Hawaii Genealogy · Portuguese Hawaiian Roots

Caucasian But Not White: Race and the Portuguese in Hawaii

How would you define your Portuguese ancestors who went to Hawaii?  You might start by calling them Azorean, Madeiran, and Portuguese.  You would call them Caucasian, wouldn’t you?  But, would you call them White?  Those who controlled Hawaii’s business and political interests in the 1870s did not.  The Portuguese who went to Hawaii were officially… Continue reading Caucasian But Not White: Race and the Portuguese in Hawaii

Genealogy Research Journals · Hawaii Genealogy

Helen’s Adoptive Mother Had No Last Name

How do you learn the name of a person when all you have to go on is their daughter’s name and what sounds like a nickname for their first name? This genealogy research journal will explore the mystery of Helen (Pacheco) Correia and her adoptive mother whose name was lost over time. Helen was part… Continue reading Helen’s Adoptive Mother Had No Last Name

Genealogy Research Journals · Hawaii Genealogy

The Case of the Two Ida’s

In an earlier research journal, I showed how confusing the Camara and Cosma families of Kauai had become.  Surname changes made it impossible to sort out relationships. In this research journal, I follow the same family, but with a different problem.  Through my interviews with relatives, I kept hearing about “Ida Camara”. It seemed that… Continue reading The Case of the Two Ida’s

Genealogy Research Journals · Hawaii Genealogy · Kauai Roots

Relationship between the Cosma and the Camara Families

This is Genealogy Research Journal #2. In this series, I’ll show how the Camara and Cosma families who spent so much time together turned out to be related. This turned into a tricky research problem. It involves multiple name changes. Also, at the time I took up this problem those living had forgotten their connections.… Continue reading Relationship between the Cosma and the Camara Families

Genealogy Research Journals · Hawaii Genealogy

The Unknown de Braga

This is Research Journal #1 “The Unknown de Braga”. This journal starts with an unknown relative listed on a mortuary record. The trail goes from the mortuary record to how I learned the true identity of this person. In the first entry I show how the Surprise Found in Maria’s Obituary revealed an unknown member… Continue reading The Unknown de Braga