Genealogy in Montella

If you search your ancestors in Montella, 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 Montella

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 Montella town hall archives as of that date.

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

So, if your ancestors lived in Montella during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Montella 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 Montella too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Montella 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 Montella. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Montella 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 Montella

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 Montella on your behalf.

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


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 Montella 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 Montella forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Montella feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Maria says:

    My grandparents Salvatore Recupido and Maria Michela Moscariella immigrated to the US from Montella in the early 1900’s. At one point they returned to Italy to live, working at my great grandfathers vineyard. They eventually returned to this country again around 1920 when my father was a little boy. I was told that there was a chapel on the front lawn of the vineyard and my great grandfathers remains were in a crypt located inside. I would like to visit this site if in fact this is true and pay homage to my ancestors and see where my history began.

  2. Michael says:

    I am searching for information on my family. They were originally from the Asturias region of Spain and migrated to escape the Inquisition. My grandfather was Michele Fierro, 5/13/1864. He had a twin brother who died as an infant. My grandmother was Elena Fortunato, 8/6/1872. They were married on 6/21/1893 in Montella.

    My great-grandparents were Luigi Fierro who was married to Rubina Granese.

  3. Gaetano says:

    Trying to find out if my grandparents Gaetano Pizza and Rose Capone came from Montella

  4. Barbara says:

    I am trying to find relatives of my husband’s Grandmother born and raised in Montella.. Her name was Alma Calzerano. Her parents were Raphaella and Joe Calzerano nicknamed Don Peppino. She was one of 10 kids. Bothers and sisters were Nunziata or Nancy, Jim, another brother (Trebbiano?) who was hunchbacked and was a tinsmith. Their church in Montella was Holy Savior. Any information would be greatly appreciated. We were in Italy in 2018 and drove to the top of the mountain to the church. I don’t believe that was Grandmom’s Church as I said it was Holy Savior. Thank you. Looking forward to another trip to Montella to spend more time.

  5. Rose says:

    Hi there!
    My family descended name is Vernacchio (later romanized to Vare), from Montella, and I was wondering if there’s any way for me to get in contact with other Vernacchios living in Montella now. I am aware of the tobacco shop in Montella, surely which is run by my distant relatives. Is there perhaps any information you can give me?


  6. Gina says:

    ciao! grazie per la informazione! Sono un Sorrentino. Mi chiamo Gina (sorrentino ) Scarpino Mio nonno Michele Sorrentino, però non ho il suo certificato di natia, e’nato a Montella e e’ immigrazione negli USA circa 1912? anche ho i nomi di i miei parenti sono nati a Montella. Mio bisnonno si
    chiama Alessandro Sorrentino.Mia bisogna si
    chiama Alessandra Racionata (sp??)Vorrei essere un Dual Citizen di USA e Italia. E’ possible ?
    grazie mille per il tuo tempo!
    Looking for Sorrentino family from Montella. my grandfather and many generations are from there. He immigrated to Chicago with his parents and brothers and sisters in the early 1900s

  7. Chris says:

    My grandfather, Alfonso Capone, and his parents were from Montella and emigrated to America prior to WW1. He joined the Army at 18 or 19 as far as I can tell and became an expert with the Browning machine gun. He trained troops to use the Browning and he was said to be able to break it down and reassemble while blindfolded. His parents were Carmine (aka Big Mike) and Laura. Back in the day the AP wrote a story about him which made national papers but they confused my GF Alfonso with the infamous Al Capone. They wrote that Al Capone was so good with a machine gun because the US Army trained him. That was mistaken identity of course and some years later a correction was written with a lighthearted apology. I have both news articles. Any info regarding my GF and his family would be appreciated.

  8. Angela says:

    We came to America sept.1954 I have aunts uncles on my parents side my mother was Rosa Roberto. My father was Salvatore Carbone. We came from Montella Italy any info. Would be helpful since both of my parents are gone I’d just like to pass on to my grandchildren some knowledge

  9. James says:

    My father’s family was from Montella and came to Philadelphia in or around 1900. Angelo Mario Della Vecchia or Della Vecchio. Any help would be appreciated!!

