Genealogy in Capestrano

If you search your ancestors in Capestrano, 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 L’Aquila province registry offices 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.

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.

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Capestrano 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 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.
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 Capestrano 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 Capestrano area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Deborah says:

    My name is Debbie Smith and my grandparents both immigrated from there. My Grandpa Luigi Colasacciarrivex in the US in 1896…he was born there in Mabt 1878z. My Grandma was a Domenica Verdone from Capestrano and immigrated in 1993. I am trying to find out who there parents and grandparents are?? Am so hoping you will be able to help me!! Thank you Debbie Smith

  2. Mike says:

    Just to let anyone who is on here, do research for birth certificates,death,marriages, children, naturalization in the US if they came here, where they came in at, and make real sure you check all the censuses where they lived here in the states. I found out I am a Italian citizen but not recognized yet going through these procedures. My great grandfather came to the states from Capestrano and tried to become a citizen but was turned down.waited ten more years again to try and succeeded . He got married and had all of his kids prior to being naturalized here in the states. If it wasn’t for looking up the 20’s censuses, never would have known the children were born before he was naturalized. Going to Detroit in May to the Italian consulate to have it recognized for duel citizenship. Hope it helps. Good luck!

  3. Ann says:

    My husband’s grandfather, Alberto Di Iulio immigrated to Hurley, WI in 1924 to work in the Iron Ore mines. He listed Capestrano as his hometown on the immigration papers. We are hoping to visit Capestrano this summer and would love to have any information there might be about him or any other Di Iulio family members. We do not know anything else about his life in Italy.
    Thank you-

    • Dorien says:

      Hi I am also planning on going to Capistrano this year my family name is DiUlio it is interesting how you spell your name with 2 I’s but I have heard that the spelling can change when they come to the US. My family lived in Hartford Connecticut

  4. Nikki says:

    Looking for information on Romualdo Rutulante b.1883 and his wife Guiseppa Cerasoli and their ancestors.

    • Cindy says:

      Nikki, my grandparents were josephine and romauldo rutulante. Their children were Louise, Dominic and Viola( my mom).I think I answered you on another site but moved soon after and changed my email. If you would like to get in touch my name is cindy.

  5. Beverly says:

    Looking for records for my paternal 4th great grandparents, Pietro Alessandroni, birth ca 1725 and death 20 Mar 1805, in Capestrano. He married a woman named Teresa ? Is there any way I can get stato famiglia or any birth death or marriage records from this time period from the Church archives?

  6. mark says:

    My maternal grandfather was born in Capistrano in the 1880s. His name was Benedetto Nevica. He and his wife immigrated from LaCavare in 1907. He was an orphan and listed Capistrano as his home on his marriage certificate found in Pescara. Please advise on how I might research his name in Capistrano or L’Aquila.
    Grazie’ mille, Mark

  7. Mike says:

    Hi, my name is Mike. My great grandfather was born in Capestrono, Italy on Aprl 5, 1885. I was wondering if you can help with obtaining his birth certificate, or how to even see if it’s available. What church? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am in the states and very hard to get any information from there. Thanks, Mike

  8. 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,

  9. Beverley says:

    Seaching for the D’Erocle family line. Graci

  10. 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.

  11. 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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