Genealogy in Petina

Region: Campania Province: Salerno

Tracing your Italian roots back to Petina, in Salerno province, Campania region?

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

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

Civil Records in Petina

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 Petina Town Hall archives as of that date.

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

So, if your ancestors lived in Petina during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Petina 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 Petina !)
  • Churches: where they were baptized or married
  • (If you can’t visit Petina, 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 Petina 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 Petina. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Petina 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 Petina

    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 Petina on your behalf to gather info about your family history during centuries.

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

    S. NICOLA DI BARI – P.zza Umbertoi

    For our experience, if you plan to come here to visit Petina, 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 Petina 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 Petina too.

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

    41 thoughts on “Genealogy in Petina”

    1. I would like to have help because I think there is a mistake in the name of my great-great grandmother. I wonder about the cost and would appreciate a quote. My grandfather was Francesco Solimeno and his wife was Maria Russo. Francesco left Petina in approximately 1895. My grandmother gave birth to my oldest uncle, Nicolo (sp) in February of 1896 in Petina. When grandpa had saved enough money, he went back to Petina, (I think) and brought his little family to the United States of America. My grandmother’s mother (Angelina Rufrano Russo) also came but I don’t know exactly when. She lived with her son, Rafael Russo in Ogden, Utah, Weber, Utah. My grandpa worked in the steel mills in Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, USA. My Uncle Nic moved to Ogden, Utah to work for the Union Pacific Railway in about 1920. My Dad, Guiseppe (Joseph) Salimeno, (the spelling of the surname had been changed) came to visit his oldest brother in the mid-1920s and met my mother. They fell in love and married in 1928. I think I am related to the Russo’s, the Rufrano’s, the Zito’s, and many more. There are wonderful resources in my city through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but they are hesitant to look at Italian. I hope you can help me.

      1. Hello- about 10 years ago I had a genealogist (from Ogden, Utah) get me a binder of all my family connections to Petina, For my family research it was a gold mine. I will look through the book and see if any of the names have a connection. The key names in my family are Carleo, Laurino, Zito- but there were definitely some Russo’s in the tree. Much of the Carleo family moved from Petina to Pueblo and my lineage came to NYC. The name D’Amato was also in that Pueblo/ Petina connection.

        regards- tom.

    2. My great-grandfather was Nicola Carleo, born in Petina in 1883, immigrated to NYC in 1901 . He married Giusspeppina Laurino (also from Petina) in 1905 and sadly was killed on a ferry boat shortly after conceiving my grandfather. His dad was Carmineantonio Carleo and his mom was Caterina Ferrante. Giusspinna’s dad was Pasquale Laurino and her mom was Porzia Carleo (popular name, small town). I am pretty sure that Nicola had two sisters, Marianne and Anna. Marianna married a Petina man, Giuseppe Zito and they settled in Bayonne NJ. Seems like most of the town ( and lots of other Carleo’s settled in the Pueblo CO area. I do not know much about the Zito family- but would be interested in any clues.

      1. Hi Tom,

        I don’t know if you have any way of seeing this, but perhaps including our emails will do the trick. My great-great-great grandmother’s name was Teresa Carleo, who married Arsenio Auciello. They lived in Petina in the late 1800s and had three sons, Donato Antonio, born 1854, Angelo Vito, born 1858, and Diego, born 1861. I know that Antonio and Diego both spent time in America. If you do see this, I would love to discuss the Carleo family with you – I got the information about Teresa from Antenati Italiani and an old marriage cert, but I do not know much else about the Carleos. The fact that both your Carleos and mine lived in such a small town around the same time is encouraging. Perhaps my Teresa was an aunt to your Nicola!

        1. greetings. Clearly I have not looked at this board in quite a long time.

          I have a bunch of stuff on the Carleo’s of Petina on my tree, as well as more that was sent to me by a researcher. thanks and
          best regards.

          1. Hi Tom,

            I would be interested in seeing any research you have on the Petina Carleos. Petina is at the top of my list if I ever do travel to Italy, and it would be great to know as much as possible about my ancestors who lived there before I go.



            1. I’m getting older but I have been wanting to go to Petina for such a long time. I went on a long trip to Great Britain in 2012, but my husband was a bear. I can’t go through anything like that again. He doesn’t like change and he wanted to read every word while we were at the Tower of London, but worst of all was that we were with 20 other people. He would not try to return to the bus timely with the group so that we could return to our cruise ship on time. It was truly a crazy trip that could have been so much fun. I enjoyed it, but I felt a great deal of stress. If you haven’t gone to Italy yet, could you let me know. I have brochures from Perillo’s tours. Have you heard of them?

      2. I’m familiar with the Zito family here in Ogden, Utah. They used to have a restaurant in Riverdale. My Dad always said they were cousins. I have received information from Family Search that stated there was a Zito back East that was a relative. My grandparents moved to Pueblo, Colorado when they left Italy.