  10. Roland and Mary says:

    My grandmother Filomena Montella came to Ellis Island sometime between 1916 and 1920.
    I don’t remember the Italian town or city she came from.
    She settled in Brooklyn, NY.

  11. Shannon says:

    In search for ancestry info of my 2nd great grandparents, for the family surname of Clemente and/or Palltucci. I have conflicting information and what little info I have keeps running me in circles. I know the names of Mario Clemente and Agnes palltucci and their children, Mary and Carmine Clemente aka creamo or clement. Any help is appreciated thank you

    • Aurora says:

      My father’s mother was Isabela F.M. Clemente. Her father was Felicissimo Clemente and her mother was Rosa Palatucci. She lived most of her life in Montella. She visited us in New York for a year. I loved her.

  12. C Seymour says:

    My husband’s great Aunt died a young child in Montella, Italy named Rose Rubino. 1908-1910 Her mother was Maria Basile Rubino. Father Michael Rubino
    Can you find more accurate dates?

  13. Sandra says:

    Hi, I’m new to this site but thought I would try to find someone that has records for both the Cavello family and Cincotti family both from Montella Italy. Thanks,

  14. michael says:

    my great-grandfather ( Antonio Lepore) and great grandmother(Carmella Lepore) came from Montella. Antonio settled in Ambler, Pa..Came here around the mid 1920’s…can you tell me anything else? thank you….

  15. Michael says:

    I am looking for information about my ancestors. My grandfather, Michele Fierro (May 13, 1864) married Elena Fortunato (June 8, 1872) on June 6, 1893. They had 3 children born in Italy, Angelo, March 25, 1894; Adelina, June 17, 1898; and, Rinaldo, September 3, 1899).

    I know the Fierro side emigrated to Italy around the 15th century. My grandfather was a stone mason who came to the US on the Furst Bismarck on March 12, 1900 out of Genoa. My grandmother came to the US on September 1, 1907 on the Regina d’Italia out of Naples. The family settled in Paterson NJ. My grandfather was (I believe) one of 13 children in Italy. When the family came to the US they had a falling-out and split. I am looking for any information regarding the family and their ancestors on both sides.

    • Pat says:

      I think you may be related to the Ferro family from near Philadelphia. I am also a Fierro, my grandfather Francisco was born in Montella in 1893 and came to Rural Valley, Pennsylvania in 1904(?). Our name was changed to Fear.

  16. Robilyn says:

    Is there anyway to get information on prisons in or around Regalbutto? Names of inmates? Dates of deaths? Thanks

  17. Elisabeth says:

    I have a letter dated 1997 from Gerardo DiNolfi, a cousin living in Montella. Our commom relative was Lorenzo Fiorentino, my grandfather. he mentions an Aunt Giovannina, his mother’s twin. Also an Antonio Fiorentino, Lorenzo’s brother, married twice; first wife Carmela Basile, who died young and left a son Giuseppe. Antonio remarriee a Filomena DeSimone, had a daughter Anna, moved to Acerno. Antonio emigrated to America. Antonio’s grandson was Antonio Fiorentino, had fourteen children and lived in Rome, mother was Angiolina Clemente.Gaetano and Carmine both emigrated after WWII, Gaetano to America and Carmine to Astralia. He also included a copy of an obitary for Sister Giuseppina DiNolfi, of the Convent of St Gabriel She was born in Montella in 1921.

  18. John Ristaino says:

    There is no known meaning for the surname of Restaino. I would at least like to find out when Restaino first appeared in Montella where my grandfather Pasquale was born in 1891 to Generoso Restaino and Michelina Moscarillo

  19. Sandra Cincotti says:

    My husband is trying to find his mother’s ancestry in Montella. His grandfather’s name was Nick Cavallo and was born in the late 1800’s in Montella then came to settle in Chicago. My husband is also related to the Cincotti’s from Montella. Any info would be appreciated.

