Genealogy in Ripacandida

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

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

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

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

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


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


  1. Gina says:

    I am looking for information on my great-grandparents. They are from Ripacandida, Italy. They were married in April of 1895 I believe.

    Michele Cerullo-Calitrano
    born 2/17/1874
    Parents: Pasquale Cerullo-Calitrano and Anna Mastantino

    Maria Donata Disabato
    born 7/16/1883
    Parents: Michele Disabato and Carmel ???

    I am looking for information on them, their siblings, and parents.
    Specifically I am looking for names of siblings and Carmel’s last name. Did any of the siblings come to America and where did they go. Also, I am wondering if anyone knows why Michele has a hyphenated last name. The family here only used Cerullo, should they have been using Calitrano too? Where did it come from? Also, there has been talk of Maria Donata being born in Brazil

  2. Kathryn says:

    My great grandfather was Donato Anastasia born 1879, married to Maria. They immigrated to Blue Island, Ill. I am actually trying to find out HIS father and mother’s name.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  3. Emily says:

    Hello! I would love some assistance locating my husband’s family! If anyone can help me that would be amazing because I am stuck! His great grandfather was RAFFAELE PARISI. Raffaele is from ripacandida and was born about 1890. He married Pasqualina Martino. In his obituary it states his parents names were Mary and Donato. His wife was father was Donato Martino and mother was Lucia Fusco. I would like to go further but like I said, I am stuck!

  4. Tina says:

    I am interested in finding out more about my grandparents both born in either Ripacandida, Potenza, Basilicata Italy (I believe these are 3 separate towns?). Donato Anastasia born 1879 and Maria Anastasia born 1884. Both immigrated to the U.S.

    Thank You

    • Francesca says:

      My maternal grandmother is Raffaelina Anastasia and is from Ripacandida (born 1929 died 2018). I bet we’re related! Note that Ripacandida is the town, Potenza the province and Basilicata the region.

  5. Jen says:

    Fascinating how many residents of Ripacandida ended up in Altoona, PA. There is an Antonio Cerully in my family from Ripacandida. I think I found the right immigration record, and he came over on a ship from Naples to NY in 1901. There was also a Michele Cerullo from the same town headed to Altoona but we aren’t sure of relationship (sister, wife, cousin). There was also a Donato (can’t decipher last name) from Ripacandida heading to Altoona who was on the same ship (SS Karaminia).

    Is anyone here related to these folks or have documentation of their relationships to each other?


  6. Debra says:

    I am looking for info on my grandfather. Below are facts that I believe are true:

    Nicola A. Caputo
    Born Feb.14,1899 in Ripacandida
    He was a tailor by trade
    Single when coming to USA
    He migrated to Altoona, PA.
    He had at least one brother
    We are trying to find Ship Manifest from Ellis Island but not having much luck

    Thank you very much for any info you can give us.

  7. Anthony says:

    Information on DONATO Gentile born 1897 served W W 1 from Ripacandida Italy any family history?

  8. James says:

    I am looking for information on my 3rd great grandparents. I know their names but I do not have their birth dates. We are planning on visiting Ripacandida and would love to know if we still have family present.

    Michele D’Adamo & Lucia Rubino, I know of one son they had Donato D’Adamo (1874-1965)

    Antonio Lepore & Teresa Mennella, I know of one daughter they had, Maddalena Lepore (1875-1950)

    My great-grandparents Vito Antonio Martino Michele D’Adamo and Rosa Maria Lamorte immigrated to the United States in August 1930 with their very young children.

    Thanks in advance!

  9. Leslie says:

    Hello Carmela,

    Your cousin John may have been married to my Aunt Rosie! My mothers parents also came from Ripacandida and settled in Altoona. I am in the process of gathering more information to begin a search for more information on my family roots.


    • Lisa says:

      My grand parents from Altoona, they come to USA when before My Mom was born, they were from Ripacandida, Savino was they last name. My mom and a few aunt and uncle First Gen American Italians 🙂

  10. Carmela says:

    Thank you for helping me find my second cousin, John Labriola.
    His grandmother Rosa Maria Rubino and my grandmother Anna Rubino were sisters.
    Giuseppe you did a great job in tracing some of John’s ancestors.

  11. Ernest says:

    My grandfather was Donato Cerullo.
    He came to the United States in the early 1900’s
    I am interested in finding out more about my family and the history and heritage.
    His wife I believe was Carmella Peligrine.
    Currently I have no other information.
    I would appreciate any help. Too often we forget and lose our roots.
    My grandfather emigrated to Altoona, PA.
    Thank you.

    • Giuseppe says:

      Le notizie che hai non permettono una ricerca.
      Al fine di poter darti qualche risposta è necessario conoscere almeno una data sicura. Ad esempio la data di nascita di un Tuo Antenato, il solo nome o cognome non bastano perchè di solito possono esserci degli omonimi.

