Genealogy in Barrea

If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Barrea, 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 L’Aquila province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Barrea registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Barrea. As more your surname is common in Barrea, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Barrea archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in L’Aquila province are:
Bianchi, Bisegna, Bonanni, Centofanti, Cipriani, Colangelo, D’Alessandro, D’Amico, D’Andrea, D’Angelo, De Angelis, De Santis, Di Benedetto, Di Carlo, Di Cesare, Di Domenico, Di Felice, Di Girolamo, Di Loreto, Di Marco, Di Paolo, Di Pietro, Di Renzo, Di Stefano, Gentile, Giuliani, Graziani, Leone, Liberatore, Mancini, Mariani, Marinucci, Morgante, Pace, Paris, Parisse, Persia, Petrella, Presutti, Ricci, Rossi, Sabatini, Santilli, Santucci, Silvestri, Tarquini, Valentini, Venditti.

Church archives in L’Aquila 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 Barrea and L’Aquila 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 Barrea, or if you have questions regarding your family in Barrea, just leave a message below

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1 Comment

  1. Robert says:

    Both sides of our family(maternal and paternal) come from Barrea. We are the D’Amico, DiCola/DeCola and also the Scarnecchia, Leone, Campana, Calderone and others
    I am 72years old. Our parents are Sam D’Amico and Ann DiCola or DeCola.
    I have a brother(James Paul) abnd a sister(Virginia Ann D’Amico – Lombardo).
    I believe our ancestors came to America in the 1880s and 1890s.
    They settled in Youngstown, Ohio(DeCola0 and in Farrell, Pennsylvania. Others settled in Chicago, Illinois.
    All of the immigrants are deceased and nearly all of the second generation are deceased.
    Our grandparents were born in Barrea in about the 1870s and early 1880s.

    We children do not speak Italian so if possible please respond in English.
    If you can tell us anything about our ancestors or relatives in Barrea I would really appreciate such a kindness.

    God bless you and all of the people of Barrea, Italy —

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