Genealogy in Pacentro

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


  1. Rita says:

    hi, my names is Rita De Chellis and I am researching the De Chellis family in Pacentro. My grandfather was Giovanni and his wife was Clodomira Bucci (adopted I belive). can you assist in any way?

  2. Lina Cercone says:

    Hello, I am researching my family tree and would like to get some information on my grandfather, Gaetano Cercone who was married to my grandmother, Fraulina Marchionda. My understanding is that they both died within 2 weeks. My grandfather died first and then my grandmother died 2 weeks later. Any information on the dates they died would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you! Grazie!

  3. Albert says:

    I am completing a genealogy on my grandfather, Antonio D’Alessandro, born in Pacentro in 1867. He had five surviving siblings, and I have most of the info I need on three of them, including all their descendants. However, there were two sisters who married (I have birth and marriage dates and husbands’ names) but I cannot determine if they had children and other descendants and whether or not any of them settled in the U.S. We have exhausted our online sources, as most of the missing info occurred after 1865, and I understand that Pacentro’s online records do not come forward beyond that date. It is now clear that I need the services of a genealogist located in or near Pacentro who can actually go in and research the records that I need. There are some miscellaneous dates that I am still missing on some of the other families, but primarily I need to find the descendants of the two sisters or I will have an incomplete family tree. Is this something your service can help me with, and if so how can I get more info on timing, fees, etc? Thank you very much.

  4. Karen says:

    Looking for information about my grandparents. Carmine Angelilli was born in Pacentro 1884. He immigrated to America 1899. His parents were Nicolo Angelilli and Rosaria D’lulio. His brother was Cuscenzo (Christie) who also immigrated. They both lived in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Carmine married Angelina Ramunno, born in Pacentro in 1885. Her mother was Brigete Silvestri. Father was Michelle Ramuno. She immigrated in 1909. They were married in the U.S. They had two sons and six daughters, two of whom died as children. I would appreciate any information.

    • Gina Angelilli says:

      Hi Karen my name is Gina Angelilli those were my great grandparents. My daughter is doing a family tree and was researching came across your post. My grandfather was Ettore Angelilli but i never knew him as he disowned my father Ronald Angelilli.

      • Karen says:

        Hello, Gina
        I am your father’s first cousin, one of the Graham children, daughter of Angela. My mother was your grandfather’s younger sister. I didn’t grow up in Aliquippa, so I don’t know much about the family, but I do know that your father, Ronnie, visited his aunt, my mother, at her deathbed which was probably only a year or two before his own death. She lived in Clearwater, Florida at the time. My mother loved him, and I know others did too.

        My mother was the baby of her large family and she never seemed to know much about her family. I found out that there were two other sisters, Geneva and Evalina, who died as children before my mother was born. I found Geneva’s death certificate on the web, but have yet to find Evalina. You can see from the family tree the names of the others. If you want to contact me please do. I can’t help you much, but perhaps I can share something of use.

      • Helena says:

        Hi Karen and Gina, My name is Helena and I live in New York. My great grandmother was Eufrasia Angellili born in Pacentro in 1887… do you by any chance know who her parents or siblings were? I also have among various family mementos a mass card for an Anthony Angelilli who died in 1983 in Illinois… do you by any chance know who he is, too? It would be wonderful if I could learn more about the family to share with my elderly mother and my cousins. I hope to hear from you!
        thank you very much,

        • Karen says:

          Hello, Helena,
          I’m afraid I dont have much information to share yet, but I hope to have more.. I am not familiar with Eufrasia, although that doesn’t mean we dont have some common ancestors. It is hard to find such information when you don’t speak the language. I am also not familiar with Anthony Angelilli.

  5. Albert says:

    Hi, I am trying to research my family tree. My father is Joseph Albert Pompeo, born May 18, 1937 in Pacentro. Any further information on his father’s side was be great. I do know that his father was Albert Pasquale Pompeo and he did at age 29 and is buried in the cemetery in Pacentro.
    Any further information was be amazing.
    Thank you very much,

  6. Tara says:

    Hi! I am trying to find information on my great grandfather Salvatore Lucci b. 18 Jun 1897 in Pacentro, L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy and emigrated to the states in 1909. His father was Crescenzo Lucci b. abt 1864 and his mother was Maddalena Pompei/Pompeo b. date unknown. She did have a brother named Pascal Pompei/Pompeo b abt 1869.

    Any information on either Lucci or Pompei/Pompeo would be very helpful.
    Grazie mille


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