Genealogy in Fontanarosa

If you search your ancestors in Fontanarosa, 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 Avellino province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Fontanarosa registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Fontanarosa 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 Fontanarosa. As more your surname is common in Fontanarosa, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Fontanarosa archives 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 archives in Avellino 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 Fontanarosa:

S. NICOLA MAGGIORE – P.zza Cristo Re

If you have the opportunity to visit Fontanarosa and Avellino 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 Fontanarosa 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 Fontanarosa area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Gabriel Scala says:

    I’m traveling to Fontanarosa with my mother in May 2019 and am looking for any information about the Michele Scala family who emigrated to American in 1921, Michele Scala was born March 15, 1882. His wife, Carmela Petrone was born in 1885. They had 5 children of varying ages when they sailed to America:

    Generoso Scala, age 15: Born approx. 1906
    Letizia Scala, age 11: Born approx. 1910
    Gennaro Scala, age 9: Born approx.1912
    Mario Scala, age 6: Born approx. 1915
    Maria Scala, age 5: Born approx. 1916

    Mario Scala, who was 6 when they sailed, was my grandfather. Any information anyone has about remaining family members in Fontanarosa would be greatly appreciated. We are eager to meet them!

    Many thanks,
    Gabriel Scala

    • Michael Petroccione says:

      Buon Giorno Gabriel,
      My great aunt–Elmerinda Petroccione–was born in Fontanarosa around the same time as Michele Scala and married a man with the same surname once in America (they lived in the Bronx). Her mother was a “Penta” from Sant’Angelo all’Esca too. this is the only information I have about “la famiglia Scala”. Mi dispiace.
      Buona fortuna a te!
      –Michael Petroccione

  2. Denise says:

    I’m looking for information and relatives of Brigida Capobianco born 1873 or 1874 in Fontanarosa, had many siblings.

  3. Gloria says:

    Information about Anthony Baldassarre and family. Born about1890. He was from Fontanarosa. Came to New York city, USA at 19 years old. I am his first grandchild.

  4. Mary says:

    I am trying to obtain baptismal info from Santa Maria church in Fontanarosa, Italy, and would appreciate an address where to write. Any help would be appreciated.

  5. Angie says:


    I’m researching my grandfather, Frank Rose, date of birth: 30 November 1868, in Fontanarosa. He arrived in American around June 1877. His naturalisation papers say he arrived on a ship named Rivordia Circolvia, traveling from Naples to New York.

    Any information is appreciated.


    • Angie says:


      I just found my grandfather’s marriage lincese and the name on it is:

      Francerro Rosso

      Born 30 Nov 1868 in Fontanarosa.

      Would like to hear from other’s researching this name.

      As he went by last name ‘Rose’ in America, I wondering if ‘Rosso’ was exact.

  6. Christine says:

    Looking for information on my father Leonella or Lionella memolo came to USA early 1900’s. Had a brother Aurillo.

  7. Suzanne says:


    I am researching the Di Prisco family on behalf of my mother-in-law, Marie Di Prisco Vanderhoff.

    Marie is the daughter of Giuseppe Di Prisco (born November 1885), and granddaughter of Pasquale and Giuseppa (Ruggiero) Di Prisco, from Fontanrosa. Pasquale and Giuseppa had 11 children, from what we know, and only two emigrated to the United States – Pasquale and a brother.

    Marie and myself plan to visit the area of Campania in 2015 and would like to gather as much information ahead of time so we may be able to connect with some relatives.

    Thank you so much for any information you can help with.


    Suzanne and Marie

    • Victoria says:

      Hi Suzanne and Marie,
      The second wife of my third great grandfather was Carmella Di Prisco, he was born in Fontanarosa and I believe she was as well or possible Mirabella Eclano. After his first wife passed away, she came to the US and with his existing children and they eventually went on to have four more. Carmella Di Prisco had three siblings that I know of; Lucia (who I believe married Antonio Cappuccio), Emiddio (her brother), and Antonietta. I haven’t been able to verify this information, but someone else on ancestry seemed to think Carmella’s parents were named Pasquale Di Prisco and Rosa Moscaritelo. Any similarities here?

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