Genealogy in Viggiano

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

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

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

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

S. MARIA DEL MONTE – Via Roma, 1

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


  1. Vincent A says:

    Good day,

    I am interested in retiring in Italy before 2021. I am attempting to gain dual citizenship through iure Sanguinis. I have made an attempt to contact an agent in the US to assist, but there is a lot of requirements, and cost associated with the process. The internet is a great resource to acquire documentation, how can I get most of the required documents, and associated Apostilles to lessen the expense, or know which specific documents I need to get me closer to completing this? I have some documents from Viggiano,(great grand-father’s marriage cert) and many on my US lineage,already. I am continuing my research from the recommended sites I have, so any additional info would be appreciated. Thank you..

  2. Susan says:

    I am making trip to Italy and any help would be greatly appreciated…where to start, best ways to search ect. My great great great grandfather Giuseppe Gerado was musician from Viggiano(birth 1821) his daughter Maria Teresa Gerardo-Delorenzo(birth 1856) and her 5 year old Marcus immigrated to America in 1882 out of Naples to meet up with her husband Francisco Antonio Delorenzo(immigrated 1879) and was a merchant marine. I have really gotten alot of info but would like to visit Viggiano and find out more information. Thanks in advance….Susan

  3. Alejandra says:

    My Name is Alejandra Montero. I know that my great grand father Nicola Amerena was born in Viggiano in 1885. His father was Pasquale Amerena, and his mother, Filomena Reale. My great grandfather emigrated to the US in 1894 or 1895. His port of entry was Ellis Island.
    I know he stayed there for 2 or 3 years and then moved to Mexico to San Luis Potosí.

    I also think that his father, Pasquale Amerena died a few years after his son (then 5 years) left for the US.

    Is there a way to find any Amerenas left in Viggiano? I would very much like to meet anyone and to get to know where my great grandfather was born.

    Thank you very much

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Alejandro,

      My great grandfather was also named Pasquale Amerena (Father was Vincent Amerena). Our Pasquale emigrated to Boston before Melbourne, Australia.

      I’m not sure if there is any relation but would be good to see what information we share?


  4. Vincent says:

    I am wanting information on the Angerame family and the DiGuiseppe family. My father, Antonio Angerame was born in Viggiano on the 9th. February 1930 and my mother Vicenzina DiGuiseppe was born 13th January 1936. Both are still with us.
    Like to know their parents and grandparents and as far back as you can go.
    Thank you

  5. Lourdes says:

    I am looking for information in regards to my great-grandparents Vicenzo Marsicano and Águeda Miglionico, both from Viggiano. They emigrated to Cuba in 1884/1885. Had several children, Domenico, Matteo, Lucia, Rosa, all born in Viggiano. Domenico and Matteo were musicians. Vicenzo’s parents were Domenico Marsicano and Lucia Pisani. Agueda’s parents were Matteo Miglionico and Rosa Pinciano. If you could let me know how I would be able to find more information about all these relatives, it would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Denise says:

    My great great grandfather Giuseppe Astrella was born in 1831, Viggiano, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy his death is recorded as 31 October 1883, Viggiano, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy he was married to Maria Theresa Marsicano in 1869. His father was Nicola Astrella and his mother was Maria Francesca Nigro
    Maria Theresa Marsicanos’ parents were Paolo Marsicano and Rosangiola Pisani.
    She emmigrated to Australia in about 1897 with her daughter Giuseppina

    Any more info would be greatly appreciated.
    Kind regards

  7. Simon says:

    Hello my name is Simon Cain but my family name on my fathers side is cianciarulo ! My grandfather was Matthew . I know he had brothers but not sure of there names and also the carazzos were somewhere in the family by marriage I think. Most of the family migrated to Fitzroy Melbourne Australia in the early 1900s then changed there name for unknown reasons to Cain . Can you please help me find my relatives?

  8. Allison says:

    I am researching the Italian side of my family and cannot get past my great grandfather Pasquale Maria Angerami born May 17th 1873 I know his father was Vincent and he and his wife were killed when sheltering under a tree in a storm. Pasquale my grandfather emigrated to Adelaide Sth Australia, with 2 uncles when he was around (we think) 12-15 years old. I do not know his mothers name I only know his fathers, Vincent, as it was on Pasquales Marriage certificate (in Adelaide Australia 1902)
    I am not even sure that he came from viggiano but this seems to be the place to find Angerami’s My Great Aunt Roma (1 of his daughters) traveled to Naples many years ago as she thought this is where her father came from, She had no luck and as Viggiano is close i was just wondering maybe this is where they are from. I will be going to Italy next year and would love to have some kind of lead to follow. Thanks for, if any info you can supply. Cheers Allison

  9. Joseph says:

    My Grandfather, Vincenzo Gargaro, was from Viggiano and was born in 1902. How would you be able to assist? What information would you require? Many thanks

  10. Natalie says:

    Dear Sirs,
    I am looking for information on my grandfather’s family. His name was Salverio Miglionico and is related to the Cassini family through marriage. I believe that his sister married a Cassini. He was born in 1874 or 75. His father was an attorney and was also a Councilman. I do not have his mother’s name and would like to know something about her family geneaology.

