Leprosy and the Formation of the Molokai Colony

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What is Leprosy? Leprosy a.k.a. Hansen’s Disease is caused by contact to the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae.  It spreads through contact with dirty water where the bacteria is present.  It rarely spreads from human to human. It is one of the least contagious of the communicable diseases. However, in the early 1860s when people began showing … Continued

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Using City Directories to Determine the Plantation Your Ancestor Worked For in Hawaii

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Sugar plantations were a big part of our Portuguese Hawaiian ancestors’ lives. The plantation provided them with a place to live, a job, schooling for their children, monthly wages, and a sense of community. Our ancestors’ lives revolved around the plantation whether at home, work, or play. Difficulties Finding the Name of the Plantation For … Continued

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52 Ancestors Week 31: The Azoreans Have Been The Easiest

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This week’s theme for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is “Easy”.  When it comes to easy to research ancestors, nothing beats my Azoreans! I didn’t start exactly on the right path considering all the information my grandmother gave me was wrong.  But, once I got all that sorted out, it was a breeze. I know.  … Continued

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Delayed Birth Records for Hawaii, Part Two: How Did They Apply?

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How did a person go about getting a delayed birth certificate? The person filled out an “Application for Certificate of Hawaiian Birth”. This application asked for basic details such as name, place of birth, date of birth, current address, race of father and mother, father’s name, mother’s name, and any physical identifying marks. The applicant … Continued

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Lost Kingdom By Julia Flynn Siler: A Hawaiian History Book Recommendation

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This is my review of Julia Flynn Siler’s “Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, The Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Venture”. One of the latest entries in the Hawaiian history genre, tell the story from Queen Liliʻuokalani’s perspective.  It is a book I wholeheartedly recommend! I am always on the lookout for Hawaiian history books, especially … Continued

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52 Ancestors Week 24: I Wish I Had Their Bango

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This week’s theme for 52 Ancestors is heirloom.  One item I would really like to have is the bango tags of my great great grandparents is their bango. Do you know what a bango is?  No, it is not a drug reference and I didn’t misspell a musical instrument. The word comes from the Japanese … Continued

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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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