Genealogy in Nola

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Nola 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 Nola. As more your surname is common in Nola, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Nola 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 Nola 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.
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 Nola, or if you have questions regarding your family in Nola, 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 nola@italianside.com our expert in Nola area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

1 Comment

  1. Vincent says:

    I will be visiting Italy in May. My grandfather was said to have been from Avellino or Naples and based upon some recent research, I may have found that he was from Nola. Where would I go to check genealogy records for Naples, Avellino and/or Nola? He spelled his name Vincenzo Perone and was born on December 26, 1876. He was married to Angiolina Bravaco (probably in Italy) before he came to the U.S.A. I can’t find his birth certificate or his marriage certificate. Can you point me in the right direction. Thank you. Vincent Pirone

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