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Below is a map of the island of Madeira its concelhos. You can click on each "concelho" to go to the specific page or use the links provided below.
Porto Moniz São Vicente Santana Machico Santa Cruz Funchal Câmara de Lobos Ribeira Brava Ponta do Sol Calheta

[Calheta] [Câmara de Lobos] [Funchal] [Machico] [Ponta do Sol]
[Porto Moniz] [Ribeira Brava] [Santana] [Santa Cruz] [São Vicente]

Genealogists who only know their ancestor came from Somewhere on Madeira: (No location is known)

Alan Pontes, 37 Stuart Street, Maida Vale, London NW6 5LF, UK
Tel: 0044 1713285455 or 0044 1713287707
Email: alan@incentives-for-less.co.uk
Date submitted: before 1998
Location: Unknown
Surname: Pontes
Comments: I am a South african citizen living in the Uk, do you have any information on the surname " Pontes," my Grandfather's father immigarated to South Africa from Madeira early this century.

Donna Dostal, Route 2, Box 213, Roseau, MN, 56751
Phone:(218) 463-3142
Email: Donna_Dostal@roseau.k12.mn.us
Date submitted: before 1998
Location: Madeira, village-unknown
Surname: Freitas (American variations: Fratis, Frates)
Comments: Looking for information regarding my great-grandfather, Antone Francis Frates. He was born approx. 1869 on Madeira, died 1898. He had immigrated to Massachusetts. His parents were Joseph F. Fratis and Lulu Fratis, both born on Madeira. I have no other information, such as siblings, etc.

Jeri Nixon, North Central Idaho
Email: nixon@camasnet.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Cambra, Fernandes
Comments: I am researching my maternal great grandparents. My grandparents were: Manuel (maybe Piadad?) Cambra born in Medeiros, Portugal in 8/1876 and Alexandra Fernandes born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2/1890, died 1983 in Hayward, California. They married in Oakland, CA 1905 and Manuel and Alexandra had 5 children 2 boys, Manuel and William and 3 girls, Alice, Violet and Ida. I am searching for any information regarding any ancestors and descendents. If anyone has even the slight lead I would be soooo happy to hear from them. Grandfather had at least two siblings Tony born 1877, and Mary born 1888. May 1999.

James Coyle, 10 Greenwood Ave. Staten Island, NY 10301-3404
Email: jimbo@peakaccess.net
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Lido, Nobriga, Estevão João
Comments: Stephen Nobriga my grand father was born on Madeira on or about Sept. 2, 1878, he went to the Boston area in the late 1800's, he supposedly left Madeira to avoid the draft. He was part of a large family 14 or 16 children. I think that the last name João was somehow involved. I think the name could be Estevão João something about using the mothers maiden name. He settled in Staten Island in the early 1900's. He married Lilian Black a native of Nova Scotia he may have entered the US from Canada. I am also wondering about the name Nobriga, it seems almost native to Madeira, it is seldom found elsewhere and it almost always can be traced back to Madeira.

Arlys R. LaFehr (Mrs. Thomas R.), 1997 S. Broadway, Grand Junction, CO 81503
Tel: (970) 241-4541
Email: lafehrmom@aol.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Island: Unknown (could be Azores or Madeira)
Surname: Enos
Comments: Joseph C. Enos (according to the 1900 Census) was born 1858, came to the US in 1882 at age 18 [sic] and worked as a day laborer and sharecropper in the Taunton-Rehoboth area. He also worked as a horsewrangler for the Waterman drayage company in Providence, RI. He married Catherine (see under Azores, Flores, Lomba), my husband's great-grandmother, in about 1886, had six children, and died sometime after 1901. His father may have been a teacher and his sister Teresa was also a teacher.

Mary Vieira Finch, 4560 State Route 414, Beaver Dams, New York 14812
Email: dfinch@stny.lrun.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surname: Vieira
Comments: Searching for information about paternal grandparents, Gregory and Caroline Vieira of Madiera. Caroline died and Gregory came to America with children: Louis, Mercy, ohn, Edward, Mary. Settled in up state New York.

Otilia F. Santos, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Tel.: (301) 212-6904
Email: ofs620@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Tue, 29 May 2001
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Dos Santos/Santos, Silva, Pereira/Perry, De Faria/Faria, Goulart, Martins, Delfina
Comments: My paternal great-grandparents were José A. Dos Santos and Mathilde Faria (rumored to be from the Madeira). Their children were: Manuel Faria Santos (my grandfather, wife: Emilia Adelaide Silva), John Faria Santos, Maximiano Faria Santos (wife: Eugenia Souza Martins), Joseph Faria Santos (wife: Virginia Azevedo). My maternal great-grandparents were Antonio Mitchel Silva and Maria Magdalen(a), from Faial, Azores. Their children were: Emilia Adelaide Silva (other spouses: first, Jose Antonio Pereira (Perry), second, Jose Francisco Cruz, then my grandfather Manuel Faria Santos), Rose, Carrie (that's all I know, there were 12). Emilia Adelaide Silva and Pereira (married Half Moon Bay, CA 1888) had: Mamie Pereira (Perry)b. Oakland, CA, William Pereira (Perry), b. Oakland, CA, Margaret Pereira (Perry)b. Oakland, CA, and Antone Pereira (Perry), b. Oakland, CA. Moved to New Bedford, MA, where they all died except for William Perry who was an artist, he moved to New Mexico and died there. Emilia Adelaide Silva and Cruz (died at sea, fell out of the crow's nest) had: Joseph Cruz, b. New Bedford, MA. Joseph was a city policeman in New Bedford, then did security work.

