Genealogy in Orsara di Puglia

If you search your ancestors in Orsara di Puglia, 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 Foggia province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Orsara di Puglia registrar as of that date.

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

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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Orsara di Puglia. As more your surname is common in Orsara di Puglia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Orsara di Puglia archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Foggia province are:
Bisceglia, Bruno, Calabrese, Caputo, Ciavarella, Ciuffreda, Clemente, Conte, De Luca, De Santis, Delli Carri, D’Errico, Di Bari, Falcone, Ferrara, Fiore, Gentile, Giordano, Guerra, La Torre, Lauriola, Leone, Lombardi, Longo, Marino, Martino, Nardella, Notarangelo, Palmieri, Palumbo, Pellegrino, Piemontese, Prencipe, Quitadamo, Ricci, Rignanese, Rinaldi, Romano, Russo, Sacco, Santoro, Schiavone, Simone, Totaro, Troiano, Trotta, Valente, Villani.

Church archives in Foggia 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 Orsara di Puglia and Foggia 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 Orsara di Puglia 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 Orsara di Puglia area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Michael says:

    I am looking for information for my grandparents Antonio Forgione and Lucia Aquilino Forgione, who emigrated to the USA in early 20th century

  2. Collette says:

    I’m looking for information on my great grandfather Crescenzo DeSimone born around 1853. He was from Orsara di Puglia and was married to Congetta Anzivino.

  3. Marybeth says:

    My great grandfather was supposedly born in Orsara di Puglia on December 3, 1867. His name was Gaetano Consolazio. His father’s name was Louis and his mother’s first name or maybe maiden name was Vincenza. Are there Consolazios in Orsara di Puglia? He made at least three trips to the USA and settled in New York City by 1903. He brought his wife whose name, I believe, was Teresa Martino. He also brought 4 of his children. Two younger sisters of his also ended up in the USA.

    Any information in appreciated.


  4. Cathy says:

    Both my maternal grandparents were born in Osara. Michael Antonio Del Priore born in 1874 and Maria Neva LePore born in 1889. I’m trying to locate birth / marriage records. They emigrated between 1900 and 1905.

  5. Patricia says:

    doing geneology research for my sons, their paternal grandmother was Estherina Maria Cericola, her father was from this part of Italy, Arturo Cericola, married an American with Italian descent, Mary Marino, it is said he had/has lots of family there. Estherina had a sister Edith and a brother Arthur Jr. thank you if you can be of any help.

  6. Rose Ann says:

    mattia and carmina staffieri terlizzi had maria donato terlizzi on 7/14/1889 in orsara di pugli. she is my grandmother. just curious if any relatives are still in the area.

  7. Michael says:

    I’m looking for information on Donato Digiorgio and his wife Carmela Dibarnardis Not sure of the spelling it is shown several different ways.
    Donato was born around 1867-70 in Orsara di Puglia
    Carmela was born around 1873-1876

    Thank you for any thing you might find out about them. I am their grandson but never met them.

    Thank you

    • Isabella says:

      I am looking for a Saverio De Bernardis (b.1830-1850) (or DiBernardi, different documents have the name slightly different). and a Maria Ernesta Fisichella (b. 1856) from Orsara. I only have the travel records for Maria Ernesta, and I wonder if we are searching for the same De Bernardis family? They would be my great great grandparents.

  8. Anthony says:

    Anthony is the grandson of Rocco B. D’Ordine, D.O.B. January 10, 1893. Born in Orsara di Puglie, Avellino.

    Thanking you in advance for any information you can find on Rocco B. D’Ordine.

  9. Sandy says:

    My name is Sandy. I live in Washington DC. I am the grand-daughter of Maria Giuliano (born Oct. 23, 1906?) and Michael Mastropieri (Mastropero or Mastropere – born April 26, 1899?). It is my understanding that my Grandparents were from Orsara di Puglia. I will be in Italy during the first two weeks in November 2015 and will be visiting Orsara. I hope to find the houses my grandparents grew up in and if possible to contact relatives that may be living in Orsara or Foggia. Any help you can offer would be much appreciated.

  10. Kele says:

    Hi, I am looking for information about my grandmothers family.
    Her name was Maria donata Cericola, maiden name antonicello. She was born in 1923.
    Emigrated to south Africa in 1959 with my grandfather Michele Cericola. He was a soldier in WWI.

    Any thing you can find would be a great help.
    Thank you

  11. Carole and Karin Sitts says:

    Our grandfather changed his name to fight in WW1 because he had been rejected under his original name. The only thing we have been able to find so far was the WW1 enlistment document saying his name was Sam Tony Delsono or Delsano from Orsar, Avellino, Italy on April 1st 1888.

    Can you find anything on him? We would appreciate any help we can get. Thank you!

  12. Maria says:

    Looking for the name of the town Doctor back in 1920’s

    • Carole & Karin Sitts says:

      His last name is definitely Sam Tony Delsono on the Enlistment for WWI. Did you have any luck contacting the doctor?

      In his Social Security Application under his assumed name of Samuel Louis Castelone from Savoy, France, he showed Michael Castelone as his father’s name and Mary Robert as his mother. Maybe his father’s name was Michael but definitely not Castelone. His mother’s name just might be accurate.

