Genealogy in Stella Cilento

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Stella Cilento, 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 Stella Cilento registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Stella Cilento?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Stella Cilento


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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Stella Cilento from the Italian Unification (1861).

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Stella Cilento. As more your surname is common in Stella Cilento, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Stella Cilento 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 Stella Cilento 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.

Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Napoli(Naples).

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.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Stella Cilento, or if you have questions regarding your family in Stella Cilento, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to .
Our expert in Stella Cilento area will reply to you


  1. David says:

    Hello. I am working on a project involving a family named Itri (also spelled “Etri” in the US). From what I’ve gathered, the line in question is tied to a Biagio Itri, b. ca. 1862 in Stella. I don’t believe it to be a common surname. Biagio emigrated with at least one son, Antonio, b. 1890, in 1905 from Naples aboard the SS Prinz Dalbert, arriving in New York in late May 1905. The wife of Biagio Itri is known to be Nicoletta Gozzo. Other Itri families from Stella are also believed to have emigrated in the 1890s to early 1900s. They included a Nicola Itri, b. ca. 1869, who arrived in NY in 1893. His relationship to Biagio Itri is uncertain. Any supplementary info regarding this family would be welcome! Many thanks.

    • Cathy says:

      Hi David,
      I have Itri ancestors from Stella Cilento and have done much research on the surname. Biagio was married to Nicoletta Gozza on 11 Nov. 1880. I have most if not all of their children’s names and the names of Biagio’s parents and grandparents, but that is as far as I have been able to trace. If you are still looking, I would be happy to share what I have on Biagio. (I have not been able to link his line into mine however.)

  2. Cheryl says:

    Hello. I will be visiting the seaside in Cilento next month, but would like to visit Stella Cilento, the town my grandmother Assunta Garzione came from. Her father’s name was Nicola Garzione and I believe her mother’s name was Jenny Etri. My grandmother, Assunta, was born on August 15, 1898. I am curious to know if there are still any relatives living in Stella. Thank you.

  3. Tom says:

    My wife’s family is from Stella Cilento. We visited about 10 years ago. It seems like half the town were Lanzalotti’s. Do you have access to any records for their family? Sadly, we missed the festival of St. Nicola do Bardi by 1 week.

  4. Joseph says:

    I am also looking for information about my great grandfather Frank Monzo born there in 1865 and immigrated to Philadelphia in 1896. His wife Teresa and their children Rosina, Joseph and Maria followed in 1899. I do not know Teresa’s maiden name. Thank you for any assistance.

    • ANNA MARIE says:

      My grandfather was Pietro Monzo born in 1894. Came to Philadelphia in 1913. Did you ever find information on Frank Monzo? We may be related.

  5. Celeste says:

    My grandmother Lena Gozza born Nicolena Garzione was definitely from Stella Cilento.
    She spoke of it continuously and very fondly.
    She left when she was 17 years old and came to Newburgh NY to be with her brother Joseph Garzione
    He was called Peppy here.
    She married Fredrick Gozza who was 15 years her senior
    I visited Italy recently but traveled only in central Italy
    My husband and I would very much like to travel to my ancestors area next year.
    Could you let me know if there are any of my ancestors left?
    I would not bother them but just would like to know
    Thank you very much

    • Aniello says:

      Celeste, Yes there are Garzione today in Stella Cilento

    • David says:

      HI Celeste….
      Not sure if you’re still following these posts. I’ve been researching a Newburgh NY family that’s tied in with yours, the Gozza’s (also of Stella Cilento). The link is via Biagio Itri, whose family emigrated in multiple trips around 1905/6. His wife was Nicoletta/Nicolina/”Lena” Gozza. I think she may have been a cousin to your Federico/Frederick Gozza. Also tied with the Gozza’s were the Lisi family. Has the Itri/Gozza union showed up in your research?

  6. Anna says:

    I would like to start my genealogy research and I am trying to locate my relatives in Stella Cilento, Italy. My grandfather’s name was Pietro Monzo. He was born on May 5, 1894. I do not know his parents’ names although I do know his father died when he was around 7 years of age (approximately 1901. I also know they had a farm. He spoke often of his family in Italy when I was a young girl but I was too young to appreciate the importance of getting names!

    • Betty says:

      Hi Anna, I was just reading your comment when I realized the name “Monzo” sounded familiar. And then I went back into some old family history and realized my great great grandmother was Maria Annunziata Monzo! I don’t know what year she was born, but she married my great great grandfather, Francescantonio Cona and they emigrated to the United States. I wonder if/how Maria Annunziata (She went by Nunziata) and Pietro are related! Did you ever find out any more information about the Monzo’s?

      • Aniello says:

        Hi, Betty! Do you have any idea where the Monzo in your family came from? Stella or some other nearby town? Also can you guess at the their age? It may help to do a little guess work. My great-grandfather’s sister married a Monzo and came here, but this Monzo was from Sessa Cilento

    • Aniello says:

      There are Monzos in Stella today. I will see what I can find out for you, although it is two years later.

    • Aniello says:

      Anna, I have access to some original documents and found that your father was not really Pietro, but Sabatino, yes, born on May 5, 1894 from Antonio and Fortunata Papa. I hope this helps.

      • Anna Marie says:

        Betty and Aniello, thank you so much for the info! My grandfather went by Pietro. I never heard Sabatino but I did find out his mother was Fortunata Papa. On immigration documents I have seen Stella Cilento mentioned as well as Mala Fadele. Don’t think I spelled that correctly! Any chance Aniello I could obtain copies of the documents you found?

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