Genealogy in Bugnara

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Bugnara 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 Bugnara. As more your surname is common in Bugnara, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Bugnara 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 Bugnara 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.
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 Bugnara, or if you have questions regarding your family in Bugnara, 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 Bugnara area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. JoAnn says:

    I am interested in finding the parents names of Cesidio D’Tommaso who was born in Bugnara on April 29, 1882 and was married to Liberata DeFiore. Came to America in 1905. Also any brothers or sisters.

    • Peggy says:

      Did guiseppa have a brother frank and augustino? They came to America and were in Penn., changed their name from Di’tomasso to Thomas? We have a lot of the family tree. My paternal family is di Tomaso and maternal is Nolfi. Many of the names on here are on our tree. From what my great grandma told me bugnara was Avery small village

  2. Daniel says:

    Looking for info relating to and/or family related to Guiseppe Di Tommaso and/or wife Josephine Deramo. Immigrated to Ellis Island, US from Bugnara during 1930s with their daughter Irene, who was my grandmother (took the English surname Thomas at that time). I am going to be in Bugnara at the end of June 2018 and would love to link up with anyone who may be a distant relative and/or anyone who knows their history.

  3. steve says:

    looking for my great grandfather pasqueles parents i belive he lived in morro d oro his wife was maria polumbo and they had 4 children a son gabriel and 3 daughters

  4. Chris says:

    Would love to find information on my grandparents Magno (Mike) and Frances Trombetta (her maiden name was Nolfi). Thank you.

    • Cori says:

      Hey Chris,
      I have both of these surnames on my Italian side, from Bugnara. We should connect to see if we are related somehow. I know some if the family settled In Pennsylvania, Youngstown Ohio, Michigan, and New York.
      Best, Cori

  5. Anna says:

    My parents were born in Bugnara, Angelina Ventresca née Di Tommaso (14.06.1928) & Giovanni Ventresca (15.09.1928) (think was born in Torre Dei Nolfi then moved to Bugnara as a small child. I have visited Bugnara once in 2007 and saw my Grandmothers (maternal) resting place, her name was Niva Di Dionisio and Grandfather (maternal) was Leonardo Di Tommaso, however, do not know where his resting place is. On my paternal side, Grandmother was Anna Lo Stracco who married Abele Ventresca (Abele moved to Philadelphia).
    I would like to find out as much as possible of my grandparents and great grandparents going back as far as records allow. I am led to believe our family lived in Bugnara (and nearby hamlets) for centuries, however, I am not sure where to start with it all. Any advice would be great. Thank you.

  6. Dianne says:

    I’m interested in learning if any of my grandparents relatives are still living in Bugnara. My grandfather was Ernesto Quinque – one of I believe 10 children – and he married Filomena Salomone (sisters, Angelina and Donata).

  7. Vanessa says:

    I am looking for information about Frank and Marianna Cresta (her maiden name was Di Tommaso. According to their immigration records, there last residence was in Bugnata. I’m not sure if either were born there. They had a son Antonio too. if anyone has any information I would greatly appreciate it. Both were born around 1881/1882.

  8. Diane says:

    Looking for information on my paternal grandfather’s family. Name is Francisco Vittorio- born in 1906. Father was Luigi Vittorio and Mothers name was Marie Domenica Gugliemi. He immigrated to the US along with 2 brothers,

    • Donna says:

      Hi Diane. I will research your family names to see if possibly we have a connection. I am looking for my great-grandfather born 1861. His name was Vittorio di Profio. He was married to a Maria. His son, my grandfather, was Tommaso Di Profio born 1898 in Bugnara, Italy.

  9. Rebecca says:

    My grandmother’s family was from Bugnara and her maiden name was Ianessa.

    • Cori says:

      Hi Rebecca,
      I have Iannessa in my family line as well. I’m not sure if you saw my older message or not. My great-grandfather, Gaetano Felice is also from Bugnara…his parents were Vittorino Felice and Donata Iannessa. I just learned through DNA testing that Donata had brothers who came to the states. They changed the spelling to Yannessa, and are mainly in Pennsylvania. A few of my great-fathers sisters also ended up settling in Pennsylvania as well. My GG ended up in Michigan, and raised a family there.

      • Anne says:

        I’m trying to locate information on my husband’s grandfather. His name was Thomas Domenic Iannessa, born June 10, 1874 possibly in Bugnara. He came to the US in 1890. Trying to find his parents and siblings info. I believe his father was Guiseppe Iannessa and mother Ceceilia DiBacco. Donata was Thomas Domenic’s sister. I think you have been in contact with my son, Joseph, who has tried to put the Yannessa family tree together. Do you know anything more about Donata’s siblings? Was it only two brothers?

        • Cori says:

          Hello, Anne.
          Yes, I have chatted with your son. I’m regards to the Iannessa/Yannessa Family…I have only been able to confirm the two brothers of Donata, but there could possible be more siblings…some who may have stayed in Italy. I’m just getting back into this particular side of the family, so I will try to research this. I will let you know if/when I find anything.

  10. Tom says:

    I am looking for any information that pertains to my grandparents Anthony Marsilio and Anna Colangelo, birth, mariage, work, home address, anything that may give me a lead.

