Genealogy in Toro

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

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

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

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

If you have the opportunity to visit Toro 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 Toro 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 toro@italianside.com our expert in Toro area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.

5 Comments

  1. Barbara says:

    My Grandfather Costantino Sinibaldi born in 1884 in Toro, Compobasso. I am planning a trip to Compobasso in August. My grand mother was Maria Michele Caruselle born 3/27/1885 also came from Toro. I would like any information you can find to help me.

  2. David T says:

    My grand mother came form Toro Campobasso in the late 1800s. Her married name was Maria Teresa Traboscia. I am looking for any information with that surname. Thank you

  3. Joseph says:

    My grandfather Antonio Quicquaro born late 1800’s immigrated to the USA in the 20’s and my father, Joseph Quicquaro immigrated to the USA in 1935 at 13. They were both born in Toro. My Dads birthday is July 21, 1925. My Grandfather had 3 brothers. Two settled in Waterbury CT, one immigrated to Argentina. Most Quicquaro’s are now in the US, Canada and Argentina. A handful in Italy and only about 75 in the entire world. The majority of offsprings must be female.

  4. Arcangelo says:

    My father’s name is Giovanni Evangelista
    My mother’s name is Giovannina Grosso
    My paternal grandparents names are Arcangelo Evangelista and Pietronilla Iaco accident. My maternal grandparents are Cosimo Grosso and Maria Quicquaro.

    Thank you

  5. John says:

    Antonio Evangelista married to DeLuca before 1810.

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