Genealogy in Campobasso

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

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Campobasso 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 Campobasso. As more your surname is common in Campobasso, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Campobasso archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that the most common surnames in Campobasso province are:
Battista, Calabrese, Caruso, Ciocca, D’Alessandro, D’Amico, D’Angelo, D’Aversa, De Santis, Di Biase, Di Domenico, Di Iorio, Di Paolo, Di Stefano, D’Onofrio, Fanelli, Felice, Florio, Greco, Iannetta, Lombardi, Mancini, Manes, Manocchio, Marinelli, Marino, Martino, Mastrangelo, Mignogna, Moffa, Niro, Occhionero, Palladino, Palmieri, Panichella, Pasquale, Perrella, Petrucci, Petti, Romano, Rossi, Russo, Salvatore, Santoro, Spina, Testa, Trivisonno, Venditti.

Church archives in Campobasso 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.

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

S. GIOVANNI BATTISTA – Via S. Giovanni dei Gelsi, 436


MATER ECCLESIAE – Via Italo Svevo, 1

S. MARIA DI LORETO – Via Conte Verde

S. MARIA MAGGIORE – P.zza Prefettura, 19

S. ANTONIO DI PADOVA – Viale Principe di Piemonte

SACRO CUORE DI GESU’ – P.zza San Francesco

SANTI ANGELO E MERCURIO – Via S.Antonio Abate, 1

SANTI BARTOLOMEO E PAOLO – Via Vincenzo Tiberio, 87


If you have the opportunity to visit Campobasso and Campobasso 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 Campobasso 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 Campobasso area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Patricia says:

    My 2 sisters and I are going to Campobasso where we have found that our Maternal Great-Grandfather was originally from. He was born Joseph Di Palma or De Palmi but that name was changed to “Palmer” at Ellis Island. He was born in1880 and died in 1914.
    Any help is really appreciated. Thank you,

  2. Marilyn says:

    I am doing my ancestry but American sources have no information before they arrived in the U.S. I am searching for info on Gaetano Paventi DOB 1833
    Annamaria Cristina Sanii DOB 1829
    Nicolo Delbalso DOB 1845
    Florutuna Constanto DOB 1853
    Any leads would be helpful

  3. Denise says:

    Trying to find information on my great grandparents. Both were from Campobosso and immigrated to the US in late 1890’s His name was Francesco Vitro and her’s was Antoinette Paduano. Any information would be gratefully appreciated. I will be visiting Italy again in late 2019. Thanks you so much

  4. Jan says:

    Looking for any info on my grandfather, Angelo Passarella, born in Campobasso about 1895. Married my grandmother, Mary Libera Cimaglia (also born in Campobasso). Came to U.S. in early 1900’s. They had six children, only one of whom was born in Campobasso (Carmella). Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Janis says:

    Looking for information on the family of paolo Pietro lopa. From the city of Bojano. He was born 25 Jan 1886. His father was Felice Lopa and his mother was Nicolina Porzillo.
    He emigrated thru Ellis Island on 15 August 1905. I can not find any information on his second wife who I believe is manuela DiGinoana. His first wife I believe was Antonia Paenzilo.

  6. John says:

    I’m looking fo information on my grandfather name Marshatelli or marciatelli, not sure he came to Ellis island and had a prearranged marriage with my grandmother. He was born in 1896 I think? He was given the name Charles Marshall at Ellis island. My father was born in 1920 in Rochester New York. My grandfather lived in Batavia New York before going to Rochester.

  7. John says:

    My grandparents were from campobasso, my grandfather was born in 1896, the last name was marshatelli (I’m not sure of the spelling), any information you could give would be so appreciated. When he arrived at Ellis island they changed his name to Charlie Marshall. He moved to Batavia New York then onto Rochester New York where my father was born. I would love to retire there and would appreciate your help. I would love to learn of any living relatives in campobasso!

  8. Joan says:

    Hi, i am searching for information for my grandparents Silvestro Marinelli, born July 30,1877 in Isernia, to Benedetto Marinelli & Rosalba Ucciferri
    Also my grandmother, GIuseppa di Placido born feb. 25,,1892 to Angelo di Placido & Teresa Garzia in Isernia.
    They were married May3, 1913 in Isernia. I am at a dead end & need help with a local person. I may be visiting in the spring & would love to connect .

