Genealogy in Ateleta

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

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

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

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


If you have the opportunity to visit Ateleta 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.

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  1. Lisa says:

    I am trying to find some information my mother’s great grandfather. We stop at his son, My mother’s grandfather Fedele Sparisci (5/16/1890 – 10/5/1959). We were told that Fedele was was left on a door stop and the family that found him, “raised” him and gave him the name of “Sparish/Sparice/Sparisci/Spariscio”. The family that found him was not named “Sparice”. He ended up coming over to America (4/28/1908) potenially with John Schullo and lived in Cumberland, WI. His Cumberland name was Fred Sparish. Fedele was born in Ateleta, LAquila, Abruzzo.

  2. Julia says:

    I am looking for some info on a Pietro Calabrese /Colabrese (abt 1878 to 1972. )who was Married to Maria/ Mary Santella (abt 1882-1945.) Pietro was from Ateleta and the son of Salvatore Calabrese and Francesca DiVito. They emigrated to the us and resided in Philadelphia. I want to know if Salvatore or Pietro had siblings. Also who Maria’s parents and siblings were. Thanks!

    • Peter says:

      Jullia – I am Peter Calabrese great grandson of Pietro. Are you from Philadelphia? From some records that a distant relative with whom I no longer have contact I have a family tree showing siblings of Pietro as Carmine Colabrese b. Jul 21, 1858, Anna Colabrese Born June 7, 1860, and Gaetano Colabrese born March 16, 1865. All born in Ateleta. Looking randomly so surprised to see a post on this familoy. Pietro’s birthday was June 29, 1873.

  3. Jamie says:

    Looking for info on Ricci’s and Donatelle’s from Ateleta. They began moving to the US around the turn of the 20th century and I would love to know more about my family.

  4. Christiane says:

    My mother’s name is Mannella. She was born in Montreal, Canada but her parents, Oriente Mannella and Angela Mannella, were from Ateleta. I went to Ateleta last year and I visited the « municipio » to get their birth certificates.
    I wonder if somebody can help my in findind additionnal information about my family. My story is special; my grandfather Oriente was the son of Severino and Laura. My grandmother was the daughter of Scolastica and Pasquale. They probably met when Severino (Oriente’s father) married Scolastica (Angela’s mother) as both were widowed.
    Together, Severino and Scolastica had four children; Laura, Irena, Ambrosina and Gioacchino.I know that some children and grand children of these four still live in Atelata. So, I’m looking for Irena and Gioacchino’S birth and death dates. Also, I would be very interested in finding birth and death dates for Laura (Severino’s first wife) and Pasquale Mannella (Scolastica’s first husband). Can you help me get birth marriage and death records for all these people as we can’t find them on Archivio di Stati after 1865

  5. Darla says:

    I cannot find any Italian records for Severino Petrilli, but I know that his wife, Elizabetta Sciullo Petrilli (BD Sep 14,1865) was listed as a widow when she arrived in the U.S. I estimate his birth year to be 1855-1865. They are my great grandparents. My grandfather was Antonio Petrilli (BD Apr 11, 1882).

    Birth, Marriage and Death records would help me search my family tree.

    • Tom says:

      Hello Darla. Italy’s Military Records for Ateleta show Giovanni Petrilli, the son of Severino Petrilli and Elisabetta Sciullo, who registered while he resided in Pittsburg, PA on July 15, 1904, and stated that he was born April 11, 1882 in Ateleta. The record was manually transcribed and the “Giovanni” could be in error. Or perhaps his name was Giovanantonio Petrilli on his Ateleta birth record. If you request his birth record from the Ateleta municipio, you should ask for Giovanni, Antonio, or Giovanantonio Petrilli born on that date. I believe his parents’ Ateleta births are: Severino Petrilli, born February 1, 1851 [#4] to Emiddio Petrilli and Cleunice Elisabetta Mannella (married November 22, 1838 [#10]); Elisabetta Sciullo, born March 9, 1858 [#19] to Francesco Antonio Sciullo and Francesca Anna Pitassi (married October 4, 1840 [#6]). Elisabetta’s parents were both born in nearby Pescocostanzo. Costantina Santella’s parents were Gaetano Santella and Venustina Cerceo (married 1877 [#19]). Gaetano’s father, Don Basilio Santella, was a doctor. The Ateleta military records and Ateleta 1810-1865 civil records are available online.

      • Darla says:


        Thank you very much for your response. I very much appreciate your efforts. Anthony Petrilli’s name WAS INDEED either Gianni Antonio or Giovanni Antonio. It was not a mistake. Interesting to know that Don Basilio Santella was a doctor.

