Genealogy in Stella Cilento

Region: Campania Province: Salerno

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

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

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

Civil Records in Stella 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 Stella Cilento Town Hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to get your Italian Citizenship and you need official certificates from Stella Cilento Municipality, 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!
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 Stella Cilento !)
  • Churches: where they were baptized or married
  • (If you can’t visit Stella 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 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 go on quickly in 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 (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 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 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 Stella 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 Stella Cilento:



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

    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.

    27 thoughts on “Genealogy in Stella Cilento”

    1. I knew of Adolfo Mondelli when I was very young. He had the Tailor Shop on Broadway in Newburgh NY. I remember he passed on in the early 1970s. must have been near 90 years of age. Closely related to the Lisi family there. it’s now spelled Lease. A lot of people from Stella Cilento settled around the “Newburgh NY” area in the early 1900s. Some last name spellings have changed slightly though. Not many of their descendants are around that area anymore.

    2. My grandfather, Alferio Antonio Mondelli, was born in Stella Cilento in 1889 and immigrated with his brothers to New York around 1908-1910.
      Their father (my great grandfather) was a tailor and taught all his sons (Alferio, Umberto, Adolfo and Giovanni) to be tailors, but then cautioned them that Stella Cilento was too small a town to support four tailors. My grandfather Alferio settled in New York’s “Little Italy” neighborhood in lower Manhattan and opened a tailor shop at 366 Broome Street. He married my grandmother, Mary Albano, and had two sons Mario and Rudolph, both born in New York City. He died in New York in 1954.

    3. 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.

      1. 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.)

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

            1. Hi Cathy – yes please I am very interested in any information on the Itri family.

              Thank you

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

      1. 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.

      2. GGF was Pietro Angelo Giovanni Monzo, born 1887 in Stella Cilento, parents Nicola and Marie (Lisi). Sisters (3) born in South America, presumably the family was looking for work. Pietro at 17 came to NY with his mother in 1905. He used the name Peter in the US He became a Barber and lived in NJ and Pa. Married in 1915, one child in 1916, divorced by 1920. Naturalized in 1922. Does he sound familiar?

    7. Hi
      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

      1. 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?

          1. 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).

            1. 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.

            2. GG GMwas Marie Lisi. Married Nicola Monzo. Lived in South America for 10 years and had 3 daughters, 2 survived. Moved back to Stella Cilento and had GGF Pietro AG Monzo in 1887. I found a ship manifest Prince Albert with Pietro and Marie on 1905 to USA. Unclear what happened to Peter’s mother after that, but she shows up as his dependent on his 1917 WW1 draft card.

    8. 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!

      1. 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?

        1. 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

        2. Hi Betty! Came across this thread and saw last name Cona. My last name is Cona from my father’s side! Long line of Cona’s up in PA and great grandfather came here from Stella Cilento, Italy. Any relation by chance??

      2. 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.

        1. 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?

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