Genealogy in Ricigliano

Region: Campania Province: Salerno

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

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

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

Civil Records in Ricigliano

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 Ricigliano Town Hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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


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

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

    50 thoughts on “Genealogy in Ricigliano”

    1. Hello! My great-grandfather was Francesco Turturiello, born 16 August 1869, in Ricigliano. Married to Antonia Serritella, also from Ricigliano, likely in 1893. His parents were probably Savino Turturiello and Pacasia Vernieri, also from Ricigliano. I am looking for any of his ancestors, his parents and grandparents if possible, their dates of birth, marriage, and death.

    2. My family Saracco (VitoAntonio born .1889 when his family went to Chicago, the family returned to Ricigliano! My grandmother Elizabeth Angelicchio! Born about 1915.
      I have some information about my family however I can not get to Italy as I have multiple sclerosis, I’m tryin to locate the book from Ricigliano to research family records.

    3. I would like to get more information on my grandfather Francisco Tito born 1894 in Ricigliano. I am looking to get citizenship.

    4. I will be visiting Ricigliano at the end of June 2023 with my wife and my great-nephew and his wife. My name is Nicola Pintozzi and my great-nephew’s name is Nick Milano. Our wives are not Italian-Americans. My father, Pasquale Pintozzi, was born in Ricigliano in 1899. Nick Milano’s maternal grandparents were William and Mary Iacullo. Are there Pintozzi or Iacullo relatives still residing in the Ricigliano area?

        1. Hello, Robert:

          I only now realized that you responded to my first posting. My paternal grandparents, Vitantonio and Anna Maria Pintozzi, were born in Ricigliano, as was my maternal grandfather, Donato Meccia. There must be some relative connection with Giusepi Pintozzi. My ancestors came to Chicago, Illinois. My sister, Anne Marie (Pintozzi) Cina, lives in Algonquin, Illinois. My brothers, Anthony and Charles, passed away in recent years. I was in Italy in the 1960s but was unable to visit Ricigliano. I am looking forward to hearing from you again.

          Nicola “Nick”

      1. Hi,
        My name is Nick. my parents were Rocco and Marie.
        My grandparents were Pintozzi / Barone on my mothers side. and Altieri/ Salvatore on my fathers side. The families migrated to Chicago and I grew up in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. My parents and grandparents lived in the Little Italy neighborhoods. Altieri was from near west side near the U of I Campus is now. The Pintozzi side lived near Chinatown on 24th place.

    5. looking for information on the Savino or Severio Simone family from Ricigliano Italy. They came to the U S lived in Chicao Illinios and New York.
      This is on my mother in laws side of the family. Also wanting to know if Antonio Somone had any brothers ad sisters. Antonio was born 1834 in Ricigliano Italy. Anything would help. Have hit a brick wall. Thanks

      1. Hi Christine,
        I’m doing research on Ricigliano and came across your post. My great-grandfather was Savino Simone, who lived in NY before moving to Chicago. My understanding is that my grandfather, Antonio Simone, was born in Ricigliano when Savino went to Italy to take a wife.

      2. Hi Christine,
        I’m doing research on Ricigliano and came across your post. My great-grandfather was Savino Simone, who lived in NY before moving to Chicago. My understanding is that my grandfather, Antonio Simone, was born in Ricigliano when Savino went to Italy to take a wife.

    6. My grandparents were Maria Paceli my grandfather was Mattia Parrilli both fro Ricigilano. They immigrated separately to Chicago. There was a large number of people who immigrated to Chicago. There are many last names in Chicago that I know came to Chicago from there..two of my Grandmothers sisters lived in Edgewater neighborhood who also married men from Ricigilano…all dead now. I do recognize many names as my parents, aunts and uncles were friends with people from the town .
      We went with my parents in the early 70’s. My father met aunts and uncles he had never met. It was a delightful day. The population was already in decline and it has continued to decline. Would love to know if I still have any family there?

    7. I’d really appreciate some help! I’m looking for my husband’s relatives, his great great grandmother was Mary Ricigliano. We can’t find any information on her, she was supposedly in an arranged marriage and thats why she went to the u.s. (Buffalo to be exact) we believe her birth year was around 1889. Her husband was Vito LaBella from Avigliano he came to the u.s. in 1906. I believe that Mary may have gotten her last name from the town she came from. If anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated!

      1. I’ve believe name ricigliano comes from a Roman general who conquered that area so the the towns name and surnames are named after him. But theres probably records on her in Buffalo and my family came from ricigliano to Buffalo at the same time so that’s cool.

      2. Hello, I am a Ricigliano before marriage, Born in Buffalo NY. It was my understanding that their were 5 tribes of Ricigliano, My Grandfather James married Govonni Ricigliano from another tribe. Came to US in late 1800’s . had several sons and 3 daughters. The family had an INN and when the Costronostra or Mafia tried to take over The elder brought the family to America.

