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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No More Descendants to Follow in my Mello Tree

When the records for Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island came online, I was so excited.  Finally, I would be able to fill in some gaps in my tree.  One of my hopes was to find out if my ancestors, Felicianno de Mello and Rosa Boteilho, had anymore children that I might be able to trace into the present.

I have been working on death records exclusively.  As I got into the 1860s, a pattern emerged.  One after another the children of Felicianno and Rosa died.  It appears that in the early 1860s some epidemic came through the village.  In 1861 twice as many people died than 1860.  Almost all those who died that year were children.  For Felicianno and Rosa, 1863 was a bad year.  They lost 3 children aged 6 months, 2 years, and 3 years old.

Rosa died in 1869.  Her obito (death record) states that only three of her children were living.  I had known that two of their children had families by the 1880s.  I was holding out hope that the third survived too.

But it is not to be.  Felicianno died in 1884.  He did not remarry.  His obito states that only two children survived him.

I now need to see if my ancestor’s brother, Jose de Mello, and his wife, Maria Joaquina Rosa, had any children who had families of their own.  Otherwise, it appears the end of Felicianno and Rosa’s line stops with my ancestry.  Well, at least I’ve found all those distant cousins on the East Coast from the other lines.

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My Azores Pinterest Board

Pinterest is a great way to waste time on a rainy day, isn’t it?  Well, that’s what happened and now I have a board devoted to the Azores.  Over time, I’ll be adding my own writing and photos.  For now, I have started a collection of the landmarks and landscapes of the Azores.

If you are on Pinterest and would like to follow my board, just click on “See It On Pinterest” below:

Follow Melody’s board Azores: Landscape, Heritage, and History on Pinterest

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