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:
S. MARIA DEL SEPOLCRO – Via S. Maria
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.
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