Genealogy in Sulmona

If you search your ancestors in Sulmona, Abruzzo, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.

In towns and villages of Abruzzo and in L’Aquila province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Sulmona registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Sulmona from the Italian Unification (1861) an important info to understand how many people lived there in the past.

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Sulmona. As more your surname is common in Sulmona, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Sulmona 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 Sulmona 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.
For our experience is better to start to search months before your arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices and with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps.

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.

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Sulmona just leave a message below in the comment area

If your research is in a dead end and you need professional help from our local Italian genealogists write to our expert in Sulmona area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Roger says:

    My Great Grandfather was named Agapito Vitale and he was from Sulmona. He was married to Antonia di Renzo on 06 September 1880 in Colledimezzo. I am trying to find out more about Agapito – his family lines for example. Thanks for any help.

  2. Diane says:

    I am looking for Sulmona ancestors of the De Martinis Family. My great grandfather Loreto James DeMartinis came to the US at 16 years of age in 1890s. His sister Luisa and brother Dominic remained as well as may other siblings. Luisa had daughters Liliana and Clara. She married a Capone. Any information would be great as we plan to be in Sulmona in March 2018.

    • Joseph says:

      I am researching my De Martinis cousins as well. Stanislao DeM. b. abt. 1858 in Sulmona. Sons include Raffaele, Alfred, Salvatore. Settled in Boston. Later in California. Best wishes ~

  3. Joseph says:

    Hello, I was in Sulmona only a few weeks ago and intend to return. Tell me more about visiting church archives. My experience at the “Comune” was 2 out of 3 which is great but I need better. I have a decent knowledge of the town, but in case I visit soon, please let me know about retrieving baptismal records and marriage records. Thank you.

  4. Lisa Corso says:

    Hello. I am looking for information on my Great Grandparents who were both born in Sumona. Dominic Orsini and Anna DeCamillo Orsini They had my grandfather Ercole ENrico Orsini on 25 April 1889. Any information would be appreciated! Thanks

  5. Melody says:

    Hello from USA. I visited Sulmona last summer and it is beautiful, the way life should be. It felt like home. My father and grandparents were born in Bugnara; grandparents in 1888, Domenico Antonio Nolfi and Anna Concetta Incorvati. I will be back but would like to do as much research from here and would like to go back at least 3 more generations. My grandfather came to America in about 1914, and the remainder of the family 9 years after that. i can get the exact immigration dates if it is needed. Any suggestions?

  6. Alycia says:

    I am researching my husband’s great grandmother, Teresa Trinchini. She was born on October 16, 1897 in Sulmona. The only other information that I have is that she married Joseph Gizzi, which was changed to Yates in England before he immigrated to America. I don’t know if they were married before they came here or not. She died in 1960 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    I also don’t know if Joseph was from Sulmona or not. We pretty much don’t know anything about the Gizzi/Yates people, so any help would be wonderful. Thank you!

  7. Frank says:

    I am doing research on my father’s family, Frank A. Mauro. My dad was adopted, and his birth name was Francesco Cianchetta, born in the U.S.A. October 11, 1916.
    My grandparents were from Sulmona. My grandmother was Maria Cianchetta (maiden name Tuddore), and her husband was Francesco Cianchetta born in 1870. I believe he is #244 in the birth register at Town Hall.
    Would it be possible for anyone to obtain information on file on my grandmother and grandfather?
    My grandfather was shot, and the man that shot him went on trial. I am trying to find the names of my grandmother’s attorney, and the man who shot my grandfather.
    Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

  8. Lisa says:

    Hello, I’m trying to trace my family in Sulmona. My great grandfather’s name was Antonio Colangelo. He married his first cousin (my great-grandmother). Her name was Serafina Colangelo (her maiden name as well). They immigrated to the U.S. around the beginning of the 20th century. They had many children. One of them was my grandfather, Theodore Attillo Colangelo, born in New Mexico in 1912 or 13. I’d appreciate what you can find! Thank you.

  9. Lou says:

    researching Gregory Marinucci….married to Concetta DiFalco Marinucci

    born probably 1870’s…..immigrated to USA late 1800’s

  10. Pamela says:

    I am searching for my maternal grandfather’s family…..surname , Palomba.
    In America it is the less common spelling. I know my grandfather was from Sulmona. His name on immigration papers reads: Costantino (spelled this way).
    His name became William in America. I believe he he had several sisters..maybe Edith and Marie. Also a brother or two, I have no names. He visited Sulmona in 1958 or 1959, the only visit he ever made to his original home. I believe his family owned a hotel. His mother lived to be quite old…..101,102 years old.
    I remember seeing a newspaper article sent from Sulmona featuring an article about my great grandmother who was apparently still walking to daily Mass at that age. My grandfather’s birthday I think was January of 1890. He left Italy for America around 1904 or 1906.
    Any help to contact relatives would be so appreciated.

  11. Ralph says:

    I am trying to find my ancestor Franseco Leopardi parents. He was born in L’Aquila about 1872 and migrated to the USA to settle in Boston. I am not sure but I think his farther name is Placito.
    Thanks in advance.

