Genealogy in Santa Croce di Magliano

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Santa Croce di Magliano, 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 Santa Croce di Magliano registrar as of that date.

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

Before to start your genealogy research in Santa Croce di Magliano, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Abruzzo and in Santa Croce di Magliano too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Santa Croce di Magliano 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 Santa Croce di Magliano. As more your surname is common in Santa Croce di Magliano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Santa Croce di Magliano 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 Santa Croce di Magliano 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 Santa Croce di Magliano, or if you have questions regarding your family in Santa Croce di Magliano, 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 Santa Croce di Magliano area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Patricia says:

    My grandmother Philomena Cerce came from Santa Croce in Campobasso. She married Peter Mansulla. Does anyone know if he also came from Santa Croce do Magliano? Thank you.

  2. Jerome says:

    I’m looking for information on my Great Grandfather (Tomasso Fiore). I believe they lived in Santa croce di Magliano

  3. Linda says:

    I was just going through family pictures and came across picture of Walter and Edmund Peca. Not sure how they are related to our family. My grandmother is the sister of Tom’s grandfather Luigi from Batavia. Our ancestor is Raffaele Antonio Peca and his father is Camillo Antonio Malandra Peca from Chieti.

    • Amybeth says:

      OMG!! Can you email me a copy? Walter is my grandfather and Edmund was his brother- my great Uncle. Their father was Settimio Antonio Peća from Casacanditella, Chieti, Abruzzo Italy. Edmund ,Walter and their sister Dorothea were born in Philly but moved to Rochester, NY in the early to mid teens of 1900. Settimio and his brother William Domenico were Ladies Tailors. They also had family in Michigan. Settimio’s father was Luigi Peća and his mother was Chiara or Clarita DeRitis.

      I knew or was told that we had cousins in Batavia. I am assuming we all descend from Luigi’s parents. In fact I would bet that someone in your family was one of Luigi’s brother.

  4. Robbin says:

    Looking for information on G-Grandfather: Giovanni Marchitte(o) who was born in Santa Croce di Magliano in 1880. Married Maria (?) born in Compobasso in 1882. Emmigrated to US in 1905.

  5. John says:

    My grandfather was born on June 24 1895 in Santo Croce di Magliano.. Any information will be appreciated.. Thank you. Louis

  6. John sylvester says:

    Elaine, mother, Rose Colombo Sylvester, came from Santa Croce. I know the Celia’s, Rudy Francario, and Philip Ferrante> iam trying to find out about my grandfather, Luigi Colombo. Saw your post. Small world

  7. Will says:

    My great,great grandfather Nicola Rosati left San Croce Di Magliano around 1880 and came to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada about 1880. I will be in Italy in April and May possibly in San Croce to do family research. I appreciate this site and it has been helpful already.

    • Martin says:

      I’m the grandson of Sam yates, son of Mateo izzo and ida yates maiden name Sebastian
      Her sisters were Delene,
      They ere all born in Santa Croce in abruzzo in the early 1890
      They lived in Batavia, ny and north tonawanda ny
      My grandmother had a sister who lived in Hamilton
      I would like to communicate, plan on visiting the village next year

  8. Edward says:

    My great-grandparents Louis Principe (born in 1861) and Marie N Principe (born 1866) migrated from Santa Croce Di Magliano in 1890. They were married in 1884 according to immigration records.

    I am seeking any links to family records in Santa Croce Di Magliano, such as marriage certificates and parents.

  9. Eyetie says:

    My paternal grandparents were both raised in Santa Croce. My grandfather was Francesco Antonio Iarocci, born in 1879, and my grandmother was Maria Concetta Iantomasi. They were married in 1907 and emigrated to Hamilton, Ontario in 1913. They raised six children.

  10. Bruno says:

    Hi My mother and her 5 of her 6 siblings were from Santa Croce, My grandfather was Gavin De Marinis and his wife my Grandmother was called Regina. My mother left in the early 50’s and eventually settled in North Wales. Would love to make contact with any distant family I may have – would love to find out more about my grandparents. Thanks

  11. Linda says:

    Hello. My maternal grandmother grew up in Santa Croce di Magliano. Her maiden name was Carolina Pelligrino. She and her sister Michele came to the U.S. on April 14th, 1910 when she was 19 years old. Michele was 17. There fathers name was Francesco Pelligrino.

    From what I understand, my grandmothers family were paid as outside cooks for some sort of prison that was nearby. Other than that, I don’t have much more information. I certainly would love to find out more and as far as my family history and if there are any living relatives.

    The population appears to be very small … Hoping that helps with my search.

    Any information or guidance would be very appreciated.



  12. Elaine says:

    All 4 of my grandparents are from Italy. I am very interested in visiting their hometowns and hopefully meeting some relatives.

    My paternal grandfather, George Celia was from Campobasso. He married Rose Celeste and they settled in Brockton , Massachusetts, USA in the early 1900’s

    My maternal grandfather, Nicola Francario was from Santa Croce. He came to USA in the early 1900’s and met and married Amalia Ferrante. She arrived in the USA from Chieti, Italy. They also settled in Brockton,Massachusetts

    I remember Pa(Nicola) telling stories of a church that 2 towns fought over ownership..and his town won?

  13. Kathryn says:

    My paternal grandfather, Pasquale Petti and grandmother lived in Santa Croce di Magliano. My grandmother was Chiarina Mosso and was adopted. I believe they were both born there. Any information on them would be appreciated. Thank you.

  14. Amybeth says:

    Hello Tom,
    I believe we are cousins through the Péca side. My ggreatgrandfather was Luigi Péca also from Chieti. His son Settimio eventually settled in Rochester, NY. My grandfather Walter Péca had cousins in Batavia, NY- I believe you must be a descendant of one of them. Your Luigi was probably named after my ggreatgrandfather.
    I am not sure if you have heard about us.

  15. Tom Peca says:

    My Grandmother Bianca Cocco Peca came from Santa croce di Magliano, Molise Italy.

    I am looking for a picture of the family home and a Recipe of Baked rice and Vitello Polpettini w a chicken sauce.

    Any information would be appreciated.

    She came to America in 1909 and Settled in Batavia, New York. Her husband Luigi Peca came from Chieti, Abruzzi

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