Genealogy in Pettorano sul Gizio

If you search your ancestors in Pettorano sul Gizio, 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 Pettorano sul Gizio registrar as of that date.

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

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

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


If you have the opportunity to visit Pettorano sul Gizio 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 Pettorano sul Gizio 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 Pettorano sul Gizio area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. Angela says:

    Hi! I’m visiting the area this summer and I know that my family was from Pettorano Sul Gizio. My great grandfathers name was Dominico Ranalli (Born June 25th, 1906), son of Angelo and Carmela Ranalli. Their other children were Rosario and Josephine Ranalli. Carmela’s maiden name was Spaziani, related to Giuseppe “Joseph” Spaziani. I would love to know if any Ranalli’s are still located in Pettorano. Thank you!

  2. Rita says:

    Looking for information and family of Albina Picollo, approx birth of 1891,
    Albina Mary Picollo
    BIRTH 1891 • Piea, Asti, Piemonte, Italy

  3. Gabe says:

    Is anyone out there from Valle Larga, the wide valley off the main state road between Pettorano and Sulmona?

  4. Janese says:

    I am looking for great grandparents and further back of my family. My grandfather was Guiseppe Almonte born in 1892. My grandmother was Anne Almonte (Federico) born in 1902. My father was also born there Mario Almonte in 1929, Thank you

  5. Christine says:

    CESIDIO SANTUCCI born 27 Jun 1884 Pettorano sul Gizio, son of ARCANGELO SANTUCCI (no dates, no place of birth, son of VINCENZO and unknown mother) and LIBERATA FRATORELLI (no birth date or city, who are her parents).
    AGNESE ANZUINI born 21 Mar 1884 Pettorano sul Gizio, daughter of PIETRO ANZUINI (no dates or place, who are his parents?) and LORENZA GINNETTI (no date or place) daughter of GIACCHINO GINETTI and AGNESE ???

    Anybody have any information? All would be greatly appreciated

  6. Amy says:

    Hello Pettorano! My grandfather was Archangelo Di Stefano who was born in Pettorano April 28,1888. His parents were Benigno a nd Rosaria Carrara Di Stefano who both died in1918 during the flu epidemic. I would like to find out when they were born.Thanking you in advance for any help you can give. Amy

  7. Jason says:

    My great grandfather Joeseph Monaco came to America with his assumed brother or cousin Dan Monaco around the time of wwi. They both listed Petterano as their birthplace on their US draft cards in 1917. I have no further information on my family there and would like to delve deeper if possible. Thank you!

  8. Anthony says:


    My maternal great grand parents are from Pettorano. My great grand father’s name was Francescantonio Tornifoglia. His wife’s name was Theresa or Teresa. I am just curious to know what her maiden name was. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  9. Sid Massaro says:

    The reply by Marco speaks about his great grandfather Giovanni Zannelli.
    Can Marco contact me at my email address?

  10. Rich says:

    I am looking for any contacts in Pettorano on the Federico and DeVittorio families.

    • Karen says:

      Rich; my husbands family is from Pettroano ; last names Federico and Pace. A Federico married a DeVittorio.

      • Angela says:

        Rich and Karen,

        My Grandfather is from Pettorano. His last name is Federico. He came to the U.S. in 1913. He stated that he had 12 brothers and sisters and was a twin. Any information is appreciated.


  11. Pete says:

    I am looking for any available information on my grandparents – Vincenzio A. Oddi born 7/18/1889 and Margherita Marie Costanzo born 7/13/1889. Both were born in Pettorano sul Gizio. My family and I will be visiting Italy in June, and we are planning to spend a day in Pettorano sul Gizio. Thank you in advance!

  12. Christopher says:

    Hello – my grandfather was born September 11, 1897. His name was Mario Loreto Berarducci. I am interested in finding his brother and sister names and if they have any children in the area. I would also like to know where he was born as I think relatives still live there. Any help is appreciated.

  13. Karen says:

    I am looking for information on my great grandparents. The information that I have is that they were married on October 30, 1902 at St. Nicolas Church in Pettorano. I would like to find information on where they were living, like a home address, or anything else like that. Their names were Antonio Donato Cercone and Michellina Cellini.

  14. Carmela says:

    Both of my grandparents were from Italy, I can’t remember if both were from Petterano or just my grandma….their names were Carmella Cicone and Cesidio DiFonzo. Could you possibly have that information ?

  15. Karen says:

    Buenas,les escribo porque quisiera conseguir información sobre mi familia en Pettorano Sul Gizio. Mi abuelo materno ya fallecido Giuseppe Del Monaco Al Monte, el murió en Venezuela sin tener contacto en sus ultimos años con sus familiares, les agradeceria su ayuda

  16. Pete says:

    Hi – my great grandparents were married in Pettorano sul Gizio in 1897. Their names were Rocco Lancia and Marie Leone. I live in the US but may be visiting Rome this summer and would love to get more information and perhaps make a trip out to this community. Can you advise as to how to trace the family tree to see if any relatives are in the area?

    Thank you,

  17. Michael says:

    My grandfather’s name was Vincenzo Checca. He was born in Pettorano sul Gizio in 1894 and immigrated to the USA in 1910. He return to Italy to fight in WW1. After the war, he returned to the USA.

