Portuguese Genealogical & Historical Society of Hawaii has a Website!

Portuguese Genealogical & Historical Society of Hawaii has a Website!

I don’t know how this got passed me.  I was web surfing the other day and found that the Portuguese Genealogical & Historical Society of Hawaii now has a website.  You can visit them at:  PGHSH. The website includes information about their current location, hours, and contact information.  If visiting the society in person, be sure to inquire beforehand as they have to make arrangements to let you in. The website has a list of ships that went to Hawaii,…

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How I Did It: Translating Foreign Language Documents When All I Know is English

How I Did It: Translating Foreign Language Documents When All I Know is English

You may be surprised to learn that I can read foreign language genealogy records…in five languages, no less, despite the fact that I don’t know any foreign languages.  How was I supposed to know back in the 1980s when I declined to take a foreign language elective in high school that it would come back to haunt me?  It never occurred to me that beyond reading street signs and menu items I would need a foreign language.  But then, genealogy…

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My Kindred Spirit Ancestor Had a Secret

My Kindred Spirit Ancestor Had a Secret

Why did I choose my great grandfather, Theodoro Pacheco, for the Kindred Spirit Ancestor challenge? Theodoro  had a secret. Through research that I fleshed it out.   He became more than a name and dates.  His secret is why he is my kindred spirit ancestor. A Child Uprooted Theodore was born in 1876 in the village of Achada. It’s a small village on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores.  He was the last child of Anna Jacinta de…

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100 Word Challenge: My Most Interesting Ancestor

100 Word Challenge: My Most Interesting Ancestor

Tonight’s Saturday Night Genealogy Challenge from Randy’s GeneaMusings.com blog is based on a school children challenge called the 100 Word Challenge.  You start with the prompt “The Most Interesting Ancestor I Have” and fill in the rest. ======= The most interesting ancestor I have is Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith.  Born in the Azores, she migrated to Hawaii as a child in 1882. She helped smuggle her husband to Oakland, California around 1907 when he contracted leprosy.  9 months pregnant,…

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Oh, the Places They were Born: Ancestral Places Geneameme

Oh, the Places They were Born: Ancestral Places Geneameme

Alona Tester at the LoneTest HQ website has created this wonderful genealogy meme.  Try to fill in as many places where your ancestors were from in an alphabetical list. I confess that I might be at a slight advantage with this challenge.  Some lines span well beyond the 1600s.  My genealogy covers six countries and a kingdom that became a state. I focused on birth places for this list. My Ancestral Homes List 2>And, away we go! A Achada, Nordeste,…

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