Genealogy in Salerno

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Salerno, 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 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 Abruzzo 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.

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.

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Salerno, or if you have questions regarding your family in Salerno, 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 salerno@italianside.com our expert in Salerno area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

23 Comments

  1. Eileen says:

    Looking for the correct the correct spelling of this Italian surname. Josephine married Filippo Ciuffo in Salerno, Campania, Itally. On Josephine’s death certificate it reads:
    Josephine La Iure? Jure? Lure? It looks like a U, R, E, but the single vertical line, looks like an I or a J. there is no cross over it to be a T. I tried googling and no such luck.

    Thanks.

  2. Shawn says:

    Hi how are u i am not sure if you recieved my post so i thouht i would try again. I am looking for my relatives from nocera inferiore. I know they were boyh born and married there
    Vincenzo james coppola born jan 1 1883 and constantina stella born around 1894. I believe they were married march 3 1912, any info would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you shawn

  3. ivana says:

    Hola buenas tardes mi nombre es Ivana y estoy buscando el acta de nacimiento de mi tatara abuelo , se que nació en Italia PALINURO en el mes de julio/AGOSTO DE 1847 ,el se llamaba CAYETANO BAGNATO , SU PADRE ERA PASCUAL BAGNATO Y SU MADRE ERA ROSA ZALAMO. como puedo encontrar su acta O bautismo. Desde ya muchas gracias , SALUDOS Cordiales.

  4. Anna Favaloro says:

    Hi Sorry i dont know first names and unsure if its the husband or wifes maiden name but they had one child called maria giuseppa or mary josephine cafarella born approx 1882

  5. Chris says:

    Hi I am planning a trip to Salerno with my boyfriend and would like to surprise him with some information about his ancestors who came from there. His grandmother came from there and the family name is Tanzola. Any information would be appreciated

  6. Daniel says:

    Dear Sir/Ma’am,

    My great-grandfather Antonio Amato (Surname AMATO) was born 12 Jun 1884 Salerno, Italy, or about 1886 (documents vary his birth year) was born in Salerno, Italy. Sometime he immigrated to the United States from Reggio di Calabria to New York City, but he eventually returned to Italy in 1908. He died in 1956 in Reggio Calabria. Do you have any records of his birth in Salerno? Do you have any information on who his parents may have been? He was married to Giovanna Pratico (born 1895?) and had at least 9 children, Caterina, Luigi, Natale, Diego, Maria, Palma, Angela, Santo and Giovanna.

  7. Nancy says:

    I’m trying to find records for my grandfather, Agostino Velleco from Salerno.Born December 26, 1895, died may 1965.I want to find the names of his parents and any siblings.

  8. Stephanie says:

    Hi

    I am trying to find records of my great grandparents:

    Daniel Spiotti (maybe Spiotto or Spiotti) Born: Ascea, Salerno ? DoB Died: Hazelton, PA USA 1908

    and

    Anna Maria Rizzo Born: Ascea, Salerno 1877 Died Hazelton, PA USA 1924

    If anyone knows of them, please let me know.

    Thanks!

    Best wishes
    Stephanie

  9. Immacolata says:

    I am trying to trace my Father’s family tree and his record of birth in Salerno. He was born in 1923 and called Donato. If you can help please let me know. Thankyou.

  10. Anthony says:

    I am looking for my great grandfather from Salerno born around 1889. Do you know which church was active during that time and which one might have records from the 19th century?

  11. Terralavoro says:

    I am trying to find out more information on my family. My great-great grandfather is Alfredo Lorenzo Terralavoro. I have his ship records to Ellis Island but cannot find anything before that. Anything you can find would be great.

    Thank you.

  12. Lucas says:

    Hi My name is Lucas and im from Argentina. My grandfather was Antonio Salamone in here in Argentina changes his name for Salomone. He borns in Salerno and come to Argentina in 1952. Her brother Nicolanghelo Salamone was in Argentina since 1920-1930. I Hope i cant find some information. Thank you!

  13. Helen says:

    My father’s family is from the Provence of Salerno. My Grandfather’s name was Luigi Pezzuto. He came to America through Ellis Island in 1910. His wife’s name was Pinto, I think Rosa. His second wife whom he brought from Provincia de Saleno was Rosa Caruso. I am hoping to go to Italy within the next few years and would like to visit the area in which they lived. Any help would be greatly appriciated.

