Do You Know These Women from the Kilauea Sugar Plantation?

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Years ago, a friend sent me this photograph.  I honestly have no clue where the photograph originates from.  But, it is a tribute to the forgotten history of the sugar plantation era.  Women worked on the plantations alongside their male counterparts.  Their labor made a major contribution to the sugar plantation era. The photograph is … Continued

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The Problem with Names Part 2: Latinization

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For many early Portuguese immigrants to Hawaii, their main contact outside of the plantation was through the local Catholic Church. For many genealogists, church records may be the only way to identify links back to the “old country”. When researching, you must be aware of the many name variations or you may miss your ancestors. … Continued

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SNGF: One of My Favorite Family Photos

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This week Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge is tell everyone about a favorite family photo.  I have so many, I don’t know where to start! I’ve decided to post this one. Well, it’s a painting rather than a photograph, but I’m going with it anyway.  You’ll notice it is two photos, but it … Continued

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The Problem with Names Part 1: How’s that Spelled?

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Many of the first wave of Portuguese immigrants carried very little if any documentation with them. They were most likely poor and illiterate. The people in Hawaiian taking information from these immigrants usually had no prior knowledge of the language. Portuguese enunciation was different from what they were used to. Also, the recorder wasn’t always … Continued

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Early Hawaiian Death Records

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Before 1900, what we consider death certificates did not exist in Hawaii. There are no death certificates on file for the early era. The official documents consist of the death register books and indexes. Most of these have been microfilmed by one group or another. Information Collected Let’s look at a typical register page. This … Continued

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Sugar Plantation Histories Updated at YourIslandRoutes

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I’ve been busy this week. I have updated the links on the four sugar plantation histories articles on YourIslandRoutes.com. If you aren’t familiar with these articles, there is one for the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu. Information varies by business, but some included information on the founders and when the operation ended. I’ve … Continued

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Portuguese Newspaper Find: Photo of Seraphim de Braga

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I am a believer in going back to databases from time to time and rechecking my searches.  Sometimes I’ve learned things since the last search.  Sometimes there have been updates to databases.  Whatever the reason, it’s a good practice to get into. The University of Massachusetts has been adding Portuguese newspapers to it’s collection for … Continued

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Three Free Databases for Hawaiian Researchers to Find Veteran Relatives

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Veterans Day is right around the corner.  Familysearch.org has three databases that those researching in Hawaii will find useful. World War Draft Registrations Be sure to click Draft Registration (next to birth) and enter Hawaii to limit your results. World War II Enlistments 1938-1946 You can define by birth, residence, or branch of the military … Continued

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You never know who will have your family’s photos

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This week I was reminded of the importance of networking on the web.  It’s not a term you usually see associated with genealogy.  But, we have to reach out on forums, blogs, message boards, and whatever sources we have because you never know who might have the tidbit of information you need or a forgotten … Continued

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An Example of Sugar Plantation Employee Records

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Several years ago, I contacted the Hawaiian Sugar Plantation Association to see if there were records for the Kilauea Sugar Plantation as well as others on Kauai that were of interest to me.  At that time, the records were still held by the Association. I found that they had no records for Kilauea and scant … Continued

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Wedding Chapel Wednesday: The crazy way names are spelled

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Recently, I’ve heard several Portuguese Hawaiian genealogist lament trying to find their ancestors in records because there are so many variations with the names.  It’s true.  No matter where your ancestor were originally from chances are you are going to find them in records under at least a handful of different names and spellings. It … Continued

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More I learn about Maria da Ponte the less it makes sense

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I think there must be some genealogy law that for certain people the more information you compile the less it all seems to fit together.  Today, I’m working on Maria dos Anjos Bonita who married Jose de Ponte.  And, now that I’ve pieced the family together, I have more questions than answers. Maria was the … Continued

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