Genealogy in Scontrone

If you search your ancestors in Scontrone, 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 Scontrone

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 Scontrone town hall archives as of that date.

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

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

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

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 Scontrone on your behalf.

If you have the opportunity to visit Scontrone and you plan to contact the church by yourself these are the addresses of parishes active today in Scontrone:



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

Do you want to see our local genealogists at work in Abruzzo? Click here to see ItalianSide at work in an episode of the international TV show Who do you think you are?

Here below you can read the messages received from other visitors in Scontrone forum:
if you only want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy in Scontrone feel free to leave a message below.

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  1. Ronald says:

    Hi, my name is Ronald my mothers maiden name is DeVita. I’ve seen it spelled many ways, De Vita, DiVita, DiVito. My grandmothers name is Albina Tiritilli who married Quirino De Vita. Her parents names are Achillies and Angela Bevaloqua. My grandfather came to America in 1910 and my grandmother came over in 1912 with 3 children. Cesare 7 Ida 5 and Attorino 2. I know they lived in Scontrone. My grandfather sailed on the S.S. Venezia and my grandmother sailed on the S.S. Berlin. I would like to find out more about the Tiritilli, Bevaloqua and De Vita family’s. I have done a lot of research and can’t find to much about them in Italy. I need help in that area. I am retired now and live on a fixed income so I don’t have the mean to go much farther. I would appreciate any help you could give me. Thank you. Sincerely Ronald

  2. Gerald says:

    My paternal great-grandparents were from the Scontrone area and I’m looking for any information on them. My great-grandfather was Marco “Mike” Di Vito (sometimes spelled De Vito) born in 1887 and he immigrated to Chicago in the early 1900s. My great-grandmother’s name was Rosa Cotumaccio born in 1892 to Giovanni Cotumaccio.

    Any information on either Di Vito (De Vito) or Cotumaccio in Scontrone would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

  3. Barbara says:

    My paternal grandfather was born in Scontrone, L’Aquila, Abruzzo, on July 13, 1889. His name was Vincent Meloni (formerly Melone?) and emigrated to the US at the age of 13. Other records I’m finding show him coming alone at that age so I cannot find information on his parents. I would love any information on where else to look. Thank you.

  4. Kathy says:

    I believe that my grandparents was from there. My grandma fathers name was Costintino Melone. I do not know my grandmothers maiden name but her first name was Santa. I would believe that my grandparents were born in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. I believe that they came to the USA in the 1930’s

    • Debbie says:

      Constantino Joseph melone was married twice, first to Agata Ottaviani, they had three children, Michele (michael), Marco, and Louise. Agata passed away, and he went back to Italy to marry Santa Ottaviani, who was reported to have been Agatas sister. They had three children, pietro (peter), Agatha, and Euotimio ( timeo) then she passed. I have the dates, but don’t remember them off the top of my head. Feel free to contact me, and I’ll help with anything I can.

  5. Wayne says:

    My grandparents are from the Scotrone area. They were born around the early 1900’s. Interested to know if Tiritilli is a common name in the area. The name may have been Americanized.

    • al says:

      Yes there are at least 2 families still living in Scontrone. My wife and I visited them for a one day trip in 1998 and 2000 and a 3 day/2 night trip in 2002.
      We exchange xmas cards every year. I am 85 years old and collected a lot of information on the Scalzitti, Melone and Titirilli families. My dad’s sister
      married a Tiritilli. If you have any questions about Scontrone or the above families I would try to answer them for you.

      • Sabrina says:

        I am a Scalzitti, my paternal grandmother was a Melone & great grandmother a Tirtilli. Must have some common relatives.

      • LARISA says:

        Hi Al, my Nonno is a Scalzitti and my Nonna is a Ruberto. My Nonna’s mothers maiden name is Paganico. They are both from Scontrone/Abruzzo area. From my understanding one or two of my Nonna’s great aunts were kidnapped, I think to the states, by their father. Please feel free to reach out as I would love to gather as much information as possible for my Nonna.

    • Gina says:

      Hi, I have a Tiritilli family tree going back to the 1500’s. I’m in Chicago now, will be going home on Friday. The Tiritilli’s, Melone’s, and Scalzitti’s are all intertwined, depending on the branch. I may have answers for you or people you can connect with. Let me know what you need.

      • Dianna says:

        My paternal grandparents are from Scontrone. They arrived in Chicago around 1915. Their names are Giovanni Melone and Marietta Tiritilli. My dad’s sister married a Ranieri. My husband and I are wanting to go visit Scontrone sometime in the future. Its so refreshing to see all these surnames that I grew up with being mentioned.

        • Kirk says:

          Hi Gina, my great grandfathers mother was a Tiritilli. I would be very interested in seeing the family tree-if this is something you could share.

      • Fred says:


        Hi, Gina,

        I was born in “Little Italy” in Chicago, 1942. I am related to both the Melone’s and the Tiritilli’s. Modesto Melone and Madelana Tiritilli were my grandparents. We lived on Flournoy St between Loomis and Loflin. When I was born, I lived on Marshfield Ave, which is now gone.I am about to turn 77.

        In my genealogy research I never came across the Scalzitti’s. I would like to know who they are. They were never mentioned. Also, I have a pedigree chart showing my genealogy going back to my great grandparents. I would be OK with sending you that chart and would appreciate any information you may have about the above mentioned families. Thank you.


  6. Jessica says:


    I am looking for as much information as I can regarding my two great great grandparents that were from Scontrone.

    My great great grandmother’s name was Maria Concordia (married name- DeVito, also spelled Di Vito in some recdords) Shewas born around October 9th, 1894. Her husband, Edward (Eduardo) DeVito Di Vito) was born around February 16th 1888.

    I am trying to trace this family tree back as far as possible, so copies of birth certificates would be extremely helpful.

    Thank you!

  7. alexander says:

    I am trying to determine my scalzitti lineage
    my father romolo scalzitti was born in scontrone on may 5 1895
    his father agostino ” ” ” ” ” on may 1 1851
    his father dominico ” ” ” ” ” ” ?
    on a visit to scontone the parish priest said all records were destroyed ww2
    any info on my great grandfather date of birth or his father or further would be appreciated.

    I had a dna test made in 2013 and it showed -most distant ancestor as b.c. 1734, lambert hopkins, edinburg scotland,—ydna haplo group r-m269.
    Is it posible that my heritage goes over to england.Thanks for any info.

  8. Carol says:

    My grandmother was Luigina Melone
    Grandfather Francesco D’Achille
    Any info would be appreciated .

  9. Nancy Kelleher says:

    My Grand mother was born July 8 1898 in Scontrone Her name was Modestina Passarelli. I need a birth certificate where can I get one.

    Also my great grand parents died in Scontrone. My great grandmother was Leoricita Passarelli or Loretta Passarelli died in 1929. My great grandfather was Giuseppi Passarelli and he died in 1930. I need copies of their death certificates. Can you tel me where to get them?

    • William says:

      Nancy, I had great aunt name Modesto Passarelli Scervo they call her Aunt Adize. She had a daughter named Rachael.
      My Mother’s name was Rachael Valentini before she got married
      Her sister ‘s name was Connie and Angline Valentini.
      My grandmother was Maria Lucia Passarelli on my mother’s side.
      In Chicago they lived at 809 S. Bishop
      Sorry if I misspelled some of these names.

  10. Mike says:

    My grandpa Lawrence e Melone ( in USA Lawrence e malone. Born 1909