  14. Robin says:

    I have hit a brick wall in my ancestry research. My husband’s grandmother was born in Italy, (we think it was in Positano or Salerno) about 1900. She was about 10 when she immigrated to the United States, to New York. I have found her name on a birth certificate as a new mother of my husband’s father, and as a resident of Richmond NY 24 years old, having been in the country for 14 years.
    Her name in each case was Lena Mariani.
    I can find nothing about her life before or after those dates, immigration info, her parents’ names, where exactly she came from. Or where she was after the divorce, although we are fairly sure she married a Ruggiero or Ruggierio and lived in New York for the rest of her life.
    If you can direct me to a source where her name as a 10 year old child may be on a ship’s register about 1910, that would be so helpful, and a great start. Thank you for anything you can do. RC

  15. Pellegrin says:

    Is it possible to obtain the photopcopy of the birth-certificate of my great-grand-mother SELVAGGI Filomena, born in Eboli (Campania) in the years 1868/1869.She was the daughter of Antonio Selvaggi and Chiara Savino?

  16. Nancy says:

    I am writing for a cousin of mine who is trying to research and find information about her grandparents. This is what she knows:
    They lived in and possibly born in Salerno, Italy in the Province of Conolonga. Her grandfather was Giovanni Pezzuto (Pizzuto, Pezzato)
    Maria Grazia Stephano (grandmother) born in Salerno around 1860?????
    They had the following children: Pasquale born 12-25-1900 in Salerno
    Carmen born 1898, Marie Antonio born 12-3-1907 in USA, Florence and Frank both born in USA

    We would appreciate any help that you can give us as we are planning a trip to Italy for the first place f the year.

  17. Crystal says:

    I am researching my great grandmother’s family. Her name is Maria De Rosa born about August 19 1890 Salerno died March 7 1972 (She immigrated to New York) and married Luigi De Miao. Her parents were Luigi Di Rosa and Emilia D’Aquila both from Salerno. I am trying to find more information on Luigi Di Rosa and Emilia to continue the family tree. Thank you!

    Crystal

  18. Tony says:

    Looking for grandfather’s vital and military records:
    Francesco Giordano born 1871 to Giovanni Giordano and Carolina Caputo – he emigrated to U.S.A. around 1894 +/- 3 years,

    Thank you for your help relative to this request.

  19. Chuck says:

    I am looking for my Great Grandfather : Charles and Terefino Damato From: Salerno Italy
    could you help me?
    I also have this if it will help:
    Castel S. Sorenzo Salerino.
    Thank you for your help
    Always,
    Chuck Damato

  20. Donna says:

    My Grandfather, Andrew DelCora, immigrated to New York from Salerno
    back around 1900. As was common during that time, we believe the last initialof the surname was changed from either an o or an e to the letter
    a during the immigration paperwork. I would like to know what the last name

    is. Either DelCoro, DelCore, or DelCora. Would love some help!

  21. Fred says:

    I am helping a friend find the origin of his family named “Vergato.” The Vergato name is very rare and most “Vergato’s who emigrated to American at the turn of the 19th century came from Salerno. The three communes that most came from were Battipaglia, San Valentino Torio and Settingiano. All indications say that he is from the Province of Salerno. The grandfather’s name was Generoso Vergato. He was about 12 years old when he emigrated to American around 1885. Generoso’s first born son (in America) was named Rocco probably. He probably named Rocco after his father who remained in Italy. The name Teresa is also a given name to his American born daughter. Possibly Teresa was the name of his mother. Any help would be appreciated.

  22. Victoria says:

    My Grandfather John Celesto was from Salerno but I can find no record of Celesto anywhere.
    How can I determine if the name was altered when he came to America?

    I will be inItaly in September and would like to find ancestors in the Naples area.

  23. Dominic Appleton says:

    We will be in Naples soon and want to visit you, so what is your street address please?

    Thank you!

    Dominic Appleton

Leave a Reply


Please remember that our local experts can t read all the messages posted on the website so they will not reply to these comments.
If you would like to start a research in Salerno please send your request to salerno@italianside.com.
Give them the time to study the info you sent about your italian ancestors, and we will be back to you with a plan of activities and a quote

Your email address will not be published
Required fields are marked *