Genealogy in Amalfi

If you search your ancestors in Amalfi, 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 Salerno province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Amalfi registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Amalfi 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 Amalfi. As more your surname is common in Amalfi, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Amalfi archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Salerno province are:
Alfano, Amato, Annunziata, Apicella, Bruno, Califano, Caputo, Cirillo, Coppola, Cuomo, D’Amato, D’Ambrosio, D’Angelo, De Luca, De Martino, De Rosa, Esposito, Ferraioli, Ferrara, Gallo, Giordano, Greco, Grimaldi, Iannone, Lamberti, Landi, Manzo, Marino, Napoli, Pagano, Palumbo, Pellegrino, Pepe, Rinaldi, Rizzo, Romano, Ruggiero, Russo, Santoro, Senatore, Sessa, Sica, Sorrentino, Tortora, Trotta, Vitale, Vitolo, Volpe.

Church archives in Salerno 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 Amalfi:



NATIVITA’ DI MARIA SS. – Via Maestra dei Villaggi

S. PIETRO APOSTOLO – Via Maestra dei Villaggi Loc. Tovere

S. MARIA ASSUNTA – Via Salita di Pastena, 11

If you have the opportunity to visit Amalfi and Salerno 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 Amalfi 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 our expert in Amalfi area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Steven says:

    Hi, I am looking for information on Nicola Covino who was from Amalfi. Nicola’s marriage certificate states that his father’s name was Antonio Covino and his mother’s name was Teresa Paolillo. Nicola was born on December 6, 1889. Nicola Covino married Antonetta Gambardella. If anyone has any information I would really appreciate it.

  2. Andrea says:

    Hello My name is Andrea Milano (male, in Italy ).

    The Milano family has many members in and around Amalfi ( the current mayor Daniele Milano is a Milano too as the Paper Making Family from Nicola Milano cartaro) .

    I am looking for information on my branch of the family.

    I have a few records which may help finding some common traits.

    My Great-Grandfather Nicola Milano was born there in Amalfi in 1834 from Michele Milano (probably born in 1807) and Patrizia Gambardella ( born in Amalfi in 1810 from Andrea Gambardella and his wife Apollonia.)

    Patrizia Gambardella was a silk spinster and died in 1867. Michele Milano and Patrizia Gambardella had two more sons aside from Nicola, Andrea ( 1837) and Luigi (1841)

    Nicola, the oldest son and my Great-Grandfather, became a follower of Garibaldi and served in his army with the rank of corporal ( Brigata Fabrizi) and moved to Naples in 1851where he married Luisa Menna.

    I have tested for the Y chromosome ( and the autosomal DNA) and to date I haven’t found any relative from the male line ( The Y chromosome is carried from father to son) if not extremely remote . The Y-37 test conducted with FtDNA can test people whom have a relationship with me dating thousands of years ago. I am also the initiator of a Y chromosome DNA project called: “ The Milano Family from Amalfi” .

    I would be thrilled if any members of the Milano or the Gambardella family would get in touch. Hopefully they would have found some of the names that I’ve mentioned above in their family tree.

    Kind Regards

    Andrea Milano ( The Netherlands)

  3. Michele says:

    looking for any remaining relatives in almalfi, i will be visiting in August. My maternal great grandparents were from Amalfi. Ciriaco Derenzo, dob 3/14/1883 who married Antonella Andreanna Dilieto, dob 11/30/1880.
    Andrea and Angiolina (Cristiano) DiLieto, were my great-great grandparents.

  4. Lisa says:

    I am looking for my great grandmother’s family members. Her name was Lena Comunel (not sure if exact spelling). My grandmother was born Annetta Corragio. My grandfather was Giuseppe Corriagio. Any information you can share is very much appreciated. Gratzi.

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