Surname Saturday: Costa Carneiro of Maia

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I took a brief hiatus from Surname Saturday.  I’m continuing through my Azorean maternal roots.  The last entry I did was on Pacheco de Resendes of Maia.  Today, I will post about the Costa Carneiro’s of Maia. The first person of this surname in my tree is Josefa Costa Carneiro.  She was my 6th great … Continued

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Surname Saturday: Correa of Maia

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Today I’m listing out my Correa line (also spelled Correya) of Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island.  This is a tiny maternal line that connects to my Paiva de Braga’s. Pedro de Paiva’s mother was Catharina Rocha.  She married Manoel de Paiva  on 28 Dec 1705, in Maia.  Manoel’s line can be found in the … Continued

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Surname Saturday: Paiva of Maia and Achada

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This week I’m carrying forward the paternal line of Manoel Paiva Braga–and it’s not Braga 😉  This continues the de Braga line that I posted about a few weeks ago. The Paiva’s line originates in Achada Grande, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Island, Azores.  It then moves to Maia, Ribeira Grande, same island around 1700. Joao de … Continued

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Surname Saturday: de Mello of Maia and Povoacao

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I’m back with another installment of Surname Saturday.  This week will focus on the de Mello’s of Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island, Azores. The de Mello’s are one the few families in my tree from the town of Maia who didn’t stay put.  The de Mello’s were originally from Povoacao.  My Great Great Grandmother, … Continued

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Surname Saturday: de Braga of Maia, Ribeira Grande

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Last week I finished my the Pacheco side of my family tree.  This week I will start with the de Braga side. The de Braga’s were from Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island, Azores.  This is my Great Grandmother, Maria d’Espirito Santo (de Braga) Pacheco Smith’s side of the family.  She was the wife of … Continued

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Surname Saturday: Silva Tavares of Achadinha

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Last week I finished the ancestry of Jacintho Pacheco.  Today, I’m starting on his wife, Ana Jacinta de Melo.  I did the de Melo’s previously.  So, this week it’s “Silva Tavares”. The Silva Tavares line is from Achadinha, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Island, Azores.   The line starts as two separate surnames, Silva and Tavares, and switches … Continued

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Surname Saturday: Teixeira of Estrela

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Going back in my Pacheco, today is a short line: Teixeira. This line only goes back a couple of generations in the town of Estrela, Ribera Grande, Sao Miguel Island, Azores. The oldest ancestor is Andre Teixeira. He was born ca 1650 in Estrela. Andre married Maria da Ponte, also a native of Estrela. They … Continued

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Surname Saturday: da Costa of Estrela

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I’m moving through the Pacheco side of my family tree. This post will be on the da Costa’s of Estrela, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island, Azores. This line connects to the Ferreira/Ferreira Grota line that I previously covered. Descendant Ana de Jesus married Narciso Jose Ferreira Grota in 1787. This surname follows maternal and paternal … Continued

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Surname Saturday: Silva of Conceicao

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I’m working through my paternal Portuguese family tree for Surname Saturday. This week I am going to cover my Silva line of Conceicao. The Silva’s are ancestors of my Great Grandfather, Theodoro Pacheco (aka Theodore P. Smith). The line begins with Jose da Silva, born circa 1670 in Conceicao, Ribeira Granda, Sao Miguel Island, Azores. … Continued

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Surname Saturday: Pimentel

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I’m moving down my Portuguese maternal line.  The Pimentel family came from Achada and Sao Jorge in Nordeste, Sao Miguel Island, Azores. The Pimentel’s are another maternal lineage.  The Pimentel surname goes from my 3rd Great Grandmother to my 6th Great Grandmother.  The surname ends with my Great Great Grandmother, Ana Jacinta (de Melo) Pacheco.  … Continued

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Surname Saturday: Ferreira Grota of Estrela

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Working through my Portuguese family tree, today I’ve decided to post on the Ferreira/Ferreira Grota line.  This line hails from the Ribeira Grande district of Sao Miguel Island. As with most Porttuguese lines in the 1700s, the surname descends from the maternal line rather than the paternal line.  My oldest ancestor is Jacintha Ferreira, a … Continued

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Surname Saturday: Pimental of Nordeste

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For today’s Surname Saturday, I’m going to write about one of my maternal lines: Pimental. I have Pimental in my tree a couple of times. This line originates in the Nordeste Municipality of Sao Miguel Island, Azores. My Great Great Great Grandmother was Rosa Pimental. She was born ca. 1800 in Achada Grande, Nordeste, Sao … Continued

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Surname Saturday: McSwegan

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This week I’ve been working on organizing, verifying, and inputting information from my McSwegan folder.  It seems appropriate that I highlight this surname this week. McSwegan is a “marry in”.   Thomas McSwegan married my 3rd Great Aunt, Catherine Kelly.  Catherine was the daughter of Martin Kelly and Catherine Dolan. The McSwegan’s hale from County Tyrone, … Continued

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