Genealogy in Bellosguardo

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Bellosguardo 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 Bellosguardo. As more your surname is common in Bellosguardo, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Bellosguardo archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Salerno province are:
Alfano, Amato, Annunziata, Apicella, Bruno, Califano, Caputo, Cirillo, Coppola, Cuomo, D’Amato, D’Ambrosio, D’Angelo, De Luca, De Martino, De Rosa, Esposito, Ferraioli, Ferrara, Gallo, Giordano, Greco, Grimaldi, Iannone, Lamberti, Landi, Manzo, Marino, Napoli, Pagano, Palumbo, Pellegrino, Pepe, Rinaldi, Rizzo, Romano, Ruggiero, Russo, Santoro, Senatore, Sessa, Sica, Sorrentino, Tortora, Trotta, Vitale, Vitolo, Volpe.

Church archives in Salerno 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 Bellosguardo and Salerno 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 Bellosguardo, or if you have questions regarding your family in Bellosguardo, 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 bellosguardo@italianside.com our expert in Bellosguardo area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

8 Comments

  1. Joe says:

    My grandparents and father are from Bellosguardo. I understand the Capozzoli family was such of nine brothers and one sister. My grandfather was Raphael married to Maria Nicoella.
    Other babes if family members there are Pepe, Papa and Budetta
    All comments welcome

  2. John says:

    My grandfather’s name was Raffaele Antonio Tucci and he was born in Bellosguardo on 17 Jan 1887. His father’s name was Carmine Tucci and his mother’s name was Antonia Pepe. I would like to know if I have any family in Bellosguardo and also how I can get a copy of my grandfather’s birth certificate so I may apply for Italian citizenship.

  3. Berenice says:

    Hi Desina: What a beautiful and unique name you have. You would have loved your grandfather. Cumpare Mariano is what I called him because he and Comare Ivy were godparents to my brother Tony. Let me start at the beginning. Your Grandfather Mariano was born in Bellosguardo Italy in 1890 and emigrated to Canada in 1912. He lived for awhile in Montreal with my uncle Cassio Pepe. Uncle Cassey moved to the USA, Bridgeville Penna while Cumpare moved to Toronto. He fathered Josephine, Frank, Mary, Joe, Dolores, and Theresa
    If you are Theresa’s daughter, I met you years ago shortly after Theresa moved back to Toronto from New York. He was a great and good man and so was Comare Ivy.
    Would love to hear from you.

  4. Desina says:

    I don’t know year of birth, but my grandfather was born in Bellosguardo before the turn of the 20th century. His name was Mariano Brunetti. I think three brothers came over to the US and Canada. Mariano ended up in Canada.

    He is actually buried in Bellosguardo because he died while visiting (late ’50s, early ’60s). In Canada he married my grandmother, Ivy Togne.

    As late as the mid-60s one of his sisters was still alive, and came overseas to visit.

    I would love more information. When he died, an article was published about him and the work he did helping bring other people over (I think. It was in Italian, and I’ve only heard about it thirdhand, as it has since been lost).

    My dream has long been to visit Bellosguardo, see the grave of the grandfather I never got to meet but know I would have loved.

  5. louie says:

    my grandfathers name was Francesco Pepe. I know his brother died in ww1 and his name was Luigi. Francesco and Emilia Pepe ( nee Torre) had 4 children, 1 boy ( luigi) and 3 girls. I was named after Luigi ( my Mom was the youngest of the three girls).

  6. Joan says:

    My grandmother’s mother’s maiden name was Capo (Mariantionetta). Her parents were Michele Capo and Luigia Croce. Mariantionetta had a brother born July 1 1871 in Bellosguardo. I know that Mariantionetta was born prior to that because my grandmother Angelina was born Dec. 25th 1889. I think it was in 1867.
    I would like to know if Mariantionetta had other sibblings because of the difference in birth years between her and her brother Ralph.

    • Joan says:

      Joan says:
      February 15, 2016 at 2:48 pm
      My grandmother’s mother’s maiden name was Capo (Mariantionetta). Her parents were Michele Capo and Luigia Croce. Mariantionetta had a brother born July 1 1871 in Bellosguardo. I know that Mariantionetta was born prior to that because my grandmother Angelina was born Dec. 25th 1889. I think it was in 1867.
      I would like to know if Mariantionetta had other sibblings because of the difference in birth years between her and her brother Ralph.

  7. Kathy says:

    my grandfather was born in bellosguardo, salerno Italy. his name was carlo pepe. he was born December 17th, 1893. I would like to know his parents names and his siblings.

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