Genealogy in San Gregorio Magno

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from San Gregorio Magno, 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 San Gregorio Magno registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in San Gregorio Magno 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 San Gregorio Magno. As more your surname is common in San Gregorio Magno, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in San Gregorio Magno 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 San Gregorio Magno 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 San Gregorio Magno, or if you have questions regarding your family in San Gregorio Magno, 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 San Gregorio Magno area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Marie says:

    I am looking for relatives of my grandfather Giacomo Menza. He came to America when he was 17 years old. I am looking to find information about his siblings and his mother. He was born on July 4 1896 in San Gregorio Magno and went back to Italy in later years and died 11/13/1973. His mothers maiden name is Lucia Dante and his father’s name is Giovanni Menza. We know he had brothers Giuseppe and one named Angelo. I am on ancestry and we are trying to connect the dots to my grandfathers side. We have found first and second cousins to my Mom but are unable to find the connection since all the names on this persons family tree are not familiar to us. Any help would be much appreciated.

  2. Adrienne says:

    Seeking information: Maria Agate D’Amato possibly married abt 1880-84 to Donato Petrocelli, at least two sons born in Italy Rock (Pietrocelli or Rocco) born about 1884 , and Joe (Guiseppe) born about 1885-87. Left for USA about 1888.

  3. Ann says:

    My great grandfathers were brothers Giovanni and Pietro Simoniello. I am searching for my great great grandfather who we believe was the mayor of San Gregorio Magno. Any help would be appreciated.

  4. Charles says:

    Looking for ancestry family for Volturo. Recently received DNA link to myself from a descendent of Francisco Volturo who was from this area. Francisco came to America at age 21 via Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    My grandfather was Angelo Volturo who migrated to America in the 1880’s in his 30’s. Origin unknown.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    My great-grandfather (Giuseppe Pallitto, I believe) came from San Gregorio Magno to Newark in the late 1800s. I went to the Archivio Municipio in San Gregorio Magno years ago and found some family records. I will get back to you with further details. But the name Pallitto (also spelled Pallitta in the carabinieri’s archives) isn’t listed among your common names. I stayed with the DelDuca family briefly and then with the English-speaking Uzzolinos in 1988 while trying to research my father’s family. Anything you can tell me about the Pallitto family would be appreciated. I know that one branch of the family went to Argentina and that my great-grandfather went to Newark, NJ, in the U.S. Thank you, Elizabeth Pallitto

  6. Carolyn says:

    My grandpop came to America in1901 from SanGregio Magno Francesco Schiaffo married Anntette Renzi from Monterduni ITaly Im not sure if her arrival here in the USA I have family i never meet on my moms & dads side Im from South Philly Phila and where my family resides.

  7. Danny says:

    Hi. I will be visiting SAN Gregorio Magno in May to find my family and research the history and would be grateful for any information. My grandmother was Paolona Pagnotta, born 1892, and I believe she had a farm there, my grandfather was Peter Tanzola. They came to Toronto and my mother, Antoinette was born here.

    • Maria says:

      Lorenzo Delli Santi maybe the brother of my grandfather Pasquale Delli Santi who also arrived in the US in 1901residing in Newark, New Jersey. I believe it was 3 or 4 brothers from Salerno including my grandfather Pasquale. I have not had time to do the research but I am hoping in the next two years I will uncover much. I will let you know if we are related or find information for your family.

      Maria V. Delli Santi

      • Fred says:

        my grandfather was pasquale delli santi from san gregorio settled in newark nj-my grandmother was concetta{nee freda} they had 15 children-12 boys 3 girls.My father was nicholas second oldest.they resided at 225 oliver st Down neck newark.My grandfather had italian/american grocery store at that oliver st location.My grandfather had three brothers Frank.angelo and lawrence.whom he brought to usa as he was first one here.They all resided in Down Neck newark.There was another delli santi family located in Dowm Neck the woman has 22 children and not related to my family.I am fred delli santi from east newark nj now residing in lower delaware.

        • Kimberly says:

          Hi Fred, I doubt very much you know me but I’m you 2nd cousin Kimberly. Your father Nicholas had a younger brother Louis who lived at 225 Oliver with his wife LaVerne. Concetta lived upstairs and my family lived next door at 227 Oliver. My mother, also named LaVerne, was one if their 2 children. I came to this site trying to find information about our family. I just found Pasquale’s immigration information that led me here. We didn’t even know he had brothers. If I can help with any information please let me know.

        • Ernie says:

          Fred, My father spoke of our Grandfather’s sisters that migrated to South America, did Uncle Nick (your Dad) ever talk about them?
          Cousin Ernie

    • Joe says:

      Speak to Joe Tanzola who lives in woodbridge

  8. Jodi says:

    My grandfather came from San Gregorio in 1901. He settled in Newark, NJ
    His name was Lorenzo DelliSanti. I am looking for information regarding his parents, Dominic DelliSanti and Teresa Coppola DelliSanti. I believe they were borm in 1860’s. Any info you could provide would be great!

