Genealogy in Castelfranco in Miscano

If you search your ancestors in Castelfranco in Miscano, in the province of Benevento, Campania region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Castelfranco in Miscano

In towns and villages of Campania and in Benevento province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Castelfranco in Miscano town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Castelfranco in Miscano follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Castelfranco in Miscano during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Castelfranco in Miscano to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!

Otherwise, if you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful to search in Campania and of course in Castelfranco in Miscano too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Castelfranco in Miscano from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Castelfranco in Miscano. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Castelfranco in Miscano archives, expecially if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Benevento province are:
Barbato, Calabrese, Caporaso, Caruso, Ciervo, Cocca, Colangelo, Corbo, D’Agostino, D’Andrea, De Ieso, De Luca, De Rosa, Del Grosso, Del Vecchio, D’Onofrio, Esposito, Falzarano, Fusco, Garofano, Grasso, Iadanza, Iannotta, Izzo, Leone, Lepore, Lombardi, Maio, Mancini, Massaro, Mercurio, Nardone, Pacelli, Palumbo, Parente, Pastore, Pedicini, Pepe, Ricci, Ricciardi, Riccio, Romano, Rossi, Ruggiero, Russo, Varricchio, Zollo, Zotti.

Church Records in Castelfranco in Miscano

Church archives in Benevento province may store even older information. You will find religious records of the same events (births, marriages and deaths) but, most important, you could go further back in time!
So in case you would like to go back in centuries, it’s good for you to know that the parish registers in Benevento started during 1500!

They are far less accessible from abroad (and even not easy to browse and to read if you are not used and skilled) but our local genealogist can research the church archives of Castelfranco in Miscano on your behalf.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Castelfranco in Miscano:


Anyway for our experience, even if you plan to come here, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps, starting from the info gathered by our genealogists.

Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the State Archives.

If you need a professional help from our local genealogists write to or follow this link.

Our expert in Castelfranco in Miscano area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

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  1. Betsy says:

    My great grandfather was born in Castelfranco. His name was Antonio Cocca. His birth date was 1985, his father was called Louie and his mother was called Nena. This is the only information I have to go on. My DNA links me to a Maria Coco , I’m guessing she was my great great grandfather’s sister? Can anyone help me with this?

  2. Amy says:

    My maternal grandparents are from Castelfranco in Miscano. My grandfather, Gaetano Petrucelli, was born in 1886, to Rafaele Petrucelli and Carrie Iacouric. He married my grandmother, Anita Roberti (born in 1904), in 1924, and they settled in Rye, NY. Looking for information on family/relatives. Thank you.

  3. Sharon says:

    My grandmother’s family came from Castlefranco and settled around Steuben Street in Bridgeport, CT. Her name was Phinizia (Fannie) Luperiello. She married Nicholas Cassese from Troia Foggia. If anyone has info on their families I would love to hear about it.

    • Cindy says:

      Ciao Sharon,

      I can only offer a slight bit of hope for your research. Steuben Street, Bridgeport is the East Side and. right in the heart of the Italian immigrant population. Steuben Street, at the corner of Pembroke Street, is St. Mary’s RC Church and where most of the Italians (and Irish) were parishioners. Look at a map and you will see what I am talking about. These were multi-family tenements housing streets. Everybody knew everybody. St. Mary’s RC Parish may have records of the Luperiello family.

      I am also going to throw this out: You wrote Luperiello; however, there was a large family that spelled their name Lupariello. If my memory serves me well, the Lupariellos became pharmacists. The name of their pharmacy/drug store was Lupe’s Drug Store in Bridgeport. I have an old photo of the Lupe’s Drug Store location on Main St., Bpt. My maternal family’s name is Lippiello and the Americani got the two families mixed up. I heard it all my life.

  4. Cindy says:

    Ciao Tutti,

    I am still researching all my family’s surnames daily: Petruccelli, Lippiello,Voccola, Mainiero, and everyone who married into these families. I would like to tell Sara that I don’t think my Grace Roberti is your grandmother although the connection between the Roberti family and the Petruccelli family was tight.