  6. Renaud says:

    I’ve found out just about all I can find from ship logs. I’ve tracked back my great-grandparents to these persons:

    * Oriente Mannella (mis-ingressed at Ellis Island as Manuella), born circa 1890, emigrated to Canada on May 28th, 1902 at 12y of age (via Ellis Island), boarding the Palatia in Naples; single at the time of immigration, married via arrangements
    * Angela Mannella, born circa 1894, emigrated to Canada at on December 23rd, 1911, 17y of age (via Ellis Island), boarding the Carpathia in Naples, married via arrangements

    * Severino Mannella, most likely Father to Oriente, travelling (maybe left Italy?) to Canada via Ellis Island and arriving October 23rd 1907 aboard the Prinzess Irene (Princess Irene), 47 years of age (so born circa 1860), obviously married at the time of transport
    * Possibly a Maria Mannella (same boat as Severino, but she’s 13 years of age and same city of origin, I can’t put this as happenstance); single
    * Concetta Mannella, most likely Aunt to Oriente, emigrating to Canada in 1902 (mis-ingressed at Ellis Island as Manuella) at 23y of age, born circa 1887 (via Ellis Island), boarding the Palatia in Naples; single
    * There may be a Gennaro, but that’s a wide shot.

    If anyone has ANYTHING on these people, please reply in this page.

  7. Vanessa says:

    My grandfather emigrated to the US from Ateleta soon after WWI and settled in Pittsburgh. His name was Beda Ranallo-was known as “Bennie” in the US. He worked for the Port Authority, maintaining and repairing the trolley rails. Ranallo is not listed as a common name within the province, so I’m hoping that someone can point me in the right direction for searching this portion of my ancestry.

  8. Alan says:

    My grandfather Angelo Scaramuzzi listed Ateleta as his place of birth. Documents differ as to date birth, it is either June 29 or 28, 1884 or August 15, 1890.

    He came to the United States prior to 1920 but there is no record of exactly when.

    Any information about the family and relatives still in Ateleta would be appreciated.

    Thank You

    • Tom says:

      Hello Alan. Italy’s Military Records for Ateleta show Angelantonio Scaramuzzo, the son of Michele Antonio Giuseppe Scaramuzza and Carmina Giovanna Catarina Giacinta Donatelli, registered while he resided in Chicago, Illinois on September 26, 1904, and stated that he was born June 30, 1884 in Ateleta. His brother, Francesco, registered his own birth date as October 2, 1897. One would have to request their birth records from the municipio in Ateleta to verify. Their father, Michele, was born May 7, 1855 in Pescocostanzo and their mother, Carmina, was born November 24, 1858 in Pescocostanzo. Michele and Carmina were married July 24, 1881 in Pescocostanzo. There was also Pasqua Virgilia Rosa Scaramuzzo born 1886 in Ateleta who could have been Angelantonio and Francesco’s sister. As you can see, the surname may end with different vowels when recorded. This is common with Italian names and records. According to passenger records, Angelo arrived in New York May 28, 1902 via the S.S. Palatia which departed Naples, Italy on May 13, 1902.

    • Brandi says:

      Hello Alan, I’m looking for some information on my great-grandmother, Adelaide Scaramuzzi (ideally, her birth information and any other family members). I read your post from December 2016 and was wondering if you’ve some across any more information on the Scaramuzzi line in Ateleta? Here’s the information I’ve located so far:

      Adelaide Scaramuzzi
      Birth: 17 Feb 1894 in Ateleta, Italy
      Came to the US on 24 Nov, 1913
      Immigrated to Chicago, IL (later moved to California)
      Marriage: 7 Feb, 1914 to Giovanni Catalano
      Returned to Italy with husband approximately 1921(location unknown) and stayed until 1926, then came back to America
      Death: 14 Nov 1971

      If you (or anyone else on the board) have any information on her or other family members it would be greatly appreciated.

  9. Diane says:

    I am trying to find out information on my grandparents. My grandfather was Erminio (Herman) LeDonne & his wife was Maria Grazia Marino. My grandfather was from Ateleta & his fathers name was Savino (Jack) LeDonne. I am trying to find out his wife’s name & also the names of my grandmothers parents. My grandparents lived in Bloomfield, PA then moved to Morningside, PA. Is there an address in Ateleta where I could contact them for more information, such as a birth certificate? Any information would be precious to me. Thank you!

    • Tom says:

      Hello Diane. I have the Ateleta birth records for Savino LeDonne and his wife Pasqua Cercone. Their birth records also mention their marriage year.

