Genealogy in Fontechiari

If you search your ancestors in Fontechiari, Lazio, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Lazio and in Frosinone province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Fontechiari registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Fontechiari 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 Fontechiari. As more your surname is common in Fontechiari, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Fontechiari archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Frosinone province are:
Alonzi, Bianchi, Campoli, Carnevale, De Santis, Evangelista, Fiorini, Gabriele, Iafrate, Lisi, Mancini, Martini, Palombo, Rea, Ricci, Rossi, Scaccia, Spaziani, Valente, Venditti.

Church archives in Frosinone 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 Fontechiari and Frosinone 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 Roma.

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 Fontechiari 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 Fontechiari area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Imperia says:

    My maternal Grandfather was Domenico Benacquista who I believe may have been born in Fontechiari. I am seeking to verify recent information regarding his lineage; his father may have been Ferdinando Benacquista and his grandfather may have been Onorio Benacquista. Domenico marrie Magnifica Cipollone in Broccostella. I would also like information regarding Magnifica’s lineage. My moher was Maria Laura Benacquista (married Francesco Cristini who was from Sora). My family lived in Schenectady, New York. I would very much appreciate any helpful comments and/or information.

  2. Michael says:

    Antonio Laudazzi born 1898
    Elvia Ruggieri born 1909

  3. Mary says:

    Looking for information on Father in laws family. Giuseppe and Allessio Vani. Last known address was Valle Scalza no 22 fontechiari frosinone. I have been searching for years with all dead ends.

  4. Anita says:

    I would like information on my paternal grandfather, JOHN BAPTISTE DE CARLO. He wasf rrom Fontichiaro, italy. I believe he arrived in America in either the late 1800s or early 1900s. He came to Schenectady, N.Y.. I believe my grandmother’s name was Angelina and at that time may have had a daughter Catherine.

    • Nicole says:

      My great grandparents also came from this town in the same time frame and moved to Schenectady/Rotterdam area. I am just beginning to search our family records and would love to travel there someday.

      • marcia says:

        OMG I was just there are 4 Di Carlos on a monument in the town square (i took pics)! It was for those who died in the war. The name is very popular these and those I am sure are you ancestors. I was lucky to meet a niece of a Benaquista whom I was searching for.
        I LOVED this town!!! One of my favorites for so many reasons and after 4 times in Italy this year I saw it, finally!! Many of the relatives are still there!

  5. Gina says:

    Hi looking for any info on my maternal ancestry. My grandparents were Carlo and Gaetana Bianchi, from the Fontechiari region in Lazio. My grandfather’s parents were Francesco Bianchi/ Speranza Lactate. Grandmother’s parents Michele Dilegge/ Theresa Longo

  6. Lauren says:


    I am 100% Italian American, third generation. I have long been interested in having a dual citizenship to Italy. My grandmother’s parents were both born in Fontechiari, and I would like to know who would be best to contact in order to get their birth certificates. Their information is as follows:

    Palma Pennachia, born April 11, 1897 (I think)
    Fontechiari, Frosinone, Lazio Italy

    Pietro DiCarlo, born May 12, 1900 (I think)
    Fontechiari, Frosinone, Lazio Italy

    Thank you for any help you can give in directing me to obtaining their records.

    Have a nice day,

    • Linda says:

      A Pietro DiCarlo was my grandmother’s brother. But he died in Ohio. I know his family.

      I know Pennacchia family, Longo family, DiLegge family, Bianchi family. This web site does not mention DiCocco — one of the largest groups in Fontechiari. I have DiCoccos on both sides of my family, seemingly unrelated, but I don’t believe that. Where are you?

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