Genealogy in Cervinara

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

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Cervinara 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 Cervinara. As more your surname is common in Cervinara, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Cervinara archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Avellino province are:
Albanese, Bruno, Capobianco, Capone, Carbone, Cardinale, Caruso, Cioffi, Cipriano, Colucci, Coppola, Cucciniello, De Feo, De Luca, De Maio, De Simone, De Stefano, De Vito, Di Pietro, Esposito, Famiglietti, Ferraro, Festa, Fiore, Forgione, Gallo, Grasso, Graziano, Guarino, Guerriero, Iannaccone, Iuliano, Lepore, Lo Conte, Lombardi, Luongo, Matarazzo, Napolitano, Nigro, Petrillo, Picariello, Romano, Ruggiero, Russo, Santoro, Sarno, Spagnuolo, Vitale.

Church archives in Avellino 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 Cervinara and Avellino 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 Napoli.

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 Cervinara just leave a message below in the comment area

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  1. Denyse says:

    My grandfather, Lorenzo Cioffi, was born in Cervinara in 1873 and emigrated to NY circa1888.
    I am looking for any information about him or his family
    Thank you, sincerely.

  2. Phyllis says:

    Hi, my Grandparents are from Cervinara, Dominick Girardi and Gelsomina Campana. They emigrated to America in 1926 and settled in Troy, NY. They had seven children, Bart, Mary, Carmela, Catherine, Rose, Frank and Lena. I am looking for the birth certificate for my mother Rose and any relatives of my Grandparents.

  3. Paula says:

    My grandfather, Pietro Tancredi, was born in Cervinara on about Aug. 11th in 1883 or 1884. (Or he may have been born in Paolisi.) The last name may have been spelled Tangredi. My grandfather’s father’s name was Nicola Tancredi and his mother was Grazia Casale. My grandfather is said to have been the 17th of 18 children and the 5th son to be named Pietro (the others died.) He had a brother Nicholas who was the 18th child; a sister, Maddalena, mother of Angelo Esposito, and another sister, Maria. They raised livestock and took it to market. In about 1900 or 1901 a hailstorm killed all their livestock and my grandfather left Italy for the U.S. I am particularly interested in finding any Tancredi or Casale relatives in Naples or the U.S. Thank you. Paula, Cleveland, Ohio.

  4. Laurence says:

    I am researching the family of Antonio Ruotolo who was born in Cervinara 1873 and immigrated to New York and setteled in Troy NY in 1890. His father was Giuseppe Ruotolo. I am searching for the birth record and family of Giuseppe Ruotolo of Cervinara.

  5. Julie says:

    I am curious to know when my Grandfather, Ernesto
    Vaccariello came to the United States with my Grandmother Josephine
    Degregorrio! I know they are from Cervinara. My mother
    Anna Vaccariello came to the US in 1957 or 1958.
    I want to know when they came and where they
    Entered the US. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Mary says:

      Your grandmother is my mother’s cousin. I have a photo of your grandparents when they were engaged and my mother is in the photo also. I went to school with your aunt Maria Grazia as children in Cervinara. Your parents left Italy around 1963 but I’m not positive.

  6. Cassandra says:


    My great grandmother, Maria(e) Magnotta was born in Cervinara, Avelline in 1891. She came to America in July 1920 aboard the Regina D’Italia in which deported from Naples. She lived in Troy, NY and married Pasquale Pasinella. Looking for any common ancestors, mostly her parents/siblings and hope to find some relatives in Italy.

    Thank you

  7. Nina says:

    Hello there
    I am trying to trace my mothers family. She was born 1st November 1928. Her name was Caterina lanzilla. Lanzilllo or Lanzilli. My sisters and I visited our uncles in Florence and Paris where her sister Anna settled but I know nothing about my grandparents on my mums siide at all. She came over to the UKIn her late 20 s. She died in 2004. I believe I have family in America too. Can you give me any information on where to start locating family or even starting a family tree.
    Thank you.
    Nina Lund. (Polanczuk) it was her married name.

