Genealogy in Palena

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Palena. As more your surname is common in Palena, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Palena 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 Palena 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 Palena, or if you have questions regarding your family in Palena, 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


3 Messages to “Genealogy in Palena”
  1. Mark says:

    Gaetana Vasile Birth Mar 1877 in Palana, Chieta Italy her mother
    Filomena Palanngi

    Gatana married Married Andrew /Andrea Martinelli Birth 23 Oct 1872 in Gambatesa, Campobasso, Molise, Italy His father A. Giusseppe Martinelli
    Went to USA 1888 Farmers

    Hope to make a better connection as this is all I have. Want to visit in two years.

  2. Patti says:

    I believe both my grandparents were born and married in Palena. My grandmother’s name is Gemma D’Amario (also seen listed as Maria Gemma D’Amario) and was born May 12, early 1870′s and my grandfather’s name is Panfilo D’Eletto born April 28, 1874. They both came to the United States married. I believe my grandmother waited until he came home from the war and they were in their mid-twenties when they were married in Palena. Could you please let me know any information including their parent’s names, birth date of my grandmother, and any marriage information you may find? Thank you so much for the time you are willing to take to help me find out about my grandparents.

  3. Tony says:

    I have been trying to find a connection between my Di Nobile Line and others for a while now….As part of that I have tried to help other Di Nobile Researchers determine their ancestors town of origin….Below are the names of the people who’s town of origin I would like to confirm so that I can continue my research….I have immigration records showing that Luigi & Guiseppe came from the town of Palena in Abruzzo , but I haven’t been able to find any records for their parents Bernardino and Fortunata Di Nobile….Your help would be Greatly Appreciated !

    Parents : Bernardino and Fortunata (Di Nobile / De Nobile) DOB unknown….

    Sons : Liugi Di Nobile 7/6/1878/79 & Guiseppe Di Nobile 9/21/1881

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