Genealogy in Cervinara

If you search your ancestors in Cervinara, in the province of Avellino, Campania region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Cervinara

In towns and villages of Campania and in Avellino province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Cervinara town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Cervinara follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Cervinara during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Cervinara to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!

Otherwise, if you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful to search in Campania and of course in Cervinara too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Cervinara from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Cervinara. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Cervinara archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Avellino province are:
Albanese, Bruno, Capobianco, Capone, Carbone, Cardinale, Caruso, Cioffi, Cipriano, Colucci, Coppola, Cucciniello, De Feo, De Luca, De Maio, De Simone, De Stefano, De Vito, Di Pietro, Esposito, Famiglietti, Ferraro, Festa, Fiore, Forgione, Gallo, Grasso, Graziano, Guarino, Guerriero, Iannaccone, Iuliano, Lepore, Lo Conte, Lombardi, Luongo, Matarazzo, Napolitano, Nigro, Petrillo, Picariello, Romano, Ruggiero, Russo, Santoro, Sarno, Spagnuolo, Vitale.

Church Records in Cervinara

Church archives in Avellino province may store even older information. You will find religious records of the same events (births, marriages and deaths) but, most important, you could go further back in time!
So in case you would like to go back in centuries, it’s good for you to know that the parish registers in Avellino started during 1500!

They are far less accessible from abroad (and even not easy to browse and to read if you are not used and skilled) but our local genealogist can research the church archives of Cervinara on your behalf.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Cervinara:

S. MARIA DELLA VALLE – C.da Pantanari

S. MARCIANO – C.da S.Marciano

S. POTITO MARTIRE – P.zza S.Potito

S. ADIUTORE VESCOVO – P.zza Sant’ Adiutore

S. NICOLA VESCOVO – Via Ioffredo


Anyway for our experience, even if you plan to come here, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps, starting from the info gathered by our genealogists.

Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the State Archives.

If you need a professional help from our local genealogists write to or follow this link.

Our expert in Cervinara area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

Here below you can read the messages received from other visitors in Cervinara forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Cervinara feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Christine says:

    Hello, My grandfather was Alfonso D’Addio. My grandmother was Maria Angela Gervasi D’Addio both from Cervinara. My great grandfather was Giuseppe D’Addio and he remained in Cervinera.

    I found my grandmother and aunt (their eldest daughter) boat records at Ellis Island several years ago.

    They came over December 12, 1919. There were other families from Cervinera on ship(the USS President Wilson). The last names from Cervinera are: Cioffi, Taddeo, Cappabianca, Gerardi/Girardi, DeNicolais,Caliendo. Most of them are headed to Williamsport but Taddeo went to Troy, NY and Caliendo went to Chicago. Most of them were blue eyed.

    If anyone has any information on the D’Addio family, I would be very interested as both of my grandparents died young and orphaned their children (my Dad was one) We lost all of the family history.

  2. Mary says:

    I am trying to find out more about my ggreat grandfather. His name was Tommaso Tolino born 1882 and came to the US around 1906. I believe he had family back in Cervinara.. I believe his parents were Michele Tolino born 1940 and Filomenia Bianco born 1944. I don’t know anything else.

  3. Gracia says:

    Trying to locate any remaining family in cervinara. My Nono was Pasquale Albarelli, nona was Magdalena petrillo.

  4. Wendy says:

    Ciao! I am looking for information about the Marro family from Cervinara Italy. Benedetta Marro (born 1880’s) came from Cervinara Italy to Rutland Vermont USA as a young girl. Her parents were Girolamo Marro (born 1856 died 1926 in Cervinara) and Mattia Lucia Romano (born 1862 in Cervinara died 1940 Rutland).

    Looking for information about their life in Cervinara before moving to USA. There are stories that Girolamo had olive groves in Cervinara.

