Genealogy in Villavallelonga

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

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Villavallelonga 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 Villavallelonga. As more your surname is common in Villavallelonga, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Villavallelonga 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 Villavallelonga 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 Villavallelonga, or if you have questions regarding your family in Villavallelonga, 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 Villavallelonga area will study your request and we will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Jodi says:

    I am looking for the parents of my great-grandmother, Sofia (Sophia) Bianchi who was born in Villavallelonga in 1886 and came to America in 1909. She arrived on the ship Venezia and was with Laurina and Ersilia. The ship manifest states her occupation is dressmaker. Thank you for any help you can provide.

  2. Angela says:

    I found a Leucio Bianchi who married a Francesco Ciancursio in Rochester. He died around 1945.

  3. Eliza says:


    I am happy to have found this website! Maybe you can help me, maybe not, but I’ll give it a try.

    My surname is Bianchi. My grandfather, who I never knew, was born in Villavallelonga in 1884. He emigrated to the U.S.(Rochester, New York) around 1903. I am not certain of his exact birth name, but records show him as Luigi, Lencio, Leucio, Louis. Unfortunately, I know very little about him.

    My grandmother was also born in Italy in 1884. Her first name was Francesca or Frances. I’d assume in the same commune because I recall my father, who has been deceased for a long time, saying “they” came from Villavallelonga. I do not know if both GPs knew each other growing up in Italy, or if they met and married in the U.S. I have searched for years — with such limited information. I’d love to know my grandmother’s “maiden” name. I cannot even find a marriage certificate.

    If you think you might be able to provide a hint of a clue, can you please email me? I would be so appreciative.

    Thank you!


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