Trixie Simmons, 2 White Hall, St. Peter, Barbados, West Indies
Email: trix@inaccs.com.bb
Date submitted: before 1998
Surnames: da Silva, deSantos, Nascimento
Comments: The maternal grandparents of my mother (Juliet Nascimento) are João Miguel da Silva, a shoemaker, and Maria deSantos who were born somewhere in Madeira in the 1800's. They emigrated to Georgetown, British Guiana where they raised a family of 8: Beatrice (Juliet's mother), Migueli (emigrated to Canada and joined the army in World War I); Abel (emigrated to the USA); Agustini (emigrated to the USA); Lewis, Benjamin, Ursula and Mary remained in British Guiana. Juliet's paternal grandfather was John Nascimento, born in Madeira, and who emigrated to Antigua in the British West Indies. He married a Creole from one of the French W.I. islands and raised 4 children: Francis Patrick (Juliet's father), Mannie, Rose (married Bowering, a policeman) and Lilian. Would love to know what became of my mother's family!

Jo Ann Pinho, 20624 92nd Street, California City, CA 93505
Email: aloha@ccis.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Camara

Gayle Erickson, (address: not submitted), Los Banos, CA 93635
Email: gaylesbill@ce112000.net
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surname: Nobriga
Comments: Joseph Nobriga (b 6-1848) married Mary Rose Mello (b 6-1863 in São Miguel) after relocating in Hawaii. I believe they left Hawaii in about 1905 and came to California, settling in the Oakland and San Leandro area.

Bob Hurford, 10008 Lily Flagg Circle, Huntsville, Alabama, 35803
Tel: 205-881-9510
Email: BobNat1221@aol.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Fernandes, Rodrigues
Comments: My great grandparents, Manuel P. Fernandes (May1830-1910) & Mary Rodrigues, born (April 1834-1914) were born on the island of Madeira. They came to New York in the 1850s and then settled in Jacksonville, Illinois along with over a hundred Portuguese from Madeira. I'm looking for any additional information on their ancestors and descendants.

Donna Regina Lindsey, 1895 S. 200 E. (Main Level), Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 84115
Email: D.Regina.Lindsey@m.cc.utah.edu
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: de Mattos, de Cairnes
Comments: My grandfather was Joseph Reginald de Mattos, Sr., and I assume he was from Hawaii, where he met and married my grandmother, Stella Lindsey. But his parents--Joseph de Mattos and Maria de Cairnes may have been from Portugal. I don't know whether or not they were ever in Hawaii. (Might not be from Madeira, but from São Miguel instead.)

Richard Brazil, 4308 Olive Hill Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028
Email: rhbrazil@sdcoe.k12,ca.us
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: da Monte
Comments: My grandmother, Maria da Monte Ornellas, was born in 1881, on Madeira Island. I know very little of her genealogy. She sailed from Madeira to New York, then to Honolulu aboard the SS Swanley #4994, along with my grandfather and five children: Rachel, Maria, Antonio, João, and Pedro. After my grandfather completed his contract with the Ewa Sugar Company, they lived in Pearl City, Hawaii. My grandfather was a dairyman. If anyone can help, please contact me be Email. Thank you.

Lani Martins, 26313 Los Alamitos Avenue, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Email: drlani@pacbell.net
Village: Bonaventura
Parish: Santa Quiteria  (Note: this is no parish - anyone know this place?)
Surnames: Rodrigues, de Jesus
Comments: Migrated to Hawaii.

James Rodrigues,15770 Paseo Largavista, San Lorenzo, California 94580
Email: preservation@juno.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Rodrigues, Joaquina, Nunes, Goncalves Filipe, da Leza, Silva, Freitas
Comments: Manuel Rodrigues and Maria Joaquina came to Hawaii in early 1880's. John Rodrigues, my grandfather, was born there in August 1888. Mary Nunes came over with her parents and siblings in 1915. Her parents were João Gonçalves Nunes and Maria Gonçalves Filipe. They left Manuel Gonçalves Filipe/Maria de Jesus and Francisco Gonçalves Nunes. Maria da Leza, grandparents, back in Madeira. Mary Nunes and John Rodrigues came to California and were married in Oakland in 1918. On my mother's side of the family, Joseph Silva and Carolina Freitas immigrated to Hawaii from Madeira in 1906. They sailed around the straits of Magellan to Ewe Beach in the island of Oahu, Hawaii. In 1922 they immigrated to California and lived on Kanaka Road. Oliver da Silva, my mother's brother, built a multimillion dollar construction company called Oliver da Silva, now known as DeSilva/Gates.