    Are there any Marro families still in Cervinara?
    Thank you

  5. Lisa says:

    Hi I am looking for information on my grandparents who came from Cervinara
    My grandfather was Umberto Pisaniello he was born Oct 17 1896 Cervinara, Avellino, Italy. He fought for Italy in WWI prior to coming to the US
    His parents were Luigi from Cervinara and Maria Antonia Befi born 1870 from San Martino Valle Caudina (AV). They married in Cervinara in 1893
    My grandmother was Maddalena Campana who I believe was born in the US but her parents came from Cervinara Nicola Campana and Maria Giovanna Befi
    Any help is greatly appreciated. We are planning to visit Italy in 2023

  6. Mary says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather Angelo Germano. He was the son of Lucia and Genero Germano from Cervinara Italy. I remember he had a brother Dominic and Genero and many sisters. He was born July 31, 1898 I believe.

  7. Michelle says:

    I am trying to locate information for my GG grandfather Salvatore Ippolito B. 8 Nov 1874 Cervinara and father Carlo Ippolito and mother Maria Cioffi.
    Salvatore parents are not 100% confirmed.

    • James says:

      Salvatore Daniele Ippolito was born Nov 6 1874 in Cervinara
      His parents were Carlo Scipione Costantino (1820-1894) and Maria Aurelia “Amalia” Cioffi (born 1841)
      The parents of Carlo were Modestino (born between 1780-1788, died 1860) & Angela D’Orsi (born between 1782-1796, died 1864)
      Modestino’s parents were Carlo (died before 1860) & Maddalena Barbato (died before 1860)

  8. Marcy says:

    Looking for birth address/picture of his home of my Father in law Raphael Cillo born Feb 28,1927. Parents were Giralomo and Antoinette Cillo. They lived in Avellino, Cervinara. Girllamo was a chestnut farmer

  9. Mark says:

    I am looking for any information on my grandfather Girolamo Cillo who is from Cervinara and moved to Brooklyn New York in the 1920’s

    • James says:

      Is this your grandfather?
      Girolamo Vittorio Achille Cillo – born Nov. 7 1892
      Girolamo was the son of Sebastiano Cillo – born Jan 1 1849 & Filomena Maria Mercaldo – born Oct 16 1853
      Sebastiano was the son of Giuseppe Stefano Cillo – born April 16 1811 & Carmina Riccio – born April 19 1813
      Giuseppe was the son of Michele Cillo – born around 1780-1786 ; Antonia Stellato – born around 1784-1789

      • Mark says:

        Thank you for responding to me. I’m not sure if this is my grandfather because I don’t know his middle names, I only know him as Girolamo Cillo. The date of birth of Nov,7 1892 is the correct date of his birth, so this could be him. He died in Brooklyn New York in 1980. He was married to Antoinette (Cioffe) Cillo and had a son
        (My father)Ralphael. They were born in Avellina Cervinara Italy. The only way I could really know if this is my grandfather is if my Father Ralpheal name is the son of Girolamo Cillo. Ralphael Cillo was born in 1927 in Avellina Carbonara Italy also Thank you again for you your time.

  10. Denyse says:

    My fraternal grandfather died in Brooklyn NY in 1916 at age 40

  11. Liz says:

    Hi! My Dad, Thomas D. Casale’s family is from Cervinara, as well. Many locals from there came to Williamsport, Pa after a stay in NY. There are many of the local names represented in Wmspt; Cioffi, Perotto, Campana, Taddeo, Daniele. I know that we are related to many of these families. We have Girardi family in Brooklyn. My great grandmother was Fortunata Girardi. My great grandfather was Michele Domenico Casale., for reference. I’ve found some relatives on 23n Me also. Maybe some of you have family in Williamsport Pa. They have a nice Historic Society there as well.

    • ria says:

      Hey cousin Liz. I’m from the branch of the Girard’s in Brooklyn. Fortunata was my great-aunt ( grandfather’s sister). Girardi tree.

    • Bonnie says:

      Hi Liz,
      I’m a Vannucci originally from Williamsport (Putsee’s daughter). Ria below is my cousin from Girardi side – her grandfather and my grandmother were siblings. I have MANY photos and just found one with my grandmother, Josephine Girardi and her sister Stella in a wedding photo – the men in the photo are labeled as: Tom Casale, John ? Casale, and John Vannucci (my grandfather)

  12. Michelle says:

    I am researching my great-grandfather Salvatore Daniel Ippolito born 8 NOV 1873, Cervinara. Trying to locate name of his parents.