    Thank you

  11. kevin says:

    I’m looking for a copy of my great grandparents marriage certificate to learn the correct spelling of my last name,and learn my family lineage. I think my great grandmother, Caterina Mazzocca, was born in Bugnara and immigrated to Boston in 1898 with her two year old daughter Annina. I’m not sure when they were married but it must have been around 1894.I have found some documents for my great grandfather with his name spelled Giovanni Giuliano, Giuliani, Julian, Giulianni. Grazie for any help you can give

  12. Lisa says:

    I’m interested to find my materal Grandparents family, I’m looking to find the surnames of Onofrio Giannitti 1916 and Bambina Solomone 1917. I’ll be visiting Bugnara this summer 2016. I would like some information on where I should look for information.

  13. Diane says:

    This inquiry is for my husband’s family:Presutti. He has a copy of a certifica, stamped in Commune di Bugnara for the family list with birthdates. Cesidio born 1854 in Sulmona, his wife Maria Grosso, born 1856 in Alfadena, and their children: Francesco, 3 August,1882, Domenico 10 April, 1888, Adele, 23 June 1896, Gemma, 12 May 1885, Raffaele, 30 April 1891 all in Bugnara. They all immigrated to the US in the late 1890s. We visited Sulmona/Bugnara about 14 years ago and poked around but found no link to this family line even though there are many Presuttis in Pratola Peligna and the area. We would like to find out the rest of the lineage, any remaining relatives etc… if you have any direction for us. Thanks, Diane and Lenard Presutti

  14. joseph says:

    my grandfather,paolino jannetti, born in bugnara, 28 sept 1878.i can’t seem to find any info.or his wife maria.i would like to visit if I had more info. thank you very much. joseph caico

    • Richard says:

      Hello Joseph,

      Paolino was my great grandfather, and I, too, am trying to track down information. My grandfather was Camillo, Paolino’s firstborn son. Do you have any information on Maria?

      best, Richard

      • Joseph says:

        hi Richard,sorry so late. where do you live ? I have no info on maria. who my mother was named after, though they called her Virginia.and was from a huge family in Massachusetts. because they changed the spelling of the names it’s hard to track father was born in sicily and traced back about 300 years. been to his birth place 6 times. I would like to do that with my mothers side.if you have any info . that would be great.. thanks…joe caico

    • Lisa says:

      Your grandfather’s last name is spelled Giannitti, my grandfather was born Onofrio Giannitti 1916. His Father was Domenico Giannitti married Grazia Colangelo from Bugnara.

  15. Cori says:

    My great-grandfather, Gaetano Di Felice or Felice was born 1888 in Bugnara. We have had a very difficult time finding any information on him or his family, all but one sister came to the US…but both his mother and father died in Bugnara. Some of my family members have had their family in Italy try and help, but have had no luck. Gaetano had 4 siblings, Yolanda (remained in Italy), Natalia, Fortuna, and Maria Niva Nicolina…and his parents were Vittorino Di Felice or Felice and Donata Ianessa. If you have any advice for me, I would greatly appreciate it! Also, The Felice/Di Felice is confusing too, both Gaetano and his father, Vittorino has Di Felice written on the passenger list, but used Felice when they arrived on all of their other documentation. His sisters used just Felice on the passenger lists, so I don’t don’t which is correct. Thanks, Cori

    • Fran says:

      Cori, My grandmother, Francesca Felice Tataseo arrived in the USA from Bugnara, Italy in 1919. Ellis Island records show her mother as La Maria Filomena Felice.
      There seemed to be a lot of name changes in those days, but it would appear that we are probably related.
      Another relative was Nicholas Felice. They all settled in the Beaver Falls Pa. area.
      I found online the list of surnames recorded in the Catasto Onciario of Bugnara in the year 1742, which lists 5 families with the surname Felice.
      Would love to hear if you have found any more information. Fran

      • Cori says:

        Hello Fran,
        I am just now seeing your message, otherwise I would have responded sooner. My great-grandfather and most of his siblings also ended up in PA, in Aliquippa. He eventually moved to Michigan where he met and married my great-grandmother. I believe one sibling ended up in the New Jersey Area. My gg-grandfather is Vittorino DeFelice/Felice who married a Donata Domenica Ianessa. I’m sure there is some type of connection between us.

      • Cindy says:

        Hi Fran,

        My husband’s grandfather is Victor Tataseo. He was from Bugnara/Abruzzo and came to the US in 1920 and then settled in Sharon, Pennsylvania. There must be a relation to each other, don’t you think? I’ve been doing some ancestry research but your grandmother’s name hasn’t come up. Have you heard of Victor Tataseo?

        • Fran says:

          Hi Cindy. Just saw your reply!
          I have a partial family tree of the Tataseos. It shows Victor as son of Cristino. His siblings are Graziella, Danny, Antonio, Cesida, and Florence. Would that be his grandfather?
          Would your husband be Victor also? I recently did a DNA test that showed a Victor and I are 2nd or 3rd cousins.
          Are you on Facebook? There are no notifications on here that anyone has replied. It would be easier to contact one another.

  16. Jason says:

    My grandfather Antonio Colangelo came here with his brother aladino and Angelo Colangelo. I do not know his parents names.

  17. Amanda says:

    I’m interested in researching my Colangelo relatives that were from Bugnara. My great grandfather Gaetano Colangelo was born around 1902 to Panfilio Colangelo and Rosetta Ventresca, and came to the U.S. along with his brothers Attilio, Michele, and Gregorio.

    Would love to find out more about him and the rest of our lineage.

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