Genealogy in Valva

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

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

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

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

If you have the opportunity to visit Valva 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 Valva 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 our expert in Valva area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Ginny says:

    My name is Ginny. My maternal grandfather was born in Fossato Serralta, Reggio Calabria, italy, 1/2/1877. His name was Salvatore Curto but possibly may have used the last name of Gilardi. The story goes he was an orphan and this family took him in. He immigrated to the US in 1892 at age 15. He eventually settled in Pittsburgh pa.

  2. James says:

    My Grandmother was Antonia Fornataro she married Policarpo Strollo DOB: 15 May 1878 from Valva. His Father was Patsy Strollo and his Mother was Rose Torcello or Torsiello. Antonia’s Father was Paolo and her Mother was Marianna. Any further help is appreciated!

  3. Jacqueline says:

    My grandfather was Antonio Yannuzzi. He came to USA in 1830’s or 1840’s. He was engaged to a much younger
    woman named Francesca Spatola or Spadola. She eventually came to USA. They both settled in Jersey City, NJ.

    I’ve been told they came from Valva.

    Is there any information on them?

  4. Volturo says:

    Looking for info on my grandfather’s parents.

    Angelo Donato Voltura or Volturo

  5. Julie says:

    I am interested in finding out my fathers grandparents name his father was born in Valva around 1850 he lived and died in Italy my grandfather was born in Valva Salerno Campania, on Sept 25, 1883 his name was Francesco Spiotta he immigrated to the US around 1901. If you could assist me with any information about my Dads grandfather, and grandmothers name that would be awesome.
    Thanks you for your time it is really appreciated.

    • John says:

      Julie, my grandmother’s maiden name was Santina Spiotta, she Married Nicola Cuozzo, they were both from Valva, they came to the US in 1901. My grandmother had cousins from Valva that lived in Kansas City Missouri, and decided that they wanted to move to Kansas City. They returned to Valva and in 1903 returned to KC with Family members and one of them was my grandmother’s brother Angelo Spiotta. My Great Grandmother Spiotta’s maiden name was Feniello. All from Valva.

      • Steph says:

        Just came across your posting re Spiotta relations. I’ve been trying for a long time to get information on my great-grandfather who I believe was called Donato Spiotta or Spiotto born according to his marriage certificate 10 March 1867 in Italy. He immigrated to the US in about 1890. He lived in Hazleton Pennsylvania and Rochester NY. He was married to Anna Maria Rizzo and they had several children. We’ve been told he died in 1908 but cannot find a death certificate. I’ve contacted many commune in Italy including Valva but there seems to be no record of his birth. In your family histories do you have a Donato (or Daniel Spero as he began to call himself)? Thanks!

  6. Linda says:

    Hi I believe Michele was my grandfathers cousin. His name was Frank or Francesco Fenello. He was born in 1897 in Valva… They looked very similiar and lived in Batavia New York..

  7. Mary says:

    Ciao, I’m looking for birth records and correct names for my Grandfather Frank Fennello (possibly Fennell or Fenell), and my grandmother Mary Josephine Strollo, Frank Fennello born 1873-1880?
    Arrival in USA 1899 (NA 1901,1903 or 1914.) Passed in Michigan or Pennsylvania somewhere between 1945-1958.
    Mary Josephine Strollo (Fennello) born April 29, 1878
    Passed May 3, 1965 Wayne county MI, USA
    1930 -1940 Spangler PA
    Brothers: Adam P Strollo- Valva, Salerno born Oct. 28-1889- passed 1964 PA
    Anthony Strollo born-12-31-1894 Valle d’Aosta,-passed in Spangler Cambria PA 1953
    and my great grandparents: Michael and Beatrice Strollo, are all from Valvs Salerno. Michael Strollo April 19 1853 Palermo, Scicilia -1929 Cambria county PA USA.
    Beatrice Strollo-co nome Ceceri or Cecere born abt.1854 Valva. Salerno Campania
    stayed in Italy but Frank and Mary came to USA in the early 1900s.
    Frank Fennello and Mary Strollo were married in Italy. Had two children born in Italy before they came to USA. Anthony Fennello (or optional spellings) and Lilia or Jennie Fennello. My father Arthur was a younger son born in PA. Both my parents passed away and my grandparents died when I was very young or before I was born. I’ve been at a dead end in the USA. I can’t even find either of their birth or death records.
    I have been coming to Italy for three years to research, I have found my mother side in Abruzzo and I actually found cousins, it has been amazing. I will be there in September 2017 and have a car I could come to Valva to the commune if I have any leads or you can find any information. Thank you from the bottom my heart for any help that you have. Or suggestions of the churches or the websites that may have more information. Neither of these names are the common names of the community?
    My Great great grandparents were: Guiseppe Strollo 1842 Colliano, Salerno, Campania -1907
    Maria Goffredi-1843-1907 Westchester NY
    Lived in PA 1930’s
    I am currently in Italian citizen by virtue of finding family and becoming a EU citizen if that helps in anyway.

    • Christina says:

      I have Feniello family on my side from Valva as well! Anthony Feniello was my great great grandfather, born in 1883, and had 3 siblings: Michael, Charles, and Herman. From research on Ancestry it looks like their father was Alfonse.

  8. Amy says:

    I had no luck finding information on my great-grandparents. Their names were Salvatore and Vincenza (Del Plato) Anastasio. Their parents’ names were Antonio Anastasio and Giuseppa Mastrantonio, and Vito Del Plato and Maria Mastrolia. I do know Salvatore and Vincenza left Valva and settled in Batavia, NY.

    (Salvatore’s first wife was Antonia Torsiello. They had two children before she died, Fiorentino and Anna.)

    Salvatore was born in 1880, and Vincenza was born in 1891 (I think).

  9. Monica says:

    I am trying to find out information on my grandfather, Michele Fasano, born in Valva, Italy about 1875. He was married to Vincenza Torsiello from Laviano.

    Any information on siblings, parents of Michele would be appreciated.

    He came to America about 1910.

  10. Donna says:

    My name is Donna. My grandparents were from valva, Italy. Michael Spiotta and Mary Spiotta. Born in the mid 1800. Im trying to track down distant relatives or information. In a couple years myself and my husband will travel to Italy and surrounding areas and want to visit.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Donna

      Looking for information on my great-grandfather Donato Spiotta. I think that he was born in Campania in 1866. He came to the US and married Anna Maria Rizzo from Ascea. The family lived in Hazleton Pennsylvania and Rochester New York. I’ve been unsuccessful in finding any information about him. Do you know anything about this Spiotta family?
      Thanks, Stephanie

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