Genealogy in Cerreto Sannita

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Cerreto Sannita, 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 Benevento province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Cerreto Sannita registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Cerreto Sannita 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 Cerreto Sannita. As more your surname is common in Cerreto Sannita, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Cerreto Sannita archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Benevento province are:
Barbato, Calabrese, Caporaso, Caruso, Ciervo, Cocca, Colangelo, Corbo, D’Agostino, D’Andrea, De Ieso, De Luca, De Rosa, Del Grosso, Del Vecchio, D’Onofrio, Esposito, Falzarano, Fusco, Garofano, Grasso, Iadanza, Iannotta, Izzo, Leone, Lepore, Lombardi, Maio, Mancini, Massaro, Mercurio, Nardone, Pacelli, Palumbo, Parente, Pastore, Pedicini, Pepe, Ricci, Ricciardi, Riccio, Romano, Rossi, Ruggiero, Russo, Varricchio, Zollo, Zotti.

Church archives in Benevento 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 Cerreto Sannita and Benevento 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 Cerreto Sannita, or if you have questions regarding your family in Cerreto Sannita, 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 cerretosannita@italianside.com our expert in Cerreto Sannita area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

11 Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    Hi. I’m looking for any information on my great grandparents Louis A Lerz b. 12-30-1886 to Pasquale Lerz and Rose D’Adorno and Concetta Mendillo Lerz 5-13-1884 in Cerreto Sanita born to Joseph Sanzero and Concetta Mendillo. My paternal grandparents settled in Waterbury, CT in the early 1900s. I am getting this information from their death certificates and hoping the info is correct. Thanks in advance for any help.

  2. Nick says:

    Hello, I’m lookong for any relatives from Cerreto Sannita. My great grandfather was Lucian Iacobelli and was born in 1900. He had a brother Nicholas Iacobelli born in 1896, and a few sisters. They were young when they came to the US (living in southern Connecticut) and their last name was changed to Lacobelli instead of Iacobelli

  3. Brandon says:

    Hi, I am searching for my fellow ancestors, who did live in Cerreto Sannita, Their last names where parente, and i thok their names where Leone, thanks.

    • Chris M says:

      My GGF arrived from CS in May 1911, on a boat called Duca Degli Abruzzi. I spotted a Luigi Parente on the passenger list.

  4. Nancy says:

    Hello
    My Father-in-Law’s parents were both born in Cerrito Sannita. His name was Andrea Parente and her name was Maria Assunda Guarino. Andrea immigrated about 1907 And Assunda about 1914 with her daughters Angelina and Rosina. I would appreciate any information.

  5. John says:

    My last name is Pizzicaroli which I know is an offshoot of pizzicarola. And that we were merchants in the 17th 18th century but not much else would appreciate any help.

  6. roseann says:

    My mother was born in Cerreto Sannita in Februay, 1914. Her mother was Antoinetta Delvecchio and her father was Angelo Saviano. He died two months before she was born. I have no living relatives that can give me any more information on my grandfather. My grandmother and my mother came to the United States in 1921. I don’t know how to get anymore information on my grandfather. Please help if you can. Thank you!

  7. Rick says:

    I am told that the Mastracchio family emigrated to the USA from Cerreto Sannita around 1910. I was wondering if there are any Mastracchio’s still living in the area. I am traveling to Naples later this year and would love to visit.

  8. Ralph says:

    I would greatly appreciate any information about my grandfather Louis Maietta born in Cerreto Sannita in the mid 1880’s

  9. Joe says:

    My wife’s grandmother was born in Cerreto Sannita in 1883, Her name is Filomena Mendillo. Her husband was Angelo Mendillo from Campobasso (born 1880), thus she never had to change her name. My wife is hoping to find information to confirm this. Please let us know.

  10. Caitlin says:

    Hello, I am searching for my Italian ancestors, who lived in Cerreto Sannita, Benevento. My maternal great-grandmother was Anna Maria Giordano, born Oct 20, 1884. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1914. Her father’s name was Vincenzo Giordano and her mother was Buonaventura Giordano. Please let me know if you have any information on these people or if you know of a way to get in touch with someone who might know.

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