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 … Continued

Were my relatives deported?

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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, … Continued

FamilySearch Adds California Passenger List Records

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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 … Continued

New Ship Indexes Added to YourIslandRoutes.com

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Tonight I worked on another Winter Games Challenge: Participate in an indexing project. I’ve been working on my own indexing project for the last 2-3 years.  I’ve been extracting Portuguese names from ship lists for ships from Hawaii to California. This involved extracting the name and putting them into spreadsheets for each ship.  This took … Continued

Index to Passenger Manifests for Hawaii Online

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Well, well, well!  It looks like Hawaii has finally entered the digital age.  Behold, the link to the Index for Passenger Manifests I know I am not the only one who is happy about this! The index covers 1843 to 1900.  It includes these indexes: Index to Chinese Passenger Manifests Index to Portuguese Passenger Manifests … Continued

From Bresch to Breilh


I’d given up some time ago on finding my Breilh ancestors in the Ellis Island database (www.ellisislandrecords.org). I tried every variation of Breilh that I could think of. I tried first name searches as well. The family was nowhere to be found. Recently, I saw an obituary in the paper for a Lassalle. It listed … Continued

Today is Ellis Island Family History Day

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Do you have ancestors who came through Ellis Island?  Today is your day   The significance of April 17th is that more immigrants passed through Ellis Island on this day than any other.  The number was 11, 747. You can search for you Ellis Island ancestors by visited the Ellis Island website.  For best results … Continued