Genealogy in Navelli

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

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

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

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



If you have the opportunity to visit Navelli 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.

If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Navelli 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 Navelli area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Diane says:

    Looking for Faustino D’Innocenzo born in Navelli about 1880
    Looking for his father Pasquale D’Innocenzo, married Carmela

    • Walter says:

      My grandfather was Peter Torlone born in Navelli He left about 1911,I think. His brother was Pio Torlone. His father might be Sebastian or Claudio Torlone. Both brothers were residents of Medford, Massachusetts. Peter returned to Italy and served in the army during WW1. Pio served n the US Army.
      Lease contact me if you see any names in your genealogy.
      Peter married Maria Torlone whose maternal name was Deangelis. They came from Bussi Sul Tirino down the road from Navelli. Marias mother was from Navelli . Her maiden name was Decole.??? I think.Lots of Torlones still live in Nav. They also live in Pescara .

      • Paul says:

        Walter, I’m Paul DeAngelis from Somerville. I believe your mother is Dorothy, my first cousin. Your great grand father was Diomede D. born 1865 in Bussi. His father was Luigi born about 1828. his mother was Filomena Barone

        The D’ Ercole side is somewhat of a puzzle. Rocco d born in 1838 -your great great grandfather was your great grandmothers dad (maria antonia d’ercole. She married Diomede. Rocco’s mother was Maria Giuseppa D’Ercole. On rocco’s birth certificate it says Padre Incerto which means father uncertain. Thus there is a missing name since Rocco was given his Mothers last name instead of his fathers

  2. Louise says:

    Looking for my family in Navelli, my great great grand-father was Giacomo Torlone born maybe arround 1860. Maried Maria (Dottiglia) (Dottiglio) (Natila). My great grand-father was born 1887? in Navelli and immigrate in Canada in 1906? is name was Augostino Torlone. Looking for the grand family of Torlone in l’Aquila to help me find my roots.

    • Anthony says:


      I too am from the Torlone family that originated in Navelli. Did you end up finding information about the Torlone roots from this region?


      • Louise says:

        We just started our research again we have not yet but planning to maybe go to Navelli in the future if we can’t find online info.

        What is the name of your ancestors.


  3. Christina says:

    I don’t know where or if my family fits in here anywhere but my last name is Napoleone. My nonno on my dad’s side, his name is Serafino Napoleone, (and his wife is Carmela Napoleone, not sure what her maiden name is). My dad recently past away unexpectedly at the age of 58 so I’ve been trying to find out more about our family lineage. Any information on the Napoleone family would be appreciated. My dad’s name is Carmelo Napoleone and he was born in Catania, Sicily in 1957. (They all moved to Canada in 1963). I’m not sure where his parents were born. On the back of my dad’s baby picture it says Carmelo Condorelli and I’m not sure why or whose last name that is because his last name is Napoleone but I just thought I’d add this piece of information in case it helps out in any way.

  4. Lisa says:

    My grandfather, Louis Napoleon was born in Navelli in about 1897. He came to the U.S. and married Rosaria Napoleon. If you have any information, I would appreciate it.

  5. Janis says:

    Are you able to help me find any remaining family?

    My original and legal family name was Gramaccia. My great-grandfather, Domenico Gramaccia, and his wife, Maria Guiseppe Guliani, immigrated to Canada in (1899 and 1906 respectively)with their two children, Guisseppe and Maria.

    My grandmother, Catarina Frederico, wife of Guiseppe Gramaccia, arrived in Canada in 1920. They were married in Bellevue, Alberta.

    Catarina’s brother followed and arrived in Canada after her. I believe they were the last of their family although I may be wrong.

    • Kim says:

      Janis and Tracy, my name is Kim SACCO. My grandfather was Pasquale Gramacci (Gramaccia). He was son of Domenic and Mary Josephine Gramacci. There was also one more son I am aware of, Sidney Gramacci. Pasquale was married to Rosina (Bonafacio) Gramacci in 1929. Pasquale, Sidney and Domenico immigrated to US, do not know the year, via California and made it to Detroit, Michigan where they resided until passing. Pasquale has two daughters, Marie Patricia Clark and my mother, Sylvia Rose Jablonski, of course their maiden names are Gramacci. They are both living. Sidney Gramacci had no children. That’s all I know to contribute. Fascinating.

