Category: # 52 Ancestors

+

Everyday Life 

This is one of my most prized possessions. It’s an old photograph that belonged to my great-grandmother. She’s the one standing second to the right. I “informally” inherited it, as I had all of her photo albums filled with photos that were often “indefinitely borrowed” from other people’s albums. I laughed when I found some of my old photographs I thought I had lost … Read More Everyday Life 

+

The Cardoso Family from Santo Antonio, Fogo

I first met “Pa Bedju” in 2000, the great-grandfather of my soon to be born son. A normal part of any introduction in Cape Verdean culture is to ask about what family you come from. I remember saying that I was the grand-daughter of Nho Popinho de Mosteiros. Pa Bedju’s face lit up and he said something like; “Ka bu fra ma bo e … Read More The Cardoso Family from Santo Antonio, Fogo

+

Just A Thought…

It’s “Black History Month”, the shortest month of the year dedicated to the history of Black people in America. As a child of Cape Verdean immigrants, some may say that I don’t have a direct connection to the history of Blacks in America, slavery, Jim Crow or even the Civil Rights Movement. To those people AND my fellow Cape Verdean-Americans, here’s a little reminder… … Read More Just A Thought…

+

Finding Sylvania, #52 Ancestors

In 1905,  my great-great grandfather, Sebastiao Fortes traveled to America with a daughter Silvania Fortes. Until now, I had not known of this sibling of my great-grandmother, Anna. When I first found this record, I immediately set out to find more information about this unknown ancestor. I had to know who she was. I was on a quest to find Sylvania. Silvania was born … Read More Finding Sylvania, #52 Ancestors

+

Teia’s Family Tree, #52 Ancestors

My grandmother, Severa Fortes da Cruz Lopes, was born on March 25, 1920 in the village of Figueral in the parish of Nossa Senhora do Monte, Brava. She was the daughter of Domingos “Pa Mingo” da Cruz and Anna “Nha Nuka” dos Santos Fortes Ramos.   When taking the test for her American citizenship, she was asked to name the first President of the … Read More Teia’s Family Tree, #52 Ancestors

+

Papa’s Family Tree, #52 ancestors

I always thought it was kind of funny to hear someone say that they were 1/2 Brava and 1/2 Fogo considering that these are two very small islands are less than 30 mins from each other and, historically, inhabited by descendants of the same families. Nevertheless, I am one of those mixed Brava/Fogo people, lol! My paternal grandfather, Papa aka Joao Antonio “Popinho” Lopes, … Read More Papa’s Family Tree, #52 ancestors

+

Know Your History. Tell the Truth.

Since the airing of “Light Girls” on the OWN network, questions and comments about race, ethnicity and identity have ranged from vulgar to just plain offensive especially as it pertains to the segment focusing on Amber Rose and her story about family members not attending her wedding because she was marrying an African-American. The documentary is the second from Bill Duke focusing on the … Read More Know Your History. Tell the Truth.

Serenata de Amor- a gift to be shared #52 ancestors

The first time I saw Dr. Claire Andrade-Watkins’ film, “Serenata de Amor”, I immediately sent her a message thanking her for putting on screen the story of my ancestors. To see with my eyes a story I have visualized time and time again as I’ve dug through thousands of immigration records was nothing less than emotionally moving and satisfying. Those names listed as the … Read More Serenata de Amor- a gift to be shared #52 ancestors

Come With Me On A Journey #52 Ancestors 

A glimpse of a day in the life our ancestors , # 52 Ancestors

In 1937, Mario “Marty” Rose, a Cape Verdean American from New Bedford filmed his trip to Cabo Verde and produced what is probably the first film ever made in Cape Verde. He set sail with Captain Benjamin Costa aboard the schooner, Stranger, owned by the da Lomba Family of New Bedford. This film was shown by Mr Rose and the Seamen’s Memorial Scholarship Fund … Read More A glimpse of a day in the life our ancestors , # 52 Ancestors

The Griot's Song

Remembering Our Ancestors One Story At A Time

The Creola Genealogist

Cape Verdean Genealogy and History

My Turn to Talk

A Place for Me to Have My Say

That Oil Mom

a mom's guide to being essentially happy.

Thin spiral notebook

My journal of big words and pretty pictures

Icelandica

fast horses, wild women, Iceland adventures

the Art of Practice

Writing & Parenting: a woman's reflections on the chronic chaos

Tracing Amy: My Ancestral Journey

PRUITT and EDWARDS Families of Clarke County, MS

Exploring the Past

Reading, Thinking, and Blogging about History

Diaspora Hypertext

black femme history and futures

Civil War Emancipation

remembering freedom for the slaves ...

RootStories and More

"Ancestors never die until there is no one to call their names." ~ An African Proverb

You Got Roots?!

Educate. Engage. Advocate.

Archaeology and Material Culture

The material world, broadly defined

HistoricaLese

Striking Classroom Conversations

The Neighborhood

telling the story from every vantage point

Genealogy Adventures

you never know where your genealogy will take you

%d bloggers like this: