Genealogy in Sessa Cilento

Region: Campania Province: Salerno

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

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

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

Civil Records in Sessa Cilento

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 Sessa Cilento Town Hall archives as of that date.

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

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

    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 Sessa Cilento 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 Sessa Cilento:


    S. NICOLA – Valle Cilento

    S. MARIA DEGLI EREMITI – Via Garibaldi, 1

    S. LUCIA – Santa Lucia

    S. PIETRO – Casigliano

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

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

    6 thoughts on “Genealogy in Sessa Cilento”

    1. Hello, my great-grandfather Luigi Gatto was born in Sessa Cilento in 1841, son of Pietro Gatto or Gallo (1799) and Lucrezia D’adosto (1797), in my family it is said that he came together with a brother but we have no data about that, it is possible to find that information, thanks

    2. My husband’s family moved to Sessa after their home in Naples was bombe. In 1943.. An aunt lived there. Primo and Maria Giunta with six kids in tow. I’ve heard the stories of how the locals were so kind to them….giving up a little of what they had.for them. My husband lived his first seven years there which were so memorable to him. After moving back to Naples, he came to the USA at 18. We visited Sessa 3 or 4 times with our children .
      My husband grandmother, Angela Carolina Esposito who was born in Arzano died there while she was living with her daughter Luisa married to Giuseppe Slvestro . She died between 1845 to 1850. I’m looking to find her death certificate, so I can find more information about her parents.

    3. My Grandfather, Angelo Vitale, was born in Italy in 1898, in San Mango-Sessa Cilento, to Felice Vitale, born 1842 and Carolina Coppola. All their children came to USA , but not the parents. Other than his birth date, I have no other information on Felice Vitale or his wife. I am still researching. My Grandfather, Angelo, was one of six boys, and there were also two girls, so I’ve been told.

      I would appreciate any assistance you can provide.



        Rione Arco di Castagneta
        San Mango Cilento di Sessa Cilento SA

        Alessandro Vitale (1818-1891)

        Felice Antonio Vitale (1842) e
        Carolina Coppola (1854-1920)

        Carminella Vitale (1876)
        Alessandro Vitale (1877)
        Alfonso Vitale (1881)
        Salvatore Vitale (1882)
        Carlo Vitale (1883)
        M. Orsola Vitale (1885)
        Giuseppe (1887)
        Angelo Vitale (1892) (non 1898)
        Aniello Vitale (1894)

        Risultano 9 figli: 6 maschi e 2 femmine.

        Dallo “Stato d’Anime” del 1875 della Parrocchia Santa Maria degli Eremiti di San Mango Cilento

    4. Hello from the USA,

      I have been trying locate information about the parents of my grandfather(in-law) Frank Palatucci. He was born on 12 June, 1892 in Sessa Cilento. He sailed from Naples to New York on the Leo (Leon) XIII and arrived on 22 April 1907. He joined his cousin, Luigi Palatucci who is reported to be the son of his father’s brother. Luigi had sons Armand and Oscar and they all lived in New York. This is as much as I know and there are no living relatives that have any additional information.

      Thank you in advance for any help you can offer,

      1. Hi, Joy!
        Armand was my grandfather and Oscar my father’s uncle!!
        My brother is currently in Cessa Cilento researching the family…

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