Closed for vacation: August 10-26

We wish to inform friends and visitors the museum will be closed for summer vacation from August 10 to August 26.

See you soon!

The most common last names in Padula in the year 1800

Have you ever wondered how common was your family last name?  Read more

Genealogy Olympic Games: the challenge – POSTPONED –

Genealogy Olympic Games postponed at the beginning of 2019.

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February 2017, Museo del Cognome at RootsTech, Salt Lake City, Utah

Find more about our last experience at RootsTech 2017 at:  IT and US: Museo del Cognome at RootsTech, UT


5 November 2016: Genealogy in Italy – São Paulo, Brazil


The first leg of the journey across Brazil was a great success for the Museo del Cognome. Michele Cartusciello, Manager of the Museum and Genealogist, gave a lecture on Genealogy in Italy at the Circolo Italiano in São Paulo, Brazil, last November 5. Read more

The Museo del Cognome goes to Brazil

brasilewebMichele Cartusciello, Founder and Manager of the Museo del Cognome, will leave for Brazil next November 2, 2016.

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The Museo del Cognome unveils its new logo


Un paese ci vuole, non fosse che per il gusto di andarsene via. Un paese vuol dire non essere soli, sapere che nella gente, nelle piante, nella terra c’è qualcosa di tuo, che anche quando non ci sei resta ad aspettarti…

La luna e i falò by Cesare Pavese

The quote taken from Cesare Pavese’s book, La luna e i falò, represents perfectly what we want to tell with the new logo specifically designed for the Museo del Cognome. The main character is an orphan who comes back to his Italian native country in search of his origins and identity after a long time passed in the USA.  This is just what the museum does every day, it opens the doors to those people who want to meet their Italian roots.

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The Museo del Cognome on Cilentano.it


Here we are with an interview dedicated to the Museo del Cognome by Renato Leproux for Cilentano.it. 

Find more at: Cilentano.it presenta: IL MUSEO DEL COGNOME A PADULA


My Ancestry Comic Book project preview


Here we are with a preview of My Ancestry Comic Book: seven panels retracing the stories of my ancestors through words and drawings, plus one describing my job here at the Museo del Cognome. Read more

Padula Genealogy TV Report: Italian Ancestry by Veronica Dudo


Here we are with  Padula Genealogy TV Report: Italian Ancestry by Veronica Dudo, the American journalist from the WJLP Television, the tv station that reaches 16 million household on the East Coast and it is viewed in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The reporter  was hosted by the Museo del Cognome last September 2015 to film stories, traditions, projects relating our territory through interviews, meetings and reportages  

Enjoy it!

Padula Genealogy TV Report: Italian Ancestry