Azorean Roots · Hawaii Genealogy · Immigration Research

Why Did The S.S. Hansa Carrying Azorean Sugar Contract Laborers Heading for Hawaii Run into Problems in Portugal?

I thought I understood the migration trail the Azorean sugar plantation contract workers took to Hawaii: Azores to South America to San Francisco to Hawaii. After reading an old newspaper article about the voyage of the S.S. Hansa in 1882, the ship my Pacheco ancestors were on, I found that I was wrong. I expected… Continue reading Why Did The S.S. Hansa Carrying Azorean Sugar Contract Laborers Heading for Hawaii Run into Problems in Portugal?

About My Ancestors · Azorean Roots · Immigration Research · Massachusetts Genealogy

The Case for Sharing Your Genealogy Work: Proving Manuel Melo Castanho is Related

My mom used to tell me that sharing was good especially when my siblings and I were fighting over over a toy. Not only is sharing good for siblings, it’s good for genealogists. Case in point, I’ve confirmed the relationship of a man on a “Fiche de Emigrante” card all because I posted a link… Continue reading The Case for Sharing Your Genealogy Work: Proving Manuel Melo Castanho is Related

Azorean Roots · photographs

Mystery Photo of the Week: Who are These Children?

I am back with another Mystery Photo of the Week. Can you help us identify these children? How about pinning down the time frame? This one comes from the collection of my cousin, Bobbie.  Three children beautifully attired and very serious and we have no idea who they are.  Bobbie is related to both sides… Continue reading Mystery Photo of the Week: Who are These Children?

Azorean Roots · Portuguese Hawaiian Roots

Why Portuguese Surname Research Doesn’t Always Work

The desire to link people of the same surname from the same region is strong.  After all, how many families with the same surname in a small Portuguese village? The problem is that Portuguese surnames are fluid, they evolve, they come out of thin air (or so it seems).  Five children might use five different… Continue reading Why Portuguese Surname Research Doesn’t Always Work

Azorean Roots · General Genealogy · Hawaii Genealogy · Portuguese Hawaiian Roots

10 Reasons Why You Can’t Find Your Portuguese Ancestors

Genealogy is challenging. Portuguese genealogy has challenges all it’s own.  Have you fallen into these pitfalls and misconceptions along your research trail?  If so, you’re not alone.  I bet we’ve all made similar mistakes.  The important thing is to learn from them, then learn how to get around them. Let’s see this list of 10… Continue reading 10 Reasons Why You Can’t Find Your Portuguese Ancestors