the onset of the twentieth century, scores of immigrants
left the Adriatic port city of Molfetta and arrived in the
United States.* Many went to Hoboken, NJ where an enclave
of Molfettesi still exists today. Others ventured to Chicago,
Boston and various other cities in California. As time passed,
their stories merged into the giant melting pot of America.
Today, the third and fourth generation of the original immigrants
may only recall that their grandparents were from “
Bari,” without knowing any more specific details.
The purpose of Historelli.com is to find and rediscover
the lost evidence of the Molfettese immigration to America.
Historian’s like to call this evidence “primary
sources,” which can include anything from photos,
letters, census records to an old hat that once belonged
to your grandfather.
*Of course, not all Molfettese
emigrants went to the U.S., Thousands of others journeyed
to several European Ports, Australia, Argentina, Venezuela,
and even Libya.