Next on my list was to find Maria da Conceicao’s baptismal record. It wouldn’t hurt to find her siblings either! So, back to the Family History Center I went.
I was getting pretty good with baptismal records. If the same Priest wrote the records, they had a pattern. You could easily find the pertinent information without too much effort.
Someone once told me that girls married at about 20 and men at about 30. It’s a rule that would help me at times and result in my doom at other times. As I was interested in finding Maria’s siblings, I started with 1840 and worked forward. From 1841 to 1864 I found 11 children for Felicianno and Rosa. Felicianno’s name stayed fairly constant as either Felicianno de Mello Castanho or Felicianno de Mello. Rosa was another story. I added Rosa Leanor and Rosa Joaquina to the growing list of variations. I was fairly certain they were all one and the same. Marriage records would determine that.