    8. Hello all I recently started trying to build a family tree and hit a wall after I found the following:

      Great Great Grandpa – Petro Pascente was born in 1870

      Great Great Great Grandpa – Savino Rocco Pacelli was born in 1851 and he married Antonia Serritella she was born 2 December 1850

      Savino Rocco Pacelli parents were:
      • Pasqualle Pacelli no date of birth found
      • Lucy Pacelli maiden name unknown

      Long shot but maybe someone in here will see this and it looks familiar!

    9. Looking for information on filomena mitria and get father Antonio mitria. Filomena was born 1870. Antonio mitria was born 1850ish.

    10. Hi Kathy,

      These are my grand parents and great grandparents that you listed. We must be cousins perhaps?! I’ve also found that Onofrio’s parents were Guiseppe Sabbia & Cristina Rocco (I believe) from Ricigliano. Please reach out if you get this message.

      1. Hi Lori!! I see you mentioned a Sabbia here- I’m a Parrillo and my fathers grandparents came from Ricigliano to Chicago I believe and they were Thomas (Tommaso) Parrillo (Parrilli?) I’m pretty sure his name got butchered when he came to America and Maria Sabbia.

        1. Hello Parrillo, My Great Great Grandmother was Vittoria Parrilli. She married Vincenzo Orga and had 3 daughters. My Great Grandmother, Angela Orga, was the middle one born in 1866. Not sure if we might be related or not. My family’s name was Turturiello, but through customs is now Tortorello

          1. John, My great grandmother was Angelina Orga She married Alessandro Turturiello and she passed in 1901 in New York. Name has several spellings. She came from Ricigliano. Her sister went to Chicago.

    11. Hello
      My great grandfather is Vito Antonio Iacullo. He was a News Man.
      He migrated to Chicago in 1901.
      I am visiting Ricigliano, Italy in July.
      I would love to meet my family.
      I know there are still several Iacullo families who live in Ricigliano.
      I appreciate your help.

    12. I think my grandmothers family lived here. Her name was Jenny (?) Ricigliano. She was born in the late 1800’s -1900. That’s really all that I know.

      1. My husband’s 2nd great grandmother was named Mary Ricigliano, the story goes that she came to America due to an arranged marriage. I can’t find any information on anyone named Mary Ricigliano and I’ve also wondered if she took on the last name of her birth place. On one census she wrote Ricigliano as her birth place and all the others just said italy. I wonder if there is a way to locate original last names.

    13. I’m looking for ggreat granparents, Savino Simone and Theresa Pinto, son Antonio Simone married Antonia Palumbo came to US in 1885 with daughters Maria and Vincenza, and son Savino Simone born NYC 01/01/1887, trying to locate records of birth, marriage, and death for this family. Also need information on Vitoantonio Serritella married Caterina Salvatore and had daughter Maria Serritella in NYC around 1894. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    14. My grandfather was Francesco Tito. He came here to Chicago and settled around the neighborhood of 26th and Princeton. He had three sisters but I do not know their names. Thanks.

    15. We will be in Italy April 2019 and would lie to visit Ricigliano to look up family. Their surname is Indelli. Any help that would allow me to contact them would be appreciated.

    16. Hello,
      My grandfather Michelangelo Palumbo
      Was from Ricigliano. He left Naples on the ship Scotia in November 1902 to Ellis Island, then on to Chicago, Illinois.
      He was 11 and was traveling with his mother Filomena Mennello age 30.
      They both were going to Chicago to be with Giuseppe Palumbo father to Michelangelo and husband to Filomena. Would anyone know the names are family!
      Thank you

    17. My grandfather’s name was Joseph Ricigliano. Born 1867. He was from Ricigliano. Is it possible he acquired the name of his town as his surname when he came to America? He married Mary DiGiacomo born 1876. Any information would be appreciated.

    18. Looking for information on the Surname “Riviello”. Domenico Born approx 1867,Wife Maria Riviello (Nee Branda) his son Gerardo Born appox 1894. Both came to the USA from Ricigliano, Italy according to the Ship manifest around 1900 out of the port of Naples.

      Thank you.

      1. I have Domenico’s father as Federico
        I have Domenico’s mother as Maria DeLucia
        I have Domenico born 1864
        I have Domenico married on 14 July 0893 to Maria Brenda.
        I have their children:
        Gerado, Frederico, Assunta and Raffaele

        email me and I will also give you the children’s b.d. I do not have who they married, however.

    19. Hi,
      I am searching for grandparents that were born in Ricigliano and married there as near I can tell. Angelina Orga (born 1866) whose parents were Vincenzo and Vittoria and her husband Alexander Tortoriello (born 1859) and his parents were Francesco Tortoriello and Christine Altieri. Any help would be much appreciated. I am kind of stuck and can find no records of them in Italy.

      1. Hi Claudia. I noticed that one of your ancestor’s surname is the same as mine. My great grandmother was named Maria Tortoriello. She was born in 1856 to Christopher Tortoriello and Rose Trafacanto. She married my great grandfather, Stephano Leonardo, in 1876 and they moved to Chicago in 1879 with my grandfather Vito Leonardo who was born in 1877. Hope this helps. It seems that my great grandmother and Alexander could have pooibly been brother and sister.


