Genealogy in Roccamandolfi

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

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

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

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


  1. Chuck says:







  2. Bob says:

    That name was my grandmas mom and dads last name I know her dads brother was in Colorado Springs I think about 1897

  3. John Thomas says:

    I am trying to research my family history in Roccamandolfi. My great great grandfather was Domenico Angelo Cavicchia, who was married to Maria Giuseppa Cavicchia. Can you tell me more about Domenico’s siblings, parents and grandparents? Many thanks!

  4. gail says:

    Gerrie, Do u know if your Grandfather had brothers named David John Nick James and my Grandmother? Ones nick name was Pope his wife was Carrie from Newark, Nick lived with his wife in Flanders and that’s all I remember. Gail

  5. gail says:

    Hi, All just found another name in my family Domenico De Castro. And my grandparents did live at one point did live in Rocky Hill. My cousin told me my grandmother did take my Aunt Mary to go and visit. What do you think about that. Also the Innamorato’s moved to Canada. I have met Ciallella’s from Belleville,NJ.

  6. Gail says:

    Gerrie, My Grandmother Maria Teresa Baccaro Ciallella was born in Jersey Cith in 1888 she had five brothers and one was Benjamine. I don’t know if he was born in Italy but he was older than her.My Grandfather was from Roccamandolfi and so were her parents. I don’t know if names or dates will help. Let me know, Gail

    • María Irma says:

      my name is María Irma Baccaro. my grandfather Luis baccaro y my grandmother Maria Antonia baccaro were born both in Roccamandolfi. They came from Italy to Argentina in 1900 approximately. Do you know something about them? I live in Argentina. Gail

    • Jackie says:

      My grandfather Charles Ciallella and my grandmother Josephine D’Andrea were both born in Roccamondolphi in 1883 and in 1886. They arrived at Ellis Island separately in 1901-1902. There was family in Nutley, Belleville and Orange. I do remember he had a sister named Marie. Other names Innamorato – Dante? Would love to hear from you.

  7. Annemarie says:

    Elaine o think your grandmother was Toni scassera my father was cousins with thevscasseras and we used to go to their farm in Rocky hill all the time. They had chickens, sold eggs and a Christmas tree farm

  8. Michael says:

    My grandfather immigrated to New Jersey(Newark)from Roccamandolfi in the late 1890s. His name was Dominic Innamorato. My grandmother’s last name was Rizzi (or Ricci). He subsequently relocated with his family to Toronto Canada. I am going to visit Italy this fall and would like to know more about my grandfather’s family and whether any of them are still there.

  9. Andy says:

    Ah – Lots of Ciallellas here! My grandmother, Marta, was a Ciallella, married Dominic Del Riccio, and lived her life in Rocca’ and Riccia as it gets called down under. There’s a rather large number of Cialellas, D’Andreas, Del Riccios and the odd Riccio scattered about here, all hailing from Roccamandolfi. And there’s a tribe of Del Riccios who hail from Perth Amboy in the same family. Pinelli is another close relative, with one branch settled in Perth in Western Australia, founding a winery called, of course, Pinelli.

    All these cousins, uncles etc emigrated to Australia in the late 40’s and 1950’s following WWII.

  10. Gloria says:

    My Grandparents, Ludivico and Annamaria Scaserra emigrated from Roccamandolphi in 1900 and 1901 respectively. They settled in Staten Island NY. I know there were relatives in Rocky Hill on the “farm” but vaguely remember going there once when I was very young. Two of the Rocky Hill family would come to visit, Catherine and Teresa – they were my mothers age.
    I visited Roccamandolphi 3 years ago, but didn’t meet any Scaserras,though my hotel in Colle d’Anchise tried to put me in touch with one. I don’t speak Italian and there would be no one living who would remember my grandparents. There is a Via Rua Scassera. Name seems to be variously spelled Scaserra, Scasserra, Scassera.

    • elaine says:

      Hi Gloria,

      i remember coming to Staten Island with Aunts Louise,Catherine and
      Theresa from the farm in Rocky Hill. How exciting that trip that was.My cousins all came along, and it was our first trip on the Staten Island Ferry, as well as to Staten Island. We were told that we were visiting the “relatives in Staten Island.” I think we visited a tiny little lady whom I thought was referred to as Zia Maria. This lady would also come to the farm to visit my grandmother, whom I’m trying to locate her maiden name. My grandmother’s first name was Columba.
      I have been to the “Roc” many times, and on one visit, I met Michaelo Lombardi, who had so much information on my grandfather, Charles Pasquale Scasserra. I had great notes, and unfortunately, I cannot find them. I believe Michaelo is on the town council of Roccomandolfi, and I will email him.

