Hi all – I’ve been researching my family tree for about 17 years. My grandparents got me started on a hobby that has turned out to be a lifelong project, as I have spent many years tracing my roots as far back as possible, while also coming in contact with many cousins and distant relatives. I recently began looking at the Italian civil records which have been microfilmed by the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter-Day Saints, and these have proven to be invaluable in taking my research to the next level. These records have brought me back many generations to several towns in Italy. Five of my great-great-grandparents were born and married in Nocciano, which is in the province of Pescara, region of Abruzzo, Italy. I also have ancestors from Civitaquana, Elice, and Pianella, which are also in Pescara, as well as Montemiletto, Torre le Nocelle, and Taurasi, from Avellino in the region of Campania, Italy.

Through the civil records it is possible to trace one’s ancestry back to the early- to mid-1700s and find hundreds of other families that are also related. The process of sifting through all the records is very time-consuming and challenging. I am currently transcribing and piecing together all the civil records from Nocciano as well as a few other towns, and will in the future be posting this data up here on the blog so that anybody researching their family histories in these towns might be able to explore their roots as well.  For the last few years I’ve been transcribing the Nocciano and Civitaquana records, so please look around at all the years I’ve posted so far, or feel free to e-mail me at anthony.sacco13@gmail.com for any Pescara-related genealogy inquiries and I’ll see if I can help!

Thanks for visiting, and I hope this page will prove useful to fellow Italian family researchers. I also encourage you to visit my public policy blog if you are interested in current events and public policy in the US.

– Anthony

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  1. I too am looking for family, my parents James and Sarah Generoso came to Penne to find the Cantagallo family 15 years ago and I didn’t go but will be soon.. My grandmother Anna Cantagallo Generoso born in Penne 1896 She has 2 brothers Zopito and Nicola

  2. This is amazing and really hard work! My grandfather (and we think, Great Grandfather came to America (Portland, Maine) from Civitaquana. I am a DiDominicus (spelling changed here from DeDominicis. I have never known anything about my grandfather’s side, but I can see relatives here and see that Ranieri is one of my family names. Thanks for your hard work here and for sharing it with all!

    1. Hi Robin – thanks for your kind words! Feel free to e-mail me at anthony.sacco13@gmail.com if you’d like and I’m happy to take a look and share any of the information I have on your great-grandfather and his ancestry. The de Dominicis line goes back into the early 1700s at least and I have many records on it that could be helpful.

      – Anthony

      1. Good evening.
        My name is Simonetta and I am a direct descendant of Nicola di Berto (born 3 Mar 1737) and of Santa di Giacomo Diodati (born March 20, 1737).
        Thanks to the “Antenna Portal” – promoted and edited by the General Directorate for Archives – I was able to draw up my family tree until the middle of 1700 and arrive to her. I ask, kindly, how to go back to the records of the 1600s (baptisms, weddings and deaths) of Civitaquana – as they are not indexed – and where to find the military leverage lists. Waiting for information, thank you very much.


      2. Hi, My great grandfather is vincenzo de Dominicis born in Taurasi in 1832 son of Paolo de Domincis and Theresa. He married a Giuseppa Casale. I am looking for any info on the Di Dominicis family. our family immigrated to Boston and NYC. Thank you! Tara taraozella@gmail.com

  3. I grew up believing my grandparents (Leandro Antonio Della Piana and Elisa Savini) came from a town called San Lorenzo di Nocciano. That’s how they spoke of their origins. Years later I came to realize that they were identifying with their parish – the church of San Lorenzo – which happens to be in the town of Nocciano.
    So I learned early on that you really cannot bank on what you remember, or how things were said (or sounded to you). You have to do the work. Look at the maps. Talk to the people who know – who live there – who went there to do their own work. Like you, Anthony. Thank you for the treasures you have uncovered and given to all of us. You are my hero!

  4. Your site is amazing. I only recently started my genealogy journey but I’m hooked. I’m related to the Chiulli family you have mentioned in some of your research in Cugnoli. Thank you for your hard work here and looking forward to more!

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An Italian genealogy website: exploring the families of Nocciano, Civitaquana, and many other towns in Pescara

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