  9. Joan says:

    Looking for my great grandfather (maternal)
    Franco or Francesco Policastro and his wife, Rose or Rosa (I would like to know her maiden name!)
    They married in Italy and came to USA in the 1890s
    I believe she was considerably younger than he
    thanks you for any help you can give

  10. vito says:

    My Grandfather Vito Racanello &two brothers came from San Gregorio Magno 1909 to nyc . MY daughter Anna always wondered about our genealogy because we look very exotic.I did a DNA test &it came back 49percent Ashkenazi Jew? No Italy!!! My grandmother was from the next town . Anyway there both dead ,And I know they would have no idea about this,So I looked in to the town, Pope Gregory in 550 AD made it by law that jews would be protected.Maybe people moved to the town that bear’s his name to feel like they would be more protected .needless to say this has been the butt of a lot of jokes,we’ll see were this takes us?

  11. Arianna says:


    I am looking for my three times great grandfather and grandmother. I know their sons name was Gregorio Donzuso. Grandfathers last name would be Donzuso and grandmothers last name might be Rosaria.



    • Angela says:

      My grandfather Joseph Fresolone was the son of guisippe Fresolone.I have a copy of the brothers coming to great grandfather guisippe lived in Hell’s Kitchen in ny city and then moved to Newark nj. He became quite wealthy and owned much property in Newark. My grandfather Joseph was one of several children. I know of his sister Lucy,brother Veto maybe a john and others that I do not know their names.

      • Angela says:

        My grandfather Joseph Fresolone was the son of guisippe Fresolone.Ihave copies of the ship he and his brother came on They lived in Hell’s Kitchen in New York and they moved to Newark nj.he became quite wealthy and owned much property in Newark.My grandfather Joseph was one of several boys I only have two names of the boys. Veto and john and a daughter Lucy.

  12. Angela says:

    My great grandfather came to America his name was Guiseppi Fresolone.he came with his brother and settled in New York and New Jersey.i was told that he came from San Gregorio magna.

    • Lora says:

      Do you happen to know his year of birth & his spouses name? my great grand was Luigi Fresolone from San Gregorio Magno also & had a brother Giuseppe. The family also settled in New Jersey & New York, as well as Philadelphia.

      • Linda says:

        Curious to know if the last name changed from Fresolone to something else (Frizalone) when they came to America. Do you know?

        • Linda (also) says:

          Same questions – could the last name have been changed to Frizalone? I know 2 brothers came from Italy, Gregorio and ?. One settled in NY and the other in NJ.

      • victoria says:

        My grandfather was Pasquale Fresolone came from San Gregorio to New Jersey. Wonder if they were related. No name change to Frizalone

    • Angela says:

      I have just found out that Guiseppi Fresolone was married to Cristina.His children were Joseph,my grandfather,William,who died in 1912,Vito,Lucy,Nicola,and Nellie.I hope this helps.

  13. Fil says:

    I’m looking to obtain information of my grandfather, Vito Iuzzolino (born 1914) and my great grandfather, Nicola Iuzzolino.

    I am also interested in obtaining their military records from World War 1 and 2.

  14. Kevin says:

    I am taking a trip to Italy in mid-August and would like to come to San Gregorio Magno, Italy to try to find any relatives. I live in the United States and my Grandmother immigrated to Brooklyn, New York in the U.S. in early 1900’s. Her name was Maria Piegari and her mothers name was Catherine Piegari. any information would be greatly appreciated. It would b great to meet any existing family members and learn more about my Intalian roots.

  15. Rapuano says:

    Looking for my cousin Archangel and his relatives. Will visit July 5-6 this year2015
    Hope to meet our relatives again
    Also the D’Acunto family in Buccino

  16. Cassandra says:

    I am trying to locate my great grandfathers informaion.

    His name was Pietro Galliano

    I have his naturalizaion papers stating he was born on August 19, 1887 in San Gregorio Italy.

    I have all his records from the USA but cannot find anything from Italy.

    His death record stated his father was Onofrio and his mother was Angela no maiden name.

    I would love to find anything at all.

    If you need more information please contact me.


  17. Joann says:

    Ciao. I am looking for the following names in
    San Gregorio Magno. MARINO and ROBERTOZZI,

    My paternal grand mom was a Marino
    My paternal Grandpa was a Robertozzi. Any information
    Would be helpful. I’m going to San Gregorio

    • anthony says:

      I have cousins from Hillside NJ, with the last name of Robertozzi. I was told by my father that the name was corrupted from Raspatase when they entered the US. One of the witnesses on my great grand parents marriage certificate was a Raspatase. When I asked him who that was he said that’s how Robertozzi was spelled. They were from S.G.M.

      • Peggy says:

        My family is from Newark/Hillside, New Jersey. My father’s family is from San Gregorio. My father said our name was changed when they came to the states. I thought they said it used to be Lubertozzi but maybe not. I may be very wrong. I need to do more research but any leads? Vito was my grandfathers first name….Vito Robertozzi.

        • ray says:

          The Robertozzi family on my father’s side came from hillside nj. The youngest brother was Chris Robertozzi, he was a little older than my father who is 89 years old. Chris had 3 children: Chris Jr who I think is a chiropractor in NJ, Perry, and Gloria. They lived in Livingston. There is a sonny robertozzi that is down in bayville area(nj), he’s in the scrap metal business.the other brothers were Dick,”Bo”, “Hockey”,

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