Genealogy in Jelsi

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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17 Messages to “Genealogy in Jelsi”
  1. Deirdre says:

    Hello trying to locate any information on my great grandfather Giuseppe Passarelli born in castelverrino on May 21 1889 to Giovanni Passarelli and Antonia Grossa. He had a sister that went to Argentina with family members and he had a younger sister that stayed with the parents to take care of them while my great grandfather went to America in 1905 to work and send money back to the family. I think his sister his younger sisters name was Palmucci or Parmuccia or Parmuccia . I would appreciate any information about the family from anyone please. I Would love to know if there is any gravesite I could visit next time I am in Italy and if there are any distant relatives out there. Grazie Mille per tutti. deirdre

  2. janine says:

    trying to locate name(s) of my great, great grandparents from Jelsi
    my great grandmother, maria santella (maiden name) santello married name
    immigrated to US. i believe her mother’s maiden name was philomena valiente
    curious to find out her parents name

  3. Mark Wallace says:

    Genero Martinelli b 1781 married Maria Simone b. 1793.
    Son Andrea Martinelli was born there He married Mariangioena Majorano
    He moved to Gambatessa after her death. Married a Guglielmi mayors daughter I think.
    Looking for any connection to any of these sir names.

  4. Carol says:

    My grandmother was the daughter of Joseph and Concetta Grassi Vena.Her name was Maria Guilietta Vena born 1884 in Ielsi, Campobasso Italy.
    Joseph I am told had 2 brothers Michael and Pasquale.

    My grandmother married John Ravo from Castel Nuovo di Conza Salerno, Campania, Italy . As I remember some one had a relative in CT.

    Was told my Grandmothers mother Concetta was a school teacher. Anyone have any knowledge of them in Ielsi?

  5. Mary says:

    Looking for information on the Matteo family in Jelsi. My Great Grandfather’s name was Pasquale Domenico Matteo. His father’s name was Michele Matteo and I believe his mother’s name was Carolina (maiden name was Maiorano). Any information that you can provide would be welcome.
    Thank you.

  6. Barbiero says:

    Looking for info concerning a Domenico Barbiero married Rosaria Passarelli and family descendants.

  7. Marisa says:

    I am looking for the last names of my husband, Giuseppe Maiorano, born in Ielsi, son of Antonio Maiorano and Maria Antonia Cutrone, of his paternal and maternal grandparents. His paternal grandfather’s name was Giuseppe Maiorano, and his maternal first name was Amelia. We do not know her last name. His maternal grandfather’s names was Michele Cutrone, and his maternal grandmother’s first name was Maria Giovanna. Again, we do not know her last name. If there is someone who would know, please send me an email with their names. Thank you

    • Phyllis O'Connell says:


      My great grandfather’s name was also Giuseppe Maiorano. His son was Giovanni. They came from Jelsi. I know that an Antonio had lived in Canada and then returned to Jelsi.

  8. mark says:

    This morning I received a copy of the registration page of my maternal grandmother’s baptismal certificate from an Italian Church in Philadelphia USA. She was conceived in Italy and born in the USA in 1892 immediately after arriving in Philadelphia . Her name was Agatha Ciaccia. Her father was Salvatore Ciaccia from what appears to be written in the Bapt. records as Jelsi, Campobasso. Her mother Angela DiTirro from Gildone Campobasso. My Grandmother’s siblings were in birth order John, Michael, Frederico and Charles. I believe John and Michael were born in Italy.
    Please let me know if there are relatives of these Ciaccia and DiTirro families ther.
    By the way my great grandparents Salvatore and Angela settled in Albany NY so if I can help with the above family let me know. I have access to the Italian Parish records in Albany.

  9. Phyllis says:

    Mr. Vena,
    This is my first time searching for my mother, Josephine Maiorano Riccio’s mother,
    Filomena Vasile Maiorano. I notice that your father’s mother’s had the name Vasile in her name. My family also came from Jelsi (Ilesi) There are still Maiorano relitives living there.
    I know that Filomena came to America with her sister Concetta and brother (don’t know his name) The brother contracted some health problem on the ship and died.
    The 2 sisters settled in NYC.
    Please contact me and let me know if there is any connection with our family. I’m eager to find out


  10. Francesca says:

    I am looking for any relatives that still live in Jelsi. My grandfather (on my mother’s side) was called Andrea Vena born in 1890. He was a cantoniere (taking care of the town’s roads) in Jelsi until his death in 1955. He was married to Ana Maria Ciaccia. They had 5 children, Michele, Maria, Laura, Antonieta, Teresa and Giuseppina, all of whom (outside of Giuseppina) moved to Argentina between 1947-1949.

    Thank you for your help!

    • Phyllis says:

      I noticed the name Ciaccia in your note. My grandmother, Filomena Vasile Maiorano, was friends with the Ciaccia family. I remember my mother and aunts saying that they went to see them aat the boat (in NYC) when they arrived in America.
      The Ciaccia that I met moved to Canada. The son John Ciaccia went into politics in Canada. You can google his name and see his bio.
      I remember them visiting my family in the 1950’s.
      Let me know if you are related to them – I’m very interested.

      • Martinelli Majorano says:

        I am interested in any connections to Maiorano or Majorano .
        Andrea Married Mariangiola Majorano she was born in 1807–Died Ielsi, Campobasso, Molise, Italy. I beive Anrea remarried. Looking for relations when I vist there in Sept.d The Vasile name also shows up in my tree.ANDREA MARTINELLI married Gaetana Vasile came to USA 1888.

    • Phyllis says:


      Anxious to know if you researched the Ciaccia family in Italy.

      Please let me know.


  11. mario andrea says:

    I am looking for some information on my ancestors
    My father is Carlo Eustachio passarelli born oct 6 1936 Jelsi
    My Mother is Maria Michele (sciarra) Passarelli born mar 1 1939 jelsi
    The rest of my aunts and uncles are from my fathers side and are as follows
    antonio passarelli born jan 17 1940 jelsi
    maria passarelli born may 28 1941 jelsi
    domenico passarelli born nov 24 1943 jelsi
    costanzo passarelli born nov 19 1946 jelsi
    eustacchio passarelli born aug 9 1952 jelsi
    rosina passarelli born apr 13 1955 jelsi

    My Fathers mothers name is Maria Palma Rosaria D’amico born march 15 1913
    and is still alive.
    I have my grandfathers name on my fathers side and it is
    Andrea Passarelli born nov 29 1915 in Albany New York
    and died Oct 1 2001 in Montreal Canada.
    I also have Andrea’s fathers name which was
    Eustacchio passarelli born feb 29 1872 jelsi and died april 23 1922 jelsi
    and Andre’s mothers name was Maria Incoronata Cutrone born april 29 1882
    jelsi and died jan 23 1918 in the United states.
    If possible could you find me more information past these dates or direct me
    where I could find them. Thankyou Mario Andrea

  12. Raymond S.Vena says:

    I am interested in finding out if any relatives still live in Jelsi. My father immigrated to the USA in 1902 at age 12 years. His name was Michele Vena, his mothers name was Teresa Vasile Vena, fathers name was Michele Vena.
    He had three brothers, Nicola, Anthony, & Joseph. One sister Filomena. His mother ran the family farm after the death of her husband. My father was born five months after his fathers death. He was born July 13, 1891. Teresa Vasile Vena was born in 1847.

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