Genealogy in Arce

If you search your ancestors in Arce, Lazio, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Lazio and in Frosinone province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Arce registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Arce 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 Arce. As more your surname is common in Arce, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Arce archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Frosinone province are:
Alonzi, Bianchi, Campoli, Carnevale, De Santis, Evangelista, Fiorini, Gabriele, Iafrate, Lisi, Mancini, Martini, Palombo, Rea, Ricci, Rossi, Scaccia, Spaziani, Valente, Venditti.

Church archives in Frosinone 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 Arce and Frosinone 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 Roma.

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 Arce 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 Arce area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Marzilli says:

    My grandfather Ernest Marzilli was born in Arce, Italy. He and his brothers came through Elli Island to the US and lived here the rest of their lives. Am looking for family in Arce to communicate with. Please advise.

    • Bella says:

      Tracing Family of Sisto Proia (abt 1870), Gaetano Proia, Francesca Proia, (abt 1911), Brigitta Magni (ABT 1885), Frosinone

  2. David says:

    I have been able to trace my tree back to Cosmo Colonna born 1783 – San Giovanni incarico, Frosinone, Lazio, Italy.
    I have information that we are a branch of the Counts of Tusculum. I have also found information that they trace their past the counts of Tusculum via Lombard and italo-Roman nobles through the Middle Ages and claim origin from the Julio Claudian dynasty.
    I can not find any documation to support this and have exhausted all my inquiries. Also some of the claim comes from Peter “de Colonna” from the Columna Castle in Colonna, Alban Hills. (1099-1151

  3. Susan says:

    My husbands grandfather Tomaso Germani married Adeline Germano, both from Arce. They arrived in Ellis Island and took residence in Pawtucket, RI where they lived for many years and raised a family.
    I’m looking for connection to GERMANI and Germano in Arce.

    • Zac says:

      Hi Susan, I know Germani descendants in Worcester, MA. Also, my great uncle married a Giulia Germani in Arce. This way many years ago.

  4. Louis says:


    My father’s grandfather lived in Arce. His name is Anthony Cederoni. He married Maria Vicenza Iovini in Arce, Italy. If you have any information we would appreciate your help. We also have name Luciano Pietro Bertone or Bertoni, if that name is in your registry. Thank you Louis

  5. Zachary says:

    I have found many family members in Arce for the side of my family with the cognome Mastromattei. I am from Worcester, MA. The names of my family that I do not have much info for is the Polselli and Colantonio part.

  6. Carole says:

    Hello – I am trying to find information about my grandfather, Luigi Ciolfi, born in April of 1902 in Arce. We believe his father’s name was Giovanni but are not certain. He arrived in New York with his cousin, Elenterio Calcagni in 1920. Any information you could provide would be appreciated. Ciao!

    • BERNARD says:

      Hello, my grandfather (Ernest Ciolfi) was born in Arce in 1999 and moved to France in the 20s. He had 8 brothers/sisters. One of his brother was called Luigi and went to USA to work in Ford (I believe?). But there is nothing secure on the subject because there are 2 families called Ciolfi in Arce and they were ennemies as one man killed his cousin in the 1900s….
      Contact me if you think there is interest. Best regards.

  7. elizabeth says:

    I am looking for information about Giuseppe (Joseph) Cauvin who died in Arce prior to 1907. And his wife Ersilia Paganucci who then came to America in 1907 with their children. Especially I am curious why someone with a French surname lived in Arce and if it is true he has a nobility title, Marquis? Any information you have would be appreciated! Thank you very much!

  8. Soraya Colafrancesco says:

    Meu tataravô, Colafrancesco Pasquale, minha tataravó Concetta Marzilli, são de Arce , meu bisavô Eleuterio Colafrancesco. Gostaria de saber do nomes de alguns parentes

    • Alexandre says:

      ola Soraya, sou marido de Sandra Colla Francisco, filha de Walter Colla F,que filho de Alexandre Colla F,q e filho de Gaetano Colanfrancesco, no caso irmao de seu Bisavo Eleuterio , o restante dos irmaos sao: maria,antonia,giuseppe,vicenso,giovanni no museu do imigrante tem essas informasoes.

  9. Francis says:

    Our Family was from Arce, My grand father was Francesco Colantonio 1884 born, his bothers and sisters were Caroline,Concetta, Nicole and Anucha. His parents were Angelo Colantonio mother was Antonia Miani.
    Angelo’s brothers were Rocco, Domenico and Eleuterio. Can you tell me who Angelo’s parents were?

    Also my Grandmother was Philomena Marzilli 1884-1890 her parents were Rocco Marzilli and Antonia Villano.
    Any information you can share would be much appreciated !!!

    Thank you in advanced. Fran

    • Gino says:

      Antonia’s name was probably MAINI not MIANI. It is pronounced MY -EE-NEE

      In 1800’s and before it is spelled MAJNI

      The j is the roman IOTA not a j sound.

      Tanto Maini in Arce.


  10. Anita says:

    Looking for info on the garzilli and colonna family from arce frosinone.born in the 1800th and 1900th hundreds.