    • Adriana says:

      There is a Cavallo family living in the Philadelphia Pa area and thre are many people form Montella who settled in the Norristown area of PA. Most are registered at the Holy Saviour church in Norristown Pa. I am from AvellinoItaly and I have soe relatives in Montella which is near Avellino. I now reside in the Philadelphia PA area.

  20. Laura says:

    I am currently helping a cousin sort through his family tree. I have located his great great grandfather Luigi Giannone (born 3 April 1859). I believe his mother’s name was Angelina and she was born somewhere around 1836. I have no information on his father. He married Concetta Sorrentino on 16 October 1881 in Montella. I have no information on her, except that she may have been born the same year as Luigi. They moved to Paterson, New Jersey, originally immigrating in 1881. I show they had either 3 or 4 children born in Montella: Angelina born 13 March 1882; Paris born 14 September 1886; possibly Anna born about 1888 and died before 1892; Salvatore/Sullivan born about December 1889. The census for Paterson, shows that the children (Paris and Sullivan) came to the United States in 1892 and Angelina possibly in 1893. I would appreciate any information that you may be able to give on this family. I thank you, in advance, for your time and consideration.

  21. Marion says:

    My great-grandfather was Raphaele Bello and my great-grandmother was Rosa Schiavo. They immigrated from Montella and lived in Norristown, PA. I’m not sure what year they came over but it was probably in the mid to late 1800’s. Raphael was on the committee & founding fathers of Holy Savior Church in Norristown, PA. If you know of anyone who was related to them or any other information, please let me know. Thank you

    • Gerald says:

      My great grandfather Generoso Bello from Montella had a brother Raffaele Bello. Many of the Bellos from Montella emigrated to Norristown, PA.

      Generoso and Raffaele Bello’s were Michele Angelo Bello and Maria Angela (Caputo) Bello.

      I have quite a bit of history on the Bellos. Feel free to e-mail me.

      • Shawn says:

        Hi Gerald, my great great grandfather Salvatore Bello was also from Montella and I am looking for some information. He was born in 1886 and his father was Felice Bello. Would you be able to provide me with any information you might have?


    • Linda says:

      We may be related. I also have a 6th grandmother Rose Schiavo. My name is Linda and I live in Bucks County.

  22. Richard says:

    Hope to be in Montella late September 2017. I would like information on relatives of grandfather Pasquale Pizza and grandmother Louisa Recupido who left Montella circa 1900 for USA settling in Chicago.

  23. Joseph says:

    I am looking for information regarding Antonio Gianono (Giannone, born January 2, 1882) and Anna Gianono (Born June 11, 1883) who emigrated to the United States from Naples on February 6, 1904 aboard the vessel Arglria.

    • Roy says:

      Antonio Giannone was actually born in Montella on 03 Jan 1882. He was the son of Gaetano Giannone, born 12 Feb 1833, and Maria Filomena DeStefano, born 01 Feb 1836. He married Anna Maria Fusco, born 11 Jun 1883, on 02 Aug 1903.

  24. Richard says:

    The Sorrentino family from Chicago is coming to Montella, Italy in March 2017. Do you know any Sorrentinos descending from Mario Sorrentino?

  25. Judy says:

    I am looking for some information about my grandparents. they lived on Montella, Italy before coming to the US in 1906 we believe. His name was Carmine DeSimone and hers was Pasqulina Defeo. would like to know it they had or have siblings still in Italy. Any info will be appreciated

  26. Kristen says:

    I am searching for information on my father’s family. Volpes from Montella. My grandfather, Antonio Volpe was born in Montella in 1889. His parents were Emiddio Donato Volpe and Maria Maddelena Gambone. Any information is greatly appreciated.

