Genealogy in Scanno

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


5 Messages to “Genealogy in Scanno”
  1. Nancy says:

    I am researching the Silla and Di Massa(o) families. My grandfather was Angelo Silla and my grandmother was Maria Di Massa(o). Both were born in Scanno. My grandfather was born in around 1890 and my grandmother around 1897. I am trying to find out when/how they came to the U.S. They came to Chicago. I hope to be in Scanno next summer and want to do some research and would like to know where to go. I also believe there are relatives still in the area. Any information would be helpful.

    • Aida says:

      I believe they were friends of my grandparents in Chicago. I remember visiting their home when I was a child. If they are the same people, their 2 children Mario & Gloria were friends with my mother, who is now 91 years old. I also believe your grandparents are buried near mine at St. Joseph Cemetery. I visited Scanno in 2000 and saw the Silla name on businesses, but did not talk to anyone. Mario & Gloria will remember my grandmother Ida Schiappa Quintiliani and my mother Ida & uncle Sam.
      PS I just noticed your message is a couple of years old. Just discovered this site.

  2. W. Mango says:

    My grandfather, Cesidio Mancinelli, was born in Scanno. He emigrated to the U.S. In the late 1800’s. With his younger brother Alberico. Cesidio died in Chicago in 1938. He was survived by his wife Maria (Consalvo) and three daughters, Theresa, Margaret and Joshephine.

    If anyone happens to know anything about family members in Scanno, any information would be appreciated.

  3. D. Wilbur says:

    My partner’s father was born in Scanno–Nicholas Gianferante, b. 1907. Looking for information about any Gianferante family members who are still in Scanno in 2015.

  4. M Peluso says:

    I am researching the Peluso and Di Cesare family. Antonio Peluso was born in Sulmona and died in the USA. His wife Domenica raised 5 children. The Di Cesare family line is back from Valentino who was married to Giacoma

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