Genealogy in Campochiaro

If you search your ancestors in Campochiaro, in the province of Campobasso, Molise region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Campochiaro

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

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

So, if your ancestors lived in Campochiaro during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Campochiaro 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 Molise and of course in Campochiaro too!

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

Church archives in Campobasso 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 Campobasso 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 Campochiaro on your behalf.

If you have the opportunity to visit Campochiaro and you plan to contact the church by yourself these are the addresses of parishes active today in Campochiaro:


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 Campochiaro 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 Campochiaro forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Campochiaro feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Patty says:

    Hello. I am visiting Campochiaro early October. I would like to locate relatives of my Grandfather, Pasquale Francescone. He was born Jan 6 1888 in Campochiro Father was Antonio Francescone and Mother Maria Rosa Rotondi. Antonio Father was Giuseppe Francescone and Vittoria Pittarelli.

    Where can I go to find out more information that would be open on Friday or Saturday October 4/5 2019?

  2. David says:

    My grandfathers name is Mike Rano. He spelled it Michele Rano. He born in Campochiaro in 1886. His mother died giving birth to him. 16yrs later his father died and at the age of 16 he ventured off to find his brothers in New York City. I found the ship he took out of Naples. He got processed through Ellis Island April 16, 1903. Ellis Island had good microfilm on all his information and that where I found our what city he was from. He ended up moving to Endicott Ny where he worked for IBM before it.was IBM. He did very well for himself and was proud to be AMERICAN. He made his way from New York City moved to Endicott,Ny there is where he worked for IBM. After that he retired in Auburn, Ny for 20yrs then moved to Miami, Florida where he died in 1986. Anyone that know of any information please reach out to me. This was my grandfather. He is my biggest hero. He always told me to make the most of the American Dream and not take it for granted.

    • Maria says:

      David, your story about your grandfather touched my heart. So many from Campochiaro ended up in Endicott Ny and Auburn NY. My grandparents ended up in Auburn NY. My grandparents names were Michaelangelo and Concetta(Iannone) Picciano. But I have relatives in Endicott; Iannone and Sbarra. Times were tough when they immigrated. My grandmother Concetta was born 1903 also.
      My other grandfather came over from Sicily at the age of 17, by himself to Auburn NY.
      Hope you can find some connections. Looks like descendants of your grandfather’s siblings might be a good place to start. Best wishes.

  3. Jacqueline says:

    My grandparents were born in Campochiaro. My grandfather was Thomas Venditti. My grandmother was Lucy. I do not know her maiden name. I would love to know if anyone knows of any Venditti’s and could help me put together a family tree. Please contact me via email or this page. JackiVA 1949@ I am going to Rome in June 2018. I am going to try to get to Campochiaro to search for information. any help will greatly be appreciated.

    • loretta says:

      Elena Biondi is researching alll families from Campochiaro

    • Elena says:

      Hi, Jacqueline,

      My family is from Campochiaro and I’ve been working about 13 years on building the family tree of the entire village. Will send an email to your gmail address.


      • Terry says:

        Hi Elena, Do you have any information about John Sbarra and Antoinette Buttino Sbarra? My mother-in law is their daughter, she is turning 100 this moth and I have been trying to research her history and family tree. Thanks in advance

      • Teri says:

        Hi Elena
        I am interested in the family tree you are working on for Campochiaro. Are you still working on this? My entire family is from there and most of the common names are in my family, however, my father’s last name does not. Do you have any references to the Cordileone family?
        Thanks for any information. I am leaving my email info below.

        Thank you

      • Carlo says:

        Hi Elena,my name is Carlo Gentile and my dad ( Mario ) was from Campochiaro. He arrived in Toronto in 1954 . He has 6 siblings that also settled in the Toronto area in the 60’s and the 70’s. Let me know how I can help with your research. My grandparents names were Antonio and Angelina ( Paglia )Gentile.

  4. Pamela says:

    Hi everyone!

    My grandmother and grandfather were from Campochairo. They immigrated in 1953 to Montreal, Canada. My grandmothers name Gugielmina Buttino and my grandfather named Giovanni Cesta. Any connection to anyone ?

