Genealogy in Ravello

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

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

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

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

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

If you have the opportunity to visit Ravello 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 Ravello 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 ravello@italianside.com our expert in Ravello area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

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

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