  8. Rachel says:

    I am looking for more information on two brother’s from Cervinara, Lorenzo Miele (Wife Angelina Cioffi) and Agostino Miele (born about 1877) who came to the US in 1907. Any info would be greatly appreciated

    • Ann says:

      Hi Rachel. Lorenzo and Augostino were my grandmother Maria Carmina Miele’s brothers. She married Giovanni Campana. I made contact with Lorenzo dght last year Pat who has done extensive research. How are you related? Look forward to hearing from you. Ann

  9. Philomena says:

    Will be traveling to Cervinara in a few months looking for family information on the Bizzarro family. My father and his mother came to Troy,MY, where my grandfather and uncles were already settled, in 1947. I don’t speak Italian. Will it be possible for me to get the information I’m looking for???

    • Keith says:

      My grandmother was Filomena Bizzarro from Cervinara. She married Michele (Muchael) Lanni from Paolisi before emigrating to the U.S. in 1916 or 1917. Might be a match and would be interested in exchanging any info.

    • Pam says:

      Lorenzo Bizzarro married Francesca Cioffi (newspaper article from Troy, NY states he was a professor) in Cervinara, Italy
      sons: Giovanni Bizzarro was a Roman Catholic priest in Rotondi, Italy); Saverio Bizzarro married Beatrice Pedato (her second marriage, first was to Manfredo Ferrannini; Peter Bizzarro (lived in Newburgh, NY)
      daughters: Cristina Bizzarro (lived in Troy at one point and went back to Italy) and Mrs. Pasquale Razzo (lived in Italy).

  10. Joe says:

    I am seeking information about the Perrotta family history. My great grandfather Giovanni Perrotta, my great grandmother Francesca Cioffi, and my grandfather Pasquale Perrotta were born in Cervinara and emigrated to the US around 1890. I am visiting Italy in Sept 2017 and plan to stop by Cervinara to see if I can learn anymore about my history. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.


  11. Cindy says:

    Grace Cioffi
    Nunzio Cioffi. Possible Sibilings born Cervinara to US 1898 lived in Troy NY

  12. Rachel says:

    looking for records of Padre Silvano Marro and Abbot Marro both Passionists priest, born in Cervinara. Thank you

    • Michele says:

      Hi, my great grandfather’s name was Nicola Marro from Cervinara. I was wondering if you’ve been successful in your search as it may be helpful to mine as I research the Marro family.

      • kate says:

        I am also trying to research the Marro-cocozza family. My grandfather saverio Marro born 1887, Came over from Cervinara with his first wife philomena marro. They originally settled in rutland VT. When she passed he sent for my grandmother Petronilla cocozza, Possibly a cousin. They settled in Troy NY. I know saverios parents were Pasquale Marro born 1855 and Maria Martone. We know there were 2 other brothers. Michael Marro who also immigrated over and Antonio Marro who stayed in Italy along with a sister Theresa. All I know of my grandmother Petronilla is that her parents were Giuseppe Cocozza and cristina Marro. She said she was 1 of 13 siblings and had a twin sister francis. Hoping you may help in my research

  13. Donna says:

    Hello….I’m looking for family related to sur name “Finelli” , my grandfather was from Cervinaro, grandmother Mary according to Ancestry was oringinally from Canada but lived here . Am planning a trip to Italy and will be visiting this region and would like to meet any family related.

  14. Paul says:

    Seeking information on any and all members of the CAMPANA family from Cervinara. Some ofthis family moved first to Lapio and then to the United States. Others moved directly from Cervinara to the U.S. I have copiled a database of over 300 CAMPANA using civil registers 1800-1860 and would be grateful for information from earlier years.

    • Sara says:

      looking for info on Andreana Campana born 3 Feb 1888 in Cervinara. Married Angelo Renna while in Italy and relocated to Troy NY. Anything you have regarding this persons family would be appreciated. Thanks

      • Ann says:

        Hi Sara Andreana was my grandfather Giovanni’s sister. They had another sister Luisa. How are you related. Last summer I made contacted with Andreana and angelo’sthe great granddaughter

  15. Maria says:

    Researching my FINELLI family from Cervinara. Grandfather: Carmine Finelli and Grandmother Maria Diacetis. As listed in Grandpa’s obituary, had 4 sisters which family members also confirm. They were Maria Antonia (who settled in Troy NY with husband Francesco Pitaniello) with three sisters remaining in Italy: Francesca and Mrs. Pietro Carafano and Mrs. Gennaro Federano. I would love some help on Pietro Carafano and Gennaro Federano, if there is any one has some information. Also looking for Grandma’s family: DIACETIS (One brother that I know of, Santo.)

