Genealogy in Alvignano

If you search your ancestors in Alvignano, in the province of Caserta, 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 Alvignano

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Alvignano from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.
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To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Alvignano. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Alvignano archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Caserta province are:
Barbato, Colella, Conte, Coppola, Corvino, Crisci, D’Angelo, De Lucia, De Rosa, Di Nuzzo, Diana, Esposito, Fabozzi, Farina, Ferrara, Ferraro, Fusco, Gallo, Guida, Iodice, Izzo, Letizia, Lombardi, Marino, Martino, Mastroianni, Merola, Mottola, Natale, Pagano, Palmieri, Papa, Pascarella, Pellegrino, Piccirillo, Piccolo, Piscitelli, Raucci, Ricciardi, Riccio, Romano, Rossi, Russo, Salzillo, Santoro, Schiavone, Tartaglione, Vitale.

Church Records in Alvignano

Church archives in Caserta 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 Caserta 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 Alvignano on your behalf.

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

S. MARIA DEL CARMINE – Via Chiesa Marcianofreddo

S. SEBASTIANO MARTIRE – Via Jolanda, 1

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 alvignano@italianside.com or follow this link.

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

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34 Comments

  1. Carol says:

    Looking for information on Rev. Giovanni Benecivenga. Possibly from the Abruzzo / Alvignano area or the village of Dragoni.
    Would like to know what church he may have served at in those areas prior to 1902 or after 1916 when he left the USA
    and returned to Italy. Any bit of information would be appreciated.

  2. Diana says:

    Interesting posts-my mother was from Alvignano-born in1920. She told me when I was a kid that most people from there settled in 3 states. CT, NY and Ohio. That’s New Haven, Schenectady and Cleveland. I am originally from CT. In NYS now and have relatives in all 3 states. Her maiden name was RUZZO. Her mother’s was SULLO. A friend and I visited there in1972. A kid burst through my uncle’s door saying hello. Then recognized my friend-he graduated from high school with her! On the train to Alvignano a woman asked me if my father died that November. He did. She knew a lot about me. When I mentioned CT a kid across from me said he had family in CT. He got the address out-the same town I lived in and 4 streets away from me! It is a small world. I graduated with someone who had the surname Diana and told him if we got married my name would be Diana Diana?????

  3. Kathy says:

    I visited the office I Alvignona one year ago and the staff went above and beyond to find my grandmother’s birth certificate. She came to the USA when she wS 15 and we never had any papers or proof of her birth. This was truly a treasure to out family. Thank you so much Kathy Carmon

  4. Lori says:

    Looking for information on my Grandfather Luigi (Louis A. Pirrro) Perro born somewhere in Caserta, Campania, Italy . Born:1872 Married to Angela Rose Morrell (changed 3 times but started out as Majeolli in 1880) she was born in Alvignano, Caserta, Campania, Italy in 1882 came over in 1888. They owned a Bakery on Raymond St. in Schenectady NY. His Mother was Maria Crescenza Tagliaferro, Born: in Castrovillari, Calabria, Italy. His Father we think was named Luigi Pasquale V. Perro (?) have no information on him at all. My Grandfather had a Brother Michael & a Sister Angelina who married Ralph Tobias Pucci in Schenectady, NY She was a deaf mute due to scarlet fever.He also had a Cousin who owned/ ran a bar on Manhatten st in Schenectady. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  5. Liz says:

    My family has the manifest for my great-great-grandmother, Clorinda Giaquinto, who was born in Alvignano around 1876. Any information or helpful tips for finding more information about her family would be really appreciated.

  6. Brenda says:

    My husband and I headed to Alvignano on April 26, 2018. Looking for family members. His great grandfather, Joseph Russo, born June 2, 1872 (father Giovani Russo and mother Maria C Meve) and great grandmother, Rose Mary Riccia, born Dec 23, 1885 (father Carmen Riccia and Mother Mary Phippiano.

    Thank you!