    Sara, if your grandmother lived at 668 Berkshire Avenue, Bridgeport, CT (East Side) then we have a match.

    Did you grow up on the East Side of Bridgeport? I lived on the corner of Stillman St. and Park St. (St. Charles Borromeo Parish on East Main St.) I hope you check this board occasionally.

    • Sara says:

      I grew up on the East Side of Bridgeport, East Main Street and Noble Avenue. Yes, it looks like there were several women named Grace Roberti. My grandmother married Nicola Jacobelli, I just found out his birth name was Mario Nicola Iacobelli and he was born in Cerreto Sannita. Grace’s mother’s name was Lucia Mainiero and her father’s name was Fedele Roberti. Grace was born in Bridgeport as Maria Grazia Roberti. I believe she had several siblings born in Castelfranco in Miscano, then she and the younger ones were born in Bridgeport. There seems to be quite a connection between Bridgeport and Castelfranco in Miscano.

      • Cindy says:

        Hello Sara,

        My godmother, Grace Norma Robert’s parentage was as follows: father, Rocco Roberti, mother, Maria Mosca, brother John, sister Tilda. Grace was born December 3, 1920, Bridgeport, CT. Her married name was Lundequist. It looks like we put this search to rest.

        However, I wonder why you and I never interacted. Noble Ave. and East Main St. run parallel to each other, Stillman St. is a cross street. You must have lived on a cross street. My house was one block away from Noble Ave.

        Good luck in your ancestry research.

        • Joseph says:

          Just found this website. I may have some information about your relatives, the Roberti’s. Grace Roberti married Red Lundquist. Grace was my second cousin. Her mother Maria Mosca was the sister of my Grandmother Antonetta Mosca. Antonetta Mosca married Giuseppi Antonaccio and both came to the USA in @ 1908. My father Fedele Antonaccio was 6 months old at the time. Grace Roberti Lundquist and her husband Red lived on Gedulig Street in the North End of Bridgeport. Maria Mosca Roberti’s son John Roberti actually suffered a severe head injury as a boy and had a steel plate in his head. I have photos of Maria Mosca and her sister, my grandmother, Antonetta. I also think if have a group photo that has Grace and Red in it. I’ve been researching the family history for some time. I visited Castelfranco in 2004 and met with Mosca relatives who were living there at the time.

          • Cindy says:

            Hello Joseph,

            Your cousin, Grace Roberti, was definitely my godmother. I can’t locate Grace’s obituary notice, but I do recall she died within the past 5-7 years. If we are talking about the same woman, she lived at 668 Berkshire Avenue, Bridgeport, CT at least until 1930. Her brother, John was listed on the 1930 census. Is John Roberti the little boy who fell off the second story of the Berkshire Ave. house? My mother told me a story about a boy and an injury like that. (I have a very good memory.) Were her parents Rocco and Mary? My mother, Dora Lippiello, lived on the first floor of the apartment house (these were ‘railroad rooms.’) I assume, the Robertis lived on either the second of third floor.

            I too visited Castelfranco in Miscano in 2001 and was hosted by my Petruccelli family. Quite an emotional experience.

            It seems to me, my mother, Dora Lippiello and Grace were good friends when they were living there. I have a photo of (my) Grace in the backyard of 668 Berkshire Ave. and one on Pembroke St., Bpt., CT. The DeLibro family also lived in that building. Unfortunately, I haven’t any photo of the six-family house from the street – only the back side.

      • Veronica says:

        Hi Sara,

        We seem to have mutual ancestors! My 3x great grandparents are Fedele and Lucia Roberti. I am a descendent of their son Joseph Roberto (my 2x great grandfather– the surname changed at this point), who is the father of Fred Roberto (my great-grandfather) and the father of James Roberto (my grandfather) and the father of Susan Roberto (my mother) all except Fedele and Lucia were born in the Bridgeport, CT area. I would love to connect and see if you have any records on Fedele! At present, I am 24 years old and attempting to get Italian citizenship!

