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Noble Roots: Getting from Antonio to Goncalo

Noble Roots: Getting from Antonio to Goncalo

In my earlier post, I showed how I connected to Antonio Medeiros Cordeiro.  Antonio is sort of anchor ancestor who connects me to several noble family trees in the Azores and throughout Europe. One of the well known noble characters in my tree is Goncalo Vaz Botelho, “O Grande”.  He was one of the original settlers on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores chain.  Goncalo was my first connection to European royalty.  His line goes back to Portugal…

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More On My Noble Roots

More On My Noble Roots

Earlier, I wrote about how most Azoreans will find nobility in their tree.  My ancestor, Antonio Medeiros Cordeiro, leads off into a few different noble lines.  This includes a connection to Goncalo Vaz Botelho, O Grande, who connects to European royalty. How am I and Antonio Cordeiro Medeiros?  Antonio descends from my de Braga ancestry in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.   He is my 5th Great Grandfather. I had researched this line in the marriage and baptismal microfilm. …

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Azoreans and Royalty

Azoreans and Royalty

Since we’ve had the royal wedding this week, I thought it would be good to talk about royal roots.  Not many Azorean genealogists realize the rich history of the islands and how they were first populated by Portuguese nobility.    If you’ve got Azorean roots, there is a very good chance you also have royal blood. The islands were first discovered in 1427, when Santa Maria island was sighted.  Goncalo Velho Cabral is given credited for officially discovering the islands in…

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