Eureka! I Have Found It!

Feast your eyes upon a beautiful sight…

marr fvc jacinto pacheco anna jacinto mello 1856 match

This is my great great grandparents, Jacinto Pacheco and Anna Jacinta de Mello’s marriage record.  It is the culmination of 3-5 years of searching, a good 10 or more years of not being able to search because of my arthritis, and the end of a whole lot of frustration.

Why is this record so special?  The reason is that I had several unanswered questions about this couple and I was beginning to think I had made an error.  Good thing I got that DNA test and prove my cousin and I are related. Before I stopped researching, I found all but one of their children’s baptismal records.  I found information on their siblings and parents.   But, I couldn’t find anything on them.

A few months ago, the records for Achada, Nordeste went online.  I scoured through and found Anna Jacinta de Mello’s baptismal record.  An awesome find as I now could narrow down the range of years for my search.

I didn’t have any luck.  No marriage record, no death record for Jacinto, and the oldest son’s baptismal record was still missing.

Last week, Fenais da Vera Cruz went online (aka Fenais d’Ajuda).  This is the village Jacinto was from.  I began searching for his baptismal record.  I found several of his siblings, but not him.  In fact, I’m about 2 years from the end of group and I suspect Jacinto will be on the last page.

I did better with the marriage index.  The genealogy gods were showing me favor.  They are indexed.  In less than 5 minutes, I went through the Jacinto’s and I found my couple.  It was a bit anti-climatic after 15 years of waiting.

The marriage occurred 25 Dec 1856 in Fenais da Vera Cruz.  It’s a little unusual, though not rare, for the couple to be married in the groom’s village. I’m sure they did it just to throw me off the track.  The most important tidbit in this document is that Jacinto is record as Jacinto Pacheco Ferreira.  Ferreira was his mother’s maiden name.  No one else used this combination that I’m aware of.  Some did use Pacheco Grande, but not Pacheco Ferreira.

Now I’m wondering if I completely missed his death record because I was not looking for a Pacheco Ferreira.  The death records are slim on information for the most part.  They include the name of the deceased, their date of death, where they died, some times the village their were born in, and if you are lucky the Priest wrote down the informant and their relationship to the deceased.  It is very possible that I saw his death record and thought “Well, I’m not looking for this guy” and moved on.

Slowly but surely I’m putting together the pieces.  I now have Anna Jacinta’s baptismal record, Jacinto and Anna’s marriage record, and the baptismal records in Achada of their children Manoel (1863) to Theodoro (1876).  I’m down to the death record and the two baptismal record.  At least I know now that they did get married and I can throw out all my other theories of multiple marriages and step children.

Score one for tenacity!

 

 

 

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SNGF: Genealogy Resources and Usage

 

For Randy’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Challenge this week, he has asked us to  fill out a survey.  Below are the questions with my answers.

 

1) Answer these questions in my survey about genealogy resources and usage:

 

a) Which genealogy software programs for your computer do you use (e.g., Family Tree Maker, Reunion, GRAMPS, etc.)?
I use RootsMagic.  I originally used FamilyOrigins and shifted over to RootsMagic.  I’ve very satisfied with it.

 

b) Which online family trees have information submitted by you – in either a separate online tree (e.g., Ancestry Member Tree) or a universal (collaborative) online tree (e.g., WikiTree)?

My family tree is posted at WikiTree, though only my maternal side is up right now.  This is my Mom’s family tree covering the Azores, Ireland, England, Wales, and Australia, if anyone is interested.

 

c) For which subscription genealogy record providers (e.g., Ancestry) do you have a subscription?

None.  Money is tight for me, so I stick to the free stuff.

 

d) Which FREE genealogy record providers (e.g., FamilySearch) do you use regularly?

