Genealogy in Piaggine

Region: Campania Province: Salerno

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

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

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

Civil Records in Piaggine

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 Piaggine Town Hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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

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

    22 thoughts on “Genealogy in Piaggine”

    1. Looking for information on Giacchino Filazzola who came to Bronx NY in 1907. He was born in 1888. Married in NY in 1914 to Angelina Vesce. Going to Piaggine in September 2024 and would love to see where it all started

    2. Hi all –
      I am looking for information about my great-grandfather Emilio Nigro, his wife Antonia Bruno, and their child Carmella Nigro Bruno. birth dates for the parents are 1875, and 1898 for Carmella. They came to the US shortly after Carmella’s birth. Any connections out there, by chance?

    3. I am researching the ancestors of Joseph Grazioso, who was born in Piaggine on 16 May 1906. I have no information as to his mother or father’s name. I know he has/had one brother, Carmello and think he had several other siblings, one a girl that the family gave up.
      I would appreciate any help.
      Thank you

    4. 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.

      1. I knew a Nicola Morena who was from the nearby Village of Felitto. My Grandparents were from Felitto.My Great grandmothers family were from Piaggine. The last name was Prinzo

    5. 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

      1. Hello,Arthur My name is Anthony from Pittsburgh PA. do have any relations in Pittsburgh? My grandfather was from Piaggine.

      1. I believe I have Petrone family members in Piaggine as well. My great grandfather was adopted. His name was Vittorio Petrone. His nephew(?) was born there I believe.

    6. 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.

        1. 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.

      1. Hi Kim – there actually was also Aida Vairo who married Vicente Calabria (who by then had already emigrated to Brazil) in Piaggine and took her with him to Corumbá in the state of Mato Grosso In Brazil… My grandfather, was his brother – so they were my uncle and ant

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

      grandfather 3 brothers 3 sisters

      migrated to NYC 1906

      paisano POLITO,PICCOLO

    8. 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.

      1. 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?

    9. 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

      1. 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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