Genealogy in Riccia

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

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

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

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



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


  1. Carole says:

    My Great Grandfather was Daniel Moffa born September 22, 1877 in Riccia. I am hoping to locate names of his parents and grandparents.
    He married Angelina Ciccotella born in 1882 in Riccia, Italy. I am hoping to locate her side of the family tree too.
    When they moved to the United States their last name was changed to Morfe

  2. Randy says:

    Randy Santone from Altoona, PA. USA. Going to Naples in January and I know that my family is originally from Riccia. Hoping to get there while I’m in Naples.

    Any info would be great

  3. Connie says:

    My father, Antonio Mignogna, son of Giuseppe and Concetta Mignogna, brother of Nicola Mignogna came to the US from Riccia Italy around 1927?

    Do you have any information about this family, Giuseppe being my grandfather, perhaps siblings of Giuseppe Mignogna that live in Riccia.

    Also I would love information on the DeCriscio Family.

    Any info on my grandmother Carmela Ricci DeCriscio or DiCriscio? or her sister, Josephine Ricci

    • Diane says:

      Hi Connie, I have been doing a friends genealogy that includes DeCriscio’s, and Mignognas of Altoona, PA. Not sure I have your direct line but I do have the following:
      Antoinetta ( Anototonetta) Mignagano/Mignogna b abt 1884 Italy ( possibly Riccia) m. abt 1910 probably Altoona, PA, Joseph DeCriscio b Oct 14 1894 Riccia ( son of Saverio DeCriscio ( DiCriscio) and Generosa ( Rose) Fiorella ). They had: Jenarosa b 1910, Michael Rocco b 1916, Julia B b 1919, Giovannia b 1923, James Vincent b 1926 , Anthony b 1927, John b 1930 and three more children with no found dates , Mary, Josephine and Joseph. The mother, Antoinetta died in 1932 . The father Joseph and youngest children can be found on the 1940 living with Josephs brother Michael DiCriscio and his family in Altoona. Were your Mignognas and DeCriscio’s in Altoona ??? Happy to help- Diane

  4. Geraldine says:

    my family was moffa and santo or santone, grandfather and grand mother born there in late 1800″. they came to usa and settled in ohio

  5. Karen says:

    My second Great grandfather Tomaso Fanelli, was born in 1856 near or in Riccia. He married Maria Panichella before immigrating to the US in 1888.

    I cannot find any information on either person. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • John says:

      Not sure I can be of help. A large group of Italians from Riccia with name of Pilla.moved to a section outside of Philadelphia referred to as Edge Hill. My family emigrated in 1890s and early 1900s with the name Pilla. Evidentally at Ellis Island the name was changed to Beal. We can only assume that Pilla
      sounded like Beal to an uncaring immigration official. Others from Riccia who lived in the Edge Hill area were the Ciocca’s, Fanelli’s, Moffa’s, Panichela’s and many more. I was in Riccia 25 years ago and there was a WW1 memorial which had numerous names of families who I knew in the Philadelphia area.

  6. Cindy says:

    Hello to all. I have been researching my husband’s family from Italy for a year now. So happy to find this site. Nickolas/Nicola Passerelli born: 3/30/1883 in Riccia is my husband’s 2ndggrandfather. Nickolas was married to Incoranato Amarose born:7/9/1878 in Riccia. I believe Nickolas arrived in New York in 1906. His family settled in Altoona, Pa. and lived there for many years. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Sheri says:

    Hi there – I am told my great-great grandmother was from Riccia. I’m actually trying to track down information on my great-great grandfather, her husband. His name was Giovanni (though I’ve seen it as Giovachino) Cervo. He was born in March 1844. His wife was Teresa Cervo born October 1846.

    Thank you for any details you can provide!

  8. Joyce says:

    Hello! My Grandfather was Egidio Mignogna. He was born in Riccia on May 12, 1875. I am trying to find out if there are Mignogna’s in Riccia or Campo Basso that are related to me. Can you help me?? Grazie!

  9. Sharon says:

    My great grandfather is
    Vitale Moffa
    Born March 05, 1835 in Riccia,Italy
    Thank you for any information

    Sharon moffe D’Andrea

  10. Todd says:

    Hello, I just had a family reunion and the cousins were discussing our Great Grandmother. Her name was Rosa Mignogna and according to her birth certificate, she was from Riccia. I believe she was born October 17, 1891. She married Domenico DiMarco. (DiMarco was changed to DeMarco once they came to the United States.) I would like to know if you had any information on Rosa Mignogna’s parents or if there was any information on Domenico DiMarco (born April 12, 1885). I believe Rosa had a sister named Filomina? Any information would be much appreciated.
    Thank you.

  11. Robert says:

    New to genealogy. Looking for my Grandfather Pasquale Antonio Fanelli. Birth date 1898 in Riccia. Moved to USA 1915. Father Nicola Fanelli born 1863. Mother Filomena De Cristofaro. I have found a birth record for Maria Carmela Fanelli 1894 with these parents, but nothing on Pasquale. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Rob says:

      I found your grandfathers Pasquale Antonio Fanelli birth record from 1898. Born May 30th. Father Nicola age 30. Mother Filomena Cristofaro age 26. Nicola’s father was Giuseppe.

      If you send me your email I will email it to you.

      Also we are probably related as I have several Fanelli’s in my tree.


  12. Carolynn says:

    Hello, I would appreciate any information on my grandmother.
    Her name was Maria Joseph Ricci Or could be spelled Riccia.
    She was born March 19, 1880
    She was from the town of Riccia.

