Genealogy in Pietrabbondante

If you search your ancestors in Pietrabbondante, 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 Pietrabbondante

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 Pietrabbondante town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Pietrabbondante on your behalf.

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

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  1. Donna says:

    Buona Sera,

    I am looking for the birth record of my grandfather Giuseppe Lastoria (La Storia). It is believed that he was born in Pietrabbondante in December 1893. Would you be so kind as to suggest where I may find his birth record?


  2. Aixa says:

    Hi everyone!

    I’m from Argentina and my bisnonno, Giussepantonio DI SALVO was born in june 1869 in Pietrabbondante. He married Maria Lucia D’Yorio from Olavarría, I guess in Tres Arroyos where my grandparent was born.

    I’m trying to get the born certificate (I have a digital copy) but I couldn’t get in touch with the civil registration. Do you have any advice?


  3. Silvana says:

    I am looking for my husband’s great grandfather, Domingo Antonio di Pasquo, born in 1873 in Pietrabbondante and his wife Maria del Carmen Filomena Zarlenga, born in 1872

  4. John says:

    This is to all the DiLullo/Zarlengo families of ancestors from Pietrabbondante who came to settle in Hillsville Pennsylvania USA to cut limestone during the industrial revolution. Their grit supplied the steel industry in nearby Youngstown, Ohio. What a proud legacy! Brave souls to leave their homeland to start a new life in a country of opportunity and bring such a work ethic and family value along with solid traditions to a new life. I honor my ancestors!! Salute!

  5. Stephen says:

    My grandfather, Joseph (Guiseppe?) Amanzio DiIorio and his brother, Antonio, immigrated to the US @1912 and settled in Northeast Ohio. Both were tailors. They came through Ellis Island where the spelling of their last name was changed to DeOrio.

  6. luciano says:

    I found your information at internet. I am from Argentina (currently I live in Mexico) and I am trying to get an Italian Passport. I hired 1 year ago a Lawyer from El Salvador who sell as an expert in that field. Unfortunately, at that moment, was impossible to get some papers and good information.

    Mi second grandfather born in Pietrabbondante, Isernia, Italy, in 1.861 (in don’t know the exactly date). His name was Luciano Di Giuseppe Di iorio. When he arrived to Argentina his last name was changed to Diorio . He die as a Italian (it means he never get the Argentinian nationality). I have the death certificate and the rest of information, but I don’t have the Born certificate (from Pietrabbondante, Isernia, Italy).

    Could you help me to get it?. How much time does it take?. How much is the cost for that task?.

    I appreciate your feedback?


  7. June says:


    • Linda says:

      Hello, June. I am researching a DiTullio/Zarlenga connection. My Mother is a Ditullio, and her grandfather was Vincenzo Gerardo DiTullio.

    • Stephen says:

      My grandfather, Joesph Amanzio Di Iorio, and his brother, Antonio immigrated to the US in 1912 and settled in Northeast Ohio… we might be related???

  8. Perry says:

    Hi, would like help if you can. My father was Enrico Santangelo 1914-1999. his dad was Onorato Santangelo 1879-? His mother was Cessna Tesone 1879-?

  9. Pablo says:

    Hi! Im from Argentina I am looking for information about my great-grandfather Santoro, born on March 28, 1867. But I do not have the name of him or his wife. I would like to know any type of information.

  10. Dolores says:

    I am seeking information about my grandmother,
    Angelica Vitullo DeTata. Upon the death of
    her husband/fiancé, she left her hometown of Pietrabbdonte
    in June 1897 at age 25 sailed to New York arriving June 30
    aboard SS Werra. She left Italy to marry the brother
    Cesino DeTata, of her deceased husband/fiancé, He
    was residing in Colorado.

    Angelica may have been adopted by the Vitullo family.
    We had heard that she was an orphan.

    Also, any information regarding my grandfather,
    Cesino DeTata , Born 4/11/1872.
    Parents Domenico DiTata and
    Maria Santangelo.

  11. John says:


    I am not sure where to start. My family is named Zarlenga and from Pietroabbondante. My grandfather John Zarlenga (I am the third) immigrated to the US in I believe 1902 (I know I will need further detail than this). I am traveling to Italy in a few months and would love to go to my hometown and possibly visit with any relatives I may still have there. Sounds like Zarlenga is a common name there. Where do I start with this process and what information do I need to provide?

    Thank you,

    • Tony says:

      Hello John,

      I am sure by now your trip to Italy has come and gone. If you made it to Pietrabbondante, I am sure you met a Zarlenga or two. As you are aware, while not a common name here in the U.S in the Townships of Pietrabbondante and Castelverrino Italy, that is not the case. Many with the surname Zarlenga immigrated from Molise to Argentina and the United States. From the late 1800’s to early 1900’s many of those coming thru Ellis island had their names mistakenly changed by immigration officers from Zarlenga to Zarlengo. Many of those with the surname Zarlengo ended up in The state of Colorado. They were expert carpenters and woodsmen. They came to cut wood and build the railroad. Many with the name Zarlenga ended up in Buenas Aires Argentina.

      It should not be hard to find a cousin or two in Pietrabbondante
      Best to you

    • Tim says:

      Hello John, my name is Tim Zarlenga, my great grandparents came from Castelverrino and Pietrabbondante (there is only a rock fissure between the two cities, one can walk tot he other very easily. I recommend you visit the churches in both cities. If you (or someone, like Italianside) can write Italian, then you can write to the churches for records BEFORE traveling to Italy.

      Good luck with your continued genealogy research!

