CCA Finished Uploading Azorean Parish Registers

I got word through the Azores Google Group that the CCA has finished uploading the last parish registers for the island of Sao Miguel to the arquivo website.  The last village added was Ribeirinha.  This means the parish registers for all the Azores islands are now available for research on the web.

Not familiar with the arquivo website?  It consists of a lot of good stuff for genealogists.  The parish registers include baptismal (baptismos), death (obitos), and marriage (casamentos) records.  In addition to the parish registers, it includes some passport records.

This was a massive undertaking.  The CCA archivists are to be applauded for making these records available to all Azorean researchers for free.  I know this disabled researcher who hasn’t been able to get the the FHC in several years is very happy to be able to research from my home.  Though, I may be running out of ink and paper from all the notes I’ve been taking.

I wonder what they will do next?

A big thank you to the CCA!

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Reaffirming that I am addicted

I’ve been working on the records for Achada, Nordeste (Azores) from the Azorean Aquivo website the last week or so.  On my PC, this is a painstakingly slow process.  The pages take 10-30 seconds to load.  Then, I must enlarge them so I can read the names in the corner (often abbreviated forms).  Then I must scroll through to look for “filho” or “filha” to find the parents.  It takes time and patience.

Recently, I got rid of Firefox, Chrome, and the default browsers on my tablet.  All three were battery hogs.  Opening one could use up 10% of my battery.  And, they were always running in the background eating up more of my resources.

I know use a smaller limited browser called Kronia for basic stuff and Puffin for more detailed website activities.  I found that the Arquivo website loads really nicely in Puffin.  I was surprised by this because many databases are clunky on my tablet.  Either they won’t load at all or screen are garbled.

The database is much quicker in Puffin, taking only 3-5 seconds to load a page.  And, how easy it is to navigate!  Since I can use my fingers to widen the page, I can see very quickly what the names are and find my place in a document for the pertinent information.  If I find something that looks interesting, I hold down my finger and a menu appears.  I click Share and it opens email.  I can then sent the whole document to myself to review on my PC and compare to my genealogy database.

Oh, how dangerous this is!  I am just like a junkie.  When I go to bed, instead of listening to my favorite podcasts, I go to the website and start reading records.  Because Achada is a small place, I can often get through 2-3 years of marriages in about 15 minutes.   This would probably take an hour or more on my PC.  This makes it easier to focus on one surname and pull all those people out.  Later, I can return and look for others if need be…and it won’t take much time at all.

So, if you see that glowing light in my bedroom window at 1 in the morning, you know it’s me getting my genealogy fix.

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San Francisco Passenger Lists 1893-1953

I don’t know how I miss this one!  Familysearch.org 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 collection includes ship manifests coming from Hawaii to San Francisco.  This should be very helpful for Hawaiian researchers who are looking for relatives who left Hawaii (even on vacation).  You may also find those already settled in California returning from vacations to Hawaii.

Well worth keeping an eye on this one!

 

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