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Remembering Loved Ones…

Genealogy isn’t only about discovering forgotten ancestors. It’s also about remembering and preserving the life stories of people you’ve known your whole life. The absolute hardest thing I have ever had to do is to put an “end date” to a loved one’s profile in my family tree. It seems so finite and almost cruel to summarize a human being with just two dates. … Read More Remembering Loved Ones…

“Questions I’ve always had but never knew… or thought… I could ask” Series. 

(If you don’t want to get mad you may not want to continue reading) 1. Why do we refer to our Kriolu language as “Portuguese dialect”? Or a mixture of Portuguese and African?&nbsp… Source: “Questions I’ve always had but never knew… or thought… I could ask” Series. 

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“Questions I’ve always had but never knew… or thought… I could ask” Series. 

(If you don’t want to get mad you may not want to continue reading) 1. Why do we refer to our Kriolu language as “Portuguese dialect”? Or a mixture of Portuguese and African?  Both terms are factually incorrect. A dialect infers mutual intelligibility. Portuguese and Kriolu are not. Most Cape Verdeans understand Portuguese because it’s taught in the schools and is the language of … Read More “Questions I’ve always had but never knew… or thought… I could ask” Series. 

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The Ancestors Are Smiling

Soooooo…. When I’m not doing genealogy, I’m a Speech Pathologist. A few months back I had a conversation with a patient and her family about genealogy and started helping them with their family tree. I traced them back to a former slave named Charlotte who bought a bunch of land after Emancipation and the civil war. The family still lives on this land today. … Read More The Ancestors Are Smiling

The Essence of Caboverdeanidade: The thing that makes us who we are is difficult to put into words so our ancestors put it to music

The morna is synonymous with the concept of Caboverdeanidade. The melancholic melodies and lyrics full of sodade has captured the essence of our culture for at least two centuries. Some might describe the Morna as a musical form that expresses the sadness and isolation of our people but I’ve never perceived it that way. The Morna is about “Sodade” which is defined as a … Read More The Essence of Caboverdeanidade: The thing that makes us who we are is difficult to put into words so our ancestors put it to music

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This is why I love genealogy and history…

Some time ago, I posted a picture on FaceBook entitled “Retrato de Duas Mulheres” which features two very striking women and got a lot of attention. Most asked who these women were. At the time I had no idea. I was mostly focused on what I’ve come to call the “Lima Nose”. These women had the same nose as my great grandmother, Joanna, and her … Read More This is why I love genealogy and history…

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I Think I Found Alberto!!!

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!!!

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My real name is…

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…

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In Their Own Words

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

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Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 

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 

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