  12. zee says:

    I am trying to find info on the Del Fuoco family – had property at one time in Bugnara
    and may have been originally been from Sulmona.
    Casmaro Del Fuoco/ Maria Donenica Nolfi
    Giovanni Del Fuoco – b. 9/2 7/1874 – married Maria Domenica Castrucci
    Gemma Del Fuoco – b. 5/1/1888 – married Vincenzo De Benedetto

  13. Elizabeth says:


    I am researching the Tironi branch of my family and have come across references to them living Sulmona. Can you tell me where I would be able to obtain some information on the family that lived there? I am particularly interested in the history of the Palazzo Tironi and the family that resided in it. Would it be possible to get a close up photo of the escutcheon over the door to the entrance of the villa?

    I would like historical information at this stage. I am trying to ascertain if these Tironis are related to my relatives who travelled to Australia from Dalmatia. If this is the case I will need help from a profession genealogist. Would you be able to provide me with the name of one of this is the case?

    • LRCote says:

      I’m researching my Oriola roots, and my ggrandfather’s sister in law was Concetta Tironi. She was born in 1880, and died in 1969. Her husband, Guiseppe Oriola was born 24 Aug 1879 and dies 1962.

      The Oriolas were from Sulmona, and I’m assuming Concetta was too.

      • DAOriola says:

        LRCote, I am also researching Oriolas from Sulmona as I anticipate a trip to Italy in 2018. My great grandfather was Michael (Michel) Oriola, married to Maria, and they emigrated to Massachusetts in the early 1900’s. My family has always wondered if the Oriolas were originally from Sulmona or did the brothers move there for work. I would be interested in any information on Oriolas in Sulmona.

  14. TC says:

    I’ve hit a dead-end trying to find information about my great-grandmother who was a Colaberardino from Sulmona. Any thoughts?


  15. Ann Marie says:

    Hello, and greetings from Baltimore, Maryland, USA. My husband and I will be arriving in Sulmona on Saturday, September 19 this year. This will be my first trip to the mother-land for me — my mother’s entire family are from Sulmona going back many generations. I’ve tracked them back as far as the 1700’s.

    What I have been unable to accomplish is to determine if I still have family living in Sulmona. Are you able to provide some guidance for me? I would love to meet my Italian family and am learning to speak Italian for just this trip.

    Do I look in the telephone directory? Is there a local genealogical society? The family names include (most recent to most distant): Bucci (my grandfather), Presutti (my grandmother), Santilli (great-grandmother), DeSantis (2x great grandmother), DiLisio (2x great grandmother), and Natale (2x great grandmother). Further back there is Settevendemia, Giampietro, Romanelli, D’Antuono, Marinucci, Mancini, Schiavo, Volpe, Rapone, Pagliaro, Capaldo, Primavera, Gentile, Pietrorozio, DiPietro, Finocci. Many of last batch of names go way, way back in time.

    • Brenna says:

      Hello Ann Marie,

      Just came across this posting. I am from the Santilli side. My mother was the daughter of Antonio Santilli, granddaughter of Cosimo (Cosmo) Santilli, great granddaughter of Antonio Santilli. I am just learning of the Sulmona connection and curious of you went to Sulmona since your last post and found any Santilli relatives. Thanks in advance!

  16. jon riamondi says:

    Would like to locate relatives in SULMONA, Italy. My grandfather, George Riamondi was born in Sulmona and immigrated to the U.S. around 1896 and settled in Massachuetts.

  17. Anna says:

    I would like to go as far back as I can with my family tree. My grandfather Antonio Del Monte born 13.04.1901. I think my great grandfather was Domenico??? My grandmothers name was Concetta Di Bellis born 03.12.1903. They lived in Via Cappucini.
    I still have family in Sulmona. Every-time I have come I would just love to sit and look through any archive to find my family’s heritage. Can you help on how I can get started.

    Thank you

  18. Steve says:

    My grandfather was known as “Christopher” in the states but I believe he had an Italian version of that name [he was known as “Cresentio (sp?) Izzo” on one document]. My grandfather was born circa 1885 and came to this country in 1906.

    Through my Grandfather’s immigration and marriage records, I know that his father (my great grandfather) was named Dominico Gizzi and that the family was from Sulmona. My Great Grandfather may have been married to a woman back in Italy named Pholenia or Philomena (the document that I get this from is nearly illegible).

    This is the only link that I have to my Italian roots. I would like to trace my genealogy. How would I locate records for “Christopher” and/or “Dominico” in Sulmona?

    Thanks for any help you can give!

    • Vincent Cupido Fondrick says:

      Hello my great grandmother an grand father were from Sulmona her name Frank Dilisio died 1918 , George Sylvester died 1931 wife Philomeina DiPaolo , there children Marie Louise Sylvester , son Edward Sylvester died 1932 , George Sylvester died 1962 , Albert Sylvester died at 27 yrs 1938 , Warren Sylvester born 1905 died 1977 , Marie Lousie Sylvester Cupido born 1901 died 1976 , Elanore Sylvester Sansone born 1920 ? Died 1988 ? They came here in early 1900s through Canada that’s all I know but they ended up in Pittsburg area an New Castle Pa Area I’m the Grandson of Rocco Cupido an Marie Lousie Sylvester Cupido , Son of Evalyne Cupido Fondrick

  19. Patty says:

    Looking to find information on my grandfather and his parents from Sulmona. My granfather was Salvatore Peluso and a sister Angelina Peluso. Their parents were Pasquale and Maddelina Peluso. My grandfather, Salvatore came to the USA in 1920. I need his information to be able to establish citizenship to Italy.

    Thank you for any help you may be able to provide.

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