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Relationship between the Cosma and the Camara Families

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. They had a vague sense of being cousins but had no idea how. They only know that there were a few marriages and that the…

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The Unknown de Braga

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 of the de Braga family. In the second entry, I began Picking Up the Trail of Saffarin De Braga. In the third entry, the Mystery…

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10 Reasons Why You Can’t Find Your Portuguese Ancestors

10 Reasons Why You Can’t Find Your Portuguese Ancestors

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 reasons why you can’t find your Portuguese Ancestors and see if we can all get passed them.      1. You think they were from…

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

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

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 is in PDF format and can be found under the title “1890: Directory and Handbook of the Kingdom of Hawaii“. If you have access to…

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The Portuguese Evangelical Church, Honolulu: 1890-1940

The Portuguese Evangelical Church, Honolulu: 1890-1940

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 and some from the Azores – until, ten years later, the Portuguese in Hawaii numbered about twelve thousand and mad up almost one-sixth of the…

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