Genealogy in Pietrabbondante

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Pietrabbondante, 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 Pietrabbondante registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Pietrabbondante 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 Pietrabbondante. As more your surname is common in Pietrabbondante, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Pietrabbondante 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 Pietrabbondante 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 Pietrabbondante, or if you have questions regarding your family in Pietrabbondante, 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 pietrabbondante@italianside.com our expert in Pietrabbondante area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

22 Comments

  1. Perry says:

    Hi, would like help if you can. My father was Enrico Santangelo 1914-1999. his dad was Onorato Santangelo 1879-? His mother was Cessna Tesone 1879-?

  2. Pablo says:

    Hi! Im from Argentina I am looking for information about my great-grandfather Santoro, born on March 28, 1867. But I do not have the name of him or his wife. I would like to know any type of information.

  3. Dolores says:

    I am seeking information about my grandmother,
    Angelica Vitullo DeTata. Upon the death of
    her husband/fiancé, she left her hometown of Pietrabbdonte
    in June 1897 at age 25 sailed to New York arriving June 30
    aboard SS Werra. She left Italy to marry the brother
    Cesino DeTata, of her deceased husband/fiancé, He
    was residing in Colorado.

    Angelica may have been adopted by the Vitullo family.
    We had heard that she was an orphan.

    Also, any information regarding my grandfather,
    Cesino DeTata , Born 4/11/1872.
    Parents Domenico DiTata and
    Maria Santangelo.

  4. John says:

    Hello,

    I am not sure where to start. My family is named Zarlenga and from Pietroabbondante. My grandfather John Zarlenga (I am the third) immigrated to the US in I believe 1902 (I know I will need further detail than this). I am traveling to Italy in a few months and would love to go to my hometown and possibly visit with any relatives I may still have there. Sounds like Zarlenga is a common name there. Where do I start with this process and what information do I need to provide?

    Thank you,

    • Tony says:

      Hello John,

      I am sure by now your trip to Italy has come and gone. If you made it to Pietrabbondante, I am sure you met a Zarlenga or two. As you are aware, while not a common name here in the U.S in the Townships of Pietrabbondante and Castelverrino Italy, that is not the case. Many with the surname Zarlenga immigrated from Molise to Argentina and the United States. From the late 1800’s to early 1900’s many of those coming thru Ellis island had their names mistakenly changed by immigration officers from Zarlenga to Zarlengo. Many of those with the surname Zarlengo ended up in The state of Colorado. They were expert carpenters and woodsmen. They came to cut wood and build the railroad. Many with the name Zarlenga ended up in Buenas Aires Argentina.

      It should not be hard to find a cousin or two in Pietrabbondante
      Best to you

  5. Agustina says:

    Hi I’m from Argentina and I am looking for information about my great grandparents, Francisco Disalvo and Victoria Zarlinga, born in Pietrabbondante. Francisco was born in February 1846 and Victoria in 15/04/1859. They moved to 16 de Julio, Buenos Aires Argentina around 1878 and had 7 kids. Francisco died in 1929 in Olavarria, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Any help is welcome, thank you very much!

  6. Bonnie says:

    I am searching for information on my paternal grandmother. She was born on March 18, 1893. Her name was Luisa Tesone. I would like to know her parents names and also date of her marriage to Giuseppe Perreca from Recale. I don’t know if they were married in Italy or in the US.

    Thank you.

  7. Carole says:

    Looking for any information on Alberico Zarlengo. He was born on 5/11 1872 in Pietraabbondante according to my grandmother Giovanna ZARLENGO. she was born May 7, 1899. His death record in Philadelphia lists his father as Vincenzo and mother , Vittoria. Alberico married Palmina Tesone in Italy also. Any info on any of those Zarlqengos would be so helpful.

  8. Denise says:

    Since my message just a year ago, I found my grandfather was indeed born in Pietrabbondante with his brothers and sisters, and then moved to Vastogirardi before coming to the U.S. His name was Florindo Ionna, and his first wife was Maria Domenica De Dominicis. My 2x great grandmother was Maria Giuseppa Zarlenga, who was born in Castelluccio. She moved to Pietrabbondante when she married my 2x great grandfather, Felice Mariani. It seems Zarlenga is a common name in Pietrabbondante.

