To all the Portuguese Hawaiian genealogists. The Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy Society of Hawaii has done another printing of the book “Portuguese Hawaiian Memories” by J.F. Freitas.
The book covers some of the Portuguese families living in Hawaii in 1930. I have written a brief article with information provided by the PGSH on how that information was collected. You can read it at YourIslandRoutes.com. At that link, you will also find indexes to the book. Look over the indexes to see if your family was included.
The biographies in this book can provide quite a bit of information about your ancestors. Most entries include place of birth, parents, spouse, spouse’s parents, and occupation. Some include education, societies belonged to, complete residency information. About half of the biographies include a photograph.
If you have not seen this book before, keep in mind a couple of things.
1. Very few women have their own biography in the book. They may be listed as spouses or mothers though.
2. The biographies are on people living in Hawaii in 1930. If your relative left before 1930, you probably will not find them in this book.
3. People signed up to be interviewed (see the link above for more information on how this was done). Some people did not want to get involved. I had de Braga relatives in Honolulu and Pacheco cousins on Kauai. None of them are in the book.
The book is a valuable addition to any Portuguese research collection!
Here’s how to order:
Cost by mail: $45 plus $5 shipping ($50 total)
Payment by check only. Make the check out to: PGSH
Mail your order to: PGSH 810 North Vineyard Room 11 Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
If you are close to the PGSH offices, you can drop in and get a copy. Here is their phone number so you can check their office hours: (808) 841-5044.
If you want a copy of this book, I would recommend ordering very soon. They do a limited printing and copies will go quickly. Once the copies are gone, it may be a couple of years before the book is available again.