    I would appreciate any information or suggestions for further searches.

  11. Shane says:

    Researching family from Viggiano/Potenza. My great grandfather was Charles Gentili (originally), he changed his name when he came to America. I know he had an older brother Vincent and grew up with the Verallo family, but that’s all the info I have acquired. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

  12. Debra says:

    Looking for any information regarding my grandparents,
    both families from Viggiano,
    grandfather was Leonardo Vita, born 1893ish, left for California via Ellis Island in 1917ish.
    G.mother was born Cecchina (Frances)Croccia b.1891ish, left for USA around 1919.
    GGFather was Salvatore Croccia, he was a professional musician along with other relatives, he played the violin. He & his musician relatives left for USA around 1915
    I see a Hotel Croccia in Accettura, Potenza

  13. Pauline says:

    I am researching my family history and am interested in your genealogy tours.
    My family name is Arcaro. My grandfather was Francesco Arcaro, his wife was Teresa Arcaro (first cousins) and the whole family migrated to Australia in 1914.
    He was one of the Viggianese musicians who came to Melbourne, firstly in 1888.
    The family all lived in Viggiano.

    I am coming to Italy in September and would appreciate any help.
    I have accessed the Family Search records back to 1860, however the earlier records are not accessible here in Melbourne.

  14. Darlene says:

    There are 10 Viggiano’s in Viggiano. How can I tell which, if any, are my relations? My father was Dominick, born in Brooklyn, NY, USA. His father was Gaetano Viggiano, born in either Viggiano or Potenza, Italy and emigrated to NY, USA, in the early 1900s, no later than 1928. That’s all I have to go on, but I would really like to visit any relatives in Viggiano. Thanks.

  15. Eugenio Fabrizio says:

    I am the son of Mateo Domenico Marsicano, who was the son of Fabrizio Marsicano, who had two brothers Domenico and Prosperous. The family came from Viggiano Potenza. All the brothers came to South Africa. Are there any family member in Viggiano? Look forward to a response. Eugenio Fabrizio Marsicano

    • Cecilia says:

      I am looking also for the Marsicano family. My great-grandmother was Helena or Elena Nigro, her father was Tommazo Nigro and her mother Maria Marsicano. Helena was born in Viggiano. I am not sure about her parents. Maria Marsicano immigrated to Brasil after becoming a widow.

  16. Ralph says:

    Hi….looking for any information on relatives from Viggiano, Potenza, Basilicata.

    GGG-Grandfather: Michelangelo Russo, married Anna Rosa Marsicano…..has to be around 1840’s ???

    Any information will be helpful…thanks!

    • Paule Ann says:

      I have only gotten back as far as Michelangelo Russo and Anna Rosa Marsicano who are my great grandparents. My research shows five children:
      Anthony M. Russo who is my grandfather – my dad is Francis A. Russo

      Anthony M. Russo – B 20 Sept 1874 D. 01 Oct 1953 Married Anna Marie Gallo B. 1877 d. 9 July 1958
      Would love to share information – but this is all I have thus far.

      • Lesley says:

        Paule Ann:
        Ralph is my cousin. (well you are too) I know I am arriving very late to this party. Josephine is our G2grandmother. Paul went on to be a favorite son of New Haven’s community in CT and was the first Italian American to graduate Yale Law School. Have you found any more information in the last few years?

    • Lesley says:

      I am looking for the same family members.

    • Lesley says:

      Did they have a son Paul who went to the US and brought his sister Mary over too. They went into new haven, ct

      Paul’s father was an internationally known musician.
      If so we are cousins

  17. Debbie says:


    I recently found that my great grandparents and going back to my 3 times great grandparents were all from Viggiano. I have their birth dates, and date of deaths, all in Viggiano.

    I am trying to find out what cemetaries my great-great, and 3 times great grandparents may have been buried at.

    How many cemetaries are there in Viggiano?

    I’m hoping to make a trip to Italy in a couple of years and would love to visit Viggiano while I’m there, so I can do a little family research

    Do you know if there are any families with the last names of DeLorenzo, Messina, Gerardi, Marsciano, Angelino or Setaro still living in Viggiano?

    Thank you for your time!


    • Susan says:

      Debbie…don’t know if your still on this site but 4 of the names you listed are also my ancestors names….DeLorenzo,Messina,Gerardi and Marsciano. I was wondering if you found out any info or good ways to search while in Viggiano. My son is planning on taking me over to Italy in the next year and dont know where to start. Thanks, Susan

  18. Aldo says:

    Dear Sirs
    I am looking for information about my Grand farther:- Vomero Biagio born on the 25 May 1879 in Viggiano Potenza.

    I want to look at the possibility for me to return to Viggiano to work and live there.

    Please also advise if there are any relatives of Vomero Biagio left in Viggiano.


    Aldo (Our surname was changed from Vomero to Biagio when my Grand father immigrated to South Africa)

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