Linda (no last name or address submitted)
Email: LindaBooo@aol.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Pereira, Camacho, Da Silva
Comments: All that I know is that my ancestors immigrated to Louisiana circa 1850's........I know their surnames, Pereira, Camacho and Da Silva. I know that they are from the Island of Madeira and that is all I know. I know their first names of course but I do not know what parish etc.

DeWanna Lindo, (no address submitted), Vacaville, California, U.S.A., 95687
Email: dew@communityonline.net
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Lindo, Pereira, Rodrigues
Comments: I am researching my husband's family. I have an Antonio Pereira Lindo, aka Antone Lindo Pereira, born in Madeira in 1859. He married a Maria DeLuz, aka Maria Rodrigues who arrive in Hawaii in 1883, her parents were Manuel Jacinto Rodrigues and Ramona? It is told that Maria had to use another last name to sneak into the country. I would appreciate any info on these families.

Silvanus Francis, Cane Hall, P.O. Box 430, Kingstown, St Vincent, West Indies
Email: sjf@caribsurf.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Ferreira, Francis, de Freitas, Gonçalves, de Souza
Comments: All families migrated from Madeira to St. Vincent (now St. Vincent & the Grenadines) in the West Indies around 1850. They came as indentured servants. Francis was probably Francisco or other surname.

Alex P. (no name or address submitted)
Email: alexp@lanminds.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Malim, Vieira
Comments: I am researching my paternal grandparents: John Vieira, born 1897, and Maria Malim, born 1900. They immigrated from Funchal to U.S. via Lowell, Massachusetts. If any information, please e-mail to alexp@lanminds.com

Virginia Lavina Baptiste-Usman, 3501 14th Ave S #10, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Telephone: 612-724-7686
Email: FavFunk@aol.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Surnames: Baptista, Camara, Martins, Ferreira, Reis, Neves, Branco, Santos
Comments: Manuel Alvino Camara, spouse Francisca Das Reis from Madeira-children, Antone, John, Annie, Maria, Louie and Isabella, settled in Honokaa, Hawaii. Manuel Enos Ferreira, spouse Antonina Branco from ???-children, Virginia, Antone, Frank, Alfred, Manuel, Joe, Helen, Josaphine, settled in Honokaa, Hawaii. Antone Baptista, spouse Virginia Ferreira from ???-children, Joseph, Manuel, Rodney, Alice, Wilbert, Mary, Franciline, Evelyn and Abraham, lived in Honokaa, Hawaii, I don't think they came from Portugal, but not sure.

J.S.Graham, III, One North Charles Street, Suite 1300, Baltimore, MD, 21201
Email: jsgraham@mwbb.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surname: Menezes
Comments: My maternal grandmother, Caroline Menezes, was supposedly born in Buxton, British Guiana in January 1889, according to a passport application, BUT official records in GUYANA have no record of her birth. She died in New York on June 11, 1926, but her death certificate lists her date of birth as ___, ___, 1891, in British Guiana and the sections for name of father, birth place of father, name of mother and birth place of mother are marked ? A book, "The Portuguese of Guyana: A Study in Culture and Conflict" by Mary Noel Menezes, R.S.M., details a significant immigration of Madeirans to British Guiana beginning in 1835. By 1848, some 15,931 Portuguese immigrants had come to the colony, most originally as indentured laborers, and virtually all from Madeira. I suspect that my great-grandparents (paternal name Menezes) were part of this group, and I seek information on their names, details of passage to British Guiana and information regarding their history in Madeira.

Walter M.de Souza, (no address submitted), Porto Alegre, RGS, Brasil
Email: walter@vortex.ufrgs.br
Date submitted: before 1998
Surname: da Luz
Comments: Manuel Jacinto da Luz went from Madeira to Brasil in 1700s.

Cathy James, 3020 Hwy 1131, Vidor, Tx 77662-8995
Email: James3020@aol.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surname: Vasconcellos
Comments: Jean Felix Vasconcellos and his wife Lorenza Julia (?) and their son Fernando Vasconcellos (b 1805) arrived in New Orleans, LA, in 1825. Other child was possibly a daughter Sabrina Julia de Vasconcellos who married José Francisco da Silva.