  10. Steve says:

    My great-grandfather was Carmine Colaizzi (I think his middle name may have been Francesco, as he also went by the name “Frank Colletts” in the USA).

    He was born in Ataleta, I have conflicting dates, but best guess would be 22 May 1874. His parents were Samuel Colaizzi and Elizabeth Taddeo. He emigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was married three times in Pittsburgh, I am descended from his 2nd marriage to Barbara Bartunek.

    He had at least one sibling, Cipriano Colaizzi, born 13 June 1885 in Ataleta, who later emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

    I would love to know the correct birth date for my great-grandfather and any birth/death information about his parents or siblings. (Including the correct spelling of his mother’s surname.)

    • Liz says:

      My maternal grandmother Elizabeth Colaizzi is from the same town . Many of her family members went to Pittsburgh and she came here to Chicago. Very interesting to hear your background . We are are also trying to find out more about our family from Ataleta. We’re planning to travel there very soon.

      • Steve says:

        Liz, I’ve compiled a ton of info from the Ateleta records.. lots of COLAIZZI info. Can you tell me more about your maternal grandmother? Estimated birth year, name of spouse or parents.. I might be sitting on information for her.

    • Linda says:

      Researching the Colaizzi family, Ciprino Colaizzi son of Sam and Elizabeth (Taddeo) Colaizzi. Ciprino was born June 13,1885 died January 16,1950 Cleveland Ohio

  11. Linda says:

    My grandfather Antonio Gasbarro was born in Ateleta, Abruzzo around 1885. He immigrated to America (Pittsburgh, PA) in 1902. He met his wife in the US, she was Cristina Casciato from Ateleta as well. I believe she left Italy a year or two after my grandfather did. My father Enrico Giuseppe Gasbarro was one of their 9 remaining children (2 lost in childbirth, 1 at the age of 2). My grandparents spoke very little English which proved to make it difficult to find out a lot about their siblings, parents, etc. I would love to know more about the relatives who remained in Ateleta. When I tried to research my grandfather I couldn’t believe how difficult it was. Much to my surprise there were many young men named Antonio Gasbarro who were born in Ateleta and immigrated to the US around 1902!

  12. Gina says:

    Hi I am interested in any documents available in reference to my great great grandfather Remigio diSilvio . He was born in 1832 in Pescocostanzo He was a mail carrier (on horseback) in 1857. His wife’s name was Fiorangela Colamarino DiSilvio . He later moved to Palindromic Atelata. My other great great grandfather was named Francesco Donatelli. I would be interested in any records such as baptism, marriage etc. Thank you in advance for your help.

    • Tom says:

      On May 26, 1857, Domenico Antonio Giuseppe DiSilvio (b. March 11, 1832) married Fiorangela Filomena Carmina Colamarino (b. March 28, 1832). All in Pescocostanzo. Domenico’s parents were Remigio DiSilvio (b. December 20, 1785; d. January 11, 1863) and Maria Concezia Donatelli (b. October 08, 1789; d. December 21, 1862) and were married on December 28, 1809.

  13. Darrell says:

    I am looking for my great grandparents. According ancestry records my grandfather, Amico Sabatino DiVito immigrated to the US in 1901. He was born in Ateleta on June 14, 1893. He supposedly came over with his uncle Daniel due to his parents both having passed away. I believe his fathers name was Antonio DiVito and his mother’s name was Angela Calamarino DiVito. If you have any records on either great grandparent it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • Fr. Peter Calabrese says:

      Interesting – a distant relative of mine says that in my family’s roots – Second Great Grandparents there is a Francesca DiVito born April 9, 1838 in Ateleta. I don’t have documents on them personally. She was the daughter of Savino De Vito and Rosa Marino.

    • Mary says:

      My father’s birth name is Dominick DiVito. One of his brothers was named Sabatini. They were born in Fallo, Italy. They came to the US circa 1900. Their parents were Vincent and Mary. Her maiden name was Catinella.

  14. Mary says:

    I am interested in securring info on the Rossi family and the Petrilli’s, Rainaldi’s and Santella’s and Manella’s of Ateleta from 1885 to 1920′s. Can you help me get baptism records, marriage records, banns of marriage ect.

    • Marie says:


      I am a Santella. My grandfather, Dario Santella, grew up in Ateleta before moving to Pittsburgh, PA. He will be 95 Sept 22nd of this year. He visited Ateleta years ago– maybe 10, 15 years ago– and stayed at a hotel (I think it was one of the only hotels there). Coincidentally, his cousins and relatives ran the hotel.

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