      3. Hello Tom. I was born and raised in NYC. My grandmother was a Zito and her mother’s maiden name was D’Amato. I would be happy to provide you with information about the family in NY. Also, I am planning on visiting Petina in October. It will be my first visit

        1. Hi…My grandmother, Anna Marchese, was born in Petina. I am interested in your trip to Petina in October since I may be going tomItaly round that time, too. I believe we have some relatives in common because Ive come across Zitos in my research. Also I have a Zito match. Would you mind speaking to me by phone? Im on Long Island. Thank you! Linda p.s. I am pursuing italian citizenship

    3. My grandfather was born on April 22, 1895. Petina, Italy. He went by the name of James Joseph Rufrano in the US. However in searches we found that his name could have actually been Rufrano Vincenzo Di Lorio. Parents names – Raffaele and Anna Di Lorio. Have no idea why he would have changed his name.

      1. Your grandfather lived in Buffalo NY and was in the Navy in World War I at Great Lakes Michigan. Discharged 1921. Married in Chicago. 1920 your grandmother.
        Your great grandfather received his citizenship in Niagara Falls 1920. All of his papers except his birth certificate do not have the o on the last name. Rufran.

      2. Irene
        My grandfather was also born in Petina about 1885 . his name was Luigi Rufrano. He emigrated to the US in 1905 and settled in Brooklyn NY

    4. I have an unusual tree I am trying to find . The Lepere’s or Lepre’s adopted my great grandfather (Louis Lepere) either in 1899 or 1900 and brought him to America in 1901 .

      He was placed in the Church orphanage I believe in Petina in the province of Salerno . The nuns gave him the name of Anttillio Amberzetti .

      The story goes The Mascoto’s or something similar to that name placed him at the church ? My great great grandmother , Lepere , nursed him at the orphanage due to her child died during or right after birth . I guess that is why she adopted my grandfather since they would have been the same age

      Anything on the either the Lepere’s or a record on mt great
      grandfather would be so helpful in finding my roots .

      1. This is quite old, and possibly not terribly important now, but we do have a Lepre in our tree. Joseph Jacob D’Amato (born in 1882 Petina) arrived in the states 3/11/1884. Married Rosaria Lepre in Brooklyn 1907. Her parents were Rosa Reina and Biagio Lepre. That said, they were listed being from San Angelo a Fassanella, though only 10 miles away. The D’Amato line runs strong from Petina; Grasso, Scala, and a couple others a bit less.

    5. My father Francesco was born in 1940 in Petina and lives in NJ. We came to the USA in 1970 when I was young. I will ask him about the names on these messages. I do visit Petina every 2 years during the summer festival. My fathers family is still there. His grandfathers name was Carmen Ricciardi, who spent some time in the USA. My mother Anna was also born in Petina in 1945 and most of her family (Marino’s) are in the US.

      1. I’d like to know when the summer festival is. Could you send that to me? Do any of the residents speak English?

        Thank you in advance.

    6. My grandparents where born in Petina Italy. Ralph and Josephine Sarlo both born there. Grandfather came to the USA around 1902. Saved money and then my wonderful grandmother. Im coming to Petina this year to find out about them and if there are Sarlos related to me. Im looking to do a complete history on the Sarlo from Pentina.
      My grandparents sisters did like America and went back to Italy.
      Im from Ogden Utah.. Looking froward to hearing from you.
      growing up my grandparents had a Italian grocery store and help lots of people.
      I miss them

      1. My grandfather & grandmother came to America but not together is the story I’ve been told. They were married in Italy & my oldest Uncle Nick was born in Petina in February of 1896. I think my Grandfather, Francesco Solimeno, (Salimeno later in the US) came to America from Naples about 1896 or earlier. He was hired by “jobbers” who employed him in the steel mills in Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado. His wife, Mary Russo Solimeno, came later & also settled in Pueblo. They had 14 children which included one set of twins. When Uncle Nick was grown & married with one son, he moved to Ogden, Utah & went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. The Russo Family were already in Ogden farming & my dad’s grandmother Russo (maiden name Mancuso) lived with them. Uncle Nick began a successful grocery store business. My dad came to visit his brother & later met & married my Mother in 1928. Later their younger sister, Rose, moved to Ogden & married John (Jack) Fowler.

      2. Ralph,
        My grandma, Anna Rossi Toscan, was also from Petina and lived in Ogden, UT. She still has a niece that lives in Petina as well as some of her nephews and their families. I have visited Petina about 5 times. I love it there

      3. This was quite an old message but who knows?? I live in Ogden, Utah. My dad was a barber and he spoke of the Sarlos often. My Uncle Nick and Aunt Teresa Salimeno had a grocery store in Ogden on 29th Street and Jackson Avenue. I’d love to know what you have discovered.

    7. Hello! My grandmother, Rosa Cilibert (or Ciliberti) was born in Petina, around 1896. I do know her father and mother’s names, Antonio Cilibert, and Marghuerite Scala. I am wonderfing if anyone knows more..abdout the ancestry further back? Wondering if there are any Cilibert’s or Scala’s in Petina> THANKYOU

        1. Someone else did some genealogy for my grandparents & I recognize the name, Scala as an ancestor. Much that was completed for the Russo’s & Solimeno’s is incorrect because I know they died in the U.S. not Petina. Dad’s grandmother died in Los Angeles, California, US at the age of 103 & was buried in Ogden, Weber, Utah.