Sue Pescaia (no address submitted)
Email: pescaia@webtv.net
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surname: Pescaia
Comments: Joao Alves Pescaia married Mary Moniz and moved to Maui, Hawaii in 1889 from Maderia. They lived near Paia, Maui. They had 2 sons and 5 daugters. Sons: John Pescaia and Antone Alves Pescaia, dtrs: Mary (Garcia), Virginia (Harmon), Minnie?, Rose ? and Carrie? Joao worked in the sugar plantation and died at age 45. Mary then moved to Honolulu.She died in 1942. John died in Pacifica, Ca, and Antone died in Denison, Texas in 1963. John's two sons, Lawrence and George, both deceased, lived in Hawaii. Antone's sons: Andrew (Ray) Weaver, Las Vegas, NV and Linn Anthony Pescaia, West, Tx. One daughter, Dora (Dottie) Bennett. Linn Pescaia's sons: Lee Anthony and John Anthony. Lee Pescaia has one son, Ryan Lee.

Matthew W. Shuff, 903 Buckley Road, Liverpool, New York 13088
Email: shuffm@hotmail.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: DeAbreu, Vieira, Texiera
Comments: I know my Grandparents immigrated to Brooklyn, New York through Ellis Island. They came from British Guiana, but my ancestry is from Madiera. My grandfather's name was Joseph DeAbreu and my grandmother's name was Adelaide Vieira. She had two sisters and a brother that I know of--Appalonia, Josephina, and Joseph.

Janice M. Correia Kimberlin, 3240 Marion St. s.e., Albany, Oregon 97321, USA
Email: CANDYKISE@aol.com
Date submitted: Tue, 18 May 1999
Comments: This is all I know about my great-grand-father and great-grand-mother.
Manuel Correia -born 1861 Medera, Portugal, Maria DeJesus -born 1866 Medera, Portugal.
Both married went to Hawaii as single individuals. Both worked on a plantation in Hawaii, settled & merried in Paia Maui, Hawaii. I know they had 10 children. Come to Oakland ca. the time & dates no one knows. I havnt a clue the name of the boat they came here on. My grand father was Frank Francis Correia - born 1903 or 1905 there are 2 birthdates for him. I do know he was born on Maui. I know he met my grand mother Madeline Ann August, they met here in the States. Madeline Ann August was born June 24, 1907 and died April 12 or 16 1945. G-F-Frank F. Correia was born on Oct. 3, 1903 or 1905. My father never new his birth year for there was 2 marked down. I also can't find much on my Grandmother Madeline Ann August-Correia. So if there is any bits of info I would appreciate it. Thank you.

Barbara Dean, 225 Lakeside Dr. Levittown, PA 19054-3905, USA
Email: Smile1961@aol.com
Date submitted: Thu, 24 Jun 1999
Island/Village: Unknown
Surname: Perry
Comments: My search is just beginning, but am hoping to find some specifics on my Great-grandfather Manuel Perry. Born sometime in the 1870s. Not sure when he emigrated to the United States, but located in Massachusetts. Married Mary Wood date unknown. Had three sons one of which was my maternal grandfather.

Suzanne Brazao, 836 McKenzie Lake Bay S.E., Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
Email: brazaos@cadvision.com
Date submitted: Thu, 8 Jul 1999
Surnames: De Freitas, Francisco, Da Silva, Soares, Dias, Gomes, Lopes, D'Aguiar, Albuquerque
Comments: Simeon Francisco (Francis) immigrated from Madeira to British Guiana (Guyana) in the 1800's where he had a son Simeon (mother unknown). Simeon Jr.'s daughter Mary Anna married Manoel Da Silva and their daughter Mary Agnes married Raoul (Ralph) Soares and their daughter Hermina then married Norbert Dias and their daughter Margaret married Gerard Lopes (my parents). We don't have any ship names or any other info. Thank you, Suzanne Brazao.

Stephanie Ribaudo, 55 Winter Street, Bronx, NY 10464, USA
Email: Ribaudo27@aol.com
Date submitted: Wed, 21 Jul 1999
Surnames - Grotta or Grota, Azevedo, Machado
Comments: Ancestry probably from Madeira, - My grandparents - Rosa Grotta and Peter Azevedo Machado lived in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised a large family: Emmanuel, Peter, Steven, George, Gabriel, Margaret and Lydia (my mother). Peter died around 1920's and Rosa died around1964. Possible that Rosa was born enroute. Would love to connect with relatives who could add to family history. Stephanie Ribaudo

Laura Brisson, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Email: lbrisson@momentus.com.br
Date submitted: Sun, 8 Aug 1999
Place:Ilha da Madeira
Surnames: Costa; Vaz
Comments: Procuro por ancestrais de João Domingues da Costa, João Zeferino da Costa e Domingos (ou Domingues) Manoel Vaz e sua mulher Maria Victorina Vaz. Seus descendentes estabeleceram-se no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

