Genealogy in Raiano

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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3 Messages to “Genealogy in Raiano”
  1. Amber says:

    I was wondering if you could look into my ancestors names. I have reason to believe they immigranted to the United States from Raiano, Italy from information on their death records. Their names are below:

    2nd Great Grandfather: Vincenzo Fandasia
    2nd Great Grandmother: Patricia Fretella or Delboccio

    * I have been told by family that my 2nd Great grandmother (Patricia listed above) died and Vincenzo married her sister

    My Great Grandmother: Louise Fretella (or Fritteli) born in 1903 in or near Raiano, Italy. She is the daughter of Vincenzo and Patricia (mentioned above). She also had a sister Catharine and a brother (I do not know his name). Louise immigrated to the US in 1910 to marry my great grandfather.

    My Great Grandfather: John DeAmicis born 1892 in or near Raiano, Italy

    Any help or information you could provide would be so appreciated.

    Thank you.

  2. Mike says:

    I am researching my grandparents who came to America from Raiano. My grandfather was Luigi Restaino and my grandmother was Eliza Santangelo Restaino. They arrived in the US on 9/14/1909 and 8/23/1910 respectively. My grandfather was born 3/14/1887 and my grandmother was born 19/28/1893.
    I am researching their city of birth and marriage.

  3. Carol says:

    Hello – I am looking for a researcher to research my family who came from Raiano. DelGallo – Gentile – Colaberardino – DiGiannantario


    Carol Pagnanelli

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