  9. Francisco says:

    Hi I’m from Argentina and I am looking for information about my great grandparents, Francisco Disalvo and Victoria Zarlinga, born in Pietrabbondante, between 1840 and 1860.
    Any help is welcome, thank you very much!

    • Agustina says:

      Hola! tenemos los mismos antepasados y estoy tratando de buscar info, yo tengo las fechas de nacimiento de Francisco y Victoria, pudiste encontrar algo mas vos?
      saludos!!
      Agustina

      • Francisco says:

        Hola Agustina, en su momento abandone la búsqueda pero estuve en Pietrabbondante para conocer el pueblo, es increíble. Fui al anagraffe pero estaba cerrado porq era día festivo. Igualmente antes de abandonar la búsqueda me puse en contacto con el párroco de la ciudad y me mando el registro de casamiento y el bautismo de 2 victorias zarlenga. De Francisco no encontró. Mandé varios mails al anagraffe y nada.

  10. Di Salvo, Sestino says:

    Hi, I was wondering if there were any records of Sestino DiSalvo who married Angela DiTomasso. They were from Pietrobondante. Left Italy in the early 1920’s . Supposedly had a daughter that died a few years before they left for the United. States to reside in Youngstown, OH.

    • Rosanne says:

      Hello,
      It has been years since this message was sent and I hope this can still help someone. However, this sounds like my grandparents. I never new my Grandmother Angelina she died before I was born. My Mother is one of 7 and is still living she talked about having a sister that died in Italy. My grandparents were hard working people and struggled to keep their family together. My Grandfather Sestino lived to be 91. If there are any records they would be interesting to view. Thank you.

  11. Lucio says:

    Mis padres eran de esa ciudad, sus nombres eran: mi padre Pierino DI IACOVO, hijo de Vicente DI IACOVO y de Elcira SANTORO y mi madre: Beatrice DI SALVO, hija de Emilio (creo que era así) DI SALVO y de Adelina DI TULLIO.
    Mi padre vino en el año 1924 a Buenos Aires y mi madre lo hizo en el año 1932.
    Quisiera tener contacto con algún familiar de esa ciudad, ya que tengo planificado ir a conocer esa ciudad en un futuro cercano. Muchas gracias.

  12. Vincent says:

    i would like to find any information about my grandfather Antonio DiPilla who married Teodora Nappa in
    Either 1891 or 1892 he emigrated to Canada in 1899 or 1900.
    He died in Italy in either 1967 or 1968.

  13. Carolina says:

    Hello! I’d like to start a research on my family roots. My great great grandparents emigrated from Pietrabbondante by the end of the 19th century. They came to Argentina. Their surname was Di Salvo. They had a daughter, Concepcion, who married Maximo Zarlenga.

  14. Denise says:

    I have hit a brick wall searching for my grandfather, Florindo Ianno. He immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1890’s, and settled in Pittsburgh, PA. I have his naturalization papers, but there is no information pertaining to the exact town he was from or the ship he came in on. I believe he was from Pietrabbondante, Italy, but I’m not sure. He had two sons, Giovanni Ianno and Nicola Ianno. Rumor has it that his first wife died in childbirth, and I don’t have her name. He married my grandmother here in the U.S. sometime between 1913 and 1914. If you have any information on my grandfather, please contact me.

  15. Dave says:

    I would like to request a birth record from the City Office of Pietrabbondante for my grandfather Domenico Mario Zarlenga (1927-2004). Can you help with translating the request and telling me where I should send it?

  16. Carole Coppola says:

    Looking for Adamo and Beatrice Zarlenga family information. Beatrice maiden name is Messaro from Pietrabbpndante Italy. Adamo came to Ellis Island in 1910. Settled in Hillsville, Penn. would love to contact cousins and find out family tree.

    • Carolina says:

      We could be relatives! My grandmother´s maiden name is Zarlenga. She was the daughter of Maximo Zarlenga and Concepcion di Salvo, who were born here in Argentina. Maximo´s parents had emigrated from Pietrabbondante.

  17. Cathryn T. says:

    Hello, I am writing to learn more about my family history. My great grandparents immigrated to the United States from Pietrabbondante in the 1920’s. Elena Zarlenga was born in 1901 and Romolo DiPinto was born around 1900. Please, if there is any information pertaining to either of these two families, contact me.

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