  16. Melanie says:

    Hello, I am searching for any information about my great-grandmother’s origins. Her maiden name was Luigina, and her first name was originally Maria before it became Mary. She was taken to the United States to be a wife for Federico Cioffi, also from Cervinara. They came to the Rochester area of New York. Whenever I search I don’t find anyone with that last name living in that area, but any further information would be helpful.

  17. Bill says:

    Hi my grandfather is from Cervanara, his name is Ralph Cioffi (Rafaele) and he came to the US in 1904 on the ship named Liguria. My Granmothers name is Filomena Vilacci who is also from Cervinara and married my grandfather. She came to the USA in 1920. Can you tell me if there is any family still in Cervinara. Thank you.

  18. Marisa says:

    Hi I am trying to trace a Lucia Germano or any of her family. She would be 81 years old now. Her DOB is 10th April 1935. She is my birth mother and she has listed her address just as Cervinara, Avellino, Naples. I think the UK authorities who were dealing with my adoption did not realise the vagueness of this. I can see that there are some families within the Avellino area with the surname Germano even though it is not a recognised regional surname. I would be grateful for any help before I write to the local registrars. Thanks.

  19. Lori says:

    Buon Giorno! My sister and I are looking for the place our grandmother was born. On her USA Naturalization papers it says she is from Cervinara! She was born 1/6/1916 and her parents are Jennie Cioffi Carofano and Pelegrino Carofano. Her name is Clara Catherine Carofano. Thank you so much! We are staying on Sorrento and visiting Cervinara this week! We are so excited!

  20. Lisa says:

    My grandparents were from Cervinara. My Grandfather was Umberto Pisaniello. He left Naples in 1921 aboard the SS San Rossore. His father was Luigi Pisaniello. He settled in Troy NY. He had brothers and sisters. I am looking for any information relating to him or his family. He was born in 1896.

    • Maria says:

      My Great Aunt Maria Finelli was married to Francesco Pitaniello, where they settled in Troy, NY. Uncle Francesco: B 1887-D 1974; Aunt Maria Antonia: B 1884- D 1967; Children: Ralph, Anthony, Dorothy and Dominick. Uncle Francesco was a pall bearer at my Grandfather Carmine Finelli’s funeral in Troy NY. Carmine and Maria were siblings. I know my grandfather had 4 sisters and I am hitting a brick wall with some of my Finelli family because not all of them left Italy for the US. If you have any links or hints on the Carmine Finelli / Maria Diacetis from Cervinara, please let me know. Good luck with your quest.

    • Maria says:

      I just saw your post. i know it’s an old post but I am related to Pitaniello’s of Troy, NY. Francesco Pitaniello (1887-1964) married my aunt Maria Antonia Finelli. Let me know if I can be of any help. Maria

  21. Maria says:

    Hi I live in Australia and am researching my family, I know they come from Benevento, Campania, but not 100% sure which town Paolisi?

    surnames PERROTTA; CARBONE; AFFINITO, are the main surnames and then they branch off to other surnames as the children married.

    Look forward to hearing from you.


  22. Gina says:

    My Great Grandparents were born in Cervinara.
    Luigi Carofano b1880 to Rocco and Filomena Launa
    Angelina Piccolo b1891 to Frank(Franscesco?) and Mariantonia Ferraro

  23. Lisa says:

    I live in Arizona. I am interested in tracing my family lines of the Pisaniello’s and the Moscatiello’s, and also the Magnotta’s.

    My Great Grandfather was Pelligrino Pisaniello, born April 21, 1853 in Avellino. He married Maria Moscatiello, born July 13, 1863 in Avellino. His parents were Gennaro Pisaniello and Maria Magnotta. I would like to find their parents names and their dates of birth and death.