        • Sara says:

          Hi Veronica:

          Hi Veronica:

          I am also attempting to get the dual Italian/American citizenship! I have found out some information about the Roberti/Roberto family.There are still quite a few Roberti family members in Castelfranco in Miscano. Yes, along the way, some people changed it to Roberto, so there are some in the family who go by Roberti and some go by Roberto. My paternal grandmother was born Maria Grazia Roberti, her family was from Castelfranco in Miscano. She was known as Grace Roberti, then married Nicola Jacobelli (also Iacobelli). The older siblings were born in Italy, I believe that Grace was the first born in the states. (Bridgeport, CT) and then her younger siblings were all born in Bpt. There were quite a few families from Castelfranco in Miscano, in Bpt., they called themselves Castelfrancos. (Although there are other Castelfranco regions in Italy). My paternal grandfather was born in Cerreto Sannita, which is also in Campania. (I am going through my paternal grandfather, to my father, to me, to try to get the dual citizenship). I did get a copy of my paternal grandmother’s birth certificate. Fedele was born in Castelfranco in Miscano, I can look at her certificate to see if it lists his date of birth. I was born and raised in Bridgeport, but I live in New Orleans now. I used to have a pamphlet from a Roberti family reunion, when I was a child, but I can’t seem to find it.

    • Susan says:

      My grandmother, Anita Roberti, married my grandfather, Gaetano Petrucelli in 1924. They settled in Rye, NY. They had three children–Ralph, Carmela, and Susana (Susan). I am Susan’s oldest daughter. I grew up in Rye, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. I now live in Manchester, Connecticut.

  5. Kelli says:

    I am looking for information on ancestors who were born at Castlefranco in Miscano.

    Domenico Verrilli
    Maria Giuseppa De Sea
    Filomena Verrilli born December 29,1859
    Michael Mainiero

    Domenico Verrilli was married to Maria Giuseppa De Sesa on March 1,1857. Filomena Verrilli was their daughter and she married Michael Mainiero. Filomena and Michael had a son named Leonard Filomeno Mainiero born on February 8, 1880. I am not sure if he was born at Castlefranco. Leonard married Carmella M Petruzzi of Anzi, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy and together they immigrated to America around 1902-03 and had 9 children: Victor, Joseph, Anthony, Antonio, Albert, Michael, Pasquale, Gloria, and Alfred.

    • Cindy says:

      Sara, East Main Street and Noble Avenue run parallel to each other. I lived at 267 Stillman Street, corner of Park St., which is one block from Noble Avenue. Please tell me where you lived. I suspect I am older than you are: I am 75 years old, my sister is 73 years old. No other siblings.

      Iacobelli seems to be closer to the truth (no J in Italian). I went to Google maps and the walk from Cerreto Sannita, Benevento to Castelfranco in Miscano would have taken 13 hours. Doable yes, but why would Mario Nicola and/or his family make a trip there? Work? Family member moved to Castelfranco?

      How old would your grandmother, Grace Roberti be today? Also, the majority of my family lived on Pembroke St. and Hallett St. in tenements.

    • Sara says:

      Hi Cindy: I went to Beardsley School, then East Side Middle School, then Harding. We lived on East Main and on Noble Avenue. Small world!

      I found out that many of the Jacobelli/Iacobelli family is descended from Achille Jacobelli, and there is a book out about him now. He was a knight!

      Even thought they are different Grace Robertis, there does seem to be a connection because we had relatives named Mainiero and Petruccelli.

      I am about 12 years younger than you. We lived at 2092 East Main and at 1697 Noble Avenue. My grandmother, Grace Roberti, (Grazia Maria Roberti), was born around 1890 I think. Yes, it is a little unusual that they got together since the villages are not very close. It looks like the met in the US., in Bridgeport, CT. Also, we have some Roberti relatives in Palermo, Sicily! But in 2017 I visited Italy and took the ferry from Napoli, but water it is a straight shot between Napoli and Palermo.

      • Cindy says:

        Hello again Sara,

        I may have connected my godmother, Grace Roberti with Joseph, who posted on this website. I looked up those addresses you gave me on East Main Street and Noble Avenue. Oh yes, the entire East Side of Bridgeport was my playground, between walking, riding our bicycles and taking the CR&L bus, we all got around town. On Noble Avenue you were just a couple of blocks away from the entrance to Beardsley Park, right?