      2. Hello Claudia,
        Alessandro Turturiello (Alexander Tortorello) and Angela (nee Orga) and my Great grandparents. Their son Vincenzo (Vincent or Jimmy) is my grandfather. Vittoria’s last name was Parrilli. I don’t have their birth/death dates, but Angela was born in 1866 in Ricigliano and passed away here in the states on the 12th of October 1901. Alessandro remarried in 1907 to Filomena (I don’t remember her last name). I would love to know where you stand in the family line. Feel free to send me an email.

        1. Hello John,
          I am reading your message for the first time and am so pleased to hear from you. I know very little of your grandfather as apparently my grandmother and your grandfather were not very close. My grandmother, Maria your grandfather’s sister was quite contrary from what I know. I would love to share info and I have sooo many questions for you. I have a copy of Angela’a death certificate. I also have her cemetery location and wonder if it is marked.
          My Dad was Alexander Curcio named for our great grandfather I imagine. I so hope to hear from you.

        2. Hi John, I relied to you but it has never been posted. Yes, we are cousins. We have the same greatgrandparents and and your garndfather and my grandmother were siblings. Please reply. I want sooo much to talk to you.

    20. Trying to find parents of Vito Serritella (mar 1, 1859 died after1921inRicigliano. first wife Mary Saracco (died Sept 1889 Chicago)also would like to find her parents

    21. Looking for children & parents of Vito Antonio Bagnuolo (Born: circa 1869 Ricigliano) & his wife, Giacomina Pacelli, also from Ricigliano.

      1. James – I am researching my husbands family – Pacelli (Pacella). From Ricigliano. Vito Pacelli born Nov 1868. His parents are Carmine Pacella (Pacelli) 1841-1913 and Maria Giovanna Baguola 1842-1925. Her parents are Dominico Baguola and Lucia Serritella. All from Ricigliano. Is there a connection?

        1. My paternal great grandmother’s name was Angelina Bagnuolo and she came to Philadelphia via NYC in 1903 from Ricigliano. According to Ancestry,com, she had a sister who sponsored her trip her by the name of Donata Bagnuolo who was married and living in NYC.

        2. We were visiting Ricigliano many times when I was a little boy growing up in Naples. My grandfather was Joseph Serritella – born in the USA … grew up in Chicago and reloated to South Bend, Indiana. I have some other cousins with last name of Iaculla and Caponigri (not sure of the spelling)

          1. Hello Mark,
            I have these people in my tree. Maria Caterina Serritella married Vito Iacullo. Their son Joseph Paul Iacullo married Frances Serritella. Lots of intermarrying. My husband’s great grandmother was Maria Caponigri born in Ricigliano, a daughter of Gaetano Caponigri and Vita Altieri. Good to “meet” you.

            1. Mark and Carol B,

              We may come from the same family tree? Maria Serritella born in 1872, Riciiano died in 1948 buried in Hillside, IL was my great great grandma. She married Antonio Pintozzi. Their daughter Della married Peter Caponigro (or Caponegro, later changed to Capron) wondering if we ha e a connection. Maria’s sister was Vitelli Pacelli née Serritella.

            2. My great-Grandfather was Dominico Caponigri. We think he was naturalized in Chicago in 1900, but don’t know anything else. Family rumor has it he was like 11 then. Might be a grandson of Gaetano?

      2. I have the following children of Vitaanotio Bagunolo and Giacomina Pacelli:
        Annamarie born 18 Oct. 1891
        Incoronata born 08 Aug. 1894
        Santa born 11 Mar 1897
        I have no spouses of the above girls, however.

    22. Hello,
      I am at a dead end….I find my great grand parents arriving in NYC in 1904 and 1905 Vincenzo Fillipo Marzano and Rosa Petrolla. I do not know where else to look. Family says we are from Calabria, but records show Ricigliano. they were married approx (1899-1900) in Italy and came to US with two small children and became naturalized in 1913 (Watertown, NY)
      I have all the baptism records of the other 7 children born in NY (one more perished a couple months old)

      Looking for marriage or birth records of my great grands parents.
      Any Help would be appreciated.

    23. My wife’s grandfather was from Ricigliano and arrived in the US around 1900. His last name was Vincenzo Freda. I am trying to find any remaining relatives in Rici that we can contact and possibly visit. Any guidance is appreciated.

      Ray Giese

    24. Dear Sir or Madam,
      I have been doing research on my family from Ricigliano. The names are Guiseppe Sabbia, Onofrio Sabbia, Donata Marr, Cristina Stolfa, Nick Stolfa and Antonette Seritella. I believe that Onofrio and Donata came to the United States, in 1880 or 1881. Guiseppe was the father of Onofrio whom married Donata Marr. They were the parents of Guiseppe Sabbia who married Cristina Stolfa (in Chicago, I beleive) who was the daughter of Nick Stolfa and Atonette Seritella.

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