  11. Kelli says:

    My grandmother was born in Arce 1914ish her name was Asscenta Folcarelli. She was called Sadie or Santa. My great grandparents were Concetta Torti and Bernardo Folcarelli. Just wondering if I still had family here.
    Thanks, Kelli

  12. Rene says:

    Hi, my name is Rene Arce and I am wanting to know if the town Arce of Italy is part of my family tree, does anyone have any info, please let me know.

  13. gaetana says:

    hello, I had an uncle in providence RI named eleuterio forte born in Italy around dates you posted. I also was born in arce Italy reside usa now.

  14. Zachary says:

    My great grandmother and great grandfather were from Arce, her name was Theresa Polselli and his was Amato Mastromattei. I’m from Worcester, MA.

    • Francis says:

      I have some information for you your Grandmother Teresa, she had sisters and brothers Alphonso Philomena, Bernardo, Eleterio, Rocco her father was Gaetano Polselli and grand mother was Concetta Colantonio the sister of my Grandfather Francesco.
      Our family was close to your grandmother and your great uncle Al.

      • Zachary says:

        Francis, is there a way to contact you? Where are you from to know my Uncle Al? They moved to Worcester, MA from Arce. I’d like to talk more with you!

  15. Ann says:

    My father’s name is Eleuterio Forte. Born September 19, 1893 in Arce. He passed away in April 19, 1971 in Rhode Island. I am interested in getting more information about his immediate family and the church he was baptized in.

  16. Nicole says:

    I am interested in more information on my mothers family. My great, great grandmother was Caroline Gemma Marzilli. I have a photo of her in Arce and it was taken in 1916.

    • Donald says:

      Is your maiden name Gemma? If so I had relatives in Arce, Italy around 1880 and on. I am at a stand still and looking to fill in the gaps.

  17. Amy says:

    My grandparents were Antonio Mattei (1888-1955) and Anna Marzilli (1889-1957), both from Arce. His parents were Rocco Mattei and Bernanda Fraioli. Her parents were Nicola Marzilli and Angela Ciolfi. I have no more information for my grandmother, I do have additional names for my grandfathers grandparents and so on, three more generations. I would like to find out more about my grandparents and their life before the emigrated to the US in the early 1900s. I would like to get in contact with any family who may be still left. My grandfather had 5 siblings. I know nothing about my grandmother. Any information or ideas will be greatly appreciated.

    • Pestelle says:

      Bonsoir Amy,
      Je viens de voir votre publication,et il semblerait que nous sommes de la même famille puisque mon grand père était Rocco Mattei Fraioli et ma grand mère était Bernarda Fraioli.
      Ma maman était Caterina Fraioli née à Arce.
      N’hésitez pas à me laisser une réponse, cordialement

  18. Cheryl says:

    My grandfather was born in Arce, Casserta, Italy. His name Eleutario Arcese and is the son of Bernardo Arcese and Marianna Polselli. My grandfather came to the U.S. In 1903 and lived in Waltham Massachusetts

    I am interested in finding out the complete ancestory and history of the family and anyone who has information to help may contact me

    Thank you

    • Brian says:

      Hi Cheryl. I have got your grandfather in my family tree. Eleuterio Arcese born 22 December 1884. He has the same parents as those you mention. If this is the same person, please get back to me.


    • Zachary says:

      Hello Cheryl,

      My great grandmother’s name was Theresa Polselli who moved from Arce to Worcester, MA in the early 1900s. Does that ring a bell?

    • Don Corsetti says:

      There was a large group from arce that immigrated to the US at the turn of the century ( my mothers Aunts and close friends of my grandfather immigrated in the late 1890 and early 1900 ) Mostly in Mass and RI – I’m being advised to contact Arce City Hall – Maybe you can do the same

  19. Marie says:

    Looking for information on my grandmother Maria Santopadre’s family. She came to Ellis Island with an aunt and uncle.late 1890’s.

  20. nicole says:

    I just recently found some information about my 2x grandfather. I would really appreciate any help in finding my Italian family in Arce Caserta Italy. My 2x great grandfathers name was Geovini Battista ( Sbardella). Geovini married Maria Simonella possibly in italy. They had 7 children. Sossio, Angelo, Giovanni, Therasa, Phelomena, Concetta, and Louisa. I only found that Sossio married rosina patuto ( my great grandparents) , and Angelo married concetta cerrone.
    If anyone could please help guide me so I may find out more relatives I would be grateful.

    Thank you so much.


  21. Loreta says:

    I am interested in learning more about my father’s heritage. His name is Silvio Battista.He was actually born in the United States in May 1916 but lived in Arce Italy as a boy. When the war came he his brother Alfred, and his father Orazio Battista came back to the United States but my grandmother and another brother(Gregerio) was not able to leave. My grandmother was killed in the war. My grandfather is Orazio Battista. My grandmother’s name is Colombia Pescosolido Battista. My great grandfather’s name is Luigi Battista. My great grandmother and namesake is Loreta Bianca Battista. My great grandmother was a mid wife. My grandfather was a stone mason. Orazio was born in 1887 and died in 1940. Orazio is buried at the Calvary Cementary in Waltham Mass. My father Silvio, passed away in Sept 1989 and is buried in Fort Myers Fl. If you can help direct me or put me in touch with family it will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you. Loreta

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