        I am still working on the genealogy and have thousands of verified ancestors. Between myself and my husband, there are eight surnames, obviously. I need to get my records more in order before I continue with research.

        Good luck to you. I think we are all related – somehow.

        • Sharon says:

          Hi Cindy and others,

          My mother, Joanne Patricia Fleming (new Rich/Riccio) enticed me to be fascinated with her family, Riccio (paternal), Petrucelli (maternal) and Alteiri. Last week I found a cousin has just
          moved here to Texas and I’m thrilled! VIncenzo Riccio is my great-grandfather. My husband and I visited CF in May 2001 and the translator shared my history and why we were visiting, the elderly men said “Ah, yes “Bridg-a-port”!”” My son Anthony, born in 2002 is named after the patron saint of CF.

          • Cindy says:

            Ciao Sharon,

            I have an extensive list of my Italian ancestors names. However, none of the surname postings here are coming up with a connection to my Petruccelli, Mainiero, Lippiello, Riccio, Izzo, Altieri. What I am finding is that my great grandmother’s family has all the connections to these surnames, but not the individuals other posters have mentioned. Her name was Maria Leonarda Voccola Lippiello. Her maiden name Voccola seems to be the key for me to attach a lot of the surnames on the website.

            I’ll keep looking, as I have been for 25 years. The statistics should tell us something: This was a very small paese, village, if you will. Somehow, someway, we are all connected. I feel it in my bones!

    • Donna says:

      Hi Kelli: My maiden name is Donna Verrilli. My grandparents came from Castelfranco in Miscano and my grandfathers name was Pasquale Verrilli and my grandmothers name was Francesca Izzo before they married My brother and I are going to Italy in May and we are trying to find some living relatives who might still live there.My grandmother had 9 brothers and sisters,so I am hoping to find someone there who is a relative. Noticed you were looking for a relative named Domenico Verrilli and Filomena Verrilli. I unfortunately don’t know if my grandfather had any siblings. I am trying to find out. I am going to
      start looking hard before we go. Your relatives and mine might have been related, you never know. If you have any info, I would appreciate your help.
      Thanks, Donna

      • Vanessa says:

        Hey Donna,
        Francesca was my great great grandmother”Nauni”, her son Luke was my great grandfather, his son Patsy is my grandfather and his son Michael is my father. I am Vanessa Verrilli, nice to meet you! Your Dad was Anthony, my father rented our first house from “Uncle Tony” on Adams street in Stratford, CT. I believe. I am 41 years old and have two kids 8 and 9, not verrilli but I am.

  6. Gina says:

    Looking for my grandfathers family. They are from Castelfranco in Miscano, Province of Benevento, Italy. His Fathers name was Theodore Michael Pomarico. They left Italy around 1900-1903. They settled in Pittsburg, PA they also had relatives in Bridgeport, CT and Harrison, NY. If anyone has any info please let me know. Thank you.

    • Ken says:

      Hi Gina
      It sounds like you and your Mom and my Mom connected a few days ago. How fun!!
      Mom says it was great talking to you, and she hope you and yours are happy and well.
      🙂 Ken

  7. Patricia says:

    I am looking for more info on my Izzo/Scinto family. My grandfather, Luigi Izzo/Izzi ?, born 1872. My grandmother, Philomena Scinto, was also from Castelfranco. I know we had relatives in Bridgeport, CT and also in Rye, NY. My great-grandfather was Michele (Michael) and he died at 21 yrs. when my grandfather was just 6mo’s old. He came to US in 1893.

    Any connections out there?

    • Donna says:

      Hi Patricia: My grandmother was from castelfranceo miscano and her name was Francesca Izzo. She married Pasquale Verrilli, also from Castelfranco and came to the U S. She had 9 brothers and sisters, so there might be a connection somewhere. I was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut! I am going to Italy in May and we are going to try and find any living relatives, hopefully. If you have any info, I would appreciate anything you can tell me.