    Researching my great-grandmother Anna Marotti (could be Marotto or any variation) born 8 JAN 1877 Father- Raffaele Marotta, Mother- Caterina Pitaniello

    (Salvatore Ippolito wife- married Anna approx 1903 inCervinara)

    Any assistance is appreciated

    • Jim says:

      The parents of Salvatore are Carlo Scipione Cristiano Ippolito, born jan 16 1820 in Cervinara and Maria Aurelia/Amalia Cioffi, born Mar. 22 1941 in Cervinara

  13. B. Carkido says:

    I am also looking for information on the BIZZARRO family. Great grandfather Francesco and wife Caterina had 4 children. Two girls, (first girl’s name unknown) and Maria. Maria immigrated to Youngstown, Ohio in 1921 to marry Joesph Carkido, Two boys Antonio and Nicola each immigrating to Troy, N.Y. in 1923 & 1924.

  14. Giovanna says:

    Looking for any information of the BIZZARRO family. My great grandfather Eugenio, had 7 kids. Franca, Severio, Giovanni, Cristina, Mary Lou, Carmelina, and Lorenzo. My grandfather is Severio Bizzarro who traveled to the Bronx, NY and later resided in Peekskill, NY.

  15. Denyse says:

    My grandfather, Lorenzo Cioffi, was born in Cervinara in 1873 and emigrated to NY circa1888.
    I am looking for any information about him or his family
    Thank you, sincerely.

  16. Phyllis says:

    Hi, my Grandparents are from Cervinara, Dominick Girardi and Gelsomina Campana. They emigrated to America in 1926 and settled in Troy, NY. They had seven children, Bart, Mary, Carmela, Catherine, Rose, Frank and Lena. I am looking for the birth certificate for my mother Rose and any relatives of my Grandparents.

  17. Paula says:

    My grandfather, Pietro Tancredi, was born in Cervinara on about Aug. 11th in 1883 or 1884. (Or he may have been born in Paolisi.) The last name may have been spelled Tangredi. My grandfather’s father’s name was Nicola Tancredi and his mother was Grazia Casale. My grandfather is said to have been the 17th of 18 children and the 5th son to be named Pietro (the others died.) He had a brother Nicholas who was the 18th child; a sister, Maddalena, mother of Angelo Esposito, and another sister, Maria. They raised livestock and took it to market. In about 1900 or 1901 a hailstorm killed all their livestock and my grandfather left Italy for the U.S. I am particularly interested in finding any Tancredi or Casale relatives in Naples or the U.S. Thank you. Paula, Cleveland, Ohio.

    • Nilla says:

      I’m also looking for information about my grandmother Petronilla Tangredi. All of the names you mention seem to be in my family tree.

  18. Laurence says:

    I am researching the family of Antonio Ruotolo who was born in Cervinara 1873 and immigrated to New York and setteled in Troy NY in 1890. His father was Giuseppe Ruotolo. I am searching for the birth record and family of Giuseppe Ruotolo of Cervinara.

    • Barbara says:

      Hello Laurence,
      Are you speaking of the Ruotolo that was related to Lokanatha?

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Laurence, Antonio Ruotolo, born 1873 in Italy and settled in Troy NY, married to Maria Carmina (Minichini), is my great-grandfather… could be the same person?

  19. Julie says:

    I am curious to know when my Grandfather, Ernesto
    Vaccariello came to the United States with my Grandmother Josephine
    Degregorrio! I know they are from Cervinara. My mother
    Anna Vaccariello came to the US in 1957 or 1958.
    I want to know when they came and where they
    Entered the US. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Mary says:

      Your grandmother is my mother’s cousin. I have a photo of your grandparents when they were engaged and my mother is in the photo also. I went to school with your aunt Maria Grazia as children in Cervinara. Your parents left Italy around 1963 but I’m not positive.

      • Mike says:

        I wonder if there is a relation with my great grandparents? My great grandfather Giuseppe “John” Vaccariello immigrated to the US in the early 1900’s along with his wife Michalene D’Addio Vaccariello. They came to Philadelphia where the name was later changed to Vaccarelli.
        They are from Cervinara and I understand that there are many relatives still there in the area.

