Are These the Dolans I’ve Been Looking For?

Are These the Dolans I’ve Been Looking For?

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Portuguese Genealogical & Historical Society of Hawaii has a Website!

Portuguese Genealogical & Historical Society of Hawaii has a Website!

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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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