Genealogy in Ortona
If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Ortona, 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 Ortona registrar as of that date.
Before to start your genealogy research in Ortona, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Abruzzo and in Ortona too.
In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Ortona from the Italian Unification (1861).
It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Ortona. As more your surname is common in Ortona, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Ortona 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 Ortona 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 Ortona, or if you have questions regarding your family in Ortona, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org