        • Lisa says:

          Michalena D’Addio was sister to my grandfather Giuseppi D’Addio…she ultimately lived in Philadelphia, PA. She had a sister Francesca Aurora D’Addio, and a brother Michael D’Addio….Michael was drafted into WWI and died in Libya, Africa.

          • Mike says:

            Yes that was my great grandmother. My grandmother told me that her mothers brother had been killed in the war but she never told me the name, I believe that Aurora along with her other family members eventually moved to Williamsport Pa.
            I know there are many relatives in Williamsport, both Taddeo, D’Addio and Mercaldo. My mother still has contact with them.

  20. Cassandra says:


    My great grandmother, Maria(e) Magnotta was born in Cervinara, Avelline in 1891. She came to America in July 1920 aboard the Regina D’Italia in which deported from Naples. She lived in Troy, NY and married Pasquale Pasinella. Looking for any common ancestors, mostly her parents/siblings and hope to find some relatives in Italy.

    Thank you

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Cassandra,

      I think she is my relative. I have two great great grandmothers by the names of Maria and Anna Magnotta. Maria married Gennaro Pisaniello and they had Pelligrino Pisaniello in 1853 in Avellino. Anna married Pasquale Luigi Moscatiello and they had Maria Moscatiello in 1863 in Avellino. Pelligrino Pisaniello and Maria Moscatiello were married and they had my grandfather, Michele Pisaniello in 1897, in Avellino. I need documentation for all these people and as far back as the record goes of the Pisaniello’s, Moscatiello’s and Magnotta’s. I want to come to Italy and research it but have a son just starting college next year and cannot afford it.

      If there is anyone who can charge a small fee for the research, let me know.

      Thank you

  21. Nina says:

    Hello there
    I am trying to trace my mothers family. She was born 1st November 1928. Her name was Caterina lanzilla. Lanzilllo or Lanzilli. My sisters and I visited our uncles in Florence and Paris where her sister Anna settled but I know nothing about my grandparents on my mums siide at all. She came over to the UKIn her late 20 s. She died in 2004. I believe I have family in America too. Can you give me any information on where to start locating family or even starting a family tree.
    Thank you.
    Nina Lund. (Polanczuk) it was her married name.

  22. Rachel says:

    I am looking for more information on two brother’s from Cervinara, Lorenzo Miele (Wife Angelina Cioffi) and Agostino Miele (born about 1877) who came to the US in 1907. Any info would be greatly appreciated

    • Ann says:

      Hi Rachel. Lorenzo and Augostino were my grandmother Maria Carmina Miele’s brothers. She married Giovanni Campana. I made contact with Lorenzo dght last year Pat who has done extensive research. How are you related? Look forward to hearing from you. Ann

  23. Philomena says:

    Will be traveling to Cervinara in a few months looking for family information on the Bizzarro family. My father and his mother came to Troy,MY, where my grandfather and uncles were already settled, in 1947. I don’t speak Italian. Will it be possible for me to get the information I’m looking for???

    • Keith says:

      My grandmother was Filomena Bizzarro from Cervinara. She married Michele (Muchael) Lanni from Paolisi before emigrating to the U.S. in 1916 or 1917. Might be a match and would be interested in exchanging any info.

    • Pam says:

      Lorenzo Bizzarro married Francesca Cioffi (newspaper article from Troy, NY states he was a professor) in Cervinara, Italy
      sons: Giovanni Bizzarro was a Roman Catholic priest in Rotondi, Italy); Saverio Bizzarro married Beatrice Pedato (her second marriage, first was to Manfredo Ferrannini; Peter Bizzarro (lived in Newburgh, NY)
      daughters: Cristina Bizzarro (lived in Troy at one point and went back to Italy) and Mrs. Pasquale Razzo (lived in Italy).

    • Anthony says:

      My maternal grandparents come from Cervinara, Antonio Moacatiello and Antionette Vilenti. The Vilenti family, Rocco, Samule, Rafaello and Maria Vilenti Vocarro, settled in Troy, NY. Might you be related to any of the Vilenti family of Troy?

  24. Joe says:

    I am seeking information about the Perrotta family history. My great grandfather Giovanni Perrotta, my great grandmother Francesca Cioffi, and my grandfather Pasquale Perrotta were born in Cervinara and emigrated to the US around 1890. I am visiting Italy in Sept 2017 and plan to stop by Cervinara to see if I can learn anymore about my history. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.


