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A Brief History of Sant'Eufemia.

Before 1844, Sant'Eufemia was a frazione of Caramanico. Its was called Villa Sant'Eufemia. In 1845, the town became a separate entity called Sant'Eufemia.

Sant'Eufemia a Maiella (sometimes Majella) was in the Province of Chieti until 1927 when the Province of Pescara was formed. Towns from the surrounding three Provinces (Chieti, Aquila and Teramo) were combined to form Pescara.

Province of Pescara.

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Patrizia Boccaccio works in the municipio in SEaM and is responsible for tourism.
She is creating a mailing list to keep us up to date on the events in the town.
You will receive occasional updates on events occurring in St Eufemia through Facebook - Sant Eufemia Nel Mondo.
This initiative will hopefully generate a greater interest in our families' place of origin.

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Americanization of Names

I don't believe the old story that the officials at Ellis Island changed the names. I don't think I've ever seen that in the records. The names might be spelled wrong on the ship's manifests but that's all. I've also come to realize that when the Ellis Island records were two pages, the first page (with the name) was filled out as they were boarding (most likely written by an Italian) and second page was done when they landed at Ellis Island. Take a look at They Changed Our Name at Ellis Island by Donna Przecha.

Here are some of the variations of names from Sant'Eufemia a Maiella that I've seen in my searches. Sometimes the immigrant changed to the Americanized version. Other times, that is just how English speakers spelled the name after hearing it.

Sant'Eufemia Name
Americanzied Name
diVecchia DiVecchio
diPietrantonio Pietro
diGiovine Giovanni
Palmieri Palmer

The only rule about "di" and "de" in the family name is there was no rule I've found in the oldest microfilms (1809), family names were written this way:
    Vecchia (d')
And it was indexed under "V". Later on it became:
    (di) Vecchia
And it was still indexed under "V". Then later:
And it was indexed under "D". Then later:
was used in the 20th century. In all cases, though, it was "di" and not "de". I think the "de" came from Americanization. In Italian, "di" is pronounced DEE where in English, "di" is pronounced DIE. To get the same sound in English, it was written "de" which is pronounced DEE

My dad told me that spelling was never taught in the schools in Italy. In Italian almost every letter is pronounced so words are written as they are spoken and spoken as they are written. The way it was actually spelled did not seem to be very important.

Here are some first names:

Name in Italian
Americanzied Name
Giuseppa Josephine
Julia, Joan
Domenic, Thomas
Eufamia Fannie, Frances
Camillo Charles, Camille
Gennaro James
Giosuè Joshua
Vincenzo Vincent, James
Vincenza Virginia, Jennifer, Jenny
Margherita Daisy
Pasquale Patsy, Patrick, Charles
Guillermo William, Bill
Luigi Louis, Louie
Aloisio Aloysius, Luigi
Nunzio Joseph
Nunziata Nancy
Gaetano Guy
Assunta Susan

More about Italian Names and their English Equivalents - click here or click here.

Civil Records

The Italian Archives for Genealogical Research web site, Home | Antenati


has been hard at work digitizing the civil records from towns in Italy including Sant'Eufemia a Maiella.
We discovered the records from Sant'Eufemia were available last year and now they have added many more records so that it appears that every available civil birth/marriage/death record from 1809 to about 1920 is on-line.

Here are the records that are available:


The Napoleonic Era - most of Italy was under French rule and we can thank Napoleon for forcing the Italians to start civil record keeping. Of course before 1809, the Catholic Church was very diligent in keeping baptism/marriage/death records but, so far, none of the Church records have been digitized that I know of.

Before 1844, Sant'Eufemia was not a separate town and its records were kept in the nearby town, Caramanico. So for 1809-1815 records, we need to look at Caramanico where our town is listed in the records as Villa Sant'Eufemia.



The Restoration Era - Napoleon was kicked out of Italy but Italy was still a group of small regions with no central government. During 1816-1843, record keeping continued and Villa Sant'Eufemia records were still kept in Caramanico



The Restoration Era - Record keeping continued but in 1844, Sant'Eufemia became a separate town.



