10 Reasons Why You Can’t Find Your Portuguese Ancestors

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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 … Continued

Use The 1890 Kingdom of Hawaii Directory to Find Sugar Plantation Laborers

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I have had the chance to view the “Directory and Handbook of the Kingdom of Hawaii” for 1890.  This is an important resource for Hawaii genealogists as it one of the first to include sugar plantation laborers. How to Access this Directory It is available online though the University of Hawaii at Mano’a website.  It … Continued

The Portuguese Evangelical Church, Honolulu: 1890-1940

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This is a history of the Portuguese Evangelical Church in Honolulu, Hawaii: 1890-1940 written by E. Jean L. Debagh In 1878, the vessel, Priscilla, from Funchal, Madeira, brought the first of several groups of immigrant Portuguese to Hawaii. After this date, other vessels continued to bring larger companies at shorter intervals – some from Madeira … Continued

How to Translate a Latin Church Marriage Record: Line by Line Translation Example

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It’s inevitable! If you’ve got Catholics in your family tree, sooner or later you’re going to hit church records written in Latin.  And, you never thought those Latin word origins you learned in high school would come in handy! It’s important to know the key words and phrases so that you can find the important … Continued

1900 US Census: Portuguese Names in Kawaihau District, Kauai, Territory of Hawaii

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This is the second installment in the series of indexes listing the Portuguese names in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census for the island of Kauai, Territory of Hawaii.  The first index covers Hanelei District. This index covers Kawaihau District.  The majority of the people in this district will most likely be found at the Kealia … Continued

1900 US Census: Portuguese Names in Hanalei District, Kauai, Territory of Hawaii

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This genealogy index was created from the 1900 U.S. Federal Census covering Hanalei District, Kauai, Territory of Hawaii. Portuguese names of the heads of families and their spouses have been extracted.  Included are Portuguese individuals living with non-Portuguese heads of households. The index is sorted two ways.  First, it is alphabetized by surname.  Second, it … Continued

52 Ancestors Week 35: Were Theodoro and Maria Educated?

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This week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks theme is schooling.  I’ve written quite a bit about this topic this year.  This time I would like to answer the question as to whether my Azorean great grandparents, Theodoro and Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith, had any schooling in Hawaii? Schooling For Children was Part of the … Continued

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

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

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

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

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

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

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