Genealogy in Frosolone

back to Frosolone main page

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Frosolone, 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 Isernia province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Frosolone registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Frosolone. As more your surname is common in Frosolone, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Frosolone archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that the most common surnames in Isernia province are:
Antenucci, Antonelli, Armenti, Bucci, Caranci, Carnevale, Chiacchiari, Di Benedetto, Di Carlo, Di Franco, Di Iorio, Di Meo, Di Pasquale, Di Pilla, Di Salvo, D’Onofrio, Forte, Gentile, Giancola, Iannacone, Izzi, Lombardi, Mancini, Marcovecchio, Martino, Mastronardi, Matteo, Mazzocco, Orlando, Paglione, Palomba, Pannunzio, Petrarca, Pinelli, Ricci, Rossi, Russo, Santilli, Scarselli, Scioli, Silvestri, Staffieri, Testa, Tortola, Venditti, Veneziale, Verrecchia, Zullo.

Church archives in Isernia 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 Frosolone and Isernia 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 Frosolone, or if you have questions regarding your family in Frosolone, 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


12 Messages to “Genealogy in Frosolone”
  1. Joanne says:

    We are looking the father and mother of Giovanni (John) Fraraccio, born on June 26, 1886, in Frosolone. John was my Grandfather and immigrated to the United States in 1912 on the SS Prinzes Irene, and he was a cobbler. Also, if there are any remaining ancestors still living in Frosolone.

  2. Timothy says:

    My grandfather, Liborio Pasquarelli was from Frosolone. He came to the U.S. in about 1913 and eventually settled in Painesville, Ohio where my father was born and where I was born in 1946. My grandfather joined the U.S. Army in 1918 and was in France in 1919. In 1986 while on a NATO assignment with the Army myself I visited Frosolone and through the local Catholic church located birth information and family to include his cousin who at the time was in his late 80s. He remembered my grandfather and showed me the house where my grandfather was born.

  3. Alissa says:


    I found out some interesting information! Your Michael Miranda(o) was my Great Grandfather’s cousin. My Felice (Felix) Zampini worked at your Great Uncles’s Imperial Knife business! Felice came from Frosolone with his brothers and sister. Wikipedia makes mention of the Knife making industry in Frosolone. I just spoke with my Great Aunt and she said that your Michael Miranda(o) arrived in the United States before my Great Grandfather Felice. Learning about my ancestry heritage and history gives me chill bumps. I’m glad that we have made a connection! I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Steve says:

      Alissa that is very interesting. So we could be related. How old is your great aunt. Did she know the Mirandos. By the way their name was originally Miranda and at some point was changed to Mirando. My grandmother was michael and felixs sister. My father also worked at imperial knife. He is not living now but was born in 1923. I wonder if any of your relatives knew my father.

      You also mentioned a domenic in one your messages. There was a domenic fazzano who was a friend of the Mirandos. He was also involved with getting imperial knife started.

      My uncles, my grandmother, and I believe the fazzanos first lived in Winstead CT. I think there was a fairly large Italian population there. If you google Winstead and add the name Michele Miranda you will find a very old video of him and his family as well as other Italians.

      This is very interesting. I look forward to hearing from you too.

      I live in rhode island. What state do you live in.

      • Vittoria says:

        Hi Steve & Alissa, My name is Vittoria Zampini. My father was Nicandro Zampini, born in Campobasso ,Italy in 1897. He was orphaned very young and made a living making knives and selling them at the Fairs. In his early teens, he came to America and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. My mother, Esterina, and my father were married in Cleveland. They had 3 children, me and my 2 brothers, Felice and Guiseppi. My father was a welder for the Fischer Body Co., a division of General Motors. In 1942 my father, Nicandro, was ‘laid off’ from General Motors Co. That is when my father’s cousin, Mike Miranda, owner of the Imperial Knife Co.,offered him a job there. We moved to Rhode Island in 1943, and my father did work there then. Mike Miranda had a summer/2nd home near Johnston, RI and every Sunday my family was invited there to join in with the Mirandas and their friends for a relaxing day. I have pictures of Mike Miranda’s yard and a picture of Mike. My father worked for Mike for 2 years and then we moved to New Jersey in 1945 and I still live here..

        My father’s ancestry dates back to and before the “Zampini Castle” in Campobasso.

