Genealogy in Volturara Irpina

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Volturara Irpina 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 Volturara Irpina. As more your surname is common in Volturara Irpina, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Volturara Irpina 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.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Volturara Irpina:

S. NICOLA DI BARI – Via Rimembranza

If you have the opportunity to visit Volturara Irpina 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 Volturara Irpina 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 Volturara Irpina area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Doria says:

    Hi, I need to know if you know the relatives of Rosa Monzione Covino, died on June 13, 1934, of Volturara Irpina, she is my grandmother and I know from my father that part of the family emigrated to the United States. My father wanted to communicate with them.

  2. Gloria says:

    I will be visiting Italy and would like to find out information about my grandfather, MichaelAngelo Marra. He was born in 1874, and entered the USA at 19 years old with his mother. I believe that he was born in Avellino, but I am not certain of exactly where. I’d appreciate any information, and if there are any relatives still living there. Thank you

    • Doria says:

      Hi, I need to know if you know the relatives of Rosa Monzione Covino, died on June 13, 1934, of Volturara Irpina, she is my grandmother and I know from my father that part of the family emigrated to the United States. My father wanted to communicate with them.

    • Angela says:

      Hi Gloria, I’m curious about your grandfather, Michael Marra. Did he have a sister names Alessandra? Do you know his parent’s names? I have Marra in my ancestry too, from Avellino.

    • John says:

      Dear Gloria,

      My grandmother, Michelina Marra Pasquali, was born in Volturara Irpina in approximately 1882. She immigrated to the USA in about 1890 with her mother, Maria Marra and her brother. We visited Volturara Irpina in 2016. I found it to be lovely. In the villiage there is a little street named Vicolo Marra. It is a short distance from the church. There are members of the Marra family living there now. It is where my grandmother was born. I learned about the family being from Volturara Irpina by looking at the ship’s manifest from their journey to America. Perhaps you may find the ship on which your grandfather immigrated. Prior to learning that they were from Volturara Irpina I only knew that they came from Avellino. I just saw your message. I would have replied sooner. I hope you had luck finding information about your grandfather.


  3. Aparecida says:

    Procuro informações sobre meu trisavô Alessandro Nardiello, sua esposa Cesarea, filhos Alfonso,Germina, Rosa,moravam em Volturara Irpina e chegaram ao Brasil em 30 dezembro de 1895. vieram com o Navio Raggio.

  4. Katie says:

    We believe our great grandfather Donato DeFeo (b. 1860 in Volturara Irpina) is related to Decio DeFeo. We are trying to figure out how they are connected. Donato’s first son, like Decio’s was named Antonio and his first daughter was named Nicoletta. We know Donato emigrated to the US in 1885 but have little info on his Italian ancestry.

    Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks!

  5. Rachel says:

    I am looking for information on a Guiseppe Antoine Manzione who was born around 1823 in Volturara Irpina. Also for information on Rosa Santanicoli who was born in 1829 in Volturara Irpina. Their son Generoso Manzione and daughter in law Rosena Defell migrated to the United States (Pennsylvania area) and are my ancestors! I would love more information about them! So either the Manzione family, Santanicoli family, or Defell family!

  6. Rosanna says:

    Hi, I’m trying to find any information about Giovanni Monzione. He died April 19770. He had 3 daughters named Alessandra, Nunzia and Carlotta. He was a charcoal burner.

  7. Dave says:

    Good morning — I’m writing from Los Angeles, contemplating a trip to Volturara to peruse church records and was hoping to make some headway before making the trip. I’m wondering if you have contact information for the person in charge of pastoral records? I’m currently doing research on my paternal line and surname (Bisaccia) as well as my most distant paternal ancestor, Alessandro Bisaccia (b circo 1855) , who came to the United Sates with his wife, Pasqualena Del Mauro. The two settled in the Belleville area of New Jersey, where the family still resides. Alessandro is my great, great grandfather.

    I’m curious if he had any brothers or if any family remains in Italy. And if so, where did the line originate? I have several Y-DNA matches from Spain which date back to the late 1600. Any info would be appreciated. Meantime, thanks!

  8. Marsha says:

    I am looking for information on my great great grandparents and their parents. Their names are Gian Battist Caterinelli (born around 1967) and Philomena Demeo (born abound 1866). Gian Battista’s parents were Nicoleta Beaeloqua (born in 1811) and Ferdinando Caterinelli (born in 1807). They were born in Volturara Irpina but all died in Canada (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario). Any help will be appreciated.

  9. rino says:

    looking for discepolo born in volturara in the early 1800

  10. Skye says:

    I am looking for any information about my great great grandmother from Volturara Irpina. Her name was Carmela (or Camilla/Camille) Monaco (sp?) born there 1862/63. She married Felice Scandone of Montella, Avellino around 1884 in Italy. They came to America in 1886/87 from Naples to settle in Boston, Mass, possibly travelling with Carmela’s brother Angelo Monaco (born in 1859). She traveled back to Italy in 1909 to visit her Aunt S. Filomena.
    Any and all info would be much appreciated.
    Thank You!

  11. Linda says:

    i am interested in obtaining information on my Zirpolo ancestors from Volturara Irpina .

  12. Kathy says:

    My father, Antonio Nunzio Pennetti, born March 25, 1913 in Volturara Irpina, moved to NYC in or about 1931 or 1932. His mother’s name is Maria deMeo (sp) and father Michele Pennetti (who fought in WWI for the US). Antonio was an only child, Maria I believe had sisters. Any information about this family that may still be in Volturara would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you so much.

