Genealogy in Montagano

If you search your ancestors in Montagano, 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 Montagano registrar as of that date.

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

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

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

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Montagano:


If you have the opportunity to visit Montagano 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 Montagano 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 Montagano area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. John says:

    I believe my grandfather’s mother’s maiden name was Minedeo (Minadeo?). My grandfather was from Ripalimosani. My grandfather was Nicola Mario Fasciani (born 1876). He married Concetta Marie Jannitto (Ianetto) in Montagano on 11.29.1901. He immigrated to US in 1903, she came in 1907. He died 4.21.1959, she died 1952. Her mother’s maiden name was Sarafina Palumbo. My grandfather had three siblings – Joseph who immigrated to Argentina, Antonio whom I know nothing about, and Gaetana who immigrated to Cleveland Ohio.

  2. Tina says:

    It Seems most of Montagano settled in or around Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.My grandparents were also from Montagano and everyone I went to school with, I was told , that’s your cousin. That’s why most of the names on this page I recognize.

    • Ed says:

      My great-grandfather, Alessandro Razzante, emigrated from Montagano in 1902 and settled in Belle Vernon, PA. Fayette cCo. He was born August 3, 1884 and I am at a dead end trying to identify his parents. He had a sister who remained there but I do not know her name. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Don Scacco Sr. says:

    In Montagano Compobasso,Italy are there any families with their surname Scacco

  4. Nicole says:

    Does anyone happen to have information on Michael and Rose Palumbo born in the late 1800’s?


  5. Tina says:

    Is anybody aware of any publically available resources for records prior to 1809? I would gladly purchase a book if one were published anywhere. I am in the United States, so I am unable to access anything personally in Montagano.

  6. Mary Tripp says:

    I’m researching my grandfather’s roots; his name was Giovanni D’Imperio, born July 6, 1896, his mother’s first name was Maria. They lived in Montagano. My grandfather was the youngest of 5 children; he came to the states alone when he was about 16 years old, so that would be around 1912. Not sure which ship he was on. Not sure what his father’s first name was. I would really appreciate any valid info you may have…thank you!

  7. Joan says:

    Ciao! I am looking for information on relatives born in Montagano.

    Antonio Marinelli, dates unknown, married to Pasqualina Iannone, born March 27, 1867.
    Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated.

    • JL says:

      I have a few direct relatives with the last name Ianonne born in Montagano. I could not find anyone born on that day in Montagano. Are you sure of the name and date?

    • Chris says:

      Do you have Pasqualina’s parents or grandparents names? I have a few Iannone’s that I’m related to going back to 1690, but I don’t see a Pasqualina. If you know a parent or grandparent, maybe I can help you out since my Iannone’s end in the 1840’s.

  8. Robyn says:

    I am looking for information about Pasquale Iannitto born to Nicola Maria Iannitto & Maria Giuseppa Muchino in April 1858. I would like to know if he owned a business or where he worked.

  9. Bob says:

    I am looking for information about my ancestry in Italy:

    1) my grandfather, Almerindo Raymond Petrone (DOB: Feb-5-1939), Montageno, Italy
    2) my great grandfather: Michele Petrone (DOB: 1990, died 1975)
    3) my great grandmonther: Philopmena DeMichele (unk DOB).

    Thank you.

    Bob Ludwig

  10. Don says:

    I’m interested in finding any family history about my grandmothers family
    The D’Imperio’s s,she was born in Montagano,my grandfathers surname is Scacco
    Any info is appreciated

    Grazie Don

    • JL says:

      Hey Don,

      My GGM was a D’Imperio. She left Montagano with her husband and son around 1907. I also have ties to the Petrones, Iononnes and Ianittos if anyone is interested.

      • Don says:

        My GM left Montagano in Mar.4,1907 her name was Maria Nicola D’Imperio
        she was16
        her Mother’s name was Fratinni
        on the ship Lombardia
        Ended up in Westmoreland Co. PA

        • Ray Setaro says:

          We are probably related somehow. My GM Maria Ianitto married Joseph Setaro and lived in Westmoreland Co PA. We have distant cousins that lived in Pgh PA near Westinghouse HS named D’Imperio. My great GM maiden name was Tomasso.

  11. Tony Phillips says:

    I am looking for informationon my great-great grandfather Giuseppe Petrone born in Maontagano, Italy 1850 abt. Also on his wife Teresa Petrone (Gallo).

    Any help would help me trace back my familytee.



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