If you search your ancestors in Salerno, 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 Salerno registrar as of that date.
So, if your ancestors were in Salerno in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Salerno to know more.
Before to start your genealogy research in Salerno, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Campania and in Salerno too.
Next picture shows the demographic trends in Salerno 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 Salerno. As more your surname is common in Salerno, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Salerno 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 Salerno:
S. PIETRO IN CAMERELLIS – Corso Garibaldi, 224
S. MARIA DELLE GRAZIE E S. BARTOLOMEO – Largo Giovanni Luciani, 1
S. MARIA DELLA PORTA E S. DOMENICO – Largo San Tommaso d’ Aquino
S. MICHELE IN RUFOLI – P.zza S. Michele, 11 – Ogliara
SANTI MATTEO E GREGORIO MAGNO – Piazza Alfano I, 1
SS. CROCIFISSO – Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 1
MARIA SS. IMMACOLATA – Piazza S. Francesco
S. AGOSTINO E SS. APOSTOLI – Piazza Sant’ Agostino
S. CUORE DI GESU’ – Piazza Vittorio Veneto
S. EUSTACHIO MARTIRE – Via Brignano Inferiore, 41
GESU’ REDENTORE – Via Carnelutti
S. DEMETRIO MARTIRE – Via Dalmazia, 6
S. ANDREA APOSTOLO – Via dei Canali, 10
S. GIUSEPPE – Via Enrico Bottiglieri, 21
S. VINCENZO DE’ PAOLI – Via Fatebenefratelli, 6
MARIA SS. DEL CARMINE E S. GIOVANNI BOSCO – Via Francesco la Francesca
MARIA SS. DEL ROSARIO DI POMPEI – Via Generale Alfonso la Marmora, 10
CUORE IMMACOLATO DI MARIA – Via Madonna di Fatima, 1
MARIA SS. DELLA MEDAGLIA MIRACOLOSA – Via Matteo Galliano
S. MARIA REGINA PACIS – Via Nazionale delle Calabrie, 3
S. MARIA DEI BARBUTI IN FRATTE – Via Nicola Buonservizi, 25
S. PAOLO APOSTOLO – Via Nicola Petrosino
S. MARIA E S. NICOLA IN OGLIARA – Via Ogliara, 198 Fr. Ne Ogliara
S. MARIA A MARE – Via Picenza, 63/B
GESU’ RISORTO – Via Picenza, 76
VOLTO SANTO – Via Rocco Cocchia, 12 16
S. LUCIA GIUDAICA E S. VITO MAGGIORE – Via Roma, 142
S. TROFIMENA NELL’ANNUNZIATA – Via Roma, 302
S. CROCE E S. BARTOLOMEO IN GIOVI – Via S. Croce, 23 – Giovi
S. LEONARDO – Via S. Leonardo, 239 – San Leonardo
S. MARGHERITA DI PASTENA E S. NICOLA DE PUMPULO – Via S. Margherita, 1
S. NICOLA IN GIOVI – Via S. Nicola, 148 Fr. Ne Giovi – Giovi
S. LORENZO MARTIRE – Via Salvatore De Renzi, 26
S. FELICE E S. MARIA MADRE DELLA CHIESA – Via San Felice in Felline
SANTI FELICE E GIOVANNI BATTISTA IN PASTORANO – Via San Felice, 8 – Pastorano
S. MARIA AD MARTYRES – Via Sandro Pastorino, 2 1
S. EUSTACHIO MARTIRE – Via Sant’ Eustachio, 68
S. MARIA DELLA CONSOLAZIONE – Via Valerio Laspro, 6
S. CROCE E S. FELICE – Via Vincenzo Padula, 1
If you have the opportunity to visit Salerno 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.
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