Genealogy in Sant’Elia a Pianisi

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Sant’Elia a Pianisi, 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 Sant’Elia a Pianisi registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Sant’Elia a Pianisi?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Sant’Elia a Pianisi


Before to start your genealogy research in Sant’Elia a Pianisi, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Italy and in Sant’Elia a Pianisi too.

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Sant’Elia a Pianisi from the Italian Unification (1861).

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

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6 Messages to “Genealogy in Sant’Elia a Pianisi”
  1. Joseph says:

    I am looking for information about my grandfather Donato Daddario – his parents Michele Daddario and Rosa Pilona and their parents or other relatives. Also, any siblings of my grandfather who immigrated to the US – Philadelphia area in 1902 when he was 21 (borh 1881).

    Hoping to visit the area in a year or so for more research.
    Thank you for any assistance.

    • Doug says:

      Hello Joseph, I have a considerable amount of information on Donato D’Addario’s ancestry in Sant’Elia and some information on his descendants. I will be happy to give you anything that I have.

  2. Joseph says:

    I am looking for records of the D’Daddario family Donato (born 1881) who left in 1902 for the US – Philadelphia. Believe his father was Michele and mother Rose or Rosa Pilona. Any information about parents, grandparents, or siblings would be greatly appreciated. It appears the apostrophe may or may not have been used by Donato when he immigrated. The family at this time spells our name Daddario.

    Hope to travel to Italy in the next year or two for research and visiting the area.

    Thank you.

  3. Brian says:

    I’m searching for the death of my great, great grandfather, Isidoro Mancinelli. He was born there in S. Elia on 23 Jun 1851. I have his birth registry. He was the son of Giovanni Mancinelli (1806-1890) and Mariangela Colavita (1811-1882, and daughter of Andrea Colavita). He and his wife, Maria Giuseppa Mancinelli, had six children who all emigrated to the U.S. from Pescolanciano, Isernia, Molise. They relocated the family there around 1891-1893 but Isidoro was born in S. Elia like all of my Mancinelli forefathers. He likely died there in S. Elia between 1902 and 1920. I would like to travel to S. Elia and search for any information but need a local guide who speaks some English.

  4. Diane says:

    I am looking for birth records for Maria Christina Colavita, my grandmother. She emigrated to the US in 1896.

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