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


13 Messages to “Genealogy in Palena”
  1. Maura says:

    I am planning a trip to Palena in March and am looking for some information regarding my father’s grandmother, Maria Como, before the trip.

    Her parents, Ignazio Comc and Consiglia (DeMarco) Como were pottery makers, born in Palena around 1870.

    • Patti Posey says:

      Hi Maura,

      Small world! I’m going to Palena in September to see where my family is from. My mom comes from a long line of Comos’. I’m looking at our family tree whic started in Palena back in 1847. That’s as far back my relatives could find. This is where we started in Palena.

      Anthony (1847) and Catherine (1849) had two children Joseph and Madeline. Joseph married Nazzarena Ciaone. They had 10 children. They came to the US in 1907.

      I’m hoping to see if there are any Comos left. I would also like to find out how Pietro Como is connected to our line. I think he must have been a cousin or something. It’s so interesting to find out. Hope you enjoy your trip to Palena. Email me and let me know. Maybe we are related in some way.


      • Louise says:

        My father came from Palena when he was 14. My grand grandmother was a Como before she married and married a Como. Her name was Theresa and his name was John. I have recently found out that thru my grandmothers side am related to Perry Como. I had always thought it was the other way around. My uncle used to translate his letters to his(Perrys) aunt for her since she could not read English and then write him back in English for her. Unfortunately my father and all my uncles have passed. So I have a little info but not much. My father and uncle were asked to sing also on the radio but their father prohibited them to sing. Dad had a beautiful voice too.
        Recently by accident my cousin ran into a distant relative down in Venice Florida who has been studying our family tree. And that there has been extensive family tree that can be seen on ancestor. It’s huge. Seems they all had large families.
        Dad had told me that after the war some of the relatives on his fathers side went to South America, California,West Virginia, Pennsylvania. My mother had told me that grand mothers side had stayed in Italy so I’m not sure where they are now. Grandpa John worked in the potty factory painting China. Even taught me how to draw the birds he used to put on the plates. Factory was hit by a quake I was told and he came to US to find work for family.
        would love to visit the town someday.

  2. David says:

    My grandmother Esterina Testa and grandfather Gabriel Fornari are from Palena, Italy. They were friends or relatives with the Como Family. (Pietro Como)

    Does anyone have any information on any of these people. They probably left Palena for the USA around 1902. I have met Bianca Testa who is a shop owner in Palena inSept. 2017. She did not have any info but she was a non Blood relative.

    I will return in Aug. 2018 for my third visit if all goes well. Love the town and the people.

  3. Annette says:

    My Great Grand Parents were Nick Isacco and Maria Giuseppa Filomena Liberatore. I believe that they both came from Palena..Can anyone help me..Thank You Annette.

  4. Jackie says:

    I am looking for information about my family. All from Chieti, Italy, San Vito primarily as far as I can trace. The name Bucco is what I am sseeking primarily, however the below names connect as well:
    Salvatore Maghino (born 1713)
    Victoria Flaminio (born 1715)
    Giuseppe Bucco
    Maddalena Maghino
    Philippus D’Angelo
    Francesca di Bernardo
    Carmine Bucco (born 1775)
    Rachele D’Angelo (born 1775)
    Eusebio Donato Bucco (born 1812)
    Sinforosa D’Amario (born 1813)
    Vito Domenico Bucco (born 1828)
    Anna (wife to Vito Domenico Bucco – born 1831)
    VAlerio Bucco
    Vito Crispino Bucco (born 1891)

  5. Christine says:

    I’m trying to find information on my grandmother Ida(Aida) DiGiacomo. I know that she had a sister Bernice. She married Domenick Pierorazzio. He was quite a bit older than her. She was a friend of Perry Como’s mother, who came to visit her in Pennsylvania. I’m wondering if I still have family there.

  6. Mariano says:

    Hi greetings from Argentina. I would like some iinformation from my grand grand father he s name was Francisco Pablo cerusico.He was born on the 8 of june in 1887. I need his birth certificate. How do i get it? Thanks for the help.

  7. Anthony says:

    My mother Rosaria (Rose Ranellone Tascione) was born in Palena in March 3, 1915, her father Geatano made several voyages back and forth between Naples and New York starting at the turn of the century. He served in the Italian Army in World War l, station in the north of Italian fighting against Austrian solders. He married Anna ( last name unknown) and they had two children my mother and a brother Daniel born March, 1916. Both are deceased. We lasted visited Palena in 1997, along with my mother. Since my grandfather was an only child and I’m not sure of my grandmother there were not many close relatives. We were introduced to a family of third cousins who were named Ranellone. My mother knew this cousin through correspondence. Just trying to obtain any information regarding my family.

  8. Marcelo says:

    Quisiera conocer datos de mis antepasados de Palena.- Mi bisabuelo era Giovanni D’Eletto casado con Maria Luisa Masciarelli.- creo que la fecha de nacimiento de Giovanni fue el 24 de Junio de 1851.-

    Ademas si fuera posible, saber fecha de casamiento del mismo.-

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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