The websites I work with the most are:

FamilySearch.org

FindAGrave.com

ChroniclingAmerica.org

Geneanet.org (the free version)

San Francisco Genealogy: sfgenealogy.com

The Azores Arquivo: culturacores.azores.gov.pt

The French Archives for Atlantique Pyrenees: archives.cg64.fr

The Hawaiian Archives: archives1.dags.hawaii.gov

The California Digital Newspaper Collection: cdnc.ucr.edu

The San Francisco Property Map Collection: http://ec2-50-17-237-182.compute-1.amazonaws.com/PIM/

The Internet Archive: archive.org

Google Books: books.google.com

WikiTree.com where my family tree is hosted

FTDNA.com where my DNA results are and where I spent way too much time since Thursday when my results came in
(I am sure there are more, but that’s where I spend my research time these days)

 

e) How much time do you spend each week doing actual genealogy research online? [Note: not reading, or social networking, but actual searching in a record provider]. Estimate an average number of hours per week.

7-8 hours, especially now as I’m reading the Azorean church records in the evening after dinner.  Great cure for insomnia translating Portuguese records at 10 pm at night!

 

f) How much time do you spend each week doing actual genealogy research in a repository (e.g., library, archive, courthouse, etc.)? Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.

Zero time…I’m disabled and don’t drive.  I’m limited to what I can do from home.

 

g) How much time do you spend each week adding information to your genealogy software program (either on your computer or online)? Estimate an average number of hours per week over, say, a one month period.

 

h) How much time do you spend each month at a genealogical society meeting, program or event (not a seminar or conference)? Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.

None.  I haven’t attended any events and don’t belong to any societies.

 

i) How much time do you spend each month on genealogy education (e.g., reading books and periodicals, attending seminars, conferences, workshops, webinars, etc.)? Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.

I would say about 4 hours a month.  It depends.  Right now, I’m heavily invested in learning about autosomal DNA tests since I just got my results.

 

j) How much time do you spend each week reading, writing and commenting on genealogy blogs, websites, and social media? Estimate an average number of hours per week over, say, a one month period.

7-10 hours a week?   I maintain the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy Group on Facebook, I am co-moderator of the Azores Google Group and the IslandRoutes Google Group.  I also maintain my own Pacheco – de Braga family group on Facebook.  I have my own genealogy blog and website.  And, I read several others via Feedly when I’m eating lunch and dinner.

That was interesting.  I’m wondering when I have time to sleep between reading about genealogy, sharing information about genealogy, and researching genealogy.

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My DNA Results are in!

You all may remember that sometime in May I sent in my samples for a FTDNA Family Finder autosomal DNA test.  Well, my results are in!

My roots are as follows:

My father’s side:  entirely French back to at least 1600

My mother’s side:  paternal-Azorean (same island, Sao Miguel); maternal-English, Irish, and Welsh.  My Welsh ancestors made a  detour through Austrlia for a decade or two.

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I am not surprised by this break down except for the 3% Finnish.  I’ve been told that this is within the margin of error, so I’m not concerned about it.

After I looked at my origin, I checked out my matches.  I was surprised and happy to see that I had a top match with a known Pacheco cousins (our lines are from Achada and Fenais da Vera Cruz on Sao Miguel Island).  This is good stuff, I think, because we have a known connection.  We share great great grandparents.

I had 16 pages of matches.  Most were 5th and remote.  I had one that was a 2nd-4th.  It’s a woman in England.  Then I have 10 matches of 3rd-5th.  The rest are 5th or remote.

After I looked at my matches, I checked to see if I have any people in common and what chromosome we match in.  So far, I’ve come up with 3 people that I match in the exact same chromosome (all 4 of us the same).  All 3 of them have English roots.

I think it’s interesting that I am part of FTDNA’s Azores DNA Group yet my top matches, except for my known cousin and one other, are all English/Irish.  It kind of gives me hope that I might make a connection with my great grandfather’s roots.

I’m going to be sending out emails this weekend.  Hopefully, I’ll get some responses.

After that I’m going to upload my results to GEDMatch.  I know I have other cousins who have had their DNA done.  Maybe I will find some long lost cousin.

 

 

 

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