Genealogy in Catignano

If you search your ancestors in Catignano, 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 Pescara province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Catignano registrar as of that date.

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

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

Next picture shows the demographic trends in Catignano 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 Catignano. As more your surname is common in Catignano, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Catignano archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Pescara province are:
Buccella, Bucci, Chiavaroli, Cilli, Costantini, D’Agostino, D’Amico, D’Angelo, De Luca, De Sanctis, Di Berardino, Di Biase, Di Blasio, Di Carlo, Di Domizio, Di Donato, Di Felice, Di Francesco, Di Giacomo, Di Giovanni, Di Girolamo, Di Gregorio, Di Marco, Di Matteo, Di Michele, Di Nicola, Di Paolo, Di Pietrantonio, Di Pietro, Di Renzo, Evangelista, Faieta, Ferri, Giansante, Iezzi, Leone, Luciani, Mancini, Mariani, Marini, Morelli, Orlando, Pace, Pavone, Renzetti, Ricci, Rossi, Savini.

Church archives in Pescara 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 Catignano and Pescara 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 Catignano 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 Catignano area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.


  1. John says:

    My grandfather, Romeo DiBerto, was from Catignano and my grandmother Ermina Raneri DiBerto was from Civitquana but moved to Boston shortly after marrying and lived close to the other Catignano folks.

  2. John says:

    My bisnonno, Camilo DiProfio, lived (born?) in Catignano Pescara Abruzzo, sent 4 sons to the USA, Sabatino, Emilio, Errico (Enrico?), Antonio. I’m trying to find information about Camilo’s siblings and his daughters. Any/all information will be gratefully appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  3. George says:

    Good Morning-
    My Nonno Antonio D’Amico was born in Catignano on 12.19.1870. I believe that his father was named Sabatino , who was born in 1870 and his mother was Costanza Mancini , born in 1831. I am interested in determining his lineage as far back as possible. Also, Hoping to learn about his brothers and sisters and their offspring. In particular, I understand there is a bakery still this day in Catignano. Nonno Antonio was also a baker in the USA and a pasta maker.I would love to know if there is a relationship with the D’amico who owns the bakery. He was married in 1899 in Catignano and had 3 children. Ema, Ester and Romanina. He emigrated to the USA a few years after Romaninas birth and had 7 children in the states. I am willing to pay for the research to be done. Please let me know if there is someone to assist me as I am very eager to understand my family tree on the D’Amico side , especially to understand what living relatives there may be. Please let me know how much this research will cost. Sincerely, George

    • C R. White Sr says:

      I was looking through the comments section here on info regarding my great-grandmother. Her name was Ester D’Amico. Her sisters (I believe) were Antonetta, Romania, and I believe she may have had more siblings as well. I know that D’Amico is an extremely common name in the Catinagno region, but the many names that we have in common are pretty interesting. It would be great to be able to exchange a bit of information. Don’t know how we could do that, however….

  4. Mary says:

    my great grandparents are from Catinana Pescara Italy, Philomena Sinabaldi

    married a Pietro Longo Guiliani ( sp ) any information would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Karen says:

    I have found my Great Grandfather’s baptism & civil birth records in Sulmona, born Sept 3, 1883. Name: Domenico Luigi Gerolamo Marchesani.

    Father’s name: Francesco Marchesani from Catignano, Pescara. Mother: Maria Giuseppa Paccorocchi (handwriting unclear). French background.

    They had two other children born after 1883 in Sulmona: Luigi Panfilo Armadeo Marchesani & Maria Concetta Anna Vincenza Marchesani. She married Alfredo Pavani and they moved to Avezzano after 1915.

    I discovered a website that gave all the civil marriage information from Catiganano, 1853 – 1862.
    A listing for Marchesani, Domenico Father: Francesco Mother: Lucia Menichini Date: 5 June 1862

    Not sure if these are the same person but could be good lead.

  6. Bob says:

    I am looking for any information, birth, marriage, death, about my great grandparents, Andrea Furbesco and Rachele Tieri. I have learned they lived in Catignano, Pescara, Italy and I believe were born there. They had seven shildren: Rosaria, my grandmother, born 31 Oct 1879, Raffaele born 24 Oct 1882, Giuseppe born 27 March 1885, Egidio born 31 August 1887, Vincenzo born 15 July 1890, Achille born 8 Oct 1892, Adele born 8 Nov 1895.I have also found the names of Rachele Tieri’s Parents. Father’s Name: Eustachio Tieri Mother’s Name: Rosalba Di Leone. Rachelle’s date of birth is estimated to be 1857. She died 11 Feb 1927.
    I am 78 years old and hope to pass this information to my daughters. I have been researching for over twenty years including several trips to Italy, and now have hit a brick wall. Any informatio you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
    Hoping to hear from you soon,

    • Cristina says:

      Hi Bob.

      I have some information for you. If you could pass along your email I will forward you what I have.


  7. Bob says:

    Any information on the surnames Tieri and/or Furbesco would be appreciated. These are the surnames of my great grand parents who I believe were born and married and raised a family in Catignano, Pescara, Italy.

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