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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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San Francisco Passenger Lists 1893-1953

San Francisco Passenger Lists 1893-1953

I don’t know how I miss this one!  Familysearch.org now has the San Francisco, California Passenger Lists 1893-1953 Collection.  The collection is indexed and linked to the original ship manifests. Be aware that the index is not complete.  I did a few surname searches and found that it covers roughly 1916-1953 at this time. The collection includes ship manifests coming from Hawaii to San Francisco.  This should be very helpful for Hawaiian researchers who are looking for relatives who left…

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That’s Old News: Restricting Japanese Immigration

That’s Old News: Restricting Japanese Immigration

Every now and then you learn something about a relative that makes you cringe. You may have heard of the Chinese Exclusion Act, but didn’t you know that in the early 1900s, a wave of anti-Japanese fervor swept through California? On March 6th, 1905, the San Francisco Chronicle dedicated a whole page to the “Japanese problem”. Page 4 of this issue has a large headline stating “Unanimous for Japanese Restrictions”. The page had a newspaper editorial as well as letters…

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From Bresch to Breilh

From Bresch to Breilh

I’d given up some time ago on finding my Breilh ancestors in the Ellis Island database (www.ellisislandrecords.org). I tried every variation of Breilh that I could think of. I tried first name searches as well. The family was nowhere to be found. Recently, I saw an obituary in the paper for a Lassalle. It listed the person’s parents. They were immigrants from France. I decided to check the Ellis Island database to see if I could locate the town they…

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Today is Ellis Island Family History Day

Today is Ellis Island Family History Day

Do you have ancestors who came through Ellis Island?  Today is your day 🙂  The significance of April 17th is that more immigrants passed through Ellis Island on this day than any other.  The number was 11, 747. You can search for you Ellis Island ancestors by visited the Ellis Island website.  For best results use the Advance Search page. Dick Eastman has written an excellent article about our ancestors passage through Ellis Island.  It includes some interesting information about…

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