The Reunification Era - the country of Italy came into being with the reunification. Record keeping continued.
The records from 1860-1865 are listed under the town name "Sant'Eufemia" while the records from 1866-1920 are listed under the town name "Sant'Eufemia a Maiella".


These birth/marriage/death records are not complete (in particular, missing almost all of the records from the 1870's). Maybe those missing years will be added in the future or else the records have been lost.

Church Records

Our cousin, Dave diNardo,  visited Sant'Eufemia in Oct of 2014. One of his stops was the Church to look at the records. He sent me this photo of one of the record books.

Saint Bartolomeo Church Baptisim Records 1662-1877

Sant'Eufemia Surnames at www.laroccalulett.com

One of the great original genealogy web sites is http://www.laroccalulett.com.  On this web site there was a page:  http://www.laroccalulett.com/SantEufemiaSurnames.html  where people could post questions and information about their Sant'Eufemia ancestors. Since that page is gone and I had archived the page many, many years ago, I have taken the liberty of posting the messages here. Over the decades, I have communicated with many of the people you read about here.


Domenico Alberico
My name is Domenico Alberico and I am from Melbourne Australia. My Fathers name is Antonio Alberico his parents were Domenico and Antonietta Alberico. Our soprannome is (La Cappo) my Great grandfather was renowned for wearing a very large coat. My mothers name is Emma Crivelli Alberico. Her parents names were Michele (He built many of the current homes in Santeufemia) and Concetina Crivelli. They lived in a small house on the Piazza near to Chiesa San Bartolomeo.

Monika Battistone
I am married to Peter Battistone, second son to Francesco Battistone and Angiolina Pantalone who immigrated to Canada from Sant'Eufemia. Many years back we started a family tree as a way of explaining to our children their connection to the many cousins in Canada, USA , Italy and Australia and about their Italian heritage. To date this project has grown from our immediate family to finding ancestors all over the world some we have only corresponded with by email and others who we just met for the first time. 

Arthur S. Di Giovine
My grandfather Felice DiGiovine was born in Sant'Eufemia April 09, 1893. He emmigrated to the United States after serving in the Italian Army in WWI.
His wife Maria Nicole (Zacagninni) was also from Santa Eufemia. They had three sons, Anthony, Salvatore (my Dad) and Fiore.

Lou Stempkowski
My grandfather was:
Luigi Antonio DI NARDO (Louis Anthony DiNardo)
Born: 6 Jun 1892
Died: Aug 1969
Born: Sant' Eufemia A Maiella
His father was: Francesco DI NARDO
His mother was: Maria Nicole ALBERICO
His brother was: Matteo (Matthew) whose wife was Raffaela Carpolotti Di Nardo
His sister is: Adelina Di Vecchia (currently living in Buenos Ares, Argentina
My grandfather's travels were:
Moved to Old Forge (Scranton), PA in USA
then moved to West Park (also known as McKees Rocks, near Pittsburgh) PA in USA
His wife was: Angelina DiNardo
Born 30 Apr 1890
Died Jan 1984
Her father was: Angelantonia PALLONE
Her mother was: Carmine DI NARDO
Please respond to Lou Stempkowski
389 Rio Circle
Pittsburgh, PA USA 15241

My name is Flaviana DiNardo.  I live in Toronto.  My father's name is Antonio DiNardo and he is knows as ciarbacanno.  I'm in love with St. Eufemia, even though the population is declining. I love it so much and because it is a part of my heritage, that I bought a house in the town and my family plan to go back during some summers.

Mike Livreri
I have some ancestors from Sant'Eufemia.  They are way back in the 18th century however.  I don't know if anyone will have any connection to them.  Irene Dinardo, born 1790 in Sant'Eufemia, married Ferdinando Fiore-Nanni of Campo di Giove'.  Her parents were Giovanni Lorenzo Dinardo, born about 1760 and Fiorenza DiLibero or Dicamillo, born about 1760.  Are either of the names DiLibero or DiCamillo popular in Sant'Eufemia?
I realize these are very distant names but if anyone has a connection please let me know.

