Genealogy in Alvignano

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Alvignano 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 Alvignano. As more your surname is common in Alvignano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Alvignano archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Caserta province are:
Barbato, Colella, Conte, Coppola, Corvino, Crisci, D’Angelo, De Lucia, De Rosa, Di Nuzzo, Diana, Esposito, Fabozzi, Farina, Ferrara, Ferraro, Fusco, Gallo, Guida, Iodice, Izzo, Letizia, Lombardi, Marino, Martino, Mastroianni, Merola, Mottola, Natale, Pagano, Palmieri, Papa, Pascarella, Pellegrino, Piccirillo, Piccolo, Piscitelli, Raucci, Ricciardi, Riccio, Romano, Rossi, Russo, Salzillo, Santoro, Schiavone, Tartaglione, Vitale.

Church archives in Caserta 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 Alvignano and Caserta 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 Alvignano, or if you have questions regarding your family in Alvignano, 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 Alvignano area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Liz says:

    My family has the manifest for my great-great-grandmother, Clorinda Giaquinto, who was born in Alvignano around 1876. Any information or helpful tips for finding more information about her family would be really appreciated.

  2. Brenda says:

    My husband and I headed to Alvignano on April 26, 2018. Looking for family members. His great grandfather, Joseph Russo, born June 2, 1872 (father Giovani Russo and mother Maria C Meve) and great grandmother, Rose Mary Riccia, born Dec 23, 1885 (father Carmen Riccia and Mother Mary Phippiano.

    Thank you!

  3. Frank says:

    My father, frank Vincent giaquinto was born in Alvihnano around 1899 and and was brought to the states when he was about two or three years old. I’m looking for information on his parents.

  4. Lorraine says:

    I will be in Naples the second week of October, in about 3 weeks. I am looking for any information about my grandfather, Guiseppo Saggese. I have his date of birth as 10th Feb, 1897. I believe he came to the United States in 1911 on a ship called Regina. I will be visiting Alvignano with my sister and daughter and will be trying to find any information I can. If anyone has any information or tips about where I could look and what to do it would be greatly appreciated. I am working on dual citizenship and would love to get as much information as possible.
    Thank you!

  5. Tammy says:

    Looking for birth records for my great grandfather Vincenzo James Perpetuo Riccio born July 13, 1884 in Alvingnano, Italy. He immigrated to America out of Naples under the name Vincenzo Perpetuo in 1906, however all other records (marriage, death, draft, etc.) are under Vincenzo Riccio. Any information you could provide would be most appreciated.

  6. Mike says:

    Hey! I’m looking for help in finding the family of my great grandfather, Giovanni Guardo, who was born in Alivagnano in 1895. His mother was Agnes Maggigo, I’m not sure what his father’s name was, possibly Vincenzo. Giovanni immigrated with his uncle to the United States in 1911, changed his name to John Ward, and settled in Schenectady, NY. Any information on his family will be very helpful. Thanks!

  7. Caitlin says:

    Hi! I’m looking for pretty much any information on my great-great-grandfather, Pasquale DeMarco. He was born September 9 or 12, 1862 in Avignano and emigrated to New York in probably 1878 or 1881. He made a name for himself in America, helping new Italian immigrants (particularly from Avignano) come to America and helping them settle in. He eventually wound up being the person who brought the priest, Father Giovanni Bencivenga of Avignano, to Schenectady for the new Italian Catholic church.

    However, we know absolutely nothing about his life before coming to America, not even his parents’ names. For someone who *claimed* the DeMarco family was descended from Spanish knights in the service of the Neopolitan crown in the 13th century, he didn’t leave a very good trace of it.

    Any help at least figuring out Pasquale’s parents’ names would be very much appreciated.

  8. David says:

    My search has brought me to Alvignano. One of the ship lists list a Francesco Napolitano, who could be my great grandfather Francesco Paolo Napolitano, born 12 Apr 1864. The dates don’t match. His naturalization application says he arrived in New York in 1887. He married a Maria Fabrizio in New york, who had travelled to New Yorkl with her brother Rocco Fabrizio. We were always told they were from the Naples area. Could you shed any light on this? My cousin shares the same great grandfather. She married a man who was born in Naples, and she wants to find the Napolitanos in Italy.