  12. Agustina says:

    Hi I’m from Argentina and I am looking for information about my great grandparents, Francisco Disalvo and Victoria Zarlinga, born in Pietrabbondante. Francisco was born in February 1846 and Victoria in 15/04/1859. They moved to 16 de Julio, Buenos Aires Argentina around 1878 and had 7 kids. Francisco died in 1929 in Olavarria, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Any help is welcome, thank you very much!

  13. Bonnie says:

    I am searching for information on my paternal grandmother. She was born on March 18, 1893. Her name was Luisa Tesone. I would like to know her parents names and also date of her marriage to Giuseppe Perreca from Recale. I don’t know if they were married in Italy or in the US.

    Thank you.

  14. Carole says:

    Looking for any information on Alberico Zarlengo. He was born on 5/11 1872 in Pietraabbondante according to my grandmother Giovanna ZARLENGO. she was born May 7, 1899. His death record in Philadelphia lists his father as Vincenzo and mother , Vittoria. Alberico married Palmina Tesone in Italy also. Any info on any of those Zarlqengos would be so helpful.

  15. Denise says:

    Since my message just a year ago, I found my grandfather was indeed born in Pietrabbondante with his brothers and sisters, and then moved to Vastogirardi before coming to the U.S. His name was Florindo Ionna, and his first wife was Maria Domenica De Dominicis. My 2x great grandmother was Maria Giuseppa Zarlenga, who was born in Castelluccio. She moved to Pietrabbondante when she married my 2x great grandfather, Felice Mariani. It seems Zarlenga is a common name in Pietrabbondante.

  16. Francisco says:

    Hi I’m from Argentina and I am looking for information about my great grandparents, Francisco Disalvo and Victoria Zarlinga, born in Pietrabbondante, between 1840 and 1860.
    Any help is welcome, thank you very much!

    • Agustina says:

      Hola! tenemos los mismos antepasados y estoy tratando de buscar info, yo tengo las fechas de nacimiento de Francisco y Victoria, pudiste encontrar algo mas vos?

      • Francisco says:

        Hola Agustina, en su momento abandone la búsqueda pero estuve en Pietrabbondante para conocer el pueblo, es increíble. Fui al anagraffe pero estaba cerrado porq era día festivo. Igualmente antes de abandonar la búsqueda me puse en contacto con el párroco de la ciudad y me mando el registro de casamiento y el bautismo de 2 victorias zarlenga. De Francisco no encontró. Mandé varios mails al anagraffe y nada.

  17. Di Salvo, Sestino says:

    Hi, I was wondering if there were any records of Sestino DiSalvo who married Angela DiTomasso. They were from Pietrobondante. Left Italy in the early 1920’s . Supposedly had a daughter that died a few years before they left for the United. States to reside in Youngstown, OH.

    • Rosanne says:

      It has been years since this message was sent and I hope this can still help someone. However, this sounds like my grandparents. I never new my Grandmother Angelina she died before I was born. My Mother is one of 7 and is still living she talked about having a sister that died in Italy. My grandparents were hard working people and struggled to keep their family together. My Grandfather Sestino lived to be 91. If there are any records they would be interesting to view. Thank you.

  18. Lucio says:

    Mis padres eran de esa ciudad, sus nombres eran: mi padre Pierino DI IACOVO, hijo de Vicente DI IACOVO y de Elcira SANTORO y mi madre: Beatrice DI SALVO, hija de Emilio (creo que era así) DI SALVO y de Adelina DI TULLIO.
    Mi padre vino en el año 1924 a Buenos Aires y mi madre lo hizo en el año 1932.
    Quisiera tener contacto con algún familiar de esa ciudad, ya que tengo planificado ir a conocer esa ciudad en un futuro cercano. Muchas gracias.

  19. Vincent says:

    i would like to find any information about my grandfather Antonio DiPilla who married Teodora Nappa in
    Either 1891 or 1892 he emigrated to Canada in 1899 or 1900.
    He died in Italy in either 1967 or 1968.

  20. Carolina says:

    Hello! I’d like to start a research on my family roots. My great great grandparents emigrated from Pietrabbondante by the end of the 19th century. They came to Argentina. Their surname was Di Salvo. They had a daughter, Concepcion, who married Maximo Zarlenga.

  21. Denise says:

    I have hit a brick wall searching for my grandfather, Florindo Ianno. He immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1890’s, and settled in Pittsburgh, PA. I have his naturalization papers, but there is no information pertaining to the exact town he was from or the ship he came in on. I believe he was from Pietrabbondante, Italy, but I’m not sure. He had two sons, Giovanni Ianno and Nicola Ianno. Rumor has it that his first wife died in childbirth, and I don’t have her name. He married my grandmother here in the U.S. sometime between 1913 and 1914. If you have any information on my grandfather, please contact me.

  22. Dave says:

    I would like to request a birth record from the City Office of Pietrabbondante for my grandfather Domenico Mario Zarlenga (1927-2004). Can you help with translating the request and telling me where I should send it?

  23. Carole Coppola says:

    Looking for Adamo and Beatrice Zarlenga family information. Beatrice maiden name is Messaro from Pietrabbpndante Italy. Adamo came to Ellis Island in 1910. Settled in Hillsville, Penn. would love to contact cousins and find out family tree.

    • Carolina says:

      We could be relatives! My grandmother´s maiden name is Zarlenga. She was the daughter of Maximo Zarlenga and Concepcion di Salvo, who were born here in Argentina. Maximo´s parents had emigrated from Pietrabbondante.

  24. Cathryn T. says:

    Hello, I am writing to learn more about my family history. My great grandparents immigrated to the United States from Pietrabbondante in the 1920’s. Elena Zarlenga was born in 1901 and Romolo DiPinto was born around 1900. Please, if there is any information pertaining to either of these two families, contact me.