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.

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

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

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


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 want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Ortona, or if you have questions regarding your family in Ortona, 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 Ortona area will reply to you


  1. jennifer says:

    Looking for family history. My great grandmother was Lucia Carafa born in Ortona in 1898 and came to NYC in 1920. Married to James Bellanio in the US. I am looking for any info on her relatives!

  2. Debbie says:

    Looking for information on my second great-grandmother, Gemma d’Annibale. She married Emidio Bianco before 1878. I’ve been unable to find any birth or death records on her. My sense is that she died after 1930, which is where the archived records end. But, she would have passed away before my great-grandmother, who died in 1952. They were from/lived in Ortona.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I’m looking for the Marmontello family history. I’ve recently learned that our name could have been spelled Marmontel before my family migrated to New Jersey. My great great great grandfather’s name is Pasquale Marmontello. Some records show he had a few children born in Italy. One, is Antoni Marmontello, my great grandfather. His wife was Catherine Cardoni. Also, when I leaned about Pasquale’s birthplace in Italy the document stated specifically: Civile, Ortona, Cheiti, Italy. Another, city/town mentioned is Villamagna.

  4. Steve says:

    I am trying to find out more information on Luigi Scotti who lived in Ortona (not sure if he was born there). He was a minor government official in Ortona from the 1850s until about 1872 when he and his family moved to Penne. In Ortona, he was married to a Chiara Manna from Naples. They had several children born in Ortona (Michele 1857, Adele Sofia 1859, Silvia Laura 1861 and Alberto Luigi 1863). I know Luigi’s father was named Michele. Trying to find out whether he and Chiara were married in Ortona and where the Scotti’s originate from.

  5. Joanna says:

    I’m requesting for a friend. She is looking for her Grandfather who we think was born July 1904/1905 in Ortona. Caesar Rocco Candelora is his name. Does anyone have any information they could send my way?

    Many thanks!!

  6. Nancy says:

    My grandfather Liberato (Albert) Panico was born in Ortona in 1888. His father was Vincenzo Panico and his mother was Filomena Centofanti. I am looking for any information on their parents. I am visiting in May

  7. Patricia says:

    Searching for information about my grandmother, Smeralda Castelnuovo, born in Ortona-a-Mare in July 1884. Her mother’s nickname was “Jovita” and possible full name “Giovina Di’Scuovo.” Her father – unknown name – immigrated to Brazil abt. 1888-1890 & died of Malaria. Smeralda immigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1911. She had an older brother named Alfredo or Antonio, and a little sister named Anita. She married Milorad Gacharich (Gacaric) a Yugoslavian immigrant. She died in Buenos Aires in 1981, at the age of 97.

  8. tom says:

    My grandmother Assunta Canossa came from Ortona a Mar .She came to the U.S. around 1916-1918. Are there any Canossas still lining in Ortona a Mar?

  9. Kathy says:

    I am interested in geting information on my grandfather and great grandparents. They lived in Ortona. My grandfather is Tomasso Colaiezzi his date of birth is about 1885.

    • Danny says:

      Colaiezzi? I have that name in my tree from Ortona. In fact, I have a Tommaso Colaiezzi born in 1884 in my tree. His parents would be Gaetano Colaiezzi and Maria Cespa. If Tommaso lived to be 102 and died in Florida, that would be a match.

  10. William says:

    I plan to be in Ortona May 1 to research for the parents of Joseph Di Cintio. Any tips appreciated.

    • donald antonangeli says:

      William, my grandparents are domenic Antonangeli and felicetta troiano or troinana or troiani and are from ortona dei marsi born in the early 1880’s.

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