Genealogy in Orsogna

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Orsogna, 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 Orsogna registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Orsogna. As more your surname is common in Orsogna, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Orsogna 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 Orsogna 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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Orsogna, or if you have questions regarding your family in Orsogna, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to


4 Messages to “Genealogy in Orsogna”
  1. Secatore says:

    Hello, my name is Fabrizio, my father Nicola said his grandfather Erminio or Ermindo Secatore ( circa 1860-70’s was from Orsogna.
    My grandfather Vincenzo was from Semivicoli.
    Any assistance is appreciated, grazie.

  2. Rob says:

    We have a letter written around 1944 by an Italian couple that had some New Zealanders
    staying with them during WW2 . The only info on the letter is the name of Domenico Braccia. It is possible his wife’s name is Palma. My research shows that the NZ soldiers were in an area near Orsogna. The name of the NZ’er is Frank Brand.
    It is a long shot but is there any way I would be able to get any information regarding this couple. I realise they are not going to be alive now but some relations
    may be
    Rob Abbey

  3. Ivano says:

    Where is the origin of the name Scenna. Send me some information. I would like to know more. Thank you.

  4. Joseph Francis says:

    I am trying to find ancestry for my grandfather.

    Victor GioVambattista Mancini. Born 17 July 1892. Unknown city in Italy.
    Died in Pennsylvania 28 Sept 1952.
    Father: Ferdinand Mancini
    Mother: Vincenza Silvagne

    He was a very private man. He never spoke of his past. He came to the US around 1910. Cannot find any immigration records. Naturalization, social security records, etc… revealed only country as birthplace, NO city in Italy.
    My recent DNA testing revealed a very high probability match with another ancestry tree, but no direct link we could trace, except DNA..
    The other family tree members with a DNA match were all from
    Orsogna, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy.

    Their names:
    Emidio Mancini Birth about 1820, Italy
    Giuseppe Mancini Birth 18 July 1841, Orsogna, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
    Filippo Mancini Birth 20 Oct 1873, Orsogna, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
    Helen Marie Mancini Birth 9 Apr 1901, USA

    I am hoping to just find a birth record that Victor GioVambattista Mancini was born in this city, so I could open up further research about his ancestry.

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