Genealogy in Cervinara

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Cervinara, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Campania and in Avellino province 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.

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Cervinara?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Cervinara


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.

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

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.

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

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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Cervinara, or if you have questions regarding your family in Cervinara, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


11 Messages to “Genealogy in Cervinara”
  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.


  4. 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

  5. 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!


  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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