Genealogy in Toritto

If you search your ancestors in Toritto, in the province of Bari, Puglia region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Toritto

In towns and villages of Puglia and in Bari province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Toritto town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

Church archives in Bari 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 Bari 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 Toritto on your behalf.

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

S. NICOLA – Piazza Papa Giovanni Paolo II

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 Toritto 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 Toritto forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Toritto feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Marleen says:

    Looking for maternal grandfather’s birth certificate. Born in Toritto, April 1890. No response to written or faxed request.

  2. Ruth says:

    I am looking for my grandmother’s brother, Michele Piccininni, born in Toritto, who died in the army as a young man. He would have been born between about 1890 and 1900. I have a photo of him to share in his uniform. His parents were Anna Spano born 1874 and died May 20, 1960 in New York, and Mauro Piccininni born September 1869 and died 1948. Thank you.

  3. Sunday says:

    Looking for information about my grandmother, Domenica Sforza born in Toritto in 1892. She left for Ellis Island, USA in November 1906. She settled in New York, married Gaetano Villari in 1911 and died on June 23, 1915 at the age of 23.

  4. Agatha says:

    I am looking for my husband family tree, his great grand parents came from Toritto, Bari to NY Ellis Island 1920 born around 1885 names are Teresa and Stefano Scarangella they had few children my husband grandmother Mary Scarangella, bothers and sisters Dominic, Joseph John, Josephine, Jessie and Maggie. I am trying to search for family in Italy cousins, they had land and properties there.

  5. Wendy says:

    Hi I am looking for information on my great great grand father Vincenzo DeLuca. He went James. He left Caulonia on a boat in 1912. I have just recently begun my search so any help would be appreciated.

  6. Matt says:

    In search of records containing Cosmo Laforgia (m. Anna Monde/Munno), Vincenzo James Linsalata (b. 1872), and Nicola Laforgia (m. Pauline D’Urso).

  7. Ronald says:

    I’m looking for information on my great grandmother, Pasqua Castoro, born 26, November, 1889 in Toritto.

    • Joe A. says:

      She married Peter Sollecito. She was my grandfather’s (Giuseppe) younger sister.
      They all settled in Queens, New York. Happy

  8. Katherine says:

    Many of the surnames in the previous posts are in my family tree, either branches off my direct line, or people who married into the family. Piccininno, Mele, Dionisio, Paccione for example, are in my direct lines. Several other names married into these lines.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Katherine,

      I was just trying to find some information on my great-grandfather and his brothers (surname Coscia) to try and learn more about the previous generations. Thus far unsuccessful, I did discover one of my great-grandfather’s brothers married a Maria Paccione, whose mother’s maiden name was Dionisio. We may share a link somewhere down the line.

    • Jill says:


      My mother, who 95, is Lucia Regina. Her father, my grandfather, was Pasquale Regina who was married to Chiara. Do you have any information regarding their family background In the city of Toritto?

      Thank you,

      Jill Heathco

  9. Denise says:


    I am trying to find some information about my great-great grandparents on my father’s father’s side.

    My dad is Piccininni, his father was Frank and mother was Emilia (maiden name Pizzo).

    My pop-pop Frank, had siblings: Rose, Fred (Nuffy), Anthony, and Marie.

    Pop-Pop Frank’s father was also Frank Piccininni, and his wife was Grace (maiden name Benedetto).

    I am trying to find information on Grace and Frank (my great grandparents). I think my great-grandmother Grace’s maiden name was Meile? (not sure of spelling). Of course my great-grandfather Frank’s surname was Piccininni, but I don’t know his first name.

    I would love to be able to go farther back and get more names. Please reach out to me if any names sound familiar.

    thank you so much.

    • Katherine says:

      My GGM was a Piccininno (Piccininni, in America). My GGM was a Mele. Both were from Toritto.

      • Denise says:

        Wow I would love to talk more about it—Mele sounds very familiar. Have you been able to trace records back in Italy?

        • Lisa says:

          Hello everyone. I’m new to this page. My dad .. still living , is 83 ,from Toritto. I have tons of cousins still there. My father knows a lot of the names I see here .. he can fill some of you in. No problem. Lol. Free to email me. We’re in nj. Lisa ?

