Genealogy in Duronia

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Duronia. As more your surname is common in Duronia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Duronia 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 Duronia 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 Duronia, or if you have questions regarding your family in Duronia, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


  1. Gloria Boyle says:

    I am trying to locate my great grandfather Gabriele Cicorelli and he was married to Philomena or Filomena Berardi or Berardi. They had a daughter Ida who came to Canada in 1914 and married my grandfather Giovanni Manzo. I cannot find Gabriele only on Ida marriage certificate and I’m wondering if he changed his name to Dominic Cicorelli.

  2. Heather says:


    My mother was born January 19, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio, and given up for adoption. On her original birth certificate, her given name was Deborah Lee Berardo. Given that it was a closed adoption, and no birth parents were listed, we will likely never know who her birth parents were exactly. With that in mind, I thought focusing on her roots might be a blessing.

    Any information on the family name Berardo would be amazing. Thank you for any help you can offer.

    Heather Phillips

  3. Normand says:

    I am currently in the process of applying for dual citizenship for my daughter who hopes to study in EUROPE in the Fall. I will attempt to do this by establishing the identity of her GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER and GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER WHO CAME TO CANADA…His name was Rocco Manzo. Her name was Rossina Riccuito.They were both born in Duronia. He was born on September 18, 1887. She was born on February 8, 1896. They married there in 1914. I will need to get official copies of their birth and marriage certificates.

    Would it be possible to advise me how this can be done; who to contact, web site and name of Registry Office.

    I would be eternally grateful for your assistance in this highly pressing matter.


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