Marie Hendricks, (no address submitted)
Email: Marie1465@aol.com
Date submitted: Wed, 11 Aug 1999
Surname: Farinha
Comments: My Grandfather was Anthony Gonzales Farinha born in 1911 he had four sisters. Hilda born 1900, Wilamena born 1912, Mary, born 1915 one unknown. Parents John Gonzales Farinha born 1874 we think wife Carolina Silva born 1878 we think. We are not sure if my grandfather and sisters were born in the states or in Madeira. Mary had on S.S born in Madeira Island. Grandfather put Lowell Ma. No trace of birth certificate. I have sent away for the 1930 census I hope that if they find anything it will give some info. We have run into a dead end. We are not intouch with my dad's family. My mom asked one sister to help but, she snubbed it off. We have taken on the project for fun but, aren't getting anywhere. My mom sent to Boston for my grandfathers birth certificate they said they couldnt' find it. My great grandparents spoke broken English John and Caroline spoke broken English so we thought maybe they immigrated here. Mom has gone threw all the ships logs. Any sugestions it gets expensive sending away for birth certificates and all. It has thrown us because the baby of the family of John and Caroline (great grandparents). She put on her SS that she was born in Maderia Island. While all the others Lowell, Ma. Any sugestions of where else to look. Thanks for any sugestions. Marie

Mary Farinha, 413 Bluff MT. Drive Walland TN. 37886, USA
Email: MFarinha@webtv.net
Date submitted: Wed, 18 Aug 1999
Comments: Looking for information on John Gonsalves Farinha and wife Carolina Silva from Madeira Island.

Elizabeth L.P.Gomez Pestano Cornwall, (no address submitted)
Email: cornwall@rivernet.com.au
Date submitted: Mon, 30 Aug 1999
Surnames: Teixeira, Marques Caldiera, Caldiera, DaSilva,Gomez Pestano (Pistana)
Comments: Boy what a family History. My mother has all the details. Maderia Guyana the west Indies. Each year I meet a new 4th or 5th cousin here in Australia or so it seems. There is a Sydney and a Melbourne group of the family. Names include Marques Caldiera or Just Caldiera, Teixiera, JJ Da Silva, Gomez Pestano (Pistana). Madeira and Lisbon involved. The family tree is pretty developed and we have one old relative with all the details as well as my mother. We must be connected to someone. I'm looking for the historical context and any other details I can find. There are enourmous number of children in all the families. One third cousin told me his aunt had 22 children when he left Guyana - 35 years ago and he heard that she had several others after this. My mother is from a family of 14 and 11 was a common number of children it seems in generations before this. Elizabeth.

Anna Araujo, 29001 Norris Rd. #15 Bozeman, Mt 59718
Tel.: (406)586-9162
Email: imua@avicom.net
Date submitted: Thursday, Sep. 09, 1999
Surnames: de Araujo, Gouveia
Comments: Fathers name is John Figueira Araujo. Grandfather is John Figueira de Araujo (de was dropped) born in Hilo, Hawaii. Grandmother name Cozy Gouveia born on island of Kaui, Hawaii. She had one brother Manuel Gouveia (don't know of any more). Great Grandparents migrated to Kaui and the Big Island of Hawaii sometime in the late 1700's or early 1800's. Any information as to any relatives, friends of family or anything at all, please contact me.

Colleen Carpenter, 26 Lamaha & Irving Sts., Georgetown, GUYANA
Email: cojo@networksgy.com
Date submitted: Sun, 19 Sep 1999
Surname: Rodrigues
Comments: Need information about my paternal grandmother Mary Rodrigues born in 1900 in Madeira, but don't know which town - maybe Funchal. One sister. Came to British Guiana - now Guyana - in 1902/3.

Linda Millette, 168 Dean St Taunton Ma. 02780, USA
Email: LMill85728@aol.com
Date submitted: Sun, 19 Sep 1999
Surnames: Silva and Sousa
Comments: Looking for information on Frank and Virginia (Silva) Sousa. They came from Madeira Island, though I dont know where on the Island. They came to America between 1890 and 1920. Frank had a brother Joseph and Virginia had two brothers; John and Manuel. They had 10 children together, Joseph, Frank, John, Alfred, James, Gabreil, Anthony, Christine, Mary and Hilda. Hilda was born on Aug.17, 1928 in Norton Ma. Unfortunately this is the only info I have. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Pedro Augusto Conde Lobo Martins, Rua Paul Bouthilier 434 Belo Horizonte, MG, 30315-010 Brasil
Email: pmartins@horizontes.net
Date submitted: Thu, 23 Sep 1999
Village: unknown (madeira)
Surname: Martins Pereira
Comments: Domingos Martins Pereira emmigrated to Brazil around 1650 in order to fight the Dutch. He settled in the state of Bahia with a sugar plantation, and married Joana Pereira Rufina. He is my ancestor in direct paternal line 10 generations ago.