  9. Andrea says:

    My great-grandparents came from Alvignano. My great-grandfather was Ceasare Mastroianni (Mastrianni when he arrived in the United States). He was married to Lucia Mastroianni (maiden name was Raccio)

    i am trying to find their cousins. Thank you.

    • Irene says:

      Hi! I am reading your message from Jan 1, 2016. I just saw that I am a DNA match with someone has a family tree that includes Ceasare (b.1877) and Lucia Raccio Mastroianni, who moved from Caiazzo, Caserta, Campania, Italy to Schenectady. I am looking for Michael (Michele)(born around 1866) Mastriani from Alvignano who moved to Schenectady in the late 1800s. I suspect that Ceasare and Michael were cousins of some sort. Did you ever find any information on Ceasare and Lucia? I would love to know more of their family history.

  10. Dora T. says:

    Hi Donna: I just find it a bit interesting that we both have family from Alvignano and our grandparents names are very similar. If we are from the same family this is the brief synopsis of what I know: My father name was Antonio Alessandro Tommasone, his father’s name (my grandfather) was Giuseppe Tommasone married to Rachele Friello; both from Alvignano. Giuseppe Tommasone’s father, my great grandfather name was Giuseppe Tommasone as well married to Mariangela Friello. A bit confusing. I do know that my grandfather had a lot of mistresses and I’m sure he has had children with others, but to be honest with you as you know, back in those days nobody told. I was told that they did have a lot of properties which they loved women and gave and gambled most away. My mother told me that my great grandfather and wife Mariangela Friello died young and left many children behind which were taken in by family members. I do know that one of my grandfather’s sister came in the States when she was 16, I think her name was Marianne moved upstate NY and they saw each other again 60 years later when he came here for the first time in 1973.

  11. Joe says:

    I am searching for information about the Mastroianni and Morelli families who were from Alvignano.

    Nicola Morelli (b. abt 1866) came to the USA abt 1900. I believe he returned to Italy at a later date to bring his wife to the USA.

    Andreanna Andreano Morelli (b. 11 Oct 1886) and her sister Antonietta Morelli (b. abt 1888) came to the USA on 30 Jun 1906 to stay with their Father Nicola Morelli.

    Vincenzo Mastroianni (b. 19 Jun 1883) came to the USA abt 1900 to stay with his Uncle Nicola Morelli. Vincenzo’s brother Luigi (b. abt 1899) came to the USA abt 1904.

    I would like to learn about the wife and history of Nicola Morelli. I would like to learn about the parents and history of Vincenzo Mastroianni.

    Molte grazie,


    • Louis Carusone says:


      The Luigi you mentioned above is my grandfather (I am named after him). I am also searching for the information you mentioned above.

      Could you please contact me and we can possible exchange some information.

      Lou Carusone

      • Irene says:

        I am looking for information on my great-grandfather, Michael (Michele) Mastriani (born abt. 1868). He left Alvignano in 1888 and moved to Schenectady, NY. Do you have any idea if he is the same Mastriani family as your grandfather, Luigi? Any information on the family would be appreciated!

        • Cara says:

          Hi Irene,
          Our family moved from Alvignano to the Schenectady area with the last name of Mastroianni. Could this be any relation? Gabriel and Josephine.

  12. Angela says:

    Hello I’m looking for info on my 3rd great grandparents. The last info I have ( on my great grandfather ) is Louis ( luigi) Faraone married Carmella Marotta in Schenectady Ny. I’m searching for Louis parents. His marriage liscence said Dominichi Faraone and a Clementina Navesetta. I cannot find a record for them entering through Ellis Island. Any help would be awesome.

    • Kathie says:

      In researching my own Faraone family from Alvignano, I came across the following: Domenico Faraone m.Clementina Navanetta(sp?)-children: Mariantonia Faraone m. Guiseppe Diana in 1909 & Raffaele Faraone b. 1886- These Faraone families were from the Angiolilli/San Nicolas towns in Alvignano. I hope this helps narrow your search.

