Genealogy in Laviano

If you search your ancestors in Laviano, in the province of Salerno, 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 Laviano

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

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

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

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

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Laviano. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Laviano archives, expecially 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 Records in Laviano

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 Salerno 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 Laviano on your behalf.

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 or follow this link.

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

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

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  1. Al says:

    My grandfather, Giovanni Panico was born in Laviano between 1878 and 1880 and emigrated to the United States and lived in Newark NJ. He married a woman by the name of Mary Fallivene and had 13 children 2 of which were stillborn. My father was one of those 11 children. It would be interesting to know if I have any family still in Laviano.

    • Bev says:

      Hello Al. My grandmother Angelina Panico is the sister of Giovanni. He was written up as a great tailor in The history of Newark, volume 3 page 340. I will gladly send you a copy of the article.

  2. Joanne says:

    My great grandfather was born in Laviano, 1871 . His name was Nicola Bozzone . I think his parents were Angelomaria Bozzone and Angelamaria Batista Forcella. In 1890 he was living in Santomenna and he got married to Angelamaria Fasano.

  3. Steve says:

    Antonio Pietro Panico emigrated from Laviano in the 1870s. His wife Maria (née Zecca) came from Calabritto, Avellino. Both were born in 1852.
    They were my great grandparents.
    For reasons that aren’t clear, after having lived in the Philadelphia area for a number of years, they started using the surname “Penico.” So the older children were named Panico and the younger ones — including my grandfather — had a last name of Penico.

  4. Greg says:

    My grandmother, Beatrice Caccavale, emigrated to America in 1900. According to the ship’s manifest, the last place she was lived in Italy was Laviano. My father used to tell me she came from Nola. We went to the municipe in Nola last year and there were no birth records for her. She was born on August 24, 1879. Her father was Gregorio Caccavale (born 1850). Her mother was Antonetta Ciccone (also born 1850). Would it be possible that she was born in Laviano? Is this a common name? Is it possible to get her birth records? Thank you, Gregory Ciardi

  5. John says:

    My grandfather Gerard Laviano is from Laviano, Italy. My father Giovanni Laviano (the youngest of 6 children) was born in New York in 1913 so my grandfather came here before then. I grew up with my mother’s family (Sicilian’s) so I know very little about my father’s… most of them have passed away. I am 74 now.

  6. jocelia says:

    My grandfather was born in Salerno in 1857 . His name was Giuseppi Travisano

  7. Chris says:

    My grandparents came from this area around 1900 and are described as “lavianese” and sovianese. I assume one of them was from Laviano, and the other from Saviano. The names were Carmela Nicastro and Frank DiPiano. Would there be any surnames of that type in the records there? I am visiting in November 2015. Thank you