Genealogy in Stella Cilento

If you search your ancestors in Stella Cilento, 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 Stella Cilento

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 Stella Cilento town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Stella Cilento from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Stella Cilento. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Stella Cilento 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 Stella 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 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 Stella Cilento on your behalf.

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



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 or follow this link.

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

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  1. Chris says:

    I am looking for information for the Senatore family. My grandfather was Vincenzo Senatore

  2. David says:

    Hello. I am working on a project involving a family named Itri (also spelled “Etri” in the US). From what I’ve gathered, the line in question is tied to a Biagio Itri, b. ca. 1862 in Stella. I don’t believe it to be a common surname. Biagio emigrated with at least one son, Antonio, b. 1890, in 1905 from Naples aboard the SS Prinz Dalbert, arriving in New York in late May 1905. The wife of Biagio Itri is known to be Nicoletta Gozzo. Other Itri families from Stella are also believed to have emigrated in the 1890s to early 1900s. They included a Nicola Itri, b. ca. 1869, who arrived in NY in 1893. His relationship to Biagio Itri is uncertain. Any supplementary info regarding this family would be welcome! Many thanks.

    • Cathy says:

      Hi David,
      I have Itri ancestors from Stella Cilento and have done much research on the surname. Biagio was married to Nicoletta Gozza on 11 Nov. 1880. I have most if not all of their children’s names and the names of Biagio’s parents and grandparents, but that is as far as I have been able to trace. If you are still looking, I would be happy to share what I have on Biagio. (I have not been able to link his line into mine however.)

      • Jackie says:

        Hi David and Cathy –

        I am looking for my Great Grandmother, Caterina Columba Itri. She married Felice Antonio Lauriello. My Grandmother Rose Lauriello was born in Stella Cilento in 1903. They immigrated to the United States in 1907 with three children and resided in Philadelphia Pa. I plan to visit Italy as soon as travel is safe again. I would love to find the address of the family Itri. Any clues would be appreciated.

        • Cathy L says:

          Hi Jackie,
          I replied earlier with a long explanation, but I do not see it posted here now. I will now just say that I too am related to Caterina Colomba Itri and that I have done a lot of research on the Itri family. I have been to Stella Cilento and also to the diocese archives to see the church records. If you would like to know more, please respond to this and I will repost the information from my last posting.

  3. Cheryl says:

    Hello. I will be visiting the seaside in Cilento next month, but would like to visit Stella Cilento, the town my grandmother Assunta Garzione came from. Her father’s name was Nicola Garzione and I believe her mother’s name was Jenny Etri. My grandmother, Assunta, was born on August 15, 1898. I am curious to know if there are still any relatives living in Stella. Thank you.

  4. Tom says:

    My wife’s family is from Stella Cilento. We visited about 10 years ago. It seems like half the town were Lanzalotti’s. Do you have access to any records for their family? Sadly, we missed the festival of St. Nicola do Bardi by 1 week.

  5. Joseph says:

    I am also looking for information about my great grandfather Frank Monzo born there in 1865 and immigrated to Philadelphia in 1896. His wife Teresa and their children Rosina, Joseph and Maria followed in 1899. I do not know Teresa’s maiden name. Thank you for any assistance.

    • ANNA MARIE says:

      My grandfather was Pietro Monzo born in 1894. Came to Philadelphia in 1913. Did you ever find information on Frank Monzo? We may be related.

  6. Celeste says:

    My grandmother Lena Gozza born Nicolena Garzione was definitely from Stella Cilento.
    She spoke of it continuously and very fondly.
    She left when she was 17 years old and came to Newburgh NY to be with her brother Joseph Garzione
    He was called Peppy here.
    She married Fredrick Gozza who was 15 years her senior
    I visited Italy recently but traveled only in central Italy
    My husband and I would very much like to travel to my ancestors area next year.
    Could you let me know if there are any of my ancestors left?
    I would not bother them but just would like to know
    Thank you very much

    • Aniello says:

      Celeste, Yes there are Garzione today in Stella Cilento

    • David says:

      HI Celeste….
      Not sure if you’re still following these posts. I’ve been researching a Newburgh NY family that’s tied in with yours, the Gozza’s (also of Stella Cilento). The link is via Biagio Itri, whose family emigrated in multiple trips around 1905/6. His wife was Nicoletta/Nicolina/”Lena” Gozza. I think she may have been a cousin to your Federico/Frederick Gozza. Also tied with the Gozza’s were the Lisi family. Has the Itri/Gozza union showed up in your research?

      • Amanda says:

        Hi, I am wondering do you have any info related to Lisi family in Newburgh? I have been searching and need help!

        • Katie says:

          I have a Serafina Lisi as my 4th great grandmother who is from here, does anyone have more info on the Lisi’s? Serafina never left Italy and married Francisco Carione. Their daughter Maria Louisa immigrated to Philly and married Francesco Tomasco (from Casal Velino – not far from Stella Cilento).

          • Anynomous says:

            I know that some of the Lisi who settled in NY State from Stella Cilento Italy changed the spelling of their name to the American version Lease. If that helps in your search.

  7. Anna says:

    I would like to start my genealogy research and I am trying to locate my relatives in Stella Cilento, Italy. My grandfather’s name was Pietro Monzo. He was born on May 5, 1894. I do not know his parents’ names although I do know his father died when he was around 7 years of age (approximately 1901. I also know they had a farm. He spoke often of his family in Italy when I was a young girl but I was too young to appreciate the importance of getting names!

    • Betty says:

      Hi Anna, I was just reading your comment when I realized the name “Monzo” sounded familiar. And then I went back into some old family history and realized my great great grandmother was Maria Annunziata Monzo! I don’t know what year she was born, but she married my great great grandfather, Francescantonio Cona and they emigrated to the United States. I wonder if/how Maria Annunziata (She went by Nunziata) and Pietro are related! Did you ever find out any more information about the Monzo’s?

      • Aniello says:

        Hi, Betty! Do you have any idea where the Monzo in your family came from? Stella or some other nearby town? Also can you guess at the their age? It may help to do a little guess work. My great-grandfather’s sister married a Monzo and came here, but this Monzo was from Sessa Cilento

    • Aniello says:

      There are Monzos in Stella today. I will see what I can find out for you, although it is two years later.

    • Aniello says:

      Anna, I have access to some original documents and found that your father was not really Pietro, but Sabatino, yes, born on May 5, 1894 from Antonio and Fortunata Papa. I hope this helps.

      • Anna Marie says:

        Betty and Aniello, thank you so much for the info! My grandfather went by Pietro. I never heard Sabatino but I did find out his mother was Fortunata Papa. On immigration documents I have seen Stella Cilento mentioned as well as Mala Fadele. Don’t think I spelled that correctly! Any chance Aniello I could obtain copies of the documents you found?