  10. Keri says:


    This is a long shot. I am searching for my grandfather (Joseph Sardone). He came to the U.S. in 1900 (New York), and had six children (among them was my father Samuel Sardone). I was told this side of the family was from Bari and I have searched for many years. Can you please help me? I am not sure what other information you will need, but any assistance you are willing to give would be very appreciated.


    Keri Sardone-Higby

  11. Gerardo says:

    My Great Great Grandfather came from Toritto. He was married to Elizabeth Farello . They had two children, Gerardo and Anna Rosato. We think they lived in Torrito. Gerardo Rosato married Maria Constanza Toto, and lived in Toritto. They are my grandparents who came to America 1898-1901. They had 13 children many who died and we think they are buried in Toritto. My Great Great Grandfather we think is also buried in Toritto. We would love to visit their graves but have no idea where they are buried. We are coming to Toritto October,2017 to pay our repects. Any information you can give me regarding their places of rest would be more than appreciated. Thanks so much, Victoria Cardella

  12. Laraine Francesca says:

    My father was born in Toritto. 4 June 1914. Francis Richard Benvenuto.Where could I obtain his birth certificate?. Also both his parents married there, Santo and Francesca (DiMarinis) Benvenuto, where could I obtain their marriage records?

    Thank you

    • Scott says:

      Hi Laraine,

      My great grandfather Nicola Benvenuto was born in Toritto. His parents were Michele and Crescenza Miloscia. One of my grandfather’s older brothers was a Santo, “Sonny”. The odds seem high that this is the same family. Hoping to hear from you.

    • Sue says:

      Laraine My mother is your first cousin Frances Glynn Her mother was Palma We are planning a trip to Bari this spring Have you been there

  13. Carla says:

    My grandmother Maria Costanza Cianciotta. I know she came from Toritto, Bari. Emigrated to US in 1920. Married name is Novello.

  14. Rosemarie says:

    My grandparents were both born in Toritto. Unfortunately, I have no dates. They were born in the late 1800,s and were married there. Their first born was born there too (Giuseppe). Their names were Vito Poveromo and Rosine Dionisio who became Rosine Poveromo. Do we have any relatives there today. To my knowledge all the young people migrated to the United States to the Bronx, New York.

    • Joseph Occhiogrosso says:


      My mother was born in Toritto, (date unknown). Her name was Rocca Poveromo.
      She had two sisters, Rose and Frances. She also had two brothers, (names unknown).

      This is an unusual name, therefore we may be related. Can you provide any information? Thank you.

      her name was Rocca Poveromo.

  15. Donna says:

    I am looking for birth, baptism or marriage records for Domenico Viseglie, Born in 1885 and married to Maria Castora, born in 1887 and died in 1916. Thank you

  16. Doris says:

    Looking for family of Angelina Tetro, born in Toritto July 24, 1892, with siblings Domenica, Michael, Francesco, Loretta, Savano and Maria. Need info for a family reunion in July. We do not know her parents names. She and her brother Michele immigrated to New York City about the early 1900’s. Would really appreciate anything you could find about her. Thank you so much!

  17. Lisa says:

    Trying to find out connections in Torrito: Biagi Paccione 12/5/1899-1970 Married Josephine(a) D’Urso (1897-1992), may have had a brother named Silverio Paccione who m. Vincenza. Any help would be wonderful! Also, seeking Patrono’s from there (Joseph Patrono 1924-2004) nephew Pasquale.

  18. Fran says:

    My Grandfather born 5-13-1890, Fedelle Quirino Toritto Bari Italy, searching for living relatives.

  19. michele says:

    Both my parents are from Toritto, Bari. My father Stefano Pueraro ( last letter “I” changed to “o” when he emigrated to USA. My mother Maria Pompieri also emigrated from Toritto to USA. I believe my father still has many relatives still living in Toritto. Any info please?

  20. Anne says:

    My Dad was born in Toritto, Bari on August 14, 1899. His name was Dominico Mincieli. How can I get a copy of his birth certificate.

  21. Savannah says:

    Hi, We are trying to trace my husband, Nicholas Poseno’s family. We have hit a wall at his 2nd Great-Grandfather Pasquela Poseno (alt spelling Possena). We know that his son Samuel Possena (Name changed in 1942 to Poseno) was in Virgina in the early 1900’s. We have been unable to find any information about Pasquela.

  22. angie says:

    Can you provide me with an address for the State Archives in Toritto/Bari? My great-grandmother was born there and I’d like a copy of her birth and marriage certificates. Thank you.