Azorean Roots · Portuguese Hawaiian Roots

Why Portuguese Surname Research Doesn’t Always Work in One Chart

The desire to link people of the same surname from the same region is strong.  After all, how many families with the same surname in a small Portuguese village? The problem is that Portuguese surnames are fluid, they evolve, they come out of thin air (or so it seems).  Five children might use five different… Continue reading Why Portuguese Surname Research Doesn’t Always Work in One Chart

General Genealogy · Identify This Photograph

Relationship Notes on Photographs Can Be Deceiving

A cousin shared some of her unknown photographs with me.  One was taken around 1915-1920 and was labeled “My nephew Freddy with his first pair of short pants”.   We almost missed identifying little Freddy because the real relationship with the person who owned the photograph was different than the note implied. In order to solve… Continue reading Relationship Notes on Photographs Can Be Deceiving

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Favorite Posts From 2015 That You Might Have Missed

I’ve been looking back over 2015 and reviewing my year in blogging.  I managed to put in a lot more time blogging than I have in previous years.  I added several new posts, edited some old ones, and moved a few from my website, yourislandroutes.com.  I participated in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge on… Continue reading Favorite Posts From 2015 That You Might Have Missed

General Genealogy

Ellen Figg, Navy WAVES: Recovering One Woman’s History

It pays to randomly search the internet for your relatives.  No, not to spy on them.  For genealogical purposes, of course!  I do this periodically and sometimes come up with a gem. I uncovered a lost part of my grandfather cousin, Ellen Figg’s, story.  She was a Navy WAVE! Who Was Ellen Figg? She born… Continue reading Ellen Figg, Navy WAVES: Recovering One Woman’s History

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Family Tree Magazine is Available Through Your Local Library for Free

I have made a wonderful discovery.  You can read Family Tree magazine on your PC, laptop, or mobile device through your local public library for free.  It’s possible if your library subscribes to Zinio for Libraries. If you aren’t familiar with this company, it is an online digital magazine service.  You subscribe just as you… Continue reading Family Tree Magazine is Available Through Your Local Library for Free