Genealogy in Castropignano

If you search your ancestors in Castropignano, 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 Castropignano registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Castropignano 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 Castropignano. As more your surname is common in Castropignano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Castropignano 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 Castropignano:

S. MARIA DELLA PIETA’ – Via Santa Maria della Pieta’

SS. SALVATORE – P.zza San Marco

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


  1. Rose says:

    Hello my name is Rose Santarella and I am looking for my ancestors on my father’s side; both in Castropignano and Corato (provincial di Bari); I am trying to understand if there is a link between the Santarella from Castropignano and those based in Corato.

    Did people travel in the 19th century? are these two branches connected?

    My family was based in Crato but I heard that they originally came from Abruzzo or Molise

  2. Luigino says:

    I am doing a family tree of the Marinelli family. My grandmother’s maiden was Maria Teresa Cameli, marrie to my grandfather Liberato Marinelli. In the site of Myheritage, I managed to go back on the Marinelli side to 1725. Is there any way I you can provide more information before the 1725. It greately appreciated if possible. Thank you Luigin Marinelli

  3. Bryn says:

    Looking for information on my Grandfather Francesco Luciani born 11-29-1864 in Castropignano, Italy. He married Carmela Incoronata Carosella born 03-01-1878 from nearby Duronia in approx. 1904-1905. Thanks, Bryn

  4. Allison says:

    According to his military records, my grandfather, Angelulfo (Angelo) Ferconio, was born in Castropignano, Campobasso on April 5, 1894. Is there any information that you can find to tell us more about him?

  5. Randi says:

    Hello, I am researching my husband’s family from Castropignano. I am specifically looking for any information on Michele Borsella for in 1742 and his father Biase Borsella born in the 1720s.
    Thank you so much.

    • Luigi says:

      Michele Borsella—-Born1742- Died – 1815 Wife- Egidia Borsella (Sergnese) Kids- DorianoNicodemo, Luigi, Isaia Leopoldo Nicolo, Maria Teresa Diodata Father-Biase Nicola Filippo Domenico Antonio – Mother- Maria Borsella-Born- Luciani Hope that helps.

  6. Larry says:

    I a interested to find out my grandfathers family liberato marinelli from castropignano. He was born in the late 1800.

  7. David says:

    My name is David Santarella and am looking for info on my fathers father side. My great grandfather was Liberato Santarella and his wife was Maria Asprina, born c. 1890’s in Castropignano. He died in WWI between 1914-1918 somewhere in Italy. One of their sons, Adamo santarella bore my father Franco. I am looking for the names of Liberato’s father and mother, as well as the names if the oarents of Maria Asprina.

    on my fathers mothers side, I have the following info.
    My fathers mother was Maria Lina Carrelli(o). Her parents were Francesco Antonio Carrelli(o) and his wife Maria Michelina. I do not have her maiden name which would help out. Francesco was married to Michelina before being sent to Canada in 1915 and reunited with his wife after the war. Also, can anyone help with possible names of Francesco Antonio Carrelli(o)??

    • John says:

      David, get in touch with meat my email . I think I have your mom’s dad already on my family tree (a 4th couisn) – Francesco Antonio Carrelli born Apr 3 1891 in Castro. I don’t have a spouse for him but, if that is the correct one, you can help fill in that missing info, and I could help with the Santarella side as well, as I had Santarella great grandparents from Castro as well…. so, until later cugino ? !

  8. Ken says:

    I am attempting to determine my grandfathers birth date and location. His name was Carmine/Charles/Carman Cioilfe and immigrated to Canada in the early 1900’s. He was born in Castropignano and died in Canada in the 1960’s. We would like to connect with the city archives to find a birth date and a nationality number as we are planning on applying for Italian citizenship and need his information.
    We would also like to locate any relatives till in the area. We understand some of his siblings went to Argentina.


    • Luigi says:

      Hi Ken. My name is Luigi Marinelli. The Ciolfi family is related to me on my mother side of the family. I have some info on Carmine Ciolfi. Hope its the right Carmine Ciolfi. Carmine Ciolfi was born in 1904. His wife is Giovanna Ciolfi. His father was Liberato Ciolfi Born 1873. His mother is Maria Iocca-Ciolfi born Santarella. His brothers are Angelo Iocca born1890 to 1943, Nicola Ciolfi 1877 to 1970, Michele Antonio Ciolfi born 1899. His kids names are: Rosario 1927- 2018, Giovanni 1931-2010, Ennio, Annita(Anna), Private Ciolfi, Antonio, Maria. Hope that helps you. Hope to hear from you. Luigi

      • Ken says:

        Luigi, thank you for response…….and sorry for the long delay, I had lost the website, and have been out of Canada extensively for the last year. In any event, it is not the correct one I believe. My grandfather Carmine died in Canada in the mid 60’s and he was well into his 80s at that time. His first wife was named Rose, she died just after they arrived in Canada which I believe was somewhere in the early 1900s……..My mother Theresa died in 2012 at 94 years and she was in the middle of 9 children so I am assuming he must have been born mid 1800s. Rosa Was his first wife and I believe her surname may have been Borselino……possibly his second wife, also named Rosa was the borselino, our family records are vague on this, also, all his children are now deceased. He had a brother that went to Argentina….he also travelled back to Italy thru Naples in the 1950s to see family in Castropignano. Thank you again for the information. If you find there is a connection then I would love to hear more from you. Keep well my friend.

  9. Andrea says:

    My great-grand mother, Serafina Capodilupo, traveled from Italy in 1903 aboard the Citta di Genova to New York. The ships manifest had her listed with her maiden name (Capodilupo) and that her origin was Castropignano. The manfist also stated she was visiting her husband, Andrea Maglio. I am trying to find out more information on their families, marriage and birth in Castropignano. I have not been able to locate any ship manifests for my great-grand father, Andrea Maglio (who I am named after), so I don’t know when he arrived in the US, but US census indicates sometime around 1897-1898. Thanks. Andrea

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