Genealogy in Isernia

If you search your ancestors in Isernia, in the province of Isernia, 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 Isernia

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

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

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

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

Church archives in Isernia 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 Isernia 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 Isernia on your behalf.

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



S. PIETRO APOSTOLO – P.zza Andrea di Isernia


SACRO CUORE – P.zza Veneziale

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

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  1. James says:

    My ancestry is in Isernia. My grandma and grandpop on my fathers side were the ones who left Isernia for the United States. My father, JOHN was born in Philadelphia. His pop and mom immigrated here in the early 20th Century. Wife Angela. I believe my Grandfather’s name was Cosmo Laurella? Would love to know more!!

  2. Anthony says:

    Looking for any records on my great grandfather, last name Pittore. His wife was Eleanora Scarsella. He had 3 sons, and 2 or 3 daughters. The daughters all died as children. The 3 sons were Alberto (oldest), Mario ( my grandfather, born July 29, 1900) and Loreto (youngest). Mario fought for Italy in WW1. He immigrated to US in 1920. His brothers both lived their entire lives in Isernia. They opened a store in Isernia where they made and sold copper items.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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


  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. James says:

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

  10. 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.