Flaviana Di Nardo
My name is Flaviana DiNardo.  I am 48 yrs. old and live in Woodbridge Ontario.
My parents immigrated to Toronto in 1955 from St. Eufemia.  I still visit the town and presently have my father's house in St. Eufemia.
The town is magnificent and should be visited by all who have ancestors from St. Eufemia.
Grandfather:  Giuseppe DiNardo   Grandmother Filomena DiNardo
Grandfather:  Luigi Pantalone      Grandmother Anna DiAngelis
Mother:  Maria Pantalone,  Father Antonio DiNardo
My grandmother Filomena DiNardo is 100 years old and is still healthy and alive.
Please respond.

Nancy Owings
Both of my grandparents were from Santa Eufemia a Maiella.  My grandfather was Vincent Di Nardo. I do not know the names of all of his siblings, but I do know that he came to America around !900 with his older brother Paul.  They went to Colorado and worked on the railroads. He also had brothers named Luigi and Ralph and also a sister named Annie and I believe several other siblings.

He eventually settled in Baltimore, Md. as did his brothers Paul and Ralph and his sister Annie.  He sent for my grandmother Maria Timperio and their daughter (my aunt Adeline) who arrived in Baltimore around 1911. My mother Domenica,(Mitzi), aunt Annunciata (Nancy) and uncle Phil were all born in Baltimore. My aunt Nancy is 96 years old and lives in Florida. All of the other siblings are deceased.

Kristi Petro
Searching for information on my family in Abruzzo.   My great grandparents were Teodoro DI PIETRANTONIO and Lucia  DI NARDO.  I know of two of their children: Anna Concetta married to Carmine DI GIOVINE, and Donato (my grandfather, who went by the name Carmine) married to Nunziata PANTALONE.  Nunziata's parents - also from Sant' Eufemia were Alfonso PANTALONE and Madelene DI GIOVINE; they had three other children:  Marietta, Colarice, and Antonio.
My grandfather, Carmen DI PIETRANTONIO, was born in 1885 and came to the US around 1900.  He later shortened his name to Petro.  He and his sister's family settled in Joliet, IL.
I have more information regarding their descendents.  If anyone thinks they have a connection to these families feel free to contact me. Grazie!

Sandra Shafer
My grandfather Filippo DI VECCHIA) was born in 1884 in Sant'Eufemia, the son of Domenico DI VECCHIA and Anna Giacomo DI COSMO; my grandmother, Eufemia CARAPELLOTTI, was born in 1885 in Sant'Eufemia, the daughter of Ottaviano DI VECCHIA and Filomena Pallone.  They were married in Sant'Eufemia in 1904.  They emigrated to the US  and settled in Old Forge, PA, raising a family of 6 children.  My father, Domonick DI VECCHIA, was born in Sant'Eufemia in 1905.

Mark C. DiVecchio
My grandfather's parents, Micheangelo DIVECCHIA / Angesa MANCINI,  and my grandmother's parents, Chrisenzio DIGIOVINE / Maria CARAPELOTTO,  were all born in Sant' Eufemia. Their children (my grandparents) Camillo DIVECCHIA and Lucia DIGIOVINE, gave birth to my father Pasquale DIVECCHIO in 1917.
They all came over to the US, my grandfather first in 1905 and my grandmother and father about 1928. Settled in Aliquippa, PA outside of Pittsburgh.
Our family name changed at somepoint from DIVECCHIA to DIVECCHIO.
I am putting together a DIVECCHIO family tree at:  http://www.silogic.com/genealogy/divecchio.htm

