Genealogy in Ricigliano

If you search your ancestors in Ricigliano, 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 Ricigliano registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Ricigliano 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 Ricigliano. As more your surname is common in Ricigliano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Ricigliano 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 Ricigliano 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 Ricigliano 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 Ricigliano area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Beth says:

    I think my grandmothers family lived here. Her name was Jenny (?) Ricigliano. She was born in the late 1800’s -1900. That’s really all that I know.

  2. Renee says:

    I’m looking for ggreat granparents, Savino Simone and Theresa Pinto, son Antonio Simone married Antonia Palumbo came to US in 1885 with daughters Maria and Vincenza, and son Savino Simone born NYC 01/01/1887, trying to locate records of birth, marriage, and death for this family. Also need information on Vitoantonio Serritella married Caterina Salvatore and had daughter Maria Serritella in NYC around 1894. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Richard says:

    My grandfather was Francesco Tito. He came here to Chicago and settled around the neighborhood of 26th and Princeton. He had three sisters but I do not know their names. Thanks.

  4. Frank says:

    We will be in Italy April 2019 and would lie to visit Ricigliano to look up family. Their surname is Indelli. Any help that would allow me to contact them would be appreciated.

  5. Mickey says:

    My grandfather Michelangelo Palumbo
    Was from Ricigliano. He left Naples on the ship Scotia in November 1902 to Ellis Island, then on to Chicago, Illinois.
    He was 11 and was traveling with his mother Filomena Mennello age 30.
    They both were going to Chicago to be with Giuseppe Palumbo father to Michelangelo and husband to Filomena. Would anyone know the names are family!
    Thank you

  6. Mary Ann says:

    My grandfather’s name was Joseph Ricigliano. Born 1867. He was from Ricigliano. Is it possible he acquired the name of his town as his surname when he came to America? He married Mary DiGiacomo born 1876. Any information would be appreciated.

  7. Steven says:

    Looking for information on the Surname “Riviello”. Domenico Born approx 1867,Wife Maria Riviello (Nee Branda) his son Gerardo Born appox 1894. Both came to the USA from Ricigliano, Italy according to the Ship manifest around 1900 out of the port of Naples.

    Thank you.

    • Barbara says:

      I have Domenico’s father as Federico
      I have Domenico’s mother as Maria DeLucia
      I have Domenico born 1864
      I have Domenico married on 14 July 0893 to Maria Brenda.
      I have their children:
      Gerado, Frederico, Assunta and Raffaele

      email me and I will also give you the children’s b.d. I do not have who they married, however.

  8. Claudia says:

    I am searching for grandparents that were born in Ricigliano and married there as near I can tell. Angelina Orga (born 1866) whose parents were Vincenzo and Vittoria and her husband Alexander Tortoriello (born 1859) and his parents were Francesco Tortoriello and Christine Altieri. Any help would be much appreciated. I am kind of stuck and can find no records of them in Italy.

  9. Donna says:

    Trying to find parents of Vito Serritella (mar 1, 1859 died after1921inRicigliano. first wife Mary Saracco (died Sept 1889 Chicago)also would like to find her parents

  10. James says:

    Looking for children & parents of Vito Antonio Bagnuolo (Born: circa 1869 Ricigliano) & his wife, Giacomina Pacelli, also from Ricigliano.

    • Sheila says:

      James – I am researching my husbands family – Pacelli (Pacella). From Ricigliano. Vito Pacelli born Nov 1868. His parents are Carmine Pacella (Pacelli) 1841-1913 and Maria Giovanna Baguola 1842-1925. Her parents are Dominico Baguola and Lucia Serritella. All from Ricigliano. Is there a connection?

      • Lori says:

        My paternal great grandmother’s name was Angelina Bagnuolo and she came to Philadelphia via NYC in 1903 from Ricigliano. According to Ancestry,com, she had a sister who sponsored her trip her by the name of Donata Bagnuolo who was married and living in NYC.

      • Mark says:

        We were visiting Ricigliano many times when I was a little boy growing up in Naples. My grandfather was Joseph Serritella – born in the USA … grew up in Chicago and reloated to South Bend, Indiana. I have some other cousins with last name of Iaculla and Caponigri (not sure of the spelling)

        • Carol B says:

          Hello Mark,
          I have these people in my tree. Maria Caterina Serritella married Vito Iacullo. Their son Joseph Paul Iacullo married Frances Serritella. Lots of intermarrying. My husband’s great grandmother was Maria Caponigri born in Ricigliano, a daughter of Gaetano Caponigri and Vita Altieri. Good to “meet” you.

    • Barbara says:

      I have the following children of Vitaanotio Bagunolo and Giacomina Pacelli:
      Annamarie born 18 Oct. 1891
      Incoronata born 08 Aug. 1894
      Santa born 11 Mar 1897
      I have no spouses of the above girls, however.

  11. Leta says:

    I am at a dead end….I find my great grand parents arriving in NYC in 1904 and 1905 Vincenzo Fillipo Marzano and Rosa Petrolla. I do not know where else to look. Family says we are from Calabria, but records show Ricigliano. they were married approx (1899-1900) in Italy and came to US with two small children and became naturalized in 1913 (Watertown, NY)
    I have all the baptism records of the other 7 children born in NY (one more perished a couple months old)

    Looking for marriage or birth records of my great grands parents.
    Any Help would be appreciated.

  12. Ray says:

    My wife’s grandfather was from Ricigliano and arrived in the US around 1900. His last name was Vincenzo Freda. I am trying to find any remaining relatives in Rici that we can contact and possibly visit. Any guidance is appreciated.

    Ray Giese

  13. Marilyn says:

    My grandparents were from Rigiliano. They came here in the early 1900″s.

  14. Kathy says:

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    I have been doing research on my family from Ricigliano. The names are Guiseppe Sabbia, Onofrio Sabbia, Donata Marr, Cristina Stolfa, Nick Stolfa and Antonette Seritella. I believe that Onofrio and Donata came to the United States, in 1880 or 1881. Guiseppe was the father of Onofrio whom married Donata Marr. They were the parents of Guiseppe Sabbia who married Cristina Stolfa (in Chicago, I beleive) who was the daughter of Nick Stolfa and Atonette Seritella.

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