Genealogy in Opi

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


  1. Barbara says:

    I am planning a visit to OPI where my mom and dad were born. I have cousins I want to visit. How can I reach them

  2. Dewayne says:

    I was trying to get information on any family members still living in Opi my grandfather was born their he left when he was about 6 and came to the US his name was Dominic DiVito he was born around 1896

  3. Brian says:

    I am searching for any information regarding my great grandmother; Caterina Fortune Annessa. She was born around 1888 and left Italy for the USA around 1913. She married an Italian American man names Pasquale Ursitti, so her married name became Catherine Ursitti. Her immigration records indicate her birth place as Opi, Aquila, Italy, 1888.

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