Genealogy in Ruoti

If you search your ancestors in Ruoti, 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 Ruoti

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 Ruoti town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Ruoti on your behalf.

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

S. NICOLA DI BARI – P.zza Marconi

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 Ruoti 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 Ruoti forum:
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  1. Toni says:

    my maternal grandfather was Michael Angelo Sileo, born in Ruoti on 3-24-1890. He immigrated to the US around the age of 16. Looking for relatives!

  2. Kim says:

    Interested in finding more info on my great,great,great grandparents: Guiseppe and Angella Nardiello. Left Ruoti in 1887 with their one year old daughter, Anna.. Moved to Naugatuck, CT.

    • Renee says:

      My name is Renee De Nicola. Family from Ruoti. Grandmother was Josephina Nardiello. Grandfather was Domenico De Nicola. Any info please. Visited twice the cheese company Scavone. Still don’t know the whole story xcept they were most gracious when we visited.

  3. Rose says:

    Rosaria Spadola came to New Yorkin 1884 with her husband Guiseppe Navigato.and.four children.Passedaway in New Jersey in 1916..Her mother was Vincenza and her father was Francesco.All the info I can find are their arrival here and after in US.
    Looking for any relatives or info.

  4. Ingrid says:

    Hello !

    I am searching informations on my Great grandmother Maria Giuseppa IACOUZZI (I’m not sure she was born in Ruoti) who married Giuseppe PASCALE (born in Ruoti) around 1925 and whose children were born in Ruoti.
    So if anyone has any information… 🙂

  5. James says:

    I have visited scavone family in routi that is in the cheese/ dairy business. I would like to know more about the Scavone family name and background. Many of my ancestors are not with us anymore and I would like to pass along family history to my kids .

  6. Robert says:

    Any information on Phillip Felix Gentilesca born in 1866 in Ruoti? He and his parents emigrated to the US. His mothers name was Domenica Spadola. Thanks

    • Jack says:

      My name is Jack Gentilesco,from Pennsylvania. I know we are also related to Spadolas and I’m sure my ancestors were from Ruoti and Brindisi di Montagna, also in potenza province. I’m going to Italy in July and would be happy to meet any relatives.

      • JoAnn says:

        Jack, Were you able to make it to Ruoti? If so, did you happen to find any Spadola family members? I’d appreciate hearing about your trip to Ruoti. Thanks!

  7. Michele Errichetti says:

    I am looking for any information on my family name Errichetti n Lampriella (not sure of that spelling) from Potenza Ruoti area. They emigrated in the early 1900s to New Jersey Chicago and Connecticut USA.

    • Dianne says:

      Michele, I am a Simone and we are cousins with the Errichetti family from Camden

      • Michele says:

        Hi Dianne, We are from Camden. My grandfather was Angelo Errichetti and my grandmother was Angela. His brothers were Andrew who stayed in Italy and Rocco and Frank. My grandmother visited Italy and sent and wrote back and forth. Who is your father and mother? And grandparents? Were you close to the camden Errichettis? I’d like to hear more.

    • Zachary says:

      My Family name is Errichetti, living in/around New Jersey/New York. Though as far as we’re aware we don’t know connections to anyone else with the name Errichetti.

  8. Sergio says:

    Ciao, volevo sapere di mio nonno GIOVANNI FIERRO figlio di MICHEL FIERRO e di RIZZO MARIUCCIA, dove vissero perché nel mese di maggio sarò in visita a Salerno richiedere la cittadinanza italiana

  9. David says:

    My great-grandfather, Felice Vaccaro, was born in Ruoti in 1859. His parents were Giovanni Vaccaro and Anna Troiano. His grandparents were Angelo Vito Vaccaro and Angela Maria Tripaldi. His parents were originally from Avigliano. My great-grandfather immigrated to America in 1886. His entire family remained in Ruoti. His siblings were:
    Angela Maria Vaccaro Sabia
    Maria Filomena Vaccaro Angiolillo
    Angelo Vito Vaccaro
    Antonio Vaccaro
    Domenico Maria Vaccaro
    I would like to find any information about them. Felice Vaccaro died in Newark, NJ in 1914.

