Genealogy in Bonefro

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Bonefro, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Molise and in Campobasso province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Bonefro registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Bonefro?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Bonefro


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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Bonefro from the Italian Unification (1861).

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Bonefro. As more your surname is common in Bonefro, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Bonefro archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that the most common surnames in Campobasso province are:
Battista, Calabrese, Caruso, Ciocca, D’Alessandro, D’Amico, D’Angelo, D’Aversa, De Santis, Di Biase, Di Domenico, Di Iorio, Di Paolo, Di Stefano, D’Onofrio, Fanelli, Felice, Florio, Greco, Iannetta, Lombardi, Mancini, Manes, Manocchio, Marinelli, Marino, Martino, Mastrangelo, Mignogna, Moffa, Niro, Occhionero, Palladino, Palmieri, Panichella, Pasquale, Perrella, Petrucci, Petti, Romano, Rossi, Russo, Salvatore, Santoro, Spina, Testa, Trivisonno, Venditti.

Church archives in Campobasso 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 Bonefro and Campobasso 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.

Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Campobasso.

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.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Bonefro, or if you have questions regarding your family in Bonefro, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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  1. John says:

    I will travel to Bonefro in September. It is the birthplace of my grandmother born in 1878 and the daughter of Gaetano Baccari and Francesca Buonsignore. The family including five other children came to the USA in 1900!and lived in Brooklyn,NY before some of their descendants including me came to New Jersey. I hope to find any relatives on either side of the ocean

  2. Laura says:

    My father’s parents were born in Bonefro. His father was Giuseppe Primiano and his mother was born Maria Carolina Porrazzo. The family immigrated to Montreal, Qc. Canada. Just wondering if anyone by my last name still lives in Bonefro? Is it also an original name to this part of Italy?

    • Raven says:

      I just found out today my great grandmother Maria Porrazzo, and great grandfather Vincent Porrazzo came over to Maynard Mass, USA, from Bonefro. They had 6 children, Armando, Peter, Nicola, Alexander, Mary, and Josephine. Now the Porrazzo name is fairly prolific in the Maynard/Acton region. I hope this small piece of the puzzle helps!

  3. Karisa says:

    I will be traveling to Bonefro next month with my father. Two of his grandparents were born in Bonefro. The surnames are Massarelli and Mucciaccio. We would love any information about how to learn more about them and any remaining family in the area. We are also needing details about how to reach Bonefro as we will not have a car and will be using trains, etc.

  4. chris R. says:

    I am searching for information about my great grandparents who were from Bonefro as well. My great-grandmother was Maria Rosa di Nicola Antonico married to Charles D’Onofrio. Both were born in 1892. They had two daughters, Angelun and Maria who they brought to United States around 1930. ancestry has some documents that show at least Charles living in Scottsdale NJ however they both lived in Hamilton Ohio where they resided until death. I have exhausted my search but was hoping for a link to your D’Onofrio family history.

  5. Chris says:

    I am hoping to find any records of my great grand father, Michele D’Onofrio, who I believe was born in Bonefro in 1894

  6. Nicholas says:

    I am requesting the birthdates and any other related information for my parents Marco Eremita and Maria Luigi Lalli. I would very appreciative. Thank you.

  7. Beth says:

    My mother always told me that all of my Italian relatives came from Bonefro, Italy. I thought that was an exaggeration until I did some research. It appears that my great grandmother, Maria Toterhi (born Jan 6, 1879 in Bonefro, probably as Maria Todaro) was the daughter of Teodora Todaro (April, 1851) and Maria Paduano (April 12, 1858), both from Bonefro. They came to America, where my great-grandmother married Giuseppe Antonio DiStaolo (April 6, 1862) from Bonefro. Their daughter, my grandmother Rose DiStaolo, then married Anthony W. Vaccaro (Feb 22, 1890) from–you guessed it–Bonefro. His parents were Celestino Vaccaro (1853) and Maria Teresa Primiano (1857), both of Bonefro. I am able to find all of these names still in Bonefro, except DiStaolo (which could be a corruption of the original spelling.) I really want to visit Bonefro some day and explore my family history and perhaps meet some cousins. (I’m pretty sure I must be related somehow to almost everyone there!) Any information anyone can offer about any of these ancestors would be greatly appreciated.

    • Laura says:

      Just curious you mentioned the last name
      Primiano as one of your relative’s name. Would you mind sharing any info you have on the ancestry of the name and as you mentioned there are still people living in Bonefro with the last name?

  8. Nick says:

    My maternal great-grandfather was Nicola Iarocci, born 25 December 1894 in Bonefro to Domenico & Carolina (Di Marzo) Iarocci. Migrated to Conneaut, Ohio USA in 1920, died there in 1975. I was born in 1985 and named after him (though name was Anglicized). His siblings included Pasquale Iarocci, Santa Iarocci Massarelli (migrated to Montreal, Quebec Canada), Luigi Iarocci and others which I can’t think of. Any records on Domenico or Carolina Iarocci (or Nicola) would be wonderful to view. Thank you for your consideration.

  9. Gerald says:

    My family came from the Bonefro area of Italy. My grandfathers’ name was Gennaro Fandetti and my grandmothers’ maiden name was Carmella Benevento. They migrated to the USA around 1905 or so. Can you get any information regarding their family history before they migrated.

  10. Chris says:

    My great grandfather Michele Camino and his twin sister Carmela Camino was born in Bonefro in 1897. Their father Giueseppe Camino died in bonefro sometime around 1910. The family search sites stop showing death records in 1900. Anyway i can obtain the death records of Bonefro for the next 10-20 years to search for his death record. Thanks

  11. Emma says:

    My father is Biagio Di Marzo, born in 1940. My grandmother was Antonietta Di Marzo, nee Santoianni and grandfather was Domenico Di Marzo. I am interested in starting a family tree, especially on this side as my mother was adopted and we do not know her history.

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