  7. Frank says:

    My father, frank Vincent giaquinto was born in Alvihnano around 1899 and and was brought to the states when he was about two or three years old. I’m looking for information on his parents.

  8. Lorraine says:

    I will be in Naples the second week of October, in about 3 weeks. I am looking for any information about my grandfather, Guiseppo Saggese. I have his date of birth as 10th Feb, 1897. I believe he came to the United States in 1911 on a ship called Regina. I will be visiting Alvignano with my sister and daughter and will be trying to find any information I can. If anyone has any information or tips about where I could look and what to do it would be greatly appreciated. I am working on dual citizenship and would love to get as much information as possible.
    Thank you!
    Lorraine

  9. Tammy says:

    Looking for birth records for my great grandfather Vincenzo James Perpetuo Riccio born July 13, 1884 in Alvingnano, Italy. He immigrated to America out of Naples under the name Vincenzo Perpetuo in 1906, however all other records (marriage, death, draft, etc.) are under Vincenzo Riccio. Any information you could provide would be most appreciated.

  10. Mike says:

    Hey! I’m looking for help in finding the family of my great grandfather, Giovanni Guardo, who was born in Alivagnano in 1895. His mother was Agnes Maggigo, I’m not sure what his father’s name was, possibly Vincenzo. Giovanni immigrated with his uncle to the United States in 1911, changed his name to John Ward, and settled in Schenectady, NY. Any information on his family will be very helpful. Thanks!

  11. Caitlin says:

    Hi! I’m looking for pretty much any information on my great-great-grandfather, Pasquale DeMarco. He was born September 9 or 12, 1862 in Avignano and emigrated to New York in probably 1878 or 1881. He made a name for himself in America, helping new Italian immigrants (particularly from Avignano) come to America and helping them settle in. He eventually wound up being the person who brought the priest, Father Giovanni Bencivenga of Avignano, to Schenectady for the new Italian Catholic church.

    However, we know absolutely nothing about his life before coming to America, not even his parents’ names. For someone who *claimed* the DeMarco family was descended from Spanish knights in the service of the Neopolitan crown in the 13th century, he didn’t leave a very good trace of it.

    Any help at least figuring out Pasquale’s parents’ names would be very much appreciated.

    • Carol says:

      Hello:
      Regarding your post that mentioned the priest Father Giovanni Bencivenga who came to a church in Schenectady
      by the efforts of your great-great-grandfather, I am looking for information about him. I would like to know the church
      he served at in Italy prior to coming to the USA and what church he returned to many years later. Also would like to
      know what monastery he attended in Italy and would like a photo taken during his priesthood.
      Would appreciate any help you can provide.

  12. David says:

    My search has brought me to Alvignano. One of the ship lists list a Francesco Napolitano, who could be my great grandfather Francesco Paolo Napolitano, born 12 Apr 1864. The dates don’t match. His naturalization application says he arrived in New York in 1887. He married a Maria Fabrizio in New york, who had travelled to New Yorkl with her brother Rocco Fabrizio. We were always told they were from the Naples area. Could you shed any light on this? My cousin shares the same great grandfather. She married a man who was born in Naples, and she wants to find the Napolitanos in Italy.

  13. Andrea says:

    My great-grandparents came from Alvignano. My great-grandfather was Ceasare Mastroianni (Mastrianni when he arrived in the United States). He was married to Lucia Mastroianni (maiden name was Raccio)

    i am trying to find their cousins. Thank you.

    • Irene says:

      Hi! I am reading your message from Jan 1, 2016. I just saw that I am a DNA match with someone has a family tree that includes Ceasare (b.1877) and Lucia Raccio Mastroianni, who moved from Caiazzo, Caserta, Campania, Italy to Schenectady. I am looking for Michael (Michele)(born around 1866) Mastriani from Alvignano who moved to Schenectady in the late 1800s. I suspect that Ceasare and Michael were cousins of some sort. Did you ever find any information on Ceasare and Lucia? I would love to know more of their family history.
      Thanks!