  25. Cindy says:

    Grace Cioffi
    Nunzio Cioffi. Possible Sibilings born Cervinara to US 1898 lived in Troy NY

  26. Rachel says:

    looking for records of Padre Silvano Marro and Abbot Marro both Passionists priest, born in Cervinara. Thank you

    • Michele says:

      Hi, my great grandfather’s name was Nicola Marro from Cervinara. I was wondering if you’ve been successful in your search as it may be helpful to mine as I research the Marro family.

      • kate says:

        I am also trying to research the Marro-cocozza family. My grandfather saverio Marro born 1887, Came over from Cervinara with his first wife philomena marro. They originally settled in rutland VT. When she passed he sent for my grandmother Petronilla cocozza, Possibly a cousin. They settled in Troy NY. I know saverios parents were Pasquale Marro born 1855 and Maria Martone. We know there were 2 other brothers. Michael Marro who also immigrated over and Antonio Marro who stayed in Italy along with a sister Theresa. All I know of my grandmother Petronilla is that her parents were Giuseppe Cocozza and cristina Marro. She said she was 1 of 13 siblings and had a twin sister francis. Hoping you may help in my research

    • Dustin says:

      Hi Rachel,
      My grandmother is Congetta Marro and was from Cervinara. She had a sister there named Mariette. My grandmother married Antonio Zullo, also from there. My grandfather had 2 brothers Lorenzo and Ferdenand that came with him to the US. Their sister remained in Italy, Cervinara. My mother is a Zullo and was born in Claremont, NH. She married my Dad, William Dustin Bly.
      I am planning on going to Cervinara in May with my daughter to see if I can connect with some of the Zullo and Marro family. I also, met a cousin years ago here in the US, when we were teenagers, who became a doctor in Naples, Alfonso Zullo.
      Any input would be greatly appreciated.



  27. Donna says:

    Hello….I’m looking for family related to sur name “Finelli” , my grandfather was from Cervinaro, grandmother Mary according to Ancestry was oringinally from Canada but lived here . Am planning a trip to Italy and will be visiting this region and would like to meet any family related.

  28. Paul says:

    Seeking information on any and all members of the CAMPANA family from Cervinara. Some ofthis family moved first to Lapio and then to the United States. Others moved directly from Cervinara to the U.S. I have copiled a database of over 300 CAMPANA using civil registers 1800-1860 and would be grateful for information from earlier years.

    • Sara says:

      looking for info on Andreana Campana born 3 Feb 1888 in Cervinara. Married Angelo Renna while in Italy and relocated to Troy NY. Anything you have regarding this persons family would be appreciated. Thanks

      • Ann says:

        Hi Sara Andreana was my grandfather Giovanni’s sister. They had another sister Luisa. How are you related. Last summer I made contacted with Andreana and angelo’sthe great granddaughter

    • Sarah says:

      Hi, Paul! My 2nd great grandfather was Francesco Campana from Cervinara. His parents were Antonio Campana and Maria Gallo. Francesco married Angelina Russo in NY in 1911 then moved to MA. I have a lot of information but would love to know if you have anything on Antonio’s family.

  29. Maria says:

    Researching my FINELLI family from Cervinara. Grandfather: Carmine Finelli and Grandmother Maria Diacetis. As listed in Grandpa’s obituary, had 4 sisters which family members also confirm. They were Maria Antonia (who settled in Troy NY with husband Francesco Pitaniello) with three sisters remaining in Italy: Francesca and Mrs. Pietro Carafano and Mrs. Gennaro Federano. I would love some help on Pietro Carafano and Gennaro Federano, if there is any one has some information. Also looking for Grandma’s family: DIACETIS (One brother that I know of, Santo.)

  30. Melanie says:

    Hello, I am searching for any information about my great-grandmother’s origins. Her maiden name was Luigina, and her first name was originally Maria before it became Mary. She was taken to the United States to be a wife for Federico Cioffi, also from Cervinara. They came to the Rochester area of New York. Whenever I search I don’t find anyone with that last name living in that area, but any further information would be helpful.