  13. Misciagna says:

    My name is mary dolores johnston (misciagna). My family,is a family who lived in Altoona. My parents were gennaro misciagna my mom was giuseppina (Josephine) maitino. They met and married in Altoona on May 6 1920 and had 12 children and I am the youngest. 6 boys 6 girls. My oldest sister Esther did the original family tree and I did a lot. Finished it a few years ago. Went to Carpinone on our 50th anniversary where mom was born never got to Riccia. Have a lot of info. There were four brothers gennaro, Joseph, Michael and Stephano who I never found anything on him. Was in touch with a Cindy maybe you are the same Cindy.
    If I can help let me know.

    • Teri says:

      Hi Mary,
      I saw your post when I came across my grandmother’s obituary. It says she was from the Ricci province of Compobossa Italy. She was the daughter of Michael and Esther (Grassi) Misciagna. Maybe there is some relation? Her name was Luigetta and she was born in 1898. She came over to this country I believe as a teenager, and settled in Altoona. She married Vincenzo Ciambotti and they had 10 children.

  14. Jeanne says:

    My Father Nicholas A Vassalotti and Mother Jennie Massimo both from Riccia and came to A
    America between 1915 and 1925. I am trying to find any information
    On my family. Would you please supply any information you may have. Thank you
    Actually a little more info. Both my father and mother were born about 1902. My mothers actual name was Concettina. In America she was known as Jennie. My grandmother on my mothers side was Carmella Finelli.

    • Tonia says:

      Hello, I am also looking for information on Nicholas Vassalotti, my grandfather, born in 1901 or 1902, May 17 or 18. My grandmother’s name was Maria Theresa Talese (his second wife)
      My Aunt told me that he was from Riccia. I have also hear Abruzzo. But I am unsure.

  15. Jeanne says:

    My Father Nicholas A Vassalotti and Mother Jennie Massimo both from Riccia and came to A
    America between 1915 and 1925. I am trying to find any information
    On my family. Would you please supply any information you may have. Thank you

  16. Kathy says:

    My grandmother was Maria Michaela Moffa married to Louis Fanelli from Riccia married late 1890’s any info on the family?

  17. Virginia says:

    my greatgrandmother maiden name was Guiseppini Panichella. She married Vincenzo Iorio in Italy. Any info about their marriage and families would be helpful. thanks

  18. Kim Cassario Jacobs says:

    I’ve been doing much genealogy work on my from my Fathers side of the family. Specifically anything on Anthony Cassario, Casario . He was born in Riccia Comp around 1894 and traveled to America where it seems as though he resided with an Aunt and Uncle, Nora and Dominick Cassario for some time. He married my Grand mother around 1919 Lucy or Luse who seems to have been born in Pennsylvania U.S. I know nothing about my grandfather Anthony or his descendants. Since he died in America, specifically Berlin, N.J. In June of 1964. I show his birthdate to be March 22nd between 1894-5. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  19. Cindy says:


    I hope you day is going well. I would love to find out more information on my family. They are from Riccia.
    My great Grandfather Annibale Grassi born 1882 and my great Grandmother Eleanora Misciagna born 1887 both born there.
    Annibales parents were Guiseppe Grassi and Filomena ?

    Eleanora’s parents were Giuseppe Misciagna and Maria Corvino (sp?)

    Any information you can share would be greatly appreciated. Both families immigrated to Altoona, Pennsylvania. The Grassi family were boarders in the Misciagna home and this is where my great Grandparents met.

    I look forward to hearing from you.



    • Richard says:

      My maternal Grandmother was Elena Misciagna, Eleanora’s sister. I have that their Parents are Giuseppe Misciagna (born Nov 14, 1854 in Riccia, Italy; died Jan. 23, 1935) & Lucia Courvino or Courvina (born Dec. 13, 1857 or 1858 in Riccia & died June 28th, 1940). Lucia ‘ s father was Nicholas Courvino or Courvina (born 1823 in Riccia & occupation, farmer & blacksmith). His wife was Rose?, or Vincenza Ferrante (born 1824 in Riccia)
      Giuseppe Misciagna ‘ s Parents were Luigi Misciagna (born 1813 in Riccia) & Concetta? or Donata Carmina Poce.
      Luigi’s Parents were Stefano Misciagna & Maria Pasqualina Passerelli.
      The Misciagna ‘ s came to Altoona, PA in the early 1890’s.

      • Cindy says:


        How awesome! We are related! Thank you for filling in some of the blanks. I have a few pictures that I can share with you of the family. I did quite a lot of research last year and ended up with some great new information. I will be in Italy in August and may possibly be making a trip to Riccia. Fingers crossed.


        • Misciagna says:

          You and I have not communicated in a long time. I am your cousin from Altoona. Finished my tree as best I could. Hope you got to Italy it is so beautiful. I never got to Riccia only Carpinone. Hope all is well
          Your cousin

      • Barbara says:

        Hi I’m wondering if we are related my both sets of my grandparents also came from Rocco’s and also lived in Altoona pa their last names were Bruno and DeCriscio and mannocchio

  20. Al says:

    Hello, I just came across your site. I’m interested in obtaining my grandmother and grandfather Birth Certificates. Pasquale Aloia 5.30.1865
    Filomena Ciccaglione 5.25.1880
    Is this something you can obtain?
    If so can you tell me the cost. I’m in the US.

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