Genealogy in Cava de’ Tirreni

Region: Campania Province: Salerno

Tracing your Italian roots back to Cava de’ Tirreni, in Salerno province, Campania region?

This comprehensive guide empowers you to understand the records available in Cava de’ Tirreni, unlocking your family’s rich history.
Where to Begin Your Ancestry Journey in Cava de’ Tirreni
If your ancestral trail leads to Cava de’ Tirreni, Italy, their vital records are likely housed in two key locations:

  • Cava de’ Tirreni City Hall Archives: Established in 1809, these archives hold civil registry records like births, marriages, and deaths for Cava de’ Tirreni residents since then.
  • Cava de’ Tirreni Parish Churches: For records pre-dating 1809 or for religious ceremonies, exploring Cava de’ Tirreni’s parish church archives might be necessary.

Civil Records in Cava de’ Tirreni

In towns and villages of Campania and in Salerno province civil registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Cava de’ Tirreni Town Hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to get your Italian Citizenship and you need official certificates from Cava de’ Tirreni Municipality, follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Cava de’ Tirreni during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Cava de’ Tirreni to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!
With his deep knowledge of people and local history he will assist you not only finding names and dates (births, marriages, deaths) but he will reveal to you many other precious information on the life of your ancestors available in the old registers.

  • Professions: do you know what your ancestors did for a living? Our genealogist will be able to give you this info!
  • Addresses: the house where your family lived (a great information if you intend to visit Cava de’ Tirreni !)
  • Churches: where they were baptized or married
  • (If you can’t visit Cava de’ Tirreni, our researcher will give you the necessary info to find by yourself the relevant places on the maps available online)

  • Signatures: if your ancestors knew how to write, he will be able to show you their original signatures.
  • Any other useful info available on the old documents.
  • Are you interested in this? Write us at or fill this form

    Next picture shows the demographic trends in Cava de’ Tirreni from the Italian Unification (1861).
    This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.


    To go on quickly in your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Cava de’ Tirreni. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Cava de’ Tirreni archives, expecially if you have not exact dates (there could be cases of homonymy).
    It’s 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 Records in Cava de’ Tirreni

    Church archives in Salerno 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 Campania started during 1500!

    Parish archives are far less accessible expecially from abroad and very hard to read and decipher if you are not used and skilled.
    But our local genealogists, are graduated in history and archivistics so, with their expertise, they can research the church registers of Cava de’ Tirreni on your behalf to gather info about your family history during centuries.

    For our experience, if you plan to come here to visit Cava de’ Tirreni, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival.
    This because a comprehensive genealogy research is time consuming!

    Starting from home, you will have time to get a complete research avoiding to waste your holidays in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy .
    (Remember that archives are not open to public and officers and priests are not required by law to give you access to the local archives)
    With the results gathered by our genealogist and translated in your language before your arrival, you will have the possibility to plan carefully your visit.
    In this way you will have more free time to enjoy your tour to the roots on your ancestors footsteps.

    Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the State Archives of Salerno.

    If you need a professional help from our local genealogist in Cava de’ Tirreni area , write to or fill the form here.

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

    If you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful advices to search in Campania and of course in Cava de’ Tirreni too.

    Here below you can read the messages received from other visitors in Cava de’ Tirreni forum:
    if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Cava de’ Tirreni feel free to leave a message below.

    17 thoughts on “Genealogy in Cava de’ Tirreni”

    1. Buon Pomerigio;

      Mi chiamo Pia Fortunata. Presentemente io la mia famiglia viviamo nei dintorni di San Diego, Ca. Metre la famiglia di mia sorella Maria Immocolata De Rosa vivono nei dintorni di Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA. Il nostro nonno era il farmacista Benedetto De Rosa Entrambi i nostri nuclii cerchiamo di rintracciare i nostri antenati.

      Saremmo molto grati se questo anelo puo’ essero avverato.


