Genealogy in Pratola Peligna

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

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

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

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Pratola Peligna


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

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

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


19 Messages to “Genealogy in Pratola Peligna”
  1. Michael says:

    My paternal grandmother, Mary Polce, was born in Pratola Peligna (1886?) and died in 1939 in Trenton, NJ USA. Her first husband was Louis Tavani who died in Italy. They had a son, my uncle Louis Tavani Jr who was born in Italy in 1909. Her second husband was Michael Santilla (Born 1873?) and came to the USA in 1898. I can find no information on him. Any information on Louis Tavani and Michael Santilla would be appreciated.

  2. Addie says:

    My parents are from Pratola NIcola gualtieri and Lberata Presutti Gualtieri . I just want to know if there are any relatives still there by the name of Presutti.

  3. Vivian says:


  4. Lori says:

    Hello, I am traveling to Italy this July, spending a day in Pratola Peligna, where both of my grandparents were born.

    My grandfather was Emilio D’Angelo, may have been spelled Emelio.
    He was born between 1880-1890, came to America in the early 1900’s and was a coalminer, he also had a sister in the states named Catherine, both settling in Northeast Pennsylvania.

    My grandmother was Emilia Romano, or Ramunno, both spellings appear on family papers.

    She was about 15 years younger then my grandfather and came to America about 1920, they met thru family friends. I believe she was raised by Aunts, bc her parents passed early.

    I do have some documentation of her arriving in Boston around 1920.

    looking for anyone, anything, I can physically see when I arrive.

    Both them passed away in Exeter, Pennsylvania.

    Thank you!!

  5. Don says:

    My Great Uncle, Gaspare Spadafora, b. 1st June 1876 in pratola peligna. He left to spend the rest of his life in San Miguel, Tucuman, Argentina. I have nearly his complete Ancestry information but I understand he was a prolific artist of church painting/frescos in pratola and later in Argentina. I wanted to see if I could get some photos of any of his work in Pratola.

    Many Thanks for help
    Don Bowen

    Il mio prozio, Gaspare Spadafora, b. 1 giugno 1876 a Pratola Peligna. Ha lasciato passare il resto della sua vita a San Miguel, Tucuman, Argentina. Ho quasi le sue informazioni Antenati completo, ma ho capito che era un prolifico artista di pittura chiesa / affreschi a Pratola e poi in Argentina. Volevo vedere se riuscivo a ottenere alcune foto di qualsiasi dei suoi lavori a Pratola.

    Molte grazie per aiuto
    Don Bowen

  6. Jennifer says:

    To Whom It May Concern;

    My grandmother grew up in Pratola, leaving when she was 11 or 12 sometime around 1940 (we don’t have exact dates). She left with her mother, brother and older sister to meet her father who was already living in the USA. She has since lost touch with the family that is still living in Pratola and I would like to learn more about our family to possibly connect her with someone.

    Her maiden name is Maria Golino, sister Brenda Golino and brother Americo Golino. Her mother’s name was Maria Nicole Golino.

    Thank you,

  7. Frank says:

    I am looking for information on Dominico Silvestri. Was born January, 27, 1892 in pratola peligna. Records say his father is Giovanni Silvestri and mother Rosina. Relatives think her last name may be Gualteri. Dominico left for United States on March 2, 1910 out of Napoli. Thank you

  8. Carlo says:

    Hello Pratola, I am looking to find any information on my grandparents . Nunziatta puglielli and that was her married name. Born app 1890’s . Her brothers or sisters and my great grandparents names and siblings. Any help would be so much appreciated.

  9. Cesidio says:

    I am looking for my Mothers ancestery.
    Her name was Irma Lucia Lorenziana Tarantelli born February 16, 1918
    Her Fathers name was Lorenzo Tarantelli born May 24, 1880
    Her Mothers name was Angela Brandolini born October 24, 1881
    I believe they were farmers and they lived in Pratola Peligna
    Any information would be very appreciated.
    Thank You

  10. Karla says:

    I would like info on my grandfather. His name was Antonio Petrella born in 1890s and was an US immigrant prior to World War I. He fought for the USA in the war and married an American.
    Thank you.

