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. MARIA STELLA MARIS – Via Zara
S. PAOLO APOSTOLO – Via Florindo Ritucci Chinni
S. PIETRO – P.zza S. Antonio
SANTA MARIA DEL SABATO SANTO – Via Aragona, 1
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.
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