Genealogy in Montenero Val Cocchiara

If you search your ancestors in Montenero Val Cocchiara, Molise, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Molise and in Isernia province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Montenero Val Cocchiara registrar as of that date.

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

Before to start your genealogy research in Montenero Val Cocchiara, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Molise and in Montenero Val Cocchiara too.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Montenero Val Cocchiara 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 Montenero Val Cocchiara. As more your surname is common in Montenero Val Cocchiara, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Montenero Val Cocchiara 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.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Montenero Val Cocchiara:

S. MARIA DI LORETO – Piazza Madonna di Fatima, 8

If you have the opportunity to visit Montenero Val Cocchiara 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.
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 Montenero Val Cocchiara 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 Montenero Val Cocchiara area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Carlyn says:

    Hello, I don’t even really know how to start… I am writing in regards to my husband’s family’s genealogy. First off, his last name is Montenero and he is certain that his ancestors derived from Montenero, Italy. This is all the information that he can tell me. He is estranged from his father, and I have one eggplant parmigiana recipe passed down to me by his mother from his paternal grandmother who I’m told was named Jessie. We’ve recently had a daughter and I feel that genealogy and family history is important and interesting ( I was adopted from Malaysia and have no biological family history, only what has been told to me).
    Is there any information on families that originated in Montenero that obtained the name? Is it a name that families would take on due to relocation or lack of status, etc? Any info would be much appreciated! I’m sorry, I know there’s no real foundation or backstory to help.

  2. Loretta says:

    I am looking for information about the family of my great-grandfather, Giacinto (George) Rossi, born in Montenero, Italy 24 May, 1869, married to Carolina Pezzetti (born 23 Dec 1875 in Chiete, Abruzzi, Italy) in 1894, & emigrated to the Port of New York from Naples, Italy on the vessel Austria on 11 June 1895. With Rossi being the Italian version of Smith, it’s impossible for me to figure out who his parents were from the US. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!

  3. Nicole says:

    My father grew up in South Deering, last name Di Filippo. My grandmother’s maiden name was Gonnella. I went to Montenero and stayed with my dad’s cousins who speak both English and Italian. Montenero is beautiful!! The people were super friendly and the food was phenomenal!! Can’t wait to go back someday!!

    • Dominic says:

      I know who you are, Your father is Luddy and mother is Jan . Your grandparents are cumba Pete and cumare Scolasistia. Iam a 3rd 0r 4th cousin with your father and aunt . My 1st cousin is Joan [Dado] Gamboa, I live in Joliet . I was in Montenero in May 2017 , and ate almost every day at Marco Gonnella and Lori’s house , I keep in close touch with them during the year, they are fantastic cousin’s. I remember visiting your grandparents when they lived on Bensley Ave , they were the greatest relatives. Tell your father ,mother and aunt that I said HELLO . Nice to hear from you . Keep in touch Dominic

  4. Don says:

    My grandfather Dominico Pallotto immigrated from Montenero Valcocchiara to the USA in the early 1900’s. I believe about 1910. He was born June 9th 1898. I would like to locate his birth and baptism records. Also his parents graves. His father was Nick Pallotto. Not sure of the spelling. I am planning a trip to Montenero valcocchiara in late Aug.
    I do not speak Italian. Is there someone in Montenero valcocchiara I could meet with?
    Thank you

    • Dominic says:

      My name is Dominic Orlando, the Orlando’s lived in South Deering on Calhoun. They were good friends with the Pallotto’s who had a grocery store on Hoxie,and also a dentist namerd Romeo. I just saw your message on the computer titled Montenero Valcocchiara . I was there in May for two weeks for my 3rd time,to visit my relatives the Gonnella’s Narducci’s & Mannarelli’s.I wish Iwould known that you were going in Aug. I would have given you some namesto contact.and places to stay. I would like to talk to you about this

      • Tricia says:

        Enrica Mannerelli daughter of Beniamino Mannerelli son of Vincenzo Manerelli. I have other Mannerelli relatives I have been trying to find information on too. Can we chat and exchange genealogy information. Romeo was our dentist growing up. I have Orlando questions too like when did Carmine Orlando die (16 July 1824 Montenero Val Cocchiara) father of Lucia Orlando who married Agostino Narducci? I have 1900 questions to complete the family Tree I have been collecting and then I have 1800 questions. Hoping we can chat

    • Tricia says:

      Don I am also from the Pallotto side. I like Dominic have Orlando’s Narducci’s and Mannarelli’s there. I would love to share information.

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