Genealogy in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido

If you search your ancestors in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido, in the province of Frosinone, Lazio region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido

In towns and villages of Lazio and in Frosinone province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Sant’Elia Fiumerapido 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 Lazio and of course in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido 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 Sant’Elia Fiumerapido. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido archives, expecially 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 Records in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido

Church archives in Frosinone 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 Frosinone 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 Sant’Elia Fiumerapido on your behalf.

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 Sant’Elia Fiumerapido area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

Here below you can read the messages received from other visitors in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Donna says:

    I am trying to find family who left Sant’Elia in 1899 and came through Liverpool,England to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. My great grandmother’s name was Antonia Diponio and she was married to Benedetto Vetesse. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Donna

  2. Jan says:

    My g.g.grandfather Crescenzo Melaragni and his brother Antonio Melarangi were born I. St Elia 1857. Would like to have this confirmed and if there are any photos of them. Crescenzo left Italy late 1870s and married in 1885 in Manchester to Maria Crolla whose parents were from Fontitune picinisco of whom I have visited San Lorenzo church to view the records. Would like to find out more about Crescenzo. We know his brother Antonio had a small holding in st Elia and had an agent looking after it until sold around 1905.

  3. Johann says:


    I’m from France. I’m working on a friend’s genealogy. He has an ancester who was born in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido on 6th of april 1876. Her name was Angela FELLA, daughter of Benedetto FELLA & Domenica DI CICCO. This period is not available online, that’w why we’re in a dead end and need your help please.
    We would like to find this birth act and the parent’s marriage in order to go further on the tree.

    Thank you, Johann

  4. Andrew says:


    About 12 years ago I did some research on trying to get dual Italian citizenship (I am American). I know that my grandfather (mother’s side) is from Sant’Elia Fiumerapido. I have a certified copy of his birth certificate and also some other family and emigration information including possible relatives still living in Italy.

    I would like to plan a trip to Italy next year in hopes of spending some quality time in the region learning about the culture and history as well as maybe meeting some family members. If I can spend some quality time in the area (a few weeks or longer?), I would be happy to exchange some work for a convenient place to stay. I can do housesitting, gardening, teach English to some children (I am a qualified ESL instructor) or perhaps something else.

    Regardless of the timeframe and possibilities, I would like to find a way to visit and I would be pleased to receive some information on travel, getting around, things to do, costs etc.

    For the record, my grandfather is Francesco Tomolillo born on July 1 1893. As I said, I already have a copy of the birth certificate as well as other familial information.
    The family name was changed to Tombello in the USA.

    Thank you for any thoughts
    Andrew Marino

    • Henry says:

      Hello, My Name is Enrico ( Henry in English) Marini. My Grandfather , Enrico Marini, was born in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido in 1900. He died in May of 1980 in the Newton Massachusetts in the United States. He had brother Dominic and sister Nicolina and another sister that my Dad can’t remember.
      My Dad is Luciano Marini son of Enrico Marini
      He had a sister Antonia Marini DiMambro born 20 May 1926 DEATH 3 Oct 2008 (aged 82 daughter of Enrico Marini
      the other son of Enrico Marini was Angelo Antonio Marini son of Enrico Marini
      The other son was Dominic, died yong in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido shortly after world war II
      any help please

  5. Laura says:

    Hello/ I am trying to find any info on my grandfather/ great grandfather. My Ggf was Pasquale Arpino born about 1860, My grand -father Antonio was born May 6, 1889. I Believe the family lived in Sant Elia. Any info on either my Grandfather or great grandfather would be most appreciated.

  6. Pat says:

    Hi! We are looking for birth records and family photos for Maria de Ponio born in Valleluce around 1929 as we hope to put together some material for her 90 th birthday next year..
    Can anyone help?

  7. Patricia says:

    I am searching my Italian heritage from my mother’s side. Her parents were from Sant’Elia Fiumetapido. They married and moved to Paris, France. Antoine Arpino and Antoinette Zoccola were their names.

  8. Tom says:

    I am also going to Italy to Santa Elia to find out my Grandparents origins. My Grandfather was Alberto Petrucci born 1879 died 1937 in Detroit MI and was married to Benedatta Salvatore, also from Santa Elia!

    • Doreen says:

      hi, I am looking for my mother’s parents, Peter and Maria Petrucci. Maybe it is a popular name, but family as led me to Santa Elia too. I hope to go this fall of 2018 and hope to connect with family there?

      • Douglas says:

        Hey Doreen,

        This is your 1st cousin once removed Doug Argento! I am researching the family tree as well and found the same result that. I found your Grandfather’s naturalization papers, draft papers, addresses and such. If you want any information I have just let me know. Thanks and good luck!

    • Frederic says:

      Hi Tom . My mother was Filomena Petrucci . She was born in St Elia , lives and died in France in 1993 .
      My grandfather Petricci ( who’s name I forgot ) lived all his live in St Élia and I believe died in the late 60s or early 70s

  9. Tony says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandparents: Alessandro and Michaelangela Viola who were born (I think) in 1864 and 1867 respectively in Sant Elia. Who were their parents?

