Genealogy in Navelli

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

If your research is in a dead end and you need some professional advices from skilled and reliable Italian genealogists write to navelli@italianside.com


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  1. Rita says:

    Dear Italian friends:

    I live in the United States and was raised with my grandparents – Benedetto & Mariannina D’Ambrosio. Benedetto is from Caporciano in L’Aquila (Abruzzo) and Mariannina is from Civitaretenga in L’Aquila (Abruzzo) Civitaretenga is a frazione of Navelli in L’Aquila. I need the dates of death of their parents.

    Benedetto’s parents are Venanzio D’Ambrosio (born 1851 in Caporciano) and Maria Celeste Gizzi (born 1850 in Caporciano).

    Mariannina’s parents Serafino Napoleone (born 1836 in Civitaretenga) and Rita D’Innocenzo (born 1847 in Civitaretenga) Since Civitaretenga is a frazione of Navelli, their records are probably in Navelli.

    But I do not have dates of death.

    I also have the names, dates, and residences for the parents of Venanzio D’Ambrosio, Maria Celeste Gizzi, Serafino Napoleone, and Rita D’Innocenzo, if that is of any help.

    WHO SHOULD I CONTACT TO GET THIS INFORMATION? I have researched the archives provided by the familysearch.org website. I have been very thorough in reviewing all available records. However, their records do not provide any information after 1910, and my great-grandparents died after 1910.

    I have another question. My grandmother, Mariannina Napoleone, was heard saying that she had French relatives or was partially French. It is unclear exactly what she said. However, I have traced her ancestors back 4 generations including her 2 parents, her 4 grandparents, her 8 great-grandparents, and her 16 great-great grandparents. I have their names, their dates of birth & death, and the towns where they were born and died. There is no one of French descent in her lineage. Also, I have not found anyone in her extended family – aunts, uncles, or cousins – with French ancestry.

    So, if there are no French relatives, could she have been confused as to her heritage because of her name – Napoleone? The family originally spelled the name with an “i” as Napolione. But around the 1860s, the entire family began spelling the name with an “e’ as Napoleone. This change in the name occurred during the time of Italian Unification, an event which caused great disorder and confusion in some parts of the country. While Napoleon I (1815) was the one who created the civil administrative structure of Italy, it was his nephew, Napoleon III, who was active in Italy during the Unification and provided military protection to the Vatican. How influential was he? I am sure no one in our family is related to anyone in Napoleon’s family. Besides, Napoleon I was not French, but was an Italian born in Corsica with the name Napolione di Buonaparte. However, there may be people who do not know his Italian ancestry and believe him to be French. Anyway, it seems somehow, someone in her family misunderstood their origins and passed wrong information on to her. So where would they have gotten this idea of having French ancestry or relatives?

    So I need two things. I need to find someone to help me get records of death for my great-grandparents. Next, I need to find someone who is familiar with L’Aquila or Abruzzo history who can explain why an Italian family changed the spelling of their name and began believing they had French relatives.

    Do you know any people who would be able to help me find this information? I appreciate any help you can give me.

    Sincerely,
    Rita from America

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