        If any of this info fits in with you and your family, please let me know.
        Regards, Vittoria

  4. Alissa says:

    I do know that Felix had a trade and it was making knifes. Wikipedia mentions that the area of Italy is famous for Knife making. I don’t have a plethora of knowledge to share at the moment. I am still learning a little bit at a time. It’s all so interesting, but if I come across any helpful info. I’ll be glad to share it with you.
    Happy New Year,

  5. Alissa says:

    I have an Italian Passport of my Great Great Grandmother, Francesca Pasquarelli (born in Lisbon Portugal in September 11, 1860 or 1861. She may have grown up without family in a foster home, but the names Felice ‘Felix’ Zampini as well as Anna Zampini are on the passport which are her two children. Friends who greeted them at the port of call were Domenic (possibly last name of Zammpini) and Donato (possibly last name Zampini). They may have been the older two sons of Francesca Pasquarelli Zampini. I have heard that Felix and Anna have a father, Nicola Zampini (spelling may differ), but I have no documentation whether Nicola traveled to the United States. Maybe he died before 1915 which is the year that Francesca, Felice ‘Felix’ and Anna arrived in Boston, Massachusetts. They are all from Frosolone and also from the province of Campobasso. They arrived in Boston according to all online documentation that I have found in the United States even though, Francesca’s passport says New York as the port. The arrival date is February 9 or February 13 of 1915. Felice ‘Felix’ was born December 21, 1898 or 1899. He was around 15 years old upon his travel to the United States. His sister, Anna, was maybe a year younger. Felice ‘Felix’ known trade was knife making and polishing. Felice ‘Felix’ Zampini passed away June 8, 1976 in Providence County Rhode Island. His wife was Angela De Spirito/DeSpirito Zampini.

    • Steve says:

      My great uncles Felix and Mike Miranda came to the U.S. From Frosolone And started what was called Imperial Knife. Your relatives probably knew mine. My great uncles originally moved from Italy to Connecticut From there they moved to providence ri.
      Look forward to your reply.

  6. Steve says:

    My grandmother was from frosolone. Her father was Cosimo Miranda and her mother was Filomena. She had two brothers Felix Miranda and Michael Miranda and two sisters Christine and Lizzy. Any info ration on the family would be helpful. Particularly if there are any ancestors still in Frosolone. Also my grandmother married Giovanni Gentile. I’m not sure if he was from Frosolone and unfortunately have very little information on him. I believe he was born around 1890. Any information would be appreciated.

  7. Jude says:

    Hi from New York! I am seeking information on my great-Grandparents’ families. My great Grandfather was Cosimo Gentile, born 1874 in Frosolone. His parents were Giovanni Gentile and Maria Carmina D’Orazia (no date or further family information known). Cosimo’s siblings were Gracia (1867-1935; Ohio), Bernard (1873 – ?, remained in Italy), Nicole (abt 1875 – BEFORE 1953, remained in Italy), Philomena (1876-1914), Troy NY), Francesca (1883-1960, Troy, NY) and Lucia (1888-1933, Troy NY). All the siblings were born in Frosolone.
    My great Grandmother was Maria Carmina Colarusso Gentile (1877 [Frosolone]-1970, in Troy NY). Her siblings were Domenico (1869-1933), Giuseppe (1870-1951), Michele (1874-1929) and Fillipo (1874-1956). All were born in Frosolone and died in Troy NY. Maria Carmina’s parents were Liborio Colarusso and Annunziatta Venditti (no dates).
    Any information you can provide regarding dates for my great-great grandparents, or their families, is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!

    • Joanne says:

      My dad had relatives in Albany NY by the last name of Colarusso who were hair dressers in the 1960’s. My grandfather, Joseph M. Russo came to the US with his brothers (Frederick and Louis) in 1880-1891 via South America and ended up in Jackson, MI. Later, their male cousins (Dominic, Frederick, Louis) from Frosolone joined them in Jackson. I know my Great-grandfather was also named Joseph Russo.

      Any information you might be able to add will be appreciated.


  8. Renee says:

    Hello from North Carolina! I do not speak Italian, and so am reaching to you first to see if you can assist me. My great grandfather was Giuseppe Zampino, born in Frosolone on Feb. 23, 1870. His parents were Domenico Zampino (b. 1841) and Irene Venditti (b. 1844). I’m looking for a year of marriage for Domenico and Irene, and the names of their other children. At some point, the family moved to Montagano, but I don’t know why or when that happened, and would love to find records of them in that town as well. Also, family legend is that Giuseppe served in some version of the Italian military, or cavalry. How can I find out that information? Giuseppe married Filomena Iacovino in Montagano around 1898, and then left for America in 1899.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

Leave a Message