  10. Jerry Ruoti says:

    I posted a couple of days ago, but I don’t see it for some reason. My name is Gerard Ruoti. My gramdfather, Rocco Ruoti, was born in Potenza in 1879.

    I had asked if anyone knew the origin of the town Ruoti.

  11. Edward says:

    Hello to my Italian brethren …My surname is Scavone…I currently live in Northern New Jersey…My ancestors immigrated to Brooklyn . New York sometime in the mid to late 1800’s…I know for sure they came from Ruoti…I have never been to Italy but I hear that there are many Scavones in Ruoti…I’m hoping to come to Ruoti soon to finally meet some of my Scavone ancestors…I would love to hear from some of you to get some information on our family history…ciao

  12. Angela says:

    My grandfather Vito Nicola Tolomeo was born in Ruoti, Italy on June 27, 1865. I would like to know the name of the church he was baptized in and/or the name of the church in Ruoti at that time. Thank you for any help you can give me. I’m planning on visiting Ruoti this summer and need any information on our family.

  13. Irina says:

    Looking for info. on my great aunt Vincenza Mariano born after 1907 in Ruoti, who is the daughter of Donato Vincenzo Maria Mariano B.1867 D. 1907-1914 and Maria Rosaria Santoro B. 1875 and the wife of Rocco Boccicio.. I have searched the Ruoti birth indexes, but they are only available thru 1910. thank you for any help you can offer 🙂

  14. Lisa says:

    Hello, looking for information on
    Roccantonio Guiseppe Mastropietro married to Rosina W.Iacouzzo (iagauzzi) in 1913/1914. He immigrated to US in 1914 and she followed in 1920 with their son Francesco. They were supposed to live in the Ruoti area. Many thanks.

  15. Marge says:

    My grandfather (Angelo Palermo b: abt 1862) and his family were from Ruoti. His father was Giacomo and his mother was Maria Domenica Florio.
    Giacomo & Domenica came to the USA about 1875. Angelo & his brother Vito arrived in the USA, Sept. 20, 1878. I would like any information on any members (living or deceased) of either the Palermo or Florio families. Thank you.

    • Christopher says:

      Hi marge this is Chris Joseph on my Nana’s side the Palermo’s that is my great great great grandfather Angelo Palermo. My uncle David palermo had looked up our geneology as well. We have a lot of Palermo’s living in Pennsylvania. Merry Christmas

    • Christine says:

      Hi Marge,

      I believe my husband’s family is of the Angelo and Vito Florio your mention. If so, they are the brothers of my husband’s great great grandfather! I have a family line that starts with Giuseppi (b 1770) and his wife Domenica Fiore (1768-1812). I look forward to hearing from you!

  16. Angela says:

    What Catholic Churches were in Ruoit, Italy in 1865. Thank you

  17. Christine says:

    My father’s family immigrated from Ruoti sometime in the late 1890’s/early 1900’s to settle in Chicago. My father’s father was born in 1904 and was one of 8 children. I’m trying to find a record of my great grandfather and grandmother’s family. I know my great grandmother’s name was Santa Rocco but I do not have her maiden name.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

  18. Dianne says:

    I am looking for possible Italian relatives in Ruoti, Italy(Basilicata/Potenza) and any other areas of Italy of the Francesco Santoro and Angela Maria Sardonio family and their three sons, (1) Rocco Santoro (born 1868 or 1849) married to Angela Pollito, (2)Vito Antonio Santoro (born 1870-1873) wife Maria Domenica Salinardi, (3)Antonio Santoro. My grandparents, Vito and Maria, arrived in the US with two children through Ellis Island on the Trojan Prince on January 7, 1899. They ultimately became parents to a total of twelve children one which was my Father, Frank Santoro. I have learned that Vito and Maria may have stayed in New Jersey with his brother Rocco for a time; however, they eventually moved to Buffalo, New York. Any help to verify this information and assistance to locate other members of the Santoro/Sardonio/Salinardi Italian family will be much appreciated. Thank you, Dianne

    • Mike says:

      Hi Dianne,

      I’m a Salinardi and my grandparents are from Ruoti. I’m as well from Italy, but I moved to California 3 years ago.

