Genealogy in Padula

If you search your ancestors in Padula, Campania, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Campania and in Salerno province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Padula registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Padula 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 Padula. As more your surname is common in Padula, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Padula 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.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Padula:

S. MICHELE ARCANGELO – P.zza S. Clemente, 4

S. ALFONSO DEI LIGUORI – Via Nazionale Starza

If you have the opportunity to visit Padula 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 Padula 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 our expert in Padula area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Charles says:

    Hi! My name is Charles Oliveira, and I am from Brazil. My great-grandmother was Anna Finamore, daughter of Jacob Finamore and grand-daughter of Giovanni Finamore, from Salerno. I heard that Jacob Finamore migrated to Brazil in the Nineteenth Century. Can you help me to find something out about Giovanni Finamore, such as his wife’s name and Jacob’s name, as well as their date of birth?

  2. Jeffrey says:

    Hello, my name is Jeffrey Di Muria. I am trying to find information about my Grandfather. His name was Michele Di Muria. He was born on October 8th 1875 in Padula. That is all that I have on him. Can you tell me how I might be able to find out more?

    Thank you,

  3. Adriano says:

    Hello, I’m Adriano and I think that my great-great-grandfather Nicolau Bruno, born between 1854/1855, son of João (Giovanni) Bruno, who emigrated to Brazil (Betim – MG) around 1875-1879 was a descendant of Bruno Padula. However, I have not yet been able to trace his genealogy to Padula’s ancestors. Nicolau married Rosa Maria Camardelli born in some comune of Salerno. I would be grateful if anyone had any information or genealogy from Bruno de Padula. Thank you.

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  4. Marlene says:

    I am looking for info on my grandfather Gaetano Finamore Gallo. His daughter,my mother MarleNE del Carmen Finamore and her sister Adelina were born in Colombia. I am interested in finding info about him and family. We live now in the United States.
    Luis Carlos, I’d like to contact you too.
    Marlene, nieta DE Gaetano

  5. Karl says:

    Looking for information on my Great Grandparents Giovanni Filmeno Brigandi (Briganti/Brigante/Brigande – spelling variations). Giovanni married Louisa Caggani and they had four children; Michele, Antonio, Nicholas (Cono) and Filomena.

  6. Allyson says:

    I am looking for family from Padula. Great grandmother was Saveria Moscarella. She was orphan raised by aunt Rosangela (Moscarella) Labriola who was married to Antonino Labriola. Son named Michele Labriola. Any help would be appreciated.

  7. Mary Jane says:

    My great grandparents were Stelios Delardas and Padula (first or last name of grandmother?). I believe they lived in Phoceas, Smyrna, Asia Minor in the 1800’s. Could my great grandmother have come from Padula, Salerno, Italy?

    • Roberto says:

      Estoy buscando informacion de los ancestros de Giuseppe Emilio Greco Tortora, nacido en 1927 es hijo de Tomasso Greco Carratu e Ida Tortora Romano todos de Padula. Tomasso Greco Carratu, nacido en 1902, es hijo de Vincenzo Greco y Filomena Carratu, por su parte Ida Tortora Romano, nacida en 1900, es hija de Prisco Tortora y Pascualina Romano.

      Giuseppe Emilio Greco Tortora, tiene 92 anos y vive actualmente en Caracas, Venezuela y es el padre de mi esposa Ida Patrizia Greco. Estoy armando su arbol genealogico. Agradezco la ayuda que puedan dispensar. Gracias!!

  8. Doug says:

    I am researching the following families from Padula: Garone, LaRocca, Pisano, Lentino, Malvaso, and Curcio. Luckily I have found dozens of direct ancestors to my great grandfather Paolino (Paul) Garone, who immigrated to the USA through Castle Garden in 1882. Paolino Garone (b. 1859) is 1 of 10 children born to Gerardo Garone. Gerardo was 1 of 7 children (b. 1823) to Michele Vincenzo. Michele Vincenzo (b. 1799) and his brother Francesco Garone (b. 1801) are the only two children I have found of Feliciano Garone. I would welcome the chance to talk to anyone currently living in Padula with the surname Garone currently. Grazie.

  9. Anthony says:

    I am trying to find lost connections to Padula. My greatgrand parents left around 1877 to come to NY, Francesco Deno (b 1852) and Sabina Carbone (b 1854)and had 5 children born in Padula – Michelena 1874, Michele 1876, Nicholas 1893, Raffaeli 1890, and James 1892. Francesco’s parents we beleive were Raffaeli Deno (b 1830) and Maria Finamore (b 1830).

    I would welcome and assistance that can be provided to find out where they lived and worshiped and if any relations remain in Padula after all these years.

