’s sister!!! They lived in Wilmington, DE; I currently live in PA. I’ve been trying to find out about Francesco and Carmella, and their other children, too, for years. Have you learned any more. We are cousins!!! Please respond and we can exchange emails!!!

      • Aubri says:

        Wow, what a small world. My 3rd great grandmother is Teresa Nicoletti, she married Giovanni Varlotta now spelled Varlotto. Sunda I am also in PA where there are a lot of Varlottos’. This is the furthest I have gotten back on my family tree. It is so difficult researching my Italian side.

        • Louisa says:

          Teresa Nicoletti and Giovanni Varlotta were also my 3rd great grandparents! Their daughter Carmela was my 2nd great grandmother. My grandparents left Rionero in the 1910’s and settled in Wilmington DE, where my dad and all his siblings and all the kids in my generation were born. My parents moved to MO in the late 60’s.

  44. Todd says:

    I believe I am eligible for Jure Sanguinis through my maternal grandfather Mario (Mauro Cecere) born in Rionero in Vulture, PZ on Jan 1 1914 who emigrated to the USA.
    I wrote to the Uficio di Stato Civile and plan to call Monday. Any advice on contacting the Parishes or any other way to receive information?

  45. Christina says:

    I am trying ti find any records regarding Raffaele nigro and Emmanuela Boccichio who lived in Rioneri and came to the U.S.A. In 1914 with 2 children, Antonio and Luisa. Any thing about the family tree would be appreciated, including their parents and grandparents.

    Thank you,
    Christina Gurchik

    • Dena Daniels says:

      Hi Christina,
      I am Raffaele and Emmanuela’s great granddaughter. It has been really difficult to find information about them because of their last name. It can be found as Negro (as it is pronounced in Italian) and Negri (which it was changed to at some point before the late 40s.They settled in Altoona, PA. I was able to find both of their obituaries. Raffaele went by Ralph. His parents were Antonio Nigro and Louisa DeBamonda Nigro. Emmanuela went by Manuela. Her parents were Gaetano Boccochio and Filomena Russo.

      That is all the information I have so far. If you have/find anything PLEASE let me know.


  46. John says:

    Im looking for marriage certificate of Christina Calice and Marco Volonnino. They were married about 1900 in Rionero.

    • Tony says:

      Marriage record # 62, July 21, 1894. Marco Volonnino, age 39, occupation contadino (farmer), born Rionero, son of deceased Nicola and deceased Teresa Manfreda
      Maria Cristina Calice, age 21, occupation domestica (maid), born Rionero, daughter of deceased Michele and Filomena Minolo.

      I am also descended from the Manfreda family.

  47. Lou says:

    My grandfather, Michael Nicoletti, and his sisters, Teresa and Madalene, left this town and moved to the United States in the early 29th century. I am trying to find out information about their parents, Francesco Nicoletti and Carmela Bilotti. They would be my great grand oarents. Can you help guide me to find out more about them and if any of their family to still lives in this region? Thank you!

    • Lou Nicoletti says:

      Could you update on any Nicoletti families living in this region who are descendants of Francesco Nicoletti and Carmela Bilotti. ,I heal, my grandfather, left this town and immigrated to the US in the early 20th century. Thank you!!

  48. Angela Gozza says:

    Trying to locate any records for Teresa Lomio or Lomia or Lomino. Born in Rionero In Vulture, July 1 1898 or 1899. Father Giuseppe, Mother Rachele (Albadore). Sister Julia, Brother Anthony. Any information will be appreciated.