Genealogy in Prata Sannita

If you search your ancestors in Prata Sannita, 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 Prata Sannita

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 Prata Sannita town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Prata Sannita on your behalf.

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

S. PANCRAZIO MARTIRE – P.zza S. Pancrazio

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 pratasannita@italianside.com or follow this link.

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

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24 Comments

  1. Terese says:

    My great grandparents Giovanni Scuncio and Maria Cioci came to Rhode Island, USA with my grandfather (Joseph Scuncio). Wondering if any family are still living there? Coming to Italy in November and would love to see the town where they came from.

  2. Robert says:

    Hello, Around 1911-1912 My grandfather Gennaro Riccio left Prata Sannita, Italy, with his wife and five children. At that time my father would say he was the mayor of Prata Sannita. When he left he gave the house they were living in to the Commune Church in Piazza S. Pancrazio so the nuns would have a convent to live in. If possible I would like the address or maybe a picture of the house. I plan on taking a trip this June to Prata Sannita.

    • Joanne says:

      Hi Robert~ I have a Great Grandfather Gennario Riccio (Ricci) from Prata Sannita, Italy. He came over to RI in 1912 with his wife Jacqueline Ricci (Testa). My Grandfather Victor (Vittorio) was thirteen years old when he came with his Father and Mother. And he too said, that his Father (Gennario) was the Mayor of Prata Sannita. He also said that their house there was donated to the church.

  3. Bob says:

    Looking for some research in Prata Sannita on Nicola Fortini. He came to Rhode Island and settled in the 1890’s.

  4. Jon says:

    I am hoping to travel to Prata Sannita in the near future. The surname is Vitolo and my family migrated to Rhode Island and possibly New York. My grandfather was the last descendant to be born there. I believe that was in 1906. Any possible info would be appreciated.

  5. Becky says:

    I find a Providence, RI newspaper article identifying Giovanni Capobianco as a descendant from Prata Sanita, Italy. He immigrated as a young man to Natick, RI in 1900. Does anyone have any information on the Capobianco’s?

  6. Sherry says:

    Hello, my great grandparents immigrated from Prata Sannita in the early 1900’s. They settled in Johnston, Rhode Island. My great grandfather was Nicolo Ruotolo and he was married to Elizabetta Pinto. Any info much appreciated

  7. Sandy says:

    Hello!
    My name is Sandra. My grandparents lived, as far as I know, in Province de Caserta. My grandmother’s name was Teresa Prata who married Michele Vellone.
    If you think you can help me locate their marriage, I will send you dates.
    Thank you,

  8. Aelred says:

    I’m trying to connect dots to see if I have living family in Prata Sannita; I believe that my great-great grandparents were Guiseppi and Vittoria Scungio, they had at least one son named Anontio born 21 January 1876 or 2 January 1874 and died in Cranston, RI, 25 July 1958. He married Pasquarosa Testa (her parents were Antonio Testa Vittoria Francesca Gogliormella). They had seven sons and one daughter. Angelo Scungio was my grandfather who married Maria Iannotti, and their children: John, Elizabeth, Dorothy, and Anthony.

  9. gale delfino breckel says:

    my great great grandmother was sabbatina pezza. born in 1857 in prata sannita.her husband was pasquale testa. her parents were dominico and angela pezza. sabbitina died on9/23/1919.hope i was a little help. I THINK WE SHOULD ALL GET ON A PLANE AND GO TO PRATA SANNITA!!!!!

  10. Corrine says:

    My grandparents were born in prata sannits, Italy, Giovanni and Liberata Mastrobuono, I believe they came to the u.s, in the late 1800s

  11. Gale says:

    I am looking for information on my great-grandmother Mary Theresa Scungio. She was born on 6/15 1865 in Prata Sannita. My great-grandfather was Antonio Delfino.Their first child Modistino was born on 12/2 1886. Antonio came to America in March 1886. these dates that I have don’t add up but there is a possibility that he may not have known when he left he would become a father! its 9 months between March and December! Her parents names were Nicoletta Imundi and Santino Scungio.All the Delfinos settled in Johnston and Cranston R.I.There they had 7 more children.Any information on when she came to America and the name of the ship would be very helpful.Also her parents death records would have a lot of information about the next generation. Thank you so very much for your time.