  31. Bill says:

    Hi my grandfather is from Cervanara, his name is Ralph Cioffi (Rafaele) and he came to the US in 1904 on the ship named Liguria. My Granmothers name is Filomena Vilacci who is also from Cervinara and married my grandfather. She came to the USA in 1920. Can you tell me if there is any family still in Cervinara. Thank you.

  32. Marisa says:

    Hi I am trying to trace a Lucia Germano or any of her family. She would be 81 years old now. Her DOB is 10th April 1935. She is my birth mother and she has listed her address just as Cervinara, Avellino, Naples. I think the UK authorities who were dealing with my adoption did not realise the vagueness of this. I can see that there are some families within the Avellino area with the surname Germano even though it is not a recognised regional surname. I would be grateful for any help before I write to the local registrars. Thanks.

  33. Lori says:

    Buon Giorno! My sister and I are looking for the place our grandmother was born. On her USA Naturalization papers it says she is from Cervinara! She was born 1/6/1916 and her parents are Jennie Cioffi Carofano and Pelegrino Carofano. Her name is Clara Catherine Carofano. Thank you so much! We are staying on Sorrento and visiting Cervinara this week! We are so excited!

  34. Lisa says:

    My grandparents were from Cervinara. My Grandfather was Umberto Pisaniello. He left Naples in 1921 aboard the SS San Rossore. His father was Luigi Pisaniello. He settled in Troy NY. He had brothers and sisters. I am looking for any information relating to him or his family. He was born in 1896.

    • Maria says:

      My Great Aunt Maria Finelli was married to Francesco Pitaniello, where they settled in Troy, NY. Uncle Francesco: B 1887-D 1974; Aunt Maria Antonia: B 1884- D 1967; Children: Ralph, Anthony, Dorothy and Dominick. Uncle Francesco was a pall bearer at my Grandfather Carmine Finelli’s funeral in Troy NY. Carmine and Maria were siblings. I know my grandfather had 4 sisters and I am hitting a brick wall with some of my Finelli family because not all of them left Italy for the US. If you have any links or hints on the Carmine Finelli / Maria Diacetis from Cervinara, please let me know. Good luck with your quest.

      • Marina says:

        Hi Maria,

        My ancestors immigrated from Cervinara / Avellino with the last name Pisaniello, Marco and Domenico. Marco went to work with his uncle in Troy, NY. I would love to talk more with you as I think they were related!


    • Maria says:

      I just saw your post. i know it’s an old post but I am related to Pitaniello’s of Troy, NY. Francesco Pitaniello (1887-1964) married my aunt Maria Antonia Finelli. Let me know if I can be of any help. Maria

  35. Maria says:

    Hi I live in Australia and am researching my family, I know they come from Benevento, Campania, but not 100% sure which town Paolisi?

    surnames PERROTTA; CARBONE; AFFINITO, are the main surnames and then they branch off to other surnames as the children married.

    Look forward to hearing from you.


  36. Gina says:

    My Great Grandparents were born in Cervinara.
    Luigi Carofano b1880 to Rocco and Filomena Launa
    Angelina Piccolo b1891 to Frank(Franscesco?) and Mariantonia Ferraro

  37. Lisa says:

    I live in Arizona. I am interested in tracing my family lines of the Pisaniello’s and the Moscatiello’s, and also the Magnotta’s.

    My Great Grandfather was Pelligrino Pisaniello, born April 21, 1853 in Avellino. He married Maria Moscatiello, born July 13, 1863 in Avellino. His parents were Gennaro Pisaniello and Maria Magnotta. I would like to find their parents names and their dates of birth and death.

    My Great Grandmother was Maria Moscatiello and her parents were Pasquale Luigi Moscatiello and Anna Magnotta. I would like their dates of birth and death and their parent’s names and dates. So far I have Guisseppe Moscatiello listed as Pasquale’s father.

    Thank you for any information that you can give me!


    • Anthony says:

      My gramother’s surname was Moscatiello. His brothers emigrated to New York. Moscatiello, like, Casale, taddeo ,Diocci, Pitaniello…are very common surnames in Cervinara and I came from there.

    • victor says:

      Hi Lisa. My mother is from cervinara.I’m in Canada. We own a vacation home in cervinara. My grandmother who is still living in toronto is a magnotta. She married Vittorio criscuolo. There are plenty of magnotta in cervinara. A very large family.