      • David says:

        Researching my Italian side brought me to Alvignano as well. My grandfather (Giuseppe Luigi Diana) came to the US in 1906 at the age of 11 with his mother (Luisa Amato Diana) and his sister. Everyone settled in Ohio (Lorain or Cleveland). I have no record that my great-grandfather (Pasquale Diana) b.1855 ever came to the US. I’m also working on my great-great grandparents (Guiseppe Diana and Lucrezia Reggiero) in Alvignano. An interesting note is that one of my great-grandmother’s brothers, Francesco Amato, married Rosa Faraone in Alvignano in 1895 before coming to the US and settling in Lorain, Ohio. If you think there might be a connection with the Diana’s or Faraone’s in our families, please contact. Thanks.

      • Mark B says:

        My paternal great Grandmother was Filomena Faorone from Alvignano. She married Angelo Battista. They were born in the late 1800’s (I’ll have to go back to their graves to get the specific dates. I would love to find their birth records, but do not know how to go about obtaining birth records from overseas.

  13. Tyler says:

    I am looking for more info on my Great Grandfather’s side from Alvignano.

    Andrew (Andrea) Pastore born 1885 on November 15.
    Left for America sometime before 1906, I want to say 1903. Married Giuseppina Randazzo in 1906.

    Nicola Pastore (My Great Great Grandfather)
    Filomena Sparano (My Great Great Grandmother)
    Alfredo Pastore (Andrews brother or half-brother)

    Possible birth records would be great for Andrew or where to find them.
    Birth, death, marriage records for Nicola, Filomena or even where they might be buried in Italy.

    Thank you.

  14. Adele says:

    Im looking for information about my great grandparents, Luigi Marino and Guiseppina Grostano both from Alvignano, left in 1909 for America. She was 17 and he was 22.

    • Gail says:

      Adele, my grandmother also left Alvignano in 1909, and she was also 17! Her name was Bernardina Constantino. They must have known each other. My mother told me that my grandmother sailed 2nd class aboard a German oceanliner. Do you know how your grandparents traveled?

  15. Joan says:

    I am looking for information about Amelio Domenico Isabella. I believe he was born in Avignano around 1901. We would like to visit the church he attended and possibly meet relatives when we visit Italy.

    • Tommaso says:

      I am a descendant of the family Isabella of Alvignano and I have made a family tree.

      • Debbie says:

        Hi Tommaso,

        I am looking for information on the family of my maternal great-grandmother, Mariangela Agnese Isabella, born in Alvignano in 1876. She married Dominick DiPasquale from the Montoro area of Avellino, and emigrated to the USA around 1902. She resided in Ballston Spa, NY, where she had 10 children.

        If you could provide any additional information on her family or circumstances, I would be grateful.


        • Lauren says:

          Hello! I am also an Isabella descendent. My great-great-grandmother was Mariasanta Isabella from Alvignano. She was born around 1872. Her father’s name was Anthony Isabella (Antonio) and her mother was Caterina Paolino.
          My cousin in Italy was able to find her birth certificate for me, but I am unable to find any information on the Isabella family itself, like its history or background. If anyone has any information or tips, I would really appreciate it! Thank you!

  16. Donna says:

    I am looking for my grandfathers family name tommasone, my grandfather antonio tommasone was born in 1889 in alvignano italy, he came to america in 1910 and sometime after 1920 he changed his name to thomas.My grandfathers father was alessandro tommasone he married mariangella friello sometime before 1889 in alvignano my great grandfathers fathers name was guiseppi tommasone and his mother was named marianna perrino. my great grandmothers father was domenico friello and her mother was named michaela valentino. I am interested in my great grandfather he passed away they said by a gunpowder explosion it was around 1900. my grandfathers sister Theresa tommasone they said was poisoned by a lover approximately before 1935. please email me with any information if you can. they lived on a farm on the top of a hill the property is still there but there is nothing on it we are told. thank you so much for your time.

  17. Susan says:

    Looking for birth records for my grandmother and great grandmother born in Alivagnano, Italy. Grandmother’s birth name was Caterina D’Antonio, her father was Louis D’Antonio. Her mother – my great grandmother’s maiden name was Maria Caracciolo(a) – not certain. My grandmother Caternina D’Antonio’s date of birth is August 14, 1886. I believe she was either 6 or 8 when she came to the United States.
    If you can provide me with the tools to obtain birth records or if any family members may still live in Alvignano that would be helpful. I am planning a trip upon retirement.
    Thank you,

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