      Thanks, Donna

      • Pat says:

        Hi Donna, Have you gone to Italy yet? I haven’t done much with any searching. My husband of 48 yrs died in Nov. 2018 and I haven’t felt like doing too much. If you have learned of a possible connection I’d love to know.


      • Cindy says:

        Ciao Patricia,

        As I read all these postings, I can honestly say with the thousands of names I have for my families from Castelfranco in Miscano, every single one of the names mentioned on this website are somehow blood relatives or married into my family. It is astonishing. The surnames switch back-and-forth over three hundred years (from 1709 to present).

        It gets so confusing and, on top of it there was no birth control; babies were born almost every year to these women. Many babies died as well as the birthing mothers. Those were hard times. This was a remote area of Italy and, still is. It has gotten to the point after 25 years of researching, I know instinctively who fits into my genealogy. Of course, I keep detailed records, but there is a rhythm to their lives in my head. I am understanding them more now than ever before.

        Anyone else having these thoughts?

    • Mary Ann says:

      Hello Patricia,
      My maternal grandparents are from Castelfranco in Miscano. My nonno was Nicola Scinto, and he married Mattea Scalzi. He was born around 1893, and I never knew if my nonno had any siblings. Would your nonna Philomena Scinto have been born around that time? Nicola Scinto emigrated to Canada and settled in Northern Ontario. Eventually his wife and three children (my mom was the youngest) followed. Mattea Scalzi’s siblings settled in the Bridgeport CT area (I’ve also heard about Trento NJ, and somewhere in PA — apparently right across a border?). Another commenter mentioned that there seems to be a strong connection between Bridgeport and Castelfranco in Miscano — I think that’s correct! I’m writing from the Toronto area in Ontario, Canada.

  8. John says:

    My Grandfather and my Grandmother were born in Castelfranco in Miscano my Grandfather name was Giovanni Rainiero his fathers name was Michelangelo Rainiero his mother’s maiden was Maria Fedele Petruccelli. My Grandmothers maiden name is Gagliardi. I have records birth certificates and other documents from Italy.

    • Joseph says:

      My Mom’s birth mother ‘s name was Antonia Gagliardi. She died in 1914 when my Mom was 2 years old. My Mom could not even remember her or never saw any pictures of her. My Mom said her birth Mom had two sisters. One never married and the other married a Riccio and had three children.
      These three children and their descendants are relatives of mine and I am trying to find out more about them. My Mom went back to Castelfranc at 2 and returned to the US with her Dad and Step Mom when she was 8. My Father’s Mother’s Name was Petrucelli. Any info about the Gagliardi connection would be appreciated.

  9. John says:


    My GreatGrandfather Giovanni Rainiero came from castelfranco in miscano and he was born around 1882 and came to the US to stay with his sister in Morristown, NJ. I dont know the name of his parents and am trying to determine them. unfortunatly i don’t have the name of his sister either. He settled in Trenton, NJ. Any help would be great.

    Thank you,

    • Cindy says:

      Hello John,

      I just read your post. I’ve been doing this research for 25 years and never did I see the name Rainiero. Is it possible someone, when Giovanni entered the U.S., in the immigration department (clerk) misspelled the name. It seems more likely to me that the name was Giovanni Mainiero. Have you ever considered this possibility?

      BTW, Trenton is 127 miles from Bridgeport, CT or 2 and 1/2 hrs. driving time. There were (passed tense) a lot of Mainiero folks in Bridgeport 75-100 years ago.

      • John says:

        I did see the Mainiero spelling, but my great grandfather was sure on the spelling. I did find a lot of Rainiero’s on ancestry in castelfranco from 1700’s – 1800’s however those records seem to drop off by 1860 and he was born in the 1880’s.

        • Emil says:

          I have been doing research on Castlefranco for about 12 years now. I have never come across the name Rainiero. I agree with the previous comment, that it must be Mainiero. that family was quite large; my grandmother was a Mainiero and many of them ended up in Bridgeport, CT.. My side of the family settled in Hartford, CT and all their relatives were in Bridgeport. they were the only family that came from Castlefranco in Hartford. Bridgeport must have had hundreds of familys from Castefranco.