  9. Michelle says:

    Would like to find out info on my great grand parents, names were Adelorata (DiGregorio) Verdile and Vincenzo Verdile. They were from Campobasso and left in the 1910’s I believe and came through Ellis Island. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  10. Jessica says:

    Hello all,
    I am looking for any information regarding my great grandmother’s family. Her name was Louisa Belli and her parents, I believe were Domenico Belli and Filomena De Santis. Louisa was born 10/22/1881 in Baranello, Comobasso. She emigrated to the US in the early 1900s and I was told she didn’t come through Ellis Island because her they could afford other means?? I am very new to this research but thought I’d reach out just to see. Thank you and good luck to all those searching!

  11. Sue says:

    I miei nonni, Giuseppe Petti e Giovannina Speranzella sono nati a Campobasso ed entrambi sono venuti separatamente a Baltimora nei primi anni del 1900. Si sono incontrati e si sono sposati qui negli Stati Uniti. 2 fratelli (Giuseppe e Raffaele Petti) hanno sposato 2 sorelle (Giovannina e Concetta Speranzella). I genitori di Giuseppe e Raffaele erano Antonio Petti e Anna Maria Vallillo di Campobasso. I miei zii visitarono Campobasso durante la seconda guerra mondiale e incontrarono alcuni dei nostri parenti. Sono molto interessato a conoscere altri membri delle famiglie Petti e / o Speranzella. Date di nascita e / o date di morte di Antonio e Anna Maria sarebbero di grande aiuto!

  12. Sue says:

    My grandparents, Giuseppe Petti and Giovannina Speranzella were born in Campobasso and both came separately to Baltimore in the early 1900’s. They met and were married here in the US. 2 brother’s (Giuseppe & Raffaele Petti) married 2 sisters (Giovannina & Concetta Speranzella). Giuseppe & Raffaele’s parents were Antonio Petti & Anna Maria Vallillo from Campobasso. My uncles visited Campobasso during WWII and met some of our relatives. I am very interested in learning about more members of the Petti and/or Speranzella families. Birth dates and/or death dates of Antonio & Anna Maria would be a big help! Grazie!


  13. Jennifer says:

    My grandparents Joseph and Carmella Moffa came to the United States from campobasso In the late 1800’s or very early 1900’s. They settled and raised their family in Glenside, PA. My grandfather was a stone mason. Would live to know any information about them or relatives still in campobasso.

  14. Lisa says:

    My grandfather Francesco Giannotti born in Bonefro Campobasso on 7/14/1986- Parents Lalli, Anna Marie & Marco, Vincenzo Giannotti. – Farmer later owned Liquor store. I am looking for my grandfathers actual birth address. Coming to Campabasso in April 2018 and would like to see where he is from. His home/land whatever there is to see.

  15. William says:

    I am searching for any information you may find for my great-grandfather, Frangesio Corsillo and great-grandmother, Vittorina Zambino. I believe they came to New York City in the late 1880’s, but nobody in my family has any information. I do not know if they were married in Italy or here in the USA. Any information you might find would be priceless.

    Thank you for your help,


  16. Gail says:

    My father, NICHOLAS MATTEO is from Ilse, Compobasso…He was born in 1920…His fathers name is Gennaro Matteo and his mother’s name is Gabrielle (do not know her maiden name)…If you have any information about my father’s parents, please contact me…god bless you

  17. Rita says:


    My grandfather, Agostino Cimino was born in Compobosso on 5/4/1867. His parents were Rashela and Eugene Cimino. He came to the U.S. in 1890.

    My grandmother Guilia Bruno was born in Compobosso, on 5/8/1874. Her father was Sebastian, mother unknown.

    Any information on either of them would be most helpful.

  18. Sofia says:


    I am planning a trip to Italy in early 2018 and would like to see if I can find my great grandfather’s birth certificate.
    His name was Cesar Damiani, born aprox 1844-1845.
    Married to Josefa (Giuseppa?) Damiani and had a daughter Rosa in Italy before migrating to Argentina.
    If anyone has any information on how I can do a search to obtain his birth certificate and maybe marriage certificate (I don’t have a date of marriage) it would help a lot!
    Or if you know of any relatives please contact me.
    Thank you for your help in advance I have been doing research to obtain my Italian citizenship and have not been able to move forward.

    • Diana says:

      al ser censados (en Mendoza) en 1895, César y Josefa (Giuseppa Vitta) declararon llevar 25 años de matrimonio durante los cuales tuvieron 10 hijos.
      Si desconocés la comuna donde pedir su acta de nacimiento te aconsejo buscar ese dato en las actas de defunción de César, Josefa y Rosa, o en el libro de “información matrimonial” de la Catedral Ntra. Sra. de Loreto donde Rosa contrajo matrimonio el 5 de enero de 1903.