          1. My wife is the grand daughter of francesco salimeno who died in pueblo colorado. We are looking for more information
            about other of her ancestors . We believe francescos father was nicolo and that frank had a sister rosa and a brother antonio.
            we would greatly apprecate any other information you could share with us.

            1. I’m so sorry that I have gone so long without looking at this site. My grandfather, Francesco (Frank) Salimeno died in Pueblo, Colorado. I have a lot of information. Where do you live now? I live in Ogden, Utah. My Dad was born in Pueblo, Colorado in 1906. I worked with my cousin’s wife in about 2013 because she wanted the genealogy of the descendants of the Salimenos who had moved to Utah. My cousin is Gary Salimeno.

          2. Diana Lee English Patterson is the grand daughter of Francesco Salimeno who lived in Pueblo Colorado.I would appreciate any further information on his ancestors that you would be willing to share.

            1. Diana, are you the daughter of Alex and Melda Salimeno English? If you are, then we are cousins. My Dad was Giuseppe (Joseph) Salimeno and was born in Pueblo in 1906. The twins, Johnny and Melda, were born about one to two years after my Dad,? I think. There is a lot of information on our genealogy on Family Search Wii’s supported by the LDS church. They have so very much information on it. Love, your cousin, Nancy ❤️

    8. REF: Raffaele Ricciardi (or Riccardi), born about 1850, Petina
      Raffaele Riccardi is my great grandfather. He traveled back and forth to America prior to 1900, to work in the coal mines in the state of Pennsylvania. He had at least 3 children: Giovanni (my grandfather), Raffaele and Lina. These children immigrated to New York between 1896 & 1910. There may have been other children that we don’t know of; we only knew our uncle Raffaele and aunt Lina.
      I would like to know as much as possible about my great grandfather Raffaele, as his birth & death dates (I think he died around 1925), and his wife’s name, this would be my great grandmother.
      We’re very proud of our Petina heritage, and want to leave this information for our children and grandchildren, that they don’t forget these indomitable people, and their homeland.
      Thank you most sincerely.
      Linda Martini

    9. Looking for more information about John Sarlo and Mary Manziana Sarlo both born in Petina. Wondering if John was potentially born with a different first name. Hey came over to Pueblo, Colorado, USA in 1907.

      1. natalie, GIOVANNI JOHN SARLO & ERMANERNZIANA carleo salo was my grandparents they where both borne in petina italy in 1879. Are you related?

    10. I am looking for information on Necola Russo, left Petina, Italy in late 1899 or early 1900 he would have been 18 or 19 years of age. Had a brother all ready in America by the name of Joe or Joey Russo in Pueblo, CO. Necola married Concetta Sarlo in 1910

      1. Gloria Salerno Lee

        My grandparents are from Petina also and I have information on your line because I have access to the Petina Files and have Nicola Russo’s family and his father and mother’s name. I have Concetta Sarlo’s also. Because you had birth and marriage dates I know this is the same family. I have that Nicola’s death date as 6 June 1973 in T, Goshen, WY (age 94). He lived in Sunrise, WY. Contact me.

    11. Researching my grandfathers family. They are: Mancuso my great grandmother was a Santoro their origin is Petina. Immigrated in early 1900-1905 to Pueblo Colorado. Any help would be amazing and I am forever grateful.

      1. Gloria Salerno Lee

        There are a lot of Mancuso and Santoro names. Do you have first names? I might be able to help you.

    12. I have a Vincente Grosso, born 1859. Father Giuseppe, Mother Rose, brothers Generosso 2859/1864 and Pas quale 1861. Is this who you are looking for ?? If you want to talk, call me at 385-231-0494 or text meditor at that number. WILLARD

    13. In order to do some research about Italian citizenship possibilities, I would appreciate any info on my grandfather Vincenzo Grosso who was born in Petina. He immigrated to the US in 1903. Last place of residence was Rometta. My grandmother Emelia Ferraro(Ferrara) was also from Petina with her last place of residency being Campagna. She arrived in the US in 1903.


      1. Hello Diane,
        I recently started research on my husbands Ferrara family and his grandfather was Angelo Maria Cesare Ferrara a brother of Emilia Ferrara who married Vincenzo Grosso. I see you posted this in 2016 so hopefully you found out what you were looking for by now. I found a ton of family my husband never knew he had. The Grosso’s lived in Mount Vernon, NY. They had a lot of children, let me know more of your connection.

    14. In order to do some research about Italian citizenship possibilities, I would appreciate any info on my grandfather Vincenzo Grosso who was born in Petina. He immigrated to the US in 1903. Last place of residence was Rometta. My grandmother Emelia Ferraro(Ferrara) was also from Petina with her last place of residency being Campagna. She arrived in the US in 1903.

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