  6. Tracy says:

    Hello! I am researching the following families:

    Sebastiano (Sam) Giampietri *b January 1887 who married Maria Gramacci *b. 16 April 1895. I do not know when or where they were married. Sebastiano’s father was Antonio.

    Maria’s parents were Domenico Antonio Gramacci *b 1862 and Maria Giuseppe (Josephine) Guliani *b 1869.

    Domenico’s parents were Sante Gramacci and Cristina Maria Cimetta.

    I have no other information. I do know they migrated to Canada, worked on farms and in the mines. The information I have on the Cimetta family, I obtained through a database of miners who perished in an explosoin and 2 Cimetta family members were among them.

    Thank you for any information in advance.

  7. Rita says:

    Dear Italian friends:

    I live in the United States and was raised with my grandparents – Benedetto & Mariannina D’Ambrosio. Benedetto is from Caporciano in L’Aquila (Abruzzo) and Mariannina is from Civitaretenga in L’Aquila (Abruzzo) Civitaretenga is a frazione of Navelli in L’Aquila. I need the dates of death of their parents.

    Benedetto’s parents are Venanzio D’Ambrosio (born 1851 in Caporciano) and Maria Celeste Gizzi (born 1850 in Caporciano).

    Mariannina’s parents Serafino Napoleone (born 1836 in Civitaretenga) and Rita D’Innocenzo (born 1847 in Civitaretenga) Since Civitaretenga is a frazione of Navelli, their records are probably in Navelli.

    But I do not have dates of death.

    I also have the names, dates, and residences for the parents of Venanzio D’Ambrosio, Maria Celeste Gizzi, Serafino Napoleone, and Rita D’Innocenzo, if that is of any help.

    I have another question. My grandmother, Mariannina Napoleone, was heard saying that she had French relatives or was partially French. It is unclear exactly what she said. However, I have traced her ancestors back 4 generations including her 2 parents, her 4 grandparents, her 8 great-grandparents, and her 16 great-great grandparents. I have their names, their dates of birth & death, and the towns where they were born and died. There is no one of French descent in her lineage. Also, I have not found anyone in her extended family – aunts, uncles, or cousins – with French ancestry.

    So, if there are no French relatives, could she have been confused as to her heritage because of her name – Napoleone? The family originally spelled the name with an “i” as Napolione. But around the 1860s, the entire family began spelling the name with an “e’ as Napoleone. This change in the name occurred during the time of Italian Unification, an event which caused great disorder and confusion in some parts of the country. While Napoleon I (1815) was the one who created the civil administrative structure of Italy, it was his nephew, Napoleon III, who was active in Italy during the Unification and provided military protection to the Vatican. How influential was he? I am sure no one in our family is related to anyone in Napoleon’s family. Besides, Napoleon I was not French, but was an Italian born in Corsica with the name Napolione di Buonaparte. However, there may be people who do not know his Italian ancestry and believe him to be French. Anyway, it seems somehow, someone in her family misunderstood their origins and passed wrong information on to her. So where would they have gotten this idea of having French ancestry or relatives?

    So I need two things. I need to find someone to help me get records of death for my great-grandparents. Next, I need to find someone who is familiar with L’Aquila or Abruzzo history who can explain why an Italian family changed the spelling of their name and began believing they had French relatives.

    Do you know any people who would be able to help me find this information? I appreciate any help you can give me.

    Rita from America

    • Ambro says:

      Hey – it’s Ambrosia. You posted this awhile ago and I don’t know if you’ll see this message but I have been doing ancestry research and happened upon your posting. I’m trying to cobble together what I can to fill in your blanks. Just thought it was funny that I found this out there!

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