      We appreciate all the hard work you do and hope this additional info might be helpful in your research. We so much want to find our roots there in Italy!

    • Carole & Karin Sitts says:

      Also, Sam Tony Delsono was born in April 1 1888. He said he was sent ashore to buy supplies off his uncle’s pirate ship and skipped with the supply money and state in the United States. It is hard to say what is the truth in a lot of these tales.

  13. Looking for Acquaviva/Cerrato/Lepore says:

    I would appreciate any help with finding information about my great-grandparents, Michele Acquaviva and Filomena Cerrato (who I think was married to Antonio Tozzi before his demise and her subsequent emigration to the USA where she married Michele). Michele’s father, Giacomo Acquaviva, also came to the US. Family lore has it that Giacomo’s wife was Lucia Lepore who died before he left Italy, but I have not been able to confirm that. All left Orsara di Puglia in the early 1900’s, settling in Trenton, New Jersey.

    Grazie di cuore,

  14. Anthony says:

    I’m looking to find out more information on my great grandfather’s family who lived in Orsara Di Puglia. I’ve been working on my family tree for quite some time now and hit a wall with my search. My great-grandfather’s name was Antonio Iatarola, born 1891 in Orsara. Along with his brother Donato (born in 1880), they both came to America in different times in the early 1900’s. They left behind their parents Domenico (born abt. 1855) and Domenica (maiden name & birthdate unknown)as well as their 2 sisters, Carmela & Rocchina. I would love to know more about them, such as actual birth dates, their marriage date, death dates, the parents/ grandparents of domenico/domenica, the maiden name of Domenica ,siblings or other children I’m unaware of. I’ve been told that Domenica may have lived to 100 years of age and that one of the sisters (Rocchina/ Carmela)became a sister in the catholic church. I really hope you can help me in finding any information on the Iatarola family. It will be truly appreciated!

    Thank you,

  15. Edie says:

    I am looking for my great-grandparents. They lived there, were married there. My grandfather was born there. Raimondo Gatto b 1866, and Maria Domenica Savino, also born in 1866. I am trying to find who their parents were, and the exact date of their wedding, reportedly in 1886.

  16. RH says:


    Trying to find info on great-great grandparents and their children. Their son was Rocco Sciarappa birth maybe Aug 1858, I know he had a sister Maria Leonarda Zaccari. His father’s first name was Francesco. Rocco married Maria Michela Ferrara. Also Antonio Sciarappa born Oct 1870, I would like to know who his parents were if possible. There’s never much info on Orsara di Pulia.

    Thank you for any info may have or know how to get it.

    • Jenni says:

      There are still Sciarappa’s that live in Orsara. My Grandfather was Michele Antonio Sciarappa and I know that his father was Antonio Sciarappa (married Lucia Frisoli), but I don’t know my Paternal Great Grandmothers name. You can probably contact the church with this information and they can probably help you get closer. But do remember it is and was quite normal to name a son after a grandfather, so, as in my case there were only 3 male cousins in my family and they were all named Michele – two of them with the last name Sciarappa

      • RH says:

        Hi Jenni, thank you. It has been awhile since I have been at this site. I did find siblings for my great grandfather (Maria Leonarda Sciarappa Zaccari, Celestina born Oct 1860, Antonio b Jan 6, 1862 his wife Lucia Guiducci, Michele b Dec 12 1863) I also found out my great grandfather’s mother was Maria Donata DiFoggia. Hope you are enjoying your summer.

  17. Anna says:

    I am interesting in any information about my great-grandfather Carmelo Mastropieri.

    According to the NY census he was born in (Avellino, Orsara di Puglia) which is confusing because they appear to be two different places, in 1883.

    He had siblings who were born there and came to the US. They were: Rocco (b 1881), Maria (1886), and Francesco (?). I believe his parents were Dominico and Carmina.

    Thank you so much for ANY help, I have hit dead ends! 🙂

    • Mike B says:

      My father who is 80 and was born in Orsara said the name is tied to a dr. From that area. The other was a lawyer he believes

  18. Danny says:

    I am looking for information about my grandparents Donato Calvo born 1899 from all accounts he was born in Orsara Di Pugila ,married to Anna Desca(name last name my be slept wrong )I would like his parents names birth/death and any siblings(birth/deaths dates)or any important information will be gratefull.
    My goal is to make a family tree and see what my family history to pass on to my kids.

    Regards Danny

  19. Stuart says:

    My maternal grandparents, Rocco Simonelli, and Lucia Concetta Bolza Simonelli, were both born in Orsara in 1873. The were married in Orsara, and two boys were born there before my grandfather came to the US in 1900, and my grandmother in 1903. I am trying to find out the name of my uncles and what became of them. Supposedly they died in Orsara before 1900, but we think that my grandmother gave the two boys to her brother, a priest at the monastery, to be cared for, but they never came over here later. This a long standing mystery in our family.

    My grandparents lived in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. My grandfather was a stone mason who learned the trade in Orsara from his father-in-law, Michael Bolza.

    Thank you for anything you can find on the two Simonelli boys.


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