    • Lauri says:

      I may have info for you. Martha was my grandmother

  12. Ryan says:

    Hello, I am looking for information on my great-grandfather Patsy Petrizzi. He was born in Ripacandida January 17th 1899 (I think). His parents were Daniel Petrizzi and Theresa Guerrieri. I am wondering what his address was when he lived in Ripacandida?

    Sto cercando informazioni sul mio bisnonno, Patsy Petrizzi nato 17 gennaio 1899. I suoi genitori erano Daniel Petrizzi e Theresa Guerrieri. Vorrei conoscere il suo indirizzo di dove ha vissuto li a Ripacandida?

    Sorry my italiano is not so good.
    Thank you,

    • Giuseppe says:

      Per Ryan



      PETRIZZI Pasquale Antonio Donato

      nato a Ripacandida il 17 gennaio 1898 nella casa in strada Valle

      suo padre si chiamava PETRIZZI Donato Antonio

      sua madre si chiamava GUERRIERI Maria Teresa Caterina.

      Se vuoi conoscere altre notizie puoi contattarmi.

  13. Frank says:

    follow up to Gabriel Donato Vaccaro…woiuld have been born around 1870 and married lucia Nardozzo then immigrated to Stokesberry West Virginia later to Sandusky ohio..lucia had two children before marriage Mary Nardozzo And Antonio Nardozzo,,,

  14. Dan says:

    I am looking for information on any relatives living in Ripacandida where my grandfather (Rocco Lettieri), grandmother (Anna Messere Lettieri) and father (Michele Lettieri) lived from late 1800’s to 1920’s. I know my grandfather had a brother (Pasquale Lettier1) who immigrated to Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1908 and my grandfather (Rocco) came in 1913. My grandmother and father came to Altoona in 1926. Thank you for providing any information you can as my wife and me are planning a trip to Italy to locate any relatives.

    • Dee says:

      Both of my parents and their parents were born in Ripacandida. My paternal grandfather was Donato Lettieri who married Fedela Gioiosa. They had one child, my father, Antonio born on March 5, 1912. Donato entered WW1 after his wife died and my father was left with his grandmother. During the war, Donato met and married a French girl (Edith Mary Moyon) in 1919. They emigrated to Altoona, PA with Antonio around 1924. Antonio moved to Chicago around 1932 and met and married my mother, Rosa Maria D’Adamo in 1936. My maternal grandparents were Pasquale D’Adamo and Antoinette Ricciardella. I was not aware of any other relatives besides my grandfather’s family that lived in Altoona. But it’s possible were related somehow. I visited Ripacandida in 1976 with my parents and am hoping to go back with a couple of my daughters within the next year. Good luck.

  15. Marge B says:

    I have found info on my grandfather, Mariano Martino, born 2/11/1882 in Ripacandida.
    Brother, Rocco, 8/9/1879, sister Carmella 1880, sister Teresa, 1875.
    Father, Donato Martino, mother Teresa Musto. I am interested in finding out more.
    Thank you!

  16. Nancy says:

    WE are visiting Ripacondida September 18 and 19, 2016. We want to visit the City Hall to look at birth, marriage and death records for ancestors who were born and lived in Ripacondida. What time will the city hall be open on Monday? What time will the cemetery be open to look at grave sites? When is church office open? My father-in-law, Michael Disabato, was born in Ripacondida on September 3, 1913 and moved to Blue Island, IL in the 1920s. Thank you.

  17. Carmela says:

    I was born born in Ripacandida and emigrated to Canada in 1959 when I was 9.
    I finally visited Ripacandida for the first time this June 2016 and am interested in tracing my ancestors. I read John’s message posted May 7, 2015 and realized that his grandmother’s parents were my great grandparents: Angelo Rubino and Antonia Gioiosa.
    My grandmother was Anna Rubino. She married Antonio Berlongieri. They went to Altoona, Pennsylvania too.
    Also one of my uncles was born there. My grandparents returned to ripacandida.
    My sister remembers someone sending us packages from the states. I think it was your grandmother Rose Marie.
    What a small world.
    I hope John sees my message and we can email

  18. Shelly says:

    Re paternal great grandparents. Grandad Dominick Parisi came to Altoona Pa 1900 era. He married Antoinette and think her last name was Naomi. But want info re Dominicks parents n grandparents.

  19. Shelly says:

    Want more info on my grandparents parents and grandparent. Rosa Messerre married Michele Martino and they came to Altoona Pa with the Savinis. Laratondas. Giisa and bunch more of their friends in 1920 on the Americana ship to Ellis Island.

  20. Linda says:

    I am looking for any information you can give me on Guiseppe Rondinella & Carmela Fusco. Husband and Wife. They had a daughter Anna Born February 12, 1893 (my grandmother), twin daughters Antonette & Rosa or Ida. Would like to know any history of them. Guiseppe might of been born in 1853.

    I am also looking for any information on Antonio Labriola & Filomena Fusco Husband and Wife. They had a son Pasquale born September 20, 1887 my grandfather and a son Donato. Anything information at all would be helpful.

