Genealogy in Ravello

If you search your ancestors in Ravello, 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 Ravello

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 Ravello town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Ravello from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.
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To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Ravello. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Ravello 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 Ravello

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 Ravello on your behalf.

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

S. MARIA DEL LACCO – 84010 RAVELLO SA

S. PIETRO ALLA COSTA E S. MICHELE ARCANGELO – 84010 RAVELLO SA

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 ravello@italianside.com or follow this link.

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

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3 Comments

  1. Scott says:

    Hi. My great grandmother emigrated from Ravello to the USA around 1910. She was Francesca Amato, which I see was likely a very common name in the area. She listed her mother as Maria Policastro, though, which I thought might provide better leads. Is this a common surname in the area, too?

  2. Julia says:

    I would like to visit Ravello to learn more about my family history. My maiden name is Ravello. My great-grandfather was from Ravello. I speak zero Italian.

  3. Louise says:

    Dear Community,

    I will be visiting Ravello from Australia in the next few days and I’d love to further my knowledge of my family while I’m there (my great-grandfather was from Ravello).

    I speak zero Italian 🙁

    Does anyone know, if I show up at the City Office of Ravello could I speak to someone (in English!) about accessing records? Or is that being too optimistic!

    I’m open to other ideas too 🙂

    Thanks for your help!
    Louise