Genealogy in Bari

If you search your ancestors in Bari, Puglia, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Puglia and in Bari province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Bari registrar as of that date.

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

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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Bari from the Italian Unification (1861).

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Bari. As more your surname is common in Bari, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Bari archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Bari province are:
Altamura, Basile, Bellomo, Bianco, Bruno, Campanella, Caputo, Carbonara, Carella, Cassano, Catalano, Clemente, Colella, Colonna, Colucci, De Gennaro, De Palma, De Santis, Fanelli, Fiore, Gadaleta, Gentile, Giordano, Laera, Laterza, Leone, Lippolis, Longo, Lorusso, Losito, Mancini, Marinelli, Minervini, Nitti, Palmisano, Paparella, Pepe, Pinto, Pugliese, Ranieri, Rizzi, Ruggiero, Rutigliano, Santoro, Savino, Signorile, Simone, Spinelli.

Church archives in Bari 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.

If you have the opportunity to visit Bari and Bari province, you could plan to investigate churches’ archives by yourself (or with us!), but from abroad is very difficult to obtain any result unless you find a reliable local help.

Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Bari.

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.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Bari 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 Bari area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Tami says:

    I am looking for information on Siciliano possible in providence of Carbonari or in Sicily, Calabria . Filip is listed in the papers that we looked at.

  2. Bob says:

    I’m looking for any information about my mother, Josephine Squiccimarri. Naturalization documents also show names of Maria Giuseppa Squiccimarra & Maria Giuseppa Milici. Mom was born 2-16-13 in Altamira & immigrated with family on 5-21-21.

  3. Anthony says:

    Hi, I’m looking for more information on my Great-grand Father who was born 20 via Borgo Carmine/Cormine Rutigliano on July 8 1888. Hi Father was Pietro Sanitate and his Mother was Maria Lucia Abate. My Grandfather came to the US as a child and then returned to Bari to attend school and I have many picture of he as a child and his teacher taken by a photographer A. Venturni. My Grandfather was Pietro Sanitate born Oct 13, 1913 and married Carmela Pappalardo from Pozzuoli Naples. Would really like to know if there is any other family still there.


  4. John says:

    My Grandfather and his brothers came to America in or around 1913 His name was William Simonetti his brothers John and Benny also from there They came through Ellios Island and all lived in Queens NY and Long Island.any information would be great.

  5. Danielle says:

    Father was adopted from an unknown Catholic Church orphanage in Bari in 1958. He was born in 1954. He was adopted with his sister at the same time. Any information on orphanages or best practices on where to go for finding family information in Bari would be helpful. They were adopted by an Italian family living in Long Island, NY.

  6. Patricia says:

    Grandfather Celestino Florio, born 7/14/1873, Rutigliano, Bari. Mother, Fiorita Florio and father (of him and his siblings) Rev. Francesco(Francisco?) Passeri. Are there any descendants of the Passeri or Florio family in Italy?

    • Veronica says:

      Hi Patricia! We are descendants of Fiorita Florio and Rev. Francesco Passeri too. Our grandmother Lucia was Celestino’s sister. I live in Ann Arbor Michigan. Where are you? I would love to know more about our unusual family. Do you have any idea if the family of Fiorita and “Il Canonico” as he was known lived together? Or were the children raised in a convent/orphanage as I am now hearing? There are not many records to find due to the fact that Passeri was a priest. I have heard he had two brothers. I know very little about Fiorita Florio. (Not even sure that is her actual surname.)
      Please let me know what you know. My mother (granddaughter of Fiorita) died a long time ago.
      Best wishes, your cousin, (we may be first cousins once removed). Veronica
      PS, yes, there are relatives near Bari.

  7. Terry says:

    My father in law John Scalera
    Date of birth January 1, 1904
    Left Italy 1918
    Father’s name : Frederick
    Mother: Theresa
    He told us he was born in Bari but we found his discharge
    Papers from the US Army stating he was born in Barletta,
    Italy. We are planning a trip next month and want to
    Actually find out more regarding the Scalera family. Siblings: Frank,
    Nettie, Pat and Julius.

  8. Guissepina says:

    Looking information about my father GIUSEPPE NITTI FIORE born in triggiano, bari on Feb 8th 1931. He had a brother named DOMENICO NITTI FIORE. His mother was named FILOMENA FIORE My father and his brother emigrated to Venezuela in 1947-48.

