Problem with Names Part 4: Inconsistency!

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This is part 4 of the series the Problem with Names in which I discuss some of the difficulties surrounding Portuguese names.  In this article, I tackle inconsistency.  It can be the more confusing part for many genealogists to learn that their ancestor wasn’t all that hung up on their name or the spelling. The … Continued

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The Problem with Names Part 2: Latinization

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For many early Portuguese immigrants to Hawaii, their main contact outside of the plantation was through the local Catholic Church. For many genealogists, church records may be the only way to identify links back to the “old country”. When researching, you must be aware of the many name variations or you may miss your ancestors. … Continued

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The Problem with Names Part 1: How’s that Spelled?

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Many of the first wave of Portuguese immigrants carried very little if any documentation with them. They were most likely poor and illiterate. The people in Hawaiian taking information from these immigrants usually had no prior knowledge of the language. Portuguese enunciation was different from what they were used to. Also, the recorder wasn’t always … Continued

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Early Hawaiian Death Records

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Before 1900, what we consider death certificates did not exist in Hawaii. There are no death certificates on file for the early era. The official documents consist of the death register books and indexes. Most of these have been microfilmed by one group or another. Information Collected Let’s look at a typical register page. This … Continued

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52 Ancestors Week 15: The Curious Spelling of Jozimas

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Onward to week 15 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  This week is all about spelling.  The question was posed as thus: How Do You Spell That? What ancestor do you imagine was frequently asked that? Which ancestor did you have a hard time finding because of an unusual name? Picture if you … Continued

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Theodore Pacheco: A Soldier’s Story

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Theodore Pacheco was born 31 Aug 1899, Kilauea, Kauai. He was the third child of Joao Pacheco and Joana Goncalves Cardoza–a family nicknamed “The Reds” because of their red hair. He grew up in Kilauea, but left home sometime after his father’s death and his mother’s second marriage (1906-1910). When he was about 16, he … Continued

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Carolina (Freitas) Pacheco’s Individual Summary

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Carolina’s family was from Kilauea just like my Pacheco’s.  She married my grandfather’s cousin, Manoel Pacheco, in Kilauea in 1914.  A couple of years later they moved their family to King City.  I don’t know much about Carolina except that she was said to make the best pancakes.  I guess something like that sticks with … Continued

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Joaquina Rosa (Raposo) Camara

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Joaquina was my Great Great Uncle, Joao “John Cosma” Jacinto da Camara’s mother.  Joaquina was pregnant when they made the journey to Hawaii in 1882.  She gave birth to twins on board the ship.  Sadly, they died before the family made it to port in Honolulu. Name:    Joaquina Roza RAPOSO-430 Sex:    Female Father:    Francisco RAPOSO … Continued

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A Mini Brick Wall: Ana Jacinta

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[Fearless Females-Women’s History Month, March 20th:  Female ancestor who is a brick wall] My female ancestors have been good to me.  They have left pretty good trails despite being woman.  There is one female ancestor I consider a mini brick wall.  Despite the fact that I can go back beyond Ana Jacintha de Melo Pacheco, … Continued

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Guilhermina (Clemente) Ventura’s Individual Summary

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Guilhermina was the mother-in-law of Jose Pacheco (aka Joe Pacheco Smith).  Her daughter, Minnie, married Jose.  Her son, Manoel, married Jose’s cousin, Isabella Pacheco de Braga. Guilhermina was born in Magdalena do Mar in 1877.  She migrated to Kauai, HI as a child.  She married Francisco de Boa Ventura on Kauai and they had several … Continued

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Maria Candida de Jesus Ferreira Grota’s Individual Summary

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Note that Maria is recorded in records with surname as “de Jesus”.  This is not a surname, but a religious name.  Portuguese women took on religious names that were similar to a surname.  Sometimes they changed them at different times of their life. Name:    Maria Candida de JESUS-2702 Sex:    Female Individual Facts Birth    1816    Estrela, … Continued

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Margaret (Caetano) Mello’s Individual Summary

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Margaret’s mother was a cousin to my great great grandmother, Maria da Conceicao (de Mello) de Braga.  Her parents also came to Hawaii as contract laborers to work on the sugar plantations.  (Note:  This photo is the only one I have of Margaret.  It comes from her application for  a delayed birth certificate.) Name:    Margaret … Continued

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An Azorean Marriage Record: Maria and Jozimas

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[Fearless Females, Prompts for Women’s History Month, March 4th: Marriage Record of my Great Great Grandparents] In my previous entry, I showed you a copy of the Marriage record for my Great Grandparents, Theodoro Pacheco and Maria de Braga.  The record was from a Catholic Church and was written in Latin. This next example is … Continued

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I finally found Ana Jacinta’s baptismal record

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Before arthritis (also known as the time period B.A.), I used to go to the Family History Center in Oakland once or twice a month.  I spent many hours pouring over the microfilm for Achada, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Island, Azores. I had a mystery to solve and the answer was in those microfilms.  I had … Continued

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