Genealogy in Sorrento

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


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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Sorrento, or if you have questions regarding your family in Sorrento, 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 Sorrento area will reply to you


  1. Anthony says:


    I’m try to find my great grandfather’s birth certificate and not sure where to start. Can someone here help?

    His name was Edward (or Edwardo) Cacace, born in Sorrento Italy, March 17th 1887.
    It sounds like his mother’s name may have been Catherine and his brother’s name was Domenico
    I believe he was married to Antonia Florentino (or Fiarentino?) and they had two children, Catherine and Edward Alexander Cacace

    Thank you so much for your time.

  2. Ben says:


    I am trying to find more info. about my grandfather, who I knew as Mike Sara and my grandmother, who I knew as Angelina (maiden name Parache or Parche) Sara. One of my cousins recently found some papers that identified Sorrento as their place of origin. Mike was born January 3, 1887 and Angelina was born October 29, 1893. When they came to the US, they initially settled in Pennsylvania, and I think my grandfather came over first, around 1907-1911. I haven’t been able to find any information about them or their families before they came to the US. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Ben Ferro

  3. Wendy says:

    Hello,i am looking for a mr Edward Henry formally known as Teddy,back in the 50s,he left the uk,and married an italian woman,from sorrento,he was from irish decent,and could have left in the 50s,60s,i dont know if he is alive but i would really love to know my Italian family,as i go to amalfi alot there arent many henrys in the naples sorrento area,so it wont be hard to find,do you know how i can find out,tegards wendy henry,cousin

  4. Mariana says:


    I am trying to find more information about my great-great grandfather… his name is Giovani Milano Campiello, he was born in Sorrento, Napoli, Campania, Italia. I need his birth date and death date (but I believe he died in Brazil) – I also would like to know the name of his parents.

  5. Bethany says:

    Hello, I am looking to obtain my great grandfather’s birth certificate. I believe he was from Sorrento, and I am certain he was from the Napoli region. Can you instruct if it is possible to contact the Commune of Sorrento to obtain this information? His name was Camillo Ferraro. His parents were Salvatore Ferraro and Filomena DeMartino. He died in 1923 in the US and was about 44 years old. I do not have his date of birth.

  6. Susan says:

    I am looking for the family of Salvatore Guido sometimes spelled Quito. Salvatore’s father (Francisco) spelled his surname Guito.
    Salvatore went to America in 1912 or 1913. What records he has filled out in the United States list his place of birth as (Made) Meta, Napoli, and Sorrento. The elders say he was from Sorrento.
    I have 2 questions. 1. What is the correct spelling of the surname? 2.
    Where can I write in an attempt to get a copy of his birth certificate?

  7. Connie says:

    .Looking for parents or siblings of Grandparents from Italy. Granfather Giuseppe Notturno (Nettuno in America) March 14,1883 in Sorrento and Grandmother Anna Marie Tramontano (Tramantano in America) in Sorrento. Married May 10,1906 in Sorrento. I think the Notturno family moved from Caserta around 1930’s. Giuseppe came to America 1910 and Anna in 1911 with 3 children Giovanni, Antonio, Concetta all born in Italy. If you can tell me where to look or have any information I would appreciate your help.

  8. 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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