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 trace into the present.

I have been working on death records exclusively.  As I got into the 1860s, a pattern emerged.  One after another the children of Felicianno and Rosa died.  It appears that in the early 1860s some epidemic came through the village.  In 1861 twice as many people died than 1860.  Almost all those who died that year were children.  For Felicianno and Rosa, 1863 was a bad year.  They lost 3 children aged 6 months, 2 years, and 3 years old.

Rosa died in 1869.  Her obito (death record) states that only three of her children were living.  I had known that two of their children had families by the 1880s.  I was holding out hope that the third survived too.

But it is not to be.  Felicianno died in 1884.  He did not remarry.  His obito states that only two children survived him.

I now need to see if my ancestor’s brother, Jose de Mello, and his wife, Maria Joaquina Rosa, had any children who had families of their own.  Otherwise, it appears the end of Felicianno and Rosa’s line stops with my ancestry.  Well, at least I’ve found all those distant cousins on the East Coast from the other lines.


My Azores Pinterest Board

Pinterest is a great way to waste time on a rainy day, isn’t it?  Well, that’s what happened and now I have a board devoted to the Azores.  Over time, I’ll be adding my own writing and photos.  For now, I have started a collection of the landmarks and landscapes of the Azores.

If you are on Pinterest and would like to follow my board, just click on “See It On Pinterest” below:

Follow Melody’s board Azores: Landscape, Heritage, and History on Pinterest


Answer to My Question about My DNA Results

The other day I posted my thoughts about my DNA test at FTDNA.  It was a 3 month follow up on my observations.  One of the observations I made was that I had very few Azorean matches despite their being an Azores DNA Group at FTDNA.

Cheri Mello who is one of the people who manages that Azores DNA group let me know that the majority of people on FTDNA at this point have English/Irish roots.  On the other hand, there are 700+ in the Azores DNA Group.  This explains why most of my matches have leaned towards my Mom’s grandmother’s side of the tree.

What needs to happen is more people from the Azores need to test at FTDNA so their is a wider pool to match too.  Since I have one line with roots in one village to the 1400s, I know that once more folks test from that area they are going to connect to me.   It’s just a matter of time.

So, you Azoreans get out there and test.  And, make sure you upload your raw files to so that we all can match up.  I’ve got a very big Sao Miguel Island tree…you want to share DNA with me ;)