Why Did The S.S. Hansa Carrying Azorean Sugar Contract Laborers Heading for Hawaii Run into Problems in Portugal?

Why Did The S.S. Hansa Carrying Azorean Sugar Contract Laborers Heading for Hawaii Run into Problems in Portugal?

I thought I understood the migration trail the Azorean sugar plantation contract workers took to Hawaii: Azores to South America to San Francisco to Hawaii. After reading an old newspaper article about the voyage of the S.S. Hansa in 1882, the ship my Pacheco ancestors were on, I found that I was wrong. I expected to find an usual article with basic information about the voyage.  You know, date of arrival, length of voyage, number of passengers, and so forth. …

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Oh, How You Wrong Me, Windows 10 Updates!

Oh, How You Wrong Me, Windows 10 Updates!

For regular visitors to this blog, you’ve probably noticed my posting and commenting has been spotty at best since September.  Part of the reason is I’m rebuilding the Portuguese Hawaiian website, YourIslandRoutes.com.  The planning stages took a couple of weeks, the actual work may take a lifetime. But, that’s not really why I haven’t been posting.  It’s these darn Windows 10 updates and my new DSL modem.  I had no problems with upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10.  It…

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SNGF: It Began With a Simple Conversation with My Grandma

SNGF: It Began With a Simple Conversation with My Grandma

This week for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Randy asks how we began researching our family tree.  I can still remember the moment when I started this journey. We were visiting my grandma at the rest home where she lived.  It was a beautiful sunny day and we were outside in the patio area having a chat. When my grandma started talking about family history, my ears perked up.  I’ve always been interested in history and wanted to know more about…

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The Case for Sharing Your Genealogy Work: Proving Manuel Melo Castanho is Related

The Case for Sharing Your Genealogy Work: Proving Manuel Melo Castanho is Related

My mom used to tell me that sharing was good especially when my siblings and I were fighting over over a toy. Not only is sharing good for siblings, it’s good for genealogists. Case in point, I’ve confirmed the relationship of a man on a “Fiche de Emigrante” card all because I posted a link to Facebook. The Fiche de Emigrante Azorean Passport Records Provide Clues The card in question is for Manuel Melo Castanho of Maia, Ribeira Grande in…

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What a Week for Genealogy!

What a Week for Genealogy!

Okay, so I didn’t blog at all.  Excuse me if I was a bit distracted.  I have good reason.  Three new cousins found me this week and I’ve been awash in new details, photographs, and research. One of my reason I blog is about my ancestors is to share my research experience.  But equally important is the fact that it works as thinly disguised cousin bait.  And, this week I hit the mother lode.  I made new connections on my…

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