  18. Barbara says:

    We will be in Pettorano on Sept. 18 but only for one overnight. I know it is a weekend, so likely nothing will be open. But I do know this… my great grandparents (Zannelli and Tiberio) came from Pettorano at the turn of the century.

    When my great grand Sebastiano Tiberio (b. March 21, 1872)died in 1944, most of his remaining family lived in the U.S. But, he left a sister, Donada Tiberio Ferrilli in Italy. While he came to the U.S. earlier with his brother, he returned to Italy and eventually immigrated to the U.S. in 1903 with his wife and settled in CT. His father was Giuseppi. His mother was Concettina Ginnetti, Gianetti, Ginetta or some variation of that name.

    My great grand Elvira Zannelli — Sebastiano’s wife — (b. 1881 d. 1975) came here with several sisters and a brother but left some in Italy. She came to the U.S. in 1903. Parents Pasquale Zannelli and Domenica Chiota.

    Does this ring a bell for anyone? Suggestions for “must see” on a weekend there — overnighting Sulmona/Pettorano sul Gizio?

    Does anyone know where to find the HISTORY of the Rosario Zannelli fountain?


    • Marco says:

      Il mio bisnonno Giovanni Zannelli nasce a Pettorano (non conosco la data di nascita) si trasferisce a Nettuno in provincia di Roma con Alessandro Zannelli.Giovanni sposa nel 1899 a nettuno Censi Angela , il matrimonio dura 10 anni da questa unione nascono due figli Umberto è Vittorio zannelli.G iovanni si separa e torna a Pettorano rimane lì fino alla sua morte.

  19. Frances says:

    I am visiting Pettorano next week (August 14th) in search of information about my grandparents Giavanni Panza (born 1892) and Francesca DiFonzo (born 1900). Together they had a son Angelo Panza (born in Pettorano 1921?)
    On October 16, 1924 Francesca left Pettorano to join my grandfather and her brother Charles Di Fonzo already in America.
    Giovanni was married to someone else before he married Francesca and they had a child named Concetta Panza. When his first wife died, he married my grandmother Francesca.
    I believe I have a second cousin, Anna Maria Patella, living in Sulmona who is my grandfather’s sister’s daughter. I an trying to find her, as I believe she is the only living relative I know of there.
    Any ideas on how to find her? To find other relatives? To research my family?

    • maria says:

      hi, I’m not sure if this helps but my grandmothers surname was Patella and she was from pettorano sul gizio. her mother was giulia pansa who had approx 11 children. my grandmothers sister Assunta lived in sulmona but unsure of her daughters names. She also had a brother called Pietro, Francesco and a sister annunziata. not sure if there’s any connection.

  20. Debra says:

    Searching for info on Pasquale Gotti or Gotta born in Pettorano. I do have a copy of his italian birth certificate. Feliciano (Felix) Gotti Father ,Giovana Maiorana, mother
    Pasquale and Felix both came to the USA Mother and a sister stayed behind in italy. Can’t find anything on my Great Grandmother or great aunt.
    Luciano Gotta married Maria Rosaria Federico
    Your 2nd great grandfather
    Birth 06 Mar 1823 in Sulmona, L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
    Death aft 1881 in Pettorano sul Gizio, L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy

  21. Sandra says:

    Both of my grandparents were born in Pettorano. Grandfather Antonio Lancia 1867 and Antonia Ferrelli May 19, 1874. I would appreciate any information on their parents and or siblings.
    Also, could you provide me with a name of someone in the area who might be able to do further research for me. I visited Pettorano in 2005, however, it was on Palm Sunday and of course the town hall was closed.

    • Joseph says:

      My grandfather was Giuseppe Dominic Lancia and was born in Pettorano March 11th 1898. I also have cousion named Liberate Ferrelli from the same town. I am going to visit Pettorano in May.
      Look forward to hearing from you

    • Beverly says:

      Hi Sandra
      I actually have a copy of the CD movie you created from your 2005 trip, although I’m not sure how I obtained it and how we are related. Antonio and Antonia are my second great grandparents. Were you able to find out any additional information? Would love to connect!

  22. Mario says:

    Looking for information on my 2nd great grandparents Liberata Dosantos and Bernardino Di Pietro. Liberata Died on 9 Jan 1951. In Pettorano.

    Thank you in advance.

  23. Jeannie says:

    I am looking for the names, etc. of the parents of Donata Spagnoli and Ricardo Lucci.
    Also information about Anna Maria (?) and husband, Vito (?) D’Aurora–all from Pettorano sul Gizio. Thank you for any help.

  24. Ann says:

    I am in search of my husbands lineage. The Surnames Fronterotta, Fernando 1924 and Orsini, Filomena 1930. Thank you for any information ! Ann

  25. Mike says:

    Looking for information on Michael Tristani born in Pettorano in 1883…
    Thank you!

    • Rita says:

      Hi Mike, never heard of a Michael Tristani, but my father is Fernando born in 1926 and his father was Francesco. Don’t know his birth year but it would be around that time. My parents immigrated to Ontario Canada with all my father’s brothers and sisters.

  26. Joseph says:


  27. RONALD says:

    MY grandparents were both from pettorano sul gizo ,Cesido susi born 4/7/1893 and my grandmother Anna Calabrese born 1894. my grandmother’s father was Gaetano Calabrese. The piece i do not know is my grandmothers mother name. my grandfathers father is buried in pettrorano and anna calabrese sister. any ideas?

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