    • Annemarie says:

      Oh my goodness! My fathers family emigrated from Roccomandolfi and my dad, Mario Pinelli, used to take to his families farm in RockyHill all the time!!!! Their names were Toni and Louise and I forgot Toni’shusband name but Louise was his sister and Toni was his wife

  11. elaine says:

    My grandmother was born in Roccamandolfi in 1874. We think her name was Collumba Innatelli or Antonelli. She married Charles Pasquale Scasserra or Pasquale Charles Scasserra.

    They came to the United States in late 19th century and settled in
    Rocky Hill, New Jersey.

    If anyone can help me locate any information about them, I would most appreciate it.

  12. gail says:

    Hi, I’m Gail Ciallella of Newark,NJ now Paramus. My Grandfather Domenick Ciallella was from Roccamandolfi. He was born in 1878 and came to the US in 1896 to Newark. It is a very small town we all must be related some how.List of last names were Innamorato and Martella. My Grandmothers parents were Baccaro and Rizzo. Any matches for any of you? Happy looking. Gail

    • elaine says:

      Hi Gail,

      My grandparents had a farm in Rocky Hill, NJ, and my grandmother’s good friend who lived closeby was Domenica Ciallella, and her daughter,Mary, was a very good friend of my Aunt Louise. Aunt Louise was a school teacher and lived on the farm with my grandmother. I wish I could find some information on my Grandmother. Have searched long and hard for her maiden name. BTW, I have met other Ciallella family from Rocky Hill. They were all good friends of the
      Rocky Hill Scasserras. Baccaro and Rizzo are unfamiliar.

    • Mark says:

      Hi Gail, my Great Grandmother was from Roccamandolfi her name was Benedetta Ciallella
      She came her around 1900 with my Great Grandfather Benedetto De Castro who was also
      from Roccamandolfi. They settled in Newark N.j. also. So I’m absolutely sure we are related.
      you and I still have family there, the ones I know and have corresponded with are Giacomo
      Ciallella and his wife Maria and two sons Stephano and Dominico Ciallella. My De Castro
      family moved out of Newark in the early 60’s and moved to New Providence and Wachung
      N.J. I Live in Southern California with My Wife Kathy and two sons Mark and Nicolas.

  13. Michelle says:

    I am looking to figure out exactly where my great grandfather Pietro Rizzi(maybe Ricci) was born and lived. Roccamandofi is listed as his home when he immigrated to the US. He married Angela Maria D’Angelo in the US after she joined him separately. I am coming to Isernia next month and I wold love to know where to look before I get there. Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Gail says:

      Hi Michelle, I posted on 3/5 but just read your post and the name Rizzi jumped out at me. On my grandmothers side, her mothers last name was Rizzi. Maria Guseppi she married in Roccamandofi Diadado Baccaro. Came to US and settled in Jersey City.Maybe it’s a connection. Gail

      • Gerrie says:

        My grandfather was Benjamin Baccaro, but I don’t know if he was born in Roccomondolphi or on US. My Dad passed in 2004. Do you know any of them?
        We also had family in Jersey City

  14. Patricia says:

    My grandfather Alessandro Bruno came from Roccamandolfi. My grandmother was born in New Jersey but the family returned to Roccamandolfi and she and her sister met and subsequently married my grandfather and his brother. I am planning a trip to Italy and Roccamandolfi in 2016 and would like to know the best way to find out more information about my family when I visit.

    Thank you, Pat

  15. Janet says:

    My grandfather came from Roccamandolfi and arrived in U.S. in 1913. His name was Sam (Simone) Ciallella, and he was born in 1890. I know he came with his brother, Tommaso Ciallella. A few years later, his wife, Nicoletta Monaco Ciallella and son Ermilio joined him. I am just trying to find out more information about my family from Roccamandolfi and if anyone could help I would really appreciate it.


  16. Mark says:

    My great grandparents came to Newark, New Jersey from Roccamandolfi in the beginnig of the 1900’s,my Grandfather’s name was Benedetto De Castro,and my Grandmothers maiden name
    was Benedetta Ciallella. I still have some family there. There is my cousin Giacomo Ciallella and his
    wife who’s maiden name was Maria Pinelli and their two sons Stephano Ciallella, and Francesco Ciallella. I would like to find out more about my roots in Roccamandolfi and if there are still De Castro’s there and what do you know of their history. Thank you so much.

    Warmest Regards, Mark

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