      • John says:

        I do have Italian birth certificate indicating that Govanni Rainiero was born inCastlefranco in Miscano. Came to the US around 1890, Rainiero dates Bach to the 1700, if Rainiero was Mainiero it would have to be before 1700,
        And NO he entered the US as Rainiero and not because someone misspelled the m as an R.

      • Emilio says:

        I agree. They killed the Italian names. I have never come across a Rainijero either. I also have many Mainiero in my Tree. My mother was a Riccio and her father settled in Hartford. We have not relatives in Hartford. I found many connections in Bridgeport; including sisters we never new about. My mother never new any of the Riccio’s in Bridgeport. I took her to Castelfranco in 1982. No electricity of running water. No paved road to town; had to drive across farmland to get there. I have a family tree on this sight with 5200 people

        • Cindy says:


          Bravo for taking your mother to Castelfranco in 1982. Having been there in 2001, I can understand how difficult your trip would have been. This genealogy research can be frustrating for many of us. On the other hand, there is so much interest in this commune as compared to other small towns and villages in Italy. I have many Italian friends and no one has as much information about their ancestry as I do.

          Emilio, can you share with us on this website what you have found to be true and verified in the search for your ancestors. I’m sure a lot of folks reading this thread would be interested.

  10. Cindy says:

    Cheryl, do you know the name of your great-grandfather’s butcher shop in Bridgeport?

    Also, from all the certified documentation I have in my files, the name Mainiero was never spelled differently. All Castelfrancese ancestors that I have researched are spelled with two of the letter I.

  11. Antoinette says:

    Hi. I believe my 2nd great grandmother Cristina Paoletta was born in 1855 in Castelfranco. She married Nicolas Giannantonio. How do I verify this? Thanks.

  12. Cheryl says:

    Hi. My great- grandfather, John (Giovanni) Gabriel (Gabriele) came to Bridgeport, CT from Castelfranco. He owned a butcher shop in Bridgeport. We are related to the Verilli’s and Manieros .

    • Kelli says:

      There are also some Mainieros in Hazleton, PA. My husband’s great grandfather was Victor Mainiero he was also a butcher….we believe that the Mainiero’s in Victor’s family come from Castlefranco. We believe Victor’s father was Leonard Filomeno Mainiero born February 8, 1180 and we believe Leonard’s parents were Michael Mainiero and Filomena Verrilli both from Castelfranco.

  13. Cindy says:

    If you know that these Mainiero ancestors emigrated from Castelfranco in Miscano, Italia then it’s safe to assume all these people were related. Lynn, if you visited Castefranco as I did, the old town was very small. Everyone knew everybody else and their business. Here is my Mainiero connection from Bridgeport, CT:

    My great-aunt Maria Fedele Petruccelli (1882-1950) married Lorenzo Mainiero (1880-1963). They had the following children:


    I too never heard of relatives living in Phildelphia or the environs.

  14. Maria says:

    Hello, my grandfather from here, name Nicola Aurilia(o). (b)1896. Son of Soccorro and Rosa (Sabatini) Aurilia (o). Any information would be appreciated.

  15. Nicholas says:

    My fathers family , my great grandfather , said they were Catelfranco in Miscano. HIs name was Antonio Capuano. As many others he settled in Bridgeport, Ct. Are there Capuano still living in Castelfranco?

  16. Aaron says:

    Hello Cindy and Sara,

    My last name was changed from Mainiero to Miner when my great grandfather came to the US. I know that my relatives also went from Castelfranco in Miscano to Bridgeport, CT. I will find out more details!


    • Carol says:


      My great grandfather’s name was Giovanni Mainiero. He was born in Castelfranco in Miscano and when he immigrated to the U.S. he changed his name to John Miner. He lived in Rye, NY but some relatives went to Bridgeport, CT. Do you know anything more about your great grandfather?


