Genealogy in Rivisondoli

If you search your ancestors in Rivisondoli, 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 Rivisondoli

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

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

So, if your ancestors lived in Rivisondoli during the past centuries, then you should start your family research from the City Office of Rivisondoli 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 Rivisondoli too!

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Rivisondoli 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 Rivisondoli. As more your surname is common, as more it could be difficult to find the right branch of your ancestors family in Rivisondoli archives, expecially 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 Records in Rivisondoli

Church archives in L’Aquila 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 L’Aquila 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 Rivisondoli on your behalf.

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 Rivisondoli area will study your request and will reply to you with a plan and a quote for your family research.

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  1. Patty M says:

    My grandfather was Giacomo Ferrara and my grandmother was Matilde Caniglia Ferrara. Both were from Rivinsondoli. My grandparents were born around 1887. My Grandfather landed in the United States in 1913 and my grandmother came in 1920. My grandfather and grandmother settled in Akron, OH. Any help with other relatives in this area would be greatly appreciated….I was told one child was born in Rivinsondoli…her name was Kathrine, but died around the age of 2. Three other children were born in the states.

    • Eric says:

      My great grandfather is Emilio Ferrara and his wife Carmela came to the US around 1900 with their child Ovidio and settled in Kent, OH; and later had children: Dominica, Genevieve, Yolanda (Helen) Jenny, and George. We went to Rivisondoli 5 years ago and met Ovidio’s cousin’s children and their children. I have a large family tree by a relative Perry Martini – who keeps in contact with relatives in Rivisondoli. My parents and two of my brothers as well as many other relatives still live in Kent. I will look if Giacomo or Matilde fall on the list. Eric F

  2. Angela says:

    I believe my grandparents came from Rivisondoli,
    Their lasts names were Di Donato, and Trocchio( trocchio may have be changed once they came to America) Do these names sound familiar? I know we have a relative that was a priest!

    • Sara says:

      I have a Trocchio that immigrated to Ohio in 1905 with her brother and daughter – she married a Spagnoli.

      • Anita says:

        My nana and her sister came from Rivisondoli italy their last name was Trocchio they settled in Monessen pennsylvania when they were married

    • Linda says:

      Dear Angela,
      We to have a Morgiano (George) Di Donato from Rivisondoli, Italy . He was born July 8, 1885 and died in Pittsburgh,PA Jan 10, 1960. Have you found anything about that last name? I was thinking of hiring a genealogist there to help. I was married to his son who has the same name but dropped the Di. .

  3. Jeff says:

    My ancestors last name is Ferrante.Not sure about spelling. Some moved to NY early 1900s. Changed name to Serefine.

  4. Rhonda M says:

    My great Grandfather is Francesco Campana born July 21, 1886 in Rivisondoli and had siblings, one brother named Liborio that I know of. His wife, my great grandmother, we called “Jenny” but her records i believe said Giavanne…her maiden name Spagnuolo, or Spagnolia, Spagnoli, Spagnolo…never spelled the same so i dont know which is correct but she was born in Rivisondoli on June 3, 1886. They were married in Rivisondoli and their first son, Charles Zeffarino Campana, was born there about 1909 or 1910 maybe? They left for America when Charles was an infant in 1910 or 1911 while Jenny was pregnant with my grandfather Anthony Campana who was born in Bedford Ohio USA. Can someone help me find the names of Frank and Jennys parents there? I suspect Franks mothers name was Marguerite Cipriani but not certain

  5. michele says:

    My Great Grandfather was Olindo Mascio married to Maria Ramicone. I believe that Maria’s parents were Giovanni Ramicone and Christina Damicone. My Grandfather Nicholas Mascio went to live in Warren, Ohio he traveled with his mother Maria and met Olindo who came first.

    • Joe says:

      My great grandfather was a Damicone from Rivisondoli. His name was Francesco born in 1876. He came to America when he was 16 or 17 and settled in Elmira, NY. He had a brother who went to South America. He had a half sister, Jenny and a sister Molly who also came to America. Other than that, I know nothing about him. Any relation to your Damicone?

  6. Avis says:

    Good afternoon,

    I am researching our family tree and I was able to trace the name Ramicone back to Rivinsondoli Italy. I am interested in finding out more about Antonio Ramicone who might have lived from 1876-1944. I believe he was married to Pasqual Ramicone, who could have been born 1876 but I do not know her maiden name. I believe he could have sailed from Genoa to New York in April, 1905. They both came to the US in 1905 so they were probably married in Italy before traveling together.

    Do you have access to birth certificates or marriage certificates?


  7. kathleen says:

    Both my great, grandfather and mother were born and married in Rivisondi, as well as a great uncle. My Great grandfather’s name was Enrico Frank Gesue born 9/6/1867. There are some documents with the last name spelled differently: Giosue’ or Gisue’. My great grandmother’s maiden name is Isabella Massitta (or MMarsitti). I would love to have more information on them if possible as well as their parents and/or living relatives. Thank you in advance for the response.

  8. Mona says:

    Dear Sir or Madam:
    So far, I have information of my grandfather and grandmother- all are from Rivisondoli:
    Octavio A. Romito Born: 4/4/1863 his father
    Antonio Romito born July 1841
    Nicola Pasquale Romito was born 1800? His father was Gennaro Romito born 1770-1775 died 1843 -his father possibly Amico Romito no dates or information on him.
    Do you have any proof of this information or where I can find documents that far back.

  9. Terri says:

    I am looking for information about my great grandfather. My grandmother’s maiden name was Fraino. Her brother’s name was Guiseppe Antonio Fraino. Their mother’s maiden name (my great grandmother) was Rachele Spagnuolo (Fraino). She died during WWII along with my grandmother’s younger sister, Amabile, when the Germans took Rivisondoli. My grandmother and uncle came to the U.S. in the early 1900s. They were all born in Rivisondoli. I have no idea what the name of my great-grandfather is, and know nothing about him. Can you help me?

