52 Ancestors Week 40: My Grandfather was Married on the Same Day as His Great Grandfather


In the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Series, Week 40’s theme is birthdays and anniversaries in October.   I’ve already written about my Grandma Lassalle and about my maternal grandparent’s marriage.  Who else could I write about? In going through my database, I found something of interest.  My maternal grandfather and my maternal great grandfather chose … Continued

The Portuguese Evangelical Church, Honolulu: 1890-1940


This is a history of the Portuguese Evangelical Church in Honolulu, Hawaii: 1890-1940 written by E. Jean L. Debagh In 1878, the vessel, Priscilla, from Funchal, Madeira, brought the first of several groups of immigrant Portuguese to Hawaii. After this date, other vessels continued to bring larger companies at shorter intervals – some from Madeira … Continued

How to Translate a Latin Church Marriage Record: Line by Line Translation Example

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It’s inevitable! If you’ve got Catholics in your family tree, sooner or later you’re going to hit church records written in Latin.  And, you never thought those Latin word origins you learned in high school would come in handy! It’s important to know the key words and phrases so that you can find the important … Continued

Am I Related to Canadian Tenor, Remigio Pereira?

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In the course of my research, I have heard claims that we’re related to this famous person or that.  This time it is Canadian singer and musician, Remigio Pereira, whose ancestry hails from Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island, Azores. I’ve already connected to Nobel Prize winner, Craig Mello, whose ancestors were also from Maia.  … Continued

1900 US Census: Portuguese Names in Kawaihau District, Kauai, Territory of Hawaii

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This is the second installment in the series of indexes listing the Portuguese names in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census for the island of Kauai, Territory of Hawaii.  The first index covers Hanelei District. This index covers Kawaihau District.  The majority of the people in this district will most likely be found at the Kealia … Continued

SNGF: My Best Genealogy Day Ever

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Randy Seaver has this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posted.  The question for tonight is “What is your very best genealogy day ever?”  Ever is such a long time.  Truth be told, there were many best genealogy days since I began researching in 1990.  I’m going to tell you about the first time I found … Continued

1900 US Census: Portuguese Names in Hanalei District, Kauai, Territory of Hawaii

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This genealogy index was created from the 1900 U.S. Federal Census covering Hanalei District, Kauai, Territory of Hawaii. Portuguese names of the heads of families and their spouses have been extracted.  Included are Portuguese individuals living with non-Portuguese heads of households. The index is sorted two ways.  First, it is alphabetized by surname.  Second, it … Continued

52 Ancestors, Week 39: My Dad, Ace Paperboy

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Wow!  I really drew a blank on this one.  You’d think with the decades that I’ve researched my ancestors I’d easily have found an unusual record.  Part of the problem is that my ancestors jump the pond so recently, so most of my records are foreign baptismal, marriage, and death records. I thought this was … Continued

BMC Durfee High School, Fall River Yearbooks Online for Free

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I’ve been trying to find photographs of my relatives so that I can make photo charts.  RootsMagic has the capability to make photo descendant charts and I want to fill in as many faces as I can.  I think it’s easier to grasp the family tree when you can associate a face with the name. … Continued

52 Ancestors Week 38: The Portuguese of East 25th Street, Oakland


This week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is easy.  The theme is Favorite Place to Research and I know exactly where that would be. This is a very specific location.  It is where my Portuguese research began:  E. 25th Street in Oakland, Alameda County, California. What makes this street so special?  Why am I drawn … Continued

Mystery Photo of the Week: Are These Three People Portuguese Hawaiians?

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This week’s mystery photo comes from the collection of Marie Gloria (Bonita) Medeiros thanks to her granddaughter.  The Bonita’s were from Kauai, Hawaii, Monterey County, CA, and Oakland, CA.  They had de Braga family in Honolulu, Hawaii. We have three individuals.  The two men appear to be middle aged, the woman elderly.   Given the … Continued

52 Ancestors Week 38: One Large Azorean Family


Large families…the definition has changed over time. When I was growing up, my family was considered large. There were 7 of us…5 kids born in 7 years. My family is nothing in comparison to my Pacheco kin. Jacintho Pacheco and Anna Jacinta de Mello married on Christmas Day in 1856 in the village of Fenais … Continued

52 Ancestors Week 37: My Grandpa Worked For Westinghouse Electric

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One of my family treasures is an old rolled photograph.  It’s crumbling a bit after being held flat in a book for several decades.  I’ve made copies of it so as not to loose it completely. The photo was taken in 1938. All the employees of Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing Company’s Porcelain Division are gathered in … Continued

Mystery Photo: Who is This Little Portuguese Girl?

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This week’s mystery photo is actually two photos involving the same unknown little girl. These were in the collection of Marie Gloria (Bonita) Medeiros, my grandfather’s cousin.  They were shown to me by her granddaughter, Barbara. The girl has Portuguese roots and was born in either Hawaii (most likely Kauai) or California. The first photo … Continued