I am a professional genealogist and enthusiast in local traditions and cultures too. My interest in family history started in 1984 when I first stepped into the Registry Office of my hometown, Padula, a beautiful medieval town located 100 km far Salerno, in Campania, Italy.

My quest to learn more about my lineage and to create my family tree led me to visit plenty of archives such as registry offices, parishes, and state archives.

My dream of a lifetime came true in 2012 when I opened the Museo del Cognome – Family History Museum.

Located in a 1700s old town building, the Museum is one-of-a-kind-place about genealogy in the world. The interior has got specific sections to help visitors learning how to build their family tree.

Section #1
You will take the first step in your family history research: preliminary research, what and where to search for, vital records and church books.

Section #2
You will learn how to put all the pieces and info together: family line, ascendants and descendants charts, extended family tree.

Section #3
You will find military records, notarial deeds, and cadastral documents.

Section #4
Opened in 2014, the section #4 will show you records and family histories of famous people like Pope Francis, Luigi Pirandello, Robert De Niro, and Silvester Stallone, just to mention a few.

Section #5
You will find out documents on Emigration like boarding lists,  censuses,  passport applications, and much more.

Section #6
You will get the chance to start with your family history research thanks to a work station and Internet access.



  • Family history research
  • Reworking and realization of heraldic and bourgeois emblems
  • Ancestors Tour
  • Handwriting Analysis (Graphology)
  • Genealogy for kid
  • Digitization of archival materials
  • My Ancestry Comic Book and Family History Novel
  • Italian citizenship application
  • Guided tour
  • Genealogical and archival itinerary – a dive into the past


Largo Municipio, 8
84034, Padula (Salerno)


Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30am – 1pm/3:30pm-6:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am-1pm

Reservation required at least 24 hours in advance



Telephone: (+39) 0975 778376

Mobile #1: (+39) 3478295374 (Michele)– phone calls and WhatsApp

Mobile #2: (+39) 3512383265 (Giusi) – phone calls and WhatsApp