Douglas W. Rodrigues, 143 Cour De La Carabe, Sparks, Nevada, 89434-9515
Email: mtnpilotdiver@msn.com
Date submitted: Sun, 26 Sep 1999
Comments: Attempting to locate relatives of Jose Monseba Rodrigues, born 1849 in unknown town in the Madeira Islands, arrived in Hawaiian islands 1865 as a Portuguese sailor. Married Emilia Furtado, born about 1880 in unknown town in the Azores. All the male descendents (all dead of old age) used the middle name of Monseba, but a couple of them spelled it Monsebo. Trying to locate information of unknown family in the Azores or Madeira Islands.

Pat Serrao, 1002 SE Lacona Ave., Des Moines, IA 503157429, USA
Email: serrao@dwx.com
Date submitted: Thu, 14 Oct 1999
Area: Madeira Islands, villages: Unknown
Surnames: Fernandes, Nunes, Rosa, Serrao
Looking for ancestry on Antonio Francisco Serrao b 04-06-1900 married to Mary Nunes b 10-31-1904; Antonio's parents were Manuel F. Serrao and Maria Genevieve Rosa; Mary's parents were Jose Nunes and Marie Jesus Neves Fervidness. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Bill Miller, 460 Oakwood Court, Merritt Island, FL 32953-6054, USA
Tel.: (407) 453-4204
Email: wemiller@palmnet.net
Date submitted: Sat, 16 Oct 1999
Names: Manuel de Aveiro, Bernaldo, Coehlo, Quirido
Comments: My Grandfather (b. April 15, 1877) came to Hawaii from Madeira--my mother said he was an engineer--but he worked as a manager on a plantation in Paia, Maui until he died in an accident Feb 21, 1931. (He apparently spent time in California--he owned some land in the Los Angeles area.) My Grandmother Mary Quirido (aug 16 1898-Sep 20, 1982) took the family to Honolulu--remarried to Frank Enos. I'm trying to trace his (and her) family back.

Patrick Kelly, Phoenix, AZ
Email: kelly15@home.com
Date submitted: Tue, 18 Jan 2000
Village: unknown
Comments: My GGrandfather name as I know it was Isaac Frates, the 1880 census has birth place as Madeira. His wife was Dance Silva. They had one son, Joseph C. Fraters, I know of, born in 1870, Oakland CA. Isaac Frates moved to Lemoore CA. and was a saloon keeper in the 1880s. Joseph C. Fraters my grandfather work in the 1880 for Herman Nathan. It was during this period that my grandfather change the spelling on his name from Frates to Fraters, I believe. My Grandfather could have change the spelling on his name also. Any assistance in following time back would be appreciated. I never met my grandfather, I have little to no information about him. The information I have gathered has been from census reports and kind people assisting me. I feel very strongly he was from Madiera because of the 1880 census. I believe this is the first time Isaac felt safe. His past seems very shadowed for some reason.

George & Emma Drummond, Rt. 7 Box 298 Staunton, Va. 24401, USA
Email: ogdesd@rica.net
Date submitted: Sun, 23 Jan 2000
Surnames: "Drummond" or Drummondo
Comments: Learning to find out more about my ancestors. My dad (Oswald George Drummond) was born May 30, 1906 either on Madeira Island or Port of Spain, Trinidad (B.W.I). His father was Francis C Drummond (date and place of birth unknown); his mother's name was Rosa Snell (date and place of birth unknown). His oldest brother Clemont Drummond was born 9/20/1897 (place of birth unknown); His oldest sister named Lillian Drummond was born @ 1899 (place of birth unknown) and his younger brother Emmanual (Amond) Drummond was born 1901 (place of birth unknown). The family moved to New York sometime around 1910-1920.I wish I had more information to share, but that's about it. Thanks again for any help you can provide. George

Susan K. Howell, PO Box 211244, Montgomery AL 36121, USA
Tel.: 334-396-2278
Email: skhowell@gateway.net
Date submitted: Tue, 25 Jan 2000
Island: Madeira
Village: unknown
Surnames: Luando or Leandro; Tavares; Sebastian of the Kona District of Hawaii.
Comments: I have the baptismal records of the Luando family: Eugene & Lucia Tavares Luando. They had 11 children in Hawaii before moving to Honolulu after 1914. My mothers' father was Antone Paul Sebastian and her Mother was Constance Leandro Sebastian. I would appreciate any information or help in discovering when they arrived in Hawaii. I have only family heresay that is more likely to be disproven. Thank you, Susan Howell.

