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The History of Poggioreale, Sicily
Many of us are ﬁrst and second generation Poggiorealesi, that is, our grandparents or parents were born in Poggioreale and we are their American offspring. We ﬁrst learned of the small town called Poggioreale through animated, vibrant stories told to us by these proud, hard-working people who left their homeland to create new lives for themselves, and for us, in America. Read about the ancient beginnings of Poggioreale in 1642 and the devastating earthquake of 1968 that changed it forever leading to the creation of the new town just a few meters away.
The People of Poggioreale
We know that many Sicilians immigrated to America during several time frames, but our own family histories show us that most of our Poggiorealesi ancestors came to the United States during the late 1890s and the early 19th century. Read about some of the original immigrants from Poggioreale whose descendants are still here today.
Photos & Videos
We have a collection of photos that we are constantly building to share with readers who want to learn about the people who brought us to this country and beyond.
Travel With Us!
It was an early goal of Poggioreale in America founders to travel to Poggioreale with a group of cousins and family to experience Poggioreale Antica and Nuovo. Our first trip took place in September 2019 and was wildly successful. We experienced our common roots, enjoyed Sicily firsthand, and created lifelong memories. New trips are being organized and planned to take place as soon as our country is allowed to travel to Sicily again.
Your Genealogy Search
Some of you have begun your Poggioreale family research, some of you are just starting your journey. We can help point you in the right direction by sharing research sources that we and other Poggioreale in America members have found. You are not alone in your quest!
St Joseph Day
St. Joseph Tables in Poggioreale have inspired many similar ones in America. The loving devotion to St. Joseph is well known in Sicily, and the accompanying customs were carefully brought by the immigrants to their new home.