Genealogy in Villetta Barrea

If you search your ancestors in Villetta Barrea, 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 Villetta Barrea registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Villetta Barrea 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 Villetta Barrea. As more your surname is common in Villetta Barrea, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Villetta Barrea 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.

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Villetta Barrea:


If you have the opportunity to visit Villetta Barrea 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 Villetta Barrea 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 Villetta Barrea area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Jen says:

    Hello! I’m looking for any information on a Vincent or Vincenzo Tarquinio. He came to the United States in the early 1900s.

  2. Candi says:

    I am interested in finding information on Angelo and Elena Tarquinio. I have his naturalization form which states he was born on June 2 1893 in Viletta Barrea. She was born in May of 1896 (I don’t know where). He came to America on the Duca Degli Abruzzi. They are my great grandparents. I believe her maiden name was D’Ottavio. Anything you have would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Eliana says:

      Hi I m Eliana D’Ottavio and Elena must be My grandfather’s sister. ( Augusto D’Ottavio).
      I have one photo that my grandparent recevied from usa.
      I m very excited to know all about our big family!!
      My father si Vincenzo D’Ottavio and we live in Rome.
      I m looking forward to hear from you soonest.
      Bye bye

  3. Rick says:

    Hi, I’m looking for information on my grandfather Anthony Bellasario Graziani. He was born on May 6, 1891 in Viletta Barrea.

    I would love to see who his parents were

    Thank you for any information you could provide.

  4. Michael says:

    I am interested in information about Angelo Tarquinio (born 1893) and his wife Elena. Both I believe were born in Villetta Barrea. I believe they emigrated to the U.S. sometime during World War I

    • Candi says:

      Hi Michael,
      I too am looking to find any info on Angelo and Elena Tarquinio. My grandmother Ann Stanley (Anna Maria) was their daughter. If you have the inclination to share any information, I would truly appreciate it. I have found the ship list where she arrived in America and his naturalization request I could email you if you’d like. Thanks again.

  5. Emilia says:

    I am very interested in information about Emilia DeSanctis (born 1895) and Pasquale Colantoni. They are my grandparents.
    I believe they were not only born in Viletta Barrea, but were married there in 1914 as well.

    I thank you in advance for any information you can share.

    I have visited Viletta twice now, but I have visited on the weekend and haven’t been able to view any records. My cousins are Gustavo DeSanctis and Stefano and Elena DiIanni. My mother’s first cousins are Louisella (DeSanctis) and Fernando DeSanctis.

    Emilia Muglia

    • Patricia says:

      We are looking for any living relatives of Gaetano de Sanctis and Philomenia DiIanni from the Villetta Barrea area. Because your relatives have the same names (which I know must be common in the area) – I am inquiring about any information or connections you may have.
      Gaetano and Philomenia’s daughter, Giovanna de Sanctis was my grandmother. Apparently she married Giorgio DiIanni. They immigrated to the USA in the early 1900’s with two of their children, Irene and Samuel. Our father, Joseph, was born here in the USA in McKees Rocks, Pa. in 1927.
      We will be in Italy at the end of July 2018 and would very much like to connect with whoever is there from the family. Do you think that we have any connection?
      thanks so much!
      Sincerely, Pat

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