Genealogy in Lioni

If you search your ancestors in Lioni, 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 Lioni registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Lioni 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 Lioni. As more your surname is common in Lioni, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Lioni 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 Lioni 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 Lioni 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 Lioni area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Marsha says:

    My grandparents were from Lioni. My grandfather, Giuseppe Soriano, was born on February 2, 1868. My grandmother, Teresa Sansone, was born in 1870. They were married in Lioni in 1892 and immigrated to the United States. How can I obtain a copy of their marriage certificate?

    Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.



    • Joe says:

      Hi Marsha, check out the group “Lioni (Avellino) Immigration Connections” on Facebook. This is where the Lionesi and their ancestors are making connections …

    • David says:

      Hi Marsha:
      I am Soriano in PA., USA.
      My people from Lioni: Soriano, Veneziano, Garafalo and Silvis.
      I have Gaetano Soriano ( B: 1846) (father of Carmine B. 1876 ). Caterina Galafalo Soriano was Gaetano’s wife.
      Carmine’ s wife ( married in the USA) was Colomba Veneziano. Her father was Vincenzo Soriano ( sone of Antonio Veneziano). Colomba’s mother was Filomena Sivlis Veneziano and her father was Giuseppe Antonio Silvis.
      Giuseppe Soriano was the father of Gaetano Soriano.

      I do not have a Sansone , but we are probably related.
      Dave Soriano

  2. Gilda says:


    I am trying o locate some information about my Grandparents. I have known my granparents who have immigrated to the USA.

    My both my Grandmothers and one grandfather were from Copania, Mirabela Lioni, and Arianna and one grandfather was from Lucera, Foggia

    My Grandfather Rafaelle also known as Ralph Riccio, was from Arrianna
    and he married my Grandmother Elizabeth De Giovanni, who was also known as Bettina, was from Mirabela. I haven’t located their marriage certificate, and am trying to learn if they were married in Italy, and who their parents were and where they lived etc.

    My Paternal Grandfather was Rafaele Favilla, from Lucero, Foggia, and he married my Grandmother Gilda De Melia or De Melio from Lioni, Italy. I would like to learn if they were married in Italy and if there is a way to learn who their paretns were and where they lived etc.

    My parents have visited Italy and have gone with my grandmother to visit family in Avelino and Foggia.

    If you can help me to learn where I may find any info including birth certificates, babtism, etc, I would be most grateful.

    Thank you for your help.

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