Genealogy in Vasto

If you search your ancestors in Vasto, Abruzzo, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Abruzzo and in Chieti province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Vasto registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Vasto from the Italian Unification (1861) an important info to understand how many people lived there in the past.

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

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Vasto:

S. GIOVANNI BOSCO – Via S. Giovanni da Capestrano

S. GIUSEPPE – P.zza L.V. Pudente

S. MARCO EVANGELISTA – Via Madonna dei Sette Dolori

S. MARIA INCORONATA – Via Incoronata, 110


S. PAOLO APOSTOLO – Via Florindo Ritucci Chinni

S. PIETRO – P.zza S. Antonio


If you have the opportunity to visit Vasto 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.
For our experience is better to start to search months before your arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices and with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps.

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.

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Vasto just leave a message below in the comment area

If your research is in a dead end and you need professional help from our local Italian genealogists write to our expert in Vasto area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Jon says:

    I am trying to do genealogy research on my wife’s family. Her Grand Mother Angelina D Mancini and Domenico Dibiase were from Vasto. Angelina and her two bothers, Michael and Pietro Mancini came to America around 1921. The Mancini family owned a farm that grew grapes, cherries, figs, and olives. Their parents were Antonio Mancini and Gracinta Canosa (or Canose). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  2. Sue says:

    Trying to find Lina D’Ermillio born in 1959. She has 2 brothers John and Frank. She moved back to Vasto from Lidcome, Sydney ,Australia.
    I was her friend at school
    I am from Sydney Australia
    Can you help with her address
    Thank you

  3. Jan-Marie says:

    Looking for Berardino Della Penna born in Vasto, 1855 ( ?) married Concetta Maestro from San Martino in 1877. had 2 children

  4. Joe says:

    looking for relatives of Michele Pollutri(d.1924) and Laura Diguilmi (d.1940) … their childrens names where Maria Domenica(d.1965) Michelina(d.1953) Maria Spina (d.1985).. two sons Giovanni and Cesario who migrated to the USA and two sons that died in WW1 Nicolino and Domenico. Thank you.

  5. Lora Chiachetti Kells says:

    Looking for Information on Rosa LaVerghetta. She was my great grandmother and supposedly was a Contessa. Born around 13 May 1883 – Roseto, Foggia, Puglia, Italy Died on Sep 1980 – Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America. Arrived September 11, 1912 in New York. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Especially on whether or not she was in fact a Contessa. Thank you!

  6. Margaret says:

    Looking for information on a Covello Gizzi who may be a brother to my grandmother, Laura Gizzi (1876-1955). Her parents were Alfonso Gizzi and Conceta Eure. We would appreciate any information.

    Thank you.

  7. anna says:

    Hi! I am looking for any information about my maternal great grandmother, Teresa Scafetta. She was born January 20, 1898 in Sao Paulo, Brazil but grew up in Chieti, and moved to America (I think) around 1918. thank you!

  8. Charles says:

    looking for info or birth records for: Theodore Marchesani, born January 26,1893 in vasto chieti italy

  9. Charles says:

    My grandfather Theodore Marchesani was born in Vasto Provincio Di Chieti Italy
    January 26,1893… I think his mother’s name was Anna.

    how can I get birth records of him or any family records back then.

  10. Lisa says:

    I’m searching for any information on several family members born in Vasto. They are:
    1-Great Great Grandfather Angelo Palazzo
    2-his son, my Great Grandfather Michele Palazzo b.1874
    3-Great Grandmother (and wife of Michele) Rosa or Rosario LaVerghetta b. 1878
    4-Great Grandfather Carmine Ricchezza b.4-6-1887
    5-his wife, my Great Grandmother Antonetta Smargiassi b.2-2-1887

    Thank you for any assistance.

    • Lora Chiachetti Kells says:

      I see you are also looking for a Rosa LaVerghetta, who would be my Great Grandmother. I wonder if we are somehow related??? Would love to know!

  11. Anne says:

    I’m the granddaughter of Antonio Ceruti and Luisa Forte. Are there records of my ancestors you can share with me or tell me where I can learn more?

  12. Nick says:

    My mother was born in Vasto on August 22, 1915. Her name was Anna DiChiacchio. She and her family emigrated to the states in 1916. Kindly advise any info or records. thank you.

  13. Nick says:

    My mother was born in Vasto on August 22, 1915. Her name was Anna. Her family emigrated to the states in 1916. Any records would be appreciated. Kindly advise any costs as well. Thank you.

  14. Anthony says:

    I am searching for my grandfather’s birth record. He was born 05/15/1899 in Vasto, Pro-Vin Chieti, Italy to Peter and Edna Santoro (I believe).

  15. Anthony says:

    I wish to obtain birth certficates of my Grandparents on both sides of my parents who were all born in Vasto,Chieti area.
    Can you please advise of the best way to do this.


  16. Giuseppe says:

    I am seeking historical data on Guiseppe Natale (born about 1898 in Vasto), who is my grandfather, and who is the father of my father – Antonio Natale 24/2/1927 to 25/9/2002. Guiseppe Natale’s wife was Maria Sanconcordio, who was born about 1904 in Peteciatto, Italy, and buried in Vasto (date unknown).

  17. Ted says:

    I am searching for a birth record for my grandmother Grazia Galante who was born
    Jan 29 1884 in Vasto Italy. Please tell me where I can find this record and for other relatives
    Born in Vasto.

  18. Kathleen says:

    I am searching for relatives who were born in Vasto… Luigi Gizzi (1887 or 1888) and his wife Mary Bevilaqua (1891?).

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