      • Cassandra says:

        My family (Colasanto) came from Castelfranco and also settled in Rye,N.Y.
        we are related to the Verilli’s and the DiMinna’s wich was changed to DeMane at Ellis Island.

        • Erica says:

          HI Cassandra,

          Yes, I’m a DiMenna, name changed to DeMane. I’m also related to Verilli. My family also settled in Rye. We’re probably related.


          • Jeannie says:

            Hi Erica,
            Another researcher passed a story posted by a Erica DeMane. Are you this Erica? The story he passed to me Am I Italian. He and I are in communication because we are trying to make our DNA match connection. My Riccio family were also from Castelfranco in MIscano. Do you know who the parents are of the Filomena and Lucy Riccio you mention in the story. I loved reading the story, especially about the Riccio man and the cookbook.

          • Daniel says:

            My mother was born in Castelfranco in Miscano. She came to the US in the early thirties. When I was a child (early 1960’s) we used to go to a feast in Rye N.Y, some distant relative, as I recall. They would set this long table in the yard absolutely covered with one great dish after another and it was quite impressive and delicious! Wish I was taking notes back then. Do you know anything about the feast in Rye? It’s one of those mysteries that has irked me for many years.

          • Susan says:

            Daniel, are you talking about the Feast of St. Donato? I used to go to that as a child. My relatives settled in Rye, NY. My grandmother was Anita Roberti and my grandfather was Gaetano Petrucelli. They were both from Castelfranco and were possibly distantly related. They married in 1924.

  17. Dan says:

    My great grandparents came from Campania, Castelfranco. My g. Grandfather’s name was Fred Caserio. I’d love to find more information.

  18. Diana says:

    Hi my name is Diana Imperiale from norristown pa my grandfather was Charles Imperiale a relative visited this town and has since passed away they saw a plaque in a church with my grandfather’s name. Don’t know if there are any relatives
    Thank you

  19. Anthony says:

    Hi, I’m trying to find possible relatives for my Grandmother or Grandfather, both form Castel Franco, they left from Naples in 1913.
    Her Maiden name was Francesca Izzo, her Father was Antonio Izzo and mother was Donata Iacurci Izzo. She Married Pasquale H. Verrilli, she was born in Castel Franco in Miscano on October 9th, 1892. I believe when she left she had a total of 8 sister/brothers, they stayed in Italy, one may have been a priest .

    Appreciate any info. since we are coming to Italy in November of the year, would love to stop in that town.. Thank you.

    • Jeannie says:

      Your grandmother, Maria Francesca “Frances” Izzo Verrilli’s sister Maria Saveria Izzo married Urbano Pellegrino and also came to America and settled in Bridgeport, CT. Another sister Lidia “Lydia” Lucretia Izzo married someone with the surname of Lombiase, she also came to America and lived in Bridgeport. These brothers also came to America and lived in Bridgeport, Luigi “Louis” Izzo and Vincenzo “Vincent”.

      A grandson of Maria Serbia Izzo and Urbano Pellegrino was a DNA match with me. Did you go to Castelfranco in Miscano?

      • Donna says:

        Hi Jeannie:

        You answered my brother Anthony but I don’t think he ever saw it, I asked him. Yes, Francesco Izzo was my grandmother and Pasquale Verrilli was my grandfather. My father, also Anthony Verrilli had a cousin named Tommy Lambiase. I remember a Vincent my father called uncle and I also knew two of my grandmothers sisters, but they were called Celidi and Cimadi, could be different. We also had a Lenny Pelligrino that was related. We are going to Italy in May and would like to go to Castelfranco Miscano to see if there are any relatives left there. Did not know if our grandfather Pasquale Verrilli had any siblings. He passed before most of us met him. If there is any other info you might have, please contact me. Thanks, Donna

        • Jeannie says:

