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: (the free version)

San Francisco Genealogy:

The Azores Arquivo:

The French Archives for Atlantique Pyrenees:

The Hawaiian Archives:

The California Digital Newspaper Collection:

The San Francisco Property Map Collection:

The Internet Archive:

Google Books: where my family tree is hosted 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.


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.


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.





My Research Guides on sale until the end of July

I realized an awful error on my website,, this month.  I don’t know how it happened but several files were set so that visitors were forbidden to view them.  The website was hacked last year and I fear that the hacker may have changed random file permissions (as well as the other things he or she did) just to be annoying.  If so, it worked.

I am working on fixing them one by one.    This will take time.  As gesture to thank those of you whole faced those forbidden warning pages and still returned to, I’ve decided to put my two research guides on sales.  These research guides are available in ebook format only (payment only accepted through

What are these research guides, you ask?  Well, since you could get to them before, let me tell you.

Research Guide #1 is “Your Island Roots:  Researching Your Portuguese Ancestry in Hawaii.”  Written in 2006, this is a general overview of the resources available for research.  Originally $15, on sale for $10.

For more information on what is included in this guide, check out this page about the ebook.

Research Guide #2 is “Portuguese Hawaiian Immigration: A research guide.”  Written in 2002, this is an overview of Portuguese immigration to Hawaii with a look at the history and resources available.    Originally $10, on sale for $5.

For more information on what is included in this guide, check out the page about this ebook.

Thanks for continuing to read my blog and visit my website.  I apologize for the inconvenience this error is causing.  I hope to have all the pages updated in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, check out the research guides.