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.


Double Pai Incognito

I’m coining that phrase.

I’ve been working on my cousin’s Raposo line. It seemed a simple request. Figure out if Francisco Raposo and Manoel Raposo of Kilauea were really brothers.

To start, the birth place information in some records in Hawaii was inconsistent. I sorted it out and identified they were from the village of Mosteiros on Sao Miguel Island. I had a starting point at least.

I found their marriage records and saw the phrase no Portuguese researcher wants to see. Their father was Pai Incognito. Pai Incognito translates roughly to “father unknown”. Okay, we know the woman knew who the father was, but she wasn’t telling. Pai Incognito is a dead end unless someone gives up the information in a later record.

I decided to search for their baptismals. A fellow researcher found Manoel’s and then I located Francisco’s. What I didn’t expect was this: their maternal grandfather was also a Pai Incognito. This means their father’s line is a dead end and their mother’s father’s line is a dead end.

No matter how much research I do I always come across something I’ve never seen before. This is a case where both the mother and the grandmother were unmarried mothers.  Perhaps more common today, but no so much in the 1840s (or maybe it was but we just don’t hear about it).

It leaves a lot of open questions. Where did their surname Raposo come from? Did Manoel and Francisco have the same father?  How did the single mother and grandmother make ends meet?  I can only hope some record, maybe in Hawaii, provides answers these questions. For now, this is a brick wall with cement poured over it.


SNGF: My Father’s Maternal Line

It’s time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  Thanks to Randy for this challenge!  This one is all about my Dad’s mother’s line.

My Dad’s mother’s name was Anna Madeleine Mazeres.  She was born 17 Oct 1897 in San Francisco, CA and died 2 Feb 1984, also in San Francisco (though she lived in Oakland, CA most of her adult life).  She outlived my grandfather by 10 years.

My Grandmother’s patrilineal line is as follows:

  • Charles Mazeres dit Salanave (1868-1926),
  • Jean Mazeres dit Salanave (1824-1893),
  • Jean Pierre Mazeres (1794-1836)
  • Jean Mazeres (1742-1825),
  • Clement Mazeres (1722-1781),
  • Jean Mazeres (1697-????),
  • Jean Mazeres (1666-????)
  • Bertrand Cambus (1640-????)

This is the end of her patrilineal line.  The Mazeres surname is carried back through the maternal line from this point.

My Grandmother had one brother, Jean Emile Mazeres, born 29 Jun 1899 in San Francisco.  Sadly, he died 24 Jun 1903, in Modesto, CA.  My grandmother had a sister, but she died at the age of 2.  My grandma was the only one of Brigitte Breilh’s children to survive, so there are no male descendants from her family for the Y-DNA test.

I hope to be able to work in the village of Castet soon so that I can carry this line back even further.


A photo of my grandparents ca 1920.