  10. Susan Howard says:

    Looking for any information on Angela Riga born 1803 to Domenico Riga and Scolastica Prasio(?), married to Luigi Frezza.


  11. Jessica says:

    Hello! I am conducting research about my family, who were born in Valleluce. Our last name is Persichini, but at the time of their birth, the name was Persichino. I will be coming to Sant’Elia Fiumerapido in March. I would like any information about my family name and if perhaps there are Persichino people still living in the area. Many Thanks! Jessica

    • Cammi says:

      I think we may have relatives in common. My Great Great Grandfather was Alexander Persichini (Persichino-name goes back and forth on different documents). His wife was Mary Palma DiCicco. I have different info on where she was from, one sources says Valle Luci-Provdi and another as Sant’Elia (listed as St. De Aelia).

      Did you ever make it to Italy? I actually currently live here in the Naples area.

      • Jason says:

        Cammi- I think I may have relatives in common with you, too! My great great grandfather was Alexander Persichini/Persichino. His wife was Mary Palma DiCicco. They came to Detroit, MI (where I was born) in 1900 or 1902. My great grandfather was their fifth child, Angelo. (He lived into his 80s, and I got to know him well.)

        I am looking for Alexander and Mary Palma’s birth certificates, and their marriage certificates. I would like to obtain Italian citizenship through my relation to Alexander, who was never naturalized as a U.S. citizen before his untimely death in 1931. (He was struck by a car and killed while walking to a Christmas Eve mass.)

        I would love to connect with you!

  12. Jan says:

    My great grandfather was from sant Elia and am trying to find records of him and his family. His surname is Melaragno or melaragni Would like to know where to visit for information.

  13. Louise says:

    Hi I’m trying to find out about my Italian heritage. My great grandfather was Italian and we believe he originated from Sant’elia. He was living in the U.K by 1901 at the age of 16 so his birth date would be around 1884. His name was Domenico Di Cicco and he later went on to live in American before coming back to settle in the U.K. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. Louise

    • Laurie says:

      Hi Louise, in researching my own DiCicco family, I’ve come across a Domenico DiCicco born in 1885 to Francesco DiCicco and Domenica Pacitto. Would that be him? The Domenico DiCicco in my family tree died in 1908 in the U.S.

  14. Michelle says:

    Thank You so much in advance, I am trying to find information about my Great Great Grandmother her name was Benedetta Rizza born 1861 in Sant Elia Fiumerapido to Rosa Rossi and Francesco Rizza I have a copy of the birth certificate but are the parents names correct, is it Rizza or Rizzo and is the mothers maiden name Rossi.
    Thank You again!

    • amerigo says:

      Rizza & Rossi are useful in Sant’elia area, So Ithink you’r right . Ihad also relatives in this area,my great grandfather was Rizza Giovanni and his wife Vettraino Maria, I dont know anithing about ,but my grand father Rizza Pietro born also there in 1879 before his wedding with Merucci Filomena native in Belmonte Castello .

    • Laurie says:

      Dear Michelle,

      We are cousins! I happen to have Benedetta Rizza and her parents in my family tree. Francesco Antonio Rizza was the son of Angelo Rizza and Benedetta Domenica Rossi who are my 4th great grandparents, I’d be happy to hear from you. Rizzi and Russo are other spellings I’ve come across for this family.

    • Amerigo says:

      Hie GUIES !!! Some coments in Italian for you .
      Benedetta nata il11/10/1861 da FrancescoAntonio eRossi Rosa aveva almeno 3 Zii :
      Alessandro nato in 1824 si sposo con Giovanna D’Agostino
      Cosmo nato in 1826 si sposo con Rosa Soave
      Camilla nata in 1830 si sposo con DiCicco Crescenzo
      Credo che è possibile di altri ma senza certezza (forse un Filippo….)
      Benedetta si sposo il 26/9/1883 con Bastianello Loretto e poi …..
      Un commento particolare:
      Camilla è nata il12/5/1830 nella frazione di Sant’elia chiamata “Le Cese” come suoi fratelli
      Nello stesso posto il 11/2/1829 nasceva Rizzi Camilla figlia di Rizzi Angelo e Russo Domenica

      Qualcosa vi parla ?
      salute a voi Michelle ,Laurie

    • Amerigo says:

      Hello !!! I have some further détails about Rizza Angelo familly . The name of his wife was Russo Domenica married 4/8/1818 .They had at least 7 children : 4 boys ,FrancescoAntonio(Benedetta & Giueppe father at least),Cosmo,Filippo &Alessandro
      3 girls (with a drama for the 1st one) Camilla born11/2/1829 died 15/6/1829
      Camilla ( they gave the same name at the 2nd one) ,born20/5/1830 , married DiCicco Crescenzo
      Clementina born 2/5/1832 , married DiCicco EliaAntonio
      is it an help for you ?

      • Laurie says:

        Dear Amerigo,

        My apologies for not responding sooner, I’m just seeing this today. Thank you so much!

        I have most of these names in my tree. Clementina Rizza and Elia Antonio DiCicco are my ancestors.