    Grazie, Anthony

  10. Linda says:

    Vincenzo Padula birth 1856. Cousin to Joe petrosino. Came to ny about 1876. I think his parents were guiseppe and rosa padula

    • Maria says:

      My great grandmother was cousins with Joe petrosino..her name was Jessie Larocca and she migrated to Brooklyn from Padula

    • Vincent says:

      I knew the Petrosino family. My aunt was married to Prospero Petrosino, nephew of Joseph Petrosino. He was a tough police detective in New York. His younger brother was Vincenzo who was the father of Prospero and Joseph. They immigrated to Brooklyn from Padula. Vincenzo also had a daughter,Josephine. She stayed in Padula to be with her mother, Alfonsa who was the sister of my great grandfather, Michele Vegliante. Uncle Prospero and Aunt Margaret had two kids, Vincent and Alfonsa who are my first cousins. Small world, isn’t it. On my paternal side, I am a proud Padulesi. Get in touch if you can.

  11. J. Catherine says:

    Buon Giorno!

    My great grandfather immigrated from Felitto, Italy in 1902 to Old Forge, PA – USA, like so many during that time. His wife and first born son, Angelina Padula (Padupa,Padua)Salerno & Nicholas followed a year later. They lived briefly with Angelina’s sister, Stella Padula, who left Italy earlier.

    Giuseppe Salerno – born 1876, left Felitto, Italy 1902
    Angelina Padula Salerno – born 1885, left Felitto, Italy, around 1903/4
    Nicholas Salerno – born 1903, Felitto, Italy

    I am truly hoping to find remaining cousins, no matter how distant. However, I am aware of a catastrophic earthquake, but do not know it’s reach.

    Please direct me. I visited Firenze, Italy in 1995 but plan on a trip to Southern Italy in the near future. Angelina would tell my dad (they lived together) that they were the Salerno’s, who lived on a Street named Salerno, in Salerno, Italy – but we know they are originally from Felitto. I am only looking to make contact & introduce our family. We have always been taught the importance of blood.


    • Steve says:

      Catherine – My great grandmother is Ermelinda Salerno. She is from Felitto. She was born in 1877 and came to the U.S. via Ellis Island in 1903 on the ship Nord America. She settled in Old Forge, PA. There she married my great grandfather Domenico Ventre. He too is from Felitto and immigrated in 1901. He worked in the mines and in the 1910’s, they moved south to Cincinnati from Old Forge, along with many other Ventre’s. While we have voluminous info for the Ventre family, we have relatively little info regarding Ermelinda. We know she had a sister who also settled in Old Forge. The sister married another Ventre (the trail grows cold) and we know that family remained in that part of the country with the family remained in the mining business. I am going to Felitto in September. I am reaching out to Ventre relatives still in Felitto. Perhaps you have info for the Salerno’s?. If you would like further info, please let me know.

      • Jodee says:


        There were/are several Salerno families in Old Forge from Felitto. I am sorry to tell you, your ggrandmother was not a part of mine. I pray your trip to Italy can give you more insight & that it’s blessed!

  12. mike says:

    hi, i am looking for information on the following people; guiseppe caolo, giovanni zero, maria domenica onerato, thank you,mike

  13. Maria says:

    My Father, Felice Cupo,was born in Padula in Nov.17, 1911. His Mother was Maria Finamore and his father was Salvatore Cupo. Salvatore died in about 1920.
    I was told he was a Railroad Conductor. My Father, his Mother and his Brother, Louis
    and his Sister, Carmella left on the ship, Taormina(?) from Palermo(?) They arrived in Ellis Island, New York, United States in 1921.
    I would like to find out about my Grandfather, Salvatore Cupo, and about my Father’s
    Family in Padula. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks

    • Anthony says:

      maria – I recently learned that my 2nd great grandmother was a Maria Finamore likely from Padula. Wonder what if any information you have learned and if possibly we have some connection to work together?

  14. maristela says:

    Oi , gostaria de saber de meus antecedentes meu avo Antonio Vincenzo Matera, nasceu em 10 de setetembro de 1861, filho de PePPino e Di Stefano Rachele. Casou-se em 1892 com Lentino Mariangela , na Comune Di Padula. E minha bisavo Mariangela é filha de Antonio e Baratta Anna Teresa, nascida em 1875.Vieram Para o Brasil em 1893..Obrigado

  15. Terri says:

    Hi Maria, I am looking for information about my grandparents. My grandfather Antonio Dono was born March 12, 1875. My grandmother Giovannina Caputo was born in 1875. That is all the info I have. I would appreciate any information. Thank you.

    • Anthony says:

      terri – just learned that I my family is from Padula. My great grandparents were Deno (as far as we can decipher) and came to NY around 1877. Dono / Deno not being too common, I wonder if we could possibly have some connection and therefore assist each other?

