Genealogy in Matrice

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

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Matrice 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 Matrice. As more your surname is common in Matrice, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Matrice 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 Matrice 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 Matrice 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 Matrice area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Lynda says:

    Looking for any information on my grandfather’s parents, Michaelangelo Providenti, born in Mattrice on May 9th, 1870, died in Cleveland Ohio USA in 1925. Thank you.

  2. Tina says:

    I am interested in any information on my grandfather Roy DiPuccio born August 16, 1894 in Matrice, Italy. I would appreciate any info on him, his parents, grandparents, etc as I know virtually nothing.

    • ed says:

      my grandmother was Anna DiPuccio born Jan 19 1882 in Matrice Italy I am planning a trip to Italy in August of 2018 and I am trying to find any kind of info I can.She was married to Francesco Sivilla also from Matrice born Nov 1878. they were married in Cleveland Ohio

  3. johnny says:

    My last name is Sivilla and my great grandfather lived in Campobaso before he came to America, his name was Givovani Sivilla and I see that Sivilla is not a common last name in the region. I’ve Spent so much time compiling family records from real life and the internet to find more and I actually just met a coworker with the last name Sivillo, roughly same age as me, and we feel we could be distantly related, plus it’s shocking to believe but his family is from the Matrice region as well as Campobaso, is there a possible relation of distant cousins or is this all one huge coincidence

    • ed says:

      My last name is Sivillo my grandfather was born Francesco Sivilla in Matrice Italy November 1878 his last name was changed after he came to the states around 1899 he came to Cleveland Ohio. His marriage certificate does say Sivilla but other ids say Sivillo I am planning a trip to Italy this August and plan on spending a couple of days in Matrice any other info would be very helpful

  4. Dee says:

    I am planning a trip to Italy in a month & hoping to find my mother’s birth home, any relatives still in Matrice and any other information available.
    My mother’s name was Maria Assunta Caterina Cirino, born July 4, 1914.

    Siblings Names Date of birth
    Lucia Cirino December 13, 1903
    Antonio Cirino October 16, 1907
    Rocco Cirino 1916

    My grandparents names were:
    Giovanni Cirino and Rose Bernardo Cirino
    I don’t have their dates of birth. Giovanni came to the United States around 1899, returned to Matrice several times and did in Matrice around 1924.

    Rose Bernardo Cirino never left Matrice and died around 1918.

    I truly appreciate any information you can provide.
    Thank you

    Deana Bellante

    • Tina says:

      My great grandmother was Maria Guiseppia Cirino Ditillo,born in1854, Montagno Her father was Domenico Cirino 1824, I have been able to trace her line back to 1685. While doing research on family search, I did run across the name of Giovanni Cirino.

  5. Mary says:


    I’m in search of my paternal grandparents Luigi Minnillo and his wife Elizabetta Cocco.

    Also, my great grandparents Antonio Minnillo and his wife Caterina Pasquale.

    My father Gino Minillo was born in Villa del Ferro, Vincenza, so at some point grandpa Luigi moved his family from Matrice to Vincenza.

    In fact, he moved his family frequently…his first three children were born in Brazil. Then he went back to Italy. When my father was 7 years old they immigrated to Cleveland Ohio in 1916. Sometime before 1930 they went back to Italy.

    Any information on my grand and great grand parents would be so appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • Patricia says:

      My name is Patricia Minnillo my grandparents were born in Matrice as well Giuseppe Minnillo and Emmanuella Minnillo we had a bottling company still there I’m told though I’ve never been to visit yet. They immigrated here residing in Cleveland Ohio

  6. E sivillo says:

    looking for any relatives that may be living in the Matrice/ Campobasso area. My grandfather Frank Sivillo (Sivilla) was born there around 1878 my grandmother Anna DiPuccio was born there around 1882 both moved to Cleveland Ohio early 1900hundreds.

  7. Francine says:

    I would like more info about my maternal and paternal grandparents from Matrice, Campobasso Italy

    My father, Frank Anthony Sbrocca (Sbrocco, USA) was born on 6 Jun 1915 in Matrice. I will be there in Sept 2016 and would like to see the church where he was baptized. Also would like to get more information about his father Giovanni Sbrocca and mother Marie Fedrico. They would have been married in Matrice.

