Genealogy in Lanciano

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Lanciano, you could find info about your Italian family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.

Registry offices in Abruzzo and in Chieti province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Lanciano registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Lanciano?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Lanciano


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

In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Lanciano from the Italian Unification (1861).

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Lanciano. As more your surname is common in Lanciano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Lanciano archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Chieti province are:
Angelucci, Bruno, Cinalli, Costantini, D’Alessandro, D’Amico, D’Angelo, De Luca, Di Biase, Di Carlo, Di Crescenzo, Di Francesco, Di Giacomo, Di Marco, Di Martino, Di Matteo, Di Nardo, Di Paolo, Di Pietro, Di Prinzio, Di Renzo, Di Santo, Di Stefano, Di Tullio, Di Virgilio, D’Orazio, Esposito, Ferrante, Iezzi, Luciani, Mammarella, Mancini, Marino, Martelli, Menna, Natale, Paolini, Paolucci, Pasquini, Piccirilli, Ranieri, Ricci, Rossi, Salvatore, Tenaglia, Travaglini, Tucci, Zappacosta.

Church archives in Chieti 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 Lanciano and Chieti 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.

Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in L’Aquila.

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.

It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Lanciano, or if you have questions regarding your family in Lanciano, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to our expert in Lanciano area will reply to you


  1. Mary says:

    Trying to find any one left in the Antonio Gnagnarelli family. He left for US (Pittsburgh area) died in Pittsburgh in 1945. I see other last names spelled as Gnagnarella, which I feel is the same family. Antonio was born in Lanciano. Can you help me?

  2. Philip says:

    Hello, I am trying to find out how to obtain an official hard-copy birth certificate for my grandfather, Luigi Antonio Nereo. He was born Jan. 29, 1874 in Penne, Italy or in Lanciano, Italy. His father was Antonio Nereo, born in 1842.

  3. Lisa says:


    I’m trying to trace the Paolucci name, in Lanciano. My grandfather’s name was Angelo. He was born in 1908 and left for Canada when he was 18. He married and had a family here. I think he had a brother Joe.

    Thank you

  4. Sheri says:

    I am trying to trace back the Martelli surname. I have a Giacomo Martelli born 11/28/1891 and his father is Francisco Paulo Nicola Martelli born 7/20/1852. Any help is appreciated.
    Thank you


  5. Patti says:

    I am trying to get a phone number or an address for the Archive in Lanciano. Not the Comune but the Archive. I had a student help me from the Canadian School which is located in Lanciano, and the Archive is in the same building. The Student has graduated but I need more information on the information she was able to obtain for me.

    Thank you for your help.


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