    • Mark Sossi says:

      My name is Mark Sossi. My great grandfather was Nunzio Mele and he came from Volturarra. The Mele’s, the Di Meo, and Pennetti family are all interrelated. Im still in touch with Ferdinando Di Meo who is a lawyer in Avellino.

    • Kathy says:


      Thank you so much for that information. Do you think it would be possible for me to contact signore di Meo, or, do you have a suggestion that I might pursue?

      • Angela says:

        Hello, I have been working on my ancestry for about 2 years, and trace my paternal line to Avellino.

        My Great-Great-Grandparents were Marino and Alessandro DiMeo. They immigrated from Avellino in 1911 via the Prinzess Irene from Naples. Both list Volturaro Irpina as place of birth. Marino was a farm laborer, Alessandra a housewife.

        They lived in Port Washington, NY and had three children in America; Arthur, Michael and Anna.

        Arthur had one son, also named Arthur; I am Arthur Jr’s daughter.

        Any information about family in Italy would be so welcome; Alessandra’s “maiden” name (I don’t know anything of her family), Marino’s parent’s names, any relatives (brothers or sisters).


        • John says:

          I also had great grandparents that were from VI. Their name was originally Di Meo, but it got changed to DeMeo, and they also lived in Port Washington.

          • Angela says:

            Hi John – that’s fabulous, we are probably related. Maybe we can communicate on email directly?

  13. Mary says:

    My husband’s maternal grandparents came to the US from Volturara Irpina. His grandfather was Michele Pompilio DeFeo (1895-1945), son of Decio DeFeo and Nicoletta Meo DeFeo (she died about 1920). His grandmother was Ersilia DiMarino DeFeo (1894-1948), who died on a visit home to Volturara Irpina, on June 16, 1948. Ersilia’s parents were Marinoello (Di)Marino and Antonetta Raimo (Di)Marino.

    Can you provide any information about any of my husband’s great-grandparents, Decio DeFeo & Nicoletta Meo DeFeo, and Marinoello (Di)Marino & Antonetta Raimo (Di)Marino? As far as we know, they lived in Volturara Irpina their whole lives.

  14. John says:

    My grandfather Angelo DeFeo was born in Volturara Irpina February 1, 1892. He emigrated to the Port Washington New York USA via Ellis Island around 1910 ?
    Are there any records or information about him, his immediate family or any surviving members of his family still residing in Volturara ?

  15. Samuel says:

    trace the ruta name in voluturara irpinia Avellino thank you

    • Nicole says:

      Is it possible to locate my father side of the family. His name is Nicola Salerno from Volturara Irpina, born of Giovanni Antonio Salerno and Maria Di Meo on August 1928. Any info will be helful. Thank you

  16. Rino says:

    information regarding the beginning of the discepolo name. my great,great grandfather relocated in castelvetere sul calore. thank you

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Rina,
      My great grandmother was Rose Discepolo. She married Giuseppe Bimonte and lived in Castelvetere. You may know of Enrique Santos Discepolo. He is my Grandfather’s cousin and a famous Tango composer in Argentina. His father was named Santo and he was a well known musician in Naples. Rose’s father was,named Generosity Discepolo. That is all the information I have for now, as I just started researching my family a few months ago. I would be more than to share more information as I discover it.

      • rino says:

        hi rina,read your post. i was born in castelvere. my grand father antonio discepolo, was first cousin to your grandfather!!!would like to share information with you.

        • Andrea says:

          Ciao Rino! I would love to share information. My Aunt and Uncle visited Castelvetere Sul Calore last year and they were so moved that a street had been named after Elena Discepolo. We couldn’t believe it!

          Nice to meet you, Cousin!


  17. Scott says:

    Hello, I am trying to get any information on Dominico Monzione who was born in Volturora on 02/29/1893. Any information would be greatly appreciated
    Thank you

    • Silvana says:

      un autre MONZIONE Domenico est né à Volturara Irpina le 16 novembre 1932.

      C’etait mon père. Il est decede le 25 janvier 2013 en france.

      Son père s’appellait Giuseppe Monzione et sa mère Giuseppina;
      Peut etre est ce un ancetre commun?

  18. Phil says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather’s side of the family – Gioiella. My great grandfather, Alessandro Gioiella, arrived on Ellis Island on May 27, 1906, at the age of 26. He departed from Naples and lived in Volturara Irpina, Avellino, Italy. His father, my great, great grandfather, Generoso Gioiella, arrived on Ellis Island, the next year, on April 13, 1907. He also departed from Naples and lived in Volturara Irpina, Avellino, Italy. Generoso traveled to America with his son’s (Alessandro’s) wife, Carmela, and children. My great grandmother’s surname was De Meo (sp). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Is there a particular place to look for any records in Volturara Irpina? Thank you!

    • Anna says:

      I’m looking for relatives or any information on my great grandfather’s life. His name was Michele Gioiella from Volturara Irpina. He was born 1875. He had one daughter – Nicoletta Gioiella (my grandmother). He was married to Rosina Petretta Gioiella (she died at a young age). He had a sister in America – Guiseppina (Josephine)Picone who was married to Matteo Picone from Pennsylvania.

      Looking for any informaiton about him, siblings, etc.

  19. Christopher says:

    Hi I was wondering if there is any information on the D’elia family
    I went on Ellis island website it said that a Angelo D’elia came from volturara in early 1900’s but I don’t know if it volturara-irpina or appulo, any information would be greatly appreciated

    Thank you

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