Genealogy in Sulmona

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Sulmona, 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 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.

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

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


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.

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

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.

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 Sulmona, or if you have questions regarding your family in Sulmona, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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4 Messages to “Genealogy in Sulmona”
  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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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