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.
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