  14. Dora T. says:

    Hi Donna: I just find it a bit interesting that we both have family from Alvignano and our grandparents names are very similar. If we are from the same family this is the brief synopsis of what I know: My father name was Antonio Alessandro Tommasone, his father’s name (my grandfather) was Giuseppe Tommasone married to Rachele Friello; both from Alvignano. Giuseppe Tommasone’s father, my great grandfather name was Giuseppe Tommasone as well married to Mariangela Friello. A bit confusing. I do know that my grandfather had a lot of mistresses and I’m sure he has had children with others, but to be honest with you as you know, back in those days nobody told. I was told that they did have a lot of properties which they loved women and gave and gambled most away. My mother told me that my great grandfather and wife Mariangela Friello died young and left many children behind which were taken in by family members. I do know that one of my grandfather’s sister came in the States when she was 16, I think her name was Marianne moved upstate NY and they saw each other again 60 years later when he came here for the first time in 1973.

  15. Joe says:

    I am searching for information about the Mastroianni and Morelli families who were from Alvignano.

    Nicola Morelli (b. abt 1866) came to the USA abt 1900. I believe he returned to Italy at a later date to bring his wife to the USA.

    Andreanna Andreano Morelli (b. 11 Oct 1886) and her sister Antonietta Morelli (b. abt 1888) came to the USA on 30 Jun 1906 to stay with their Father Nicola Morelli.

    Vincenzo Mastroianni (b. 19 Jun 1883) came to the USA abt 1900 to stay with his Uncle Nicola Morelli. Vincenzo’s brother Luigi (b. abt 1899) came to the USA abt 1904.

    I would like to learn about the wife and history of Nicola Morelli. I would like to learn about the parents and history of Vincenzo Mastroianni.

    Molte grazie,

    Joe

    • Louis Carusone says:

      Joe,

      The Luigi you mentioned above is my grandfather (I am named after him). I am also searching for the information you mentioned above.

      Could you please contact me and we can possible exchange some information.

      Thanks,
      Lou Carusone

      • Irene says:

        I am looking for information on my great-grandfather, Michael (Michele) Mastriani (born abt. 1868). He left Alvignano in 1888 and moved to Schenectady, NY. Do you have any idea if he is the same Mastriani family as your grandfather, Luigi? Any information on the family would be appreciated!
        Thanks

        • Cara says:

          Hi Irene,
          Our family moved from Alvignano to the Schenectady area with the last name of Mastroianni. Could this be any relation? Gabriel and Josephine.

  16. Angela says:

    Hello I’m looking for info on my 3rd great grandparents. The last info I have ( on my great grandfather ) is Louis ( luigi) Faraone married Carmella Marotta in Schenectady Ny. I’m searching for Louis parents. His marriage liscence said Dominichi Faraone and a Clementina Navesetta. I cannot find a record for them entering through Ellis Island. Any help would be awesome.

    • Kathie says:

      In researching my own Faraone family from Alvignano, I came across the following: Domenico Faraone m.Clementina Navanetta(sp?)-children: Mariantonia Faraone m. Guiseppe Diana in 1909 & Raffaele Faraone b. 1886- These Faraone families were from the Angiolilli/San Nicolas towns in Alvignano. I hope this helps narrow your search.

      • David says:

        Researching my Italian side brought me to Alvignano as well. My grandfather (Giuseppe Luigi Diana) came to the US in 1906 at the age of 11 with his mother (Luisa Amato Diana) and his sister. Everyone settled in Ohio (Lorain or Cleveland). I have no record that my great-grandfather (Pasquale Diana) b.1855 ever came to the US. I’m also working on my great-great grandparents (Guiseppe Diana and Lucrezia Reggiero) in Alvignano. An interesting note is that one of my great-grandmother’s brothers, Francesco Amato, married Rosa Faraone in Alvignano in 1895 before coming to the US and settling in Lorain, Ohio. If you think there might be a connection with the Diana’s or Faraone’s in our families, please contact. Thanks.