    • Garrett says:

      Terri, I’m trying to trace back my family tree. My great great grandmother was Rachele Spagnuolo. Her husband was Pasquale Fraino. That’s about all I know. I’m looking for more information too. My great grandfather was Giuseppe Antonio.

      • Terri says:

        The information on your great great grandmother and GG grandfather sounds like we may possibly be related. Your great grand father Giuseppe, did he go by the name Tony? Did he have an older sister who came to America a few years before him? Where in the U.S. did he settle? My grandmother settled in PA.

        If there is a chance we are related I will share my ancestor info with you.

        • Garrett says:

          My Great Grandfather did go by Tony! Was your grandmother’s name Carmella Rose, and did she immigrate to PA around 1916? I’m guessing that we are related.

          • Terri says:

            Yes my Nona is (was) Carmella who lived in Creighton. She came to America in1916 at the age of 17. Your GG came a few years after her at the age of @12. Your Great Grandfather was my Uncle Tony and his wife was my Aunt Clotilda. I knew them well and visited with them often. Their two sons are my cousins. I have a lot of family information I am happy to share with you.

    • Laurent says:

      My grandmother was Genoveffa Bucicone. She was from Rivisondoli. Her maiden name was Spagnuolo. She was born in 1899. My grandfather was Dario Buccicone . He lived in Ortucchio, but was born in Rivisondoli. My grandmother had two brothers and one was named Angelo. My grandmothers mothers maiden name was Trombetta. My grandmothers father Dominic worked off and on in the Unites states in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.He was working in Pennsylvania somewhere.

      • LYNN says:

        Well, my grandmother was Adele Buccicone. Her parents, Guiseppe and Clelia Buccicone came to the US around 1900, settled northeast of Pittsburgh in Vandergrift, and my grandma was born there in 1905. Guiseppe and Clelia came from Rivisondoli which I was lucky enough to visit in 1986. I LOVED IT. Also living in Vandergrift were sisters, Emma and Elodea born in Rivisondoli.

        • Laurent says:

          Would Adele be a sister of my grandfathers Dario’s father Francesco? My grandfather was Dario Bucciconi and his parents were Francesco Bucciconi and Maddalens Marini – Bucciconi. She died in the big earthquake of 1915. But i dont know who are the parents of Francesco. I heard it may have been Gaetano Bucciconi. Please help if you can.

      • Lindsey R says:

        Hi. I’m related to you. My grandma is Dorothy Marietta DiNardo. Her grandmother and grandfather are Elizabeth Marietta Buccicone and Domenico DiNardo. We know they are from Abruzzo state location. Dario is Elizabeth’s brother. I heard of Dario and how he was an inventor lived out in Indiana/Chicago region and had 7 sons or grandsons. You might know the name Amedeo DiNardo as he is my great great uncle. We are from Sharon PA/many started out in Numine PA. We would like to connect with you and try to finish our family tree!

    • Rhonda M says:

      My grandmother was a Spagnuolo or Spagnoli… her name was Giavanne or “Jenny”…from Rivisondoli…born and married there. She married Frank/Francesco Campana also born there and had a son Charles Zeffarino in about 1910 before they came to America… possible relation?

      • Betty says:

        You are related to me, I am the granddaughter of Marco Campana

      • Laurent says:

        Hi, I would be happy to help you. Yes, I am a grandson of Dario. Dario was born in Ortucchio and my grandmother said the family was originally from Rivisondoli but moved to Orthuccio at some point before Dario was born, so Elzabeth may have been born I am not sure in which town. The family consisted of Giovanna who never married, Theresa(also called Monica because she was in a convent at some point) Adelina, Elizabeth Marrietta, Dario and Sylvestro. Their parents were Francesco Buccicone born in 1849-? and Maddalena Marini born in 1861 and died in the large 1915 earthquake. I have a list of deceased from the earthquake which shows Maddalena as a victim and lists her parents as Constantino Marini as the father and Mattia Iarussa as the mother. I heard many stories from my mother Ida (1928-2016) about trips to Nu Mine, Vandergrift and Sharon,PA to vist her uncles, aunts and cousins. My mom talked a lot about how she looked up to the Oddi, Mancini, DiNardo cousins. They used to call my uncle Velio Bucciconi, Amadeo DiNardo and Mario Mancini, the Three Musketeers. I have met Amodeo DiNardo and my mom corresponded with him. Yes, my mother had seven sons and I am number three. Nicholas, Francis, Laurent, Alex, Frank, Joel and Michel. My mother also has a sister Donna Benus who is the only one left from that generation. She was born in 1937 in Gary, IN. She lives in Portage,IN and has 3 children, Tom, Diane and Matthew. My mom met my father Eugene Santaquilani I Rome in the early 1950’s at Warner Brothers-she was a translator and secretary. They moved to France in 1954 and all of us were born between 1957 and 1963 and my parents retuned to Gary,IN in 1964. My Grandfather started out in Pennsylvania as a ditch digger and laborer, came up with some labor saving devices, suggested them to his superiors, made some prototypes, was transferred to USS GARY Works in the late 1920’s , worked there until 1941, left there to start his own shop and built machines for the mills along with his son Velio my uncle. Velios sons Dana, Clifford and Valerie Jill as well as us Santaquilanis also worked for the business as we grew up.

      • LAURENT says:

        Amodeo was a WW2 navy veteran who was in submarines in the Pacific. He became a tool and die maker after the war and was able to retire early. He was an accomplished tennis player and we were impressed that he drove a Rolls Royce.