    I am also very interested in my maternal grand-parents, also from Matrice. Would love to find the home (or property) where my grand-father was raised. His name was Giovanni Petta born 19 Sept 1882, to Domenico Petta born Apri; 26 1853 and Angelantonia Laurienzo born in Matrice 1851.


  8. Sandy says:

    Info in my great grandparents
    Urbano Cerio DOB 5/25/1884 Matrice
    Lisandri a Maria Sivillo DOB 11/1/1884 Matrice
    Thank you for any info you can provide.

  9. Deborah says:

    I am looking for information on a great,great, grand parent Angela Capracotta and her husband Domenico Lemmo. Threre daughter Was Anna Lemmo born in matrice 1891. I have her Birthday certificate Angela and Domenico Were married 23 January 1876 I have. A copy of this Also. I am looking for burial or Birth records or if Amy other children arte from this Marriage Anna Lemmo dame to Cleveland Ohio USA. And married. There are some people in Canada All from this town. In Winsor Ontario. Ad far sapere i know. Anna Was the only one to come to Cleveland. Any help. Worldwide be great.

  10. Ana Maria Paschoal says:

    I´m looking for the birth certificate of my great grandfather, Domingos Paschoal.

    I have his death certificate in Brazil with this name, but I belive that his Italian name was Domenico Pasquale, son of Vicente Pasquale and Angela Carloça.

    The information on his death certificate says that he was born in Matrice, around 1874-1880, probably in 1878.

    If by anychance you find his mother and father death ou birth certificate as well, it would be lovely.

    Thank you very much in advance!

    • Mauro says:

      In the case of Ana Maria Paschoal. The correct spelling is
      Would not be Vicenzo Pasquale and Angela Carlozzi (Carlozzi is a common surname in the region of Matrice)
      I hope I have helped.

      No caso de Ana Maria Paschoal.A grafia correta é
      não seriam Vicenzo Pasquale e Angela Carlozzi(Carlozzi é um sobrenome comum na região de Matrice)
      Espero ter ajudado.

  11. Shauna says:

    Looking for any info on the gambatesa family.

    • Richard says:

      My paternal grandfather, Giuseppe Gambatesa and my paternal grandmother, Concetta Vacariello were born in Matrice in 1892. They emigrated through Ellis Island and settlled in Cleveland, Ohio’s “Little Italy”. They had three children…Joe ( my father ), Urban ( Hank ) and Elsie. They are all buried in Lake View Cemetary in Little Italy.

  12. Jackie says:

    I am looking for anyone from the Longano family in Matrice. I plan to visit in the fall of 2016 and would love to locate relatives. My father-Joseph N. Longano was born May 9, 1899 in Matrice and they moved to American around 1909. My grandfather’s name was Michaelangelo Longano and my grandmother was Maria Dipucio.

    • michelle says:

      there were cousins in montreal grandmother longano but they are family to the petta family here in Canada don t know if any left in matrice call the lina petta family in montreal

  13. Carol says:

    Do you have any information on Fred (Fortunato) Lariccia, born in 1900 in Matrice or neighboring parish? Any information on Carmela DelZappo, born in 1894 in Matrice, Italy or in neighboring parish.

    Thank you,

    • michelle says:

      my stepsisters mom was a lariccia apparently the contractor in matrice angelo is there they also have family in south America
      are you sure the name is delzappo or delzoppo old errors those I know even in montreal there is Antonio delzoppo

  14. Patricia DiPuccio Bordonaro says:

    I am looking for relatives still living in the Matrice / Campobasso area. We will be visiting later this year. My grandmother was Anna Maria Federico, born 8 Sept 1894 in Matrice. She married Nicholas DiPuccio in the early 1900’s in Matrice. Nicholas DiPuccio was born 24 August 1892. His Father was Antonio and his mother was Incoranata Meria Cerio. Incoranata was also born in Matrice on 30 April 1853.


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