Genealogy in Riccia

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Riccia. As more your surname is common in Riccia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Riccia 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 Riccia 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 Riccia, or if you have questions regarding your family in Riccia, 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


17 Messages to “Genealogy in Riccia”
  1. Joyce says:

    Hello! My Grandfather was Egidio Mignogna. He was born in Riccia on May 12, 1875. I am trying to find out if there are Mignogna’s in Riccia or Campo Basso that are related to me. Can you help me?? Grazie!

  2. Sharon says:

    My great grandfather is
    Vitale Moffa
    Born March 05, 1835 in Riccia,Italy
    Thank you for any information

    Sharon moffe D’Andrea

  3. Todd says:

    Hello, I just had a family reunion and the cousins were discussing our Great Grandmother. Her name was Rosa Mignogna and according to her birth certificate, she was from Riccia. I believe she was born October 17, 1891. She married Domenico DiMarco. (DiMarco was changed to DeMarco once they came to the United States.) I would like to know if you had any information on Rosa Mignogna’s parents or if there was any information on Domenico DiMarco (born April 12, 1885). I believe Rosa had a sister named Filomina? Any information would be much appreciated.
    Thank you.

  4. Robert says:

    New to genealogy. Looking for my Grandfather Pasquale Antonio Fanelli. Birth date 1898 in Riccia. Moved to USA 1915. Father Nicola Fanelli born 1863. Mother Filomena De Cristofaro. I have found a birth record for Maria Carmela Fanelli 1894 with these parents, but nothing on Pasquale. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Rob says:

      I found your grandfathers Pasquale Antonio Fanelli birth record from 1898. Born May 30th. Father Nicola age 30. Mother Filomena Cristofaro age 26. Nicola’s father was Giuseppe.

      If you send me your email I will email it to you.

      Also we are probably related as I have several Fanelli’s in my tree.


  5. Carolynn says:

    Hello, I would appreciate any information on my grandmother.
    Her name was Maria Joseph Ricci Or could be spelled Riccia.
    She was born March 19, 1880
    She was from the town of Riccia.

  6. Misciagna says:

    My name is mary dolores johnston (misciagna). My family,is a family who lived in Altoona. My parents were gennaro misciagna my mom was giuseppina (Josephine) maitino. They met and married in Altoona on May 6 1920 and had 12 children and I am the youngest. 6 boys 6 girls. My oldest sister Esther did the original family tree and I did a lot. Finished it a few years ago. Went to Carpinone on our 50th anniversary where mom was born never got to Riccia. Have a lot of info. There were four brothers gennaro, Joseph, Michael and Stephano who I never found anything on him. Was in touch with a Cindy maybe you are the same Cindy.
    If I can help let me know.

  7. Jeanne says:

    My Father Nicholas A Vassalotti and Mother Jennie Massimo both from Riccia and came to A
    America between 1915 and 1925. I am trying to find any information
    On my family. Would you please supply any information you may have. Thank you
    Actually a little more info. Both my father and mother were born about 1902. My mothers actual name was Concettina. In America she was known as Jennie. My grandmother on my mothers side was Carmella Finelli.

  8. Jeanne says:

    My Father Nicholas A Vassalotti and Mother Jennie Massimo both from Riccia and came to A
    America between 1915 and 1925. I am trying to find any information
    On my family. Would you please supply any information you may have. Thank you

  9. Kathy says:

    My grandmother was Maria Michaela Moffa married to Louis Fanelli from Riccia married late 1890’s any info on the family?

  10. Virginia says:

    my greatgrandmother maiden name was Guiseppini Panichella. She married Vincenzo Iorio in Italy. Any info about their marriage and families would be helpful. thanks

  11. Kim Cassario Jacobs says:

    I’ve been doing much genealogy work on my from my Fathers side of the family. Specifically anything on Anthony Cassario, Casario . He was born in Riccia Comp around 1894 and traveled to America where it seems as though he resided with an Aunt and Uncle, Nora and Dominick Cassario for some time. He married my Grand mother around 1919 Lucy or Luse who seems to have been born in Pennsylvania U.S. I know nothing about my grandfather Anthony or his descendants. Since he died in America, specifically Berlin, N.J. In June of 1964. I show his birthdate to be March 22nd between 1894-5. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  12. Cindy says:


    I hope you day is going well. I would love to find out more information on my family. They are from Riccia.
    My great Grandfather Annibale Grassi born 1882 and my great Grandmother Eleanora Misciagna born 1887 both born there.
    Annibales parents were Guiseppe Grassi and Filomena ?

    Eleanora’s parents were Giuseppe Misciagna and Maria Corvino (sp?)

    Any information you can share would be greatly appreciated. Both families immigrated to Altoona, Pennsylvania. The Grassi family were boarders in the Misciagna home and this is where my great Grandparents met.

    I look forward to hearing from you.



    • Richard says:

      My maternal Grandmother was Elena Misciagna, Eleanora’s sister. I have that their Parents are Giuseppe Misciagna (born Nov 14, 1854 in Riccia, Italy; died Jan. 23, 1935) & Lucia Courvino or Courvina (born Dec. 13, 1857 or 1858 in Riccia & died June 28th, 1940). Lucia ‘ s father was Nicholas Courvino or Courvina (born 1823 in Riccia & occupation, farmer & blacksmith). His wife was Rose?, or Vincenza Ferrante (born 1824 in Riccia)
      Giuseppe Misciagna ‘ s Parents were Luigi Misciagna (born 1813 in Riccia) & Concetta? or Donata Carmina Poce.
      Luigi’s Parents were Stefano Misciagna & Maria Pasqualina Passerelli.
      The Misciagna ‘ s came to Altoona, PA in the early 1890’s.

      • Cindy says:


        How awesome! We are related! Thank you for filling in some of the blanks. I have a few pictures that I can share with you of the family. I did quite a lot of research last year and ended up with some great new information. I will be in Italy in August and may possibly be making a trip to Riccia. Fingers crossed.


        • Misciagna says:

          You and I have not communicated in a long time. I am your cousin from Altoona. Finished my tree as best I could. Hope you got to Italy it is so beautiful. I never got to Riccia only Carpinone. Hope all is well
          Your cousin

  13. Al says:

    Hello, I just came across your site. I’m interested in obtaining my grandmother and grandfather Birth Certificates. Pasquale Aloia 5.30.1865
    Filomena Ciccaglione 5.25.1880
    Is this something you can obtain?
    If so can you tell me the cost. I’m in the US.

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