Genealogy in L’Aquila

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

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in L’Aquila?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in L’Aquila


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in L’Aquila. As more your surname is common in L’Aquila, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in L’Aquila 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 L’Aquila 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 L’Aquila, or if you have questions regarding your family in L’Aquila, 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 L’Aquila area will reply to you


  1. Jason says:

    Looking for info on Agostino Frigioni from L’Aquila. He was born around 1903 and left for America around 1920. I’ve seen the paperwork from the ship that brought him over and was in the company of almost 20 others from L’Aquila. He never mentioned his parents and on his marriage license under parents names he wrote his in laws names in their place. There seems to be no record of him before coming to the US. Any information will be helpful.

  2. Marianne says:

    I am searching for any family information for Giuseppe Giuliani and Carmena Bernardino Mancini married January 15th 1911 in Parish of St. Mary of the Nativity, Cagnano, Auitorno Italy-province of Aquila.

    Dates and names may be spelled differently. Carmena may be Carmella.
    Giuseppe eventually came to America, was an engineer and travelled.
    Carmena did not get to the United States, but her four children did migrate to the U.S.with Giuseppe.

    Giuseppe had a Brother, I believe may be a twin.

    If there is anyone who may know something I would appreciate it. I have not been able to find any records for Carmena ( Carmella) after the marriage record.

    Please email me with anything you may know or where I could search further.

  3. Judi says:

    Looking for parents/grandparents for Antonio Marinucci (Phillipe Marinucci -Filomena Del Signora) 1878 Sulmona Laquilla and Juliana Romano (Michaelo Romano – Donata Giuliani) L’aquilla

  4. Louise says:

    Looking for acquavella relatives in abruzzo italy

  5. Italia says:

    I am looking for my family history from L’Aquila Italy
    Family name is PARIS

  6. David says:

    I am researching the families of Giuseppe Giansante (1878-1968) and his wife Rosa Mastrodomenico (b. ca. 1878). They married in Anversa degli Abruzzi ca. 1903/4. The family emigrated about 10 years later and settled in central Massachusetts.

  7. Lindsey says:

    Hello, I am looking for Birth/Death/Marriage information on the parents of my great-grandmother Luigia Ortensi (or Ortense) born in L’aquila in 1883. Her parents names were Maria Vaccarelli (1850) and Carmine Ortensi (Born ?). Thank you!

  8. Thomas Pace says:

    I am looking for any relatives of my grandfather. Francesco or Frank Pace . His father’s name was Antonio Pace his mother’s name Carmela Landina. My father was orphaned at the age of 2. My grandfather Frank lists L’aquila as his home town on his draft card in the USA. I own a home in Montefranco near Terni and plan on coming to Abruzzo this winter to ski. I will be in Italy for the month of October. Any help or perhaps a place to start would be great. I don’t know if my grandfather had any siblings. Thank you

  9. Marshall says:

    I am looking for my grandfather’s family in L’Aquila. His name was Dominic Piccinini and he moved to the U.S. in the early 1900’s at the age of 16 and settled in Little Falls, NY. He never returned to Italy. His son, my father, was Domenick Eusanio Piccinini. Any thoughts?

  10. Croce Caniglia says:

    Looking for ancestors of Croce Caniglia and wife who was a Marino. They were from Rivisondoli area. this would be in 1800 – 1920.

  11. Marisa says:

    I’m looking for information on Valerio Corradi and Adelina Suriani, a married couple who left L’Aquila just around 1900.

  12. Jim says:

    We are looking for genealogy to Cesidio Palozzi born 1863 in Abruzzo, we believe L’Aquila.
    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

  13. Terri says:

    I am looking for information for Rachele Spagnolo Fraino from L’Aquila. She passed away during WWII. Any information on the Fraino family related to Rachele would be wonderful.

  14. Lynne says:

    I’m looking for genealogy for andrea Federico

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