  27. Joanne says:

    My great great uncle Stanislao Fiore was born in 1844 in Montella to Maria Luiga Sarni and Pasquale Salvatore Fiore. He married Filomena Cione who I think passed away in 1903 in Montella. I have been researching records from Montella but there are many years missing. Can you share any information with me.

    • Roy says:

      I can share quite a bit of info on his family. Which one of the siblings are your direct ancestors.

      • Joanne says:

        Stanislao’s daughter Maria Luiga married Michele Pizza in Montella and came to the United States where he passed away. She went back to Montella and married Lorenzo Marano and came back to Ambler, PA. I am most interested in Maria Luiga Sarni who was Stanislao’s mother and him because I cannot find out when and where he died.

        • James says:

          Hi my name is Jim Cincotti my great grandfather was Antonio Cincotti one day I was looking for Information on my grandfather and found that my great grandfather had returned to Montella in 1903 and returned in 1905 on The SS Lopez on his Re turn I see with him is Michele Pizza they are going to South Philadelphia as this is where they are living a they are going to my great grandmother Who is a Branca I will have to pull the records to give you more information

    • Paige says:

      Was this Sarni directly related to Teresa Sarni? I have been trying to find information on her for years

  28. Rosalind says:

    Hi – my paternal grandfather Antonio DeGenova born in Montella arrived in New York in
    1907. I believe he was born in 1889 . He lived mainly in New York on 159 west 27th St and in
    Paterson, NJ
    Anyone with any information concerning connections would be greatly appreciated.

    • Maria says:

      Hi ~ Not sure if directly related to my forebears, but perhaps cousins. Do you know parents’ names? Several Antonio DiGenova in my Montella family tree, but not born in 1889.

  29. Skye says:

    My 2nd great grandfather was Felice Scandone of Montella. He was born in April of 1860, married Carmela (or Camilla/Camille) Monaco of Volturara Irpina. He came to America in April of 1885 from Naples to settle in Boston, Mass.
    Any information about this family would be appreciated!

  30. Rose says:

    To Adam I believe I know your ancestors further back then Gaetano Bello. I hope you have seen my post above.

    • Jason says:

      Fascinated, my grandmother is Carmela Bello of Montella she’s 94 and still had many of her sisters living Montella

  31. Jerry says:

    Hello, according to records my great-grandfather (Gennaro Giannini) came to the US from Montella, AV around 1906 when he was 16. I believe his DOB was 10-January-1890. I also have documentation stating his father’s name was Amato. Any suggestions or information would be appreciated.

    • Roy says:

      Your great grandfather was born Gennaro Felice Salvatore Giannini (aka “James”) on 13 Jan 1890 in Montella. He arrived in NYC on 02 Dec 1906 on the S/S Algeria.
      His parents were Amato Giannini and Teresa Pizza. He died on 28 Aug 1955 in Conshohocken, Pa. He was married to Victoria DiCicco from Benevento, Italy. I know of at least five children.
      Victoria parents were Nicholas DiCicco and Rose Nave.

      • Jerry says:


        Thanks for the reply and great information. Any suggestions for me to find more details about Gennaro in Montella? Do you happen to know or have more details on his parents Amato and Teresa?

  32. Robert says:

    My grandfather come from montella I know the family that’s there today in montella u got any info on my grandfather he had brothers in montella that stayed there his mother my great grandmother Vincenzo pizza name was

  33. Joseph says:

    My grandfather was Giovanni born in 1866, brother Gennaro 1856, Donato 1859, Joseph 1861, his father we are told was joseph who was married to Catherine Screnci. Any information or leads would be helpful

  34. Patti says:

    I am researching my family tree on my father side. My father grandfather was a police office in Avalino Italy. The last name would be Discepolo

  35. Susan says:

    I am looking for any relatives still living in .montella, Italy.My grandfather was Salvatore Pizza, My father was Michael. They came to the US in 1916 or 17. My father was birn in 1911. My grandmothers name wasMarianne DeSimone.
    Thank you

  36. John says:


    My father Pietro Paolo Scandone left Montella for USA in 1900. Any information would be appreciated.


