Genealogy in Piaggine

If you search your ancestors in Piaggine, 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 Piaggine registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Piaggine 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 Piaggine. As more your surname is common in Piaggine, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Piaggine 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.

If you have the opportunity to visit Piaggine 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 Piaggine 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 Piaggine area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Julie says:

    I am researching the family of Nicko Morena who immigrated from Piaggine in 1920 to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His wife, Angela Maria Scala and daughter Carmella Morena came in 1926. Please let me know if anyone has information on the family.

  2. Arthur says:

    I am trying to research family from Piaggine….Alfonso Petraglia his date of birth July 16 1895 who immigrated to South Plainfield N.J. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

  3. Sandra says:

    My family is petrone from piaggine if you can help

  4. Kim says:

    My grandmothers name is Benedettina Vairo, my mother said her father was the major of Piaggine Italy, Are my relatives still there? And how can I speak to them if I don’t speak Italian? I would like to visit and find out more about my mothers family. My mother is gone now and no one knows history. Grandmother was concert violinist when she came to America but I don’t know when?
    Can you give me any information, I saw current mayor has last name of Vairo? Thank you for any information. Kimberly in North Carolina.

    • Nicolás says:

      Hi Kim I’m Vairo too.
      Me and my family are making a family tree

      • Tonya says:

        Hi. My Grandfather lived in Piaggine before coming to America. Luigi (Sp?) Vairo, Born 1892. Any connection? I’m not sure if he was born there. his mother was a Patrone I believe.

  5. Robert says:

    i know my family is from piaggine.
    grandfather gaetano married josephine sacco

    grandfather 3 brothers 3 sisters

    migrated to NYC 1906

    paisano POLITO,PICCOLO

  6. Diane says:

    my grandfather was angelo raphael diperna came to the United States in late 1800’s. my grandmother was rose sacco. would like to find any family that I have in Piaggine.
    Hope you can help me. thank you.

    • ellen says:

      Hi! My father is 99 and half ! Last name is petraglia , he grew up in queens ny but his ancestors were from piaggine, I would like to make a trip there , did you visit ? How did you find the relatives?

  7. joan morales says:

    I am arriving in Salerno in mid October to research a family that came to America in 1887 from Piaggine. I have found their marriage in 1886 in Piaggine and the birth of their first son, Vincenzo in 1887. Their names are Morena and Petraglia.

    Is it possible to see the church records and civil records in Piaggine when I visit? Could you offer any advise. I have their dates and names as well as their parents names. I have found their marriage certificate in Piaggine and the birth of their son in Piaggine.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you

    Joan Morales

    • julie says:

      I am researching the family of Nicola Morena who immigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1920. His wife Angela Scala and daughter Carmella came in 1926.were you able to find any Morena family members still in the town Piaggine.

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