Genealogy in Roccaraso

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


  1. Tony says:

    Our family has always said that Roccaraso was bombed during the war and that records were lost. Is this true? Every avenue I use to try and locate my grandfather’s family comes up a dead end. He was Vincenzo Silvestri, born 1892, emigrated to the US around 1910. Father Romolo Silvestri, mother Isolina Marcantonio

  2. Janet says:

    My great grandfather was born in Roccaraso on July 5, 1879. He went by the name Louie. He came to America and changed his name to Johnson. We do not know his last name. Would it be possible to get the birth records for that date? Many thanks. We hope to visit Roccaraso next summer.

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