Genealogy in Acerra

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Acerra. As more your surname is common in Acerra, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Acerra archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Napoli province are:
Amato, Ambrosio, Annunziata, Ascione, Borrelli, Borriello, Capasso, Capuano, Castaldo, Cirillo, Coppola, Cozzolino, Cuomo, D’Angelo, De Falco, De Luca, De Martino, De Rosa, De Simone, Del Prete, Di Costanzo, Di Maio, Esposito, Ferrara, Ferraro, Fusco, Gallo, Gargiulo, Giordano, Guarino, Izzo, Liguori, Maresca, Marino, Napolitano, Pagano, Palumbo, Panico, Piccolo, Riccio, Romano, Ruggiero, Russo, Sannino, Scognamiglio, Sorrentino, Vitale, Vitiello.

Church archives in Napoli 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 Acerra and Napoli 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 Acerra, or if you have questions regarding your family in Acerra, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
Our expert in Acerra area will reply to you


16 Messages to “Genealogy in Acerra”
  1. Rose says:


    My grandfather, Antonio De Cristofaro, was born in Acerra in around 1884. He studied music at the conservancy of music in Naples. He married Rosa La Bedessa, don’t know the date. I think that my mother, Caterina Nella De Cristofaro, was also born in Acerra. She died when I was 12 years old. I have been trying in vain to find her birth certificate. Are you able to assist me. I plan on being in Naples in September 2018. If unable to get it on line, perhaps a trip to Acerra could be planned. In 2014, I visited Castrolibero, Cosenza, and was able to secure my father’s certificate. It was so moving! I look forward to your response.

    Rose (Pellegrino) De Lano

  2. Frank says:

    Both my parents were born in Acerra. I am looking to verify this as well as obtain any documentation, birth certificates, former address, etc.

    My father’s name is Antonio Scognamiglio, we believe he was born on January 4, 1942.

  3. Katherine says:

    Sto cercando Il mio cugino Antonio De Rosa. Da Acerra Napoli.
    I’m looking for my cousin Antonio De Rosa, he lives in Acerra Napoli, he’s cousin of Anita and Rosa De Rosa, my Dad is Giuseppe De Rosa. Last time we spoke was back in 86,87,88… lost contact after my dad died.

    • Tony says:

      Hello Katherine
      I also have a cousin in Acerra by the same name. It would help if you could provide the names of his parents. Regards Tony PS I now live in Australia

  4. John says:

    Researching ancestors from Acerra, Marigliano and Somma Vesuviana –
    Surnames —- Auriemma, Riemma, D’Arco, Iossa

  5. Leslie says:

    Hello, I am looking for any relatives from my great grandmother, Francis Perino, which was her maiden name. She married Christopher Messina who was also from Acerra. She came to America and settled in Chicago sometime in the early 1920’s. I am interested in finding any relatives that may still be there.

    Leslie Roach

  6. Steve says:

    Looking for any information about Antonio Pietro Panico, born about 1852. Married Maria (unknown surname) & had something like 10 sons. Probably died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is shown as immigrating to the United States from Laviano.
    Maria Panico was born in about 1852. She and Antonio married in about 1872 and came to the US in about 1876.
    They lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    They sometimes used the surname “Penico.” Their youngest three sons had that surname. The older sons have Panico as their surname. We’re not sure why they changed it.

  7. joyce says:

    Searching for parents of John TOSCANO, born 3 Jan.1891 Acerra, Italy. He died in Laramie, Wyoming, USA in 1974.
    Also, descendants say he had a brother Frank who also came to U.S.(NFI)

    Also, if possible, would like to know year of their emigration from Italy. One census says 1906 and another says 1909, or could be earlier or later.

    Any help appreciated. THX.

  8. Paula says:

    My Father, Antonio Liguori came here in 1928 or 1929. His Parents were
    Nicola Liguori and ( Maria)Maddelena Difiore.

  9. Tammy says:

    I am having a difficult time trying to find information for Frank Danna. His naturalization papers say he was born in 1892 in Acerra, Italy. My husband said Frank came from a family of more than 12 children. He also has stated that the last name was changed when he came to the US. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Tammy,

      There is a Frank Danna on the 1940 census – spouse Louis Danna – in Pennsylvania – Children – Joseph, Tony, John, and Eleanor – Immigrated to USA in 1909 – also a Francesco D’Anna that immigrated to USA from Italy with 1892 birth year listed that came to the US in 1925.

  10. Walter says:

    Procuro minha Família na Italia,na cidade de Acerra,filhos,netos e bisnetos de Ambrogio Castaldo e Filomena Pirola,seus filhos:-Ambrogio,Carmine,Agostinho,Cuono,Rafhaella,Michelle,Ambrogio.
    Carmine nascido em 02\11\1884,casado com Caterina,e seus filhos Filomena,Addolarete,Pietro e Maria,todos nascidos em Acerra.
    Ambrogio e Filomena vieram para o Brasil em 1900.

  11. Phyllis says:

    My grandparents are from Acerra. I have been able to discover much of my ancestral background using the Mormon site. I have I have a few unanswered
    questions. My triple great-grandfather was Aniello Vacchiano born in 1797 to
    Antonio Vacchiano and Laura Castaldo. I was in Acerra in May of 2012 and met the
    a possible cousin, Aniello Vacchiano. We are trying to verify the relationship. His grandfather was Agostino Vacchiano born on May 10. 1854. Aniello went to the city hall in Acerra only to find that their are no parents listed for Agostino.
    The Annunziata Church was closed when I was in Acerra, so I could not check to see if their was a baptismal record for him. My great-grandparents ancient home
    was on Via Pace No. 6 or 7 near the Annunziata Church. Also, I am trying to verify the parents of Teresa Castaldo. I am told she was born to Maria Rosa Vacchiano and Pietro Castaldo(my great-grandparents) around 1850’s. I know she married Giuseppe Esposito. I do find a Teresa Castaldo on the Mormon site, but not the correct one. I know the names of three of her children:Rosaria Esposito born around 1877 and Pietro Esposito born abt.1880’s and an Andrew. All of the siblings, I believe came to America.I appreciate any help you can give. Thank you, Phyllis

    • Jacki says:

      Hi Phyllis,
      I read your message. My name is Jacki. My grandfather is also from Acerra, his parents were Ferdinando (born 1873) and Antoinette (born 1876) Vacchiano. Antoinette maiden name I’m having difficulty identifying due to inconsistencies in records. Family has it spelled Stincillo, but haven’t located that surname. Ferdinando’s parents are Ignazio Vacchiano and Julia ( possible Caparole or similar. (There are so many variations of the last name). I have been researching and haven’t been able to find any records from Italy. I have not found many records for Vacchiano, When i saw your message I was so surprised to see the name vacchiano. If you have other information on Vacchiano’s I would appreciate it if you would consider sharing it. I seemed to have reached a dead end.
      Thank you, Jacki

      • Elizabeth says:

        Hi Jacki – There is a Ferdinando Vacchiano listed with a Antionette Stoincilla with a daughter Carmen Vacciano – listed with the Illinois, Cook Co birth records – Ferdinando was borm 1873 and Antionette was born 1876. He is listed that he came to Ellis Island on 18 March 1904. Hope this helps.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Phyllis,

      The New York Passenger arrival on 22 Oct 1913 from Naples – is listed from Acerra, and coincides with her birth year of 1877. (Rosaria Esposito).

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