Genealogy in Castiglione Messer Marino

If you search your ancestors in Castiglione Messer Marino, 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 Chieti province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Castiglione Messer Marino registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Castiglione Messer Marino 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 Castiglione Messer Marino. As more your surname is common in Castiglione Messer Marino, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Castiglione Messer Marino archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Chieti province are:
Angelucci, Bruno, Cinalli, Costantini, D’Alessandro, D’Amico, D’Angelo, De Luca, Di Biase, Di Carlo, Di Crescenzo, Di Francesco, Di Giacomo, Di Marco, Di Martino, Di Matteo, Di Nardo, Di Paolo, Di Pietro, Di Prinzio, Di Renzo, Di Santo, Di Stefano, Di Tullio, Di Virgilio, D’Orazio, Esposito, Ferrante, Iezzi, Luciani, Mammarella, Mancini, Marino, Martelli, Menna, Natale, Paolini, Paolucci, Pasquini, Piccirilli, Ranieri, Ricci, Rossi, Salvatore, Tenaglia, Travaglini, Tucci, Zappacosta.

Church archives in Chieti 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 Castiglione Messer Marino and Chieti 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 Castiglione Messer Marino 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 Castiglione Messer Marino area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. nancy says:

    Can you tell me if the surname Giancaterino (a,i) is found in Castiglione Messer Marino. I am looking for the birth of Francesco Giancaterina about 1893 but all I know is Castiglione. Thank you for any help you can give me.

    • Paolo says:

      Hi Nancy,
      I just came across your post.
      There were no Giancaterino in Castiglione Messer Marino (Chieti).in the late ‘800s.
      Howere you may look into Castiglione Messer Raimondo (Teramo) where there are still a few.
      Good hunt!
      Paolo – Milano

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