What’s wrong with these ages?

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I thought I would do something nice for some cousins this weekend.  As some of the Azorean church records are online,  I thought I would look through them and find some of my great and great great aunts and uncles.  I was able to locate Francisco de Boa Ventura in Sao Jose, Ponta Delgada fairly … Continued

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What do you do when you can’t read the writing?

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I am working in records in different village records on Sao Miguel Island, Azores.  This means I must read the Portuguese language records.  Did I tell you that I don’t know any Portuguese beyond swear words?  Well, I have learned some since starting my family tree.  I can translate a baptismal record like nobody’s business.  … Continued

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This may be why I can’t find the marriage

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This weekend I decided to redo the work another researcher did for me on Francisco de Medeiros and Josefa de Mello.  The town of Maia isn’t on the Azores Archives website yet, so I thought Povoacao was as good as any place to research. I found their son, Joao de Mello’s, baptismal record first.  Then, … Continued

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You never know who will have your family’s photos

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This week I was reminded of the importance of networking on the web.  It’s not a term you usually see associated with genealogy.  But, we have to reach out on forums, blogs, message boards, and whatever sources we have because you never know who might have the tidbit of information you need or a forgotten … Continued

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Found my Grandfather in French Military Records

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I met a man through a cousin who met him on GeneaNet.  He is our distant cousin. He actively researches our family tree and is an excellent ally for all things genealogy in France. This weekend he informed me that France has put up a new military database, Registres de Recrutement Militaire. The records give … Continued

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Reassessing the Surname Algravia

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I’ve written before about how my great grandfather, Theodoro, changed his surname from Pacheco to Smith.  We were all told for generations that he thought there were too many Pacheco’s in Oakland, CA so he changed his surname to Smith.  Ha Ha silly immigrant! The truth was far more complicated.  My great grandfather contracted leprosy … Continued

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