  9. LARESCA says:

    Looking for LaResca’s in Bari any leads appreciated

  10. Anthony says:

    My grandfather, a D’Agostino, was born in Alberbeollo, outside of Bari, in the late 1800s.

  11. Jim says:

    Great Grandpa Jim Billini lived in Bari until his late teens. He was a fishermen. His parents owned a vineyard not far from Bari….his MOM’s maiden name was Bruno.
    He immigrated to the U.S. and changed last name to Billino…
    He then changed it to Jim Bill.
    He lived in Nevada until his death.

  12. Lyle says:

    Looking for a father/son & his wife who were born in Bari: The father’s name is Marnel Gesualdo, b 1832; the son is Ancangelo Gesualdo, b. Dec 1871. Wife of son was: Maria Congetta Scalera, b. April 1883.

    These folks are my wife’s great grandfather, grandfather and grandmother



  13. Abdu says:

    Dear Sir ,
    My Grandfather , on my mother’s side , was an Italian soldier stationed in Zuara , Libya between 1925 – 1930 . He was from Bari . He married my grandmother in Libya and they had my Mother , then he died in the war . His first name was Rocco , but no sure what the last name is .( we know the name as Rocco Milatti ) . my mother was born in 1931 .. she traveled to Italy and attended school there , until she was about 17 years old . my mother then married my father , a Libyan national . Could you help me please , so I could find any relatives in Bari . I have a phot of my grandfather if you wish to see it .

    • Rabia says:

      i am looking for the same person as Abdu , Rocco Milati, he was from Bari , he was a General in the Italian army that was sent to Libya during the world war betwwen 1925-1930 .he married a Libyan Fidele Milatti, of whom he had a daughter with in the name of Maria ( Later Mariuma )
      tHE FAMILY HAS A FOTO if it helps in the research

  14. Debra says:

    I am looking for information on the surname Ferrovecchio.I know my grandparents lived in Bari,Italy.
    My grandparents names were Domrmico and Elizabeth Ferrovecchio.



  15. Vincent says:

    My grandfather was Vicenzo Florio from Bari, Italy & his wife (my grandmother) was Rosa Florio (nee Palma) from Grumo Appula, Bari. Her birthdate is June 28, 1891. She immigrated to New York in 1909. I am in search of thier birth certificates and marriage certificate for my use to claim residency in Italy through this genealogy and/or lineage. My wife and I are planning to move to Trento, Italy in September of this year to live as expats.

  16. Annette says:

    My great grandmother was Maria DeLaSorta or DellaSorte? She was born on 10 Apr 1895. I believe her father’s name was Nicholas. I do not know her mother’s name. I would really like to know how her last name is correctly spelled and who her mother and father were. I have heard stories of a priest having illegitimate children? Would like to know the truth.

    • Linda says:

      I am looking as well. I was told my brother is the only living carrier of the name. Thankfully, he has 2 boys. My father said his family came from the mountain areas near Naples in a small province. Any way, this is how the name is spelled Capital Della Sorte.

  17. Marie says:

    I am looking for my family, Laura ( Lora) Tetro she came to the United States in 1908. She is fro Grumo Appula….her husband was born in Santo Spirito , Bari , Giuseppe Minafra …
    Information is greatly appreciated,

  18. Joanne says:

    My mother was born in Bari Giuseppina Piarulli. He Father was Isidro and her Mother Giovanna. She had 3 older brothers and 1older Sister named Irene my aunt Irene married Luigi Leone I have cousins I have not seen in many decades. My aunts daughters name is Rosa Any information will be appreciated.

  19. Deborah says:

    Looking for relatives in Bari/ Trani. Grandparents were Saverio Curci & Antoinette (Lomolino) Curci. Born 1889 and 1891 respectively. Came to America 1913.

  20. Francesca says:

    I’m looking for information about my great papa Joseph DeRuvo. I believe was born 1882 He emigrated to America. New York, New York. He was married to Marie whose maiden name was Murenelli and also from Italy.

    • Ariel says:

      Hi Fransesca! I’m excited to make contact with you because I believe we are related. I believe your speaking about the person that is also my grandfather – Papa Joe or Joseph DeRuvo. His father (my great grandfather) Giuseppe migrated to the US from Bari Italy, and married Marie Muranielli. I know just a little about his heritage.