  37. Lou says:

    I am researching my family and have accurate names and dates (at least I think so). From reading this, I see that the last name DeStefano was quite common in this region. My grandmother, VINCENZA DESTEFANO was born in Montella to LUIGI DESTEFANO (having trouble finding info on him, but know he was a police officer killed in the line of duty) and CARMELLA FALVENO (this could be Falivene, but 98% sure its Falveno). Carmella (Falveno) DeStefano had two children, CARMINE and VINCENZA and immigrated to the USA between 1900 and 1905, depending on which US Census records is most accurate. I believe that the names of Carmella’s parents were MICHELE and TERESA FALVENO. Any helpwould be greatly appreciated!

    • James says:

      I don’t no much of your family My father cousins were Falivene they owned duck farm in Absecon and Somers Point.NJ .his family was from Montella

  38. Robert says:

    My grandfather Vincenzo schiavo was born in montella family still exists at via San Giovanni in montella please contact me thank you

    • Roberto says:

      Hi, i’m Roberto Schiavo from Italy, my father Luigi as dead in 2012, my grandfather Giovanni and grandmother Maria as dead, my grandfather Giovanni as brother of Vincenzo, they have 5 sons, Gerardo, Giuseppe, Clementina (dead), Luigi (dead), and Fiorina, i don’t have contact, Fiorina i think living in Pinerolo, Torino, Giuseppe i think as on hospice, Gerardo i think living in Montella after dozens of years on Suisse.
      Me, Roberto, i’m single, i have a sister with 3 sons.
      Roberto Schiavo

      • Robert says:

        I know u im in new York Roberto schiavo I am too I know ure grandfather Giovanni I remember him up in montella Giovanni my fathers first cousin send me a letter and contact number my address Roberto schiavo 1523 central park ave 14 h yonkers new York 10710 united states of America don’t reply here I don’t check often here write me send contacts my grandfather Vincenzo schiavo I been in montella gigerrardo knows me askem about me

  39. Adam says:

    Hello! I am looking for some more information on my family that comes from Montella. They started there and ended up in Norristown, PA, USA. I am looking for more info on Vincenzo Figiuolo (Became Vincent Flora – 1894-1966). His father was Luigi Figiuolo (1864-). His Father was Vincenzo Figiuolo (1824-). His Father was Andrea Figiuolo (1790-). They are all from Montello from the best of my knowledge. That is the most of the information I have. I’m interested in specific dates, occupations, reason of coming to USA. Anything! If you have any leads that may help me, please let me know. Thank you for your time!

    • Dan says:

      Hi, Adam,
      I’m really just starting my family’s genealogy, and I was wondering if you were able to find out anything about your family in Montella, and if you could point me in the right direction.

      My Great, Great Grandfather, Gaetanno Bello, lived in Montella. Not sure exactly when. His son, my Great Grandfather, Giacchino Bello, was born (Sept. 10, 1878) and raised in Montella. Emigrated to NORRISTOWN, PA in Sept., 1900, and died in 1955. His son, my Grandfather, Daniel J. Bello, was born there in 1905 and later moved to northern NJ, where he died in 1968.

      Certainly don’t expect you to know ANYTHING about these guys, but I’m hoping that you were able to find some info about YOUR family in Montella… and that, if you did, you can share some resources with me.

      • Rose says:

        Gaetano Bello was born in Montella in 1848 and was married to Caterina Cantillo. They had a son Giachhino born in 1878 and two other children that I know of. I think they might be your ancestors.

      • Jason says:

        Hi my grandmother Carmela Bello of Montella still has many family members residing in Montella, she has a brother that moved to Switzerland around 60 years ago who was also called Gaetanno Bello