Genealogy in Lettopalena

If you search your ancestors in Lettopalena, Abruzzo, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Abruzzo and in Chieti province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Lettopalena registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Lettopalena 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 Lettopalena. As more your surname is common in Lettopalena, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Lettopalena 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 Lettopalena 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.
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 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.

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Lettopalena 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 Lettopalena area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Conchita says:

    Buongiorno dalla città del Messico, cerco di comunicare con la signora Maria Ines Masciantonio residente Lettopalena. Non so il suo nome da sposata. Si chiede il vostro aiuto per contattarla. Grazie mille.

  2. Gary says:

    My Grandfather was Michael DiMuzio his parents were from Lettopalena. I was wondering if there are any remaining relatives there?

  3. Patricia says:

    My father Dante Rossetti was born in lettopelena in 1918 to Assunta Tempesta Rossetti and Edmond Rossetti who also had Sisto, Guido, Romeo, Edmond, Dora and Gilda Rossetti. The family immigrated to the US sometime in the 1920’s and ended up in Pittsburgh, PA.
    Any information on the Rossetti family would be greatly appreciated.

    • Janet says:

      My husband, Giuseppe (now Joe)Rossetti immigrated to the U.S. with his parents, who were from Lettopalena 60+years ago. What sort of information are you seeking? we are planning to visit Lettopalena this fall.

      • Janice says:

        My great grandfather, Giuseppe Antonio Rossetti and his wife, Josephine DeLullo, emigrated from Lettopalena in the late 1800’s and were married in Philadelphia in 1900, where they settled. It appears that both of their families lived in Lettopalena for many generations. Any additional information would be appreciated — and I wonder if any of their family is still there!

    • Patricia says:

      Any information on the Rossetti family would be great. Assunta Temesta immigrated to the United States in the 1920’s. My father Dante was with her.

    • Marilyn says:

      I believe that your Rosetti family may be related to my grandmother. Her name was Gioconda Rosetti. She married a DeNoble from Lettopolena and came to America in the late 1800’s. They were in Pennsylvania for a while, then moved to Ohio. I also have family in Pittsburgh, but am not sure of the connection. As a child, we visited a Sisto Rosetti, near Washington D.C. I also had an Aunt Theresa that I believe was my grandmother’s sister.

      • Nancy says:

        Dear Marilyn:
        My grandma was Theresa Marie Rosa Rosetti, who married Anthony Divincenzo. They lived in Belleaire Ohio, then moved to Rockville Md. She was the sister of Phillip, Theodore, and Floyd. They changed the name to Vincent.
        They had 8 kids that survived birth. Frank, Edmund, Albert, Sisto, Ellen, Molly, Flora, and my father Henry.
        I just had my Dads DNA done. It showed he was 96% Southern Italian and 4% Eastern European.
        Please send whatever info you have found. My Dad was related to the DeNobles, too. Bell

  4. Harry Faulk says:

    I would like to know if there is anyone living in Lettopalena with the surname of Falcocchio.

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