Genealogy in Mercogliano

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Mercogliano, 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 Mercogliano registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Mercogliano 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 Mercogliano. As more your surname is common in Mercogliano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Mercogliano 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 Mercogliano 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 Mercogliano, or if you have questions regarding your family in Mercogliano, 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 mercogliano@italianside.com our expert in Mercogliano area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

7 Comments

  1. Ron DeRose says:

    My family DeRosa originated in Mercogliano. My great grandfather was Carmine DeRosa and my grandfather Modestino DeRosa left for ameriva in 1904. I was wondering if there are any DeRosa sur names in Mercogliano.

  2. Claire says:

    I have relatives in Mercogliano by he name of Cherchione. Mario Chehione is married to Katia Argenziano. Katia is the granddaughter of my father’s first cousin. The family all live in the Capacastello part of town which is the oldest part of the town.

  3. Al says:

    Sorry….in the previous message I neglected to say that my grandmother’s name was Testa, and her mother’s name was Cerchione. My grandfather’s mother’s name was Sensale.

    • Adriana Farella says:

      I have recently come to believe that my grandfather’ father was from Mercogliano, and that he moved to Naples and married there where my grandfather and his siblings were born. My great grandfather’s name was Giovanni Sensale and I think he was the son of Pellegrino Sensale. Any chance that your great grandmother is connected? Please reply to me directly at adrifarella@aol.com

  4. Al says:

    My maternal grandparents came from to the US sometime around 1890-1910. The name is Iaccheo. My grandfather’s first name was Modestino, and now I know why. The name became corrupted to Yacka (I think intentionally by family to make it easier to exist in NJ at the time) which is still found around here. In between there was a Census variation of “Jacco” which I blame on the Enumerator.

  5. Claire says:

    My father immigrated from Mercogliano in 1910 or 1911. His name was Saverio (Samuel) Palmese. He came to Ellis Island, New York with is mother Clelia, his brother Antonio, sister Anna, and sister Louisa.

  6. John says:

    My wife’s ancestor Anillo Ferrara b. 1877 in Mercogliano, Italy arrived in New York in 1900. I’m interested in finding any birth or marriage records of him. I believe his father’s name to be Matteo Ferrara and his mother to be Filomena Napolitano. I would also like to know of any family left. Can you help in these matters? Thank you.

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