  19. Mark says:

    Hi.. My Grandmother and Grandfather lived in Campobassa and came to U.S and settled in Youngstown Ohio.. There last name is Mazzocco.. Any info would help.. His name was Tony and hers is Bernice.. Thank you..

  20. Michele says:

    Any relatives of Giacomo DeNiro from Campobasso? Sons were, Antonio, Michael,Gianni & I believe 2 more sons. They came to Syracuse, NY and at Ellis Island, America changed the last name to DeNero

  21. Denis says:

    My dad born in Campobosso, his name is Nicolas Tucci, I looking for relative I guess the family live close to Av francisco. Any information would be helpful. We will be traveling to campobasso soon. Thank you

  22. Mark says:

    Good evening. My paternal Grandmother’s Father was named Carmine Anthony Zezza. He was from Campobasso. He and his family eventually came to America, settled in Wisconsin, and eventually moved to Pocatello, Idaho. That is where my Grandmother Nettie Zezza was born. I can at a late date provide more accurate data when I have them in front of me. Respectfully, Mark

    • John says:

      Hi Mark, can you send me an email … I found some info of Carmine A. Zezza and was wondering if we can exchange the info. John

  23. Joyce says:

    My great grandfather was Lorenzo Palmieri born August 9, 1877 in Busso, Campobasso, Italy. He passed September 25, 1948. Married to Josephine Iacobucci born December 30, 1878, Busso, Molise, Italy. She passed April 19, 1915.I would love to find a way to connect with any relatives still living in Campobasso and the surrounding area. How would I make that happen? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

  24. Georgeann says:

    Trying to locate information on my grandmothers family
    Annina Perrotta from Molise. Her fathers name was Teresforo Perrotta and her Mothers name was Julia Antonelli. Thank you

  25. Sabrina says:

    Hi! I’m looking for some information about my ancestors. Does anyone knows something about Giovanni Di Girolamo, married to Guiseppina Di Giambattista. They probably lived near or in the city of Campobasso. Thank you!

  26. Nahia says:

    I am looking for the certificate of birth of my relative.
    He was born in 1878 or 1879. His name was Ignacio Purchio (or ignazio Purchio)
    His father was Antonio Purchio and his Mother Paschoa Rugieri. All the documents i have in Brazil says that he came from Campobasso, but I couldn’t find the document until now.

  27. larry says:

    My great grandfather Baldino Petti, born in 1884 in campobasso Italy. His mother was Antonnette Petti and father was Pietro Petti. His wife was Antonnette (Basaino) Petti. They were married in 1907. I will be visiting campobasso at the end of August 2016 and would love to see if I have any relatives still there and also what neighborhoods, houses and churches they were involved with. Your help is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

  28. Susan says:

    My grandfather was born December 25 1887, best records show Mirabello Sannitico, Campobasso, Molise, Italy, to Francesco Varriano and Caterina Colafabio. My Grandfather’s name is Notale Nicolo Varriano, AKA Natale Nicolo Varriano, AKA Nickolas Varriano. We are planning to visit Italy in October and any information would be helpful. I’m tracing my roots. Thank you.

  29. Dan says:

    My grandfather Anthony Lombardi was born in the town of Campobasso in 1892. Parents were Esther and Giovan Lombardi. Oldest son of 8 children; Lucia, Bambino, Carmen, Salvatore, Benny, Marietta, and Lawrence. My grandfather, Carmen, and Benny came to America. Any information would be most helpful. My grandfather lived the remainder of his life in Colorado, USA.

  30. Nancy says:

    My grandfather Carmen Tirabasso and grand mother antoniette garcia Tirabasso came from Orintino Itly and settled in Wickliffe ohio USA I would like to know more about my family that may be still in compabasso or orintino.

  31. Sue says:

    My grandfather – Guiseppe Petti was born in Campobasso, Italy on Dec 1, 1889 and migrated to the US (Baltimore, MD) in October 1013 aboard the SS RE D’Italia. I know he had family on a farm outside of Campobasso, Italy and I am going to be in Campobasso, Italy in a couple of weeks for 2 days. Would love to see where he was born – or at the least the church he attended etc. and would be ecstatic to meet Petti relatives! My grandmother – Giovanna Speranzella – was also from Campobasso and was born Dec 20, 1998. They met and were married in Baltimore, MD although their families were from the same town. I would be extremely grateful for any information

  32. Nicholas says:

    Decided to start looking in to family roots. Paternal grandfather, Domenic Fillipone, was born in 1884 in Campobasso and emigrated early 1900’s to Canada. Interested in parents and grand parents and more. I understand they were farmers.


