Month: May 2015
In my previous post, Bibi Had A Secret, I mentioned that I hadn’t been able to find and “Alberto” in vital records from Brava… Until now!!!! I think I found Alberto!!!! This Alberto was born in 1896 in Ponta Achada, Sao Joao Baptista to Fernando Vieira Martins and Virginia d’Andrade Martins. His paternal grandparents were Boaventura Martins and Palmira de Abreu Vieira Martins … Read More I Think I Found Alberto!!!
A few years ago, I happened to be interviewed by a reporter for a Cape Verdean radio show. One of the questions pertained to who I was and who my family was. Before I could filter what came out of my mouth, I said, “I’m Nanie de Ramizi de Rosinha de Nha Maria Rosinha de Cham de Souza”! In one breath, I had given … Read More My real name is…
Ask anyone who has spent many hours painstakingly sifting through baptism, marriage and obituary records and they will tell you that it is a labor of love. We will admit that its tedious at best but it’s completely worth it to find the one gem in a sea of minutiae of awful handwriting and abbreviations that make no sense. And when the awful handwriting … Read More In Their Own Words
About five years ago, I became a volunteer at the local Family History Center at the Mormon Church located in Annapolis, MD. YES, you read it correctly, I spent many Saturday mornings and occasional evenings during the week at a Mormon Church just so I could get direct access to genealogical records! When I first learned the Mormon Church had archived Church records for … Read More Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957
The only spanking my great-grandmother, Bibi, ever got from her father was when she refused to go to the cemetery to put flowers on the grave of her sister, Clara. She said that her father told her that she shouldn’t be afraid to go there because sooner or later we would all end up there. But it wasn’t fear that made her refuse. It … Read More Aye, Nha Leandra! # 52 Ancestors
I recently posted this on the Azores genealogy group on Facebook To which I got this reply, Doug had found a baptism record for Francisco who was born in April 10, 1799 in Quatro Ribeiras in the parish of Santa Beatris, Terceira. Franisco was the son of Jacinto Coelho de Mello and Joaquina Luiza, who was a natural of Biscoitos, in the parish of … Read More My Brava/Azores connection #52 Ancestors