Genealogy in Rocca di Mezzo

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

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Rocca di Mezzo?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Rocca di Mezzo


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

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

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


4 Messages to “Genealogy in Rocca di Mezzo”
  1. Sharon says:

    My grandfather, Stefano Paglialunga, immigrated to the United States from Rocco di Mezzo. His father’s name was Venassio (sp?) Paglialunga. He had a brother “Patsy” and a sister Filomena. I believe his mother’s name was also Filomena. There are a number of “Filomena” women in the Italian family.

    Stefano and “Patsy” immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in the 1890’s. Filomena their sister stayed in Italy, probably in Rocco di Mezzo, but of course she would no longer have the “Paglialunga” surmname.

    At Ellis Island, Stefano Paglialunga became “Steve Long”. He eventually married yet another Filomena, Filomena Pizza, and they had ten children, eight of whom survived. My father, Victor Long born in Wappinger Falls, New York, in 1902, was one of their sons. Victor died, aged 64, in Oakland, California, in 1966.

    Filomena (Pizza)Paglialunga/Long died at the ago of 40 in Oakland, California, USA. Stefano died in his early 60’s, also in Oakland, California, the casualty of a drunk driver who hit a truck on which running board Stefano was standing.

    Family lore has it that Vennazio Paglialunga, Stefano’s father and my great grandfather, had been ordained as a Catholic Priest and that he had given refuge to either a criminal or someone fleeing mobsters or partisans of some ilk. Allegedly, Stefano was tortured by those seeking the fugitive by having his fingers cut off, so that he had only thumbs on each hand. he left the priesthood and perhaps even the Church and married Filomena Di Angeli. So goes the story. These were the parents of Stefano, “Patsy” and Filomena.

    My sister, Kathleen, visited Rocco di Mezzo a few years ago and saw a street bearing the name “Paglialonga”. It caused us to wonder whether any descendants, perhaps the children’s children of Filomena, the one that was Stefano and Patsy’s sister and who remained behind in Italy, might still live in Rocca di Mezzo or whether the story of Vennazio and the fugitive might remain in local lore.

    The immigrant Paglialunga/Long family arrived in New York, and “Patsy” had a farm in upstate on the Hudson River close to the famous West Point Military Academy. His descendants remain in the upstate New York area.

    Stefano Paglialunga/Long’s family moved progressively west through Colorado finally settling in Oakland, California. This branch (all of Stefano and Filomena (Pizza) Paglialunga/Long’s children married and had children of their own) live in Northern California in the area around San Francisco.
    All but one of the second generation are still living, the oldest being 91.the youngest 70.

    We would LOVE to know if anyone is left there and to know where Vassanio and Filomena (Di Angeli) are buried and whether they have a proper tomb stone.

    How wonderful it would be to be in contact!

    • sly says:

      The correct name is VENANZIO and probably is PAGLIUCA that is a common name there.
      Now i found one Venanzio (maybe i’ll find others) died before 1809 that married….child: Angelo 1748/1750 died 5.6.1809 at 60 years old he married…. child: Crescenzo e Domenico

      contact me with more informations

  2. Marco says:

    Hello there
    I would like to find out more about my Grandfather.
    He was said to be born in Rocca di Mezzo, his name was Romeo Marziani. He was in World War 2 and was captured and brought over to South Africa as P.O.W.
    Are you able to find any information on this surname in the area for me?

  3. Diane says:

    We are in Italy (we live in the US) until the 28th, Sep. My family is from Fonteavignone, but there are a few relatives that were born in small villages in the area of Rocca di Mezzo. The family names are D’Ascenzo and Lucantonio. My GG Grandmother Teresa Gialloreto is said to be born in Rocca Di Cambio in ? ? 1824, but I don’t know where she is buried (d. 11 May 1906). Also, another is Francesca Marinangeli born in ? ? 1831 and died26 June 1886 in Fonteavignone, Rocca Di Cambio. Maria Rosa De Francesco is said to be born in Campana in ? ? 1745 and died 24 May 1800 in Fonteavignone. Teresa Gialloreto’s father is Angelomaria Gialloreto, but I don’t know where he was born or where he is buried. Angelomaria’s wife, Lucia Mancini (born about 1800) is also a mystery. There is also Drusiana Carmina Aloisio di Carlantonio born in 1768 San Nicandro, Prata, D’Ansidonio, L’Aquila.

    If there is any help you can help me in the research of the questions we have of these, it would be so wonderful for our family! I hope to spend a couple of days in Rocca di Mezzo around the 25, Sep.

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