Genealogy in Petina

If you search your ancestors in Petina, 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 Petina

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 Petina town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Petina 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!

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 Petina too!

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 proceed faster with 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.
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 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 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 Petina on your behalf.

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

S. NICOLA DI BARI – P.zza Umbertoi

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 Petina 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 Petina forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Petina feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Irene says:

    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.

  2. Patrick says:

    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 .

  3. Pat says:

    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.

  4. Robert says:

    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

    • Nancy says:

      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.

    • Paula says:

      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

  5. Laurie says:

    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

    • Gloria Salerno Lee says:

      I have info on your line from the Petina Files.

      • Nancy says:

        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.

      • Nancy says:

        How do we contact you? Is it through

    • Eddie says:

      Cilberti’s are still in Petina

  6. Linda says:

    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

  7. Natalie says:

    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.

  8. Louis says:

    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

    • Gloria Salerno Lee says:

      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.

  9. Natalie says:

    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.

    • Gloria Salerno Lee says:

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

  10. Willard says:

    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

  11. Diane says:

    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.


  12. Diane says:

    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.