      I wonder if Maria Domenica Salinardi was an ancestor of mine which would make us distantly related.


      • Lisanna says:

        Hello Diane. My grandmother is Lucia Santoro. Daughter of Maddalena & Michele Santoro. My grandmother stayed with a cousin in buffalo prior to entering the United States. In the early 60’s we could possibly be related.

        • Lisanna says:

          Lucia Santoro married Felice Spadola son of Domenico Antonio Spadola: my grandfather was telling me how he had uncles and family already in New York that we’re much older than him that he never met before. However my grandmother was brought into the us by staying with a cousin in Toronto Canada.

  19. Philip says:

    My mother and father met at a family summer party in Waterbury Connecticut in 1930. My mother’s grandmother was Felicia Zarillo (I dont know Felicia’s maiden name, but one of her parents may have been a German. After Felicia’s husband passed, she remarried to a man named Scorpion(e?) while they were in Ruoti and emigrated to Waterbury. Mr. Scorpion’s daughter married a man named Rocco Meo, whom I believe was also a Ruoti. So my father’s mother and my mother’s father were both Ruoti people.
    I’m planning to visit Ruoti in October of 2017 to research this. I will deeply appreciate any information you can give me. I believe the Rocco Meo (a barber) left Ruoti in about 1873. He was one of the earliest Italian settlers in Waterbury and in fact the state of Connecticut, which has the highest percentage of Italian Americans in the US, at 20 percent.

  20. Richard says:

    Grandfather was Vito Paterno Gabriele
    He migrated to USA in 1912
    I am looking for any records on him. He is listed as being from Touti

    • David says:

      He was also my grandfather. He moved from Ruoti on a boat in 1912 with his little sister, There’s. He moved to Albuquerque and married Leisa Widmer. Haven’t seen you for decades, Richard.

  21. Ashton H says:

    Hello — looking for more information on great and great great grandfather Isaia Angelo Longhi and Felice Longhi. Both were from Ruoti, Isaia born in 1904 & immigrated to the US in the early 1920s. Any information or advice on where to start would be helpful.

    • Philip says:

      Hi Ashton H.,
      My grandfather Felice(Felix) DeCarlo had a sister named Ann Marie DeCarlo. Her husband’s name was Felix Longhi. They were from Ruoti, Italy. I don’t have any other information at this time. My grandfather came to America in 1906.

  22. Richard says:

    I am looking for Birthbay Records or Baptisom for Vincenzo Ciuffreda, from the town of Ruoti. He was born on December 23rd. 1887. He died on June 1948 in Bronx, New York. Daniel, Rocco, Josephine and Lena. Father name was Vito ciuffreda, Mother unknown. One brother remained in Italy his name was Domenico was born on August 14, 1899. He died on October 29th, 1988. Also I believed it was a sister named Immacolate she died on April 1st. 1986. Thank you

    • Sallyjune says:

      My 2nd great-grandfather was Vito Antonio Ciuffreda, born in Ruoti June 7, 1836. His children, that I know of, are Maria Teresa, Domenico, Angelo, Angela Marie, Rocco, Teresa, Anna, Gerardo, Mary, Philip, Nunziata, Michelangelo and Josephine – all born between 1867 and 1898.

  23. Sue says:

    Am interested in locating some information on my great grandfather–Gerardo Navagata born in August 1849 in Ruoti and died August 1919 in Brooklyn,NY. He immigrated to the US in 1875 with his wife (name not known) and one child named Michelangelo (born in 1874). I would like to have information and then visit Ruoti with my family.

    Thank you

  24. Edward says:

    My grandparents came from Routi and my grandmother’s name was Maria Claps – a very common surname in Potenza – made famous (infamous) by the disappearance and murder of Elisa Claps in 1993, as told in the book by Tobias Jones, “Death at the Alter”.

    I am very curious about the origins of the un-Italian Claps surname. Does anyone know anything?

