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

About My Ancestors · Azorean Roots · Canada Roots

Mello Castanho Migrating from the Azores: Hawaii, East Coast, and Canada

Sooner or later it was bound to happen.  I was going to make a connection to Canada with my Portuguese lines.  It was just a matter of time.  I had thought it would be with Canadian tenor, Remigio Pereira, instead it is on a different line. Working from Maia to the Kingdom of Hawaii to… Continue reading Mello Castanho Migrating from the Azores: Hawaii, East Coast, and Canada