  16. Maria says:

    I found out Joseph Petrisino is my Greatgrandmothers cousin..Do you know the Larocca Family from Pedula

  17. Chris says:

    I would like information on my great grandfather, Francesco Russo and my great grandmother, Rosina (maiden name unknown. Francesco’s birthdate was January 21, 1886 and he came to the USA around 1906/07. He married Rosina in Italy. She was born around 1882,and came to the USA around 1914. Their three children, Alfonso, Carolina and Antonetta were also born in Padula, and came to the USA in 1914 with a Dr. Donza as their guardian abourd ship (USS Europa).
    Thank you so much!

  18. Linda says:

    My grandfather was Vincent DeGuida (DeGuido). He married Rose Breglio (Breglia) in New York. He was a member of the New York Police squad with Joseph Petrosino. I would like any information on either of my grandparents.

    • Geraldine says:

      Hi Linda,
      I just saw your posting. My Grandfather was Michael Breglia-Breglio- finally became Breglie.He was married to Maria Gallo and they came over from Padula.They had five girls and my Mom is the last surviving, soon to be 94.Rose was his sister! Is your Mom Marie?

  19. Luis Carlos says:

    Hi Marina, I am trying to get any information about the actual family of my grandfather in Padula, his name was Gaetano Finamore Gallo, he was born in Padula in September 1899 and die in June of 1972, he was married with Emilia Borgia (1912), I apriciate any information that you have…. thanks a lots.

    • Marina says:

      Sorry that I didn’t respond sooner. Didn’t realize that you had replied. I found Gaetano Finamore born on 23 September. His father was Domenico and his grandfather was Giuseppe. Giuseppe was already deceased by 1899. They lived on via Case della Terra? Gaetano’s mother was Adelina Gallo…and her father was Giovanni. Giovanni was already deceased by 1899. I’ll keep looking later. Hope this helps.

  20. Marina says:


    Michele Raffaele De Vita married 28 December 1838 Maria (Maddalena) Pinto

  21. Luis Carlos says:

    Hi, my name is Luis Carlos and I am trying to make information on my grand grandfather, his name was Gaetano Finamore Gallo, he was born in Padula in September 1899 and die in June of 1972, we was born in Colombia (Carmen de Bolivar) where he was the father of my grandmother, after that he return to Italy and we lost the contact with him, I am trying to make all the information that I can. Please help me.

  22. Michael DeVito says:

    Hi, My name is Michael DeVito and I am trying to get information on my Great Grandfather, Raffaele DeVita. He was born in Padula 5 March1852. His father was Raffaele DeVita and his mother was Maria Pinto. He married Filomena Speranza in Padula on 9 April 1876. I am planning a trip to Padula in Sept. of 2015. I would greatly appreciate any information.

  23. Marie Matera says:

    My daughters and I will be coming to Padula, Italy on May 10th 2014. My name is Marie Matera, and my relatives Michael (Michele) Luisi was born in 1856 in Padula, Carmine Matera was born in 1887 in Padula, Maria Luisi was born in 1888 in Padula, Italy, Michael (Michele) Matera was born in 1911 in Padula, and Jennie (Vincenza) Matera was born in 1908 in Padula. We are looking for any additional information you can give us for example, where in Padula they lived, schools and churches they went to etc. Thanks so much!

    • Marco Antonio says:

      Hi, Marie,
      My name is Marco Antonio and am descended from Matera family, I live in Brazil and I have to Matera family genealogy.
      My grandmother Annita Matera is the daughter of Antonio Vincenzo Matera and Mariangela Lentino.

      Nice meet you!

      • Orlando says:

        Hi Marco,
        my great grandfather is Vincenzo Matera Volpe from Padula.death in Venezuela. have you info about it?

        • Orlando José says:

          Orlando? Tocayo eres de Venezuela? Somos Primos!
          Mi nombre es Orlando José Alvarez Contreras, yo soy tataranieto de Vincenzo Matera Volpe, soy nieto de Domingo Vicente Contreras Matera. Quisiera saber que informacion tienes al respecto y si estoy en lo correcto. Saludos!

          • Albory says:

            Hi Orlando! My name is Albory and I think we are cousins too. Regarding your comment, my great-great grandfather was Vincenzo Matera Volpe, great grandmother was Rosa Matera de Contreras married with Custodio Contreras and my grandmother was Luisa Contreras Matera from Queniquea, Tachira-Venezuela. If its the same line of the family, I would like to know if you have more information about our Italian ancestors.

  24. Michol says:

    Hi, I am looking for Luigi Riccard born 16 Apr 1886 in Padula, Italy according to his Immigration Papers in United States. Riccardi isn’t a name that quickly comes up in searches for that area and may have been a different surname. It is believed in the family that it was pronounced differently or “Americanized” so it could be spelled more easily.

    Thank you.


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