Poggioreale, Sicily One Place Study

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Poggioreale, Sicily One Place Study

This profile is part of the Poggioreale, Sicily One Place Study.
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Continent: Europe
Country: Italy
Province: Trapani
Region: Sicily
GPS Coordinates: 37.76500,13.03667
Elevation: 230.0 m or 754.6 feet


A small village in the mountains of Western Sicily in 1640 as a center of commerce for a vast farming region. Never more than 3,000 inhabitants. With a large and growing diaspora in America and Australia.


Top 40 Families
These numbers come from a lengthy analysis of birth and marriage records in Poggioreale. If a family is not listed here, it is likely they came to Poggioreale much later from some other village. Many of the largest families were among the original families who settled Poggioreale in the decades after its founding.


With large and growing population of Poggiorealesi in America and Australia many still are unaware of their own familial history and connection to this small Sicilian hamlet. Most of the Poggiorealesi ancestors in the United States came during the late 1890s and the early 1900s settling in Chicago or the Brazos River Basin in Texas. Those that went to Australia came just before the 1968 Belice Valley Earthquakefrom 1950 to mid-1960;s, many Poggiorealesi migrated to Sydney.




Migrant to Millionare The Story of the Italian-American in New Orleans

The Modern Pompeii

The Ghost Town That Refuses to Die

Other Resources

  • The Italians of Steele's Store, Texas Paperback – May 21, 2019 by Rosemary DePasquale Boykin (Author), Elizabeth Anne Boykin (Editor)
  • Italian Immigration in the American West 1870-1940 By: Kenneth Scambray
  • Vita Civile,Supplimento Alla Monografia Storica di Poggioreale, Tipografia Pontificia, Palermo. 1906, Caronna, Can. Nunzio
  • Memorie Storiche di Poggioreale, Stabilimento Tipografia Fratelli Marsala, Palermo. 1901, Caronna, Arc. Nunzio
  • Storia di Poggioreale (Sicilia), Scuola Linotypografica a Boccone del Povero, Palermo 1956, Aloisio, Can. Dr. Francesco


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