    My Great Grandmother was Maria Moscatiello and her parents were Pasquale Luigi Moscatiello and Anna Magnotta. I would like their dates of birth and death and their parent’s names and dates. So far I have Guisseppe Moscatiello listed as Pasquale’s father.

    Thank you for any information that you can give me!


    • Anthony says:

      My gramother’s surname was Moscatiello. His brothers emigrated to New York. Moscatiello, like, Casale, taddeo ,Diocci, Pitaniello…are very common surnames in Cervinara and I came from there.

    • victor says:

      Hi Lisa. My mother is from cervinara.I’m in Canada. We own a vacation home in cervinara. My grandmother who is still living in toronto is a magnotta. She married Vittorio criscuolo. There are plenty of magnotta in cervinara. A very large family.

  24. Paula says:

    My grandfather, Pietro Tancredi, was born in Cervinara on about Aug. 11th in 1883 or 1884. (Or he may have been born in Paolisi.) The last name may have been spelled Tangredi. My grandfather’s father’s name was Nicola. My grandfather is said to have been the 17th of 18 children and the 5th son to be named Pietro (the others died.) He had a brother Nicholas who was the 18th child; a sister, Maddalena, mother of Angelo Esposito, and another sister, Maria. They raised livestock and took it to market. In about 1900 or 1901 he a hailstorm killed all their livestock and my grandfather left Italy for the U.S. Can you tell me anything at all about his birth records, his father, mother and grandparents? Thank you. I am most grateful for any assistance you can provide.

  25. Cindy says:

    Looking for info on my husband’s great grandparents, Gennero and Grace Cioffi Pisaniello from Cervinara. To US About 1890

    • EH says:


      Not sure you will see this, but I have some Cioffi relatives who settled in Moriah from Cervinara around that time. My great-great grandmother was Josephine Cioffi/Cioffa, born around 1848. I see a few Cioffi’s listed as boarders with several other relations in the early census records and assume they are cousins.

      • Lisa says:

        July 25, 2016
        Hi. My Great-Great Grandmother was Josephine Cioffa who married Fortunato Cesta. They were from Cervinara, Italy, and relocated near Moriah in Port Henry, NY. They had at least one son, my Great-Grandfather Dominick Cesta. Dominick Cesta married Catherine (Matrone) Cesta, and had 12 children, one of which was my Grandfather, Anthony Cesta. They lived in Port Henry, NY until Dominick relocated the family to Troy, NY. I am trying to find out more about Josephine Cioffa and her husband Fortunato. Thanks!

  26. Karen says:

    My Great Great Grandparents were Madeline Carovona Born 1856 and Anthony Lombardi Born 1854. Both lived in Cervinara.
    Madeline died in 1942 in NYC and Anthony died 1920 in Italy.
    I recently returned from italy and plan to go back to visit Cervinara. I would love to know if any relatives exist.
    Madeline & Anthony had 8 children: Twins John & one son who died at birth, Mary,Carmella,Louise,Maria, Dominic & Frank.
    Thank you
    Karen Montpelier Vermont USA

    • J. Lombardi says:

      My great grandfather was Domenico Lombardi (born 1859) and my great grandmother was Domenica Carofano (born 1861) – both born in Cervinara.

      Domenico Lombardi’s parents were Giovanni Lombardi and Maria Perrotta. Domenica Carofano’s parents were Domenoico Carofano and Luigia Cardillo

      Domenico came to America in 1893 with an Antonio Lombardi (maybe a brother, born in 1858) and they went to work in the quarries in Vermont. I know they had another brother, Pasquale Lombardi, whose grandson would grow up to be the mayor of Cervinara and his great grandson is currently a councilman of the village.

      Domenico moved to Manhattan, although my grandfather was born in Vermont, (maybe during a return family visit to Vermont).
      Hopefully one day, the vital records of Cervinara will be posted online so that we can find out more about what may be our common ancestors.


        my grand father came from cervinara and my grand mother antoinette clemente. i think he or they left about 1905.thank you in advance for any reply.richard moscatello

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