  33. Paul says:

    Good Afternoon,

    My father’s name is Paul Mucci and was born in the town of Campobasso. I am looking for his relatives. His father’s name is Joseph. My father came to the U.S. in 1916 or 1917.

    • Alice says:

      Hi Paul,
      It is a year and a half since your wrote your message. I just recently discovered Italianside. My grandfather’s name was Giovanni Mucci, and he was from Campobasso. He moved to New York City in 1890. I don’t know if we’re related but thought I’d follow up with you. I am trying to verify the town he came from. I think it was Bagnoli del Trigno or Busso. I am doing some research on this. Their surname changed to Muccio at some point in NYC, but I have his naturalization paper and it was Mucci then.
      I don’t know if there’s a connection. Please email if you are interested in sharing information.

  34. Joanne says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandparents who came from Campobasso in the late 1800’s and settled in Connecticut. I do not know my great grandfathers first name but the last name is Romano and my grandfathers first name is Dominick , birthdate March 1905. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  35. Jane Reed says:


    I so hope you can help. My fathers record of birth here in Canada indicates my grandfather as Clemente Di Placido born Oct 5 1881 and my grandmother as Carmen Manophto born Apr 28 1883 and that they were married in Italy 1906. I am wondering if the doctor here in Canada spelled my grandmas name correctly because she was known as Carmella which is on her tombstone here in a Toronto Canada.
    I would like to know where they lived and were born so any information you could help me with would be very much appreciated. I believe that one of my uncles was the only child to immigrate to Canada with them. His name was John Di Placido born June 24 1907.
    Thank You
    Jane Reed ( nee Di Placido)

    • Jane says:

      I did find more information – Sono anche un discendente di Ianiero, la mia bisnonna era Filomena Ianiero che sposò Bartolomeo Di Placido. Mio nonno era Clement Of Placido nato a Torella Del Sanio nell’ottobre 1885 che sposò Carmela Manocchio che nacque nel 1883. Emigrarono in Canada via Ellis Island, New York circa nel 1906 e nel 1912. Ho problemi a trovare informazioni su Carmela – dove lei è nato e i suoi genitori.

  36. Nancy says:

    Hi– Both sides of my family came from Campobasso–my parents are 2nd cousins. The last name that is in common is D’Alessio. I have found some information on my Grandmother Cherubina D’Alessio (father’s mother), but nothing on my Grandfather Guiseppe D’Alessio (mother’s father). They were 1st cousins; their fathers were brothers. Sounds like it would be easy since everything leads to one family. Can you help?
    Thank you so much!

  37. Dan says:

    My grandfather Donato Mignogna came from Campobaso, in the late 1800’s and settled in Camden, NJ, USA, I have been meeting a lot of Mignogna’s in my area Mt Laurel, NJ, USA and was told the Mignogna name in Campobaso was like the Smith Name here in the USA, were most of the Mignogna’s related in the town?

  38. Debora Laura says:

    I just wanted to know what the origin of the surname “Campobasso”. I know the meaning. I was told that if you have an Italian surname deriving from the name of a town or city, chances are you have Jewish heritage.
    It has to do with Jews fleeing their previous country due to anti-antisemitism, and so, to disguise them better, they were given the surname of the Italian city or town they then lived in.
    Is this true? Could it be that I am part Jewish?

    Mille grazie

  39. Mella says:

    My grand parents came from the town of compobasso to the USA around 1880. Are there Mella’s in compobasso?

  40. David says:

    Looking for relatives or tree of Rosina Lupo, Father Guiseppe Lupo. Mother Antonia Lalli.
    Any info, please share, thanks

    • Solange says:

      David,em Araraquara tem uma familia com sobrenome de Lupo.
      Eles tem uma fabricação de meias,lá. Fabrica de meias LUPO. No Brasil

  41. Petrucci says:

    My great grandfather Joseph (Giuseppe) Petrucci was born in Campobasso December 30, 1885. He came to the US at age 19. His father, Vincenzo Petrucci, was also born in Italy but we have no information on him. Any information on Giuseppe Petrucci and his family (particularly father, grandfather, etc.) would be very appreciated.


  42. Lucia says:

    Hello, My Father, Antonio Greco was born in Molise, Campobasso to Lucia and Paolo. … any information you can lend would be great. He passed before he could bring me there. I believe I have a cousin named Fabio Greco still living there. Thank you so very much. This means the world to me.
    Forever grateful, Lucia Greco

  43. louann campobasso says:

    My husbands grandfather was born in campobaso is name was Joseph Campobasso. Where would we find out about his family? We will be traveling to campobasso in august of 2014. Any information would be helpful

    thank you


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