Thomas D Gargaro
My father's mother and father were both born in St. Eufemia a Maiella. I have been there twice and plan on returning next year.
My Grandfather's name was Angelo Sante Gargaro. He was born in St.Eufemia a Maiella on January 20, 1893 and died in Stowe Twp.,Pa. in 1966. He emigrated to Stowe Twp. Pa. in 1909. He was the son of Isadore Gargaro (born March 24, 1864 and died February,1941 and is buried in St. Eufemia) and Bernadette Angelucci  (born May 31, 1868 and died February 2, 1936 and is also buried in St.Eufemia). Isadore's father was Angelo Santo (born 1809), Angelo Santo's father was Francesco  (born 1768 and married to Angela Domenica Mancini) Francesco's father was Orazio (born 1746 and married Aghese Zianni) Orazio's father was Bernardini (born 1700)  They were all from St.Eufemia a Maiella. 
Bernadette's father was Nicolo Angelucci (born 1834 and died 1909) and her mother was Maria Severia Centefante (died 1922). Nicolo's father was Francesco Angelucci born 1789.
My Grandfather had 6 brothers and sisters, all born in St.Eufemia.
- Celeste (born 1891 and died in Stowe Twp.Pa. in 1933) married Raphael Dantini (also from St.Eufemia).
- Anine (born in 1896 and died in Stowe Twp. Pa. in 1984) married Camille Salvitti (also from St. Eufemia).
- Anuzine (born in 1899 and died in 1972 in Alliquippa, Pa.) married Jim DiNardo
- Anthony (Born in 1905 and died from influenza in 1921 two weeks after arriving in America with his father Isadore)
- Marietta (Born in 1907 and died in 1972 in Aliquippa, Pa.) married Nicholas Mancini
- Vincenzo (Born 1910 and died in 2001 in Melbourne Australia) married Juliette Palmieri (also born in St.Eufemia)
My Grandmother's name was Mary Palmieri. She was born in St. Eufemia a Maiella on September 10, 1900 and died in Stowe Twp. Pa. on April 9, 1987. She was the daughter of Angeline Geco (Born 1877 in or near St. Eufemia and died in 1950 in Stowe Twp.Pa) and Vincenzo Palmieri (Born September 1871 in St. Eufemia and died in 1947 in Stowe Twp. Pa.  Vincenzo's parents were Peter Palmieri and Filomene Cerone, both from St. Eufemia.
My Grandmother had 6 brothers and sisters, with the 5 youngest being born in America
- Fiore married Angeline Tessicino
- John
- Joe (Born 1912 and died in 1988) married Rose Catanzarite
- Mamie married Ercolene D'amico
- Ann married Bill Palmieri (Born in St. Giacomo, a small town right next to St. Eufemia.)
- Rose married Antonio DeLisio (Born in Sulmona)
I realize that I've provided a great deal of information, but I do have more regarding some ancestor's brothers and sisters.

My grandfather Carmine Nuccitelli was born approximately 1880, and emigrated to the USA in 1905.  My grandmother Felica Alberico Nuccitelli was born approximately 1788.
My grandmother had four other sisters:
       Irene Alberico Palmieri
       Carolina Alberico Nuccitelli
       Anina Alberico Marcucci
       Maria Alberico Manghini
My grandfather had cousins Rocco Nuccitelli who went to Australia, and Ignazio Mancini joined him in the USA from Sant'Eufemia.

Tony Palmieri
Above are my family surnames from Sant'Eufemia.

Rosemarie Andrews
My father and his parents are from Sant'Eufemia a Maiella.  I have been working on genealogy for his family and have found a couple people who are related to me.  My grandfather was Angelo Camillo Palmieri and my grandmother was Lucia Palmieri Palmieri..there was an Uncle Giovanni who married an Anna Giaconde Marcucci, and an Uncle Angelo Pietro who married Irene Alberico, and an Aunt Anna Palmieri who married Nicola Piccirilli.  Some of their descendants migrated to the U.S. and to Australia and Argentina.  I am trying to locate information on Pietro Palmieri and family in Australia.  Also any information on the Palmieri family in Sant'Eufemia, or anyone who may have known of them that could tell me more about them.  If you can be of any help, I would be truly grateful.  Please email me.

My grandfather, Amato Palmieri, married Annina Sonsini.  Moved to Australia.  His father was Carmine Palmieri.  Amato had 5 children, Julia Vera Antonia, my father (age 81), and two sons who died in Italy, Angelo and Camillo.

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