    • Debra says:

      I am eligible for Italian citizenship based on my Great Great Grandfather Nicola D’Amico who left for America in 1886. He was born and lived in Italy before the cutoff date. He never became a citizen…I need any advice you have about in what commune I might find records his 1840 birth and 1870 marriage to a Vittoria Iacavone from Capriati al Volturno.I have his death certificate and other documents that list his birthplace at Prata Sannita. 6 January,1840. Census records put their marriage in Italy 1870.

      Name Vittoria Iacovone
      Gender Female
      Birth Date 03 Oct 1847
      Baptism Date 03 Oct 1847
      Baptism Place Civile, Capriati A Volturno, Caserta, Italy
      Father Sabbatino Iacovone
      Mother Angiola Caruolo
      FHL Film Number 1173577
      Reference ID 2:1MHSLNF
      Household Members
      Name Age
      Angiola Caruolo
      Sabbatino Iacovone
      Vittoria Iacovone

      Should I just look there?
      Would the marriage record be in his town or hers?

    • TR says:

      Hi Gale, I believe Antonio is my great-great grandfather and Modestino is my great grandfather. I just started researching this part of the family and would love to know if Modestino had any siblings and more about my great great grandparents. If you found anything out I’d love to compare. Tanya

      • gale says:

        hi.sorry it took so long but my husband was ill and passed away on oct 2.well i guess we are cousins!.wow. Antonio was my great grandfather. his wife was Mary Theresa Scungio.He was born on june 14, 1861 in Prato. They had Modistino,Carlo,Mary,Louis, Margaret,Alfred,Rose and my grandfather, Sandino. in that order.Modistino was nicknames Wisty and had 10 children. his wife’s name was Conchetta Cenami.I have alot of info on the Delfino family.If you would like more info…do you live in R.I.? lets get together..

        • Chelsey says:

          Hi Gale— not sure if you ever check this anymore, but I am trying to trace back some of my ancestors, a few of which had the last name Cenami. I believe they may have been daughters to Concetta, or possibly a sibling/relative of hers. They were sisters, Raphaella and Lucilla Cenami. Thanks!!!

  12. Allison says:

    I am looking for information about the Palumbo family from Prata Sannita. My great great grandfather, Giancento Palumbo was born in Prata Sannita in 1836 and immigrated to the United States. His Ferdinando (b.1874) immigrated to Argentina before the US. How common was it for men from Prata Sannita to go to Argentina for work?

    Thank you,
    Allison

    • Rob says:

      Hi Allison, it’s a small world. Giacinto Palumbo is also my great great grandfather. One of His daughters is Rosa Palumbo my great grandmother & she married Vincenzo Scuncio who is my great grandfather. One of their sons is my beloved grandfather Ferdinando Scungio, somehow the c in Scuncio turned into a g after coming to America and settling in Johnston R.I..Frog City. I have my great grandparents records from Prata Sannita. They came here in 1894 and I believe Giacinto came with them but I don’t know when the rest of his kids came.

  13. Vincent says:

    My grandfather,Vincenzo Salzillo,was born in Prata Sannita around 1880. He came to America in the early 1900’s with his brother,Camilio. I am trying to find who their father was.

    • Jean says:

      Hello Vincent

      My grandfather was Camillo. Their father was Carlo. He is buried in St. Ann’s cemetery. Your grandfather and my grandfather did not travel together. I believe based on the information that I have that Vincenzo came fist and my grandfather came a year or two later.
      Please email me and we can compare notes.

      Jean

      • Vincent says:

        Vincent,
        Checked some of my records. Camillo came here in 1902 but they did not come together. Your grandfather came first. My grandfather came a few months later.
        Jean

  14. Mike says:

    Hi. I am looking for information concerning the Pezza family from the Prata-Sannita / Valle Agricola area. Can you help? Grazie, Mike

  15. Jean says:

    Hello

    I am viewing my grandfather’s ship records and I see that he was from Prata Sannito. His name was Camillo Salzillo. He had a brother Vincenzo.

    I would appreciate any help you can offer. If I could get a copy of his birth certificate that would be wonderful.

    His birthdate is May 26, 1885.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Sincerely,
    Jean

  16. albert says:

    I’m hoping you can help me find some information on my grandfather. the information I have is his name is Albert Carmine LaFazia, date of birth is December 10, 1887 and I velieve he was born in Prata Sannita. Any information you can give me will be much appreciated. Thank you so much for your time.

    Albert