Genealogy in Capestrano

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Capestrano. As more your surname is common in Capestrano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Capestrano 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 Capestrano 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 are interested to start or to continue your genealogy research in Capestrano, or if you have questions regarding your family in Capestrano, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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6 Messages to “Genealogy in Capestrano”
  1. Judy says:


    My cousins and I are visiting Capestrano in September. Both of our grandparents were born there. Our grandparents’ names are:
    Domenico (Dominic) Paolini/Paolino and Paulina Gargano. We know when they were born, when they arrived in the U.S., on what ship, etc. due to research for a family reunion in 2013. Is there a way to find out what streets they lived on (the houses are probably long gone)? We’d love to walk the same street(s) and come full-circle.

    Thank you,

  2. Beverley says:

    Seaching for the D’Erocle family line. Graci

  3. Susan Senatori says:

    Sam Senatori and Maria Corsi immigrated from Capestrano to Evelyn, Minnesota in 1921, then moved to Iron Mountain, Michigan. Sam had one sister who remained in Capestrano. Sam and Maria’s family would like any additional information.

  4. Nicole says:


    I live in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Many original inhabitants of our city came from Capestrano to work in the iron mines. Among them was my great grandfather, Domenico Fontana. He later sent for my great grandmother Rosalia Amicangelo or Amicangioli. They married in Iron Mountain. Rosalia’s sister Lucia also came and married Giovanni Rainaldi also of Capestrano. If you can offer any information, I would be greatly appreciative.

    Domenico Fontana b. 19 Dec 1873 (Broncossi Fontana & A. Santaciassi)
    Rosalia Amicangelo b. 6 Jun 1879 (Carmine Amicangelo & Linjensa Senatori)
    Lucia Amicangelo b. 1871
    Giovanni Rainaldi b. 1865

    I am hoping to find if they had other siblings or anything else that would be available.

    Thank you,

    • Susan Senatori says:

      Hi, Nicole,

      My in-laws, The Senatori’s, lived in Iron Mountain and also immigrated from Capestrano. Their names were Sam and Maria(Corsi)Senatori. Sam came to work in Eveyln, Minnestoa,then return to Capestrano to bring back his wife. Eventually they made their way to Iron Mountain.

    • Domenic says:

      My maternal grandfather’s last name was Amicangioli. First name Domenico. He was born about 1880 and lived in Michigan for several years working in mines there before returning to Capestrano just after WWI. Unless there was more than one family with that name they must have been related.

      I am named after him.


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