Archivio di Stato (State Archive) L’Aquila, Italy Destroyed by Earthquake

Early this morning we got the news of the earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy.

Klaus Graf sent me these before and after pictures of the Archivio di Stato (State Archive) there in L’Aquila, Italy.

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Written by Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp is the Director of Genealogy Products at GenealogyBank. Tom Kemp is an internationally known librarian and archivist – he is the author of over 35 genealogy books and hundreds of articles about genealogy and family history.

He previously served as the Chair of the National Council of Library & Information Associations (Washington, DC) and as Library Director of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

An active genealogist, he has been working on his own family history for 47 years. With the rapidly growing online archives at GenealogyBank – it is a great day for genealogy!

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About Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp is the Director of Genealogy Products at GenealogyBank. Tom Kemp is an internationally known librarian and archivist – he is the author of over 35 genealogy books and hundreds of articles about genealogy and family history. He previously served as the Chair of the National Council of Library & Information Associations (Washington, DC) and as Library Director of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. An active genealogist, he has been working on his own family history for 47 years. With the rapidly growing online archives at GenealogyBank – it is a great day for genealogy!

8 thoughts on “Archivio di Stato (State Archive) L’Aquila, Italy Destroyed by Earthquake

  1. Thank you Tom, for posting this photo. Those of us with Italian heritage, and living relatives today, are saddened by the events of this morning…As more reports come out, it appears much worse than it did when I heard initial reports this morning (EST).
    Noreen

  2. Apparently San Bernardino and Santa Maria di Collemaggio suffered a great deal of damage. We’ve been in contact with the family in L’Aquila and the devastation is everywhere. I am fortunate to have seen the beauty and splendor of L’Aquila before this horrible destruction. The photos I snapped are now treasures. The people of L’Aquila are living in tent communities outside of the city until homes that didn’t collapse are deemed structurally safe. Keep the people of L’Aquila in your prayers.

    Harry
    Pittsburgh, PA

  3. We are searching for information about our family in L'Aquila. We have been unable to reach anyone by phone and no requests for names of casualties have yielded any results. We are looking for Vera & Guiseppe Camizzi and their children Sara, Francisco and Fabrizio. Also, a cousin, Dr. Marcus Tiberi. Can anyone help?
    Thank you,
    Linda O. Carducci

  4. I have relativesin L'Aquila who have apparently fled to an old family home in Capestrano. I don't speak Italian and have been unable to make contact.
    Following the site: boston.com – The L'Aquila Earthquake – The Big Picture, was a lead with all the names of the dead listed. Perhaps this could help. Also the National Italian American Foundation has set up a special Abruzzo Relief fund. You can contact them at: https://www.niaf.org/relief/Relief_ifo.asp. J. Staser

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