    • Alexis S. says:

      Hi Lisa, I am also exploring the family lines of the Pisaniello’s and Moscatiello’s. Pelligrino Pisaniello and Maria Moscatiello are my great great grandparents. I’m wondering if you could help me in my search!! Thank you so much!

  38. Paula says:

    My grandfather, Pietro Tancredi, was born in Cervinara on about Aug. 11th in 1883 or 1884. (Or he may have been born in Paolisi.) The last name may have been spelled Tangredi. My grandfather’s father’s name was Nicola. My grandfather is said to have been the 17th of 18 children and the 5th son to be named Pietro (the others died.) He had a brother Nicholas who was the 18th child; a sister, Maddalena, mother of Angelo Esposito, and another sister, Maria. They raised livestock and took it to market. In about 1900 or 1901 he a hailstorm killed all their livestock and my grandfather left Italy for the U.S. Can you tell me anything at all about his birth records, his father, mother and grandparents? Thank you. I am most grateful for any assistance you can provide.

  39. Cindy says:

    Looking for info on my husband’s great grandparents, Gennero and Grace Cioffi Pisaniello from Cervinara. To US About 1890

    • EH says:


      Not sure you will see this, but I have some Cioffi relatives who settled in Moriah from Cervinara around that time. My great-great grandmother was Josephine Cioffi/Cioffa, born around 1848. I see a few Cioffi’s listed as boarders with several other relations in the early census records and assume they are cousins.

      • Lisa says:

        July 25, 2016
        Hi. My Great-Great Grandmother was Josephine Cioffa who married Fortunato Cesta. They were from Cervinara, Italy, and relocated near Moriah in Port Henry, NY. They had at least one son, my Great-Grandfather Dominick Cesta. Dominick Cesta married Catherine (Matrone) Cesta, and had 12 children, one of which was my Grandfather, Anthony Cesta. They lived in Port Henry, NY until Dominick relocated the family to Troy, NY. I am trying to find out more about Josephine Cioffa and her husband Fortunato. Thanks!

        • Melissa says:

          Hello! What was it with the Port Henry Cervinara families? Mine (Espositos) lived around the corner from the Cestas and Cioffa/is. Also perhaps cousins?

          Has anyone had luck getting marriage records from a Cervinara church? My GGGPs, Emilio Esposito and Rosa Cerutti appear to have been married in 1901 in Cervinara according to several documents, but the scan of the municipal registry does not have their names.

          Would love to hear from potential relations! Melissa

    • Judith says:

      Cindy, They are my great-grandparents too. I have the ship’s manifest and their history once they arrived in the U.S. Reach out to me if you’d like more info.

  40. Karen says:

    My Great Great Grandparents were Madeline Carovona Born 1856 and Anthony Lombardi Born 1854. Both lived in Cervinara.
    Madeline died in 1942 in NYC and Anthony died 1920 in Italy.
    I recently returned from italy and plan to go back to visit Cervinara. I would love to know if any relatives exist.
    Madeline & Anthony had 8 children: Twins John & one son who died at birth, Mary,Carmella,Louise,Maria, Dominic & Frank.
    Thank you
    Karen Montpelier Vermont USA

    • J. Lombardi says:

      My great grandfather was Domenico Lombardi (born 1859) and my great grandmother was Domenica Carofano (born 1861) – both born in Cervinara.

      Domenico Lombardi’s parents were Giovanni Lombardi and Maria Perrotta. Domenica Carofano’s parents were Domenoico Carofano and Luigia Cardillo

      Domenico came to America in 1893 with an Antonio Lombardi (maybe a brother, born in 1858) and they went to work in the quarries in Vermont. I know they had another brother, Pasquale Lombardi, whose grandson would grow up to be the mayor of Cervinara and his great grandson is currently a councilman of the village.

      Domenico moved to Manhattan, although my grandfather was born in Vermont, (maybe during a return family visit to Vermont).
      Hopefully one day, the vital records of Cervinara will be posted online so that we can find out more about what may be our common ancestors.


        my grand father came from cervinara and my grand mother antoinette clemente. i think he or they left about 1905.thank you in advance for any reply.richard moscatello