Genealogy in Montenero Val Cocchiara

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Montenero Val Cocchiara, 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 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.

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Montenero Val Cocchiara?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Montenero Val Cocchiara


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 Italy and in Montenero Val Cocchiara too.

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

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.

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.

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 Montenero Val Cocchiara, or if you have questions regarding your family in Montenero Val Cocchiara, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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3 Messages to “Genealogy in Montenero Val Cocchiara”
  1. 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!!

  2. 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

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