    Pasquale & Anna were married in St. Donatus Church February 1910. I have the marriage certificate but I cannot make out the day.

    • Giuseppe says:

      RONDINELLA Anna Maria è nata a Ripacandida il 18 febbraio 1893
      il padre si chiamava RONDINELLA Giuseppe, la madre si chiamava FUSCO Carmela,(RONDINELLA Giuseppe è nato il 10 ottobre 1852 suo padre si chiamava RONDINELLLA Carmine e sua madre si chiamava LEONE Lucia) (FUSCO Carmela è nata il 5 gennaio 1856 suo padre si chiamava FUSCO Rocco e sua madre si chiamava ANASTASIA Anna Maria)(RONDINELLA Giuseppe e FUSCO Carmela si uniscono in matrimonio il 19 novembre 1876 in Ripacandida)
      RONDINELLA Giuseppe e FUSCO Carmela hanno una figlia nell’anno 1880 che chiamano Lucia. RONDINELLA Lucia nasce a Ripacandida il 22 febbraio 1880.
      RONDINELLA Giuseppe e FUSCO Carmela hanno un figlio nell’anno 1882 che chiamano Donato Antonio. RONDINELLA Donato Antonio nasce a Ripacandida il 19 dicembre 1882. (ATTENZIONE POTREBBE ESSERE CHE LUCIA E DONATO ANTONIO NON SONO SORELLA E FRATELLO MA CHE ABBIANO GENITORI DIVERSI CON LO STESSO NOME E COGNOME)
      Nei prossimi giorni continuerò la ricerca spero di averti fatto cosa gradita. Se desideri altre notizie puoi contattarmi.
      Saluti da Ripacandida.

  21. April says:

    I am looking for more information regarding my family that originated from Ripacandida. My great grandfather was born Vito Vaccaro in 1903 and moved to Chicago in 1914 and name changed to David Anthony Vaccaro. His parents were Rocco Vaccaro son of Vito Vaccaro (grandfather was Rocco Vaccaro) and Anna Ricciardella (grandfather Vito Ricciardella)

    His mother was Anna Marie Lepore daughter of Mariano Lepore (grandfather Guiseppe Lepore) and Teresa Rondinella (grandfather Angelo Rondinella)

    I do know that my great grandfather came over with Anna and two of his brothers Pasquale and another unsure of name.

    Thanks for any help

  22. John says:

    My grandparents where both born in Ripacandida and then moved to Altoona, Pennsylvania where my father was born. Any information you could provide would be very helpful. Thank you.
    Donato Antonio Labriola
    Born August 7th, 1888
    Died January 25, 1926
    Michele Labriola
    Maria Donato Ricciardella
    Rose Marie Rubino
    Born July 29, 1889
    Died November 9, 1978
    Angelo Rubino
    Antonia Giosa

    • Giuseppe says:

      LABRIOLA Donato Antonio nasce a Ripacandida il 7 agosto 1888.
      Il padre di LABRIOLA Donato Antonio si chiamava LABRIOLA Michele.
      La madre di LABRIOLA Donato Antonio si chiamava RICCIARDELLA Maria Donata.
      LABRIOLA Michele e RICCIARDELLA Maria Donata si uniscono in matrimonio il 21 agosto 1879 in Ripacandida.

      Il padre di LABRIOLA Michele si chiamava LABRIOLA Donato.
      La madre di LABRIOLA Michele si chiamava CERULLO Giovanna.

      Il padre di RICCIARDELLA Maria Donata si chiamava RICCIARDELLA Michele.
      La madre di RICCIARDELLA Maria Donata si chiamava CARBONE Fedela.

      • Lorena says:

        My great grandfathers name was Antonio Placido, he was born 20/7/1884. His father was Rocco Placido and Lucia Labriola. Antonio traveled to USA, and then settled down in Argentina. He married Ana Rubino, also from Ripacandida.

  23. Susa says:

    I am looking for birth certificates for Giuseppe Rondinella, born 10 April 1878 in Ripacandida and for Maria Donata Rita, born 7 March 1881, also in Ripacandida.

    Any help much appreciated.

    • Giuseppe says:

      RONDINELLA Giuseppe è nato a Ripacandida il 10 aprile 1878.
      Il padre di RONDINELLA Giuseppe si chiamava RONDINELLA Pasquale.
      La madre si chiamava CARBONE Lucia.

      RITA Donata Maria è nata a Ripacandida il 7 marzo 1881.
      Il padre di RITA Donata Maria si chiamava RITA Raffaele.
      La madre si chiamava RUBINO Angela.

      RONDINELLA Giuseppe (sarto) e RITA Donata Maria (cucitrice) si uniscono in matrimonio in Ripacandida il 16 settembre 1899.

  24. Joelene says:

    I am planning a trip to Italy this May and will be visiting Ripdacandida looking to see if I can find any family. They surnames are Liciano and RIcciardella I think. It was changed to Richardella in America. They came from 1890’s and early 1900’s.

    Thank you for helping start my search.

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