  5. Linda says:

    My grandfather, John Sbarra, emigrated to New Rochelle, NY (also lived in Victor, NY for a time) around 1920. Over the years, he returned to Campochiaro many times. He was married to Antoinette Buttino) (she died in 1927).

    • Christa says:

      My grandfather Nicholas Sbarra is from Campobasso, his family also emigrated to somewhere near nyc. I know he had a brother John because he named one of my uncles after him. I’m just starting to piece all of this together, but unfortunately my grandfather has passed and as I’m sure you know, it’s not easy!

    • Terry says:

      Hi Linda, this is Terry G. I am trying to piece together family information for Donald. Do you know the dates of birth and decease for both John Sbarra and Antionette Buttino Sbarra? Did they both emigrate from Campochiaro? Any info you have would be great! I don’t have your email or I would have reached out directly to you!

  6. Elena says:

    My great-grandfather Gaetano Biondi was born in Campochiaro in 1856 and emigrated to Newark, NJ in the early 1880s. I’m working on building the family tree of the entire village as I quickly realized that over time, everyone is related to everyone else. I am currently working on finding descendants of the Campochiaresi that emigrated around the world. Would love to hear from you if your family is from there.

  7. Lou says:

    My grandfather – Luigi Biase Picciano – emigrated from Campochiaro near the turn of the (20th) century (I’d have to check immigration record). Patricia, are we related?

    • Mena says:

      My paternal grandmother was Filomena Picciano born August 21, 1912 died March 22, 2003. She was married to Pasquale Valentino who died in 1959. They were both from Campochiaro who came to Canada (Montreal) in the 50s and 60s.

    • Patricia says:

      My Great Grand Father Antonio Picciano from Campochiaro we may be related.

  8. JoAnn says:

    My Campanaro and Buttino (Bottini in the U.S.) families were in Campochiaro until the 1880’s when they went to Piedimonte d’Alife (now Matese, I believe). I would like to find out what the economic climate was during that time in the province. What would have made Piedimonte d’Alife more appealing than Campochiaro that would entice 2 families to pack up and leave?

    Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  9. Lyn says:

    My grandfather was Antonio Rontondi. My grandmother was Carolina Mastrioanni both from Campochiaro. Lived in Buffalo NY.

  10. Kota says:

    My great great great Grandfather, Marco Antonio Bucci documented that his father was from here. Marco was born April 24. 1985, and died Jan 16 1988 in Binghamton NY. He was married to Nancy I Bucci.

  11. Patricia says:

    My Great Grand Parents came from Compochiaro in Molise to America. His name was Antonio Picciano and she was Rosa Maria Fiorelli. My daughter and I visited Compochiaro in November 2112 and were fortunate enough to meet ladies with those last names. We will be returning in June of 2015 and would love to know more of the two families. Any and all assistance would be appreciated.
    Thank you,

  12. Jack says:

    Grandfather was Pasquale Giannone. From Campochiaro. Married Corlone.
    Returned from N.Y. Around 1890. Died approximately 1935 in Campochiaro.

  13. Jack says:

    Grandfather was Pasquale Giannone. Married Corlone.
    Returned from N.Y. About 1890.
    Died approximately 1935 in Campochiaro.
    There is a statue at the church there he donated.

    • M. Giannone says:

      Hi Jack,

      I think we’re distant relatives. Pasquale Giannone and his wife Giuseppa Carlone were my great great grandparents. Their son, Emilio (Liberato Emilio on the birth documentation in Campochiaro), was my great grandfather. I think he had several siblings, so your father was probably my great uncle. Get in touch if you can, let’s see if there’s an actual connection here.

      • Jack says:

        Pasquale Giannone had threee sons. & a daughter. They were Emille, Nichole, Marie, and Antonio.
        Antonio,. Born 1896 was my father. At different times, and places, they all came to Canada.
        Emille left Winnipeg and lived in New York. I believe he died in the 40’s.
        I visited my cousins inN.Y in 1948. Nick lived in Winnipeg from r many years. Antonio lived in Edmonton. Marie died in Montreal. Hope this helps if we are relatives or not.


      • Jack says:

        Sure seems a connection. Emilio was the oldest son.
        He lived innWinnipeg and I believe had his first three children there.
        He then moved to New Yotrk city and had three or four more children. He was my Dad’s oldest
        Brother. What is your connection?