52 Ancestors: The Longest Migration

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This is week 6 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  The theme is So Far Away.  I decided to write about my great great grandfather, Jozimas de Braga, who had the longest migration of them all.  I should note that my great grandmother, Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith, his daughter, also had a similar migration […]


Were my relatives deported?


I’ve looked up many cousins in the Ellis Island immigrant database.  I’ve viewed many ship manifests.  Every now and then I see something I’ve never seen before.  Such was the case with the ship manifest for the Carreiro family. Luiz Carreiro, his wife Francisca Julia da Conceicao Pacheco (aka Remigio Pacheco), their five children Maria, […]


FamilySearch Adds California Passenger List Records

This is a good day for Hawaii researchers!   As many of you realize, there was considerable travel between Hawaii and California from 1890 onward.  Many of our Portuguese relatives migrated to California.  Many traveled back and forth between Hawaii and California visited family.  So, these passenger list records are very important. The records can […]