Genealogy in Sturno

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Sturno. As more your surname is common in Sturno, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Sturno 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 Sturno 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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Sturno, or if you have questions regarding your family in Sturno, just leave a message below

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  1. Rosanna says:

    My Grandfathers name was Angelo Garofano, Married his love Carmela Grella lived in Sturno, had 6 children all of them moved to Canada. Wondering where the relatives and loved ones situated , I live in Canada is One of the many grand kids of these wonderful people.

  2. Robert says:

    My wife and I want to visit Sturno in September or October of this year. We do not speak Italian. I would like to speak to someone who has visited Sturno and who could give us information about the town.

    • Mary Lou says:

      I visited Sturno in mid afternoon in August, 2000. I was on a tour of Italy and stayed a day after the other people in the tour group flew back to New York out of naples I rented a car and drove to Sturno. The town was empty because of the time of day. I drove to the cemetary. I had my family tree with me and did find a few relatives. Photos are on the stones. I found a sign that said “Sister city of Glen Cove” written in italian and I took a photo in front of it.

      I wish I had done more research before that trip and contacted distant relatives. I now see online someone who may be a niece of my grandmother still living in Sturno. I would love to go back, but I would definitely go with a translator and or someone who could do some research for me before I go.

  3. Jenna says:

    I am looking for a connection to my family tree.

    Carpinella Grella
    born 1892 in October or July
    to parents Angelo Michele Grella and Diana Graziosi of Sturno

    Carpienlla Grella married to Rocco Antonio Petruziello March 18, 1920 in Sturno
    Rocco was the son of Marco Petruzzeillo

    Trying to track the children of Carpinella Grella and Rocco Antonio Petruziello to link to the family tree

    Any information or direct me to where I could find this would be most appreciated. Thank you.

  4. George says:

    Hello: I’m trying to find information on my Grandmother, Giovannina Arena, who was born in Sturno on the 3rd, of April, 1885. Her father was Luigi Arena, and her mother was Michelina Costandino according to her declaration of intention for the USA. I am also looking to find marriage records of my grandmother to my grandfather. Again her name was Giovannina Arena, and her husband was Vittorio Pirogiovanni Esposito, born in San Giorgio, del Sannio, Benevento, Campania, Italy. They were married in Sturno, according to their records of intent to USA, on 23rd of October 1904.

  5. Francesco says:

    My Mothers maiden name was Grella, my grandfather was Michael Grella AKA Vavone My mother married Domenico Todisco they came to America in 1921 landed at Ellis Island settle in Brooklyn NY we had many relatives in Glen Cove L I NY

  6. John says:


    I hope that this message finds you in good health.

    Besides family folklore, I would like to ascertain the truth behind the name “Grella”. I have often been told that there is a linking family crest to the name, and I would love to find a clear photo of this crest. I have seen it emblazoned on the front of the ancestral home in Sturno via Google search, but the photo is rather hard to make out. I have also been told by relatives, now deceased, that the crest of Sturno is also used by the family Grella due to the founding of this Provence in the early 19th century. As time goes by, and more and more members of my family pass on, it’s hard to gain any knowledge of, our perhaps proud, past.

    I was also wondering if there was a family tree, or any documentation that may point me in the right direction to learn more about my roots. I am one of the youngest of the Grella “clan” left, and I would love any more information regarding the history of my family.

    Hoping to hear from you,


    • Mike says:

      I am interested in the grella surname as well. My ancestors are former notario of Sturno:
      giuseppe Grella b. abt 1700, married to Margherita de Martino, their son
      Pantaleone Grella b. 1726, married to Giuseppa Testa, their children
      Anna Maria grella b. 1762, married to Domenico Cerece in Torella dei Lombardi
      Domenico Michele Mariano Giovanni Pasquale Stanislao Grella b. 1763.

      I’d love to hear about any more modern links to these people. Thanks

      • George says:

        My name is George Grella; my grandparents, Lucia and Gennaro Grella, came to America in 1905. They settled on Long Island, where I grew up. Their children were Teresa (born in Italy), Emanuel, Michael (my father), Carmen, and Immacula. I have been to Sturno, where a great many people (unrelated) are named Grella. My father always claimed the Grellas were the largest related family on Long Island; I know I have many times met cousins I didn’t even know I had. Rocco Petruzziello was an uncle. The family crest comes from the Barone Grella, whose last name many inhabitants took when they had to register last names, which explains why so many are not related. The crest is a shield of some kind with a grasshopper above it–Grella means cricket or grasshopper, a cognate in several European languages.

        • Brian says:

          Looking for any information on the surname, DeRienzo. My Grandmother is Carmela and her parents came from Sturno, Italy to Brooklyn, NY and eventually Sea Cliff, Long Island. Saverio DeRienzo is the oldest name we can find. Thank you.

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