  25. James Burt says:

    My grandfather, Louis (Luigi?) Triano, was born on October 26, 1886 in Ruoti, Potenza, Basilicata. I believe he immigrated to New York between 1889 and 1902. I understand his parents (my great grandparents) were named Angelo, circa 1865, and Angeline, after 1865. It is possible my grandfather was the child of an earlier marriage by Angelo and came to America on his own as a teenager. In America my grandfather married my grandmother Mary Mariano who was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on January 29, 1890. Her parents, Rocco Mariano and Maria Spadola were born in Italy circa 1869 and 1875, respectively. I believe they were from the Potenza province. My grandparents were married in the United States circa 1918. I appreciate any information you are able to provide regarding my Italian roots and assist me in the building of my Family Tree.

    My wife, my sister and I will be touring Italy for the first time in 2016 and plan to make a side trip from our scheduled tour to Ruoti. We would love to see where our family is from and those homes/places where they may have lived. Thank you so very much.

    • andrea says:

      My Mother was also from Ruoti I remember her mentioning the names mariano and spadola I don’t think I can be of any help to you but I’m curious how you’re going to get to Ruoti, as I’m going as well, to Sicily then Ruoti but very hard to find transportation to get there.

  26. Frank says:

    My great grandparents,
    Nicola and Carmela Sabia were born in Ruoti about 1875-18880. I understand they were of a branch of Sabia known as ‘Sabia Stozza’. Does anybody know what this means? I went to Ruoti in 1991 with a historian from Potenza by the name of Geraldo Salinardi.

    • David says:

      Hi Frank. Do you know if Nicola had a brother named Rocco? My great-grandfather, Felice Vaccaro, had a sister named Angela. Angela and her husband, Angelo Sabia, had a son named Rocco Sabia that immigrated to Naugutuck, CT. I don’t know much else about him. I was searching the birth records from Ruoti online but they only went up to 1876.

  27. Cindy says:

    I am looking for information on Felice Florio who we think was born in Ruoti, Italy about 1830-40. His wife was Agatha (?) Barbarita and she was born in the 1840s. They had at least 4 children whose names were: A Vito Florio, Angelina Florio, Rosa Florio, and Saverio or Savenis Florio.
    If you have any information that could help us connect some dots, it would be most appreciated.
    Thank you so much!

  28. Mary Alice says:

    My father, Rocco Anthony Mariano was born in Ruoti Jan. 27, 1909. His father was Guiseppi (spelling may be incorrect) Mariano (known in USA as Joseph) mother Vincenza Burnetti.

  29. Joanne says:

    My family name is Zarrillo, and I understand that our ancestors originated from Ruoti. Two names I managed to discover are Fannie Zarrillo (Fannie Jarrillo) and her husband Rocco Zarrillo. Fannie Zarrillo was born in 1865 in Italy and emigrated to the United States in 1885. Do you have any information on either set of their parents?

    Thank you for your time.

  30. Elizabeth says:

    My grandfather was Gerardo Spadola, born in Ruoti on 23 April 1890. His mother was Angela Marie Sileo. I see there are a lot of Sileo’s still in Ruoti. I was always told that his father was Gugiemo Spadola, but on a birth cirtificate from his sister who was born in NY, it said his father’s name was Vito. My grandfather immigrated in 1895 to NY. Any birth information on him or his parents, I would love to find.
    Thank you,

    • JoAnn says:

      My grandfather was Angelo Spadola and his father (my great grandfather) was Rocco Spadola from Ruoti. I would like to know if you were able to obtain any information from the Spadola side. Thank you.

    • Tom says:

      Your grandfather was my grandfather’s (Frank) brother. Their father was Vito Antonio Spadola and was married to Angela Sileo. Vito arrived at Ellis Island 10/24/1894 aboard the ship Wieland. It departed from Naples. He returned to Italy and then back to New York 7/22/1902. Vito was born in 1868.

    • Patricia says:

      My grandfather is Frank Spadola. He is from Ruoti. He was born in 1883 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1901. He named one of his son’s Rocco. Any infor you have on his relatives from Ruoti, would be appreciated.

      • JoAnn says:

        Patricia, My great grandfather was Rocco Spadola from Ruoti. I’d love knowing if you received any further info on relatives from Ruoti!