Surprise! My Great Grandparents are Cousins

Surprise! My Great Grandparents are Cousins

That sound you heard? That was my DNA imploding. It was the moment I realized that my great grandparents who married in Hawaii were cousins. Distant cousins, but cousins none-the-less. I’m Off on a Tangent As many readers know, I have ancestors from the Azores Islands. I was working in the records for the village of Achada on my Mello line and became interested in a man named Manoel Pacheco de Rezendes. I wondered if Manoel was related to my…

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SNGF: Miguel do Monte Had 21 Children

SNGF: Miguel do Monte Had 21 Children

Randy’s latest Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge over at GeneaMusings.com asks us to write about our ancestor who had the most children.  It’s funny because I’ve been working on the line of my most prolific ancestor, Miguel do Monte who had 21 children. Who was Miguel do Monte? Miguel is my 6th great grandfather.  He was the son of Bartolomeu da Costa and Barbara de Paiva.  He was born around 1690 in Achadinha, a village on the island of Sao…

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We Shouldn’t Judge Our Ancestors By Today’s Standards: The Reality of Work Discipline in the Late 1800s

We Shouldn’t Judge Our Ancestors By Today’s Standards: The Reality of Work Discipline in the Late 1800s

An interesting conversation broke out in the Portuguese Hawaiian group on Facebook over the role foremen and lunas played on plantations in Hawaii. Lunas and foremen were the ones who kept workers in line and kept work flowing.  Although I’m concentrating on the Hawaiian Sugar Plantation system, my thoughts could apply to any authority figure in a supervisory role during this era. Our Ancestors Did What Was Expected of Them at the Time Some folks were shocked when they learned…

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Five Fave Books GeneaMeme

Five Fave Books GeneaMeme

Jill Ball over at the GeniAus Blog has posted a Five Faves Genealogy Book meme. Although it was difficult, I’ve narrowed my list down to these five books. 1. Footprints in the Soil:  A Portuguese Californian Remembers by Rosemary Peters Emery.  Like so many genealogists, I want to know what life was like “when”–and this book delivers! At 97, Emery published her memoirs.  Her father was a Portuguese immigrant and her mother was American born.  She grew up on a ranch…

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Book Review: Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk, and Fairy Tales of the Azores

Book Review: Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk, and Fairy Tales of the Azores

Would you like to understand more about your Azorean  heritage? Do you have an interest in all things Portuguese? Or, are you a fan of folklore and fables? Then, you might be interested in a volume by Elsie Spicer Eells titled “The Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk, and Fairy Tales from the Azores”.  This is my review. A Collection of Very Short Stories There are 34 stories in this collection.  Many of them are less than 5 pages.  It’s the…

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