          Hi Donna, sorry I missed this, I’m a lot late getting back with you. But since the long delay, I now know who my DNA match is that is the grandson of Maria Saveria Izzo and Urbano Pelligrino (he was also called Urban and Benny). Urbano and Maria’s son Leonard is the Lenny you wrote about. Leonard and his son, Michael “Mike” are both DNA matches with me. Leonard “Lenny” passed away last year. Mike and I are trying to figure out how we are related. My great aunt and Leonard “Lenny” share a large amount of DNA. My great aunt has died as well. Mike and I are trying to figure out if are common ancestor is an Izzo or a Riccio.
          My great grandfather was Antonio Riccio from Castelfranco in Miscano. Did you get to Castelfranco last May? I don’t know anything about Pasquale Verrilli except that he was born 11/20/1885 and died 10/31/1947.
          You are the daughter of Pasquale “Patsy” Verrili and Francesca “Frances” Izzo’s son, Antonio “Anthony” is that correct?
          Has anyone in your family tested their DNA.

  20. c. Evans says:

    I am looking for relatives, past and present, of Vincenzo Picone (1844-1897) and his wife Saveria (died 1887) they had 5 children, Ascarino, Enrico, Enzo, Eugenio and Elena. They lived in castelfranco in miscano. Thanks for your help.

  21. Kevin says:


    I would like to find out if there is a record of Joseph Gabriele in your records. I believe he was born 1868? and emigrated to USA in 1887.
    Thank you/grazie….


  22. Lenora says:

    My grandfather came to the US in early 1900. He was from Castle Franco, an only child. His name was Daniel Paul Antinozzi. Do you have any information on his family? Thanks.

    • Cheryl says:

      I have a Joseph Gabriele on my family tree. My grand father’s brother was Joseph Gabriel but I believe they had an Uncle named Joseph or perhaps it had been Giuseppe.

  23. Phil Riccio says:

    my great grandfather John ( Giavanni ) Riccio was born in castelfranco, Italy in 1885. Died Dover, NJ 1963. Looking for relatives related in castelfranco.

    • Karin Riccio says:

      Hi Phil,

      My husband’s grandfather is Mateo (Mathew) Riccio, and he was born in Castelfranco in 1896. We are trying to find information about his family. He had two brothers, Victor and John (there may have been more siblings, but we don’t know who they are). Mateo and John came to America after WWI, and Mateo settled in Bridgeport CT, and John settled in Long Island NY. Mateo’s parents were Carmen Riccio and Lucia Mainero. If there is anyone out there with information on this family please help us to find them. We would like to do a family tree and get information on the ancestors of Carmen Riccio and Lucia Mainero.
      Phil, I hope this helps.

      • Sara says:

        I believe I am descended from Lucy Mainero, not sure if this is the same person. I had a book about the family tree, I’ll see if I can find it. The Mainero and Roberto families were my paternal grandmother’s side, from Castelfranco in Miscano to Bridgeport, CT. My grandmother was Grace Roberti and she married Nicola Jacobelli. I remember there were quite a few Riccios in town when I was growing up in Bridgeport.

        • Cindy says:

          Sara, OMG, Grace Roberti was my Godmother! I have at least three photos of her in the early 1940s – Bridgeport, CT. I am also related to the Mainiero (correct spelling) family, Ricco family, Petruccelli and Lippiello family.
          Also, I want to say Grace was a beautiful woman.

          • Sara says:

            That’s amazing Cindy. I’d love to see those photos. I am researching my family history. I grew up in Bridgeport, CT. Seems to be a big connection between Castelfranco in Miscano and Bridgeport. I was also told that some of my family were from Sicily, I think the Roberti family. I’m not positive though. I believe I had relatives with the name Petruccelli and Mainiero. I grew up with some Riccios and Grassos in the neighborhood on the East Side.

        • Aaron says:

          My great grandfather, Phillip Mainiero, came from Castelfranco in Miscano to Philadelphia actually. looking for relatives!

          • Lynne says:

            Interesting…my father was Joseph Mainiero born in 1908, his father was Vincent Mainiero born in 1881. No one ever mentioned relatives in Philadelphia. They all settled in Bridgeport CT and Chicago IL. I did visit Castelfranco 2 years ago, unfortunately on a Sunday when town hall nor cemetery records were open. It’s a beautiful little town.

    • Jeannie says:

      Phil Riccio, do you know the parents names of your Giovanni Riccio born in Castelfranco were?