Genealogy in Ofena

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


  1. stewart says:

    we will be visiting ofena in oct. my wife’s grandfather tony cantera was born in ofena i am interetested on his family history and roots. any direction on where to go or who to see and contact. His father lorenzo cantera born aug 10 1871. his mother born caterina Rosa D’Addario dec 19th 1873. we believe tony’s sister maria born oct 20 1895/1896? brother rinaldo june 15 1899. brother ginervo july 12th 1901. genuina jennio 10th1904. belgrado dec23 1905. mira lugio 1st 1908. i hope this helps. thank you stewart in canada

    • Carlo says:

      Hi Stewart there’s a lot of Ofena people in Sault Ste Marie. There is an Ernesto D’Addario there who is my uncle through marriage, he’s in his 80’s. His mothers name was Nicoletta and his father was Domenico. He had a brother named Guido. Hope this helps.

  2. Ethan Mancini says:


    My name is Ethan Mancini and I live in Canada. I am 12 years old and trying to explore my family tree in my classroom at school. I know that the oldest relative I am aware of was named Antonio Mancini. He was born in Ofena July 30, 1892 and died March 31, 1964. His wife was named Francesca and was born November 29, 1893 and died July 4, 1964.
    I would really appreciate any information you may be able to provide to me to help me connect with my heritage in Ofena.

    Thank you,
    Ethan Mancini.

    • Carlo says:

      Hello Ethan, you should make some inquiries in Sault Ste Marie, North Bay and Timmins. Google the obituaries. I believe there are Mancini relatives in those towns. There is a large Ofena contingent in Sault Ste Marie. Many have died but kids still there. Good luck. You may want to get your mom or dad to try a dna test as well. Good way to discover relatives. I did and am quite happy. e.

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