Maybe you've always known that your ancestors came from the Azores. Maybe you've just found out. Here are 6 Steps to Get Your Family Tree Back to the 1600s.
Imagine receiving a stack of photographs from a second cousin you've never met, who received them from a fourth cousin who lives on a Portuguese island off the coast of Africa. And that these photographs show never-before seen, everyday images from your great-grandparents' life that they sent home to Portugal some fifty to sixty years…Read more Sometimes, Family Tree Breakthroughs Arrive in your Inbox
If you've spent any time researching ancestors, or the history of your town, or even history in general, you've likely come across old group photographs. A workplace outing from long ago, an annual gathering of some institution or society, or maybe a family gathering. If you've stared into the faces of those who gathered for…Read more Lost Stories and Found Mysteries: Old Group Photographs
Imagine the anticipation of these folks aboard the SS Canopic as it docked in Boston over 90 years ago. Were your grandparents or great-grandparents among these immigrants, who had perhaps spent more than a week aboard ship traveling to a new life? How long had these families planned, sacrificed, and prepared for this moment as…Read more Boston’s Immigrant Experience in 1900 – Anticipation & Hope Amidst Confusion & Exploitation
If you were to visit Lowell, Massachusetts before . . . say, 1890, you would not have met many men walking about the city named João or Manuel. The Portuguese began arriving en masse in New England in the late 19th century and had established, by the first decades of the 20th century, sizable communities in…Read more The Challenge of Researching Portuguese Ancestors