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Josefa de Mello wasn’t a Mello at all: Or, Why You Can’t Trust Portuguese Surnames

Josefa de Mello wasn’t a Mello at all: Or, Why You Can’t Trust Portuguese Surnames

Curious thing about Portuguese surnames.   They are inconsistent at best and downright frustrating most of the time.  Surname research is out of the question because you can’t depend on any consistency.  I shouldn’t have been surprised that Josefa de Mello’s surname turned out to be completely different than the name on her son’s marriage record. Why I Couldn’t Find Josefa de Mello in the Parish Records Let’s take a walk into the Azores Islands parish records, shall we? Joam de…

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I Didn’t Plan to Research the Whole Village of Maia

I Didn’t Plan to Research the Whole Village of Maia

I didn’t plan on researching the whole village. No, really. I didn’t. I started out following the trail of my great grandmother, Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith, in Maia  like a good genealogist.  Maia is a village on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores.   I found more ancestors and added more lines.  I found the siblings and added them.  I found their children and noted them, too. Then, I met a woman who might be related to Maria. We…

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Mello Castanho Migrating from the Azores: Hawaii, East Coast, and Canada

Mello Castanho Migrating from the Azores: Hawaii, East Coast, and Canada

Sooner or later it was bound to happen.  I was going to make a connection to Canada with my Portuguese lines.  It was just a matter of time.  I had thought it would be with Canadian tenor, Remigio Pereira, instead it is on a different line. Working from Maia to the Kingdom of Hawaii to the US East Coast to Canada My Massachusetts cousin, Rita, and I are related multiple ways through our lines in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel…

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Am I Related to Canadian Tenor, Remigio Pereira?

Am I Related to Canadian Tenor, Remigio Pereira?

In the course of my research, I have heard claims that we’re related to this famous person or that.  This time it is Canadian singer and musician, Remigio Pereira, whose ancestry hails from Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island, Azores. I’ve already connected to Nobel Prize winner, Craig Mello, whose ancestors were also from Maia.  (What’s up with that little village in the Azores?)  Now the question is, am I related to Remigio Pereira, the famous Canadian Tenor? Who is…

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52 Ancestors, Week 21: My Azorean Ancestor was a Soldier

52 Ancestors, Week 21: My Azorean Ancestor was a Soldier

Being a regular blogger makes it difficult to find topics that I haven’t already touched for weekly challenges.  This week’s theme for the 52 Ancestors challenge is Military.  So far, I haven’t found many ancestors who were in the military who I haven’t already expounded upon already.  As I’ve recently found new information on Felicianno de Mello, I thought I’d write about him.  I have written about him before.  I covered his military record in 2010 and in an earlier…

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