Paul Da Silva, (no address submitted)
Email: Promdasilva@aol.com
Date submitted: Sun, 20 Feb 2000
Names: Joao Da Silva
Comments: I am looking for information on my great-grandfather. He was born in Madeira in approximately 1860. He was married to Mary D'Abreu and emigrated to Guyana. He died in Guyana, around 1900. They had a son named John, my grandfather, who was born in Guyana on the 30th of January, 1886. He died on the 16th of June, 1936. He had a son, my father, Albert, who was born in Guyana on the 12th of February, 1912. He died in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on the 2nd of April, 1973. I would like to know if my great-grandfather Joao Da Silva had any brothers or sisters, and any information about them and their ancestors would be appreciated. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Best Regards, Paul Da Silva

Fern Cone, 5933 Lord Fairfax Hwy. Berryville, VA 22611, USA
Tel.: 540-955-3056
Email: ferncone@visuallink.com
Date submitted: Tue, 30 May 2000
Surnames: Freitas, Gomes, Nobriga
Location: Somewhere on Madeira
Comments: Sarah Freitas Nobriga LeFavre died in Stoneham, MA, Aug. 5th, 1930 after giving birth to a daughter. Sarah was 33 years old and came to the US in 1927. Her death certificate says that she came from Madeira and her father's name was John Freitas and mother, Eulalia Gomes. This daughter has been told very little about her mother who died giving birth to her and would love to have answers to questions. All she knew was that her mother had been married at least twice before (I'm assuming Nobriga is a married name) and that she had other children living near Boston. I could not find immigration records for Sarah Freitas so she probably was married when she came to the US. Any help would be appreciated.

Michele Darce Lyman, (no address submitted)
Email: Mizz911@aol.com
Date submitted: Thu, 22 Jun 2000
Comments:I am looking for the surname of D'arze (Darze, Darce). Have traced my ancestory back to Thomas D'arze Darce who married Juana de Vega. Their son Joseph Innocent Darce (D'arze or Darze) was born on Madeira in 1773 and immigrated to the US later. We've not been able to go back past Thomas. Any information would be appreciated.

Tony Mendes, Shaugh Prior, Hundred Acres Road, Wickham, Hampshire PO17 6HY England
Tel.: 01329 835992
Email: tony.mendes@btinternet.com
Date submitted: Mon, 17 Jul 2000
Comments: hi my name is tony mendes, i was born in trinidad west indies. my father was firmino mendes he left maderia when he was 13 sometime in 1930--40? he worked for fernandes distillers...i know that he had a sister in maderia and one in venuezala he died about 1980 his sister is maria mendes who has a daughter called isabella i have a photo of them but lost contact.

Cindy Anjo, 2403 Raven Rd, Pleasanton, Ca. 94566, USA
Email: Tahoe371@cs.com
Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2000
Comments: I am interested in finding out about my family history. All I can tell you is that my father's parents immigrated from Portugal to Maui, Hawaii sometime (Im guessing) in the 1800's. His last name, as mine is ANJO. My grandmother's last name was Pereira (spelling??). Any information you may be able to stir up would be greatly appreciated! Cindy Anjo

George J Fernandes, P.O. Box BE 585, Belvedere, Harare, Zimbabwe
Email: gfernandes@scottwilson.co.zw OR georgejmf@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Fri, 08 Sep 2000
Surname: Goncalves
Comments: I am searching for people related to Joao Dinisio Goncalves. He was born on 12 October 1948. He lived in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) until 1990. He is living in Madeira now. He is my father. I was born on 9 October 1971. I am trying to establish my family history on my fathers side. I will greatly appreciate anyone related getting in contact with me. Many thanks.

Herman Rodrigues, Lot 5 Collens Rd Fairways Maraval Trinudad W.I.
Email: hr@wow.net
Date submitted: Wed, 27 Sep 2000
Surnames: Rodrigues and Vieira
Villages: Somewhere in Madeira
Comments: My Paternal Great Grandparents were Joseph (possibly Joao) Rodrigues born 1852/1 died in 1930 at the age of 78 and Rosa Vieira born 1865/4 and died in 1947 at the age of 82. They left Madeira for Guyana on the invitation of Rosa's sister Julia who had emmigrated earlier. They had 4 children and moved on to Trinidad where they settled. My Maternal GGGrandfather was Henrique Vieira the Prespyterian minister who left with the Madeiran exiles who settled in Trinidad. I think they arrived in 1850. I am interested in finding out which towns in Madeira these people came from and if there are any relatives still living there.

Danilo de Menezes, Rua Lopes Ferreira 196, Irajá, Rio de Janeiro
Email: jujuteca@bol.com.br ou moreiramenezes@moreiramenezes.cjb.net
Date submitted: Fri, 20 Oct 2000
Surnames: Moreira e Menezes
Comments: meu trisavo manoel domingues moreira, era natural da ilha da madeira, veio para o brasil em 1843 e se estabeleceu no estado da Paraiba. Minha trisavo Mariana de Menezes, era de Aveiro e veio para o Brasil em 1843 e se estabeleceu na Paraiba. Quem souber de alguma informaçao favor contactar.

Lynette, (no address submitted)
Email: lawaya@wwdb.org
Date submitted: Sun, 29 Oct 2000
Comments: Looking for information on Antone Caldeira who married a Frances (Francis). Don't know if they married in Medeira or came to Hawaii and got married. I'm trying to find out where exactly this family originated and if Antone has family there in Medeira still. Mahalo (thank you), Lynette.

