Genealogy in Celano

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

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

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

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


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Celano. As more your surname is common in Celano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Celano 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 Celano 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 Celano, or if you have questions regarding your family in Celano, just leave a message below

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to our expert in Celano area will reply to you


  1. Philip says:

    I am researching for the origins of my family tree (my father’s side) by the surname of Pace.
    I know that from Celano’s history, that in 1233 all the male population of Celano were banished to settle in Sicily and Malta.
    I am Maltese and the link that I have is one Gerolamo Pace who was married to Domenica and settled in Gozo-a sister island of Malta. This happened around 1600. There is no documentation of their marriage act
    The reason that I am contacting you is to see if there is a list somewhere in Celano of the banished male citizens of Celano and if this list is divided into two:- a list under the heading of Sicily and a list under the heading of MALTA.
    Does such lists exist?
    Maybe you shed a light on this?

    Thanking you beforehand.

    Buon Anno.

    Saluti da Malta

    Philip Pace

  2. Robert says:

    My maternal great grandparents were gaspare Ciccarelli (died before 1928) and pasquarosa Ranalletta I believ born in 1857. Her parents were Andrea Ranalletta and Maria Ciccarelli. Are there any records before this online that I can search? Or is my next step to contact Celano? I have emailed several times but no answer. Thanks for any help you can provide.

  3. Maryann says:


    My mom was born in Celano Italy in 1920, her name was Leda C. Molinelli. Her mother was Angelina Santucci, also from Celano, and her father was Giovanni Molinelli, from Celano as well. I am looking for any information on my grandparents and great grandparents. My grandmothers mothers maiden name was Santa Nicola, Elisabetta. Also looking for information on a Nino Ranalletta. Hope you can help. Thank you!!!

  4. polidano says:

    I would like to know if you please can tell if the name (Polidano) originated from that area of Italy back in 16th or 17th century,nice to know it’s originality,thanks very much.

  5. Sue says:


    Looking for Massaro relatives in Celano. Nunzio and Severino are ggrandfather and grandfather.

    Any assistance would be appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Bob and Sue

    • Gabriella says:

      Hi Sue

      I was born in Celano. My mother’ maiden name was Massaro. Her father’s name was Vittoriano. Brothers: Angelo, Franceso, Carmine. Sisters: Antonina, Giustina, Assunta. My grandfather married Marianna Santilli, she was an only child.

      • Sue says:

        Hi Gabriella

        There might be a connection – none of the names are familiar however, Carmine might be a cousin. Any chance you have a relative Agostino?

      • Sue says:

        Hi Gabriella:
        I think way back there might be a connection. Your reply said your mother was a Massaro-what was her first name? Did her father Vittoriano have a brother Pasquale? The brothers and sisters you listed are your mother’s brothers or Vittoriano’s?


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