Genealogy in Pratola Serra

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

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

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

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Pratola Serra


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Pratola Serra. As more your surname is common in Pratola Serra, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Pratola Serra 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 Pratola Serra 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 Pratola Serra, or if you have questions regarding your family in Pratola Serra, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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2 Messages to “Genealogy in Pratola Serra”
  1. Nancy says:

    I am looking for information on my Grandfather Sabino Magliaro. He is from Pratola Serra. He emigrated to New Jersey USA, not sure when. He was born on September 16, 1885. I don’t really have much information about him. Anything you can provide would be appreciated.

  2. Ralph says:

    I am looking for my grandfather’s birth records.
    His americanized name was Louis Chase, but his italian name was Luigi Cesi ( Cessi, Cesso, Ceso).
    He was born around 1864. He had a brother Charley and possibly a brother John. He emigrated
    to the Scranton, PA area (Old Forge) around the mid 1880s. Supposedly he was born in
    Pratola Serra, probably a farmer or live stock herder.
    Any info would be appreciated.

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