Genealogy in Frosolone

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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


23 Messages to “Genealogy in Frosolone”
  1. Lisa says:

    Greetings from Denver Colorado,

    I am researching the parents of Cosimo Piccoli born 22 May 1886 in Frosolone, Italy. He immigrated to the US in 1903. I am looking for further information on his parents.
    Father: either Cosimo Piccoli or Gennaro Piccoli or possibly a combination of both
    Mother: Maria

    Or of any siblings he may had had.

    Cosimo married Antonia Lena Bova 1 August 1909 in Providence Rhode Island and had 9 children.

    Thank you for your help

  2. Lisa says:

    Greetings from Denver Colorado

    I am looking for Cosimo Piccoli in Frosolone, Italy. Cosimo born 27 May 1886 in Frosolone. Immigrated to USA in January 1902 or 1903. Lived in Providence Rhode Island. His parents are listed on his marriage certificate and Gennaro Piccoli and Maria? I would love any information

  3. Stephanie says:

    Hi from San Diego, CA! It has been interesting reading everyone’s stories, thank you for sharing! My great (x3) grandpa Giovanni Vendetta (born in September 1860) had a son who was born in Frosolone named Peter Vendetta (born in 1878). Giovanni changed our last name to Van Datta since the Dutch were treated better than the Italians, when they immigrated to America in 1882. Peter married an American girl in 1908 named Sarah E Westwood. It appears that Giovanni (aka John Van datta) immigranted to America 10 years after his son. I cannot find records for Giovanni’s wife but to my knowledge his mother was Cowmone Mary/Maria (born in 1838). It looks like there are a number of Vendetta family members who immigrated to the US at different times, and also looks like there are currently many families/people with that last name still around various areas of Italy. I did a search on Facebook and found a girl living in San Diego with our original families name “Vendetta!” I reached out to her thinking she may be a “long lost cousin” but she said she didn’t have much information about that side of her family and didn’t seem interested in discussing it further. Is Vendetta a common surname? Does anyone have any good stories or information regarding my family? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

  4. Richard says:

    My grandfather Camillo Gualtieri was born around 1874 in Italy. Preserved pictures of him were taken in Frosolone but I’m not entirely sure that this is where he was born. I would like to find his birth record if possible. He migrated to New York City in the early 1900’s and worked as a tailor. He travelled to Italy frequently and he died in 1963. What is the best way to get the information that I am seeking?

  5. Mike says:

    Hello! I’m looking for the residence of my Grandfather Giovanni Fraraccio born in Frosolone on June 26, 1886. His parents were Donato Fraraccio and Rose (not sure of last name). Siblings were, Anthony, Michael, Stella, Josephine, Pauline, Pasquale and there is one other sister I do not have the name of. I’m going to Italy next year and would love to take a picture of me in front of the place where my Grandfather grew up to share with my family. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

    • Jo Ann says:

      My maternal grandfather was Anthony. My mother made a list in the family bible of the siblings names. I can’t help with the place where your grandfather grew up, but we are related. I am just starting on a family tree. My grandfather was actually Donato Antonio Fraraccio but he changed his name to Anthony Feltz. (Go figure??)He lived in Jersey City, NJ. and was born on Feb 22, 1894. I remember Aunt Pauline and that he used to visit Aunt Stella Pastore near Richmond, Virginia. I think she had 7 children her youngest being the only girl named Virginia. My cousin visited Frosolone a few years ago and I know he connected with a great aunt? I will call him this weekend to see if he can help.

  6. Dori says:

    My grandfather, Antonio Zampini, was born in Frosolone around 1881. He had an older sister Theresa who died at age 19 after an appendectomy. My grandmother was Lucia Gigliotti born in Campobasso in 1885. She moved to Frosolone in her teens and they married a few years later. My grandfather was a knife maker, and he came to Providence, RI in 1906. At some point he also worked for Imperial Knife in Providence. I visited Frosolone and Campobasso in 2008 for a couple of days, and it was the trip of my lifetime. I found the fountain where my grandmother washed their clothes, and we visited the church where they were married. My mom thinks we don’t have any relatives there now, but I’m seeing a lot of Zampinis in these postings, so I’m not sure if that is true. Does any of this history sound familiar to anyone?

  7. June says:

    Hello From Fort Payne, Alabama,
    My name is June Russillo, and I was born and raised in Providence and Johnston, Rhode Island. My father, Mario Remo Russillo, who was born on June 4, 1924 in Providence, was the youngest of 4 sons of Filomeno Russillo and Domenica Piscitelli, both of whom were born and raised in Frosolone. My father’s brothers, who are now all deceased, were John, Vincent, and Victor. My grandparents emigrated to the US and eventually settled in the Federal Hill section of Providence. When I was 19, I had the pleasure of spending part of the month of August (1970 ) in Frosolone. It was the most memorable trip of my life. I was the guest of my father’s cousin, Concetta Russillo, and her husband, Raoul Costantini, who lived in Rome most of the year and spent Augusts in Frosolone. After touring many cities in Italy with them, we drove to Frosolone, where we stayed for a couple of weeks at the home of my father’s cousin, Angelina Russillo. While there I also had the pleasure of spending some time with my father’s cousin, Victoria Piscitelli. Back in the ’70s and ’80s, my father, along with his cousin, D. Thomas Russillo, architect, worked extensively on our family tree. I am offering the information they compiled to anybody who is interested. I would like to update the tree to the present, so please contact me if you have any information that might be helpful. Thank you so much! PROUD TO BE FROSOLONESE!

  8. Lucia says:

    Hello all….we are Zampini’s from Frosolone that moved to San Pietro in Valle after the earthquake…just reunited with my Zampini branch that lives in the Castle in Frosolone….getting a tour when I arrive in two weeks and seeing the Crest that’s being preserved . My line in San Pietro is GG Grandfather Simone Zampini (brother Bartolomeo) – Domenco Zampini- Felice Zampini-Domenico Zampini- me. In Frosolone I’m trying to take it back to 1700s and before…

  9. 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.

    • Jo Ann says:

      I responded to Mike, another grandchild of John. My maternal grandfather was Anthony, John’s brother. According to a bible page filled out by my mother, their father was Donato Fraraccio and their mother was Rose Palotta (My mother was named Rose.) The other brothers were Michael, John, Pasquale, Albert, and Frederick, sisters were Josephine, Paulina, Stella and Venera.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

        • Caren says:

          Hi Vittoria-
          My grandfather was Felix Mirando(a) and we have been doing family research. My mother, Filomena Mirando has been sharing family history and stories, one about Uncle Mike’s (Mirando) summer house in Johnston RI, she remembers Sundays there, sitting on the porch- She called that house, the Shendi/,it had a very steep hill. It must had quite the gatherings, she and her sister remember it well! Nice to read your family story. I would like to see the photo of Michal Mirando and his house.

  12. 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,

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.


  16. 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!

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