52 Ancestors: Rosa Boteilho was a Tough Woman


This is my entry for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, week 3: Tough Woman. It’s not easy to flesh out the stories of Azorean women.  You are dealing with baptismal, marriage, and death records.  That’s it.  Often, women are elusive because of naming practices which involved taking a religious name rather than a […]


52 Ancestors: #2 Goncalo Vaz Botelho, Descendant of a King

Vila Franca do Campo

This is week 2 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. This week’s theme: King. I am writing about Goncalo Vaz Botelho, descendant of kings and queens.  In scanning the list I see the first connection is Fernando I, the King of Castille and Leon (1345-1383).  Goncalo is his 12 great grandson. Not many know, and […]


52 Ancestors: Give Me a Fresh Start on Harry Jackson

52ancestors-2015 image from blog

I am joining in on the No Story is Too Small Blog’s “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” challenge.  This weeks theme is Fresh Start and this is my post about Harry Kenneth Jackson, my pain in the butt ancestor. Harry is my great grandfather.  He was born 24 of January maybe in 1871, or so […]


SNGF: Best Find 2014, Hopes for 2015

This is my entry for Randy Seaver’s weekly Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge.  This week we’re to write about our best find of 2014, then write about an ancestor we want to work on in 2015. 2014 was a year of many discoveries.  The records in the Azores went online, Portuguese Hawaiian newspapers went online, […]


Portuguese Newspaper Find: Photo of Seraphim de Braga

Seraphim de Braga newspaper photo

I am a believer in going back to databases from time to time and rechecking my searches.  Sometimes I’ve learned things since the last search.  Sometimes there have been updates to databases.  Whatever the reason, it’s a good practice to get into. The University of Massachusetts has been adding Portuguese newspapers to it’s collection for […]


SNGF: Santa Brought Me RootsMagic7

RootsMagic 7 genealogy software

Randy Seaver’s new Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge asks what I got from Genea Santa.  Well, I’ll show you what I got… Yes, I got RootsMagic 7!!!!  Woo hoo!!! I’m excited because I was still using RootsMagic 5.  More importantly, I got RootsMagic 7 right after it was released.  When I got RootsMagic 5, they […]


Hawaii Obituary Index at Familysearch

Familysearch.org has a new database for Hawaii genealogists.  It is “Hawaii, Obituaries Index, ca 19890 to Present”.  It indexes obituaries from “Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, The Kauai Garden Island News, The Maui News and The Hawaii Tribune-Herald” according to the description at the website. Currently the collection as 41,146 entries.  It is searchable by […]


RootsMagic 7 Webinar on YouTube

You may have heard that RootsMagic 7 genealogy software is now available.  This free webinar discusses the changes between RootsMagic 6 and RootsMagic 7.  This is good to watch if you are thinking about upgrading your software or are trying to decide which genealogy software to own. I’ve already decided that I am going to […]


Did the de Braga Family Meet the Same Fate as the de Mellos?

My great grandmother Maria de Braga Pacheco Smith

I remember when I showed my grandma this photo of her mother-in-law several years ago. Her comments come to me today.  She said “Look at how her eyes droop. That’s from malnutrition. Poor Voe.” Voe being the Portuguese word for grandmother. I didn’t think much about it at the time, but it has crossed my […]


This Genealogist Has So Much to Be Thankful For

pacheco smith brothers

I could sit here and bore you with my long list of blessings:  my family, my dog, my continued ability to walk, fresh air, voting rights…and on and on and on.  But, I’d like to use this space to give thanks to a couple very special people who really made a mark on my genealogy […]


RootsMagic 7 Genealogy Software Released

RootsMagic 7 Software

I’m so excited!  I’ve been working with RootsMagic 5 for quite some time.  But, I’ve been holding off to see if there would be an upgrade.  Looks like I’ll be asking Santa for RootsMagic 7 for Christmas! Some features that folks might be happy about: WebHints: New feature will check for matches and provide web […]


CCA Finished Uploading Azorean Parish Registers

I got word through the Azores Google Group that the CCA has finished uploading the last parish registers for the island of Sao Miguel to the arquivo website.  The last village added was Ribeirinha.  This means the parish registers for all the Azores islands are now available for research on the web. Not familiar with […]


Three Free Databases for Hawaiian Researchers to Find Veteran Relatives

Veterans Day is right around the corner.  Familysearch.org has three databases that those researching in Hawaii will find useful. World War Draft Registrations Be sure to click Draft Registration (next to birth) and enter Hawaii to limit your results. World War II Enlistments 1938-1946 You can define by birth, residence, or branch of the military […]


My Hawaii Pinterest Board

Part two of the Pinterest rainy day fest   I’ve created a Pinterest Board with some of my articles, other people’s articles, and some lovely photos. If you would like to follow my Hawaii Pinterest board, click on the link: Follow Melody’s board Hawaii: The Sights and the History on Pinterest. Related Posts:My Azores Pinterest […]


No More Descendants to Follow in my Mello Tree

When the records for Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island came online, I was so excited.  Finally, I would be able to fill in some gaps in my tree.  One of my hopes was to find out if my ancestors, Felicianno de Mello and Rosa Boteilho, had anymore children that I might be able to […]