    2. I am looking for the surname Pisacane. My great-grandfather moved from Cava de’ Tirreni to Glasgow, Scotland around 1910.
      Apparently, his father was killed in an accident at a fireworks factory. I’m assuming this may have happened some time between 1890-1910?
      If anybody has any information on either the accident, or the surname Pisacane, please let me know 🙂

      1. My great aunt Elisabetta Ioele of Cava married a Pisacane in late 1800’s They lived in Castellamare di Stabia and their late son Geraldo moved to Naples His son ( my second cousin) Dr Alfredo Pisacane passed away I knew them all

    3. Vincenzo and Angelina Salsano are my great grandparents. They were born about 1837 in Cava dei Tirreni and raised their 18 children there as well. How do I go about searching for this family? Thanks so much

    4. Ciao!
      My grandfather’s family was from Cava dei Tirreni, his mother and father were Alfonso Ferrara (1870 to 1932) and Maria Lamberti. Maria married another Lamberti before Alfonso. They came to America, settled in the Ironbound area of Newark, NJ. Happily enough, when I worked in Japan for Disney, the wonderful flag-throwers were from Cava!!
      Any help would be wonderful. Thank you very much!
      Anne C. Smith

      1. Good afternoon Anne,
        I only came across this now even though a year later. My cousin and I had started looking into our family history. My grandmother was born in Cava dei Tirreni as well. She came here and settled in Newark as so many others had. Her maiden name was Teresa Lamberti. I was very young when she passed away at an early age, but so many wonderful memories. I do know that she and her sister arrived at Ellis Island in June 1912.

        I am trying to not only research my grandma Tessie’s family but to see if we have family still in Italy as well as in the states.

    5. Hello,
      I’m looking for any information about my great grandmother and her family.. Her name was Carmela Armenante. Her mother was Carmela Picardi and her father was Guiseppe Armenante. She also had 2 sisters named Concetta & Mary. We were always told she lived in the mountains! Can anyone point me in the right direction to get more information?! Thanks!

    6. My great grandparents were from Cava de terreni Carlo De Bonis and Carmela DeBonis Carlo was born on Oct 27 1882 son of Alphonse and Josephine .He married Carmela Congalosie.He had four brothers Frank,Nicholas Alfred and Albert.

    7. Hi, I believe my ancestors were from Cava de Tirreni. They actually lived in Maletto, Catania, Sicily from about 1650 to 1910 when they immigrated to Philadelphia.

      Prior to 1650 they lived in Tortorici, Messina, Sicily for only a couple generations. Their name was Tirenni and believe they left Cava de Tirreni about 1550-1600 to Tortorici. On the records from Tortorici is states their given name then “di Tirenni”.

      Does this make sense? Not 100% sure yet. When did surnames begin in Cava de Tirreni ?


    8. I am looking for records of my Italian ancesters
      Farther Edwardo Galione Bourne 1874 Mother Giuseppina Galione, Maiden Name maybe Curino Bourne 1874 Married 28th July 1894
      Siblings Below
      Mario Rosario Galione Bourne 1900 Terrini Italy?
      Gildo Galione Bourne 1899 Cava de Terrini Italy
      Frank Galione Bourne 1894 Cava de Terrini Italy
      Marta Galione Bourne 29th July 1896 @ 11:05 Italy

    9. Both of my Grandparents were born in Cava de Tirreni. Rosa Senatore in 1887 and Antonio DiMatteo in 1875 and he came to America in 1891 at the age of 16. He sent for my grandmother, Rosa, later. Curious if anyone related still lives in this beautiful town.

      1. Forgot to mention that my Grandmother, Rosa Senatore had a brother who was a Monsignor in Cava di Tirreni. He was alive in the early 1970s.

    10. My grandfather was Frank Sorrentino he was born 7/26/1877 in Cava de Terrni and my grandmother was Caroline Riccio born 8/15/1890 in Monteforte, Avellino. I am planning a trip to Italy next September 2018 and would like any information you can provide. I know my grandfathers family had a twine factory in Cava de terrni. Thank you.

    11. gaitano campanile

      my great grandfather was married to maria marciano in 1903. they had son antonio in 1904. I think gaitonos father was antonio and mother was rafaela porta.
      I would like some dates and place of bith, marriage ect if possible. thefamily were from cavade terroni

    12. My grandmother was Rosalia Bisogno and my grandfather was Pasquale Santoriello. They were married around 1882. They lived in Pregiato which in part of Cava Dei Tirrene.

      I would like to know more about their parents and their children.That woud be my mothers grandparents and her aunts and uncles.

      Thank You,

    13. My grandfather Vincenzo Pallazo was born in Cava de Tirreni and emigrated to new York in 1897.At that time he gave his age a 21.Can you please direct me as to where I need to go to obtain his birth records

    14. Hello,
      My name is Joelle Troiano, I’m French; I know that my great grand-father, Raphael Troiano was born in Cava de Tirreni in the XIXth century; he went to Brazil with his wife and his 1st son, François; my grand-father was born in Brazil in 1899.
      I would like to know more about my ancestors.
      Thank you very much

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