Genealogy in Ischia

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Ischia. As more your surname is common in Ischia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Ischia 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 Ischia 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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Ischia, or if you have questions regarding your family in Ischia, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


16 Messages to “Genealogy in Ischia”
  1. Fausto says:

    Alorenso Garibaldo 1640 possible birth left for new Spain 1660 is there any documents this old from here

  2. Anne says:

    Trying to find my relatives in Barano, Ischia. My great grandparents were Francesco Cenatiempo and Rosina Barbato. They immigrated to the US in 1905. I am trying to find information on their parents.

  3. Anthony says:

    My Papa Giuseppe and Nana Vincenza Buono were from here. Looking for any family.

  4. Nancy says:

    My husband’s grandparents left Ischia for the US in 1934. His grandfather was Francesco Buono and his grandmother was Luisa Trani Buono. After Luisa died in the 1950s, Francesco went back to Ischia and came back with a second wife, Maria Sasso Buono. Would love to know where in Ischia they are from. Francesco was born in the 1890s.

  5. Fran says:

    Looking for relatives from Ischia name Castlucta. So grateful for any information.
    Thanks, Fran

  6. Dennis says:

    My father Daniel Ischia was born in Arco, Italy in 1921. Today there are a relatively large number of people with last name Ischia living in Arco and the Trentino region, and of course many scattered around the world. Do you have any idea of how the Ischia surname was derived? Did Ischia’s originally come from Isola d’Ischia? And then migrate? Did they get their names from a ruling lord in medieval or feudal times who had the Ischia surname?

    I will be traveling on a cruise to Italy in September/October with one-day planned stop in Naples. Is there someone you know I could speak with who may have and be able to share any insights to this?

    Dennis Ischia

  7. Linda says:

    I am trying to get in touch with Nidia who is helping a friend research the Mazzella family from Ischia. My husband’s grandfather, Luigi Mazzella(b. 1871) had we believe at least two brothers, Francesco “Frank” and Porfirio. Luigi’s parents are Nicolantano/Nicolo Mazzella and Philomena/Filmena Schiano/Schiana. Info is sketchy and there are no children of Luigi that are still living to question. Maybe we match?

  8. Carol says:

    My dad, Francesco Buono was born 4.11.1913 on Barano d Ischia. His father was Dominico; mother was Cristina Scotto Buono. What was Dominico’s parents name?

  9. Lisa says:

    Also my other 2x great grandparents were Joseph Aurelio and Filomena Trani both born in 1852. I’d love to know more about these Casamicciola families.

  10. Lisa says:

    My 2x great grandparents were Salvatore Monti born 1842 who marriedo Philomath Zapata born 1847 in Casamicciola Ischia. I would love to know more about either side of their families.

  11. regina says:

    valentino scotto d’aniello married emmanuela coppola, but don’t know when, where or their parents. their son, gennaro married lucia fiore, don’t know when or where. they lived in USA
    lucia’s mother was maria candida cigliano fiore but i don’t know her father’s name or her grandparents
    any other info would be appreciated

  12. Christa says:


    I am researching my Mother’s Italian family, her Grandfather came from Ischia. When he left Ischia, he was a Priest (clearly left the priesthood in the USA at some point).
    Great GrandFathers Name: Aniello DiMeglio
    Born: April 15, 1879
    Migrated to USA: (arrived) June 9, 1913
    Parents Names: Nicola DiMeglio & Giovanna Sportiello DiMeglio
    Wife (married in USA): Maria Candida Cigliano, they had 4 children together in the US.

    Once he was in the USA, he did change the last name to Dieglio.

    I would love to know which city in Ischia they came from & any other details you might have! We will be in Ischia in September, and I would love to walk in their footsteps. :-)
    Thank you!!!

  13. Nidia says:

    I’m doing research for a friend. I already found her ancesters in the U.S. I’m trying to get info on the Mazzella family from Ischia. My friends Great grandparents came from Ischia. Porfirio Mazzella born abt.1878 (his father Nicola Mazzella)and Porfirio’s wife Maria Telese? born abt. 1883 (her father Francesco). They had all the children in New York City, first born was Filomena in 1911, also had Antonio 1912,Amalia 1917, Margherita 1921,Luigi 1922,Carlo. From what we know Maria Telese Mazzella moved back to Ischia (lived to be 94.Died around 1970’s) and so did Amalia,Luigi and Carlo.
    The big mystery is Filomena Mazzella and her son (who is my friends father). We believe Filomena was married in Italy. She had a child Antonio Mazzella born 1941 Ischia. The father is uknown,apperantly he was a soldier and died during the war. The child Antonio was placed in a Orphenage in Pozzuoli Naples around 1946-7. His mother Filomena went back to NY to work. In 1952 he was out of the orphanage and travled to NY with his uncle Luigi Mazzella.
    The family has heard the unkown father’s last name was probably Monzo. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.

    • Linda says:

      I am trying to get in touch with Nidia who is helping a friend research the Mazzella family from Ischia. My husband’s grandfather, Luigi Mazzella(b. 1871) had we believe at least two brothers, Francesco “Frank” and Porfirio. Luigi’s parents are Nicolantano/Nicolo Mazzella and Philomena/Filmena Schiano/Schiana. Info is sketchy and there are no children of Luigi that are still living to question. Maybe we match?

  14. Anthony J. says:

    Grandfathers name Giovan Giuseppe Boccanfuso married Maria Russo.
    Great Grandfathers name Vincenzo married Concetta Trani.
    Would like to go beyond great grandfather. Not sure of city in Ischia where they come from. What is the best way to find this info.
    The name is well know on Ischia.

  15. Phyllis says:

    Fathers name Manieri Giovanni born 1892. But when he came to thr US they Changed it to
    Maniero. Father born Serra d Fontana Ischia

    Mothers name Philomena mattera born 1892 in Serra d ischia

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