        Angelo Rizza was born in 1795 in Sant’Elia (I think the year is correct, I cannot translate the Italian well), married in 1818 in Sant’Elia to Benedetta Domenica Rossi. She was born in 1797.

        Children whose records I have found are: Filippo (maybe, cannot verify this) born 1819, Alessandro, Cosmo, Alessandro, Cosmo, Camilla,Camilla, Clementina, and Francesco Antonio.

        It is good to see that the names we have are in agreement. I have Belmonte Castello Rizza’s but not your Giovanni. However, I am at a disadvantage as I cannot research them well as the records are limited in the United States.

        Thank you again, Amerigo!

  15. Lynn says:

    My husbands grandfather, Camillo Tobia and grandmother, Angelina Tobia Tobia Tobia was both her maiden name and marriage name) both immigrated to America in 1907. They came from Sant’elia. 25 years ago my husbands sisters visited Sant’elia and found great aunts and Great uncles, but lost touch with them. I have not been able to locate birth certificates or any information for this family. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciately.

  16. Sue says:

    Have just come across this site. My paternal great grandparents was Michael and Rosa D’Agostino who emigrated from Frosinone to Bristol sometime in the late 1890’s or thereabouts. Can’t find any records as to the exact date. Michael’s brother Antonio also came to Bristol. He had children but I can find no record of his wife so I assume she died before he left Italy but that’s only supposition.

    They have many descendants in Bristol with Michael and Rosa having had 6 children and Antonio 3.
    I would appreciate any information prior to their emigration.

  17. Pauline says:

    Hi myGG Grandparents was born in Sant’Elia Fortunato Fascione born 1802 is Parents are Pietro Fascione Andreana Gargano looking for siblings of Fortunato Fascione

    Thank you for any help

  18. Ben says:

    My father was born there I want to know more about my current relatives in the area if I plan a visit

  19. Cory says:

    I’m trying to find information on my family. If you get back to me I do have some information on my grandfather. Cory

  20. Suzanne says:

    Looking for my grandfather Nicholas Lanni born 1856 and his wife Maria Arciero born 1887 both born in Sant Elia. I have reached a dead end on Ancestry. Thank you

  21. Ginny says:

    I am trying to research my family who lived in Sant’Elia Fiumerapido. I have been over to the town & met some relatives who still live there, but I couldn’t find any documented information anywhere. The two relatives I am interested in are –
    Angelo Tedesco (Titesco?) Born approx 1851 and Rosa D’Agostino born approx 1861. I do not know if either of them were born in Sant’Elia or just lived there? Any information or advise you can provide would be very gratefully received. I believe they emigrated to England approx 1899 where they settled in Lancashire. They had children in England but I believe they returned to Italy and had a son born there called either John, Joe or Giovanni Tedesco (Titesco?) born 20.12.1902.

    • Ed says:


      I too am looking for information on the D’Agostino family. My GGGF was Antonio D’Agostino 1857-1923 but I have been unable to find any information on the family going any further back. Have you had anymore luck?

      • Scott says:

        One of my 3rd great grandparents was Rosa D’Agostino, who was my grandfather’s married to Giovanni Batista Cece, we got most of our info from some genealogy books we purchased back in 2000.

      • Ginny says:

        Hello Ed and Scott
        I visited the area and think I found the family house and the family that still live there to this day! 🙂
        There is no written proof however as nearly all the records were destroyed in the war.
        But it was lovely to see where my ancestors came from & meet who I believe are the descendants that still live in the family home 🙂

        • ed says:

          I will be visiting next month Ginny. My cousins are providing me information on the D’Agostino family there. I am very excited to see if people recognize me as a D’Agostino. The genes seem to run strong in this family.

    • Scott says:

      I too have family from that region, actually the name Rosa D’Agostino is amount my 3rd great grandparents, I bought genealogy books back in 2000 that have lineage back 7 generations.

      • Ginny says:

        Hello Scott and Ed.
        Sorry for the late reply, I haven’t been on here for ages!
        If anyone has access to any family record or books, please can you please see if you have any info on Rosa D’Agostino born I believe on 11 November 1865 (possibly in Sant’Elia) Marred (although I have never found any actual marriage record) Angelo Tedesco born I believe 16 November 1851 (again possibly in Sant’Elia)
        They emigrated to England in 1899.
        The family story is that one of them (possibly Rosa) was already married and that’s why they eloped to England.
        Any help you could give on their correct DOB and any family would so gratefully be received as I’ve been researching them for over 15 years with no luck!

  22. DIane says:

    I’m looking for information on my italian family. My grandfather’s name is Dominick Barthlemeo(w) Elia 1882(?) and he was born in italy. He moved to America as a baby and died in 1955. Can you provide any information about him and his family. Thank You Diane Elia

  23. Sharon says:

    I am visiting Italy and I am trying to find information about my Great grandparents from Sant’ Elia and are buried at the cemetery there. We are going to the area and will try to visit the parishes for information. How do we follow up with more information after we leave Italy. GGF Dominic Petrucci 1850 – 2/10/1935 and GGM Maria Perechini 1847 (?) – 7/26/1934. GGGF Benedetto Petrucci (no dates know).
    Thank you for your help.