About My Ancestors · Azorean Roots · Immigration Research · Massachusetts Genealogy

The Case for Sharing Your Genealogy Work: Proving Manuel Melo Castanho is Related

My mom used to tell me that sharing was good especially when my siblings and I were fighting over over a toy. Not only is sharing good for siblings, it’s good for genealogists. Case in point, I’ve confirmed the relationship of a man on a “Fiche de Emigrante” card all because I posted a link… Continue reading The Case for Sharing Your Genealogy Work: Proving Manuel Melo Castanho is Related

About My Ancestors · Immigration Research

How Many Immigrant Ancestors Are In Your Family Tree?

I sometimes wonder if my ancestor’s experience was the same as other people’s.  I’ve written before about how my family tree is made up of new immigrants.  There are no pilgrims, Puritans, or Revolutionary War heroes in my tree–so far. My first immigrant ancestor didn’t arrive on the scene until the 1840s. What about your… Continue reading How Many Immigrant Ancestors Are In Your Family Tree?

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks · Immigration Research

52 Ancestors: The Longest Migration

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… Continue reading 52 Ancestors: The Longest Migration

About My Ancestors · Azorean Roots · General Genealogy · Immigration Research

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,… Continue reading Were my relatives deported?

California Genealogy · Immigration Research

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… Continue reading FamilySearch Adds California Passenger List Records