  11. Maria says:

    I will be visiting Pratola in the fall of 2015. I will only be there for a matter of hours, so I would like to know where to specifically go to find records for my grandparents. I would like to visit the street on which they lived.

    Francesco Antolini born circa 1887-1891
    Maria Rafaella Vallera, born circa 1992-1995

    Thank you so much for any help or suggestions you might be able to offer.

    Maria Stevens

  12. Daniella says:


    I am trying to find the marriage and birth certificates or records of my bisnonni.

    Bisnonna: Pasqua Rosa DiSimone (born 5/15/1875)
    Bisnonno: Francisco (possibly Francesco) DiLoretta, or DeLoretta (born around 1870)

    They had many children, but some were born in the United States.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Molto grazie!

    • Debbie says:

      Do you happen to know if Francesco’s mother or aunt was Maria? If so, I might have a bit of information for you, as Maria DiLoreto was my great-great grandmother. I don’t know when she was born, but my grandfather was born late 1890’s (in Pratola) so I’m guessing around the 1850s.

  13. Dorrie says:

    I am looking for information on my grandparents Emilio and Lucia Volpe,
    I never meet them, they had one daughter and 4 boys.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

  14. Dave Anthony says:

    My grandfather, Salvatore Tarantelli, was born in Pratola Peligna, July 15, 1894.
    He had 1 brother Pasquale born Feb 14, 1888, & 1 sister Agatha…
    Their parents were Luigi Tarantelli born June 4 1861 & Aurora Maria Pace born March 4 1856… I’m looking for any info regarding Agatha

  15. David says:

    We are looking for information on my wife’s great grandmother that was born and from Pratola Peligna. Her name was Lucia Liberatore and was born about 1885. She left for the United States from Naples in 1911. Thank you for any help that you can provide.

  16. Richard says:

    I am looking for information about my great grandfather and great grandmother. Birthdates, parents names, marriage date, death dates. anything at all.

    Frank Petrella was born in 1815 died and buried in Pratola Peligna and born there.
    Married to Aunnciata Ddoneaicis born, died and buried in Pratola Peligna
    Both are buried in Pratola.
    Children are:
    Cesido, born June 30, 1880, died buried in Steubenville, OH USA, married to Felicia Christopher of PPratola Peligna.
    Josephine – born, Pratola,
    Is there a charge for this info and how would I pay?

  17. Maria Loreta says:

    I am looking for information about my grandfather and grandmother. Birthdates, parents names, marriage date, death dates. anything at all.

    Agostino Cerasoli died and buried in Pratola Peligna but not born there.
    Married to Maria Loreta DiCesare born, died and buried in Pratola Peligna
    Both are buried in Pratola cemetery with their daughter Giovanna married to Guerino Pescara in a family plot.

    Children are:
    Giovanna, born, died buried in Pratola, married to Guerino Pescara of Popoli.
    Gilda – born, died buried in Pratola,
    Imelda – born in Pratola, living in Rome, Italy, and
    Lina – born in Pratola, living in Toronto, Canada. Married to Delfino Antonio Scarpone of Roccacasale.

    Thank you, Sincerely, Maria Loreta

  18. Leonore says:

    To whom it may concern,

    I have been for several years trying to find information about my great grandfather. My mother and her mother had very little to say. Maybe you can help me to find where he is buried in Pratola and how he died and or any other information about him.

    GIUSEPPE DEDOMINICIS — Born: 10/12/1842 or 1843;

    Died: Pratola Peligna; Buried: Pratola Peligna — cemetery unknown.

    Any information would be most appreciated.

    Thank you and Sincerely, Leonore

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