Genealogy in Roccamorice

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

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

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

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

In case you want to visit churches, these are the addresses of parishes active today in Roccamorice:


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


  1. Maria says:

    I am looking for information on my Great Grandfather Donato A. Rosati 8/26/1872 and his wife Annunziata 3/25/1875. They had a son Alessandro N. Rosati 12/25/1901 born in Roccamorice. Donato came to the United States first 1897-1898 New York/Canada Annunziata and Alessandro about 1909. Donato Rosati moved his family to Detroit MI in the 1920’s . Donato Died in Detroit MI 1936, Annunziata died in 1943. I would like to find Donato Rosati’s parents and Annunziata’s parents in Roccamorice.

  2. Ciera says:

    Hi, I am looking for a Marie Dirocca who married Cesidio Zeck pre-1900 and immigrated to New York. I’m sure Cesidio was not from Roccamorice and his last name “Zeck” was a surname he chose when he immigrated. I am writing this post as I have documentation stating that Marie Dirocca was born in Roccamorice. Is anyone familiar with the last name Dirocca? She’s my great great great grandmother

  3. Jenifer says:

    My name is Jenifer. My grandfather, Joseph DiRocco, was born in Roccamorice and at 15 years of age emigrated to the US. He lived in New York City for a time and later lived in Niagara Falls, NY. My grandfather’s sister Santa Cerrone lived in Roccamorice until she died, but his brother John and sister Antonette both came to the US – also residing in Niagara Falls, NY. My grandmother’s family was also from Roccamorice. Her surname was Cafarella (Cafarelli?) Any information would be kindly appreciated. Thank you.

  4. Carol says:

    Looking for names of children born to M y great grand parents Cesidio Eugenia D’Alimonte and Maria Stella Piselli during years of 1875-1890.

  5. Carina says:

    Hi, My great-grandpa Salvatore DiNardo was born April 6, 1890 to Domenica di Millo and Francesco di Nardo. Witnesses to the birth certificate were Francesco Santangelo, 57 at the time (?? spelling is hard to see), and Salvatore Pietroangelo, 74 (?). Major at the time was Amadro Ventura. It looks like he was born at 21 via Rica Ruggieri – I see via Ruggieri on the map, but not Rica Ruggieri. This info is from the birth certificate. Thanks in advance for any info!

  6. Karen says:

    Roccamorice research. Any information would be most grateful.

    My Grandmother Emelia D’Angelo (Amelia) born 1898
    Father – Donato D’Angelo born 1874 – died 1949
    Mother – Maria Ventura born 1877 died 1843
    Grandfather – Serafino D’Angelo born 1845 died 1913
    Grandmother – Pasquarosa Pietrangelo born 1845 died 1952

    All emigrated to USA early 1900’s.

  7. Lisa says:

    I am tells after to the late General Ruggieri of Roccamorice, and am wondering what relatives from the Ruggieri side are still alive. Any idea?

  8. Julie says:

    I’m looking for any information regarding the family names of D’Alimonte and Pietrangelo. If or know of anything I would greatly appreciate and information you can give. Thank you!

    • Dominic says:


      I am a Pietrangelo. What kind of information are you looking for?

    • Sandra says:

      Hi Julie, my name is Sandra pietrangelo, my moms last name is D’Alimonte
      My nonno is santo pirtrangelo, my dad is Antonio, he has a brother in Italy pepino, sister Anna, Angelina, here in Toronto, my uncle Rocco he passed away October 1998.
      And my mom is Josie D’alimonte her family is Antonietta, Frank, Maria, Gino, bartlomeo
      We live in north Toronto, Vaughan, richmonhill area’s

      • Emily says:

        Hi all Pietrangelos! My name is Emily, and my mom’s family are Peterangelos! (We live in Buffalo, Sandra!) I’m looking for more information about the Roccomorice Peterangelos.

    • Victor says:

      There are plenty of descendants of the general in Canada. Many are located in Amherstburg Ontario with the last name DiGiovanni.

  9. Laurie says:

    I am looking for my family from Roccomorice, with the surname Menna. My Grandfather, Giovanni Menna immigrated to the USA in 1913, and a few years later was found on documents here in the USA and living close to a Vincenzo Menna, who I am assuming to be his brother or cousin in Pennsylvania. Vincenzo Menna married in 1907 Roccomorice, to Francesca Antonio Nicolini.
    Any information you can provide me would be gratefully appreciated.
    Thank you in advance.
    Laurie Large

    • Bonnie says:

      I have info regarding this family for you.

      • James Menna says:

        To Laurie Large, My grandfather was Vincenzo Menna and my grandmother was Francesca Antonio Nicolini. Giovanni Menna, or as we knew him John Mann was my great uncle. Vincenzo was Giovanni’s brother and lived with or near him in Charleroi, Pennsylvania which is near Pittsburgh. Vincenzo moved to Lackawanna, NY and remained in Charleroi. John would visit us around Memorial Day on his way to the Indy 500 Race in Indianapolis. John also had brother Peter and a sister Concetta in Lackawanna. I, as, child had the pleasure of meeting John a few times. He was very kind and very generous to me. He was same everyone. Well appreciated. On one of his visits, he took to an amusement park in Canada. (Crystal Beach). I had never been there before. It was an adventure because he made me believe that I leading the way as he drove, by pointing out the directions on lamp posts to the Peace Bridge. It was wonderful time that I always remember. Uncle John was one of kind. I hope that this helps you somewhat. Please write. Yours James Menna.

        • Mike says:

          My great grandparents are Francesco Saverio Menna and carmella Menna from Roccamorrice. Bonnie who answered earlier has given me my part of of menna family. My grandparents had the same last name when the married so the line back is very interesting. Maybe if we look enough we cane see where we’re connected. My Menna ancesters settled in Waterloo, Medina, and Lockport NY. My grandmother who was their last child is still alive at 94 and living in her same house where I was raised as well.

  10. Sheri says:

    Wondering what my next step in research would be if I have found all I can find in the LDS microfilm records that extend only to 1809?
    How would I go about getting information from the 1700s from Roccamorice, Cheiti, Abruzzo, Italy?
    Thank you,

    • David says:

      The next step is to visit the individual towns your relatives are from and search the church records that can go back to the 1600’s. Sometimes the records have been removed from the church and then are kept at the Church Archives in Chieti. If you do go to Italy for your research you may, depending on the priest, need permission from the ArchBishop to access the records. This is a very involved and sometimes frustrating process and you would need to speak Italian or have a translator who can help you. Another thing to remember is that the Archives have very limited hours and sometimes it can take many days to make an appointment with a individual parish priest so much time is needed. Unlike the U.S. in Italy everything moves SLOW.

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