Genealogy in Pietradefusi

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

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

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

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

15 Comments

  1. AnnMarie says:

    Looking for birth certificates for Luigi Lucido- born 5/3/1897, grandfather came to USA on 7/4/1910 ; Antonietta Centrella born 1/26/1897, grandmother; both born in Pietradefusi Italy. I think Maria Carideo Lucido is my great grandmother, year of birth 1874; and Raffaela Lucido great grandfather, no info of birth date or year. I am trying to collect the birth certificates of family members from Pietradefusi. If you have birth certificates for Antonietta Centrella’s parents I would like to have copies of them also. I would truly appreciate any help you can offer. Grazi, AnnMarie

  2. Diane says:

    I’m searching for birth, marriage and death records for my family in the Avellino area (some in Pietradefusi )

    Givanni Olivieri married Maria Giulietta Bevilacqua….son Pellegrino born 1903 Fietradefusi.

    I would like to find my g-grandparents birth, marriage, death and possibly burial sites.

    I’ve tried for yrs. to find this information with no luck and want to come to Italy to visit.
    thank you
    Diane Oliver

  3. james says:

    I am searching for any information about my maternal grandparents from pietradefusi avellino Italy their names are Alfredo Pagliocca and Paolina Iarabino

  4. Jessica says:

    My name is Jessica Scanzillo.

    I have been doing research on my father’s family for about three years now.

    Now, I am at a dead end. To obtain more information/records I need records from Italy but when I look for the surname. The name Scanzillo is never found. Not one record in Italy. I’ve tried everything and I really need some help please.

    My father: Gaetano “Guy” Scanzillo (1928-1994)

    My Grandfather: Genaro Scanzillo (1863-1956) (born in italy) (can’t find any records in Italy)

    My Great Grandfather: Gaetano Scanzillo (1847-1906) (born in italy) (can’t find any records in Italy)

    My Great Great Grandfather: Gabriele Scanzillo (1825-1898) (born in italy) (can’t find any records in Italy)

    And I need help finding the real last name used in Italy so I can find more Great Grandfathers!
    Any help would be very much appreciated.

  5. Cindy says:

    I am looking for information about my great grandparents.
    My great grandfather Marino Santoro was born 9/8/1885 in Pietradefusi to Faustino Santoro and Rachela “Manganiello” I think. Marino came to America in 1903.
    In 1909, he married Angelina DiRienzo, who was born 7-2-1882 in either Pietradefusi or Dentecane. Her parents were Antonio DiRienzo and Teresa “andonaccio”?

    I visited Pietradefusi in 1980 and met my Santoro relatives: Dario and children, but I do not have any other rememberance. Any information would be great.

  6. Pamela says:

    MY grandfather Vincenzo J. Barletta born April 13 1890. His father was Nicola Barletta and his mother was Elisabetta Colaruso but I do not know if he was born in Pietradefusi or another surrounding village. He married Maria Nardone who was born on September 1 1894 whose father was Federico Nardonne and her mother was Giovanna Iannuzzi.

    Any information on either of my grandparents would be most welcome.

    Thank you.

    • Angelo says:

      Pamela… I am 88 yrs old and my grandparents came from Pietradefusi. I recognize certain names in your message and may be able to help you and you may also be able to help me. However, I don’t know how to get a dialog going here.

  7. Stephanie says:

    My grandfather, Giacomo “Jack” Manganiello (1922–1994) Birth 25 APR 1922 • Pietredefusi, Italy Death 6 NOV 1994 • Mount Vernon, Westchester, New York, USA was the son of Antonio Manganiello (1888–1980) Birth ABT 1888 • Avellino, Campania, Italy Death 1980 • Mount Vernon, Westchester, New York, USA and Orlanda Maria C Russo (? –1975) Birth Avellino, Campania, Italy
    Death 1975. We are looking for any information, or images that are available. We would be interested in both civil and church records. Thank you in advance for your time and attention.

  8. Josette says:

    My maternal grandmother was born in 1914 in Pietradefusi; she came to America around 1928 but her father (I believe) had come to America before that. Her name was Antoinette Colantuoni, and his name was Giuseppe Colantuoni. To Joyce (above) – maybe our ancestors were related?

    • Joyce says:

      Josette, my dad is a healthy 93 year-old who lived with his grandmother, Maria Luisa Colantuoni Marchione, until he married my mom. I will ask him if he remembers an Antoinette or Giuseppe. When Maria Luisa’s brothers came to America, the name was changed (not sure how that happened) to Calandone.

  9. James says:

    I a, looking for information about my grandparents. Luigi Sirignano. 1882 he married Consiglia SAtorelle in the early 1900. My great grandfather came to America his name was Felice Sirignano. Their patriot saint was saint faustino

  10. Joyce says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandfather, Angelo Marchione, who was born around 1862. He married Maria Luisa Colantuoni, most likely in the 1890s. He left Pietradefusi for America in around 1901.

  11. Jimmy says:

    I am looking for information on my grate grandfather Antonio cincotti who married Maddalena branca from avellino italy year 1900 Manhattan USA

  12. DENISE says:

    I am searching for my husband’s relatives. Carmine Porcello born 1859 who married Carmella Mogavero born 1908. Married in 1923 and had one son John C. Porcello in 1927 in America

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