U.S. Census

The American Story of Molfettese Immigration




When doing genealogical research, Census records can offer a substantial amount of information including where an ancestor lived, whom he/she lived with, what their occupation was, when they arrived to US. If you are researching an immigrant ancestor, the census can also provide where a person was born and where his/her parents were born. Unfortunately, only the nation of origin is listed and not a specific region or town. Therefore, when researching the early Molfettese immigration to the US, the investigator must extrapolate information from what they already know. For instance, a Molfettese community formed in large numbers in Hoboken at the beginning of 20 th century. Specifically, (but not limited to) the confines of First & Fourth Streets, between Willow & Bloomfield Street. Another usable variable is the fact that several surnames are highly definitive to the city of Molfetta. By looking for those surnames within specific region, we can locate Molfettese enclaves in the primary source record.

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1900 - An early census records showing a group of possible Molfettesi boarders and a small family living on Willow Ave. The names listed include: de Dato, La Forgia, Papagalo (Pappagallo), De bar (de Bari).


1910 - This census record reveals two groups of Molfettesi boarders living on Grand Street. Not surprisingly, these men were listed as working as either contract laborers or longshoremen. The possible Molfettese surnames listed include: Balsamo, Tatulli, De Palma, Facchino, Binetti, Ciccollela, Buzero (Buzzerio), Sciangalepore (Sciancalepore), and de Robertis.


1910 - Another census record with several Molfettesi men living as boarders, this time living on Adams Street. The possible Molfettese surnames include: Pansini, Petruzzelli (Petruzzella?), Dabarri, (de Bari), Balaco (Balacco), Dalto, (D'Alto), Centrone, Dedate (de Dato), Giganto (Gigante), and Regno (Ragno).




1920 - A census record from Clinton Street revealing a ethnically mixed population of residents. Including a group of Molfettese immigrant boarders. Possible Molfettese surnames include: Albanese, Sciancaporea (Sciancalepore), and Delvesco, (Del Vescovo).




1930 - A census record from Grand Street with several Molfettese surnames. By this time, the Molfettese community in Hoboken includes both boarders and entire families. The possible Molfettese surnames include: Destano (de Stena), Magarella (Magarelli), Recanati (Racanati), De Barri (de Bari), Balasso (Balacco), Valenti (Valente), Scardino (Scardigno), Ragno, Mazzola, Favuzzi, Mastrofillippo (Mastrofilippo), Cardonne, (Caradonna), Mezzina, and Angione.