Genealogy in Isernia

If you search your ancestors in Isernia, 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 Isernia province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Isernia registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Isernia 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 Isernia. As more your surname is common in Isernia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Isernia archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that the most common surnames in Isernia province are:
Antenucci, Antonelli, Armenti, Bucci, Caranci, Carnevale, Chiacchiari, Di Benedetto, Di Carlo, Di Franco, Di Iorio, Di Meo, Di Pasquale, Di Pilla, Di Salvo, D’Onofrio, Forte, Gentile, Giancola, Iannacone, Izzi, Lombardi, Mancini, Marcovecchio, Martino, Mastronardi, Matteo, Mazzocco, Orlando, Paglione, Palomba, Pannunzio, Petrarca, Pinelli, Ricci, Rossi, Russo, Santilli, Scarselli, Scioli, Silvestri, Staffieri, Testa, Tortola, Venditti, Veneziale, Verrecchia, Zullo.

Church archives in Isernia 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 Isernia:



S. PIETRO APOSTOLO – P.zza Andrea di Isernia


SACRO CUORE – P.zza Veneziale

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


  1. Connie says:

    Would like information on assunta pinelli born 1901 came USA 1920. Had brother Domenico Pinelli also came to USA.
    Thank you very much for any help.

  2. Susan says:

    trying to help a friend. His last name is Yadisernia but the tale is that when his grandfather came over on ellis island. He started to say his name Ya’ or Yad’ and then they asked him town. So his name became Yadisernia. Would really like to figure out what their real last name may be. We may travel to investigate but pointing in the right direction would help.

    thank you

    • Steven says:

      Interesting. Yad of course is a Jewish instrument used to read the Torah. I wonder if Daisernia is Converso (originally Jewish and converted to Catholicism). Our family goes by Daisernia. Descended from Rose (Rosina) Daisernia from Isernia, Italy who married a man Michael Cooke (Cuccione or something like that) also from Isernia. Families of Yannone, Luvera, DeBenedictus, and Antonelli come in as does Rose’s sisters who married and went by Romano and Lombardozzi. There was another sister Angelina who stayed in Isernia.

  3. Mike says:

    I am looking to get further information on my great grandfather who was born in pozzilli, and the immigrated to England with his parents in the late 1800’s
    Grandfather Peter Fusco
    Great grandfather Francis Fusco


  4. Maria says:

    i would appreciate any information on my grandparents’ ancestors please. Palmo D’Uva (born 18/6/1910) and Maria Venditti (born 19/10/1913). Palmo’s parents were Nicola and Giussepina D’Uva. Maria’s parents were Gabriel Venditti and Teresa Chiquino. Maria had one sister – Michelina born in 1915 and Palmo had 2 brothers and 2 sisters??? They lived in Guasto before emigrating to Argentina post WWII. I look forward to your reply! Thank you!

  5. Sofia says:

    My Italian ancestor was born and married in Isernia, then moved to Argentina.
    I am trying to find more information on his birth and marriage.

    Name: Cesar Damiani
    Born 1843-1844
    Wife: Josefa Vitti

    They had a daughter Rosa born in 1878 before moving to Argentina and having several more children.

    I am trying to start my search by finding his birth cert. Any suggestions will help!
    Thank you!

  6. Frank says:

    I am interested in getting information about my grandparents, Olympia Maddaloni Izzi and Michele Izzi. Their children were Assuntina (my mother), Adele, Carmella, Luigi, and Angelo. Also a step sister Marianina Izzi. Of particular interest would be their ancestors.

  7. James says:

    What would be the total charge for family certificates of the 31 Angiolilli in Isernia, Italy ?

  8. Henry says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am investigating the birth record of William Nani, my uncle who was born in Italy according to Vital Records in Providence, RI.
    We have a census record of his life and marriage in Providence but none about his birth prints.

    Would appreciate any help in this matter.


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