      • Mark B says:

        My paternal great Grandmother was Filomena Faorone from Alvignano. She married Angelo Battista. They were born in the late 1800’s (I’ll have to go back to their graves to get the specific dates. I would love to find their birth records, but do not know how to go about obtaining birth records from overseas.

  17. Tyler says:

    I am looking for more info on my Great Grandfather’s side from Alvignano.

    Andrew (Andrea) Pastore born 1885 on November 15.
    Left for America sometime before 1906, I want to say 1903. Married Giuseppina Randazzo in 1906.

    Nicola Pastore (My Great Great Grandfather)
    Filomena Sparano (My Great Great Grandmother)
    Alfredo Pastore (Andrews brother or half-brother)

    Possible birth records would be great for Andrew or where to find them.
    Birth, death, marriage records for Nicola, Filomena or even where they might be buried in Italy.

    Thank you.

  18. Adele says:

    Im looking for information about my great grandparents, Luigi Marino and Guiseppina Grostano both from Alvignano, left in 1909 for America. She was 17 and he was 22.

    • Gail says:

      Adele, my grandmother also left Alvignano in 1909, and she was also 17! Her name was Bernardina Constantino. They must have known each other. My mother told me that my grandmother sailed 2nd class aboard a German oceanliner. Do you know how your grandparents traveled?

  19. Joan says:

    I am looking for information about Amelio Domenico Isabella. I believe he was born in Avignano around 1901. We would like to visit the church he attended and possibly meet relatives when we visit Italy.

    • Tommaso says:

      I am a descendant of the family Isabella of Alvignano and I have made a family tree.

      • Debbie says:

        Hi Tommaso,

        I am looking for information on the family of my maternal great-grandmother, Mariangela Agnese Isabella, born in Alvignano in 1876. She married Dominick DiPasquale from the Montoro area of Avellino, and emigrated to the USA around 1902. She resided in Ballston Spa, NY, where she had 10 children.

        If you could provide any additional information on her family or circumstances, I would be grateful.

        Thanks!

        • Lauren says:

          Hello! I am also an Isabella descendent. My great-great-grandmother was Mariasanta Isabella from Alvignano. She was born around 1872. Her father’s name was Anthony Isabella (Antonio) and her mother was Caterina Paolino.
          My cousin in Italy was able to find her birth certificate for me, but I am unable to find any information on the Isabella family itself, like its history or background. If anyone has any information or tips, I would really appreciate it! Thank you!

  20. Donna says:

    I am looking for my grandfathers family name tommasone, my grandfather antonio tommasone was born in 1889 in alvignano italy, he came to america in 1910 and sometime after 1920 he changed his name to thomas.My grandfathers father was alessandro tommasone he married mariangella friello sometime before 1889 in alvignano my great grandfathers fathers name was guiseppi tommasone and his mother was named marianna perrino. my great grandmothers father was domenico friello and her mother was named michaela valentino. I am interested in my great grandfather he passed away they said by a gunpowder explosion it was around 1900. my grandfathers sister Theresa tommasone they said was poisoned by a lover approximately before 1935. please email me with any information if you can. they lived on a farm on the top of a hill the property is still there but there is nothing on it we are told. thank you so much for your time.
    sincerely
    Donna

  21. Susan says:

    Looking for birth records for my grandmother and great grandmother born in Alivagnano, Italy. Grandmother’s birth name was Caterina D’Antonio, her father was Louis D’Antonio. Her mother – my great grandmother’s maiden name was Maria Caracciolo(a) – not certain. My grandmother Caternina D’Antonio’s date of birth is August 14, 1886. I believe she was either 6 or 8 when she came to the United States.
    If you can provide me with the tools to obtain birth records or if any family members may still live in Alvignano that would be helpful. I am planning a trip upon retirement.
    Thank you,
    Susan