  21. Salvatore says:

    I travel to Italy every two years. I located family of my grandmother (Maria Insana) in Santo Stefanoe diCamastra, Sicily but my grandfather, Giuseppe Panto I have nothing. He arrived in New York and it gave Santo Stefano as his residence but family members have said he was from Bari. Any assistance would be appreciated.

  22. Looking for Pisculli says:

    I am looking for my mother’s relatives.
    My grandfather was Sante (Santo?) Pisculli, born 17 January, 1887, Died 1963.
    He married Filomena Antonelli in 7 January, 1915.
    His father was Nicola, married Maria Cifarelli.
    Filomena’s parents were John Antonelli and Domenica Jacobellis (not sure of spelling).
    They lived in Grumo Appula and moved to AltaMura area, with relatives in Bari.
    Any help would be appreciated.

  23. Yanni says:

    Looking for my great grand father who left Bari and got married in Patraso, his name is Marino (Anelo) Landriscina, not sure when born about 1850 to 1870, his father was Savino. Any info would be appreciated.

  24. Marihelyn says:

    I am looking for any family members of my Grandfather .. His name was Pantaleo Simone , he came to America 1918 .. He had sisters he left there Clementine Simone and Elizabeth Simone his brother Samuel , Mike and Joseph ..and Angelo Simone ..He had a brother Peter who passed away while still living in Bari . He was from the providence Bari , Italy but from the town Bischigla ( not sure of the spelling ) .. Any information would be lovely I so would love to see if his sisters were married and had children

  25. Nicki says:

    My grandfather was born in Bari around 1913 and immigrated to New York around 1917. His name – although my Aunt says he was an orphan – is Joseph Francis Bianco. He finally lived in Binghampton New York and was married in the 1930’s to Angelina Domenica Caracciolo. I’ll be traveling to Italy in 2 weeks and would love to go to Bari to find some family information. Can you please send me in the right direction?

  26. N8tiveCaliGirl says:

    I am looking for information on:

    ANGELO TAPOGNA B.14 Sept 1880 Castellano,Bari,Italy and his family!

    ANGELINA LIPPOLIS B.27 Nov 1882 Castellano, Bari, Italy and her family!


  27. Franck says:


    I am looking for the exact birth date of my great-grandfather, Domenico Signorile, said to be born in Gioia del Colle around 1862. He then moved to Bari, where he lived and had his children (who then moved to France,where I live).



  28. Bill says:

    My wife’s grandmother last name was Fasano. She married her Grandfather, Pizzi in 1913 in Bari.

  29. Kevin says:

    Hello, I’m trying to find information on Salvatore DeMartino. I have a passenger list from New Orleans, Louisiana, Untied States on October 16, 1907. The list says he was approximately 19 years old and my family has confirmed his birthday to be around December 12th, 1888. It says he was on a ship called Piemonte from Bari Italy and that he resided in either Bari or Barletta. He listed his father as “Savino”, but that seems not right. I’m looking for either a birth certificate or Father’s or Mother’s name. Thank very much!

  30. Merry Ann says:

    I am helping a 80 yr old woman who moved to America with her family at age 11. We found her father info for Bari as follows. Vito Mevoli Birth 5 Feb 1913 in Bari, Bari, Puglia, Italy. He married Anna Crevato with her info as follows. Birth 3 Oct 1917 in Polanesi, Liguria, Italy. I have know this woman since I was 7 and when she realized I did family trees for friends she asked if I could help her find info on her parents. The shipped out of Naples but she said she remember living in “camps” but now war camps as this was 1951, December when they left. Thanks so much.

  31. Terri says:

    Looking for information on DeMarco family. My great grandfather, Mose DeMarco was from Bari. He came to America in 1901 but family remained in Italy. Possibly had Brazilian roots.

  32. Vonda says:

    I know my great grandparents come from Bari. I have really been trying hard to research my surname Caldarulo on fb their are tons and mostly live in Bari it seems. I know cal means hot that’s really it I would love help trying to figure out the rest. Thank you!

  33. Manobianco says:

    Looking for any info on manobianco or the last name feliccia.

  34. Cameron says:

    Hi, I do not speak any Italian, but I was looking to gather some information about the Melchiori family and its geneology in Bari. Not sure how to go about this. THanks

  35. Cheryl says:

    I’m trying to locate information on my husband’s grandparents who were both born in Molfetta, Bari. As I cannot speak or read Italian, the search has been quite difficult for me.
    I just don’t know where to go next.

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