YourIslandRoutes.Com Turns 14!


Bring out the streamers and noise makers.  The Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy, History, and Heritage website, turned 14 in September.  Yeah, September.  Okay, so it’s sort of a belated anniversary celebration. It has been kind of hectic here and I’d forgotten all about it. Who would have thought after 14 years that the website and … Continued

BMC Durfee High School, Fall River Yearbooks Online for Free

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I’ve been trying to find photographs of my relatives so that I can make photo charts.  RootsMagic has the capability to make photo descendant charts and I want to fill in as many faces as I can.  I think it’s easier to grasp the family tree when you can associate a face with the name. … Continued

Using City Directories to Determine the Plantation Your Ancestor Worked For in Hawaii


Sugar plantations were a big part of our Portuguese Hawaiian ancestors’ lives. The plantation provided them with a place to live, a job, schooling for their children, monthly wages, and a sense of community. Our ancestors’ lives revolved around the plantation whether at home, work, or play. Difficulties Finding the Name of the Plantation For … Continued

My First Experience Researching the Irish Catholic Church Parish Registers


You may have heard.  The National Library of Ireland website now has the Catholic Church Parish Register records online and available to research for free.  The records are available to research for free.  I’ve been waiting a long time to get my hands dirty with Irish research.  To say I am eager to begin this … Continued

Making Use of the Keyword Search Box in Search to Find a Specific Village

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Are you familiar with the keyword search box on’s search query screen?  You’ve probably seen it, but haven’t really figured out what it is for.  After all, you’ve got the name and birth or death place of your ancestor.  You don’t need that box, do you? I bet you are not alone, especially if … Continued

Hawaii Obituary Index at Familysearch

Leave a comment has a new database for Hawaii genealogists.  It is “Hawaii, Obituaries Index, ca 19890 to Present”.  It indexes obituaries from “Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, The Kauai Garden Island News, The Maui News and The Hawaii Tribune-Herald” according to the description at the website. Currently the collection as 41,146 entries.  It is searchable by … Continued

San Francisco Passenger Lists 1893-1953

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I don’t know how I miss this one! now has the San Francisco, California Passenger Lists 1893-1953 Collection.  The collection is indexed and linked to the original ship manifests. Be aware that the index is not complete.  I did a few surname searches and found that it covers roughly 1916-1953 at this time. The … Continued Doesn’t Offer Much for Hawaiian Researchers

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Today is my pet peeve day.  For the umpteenth time, I’ve heard a Portuguese Hawaiian genealogist (i.e. someone researching their Portuguese roots in Hawaii) tell me that they bought a subscription to and they “can’t find anything!”  UGH!  I hate those words. Let me start by saying, this isn’t a slam at … Continued

Garden Island Newspaper online 1902-1922

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I was browsing the Chronicling America website today to see if there was anything new.  They’ve added to the Garden Island Newspaper collection.  It now covers 1902-1922.  The Garden Island Newspaper served the island of Kauai. I didn’t do very well in the early years.  I suspect most non-Whites (the Portuguese were considered Caucasian but … Continued

That’s Old News: First Japanese Girl to Graduate

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I was searching the Chronicling America collection at Library of Congress Website. They’ve added a few years to their Garden Island Newspaper collection.  The newspaper now covers through 1920.  I didn’t have much luck on the pre-1910 edition, but I expected to do better with these later years. As I was browsing around I came … Continued