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. MARIA STELLA MARIS – Via Zara
S. PAOLO APOSTOLO – Via Florindo Ritucci Chinni
S. PIETRO – P.zza S. Antonio
SANTA MARIA DEL SABATO SANTO – Via Aragona, 1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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