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In search of your Abruzzo roots?
Ancestry in Abruzzo
La Grande Quercia
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Italian arrivals at Ellis Island 1910
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries many millions of Italians left their homeland in search of a new and better life in the USA, Canada, Australia, South America and many other parts of the globe. Discovering why they left and re-connecting with long lost family is a dream for many people, but considered too difficult or too expensive for many. Back in 2009 when we first opened La Grande Quercia, we had the privilege of hosting a guest and her family from West Virginia who came to Abruzzo in search of her grandfather. We offered to help and had the most amazing and touching experience, which was to be the start of the service we now offer to our guests. To read Mary's full story, follow this link
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E-mail : lagrandequercia-abruzzo@hotmail.com

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Over the past several years we have been successful in re-connecting many families whose ties had been severed by the passing of time, often a hundred years or more.

Whilst we know there are many "professional" ancestry researchers out there offering their services, the cost is often prohibitive and so 
what we do is offer on the ground research, at a modest cost.

Of course this is not our main business, but a service we offer to guests that choose to stay at La Grande Quercia.

As we are based just outside of Teramo, we have ready access to the Archivio di Stato , with whom we have built a great relationship with the researcher there and we are able to obtain full size copies of birth, death and marriage certificates dating back to the early 1800's

In addition, we also visit towns and villages, speak with the locals who will often hold more information about families that left these places many years before

For Sergio and Russ, the ultimate aim is to find living relatives here in Italy and to arrange a reunion that spans the lost generations

So where do you start?

In our experience most people will have snippets of information about their grandparents or great parents, which is normally enough for us to start picking up the threads to start our research. If you have the following basic information, it is almost certain that we will be able to help



  • Full Birth Name
  • Place of Birth
  • Date of Birth





With this information we will  obtain a number of the original documents, family tree going back to the turn of the 18th Century and locate the original town or village and in many cases the exact house from where your relatives left!

If you would like us to help you find your long lost relatives and perhaps find some new ones, write to us at  lagrandequercia-abruzzo@hotmail.com ​and we'll do our best to help you.