Genealogy in Venafro

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

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Venafro?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Venafro


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Venafro. As more your surname is common in Venafro, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Venafro 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 Venafro 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 Venafro, or if you have questions regarding your family in Venafro, 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


  1. Rosemary says:

    My surname is Prete. Daughter of Emiddio Prete and Granddaughter of Antonio Prete ascenders of the Marques in Venafro Molise Italy Name Delprete of the Palace Delprete in Molise Venafro need to know rest of family.

  2. Rosemary ( Delprete) Duby says:

    Hello, My name is Rosemary Delprete Married name is Duby. I learned from my cousins in Italy… That my fathers grandfather was a Marquise in Venafro, Italia… I didn’t know his name. This would be my great- grandfather. Does the title of Royality run down in the family… If so … Being a great- granddaughter to the Marque what would be my title. Thank you!

  3. Ron says:

    I had a great grandfather named Benedetto Lombardi(1860) married to Maria De Luca (1861). They had 5 children. Rocco Lombardo (born 1887 Venafro)
    Alessandro (Oct. 23, 1895 Venafro), Augustine (April 11,1897 Venafro),
    Maria Lombardo (1891 Venafro).Might have had other children but we are not aware of any others.
    Alessandro was my maternal grandfather. I believe that they immigrated in 1905. Settled in Philadelphia, PA. We have never had any information on him and any help you could provide would be wonderful!!
    Thank you for all our help.

  4. Linda says:

    I’m writing you to try and find the family name of my Grandmother. Her first name was Allesandra and she was born in Venafro in January 1862. She married a man from the neighboring town of Monteroduni, Leonardo Rago in approximately 1885.

  5. Caroula says:

    I’m searching for my grandmother Dolorosa’s a dress.

  6. Richard says:

    I’m searching for information on my relatives with the last name Guarini. Pasquale Fu Giacinto Guarini (my great great grandfather) was born 1/9/1860 to Gracendo and Maria Grazia. He was married to Maria Domenica Perna. Pasquale died 10/13/1938 in Philadelphia. My understanding is that they owned a mill. It could have been a grain mill and I’m not sure if it were wind or water powered. I can provide more details if needed.

  7. Shauna says:

    Hello, I am looking for information on a Carmela Palazzo, she immigrated to USA in 1893 on the ship ‘PLATA’. Her last place of residence was Venafro, she would have been about 19 years old at the time. Any information on her and/or her parents would be appreciated.

  8. Rochelle says:

    May 6,2014
    Hello, I am looking for information about my ancestors that immigrated to America in 1906. The surname is MATTEO. Francesco Matteo and his wife
    Felicia Di Pilla, sailed from Naples to America.

    Francesco Matteo
    Felicia DiPilla
    Nicola Matteo
    James Matteo
    Raffaela Matteo.

    I am looking for family members (mother, father and siblings)
    of Francesco, born in Venafro in 1863.

    Any information you can forward to me will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you very much.

    • Ken says:

      Dear Rochelle,
      Are you experiencing luck in finding your roots?
      I too am looking out of curiosity. I live in Ohio, USA
      I’d like to know what brought the Matteo’s to this region.
      Would you have any links or general information concerning who were the first Matteo’s to settle in north eastern ohio ?
      Any help is appreciated.

  9. Christine says:

    I’m looking for any information about ancestors that immigrated to America in 1899. The surname is PROSPERO. The family left Venafro to sail from Naples to America in 1899.

    Joseph and Victoria Prospero
    Nicola and Lucia Prospero

    Any help or direction you can send would be great.

    Thank you!

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