Genealogy in Pratola Serra

If you search your ancestors in Pratola Serra, 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 Pratola Serra registrar as of that date.

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

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

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

S. AUDENO – 83039 SERRA AV

MARIA SANTISSIMA ADDOLORATA – Via Roma, 1

If you have the opportunity to visit Pratola Serra 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 Pratola Serra 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 pratolaserra@italianside.com our expert in Pratola Serra area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

9 Comments

  1. Nancy says:

    Looking for family info Tirone- Magliaro from Pratola Serra

  2. Joseph says:

    My great uncle was Giuseppe Pisano; he was born and lived in Pratola Serra, the son of Luigi and Carmina Pisano.. The momument in front of the Pratola Serra municipal building lists a Giuseppe Pisano as having died in the Italian effort to regain Trieste (1918).. I assumed (always dangerous to do) that was my great uncle. However in 1961 my uncle Carmen Pisano, who lived in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States, received notice (I do not know from whom) that his brother, Giuseppe died February 22, 1961, at the age of 22 years. Any information about either or both of these Giuseppes would be appreciated.

    My grandfather, Antonio Pisano, emigrated to the United States in 1898. He returned to Italy and married Giovanna DeFalco in Pratola Serra. I am interested in learning more about both Antonio and Giovanna.

  3. Mary Ann says:

    Looking for records before and after my Great Great Grandfather Vincenzo Massari Born 1841, married to Eleanora D’Amato, their son, my Great Grandfather Nicola Massari, immigrated to the US but was born in 1861, died in New York 1922.
    We were always told we were Neopolitan, that our family came from Naples. But after doing some Genealogy, I’ve found that this is the closest to Naples my family gets in the Massari line. I am trying to trace back as far as I can go. This line has always been a roadblock.

    Would appreciate any information. Grazie!

  4. Carol says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather anthony Tironehe was born JUNE 13 1894 IN Pratola Serra his fathr was antonio Tirone born i Believe in 1858. if you have any info on my grandfather or great grand father would appreciate it

    THANK YOU
    Carol Tirone

  5. Sandy says:

    I am searching for information about my great, great grandparents. Luigi di Fabrizio who married a Polcari(?) They had three children, one was my great grandfather Antonio(born in 1874) who married Guiseppa Mariano(born in 1875) in 1898. I would love information on either the Fabrizio or Mariano family if possible. Antonio arrived in the US in 1901 and I believe his wife arrived in 1904 with her mother and first born son, my great uncle Louis. They settled in MA.

  6. Monica says:

    Looking for geneology for Violet Rose Minichiello (married to Pietro Monica). A short time after Viola’s husband died she immigrated to the United States February 1907 with her son, Domenico Paul Monica. I can’t seem to get any further information regarding her family.

  7. Jim says:

    I am searching for my grandfather’s birth certificate. His name was Enrico Sirignano and he was born in July 1890 or May 1891. His father’s name may have been Vincenzo.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  8. Nancy says:

    I am looking for information on my Grandfather Sabino Magliaro. He is from Pratola Serra. He emigrated to New Jersey USA, not sure when. He was born on September 16, 1885. I don’t really have much information about him. Anything you can provide would be appreciated.

  9. Ralph says:

    I am looking for my grandfather’s birth records.
    His americanized name was Louis Chase, but his italian name was Luigi Cesi ( Cessi, Cesso, Ceso).
    He was born around 1864. He had a brother Charley and possibly a brother John. He emigrated
    to the Scranton, PA area (Old Forge) around the mid 1880s. Supposedly he was born in
    Pratola Serra, probably a farmer or live stock herder.
    Any info would be appreciated.

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