Genealogy in Cercemaggiore

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Cercemaggiore, 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 Cercemaggiore registrar as of that date.

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

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

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

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Cercemaggiore, or if you have questions regarding your family in Cercemaggiore, 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 Cercemaggiore area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Caroline says:

    Hello! I am searching for information on my ancestors from Cercemaggiore. My paternal grandfather immigrated to the United States in 1913. His name was Angelo LaPorta. He was born on September 1, 1894 to Vincenzo LaPorta and Concetta Uliano LaPorta. I am seeking any information for these family members regarding their births, deaths, marriage, former address. There were two other siblings for Angelo, his brother Giovanni LaPorta and his sister Maria Anna LaPorta Valerio, who also immigrated to the United States. Any information on extended family would be appreciated, or resources that I can use to gather information as well.

    Also, I am seeking any information on my maternal great grandfather. His name was Domenico DeBone, born on October 2, 1874 in Cercemaggiore. I have no further knowledge of him other than that he immigrated to the United States around 1895.

    Thank you so much in advance for your assistance,


  2. biello says:

    looking for any info on Domenic Biello his brothers or sisters his mom and dad he married Orsola looking for hebrothers or sisters and also her motel and father if you can go futher back on them that would be wonderful

  3. christina says:

    My father was born in Italy. Last name “Felice” and nonna last name “testa”.

    IF anyone has information on these last names.

  4. Deanna says:

    My great grandfather Michael Farinacci immigrated to ontario Canada from Cercemaggorie in the 1920s.
    I am here now and would love to know if there Are any relatives still here.

  5. Melissa says:

    my great grandfather was Libero Test born July 17, 1883 in Cercemaggiore. Looking for any information on siblings and parents.

  6. Mario Izzi says:

    Queridos paisanos soy hijo de Italianos de Cercemagiore (molise), vivo en Argentina mi tia abuela se llamaba Maria Teresa Izzi y emigro a Greensburg, se caso con un señor italiano Pencera creo de apellido por favor deseo saber si aún viven sus hijo o hijas.Cualquier dato es bueno se que ella emigro hacia 1950.Gracias y espero datos un fuerte abrazo Molisano,Mario Izzi.

  7. Brian says:

    My great-grandfather, Antonio Rocco, was born in Cercemaggiore in ~1890. He emigrated to the United States in 1906 and ended up in Erie, PA.He may have had a brother John Rocco born in 1892. It’s possible his parents were Michael Rocco and Ursula Sabatini.

    Be curious if you can find anything.


  8. Judy May says:

    My grandfather Vincenzo aka James D’Amico was born in cercemaggiore on July 24, 1892 and immigrated to the US around 1915. I believe his mother’s name may have been Christine or Christina and that his father died in Italy when he was a child and his mother remarried Anthony or Antonio Stabile . Any information would be very appreciated.

  9. Anna says:

    I am looking for a large Itlaian family named Fury that immigrated in he 1880’s to Greensburg, pennsylvania USA and Waterbury, CT. I believe they were from Cercemaggiore. Do you know what their Italian name was before immigrating?

    Thank you so much for making this connection for me.

    • Barbara says:

      The graph above, noting the emigration trends, is every 10 years beginning 1861. For example 1911,21,31,41, etc. Was a census taken in those years? If so, where would I find it? Thank you.

    • peter a cirelli says:

      I believe the name was tom fury who had a taven on east Pittsburgh st in greesburg in 1930 -40-50

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