Genealogy in Sorrento

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

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


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

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

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

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



It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Sorrento. As more your surname is common in Sorrento, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Sorrento 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 Sorrento 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 Sorrento, or if you have questions regarding your family in Sorrento, 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 sorrento@italianside.com


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  1. Lydia Burns says:

    My great grandfather was supposed to be born in Sorrento. His name was Antonio Fioto. Born 05 March 1851. He married Carmela Cacace. His father was Francesco Fioto and mother Bridget Mc Namara. They moved to the USA sometime around 1882. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Lydia Fioto Burns

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