Genealogy in Vasto

If you search your ancestors in Vasto, Abruzzo region, the documents about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives and in the parishes in the town.

Civil Records in Vasto

In towns and villages of Abruzzo and in Chieti province registry offices were established in 1809: it means that you could find your ancestors records in Vasto town hall archives as of that date.

(If your goal is to claim your Italian Dual Citizenship in Vasto follow this link).

So, if your ancestors lived in Vasto during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Vasto to know more: our local expert is ready to help you in your research!

Otherwise, if you think to contact the town hall by yourself, we suggest you to read our tips for your search. They are useful to search in Abruzzo and of course in Vasto too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Vasto from the Italian Unification(1861).
This is a necessary info to understand how many people lived in the town in the past.

To proceed faster with your research is important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Vasto. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Vasto archives, expecially 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 Records in Vasto

Church archives in Chieti province may store even older information. You will find religious records of the same events (births, marriages and deaths) but, most important, you could go further back in time!
So in case you would like to go back in centuries, it’s good for you to know that the parish registers in Chieti started during 1500!

They are far less accessible from abroad (and even not easy to browse and to read if you are not used and skilled) but our local genealogist can research the church archives of Vasto on your behalf.

If you have the opportunity to visit Vasto and you plan to contact the church by yourself these are the addresses of parishes active today in Vasto:

S. GIOVANNI BOSCO – Via S. Giovanni da Capestrano

S. GIUSEPPE – P.zza L.V. Pudente

S. MARCO EVANGELISTA – Via Madonna dei Sette Dolori

S. MARIA INCORONATA – Via Incoronata, 110


S. PAOLO APOSTOLO – Via Florindo Ritucci Chinni

S. PIETRO – P.zza S. Antonio


Anyway for our experience, even if you plan to come here, we always suggest to start the research months before the arrival: in this way you will avoid to waste time in the offices or in the churches dealing with italian bureaucracy and you will have more free time to visit the town and surroundings on your ancestors footsteps, starting from the info gathered by our genealogists.

Another important source of information are the notary documents available to expert researchers in the State Archives.

If you need a professional help from our local genealogists write to or follow this link.

Our expert in Vasto area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

Here below you can read the messages received from other visitors in Vasto forum:
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  1. Nick says:

    my mother anna dichiacchio was born in vasto on august 22, 1915 and left when she was one year old. Presume she was baptized there. Any help locating her records? Thank you.

  2. Jon says:

    I am trying to do genealogy research on my wife’s family. Her Grand Mother Angelina D Mancini and Domenico Dibiase were from Vasto. Angelina and her two bothers, Michael and Pietro Mancini came to America around 1921. The Mancini family owned a farm that grew grapes, cherries, figs, and olives. Their parents were Antonio Mancini and Gracinta Canosa (or Canose). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  3. Sue says:

    Trying to find Lina D’Ermillio born in 1959. She has 2 brothers John and Frank. She moved back to Vasto from Lidcome, Sydney ,Australia.
    I was her friend at school
    I am from Sydney Australia
    Can you help with her address
    Thank you

  4. Jan-Marie says:

    Looking for Berardino Della Penna born in Vasto, 1855 ( ?) married Concetta Maestro from San Martino in 1877. had 2 children

  5. Joe says:

    looking for relatives of Michele Pollutri(d.1924) and Laura Diguilmi (d.1940) … their childrens names where Maria Domenica(d.1965) Michelina(d.1953) Maria Spina (d.1985).. two sons Giovanni and Cesario who migrated to the USA and two sons that died in WW1 Nicolino and Domenico. Thank you.

  6. Lora Chiachetti Kells says:

    Looking for Information on Rosa LaVerghetta. She was my great grandmother and supposedly was a Contessa. Born around 13 May 1883 – Roseto, Foggia, Puglia, Italy Died on Sep 1980 – Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America. Arrived September 11, 1912 in New York. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Especially on whether or not she was in fact a Contessa. Thank you!

  7. Margaret says:

    Looking for information on a Covello Gizzi who may be a brother to my grandmother, Laura Gizzi (1876-1955). Her parents were Alfonso Gizzi and Conceta Eure. We would appreciate any information.

    Thank you.

  8. anna says:

    Hi! I am looking for any information about my maternal great grandmother, Teresa Scafetta. She was born January 20, 1898 in Sao Paulo, Brazil but grew up in Chieti, and moved to America (I think) around 1918. thank you!

  9. Charles says:

    looking for info or birth records for: Theodore Marchesani, born January 26,1893 in vasto chieti italy

  10. Charles says:

    My grandfather Theodore Marchesani was born in Vasto Provincio Di Chieti Italy
    January 26,1893… I think his mother’s name was Anna.

    how can I get birth records of him or any family records back then.

  11. Lisa says:

    I’m searching for any information on several family members born in Vasto. They are:
    1-Great Great Grandfather Angelo Palazzo
    2-his son, my Great Grandfather Michele Palazzo b.1874
    3-Great Grandmother (and wife of Michele) Rosa or Rosario LaVerghetta b. 1878
    4-Great Grandfather Carmine Ricchezza b.4-6-1887
    5-his wife, my Great Grandmother Antonetta Smargiassi b.2-2-1887

    Thank you for any assistance.

    • Lora Chiachetti Kells says:

      I see you are also looking for a Rosa LaVerghetta, who would be my Great Grandmother. I wonder if we are somehow related??? Would love to know!

  12. Anne says:

    I’m the granddaughter of Antonio Ceruti and Luisa Forte. Are there records of my ancestors you can share with me or tell me where I can learn more?

  13. Nick says:

    My mother was born in Vasto on August 22, 1915. Her name was Anna DiChiacchio. She and her family emigrated to the states in 1916. Kindly advise any info or records. thank you.

  14. Nick says:

    My mother was born in Vasto on August 22, 1915. Her name was Anna. Her family emigrated to the states in 1916. Any records would be appreciated. Kindly advise any costs as well. Thank you.

  15. Anthony says:

    I am searching for my grandfather’s birth record. He was born 05/15/1899 in Vasto, Pro-Vin Chieti, Italy to Peter and Edna Santoro (I believe).

  16. Anthony says:

    I wish to obtain birth certficates of my Grandparents on both sides of my parents who were all born in Vasto,Chieti area.
    Can you please advise of the best way to do this.


  17. Giuseppe says:

    I am seeking historical data on Guiseppe Natale (born about 1898 in Vasto), who is my grandfather, and who is the father of my father – Antonio Natale 24/2/1927 to 25/9/2002. Guiseppe Natale’s wife was Maria Sanconcordio, who was born about 1904 in Peteciatto, Italy, and buried in Vasto (date unknown).

  18. Ted says:

    I am searching for a birth record for my grandmother Grazia Galante who was born
    Jan 29 1884 in Vasto Italy. Please tell me where I can find this record and for other relatives
    Born in Vasto.

  19. Kathleen says:

    I am searching for relatives who were born in Vasto… Luigi Gizzi (1887 or 1888) and his wife Mary Bevilaqua (1891?).