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. GIUSEPPE LAVORATORE – Zona S. Lazzaro
ASSUNZIONE DI MARIA VERGINE – P.zza Europa
S. PIETRO APOSTOLO – P.zza Andrea di Isernia
S. PIETRO CELESTINO IN S. MARIA DELLA PACE – Via Marcelli
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.
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