Genealogy in Rivisondoli

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

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

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

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

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


  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.

    • 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.

      • 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?

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