My Research Guides on sale until the end of July

I realized an awful error on my website, yourislandroutes.com, this month.  I don’t know how it happened but several files were set so that visitors were forbidden to view them.  The website was hacked last year and I fear that the hacker may have changed random file permissions (as well as the other things he or she did) just to be annoying.  If so, it worked.

I am working on fixing them one by one.    This will take time.  As gesture to thank those of you whole faced those forbidden warning pages and still returned to yourislandroutes.com, I’ve decided to put my two research guides on sales.  These research guides are available in ebook format only (payment only accepted through paypal.com)

What are these research guides, you ask?  Well, since you could get to them before, let me tell you.

Research Guide #1 is “Your Island Roots:  Researching Your Portuguese Ancestry in Hawaii.”  Written in 2006, this is a general overview of the resources available for research.  Originally $15, on sale for $10.

For more information on what is included in this guide, check out this page about the ebook.

Research Guide #2 is “Portuguese Hawaiian Immigration: A research guide.”  Written in 2002, this is an overview of Portuguese immigration to Hawaii with a look at the history and resources available.    Originally $10, on sale for $5.

For more information on what is included in this guide, check out the page about this ebook.

Thanks for continuing to read my blog and visit my website.  I apologize for the inconvenience this error is causing.  I hope to have all the pages updated in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, check out the research guides.

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Portuguese Hawaiian Group on Facebook Hits 500 Member Mark

I’ve been on the web promoting Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy for almost 20 years.  First with AOL’s Golden Gate Genealogy Forum, and on the web with Genealogy Chats, Inc., and in between with my own website, yourislandroutes.com.  Several times, I tried building online communities for those researching in the same area:  Google Groups, Forums, Message Boards, etc.   None of them really took off.  It was mostly me talking at people, which I could already do through my blog and website.

About two years ago, I started a group on Facebook specifically for Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy.  The group grew slowly, but surely.  The membership grew and so did the activity.  This weekend we hit a milestone.  We now have 503 members.

The group has a moderate level of activity.  There are new posts and lively conversation.  It’s a great place to hook up with others who are researching in Hawaii and those who have made their research trail back to Madeira, the Azores, and Portugal.

I am often surprised that there are so many Portuguese Hawaiian genealogist out there in the world.  There were about 14,000 Portuguese immigrants who made their way to Hawaii during the Sugar Plantation Era.  Perhaps not as large as other migrations, but distinctive from some of the other immigrants to Hawaii.  While many Asian and other immigrants to Hawaii, planned to return home after their contracts expired, the Azoreans and Madeirans did not.  Though they might have left for California after 1900, it is very rare to find an Azorean or Madeiran who had contact back home let alone returned.  They assimilated easily and because of many factors, including poverty back home, had no intentions to return.  The Portuguese from Portugal were a different story.  They came in a later migration (after 1900) and did not find island life suitable.  I suspect there might be more from this group who returned to Portugal than those who returned to the Azores and Madeira.

The descendants of those first immigrants to Hawaii spread throughout the country today.  Some still find roots in Hawaii, even in the same towns where their ancestors first worked on plantations.  Most live in other parts of the US and do their research from afar, through the internet, and sending off letters.

This is where online genealogy groups come in handy.  When you don’t live near the place you want to research, it helps to have contact with others who are working in the same area.  These folks pass on their tips, links to databases, addresses to write to for more information, and offer support when you hit your head on that brick wall.

Here’s to the continued growth of the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy Group on Facebook!  If you would like to join us, go to http://www.facebook.com and search for portuguese hawaiian genealogy.  Select the entry for “group”.  Click on the button for membership.   (Note:  Because of some trouble makers, this is now a closed group.  New members are accepted, but all members have to be approved first.)

 

 

 

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Updated Link Pages on YourIslandRoutes.com

From time to time even the laziest webmaster gets something done. That would be me. ;)

I have updated two of the link pages on YourIslandRoutes.com.

The first is the Portuguese Hawaiian Homepage Highlight.  Users have submitted the links to their family genealogy pages and websites.

http://www.yourislandroutes.com/homepagehighlight.shtml

The second is the Hawaii Related Indexes and Database on the Internet.  All the indexes and databases listed on this page are available to research for free.

http://www.yourislandroutes.com/articles/databases.shtml

All the links on both these pages have been verified and updated.  Enjoy!

 

 

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