Genealogy in Tocco da Casauria

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If you know (or you think) that your ancestors were from Tocco da Casauria, 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 Pescara province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Tocco da Casauria registrar as of that date.

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

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Tocco da Casauria?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Tocco da Casauria


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

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

It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Tocco da Casauria. As more your surname is common in Tocco da Casauria, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Tocco da Casauria archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Pescara province are:
Buccella, Bucci, Chiavaroli, Cilli, Costantini, D’Agostino, D’Amico, D’Angelo, De Luca, De Sanctis, Di Berardino, Di Biase, Di Blasio, Di Carlo, Di Domizio, Di Donato, Di Felice, Di Francesco, Di Giacomo, Di Giovanni, Di Girolamo, Di Gregorio, Di Marco, Di Matteo, Di Michele, Di Nicola, Di Paolo, Di Pietrantonio, Di Pietro, Di Renzo, Evangelista, Faieta, Ferri, Giansante, Iezzi, Leone, Luciani, Mancini, Mariani, Marini, Morelli, Orlando, Pace, Pavone, Renzetti, Ricci, Rossi, Savini.

Church archives in Pescara 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 Tocco da Casauria and Pescara 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 Tocco da Casauria, or if you have questions regarding your family in Tocco da Casauria, just leave a message below, we will answer you by email

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9 Messages to “Genealogy in Tocco da Casauria”
  1. Cindy says:

    My husband’s grandmother and grandfather were from Tocco. Her name was Anunziata Spano and his was Eugene Pettinelli. They were born in Tocco approximately 1893 and 1892. We will be visiting Tocco on Nov. 2 and would love to know if there are any relatives still there. One thing about his grandmother. Records show her name to be Anunziata Spano but she was later known as Nancy Pettinelli (she had a brother named Chester Romano). Not sure where the Romano name came from. Any help will be appreciated.

  2. Steven D Tarquinio says:

    I am tied to Dominic Tarquinio – Eustachio’s son in Detroit. He was my grandfather. I have a lot of family history

    • Donna Berardo-Burns says:

      Cindy my grandmother was Donata Tarquinio Berardo her mother was Carmela Pettinelli Her father was Donomic Tarquinio. She was from Tocco.

    • Donna Berardo-Burns says:

      Steven, your grandfather was my father’s first cousin. Your grandparents lived in Lexington, Mi. when my parents lived in Fort Gratiot, Mi. Many meals were spent with them, at my parents house. Your grandfather always spent time at my father’s fruit market. Your grandfather lived in Chesterfield, after you grandmother, Lena, passed away. Your Great-Aunt Carmela Virga , I remember very vell. I would appreciate any and all family history, especially knowing that ours is a shared family history. I am the oldest of Donata (Eustachio’s sister’s) grandchildren. Joe Berardo was my father. I have a copy of my grandparents wedding photo, in it are your great grandparents, your grandfather, Domonic as a young boy, and Carmela. Also, Donata’s and Eustachio’s brother George and His wife Mary are in the photo, how well I remember them.

  3. Ken says:

    Several of my relatives were born in Tocco Da Casauria. These include:
    Eustachio Tarquinio who was born about 1853 and his wife whose maiden name was Cesidia Rizio who was born August 30, 1853.
    Their child was Abele Tarquinio who was born April 10th, 1892. He married to Assunta Rega who was born on the 12th of May, 1896. They married about 1923 in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA.

    Anny help that you could give me regarding prior ancestors would be appreciated.


    • Erin says:

      Hi Ken,

      My great great grandfather is Eustachio Tarquinio of Tocco da Casauria, born 1865 (?) who married Loreta Tucci in 1889. Loretta’s parents were Angelosante Tucci and Annantonia Rizio. Eustachio and Loreta went to São Paulo in 1896 and Eustachio was killed working on the railroad in approximately 1902. I have recently heard may have been buried in or near Pennsylvania, which makes me think we may have the same relatives.

      • db48060 says:

        my grandmother was Donata Tarquinio, born in 1898 at tocco da Casauria, she had 2 brothers one was Eustachio Tarquinio born in 1877 he was married in Indiana. He later came to Detroit, Michigan. I have found where he registered for the draft in 1917. The other brother was Uncle George, who name I believe was Greggio? Tarquinio. My grandmother Donata Tarquinio married Angelo Berardo who I believe was from Frosinone, Italy. Eustachio’s children were Dominic, and Carmella. Uncle George had one adopted son Gino. My grandmother had Anthony, Dominic, Joseph, Angeline, and Jennie. All of these people ended up living in the Metro Detroit area. I have found where my grandmother left Tocco da Casauria and landed in New York,on December 1, 1920. She was 22 years old and had left from Naples sailing aboard the Providence. I have found here marriage license which was in Detroit Michigan it lists a Domonico as her father and Carmela as her mother. I can find no records for either of them.

        • Ken says:

          Wow! Three people named Eustachio Tarquinio all born within fourteen years of each other in the same town that currently has only about 2800 inhabitants.

          Erin’s great grandfather (Eustachio Tarquinio) married a women whose mother’s last name was Rizio and my great grandfather (also Eustachio Tarquinio) married a woman with a last name of Rizio. Donata Tarquinio’s brother was also named Eustachio Tarquinio. Yet, despite the similarity of names and the close proximity in time and location of birth there is no known close family relationship.

          • Susan says:

            It was the practice at that time to name the first son for his grandfather so it’s possible that your three Eustaccio were first cousins. Also as saint Eustaccio is that patron saint of tocco there were a lot of boys with that name which is very uncommon in other areas. My late brother in law born in 1949 was an Eustaccio as well.

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