Frank B. Perry, (no address submitted)
Email: golf98@gateway.net
Date submitted: Sun, 26 Nov 2000
Comments: Grandmother Hortense Sousa-San Miguel, Azores. My grandmother travelled by ship to New Bedford, Mass.somtime around 1900.Father was Joseph Sousa born around 1863. Father was born on the Island, Madeira Name: Joseph Bernardo Periera-His Father Antonio Periera.

Margaret Fernandes, 6 Bridgeport Drive, Toronto, Ontario M1C 5E3, Canada
Email: margaretmbf@home.com
Date submitted: Sun, 10 Dec 2000
Surnames: Abreu, Ferreira, Cardoza, Fernandes, De Freitas, Rodrigues, de Jesus(?).
Comments: Manuel D'Abreu, my maternal great grandfather, was born in Madeira 17 Dec 1860 died in Demerara, British Guiana 19 April 1928. On 7 September 1887, he married Mary Isabella Ferreira, born 2 July 1871 in Madeira; died 11 November 1946 in Demerara, British Guiana. Manuel's parents were Manuel D'Abreu and Mary Fernandes. Siblings were Mary D'Abreu who married Joseph Ferreira. And Ludivina D'Abreu who married John De Freitas. Mary Isabella Ferreira's parents were Wenceslaus Rodrigues Ferreira and Gregoria Fernandes. My paternal great father was George Fernandes of Madeira who married Julia Rodrigues also of Madeira. Parents of George Fernandes are unknown. Parents of Julia Rodrigues were Emmanuel Rodrigues and Phippa de Jesus both of Madeira. Other paternal great grand parents were Emmanuel Cardoza who married Ludivina de Jesus; both of Madeira. Anthony Cardoza and Thomasina Fernandes were the parents of Emmanuel Cardoza and Ludivina de Jesus father was Joseph Fernandes and mother unknown.
Note: Offspring of George Fernandes was George Fernandes Jr. (my grandfather). He was born in Demerara, British Guiana on 17 September 1874, died 12 August 1932 in Demerara, British Guiana. He married Mary Matilda Cardoza (my grandmother) on 25 July 1896. She was born in Demerara, British Guiana on 9 September 1876 and died in Demerara, British Guiana on 3 February 1958.

Leslie Nunes, Kailua, Hawaii
Email: ukulelenut@hawaii.rr.com
Date submitted: Sun, 14 Jan 2001
Surnames: Patrice (Madeira)
Comments: Manuel Nunes married Isabel Augusta Patrice in Madeira (1879) they left for Hawaii on the Ravenscrag and arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 23, 1879. Mahalo and Aloha from Hawaii. Leslie Nunes

Marie Niccum, 400 E Pleasant, Greenup, IL 62428, USA
Email: catcrazd@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Sun, 22 Apr 2001
Surname: DeCrastos
Comments: Hi, I am looking for any information on the surname DeCrastos. My line of family settled in Jacksonville, IL (Sangamon Co.). I have been unable to find any info on these relatives. Anyone knowing or hearing of anything about these people please contact me. Thanks.

Michael Vieira, 211 Beecher Ave., Palacios, TX 77465
Email: mikev@wcnet.net
Date submitted: Tue, 3 Jul 2001
Island/Village: Madiera (village unknown)
Surnames: Vieira
Comments: I am looking for information regarding my grand-father John Vieira. I am told that he was born in Madiera. I don't know when he was born but, my father was born in 1918 in the U.S. So, I believe John Vieira came to the U.S. some time before or after 1900 where he married my grand-mother.

Yasmin Christie, (no adress submitted)
Email: zak.1@cwcom.net
Date submitted: Tue, 21 Aug 2001
Village Unknown
Comments: hello i am trying to find out information on my grandfather his name was Anthony Carlos DeCruz he was born in 1894 in Maderia in a fishing village where i dont know. He ran away from home when he was 14 years old and became a cabin boy on one of the Merchant Navy ships. I dont have any other information about his family in Maderia. He travelled the world and he met my grandmother Margaret McDonald in Sunderland England. her father was born in the West Indies and her mother was born in Scotland. I dont know where or who i can write to for information that might put me on the right track. I am hopeing someone can help me.

Henry Duncan III, New York
Date submitted: Fri, 28 Sep 2001
Surnames: DaSilva, Perreira
Comments: both of these surnames came from Madeira to British Guiana in the 1800's either in the early or hte late. I don't really know. The DaSilva name is from a woman by the name of Mary DaSilva. She married a man and had 7 children. She lived there and died. The Perreira name came from a woman also, her name is Christine Perreira. She came to British Guiana from Madeira. She had spose and had a child with him. His name was Henry. She meet another man and had other children. I don't know if she had any relatives with her in British Guiana. She lived there and died also. I would appreciate it if anyone has information that matches mine.

Message for Trixie Simmons: Hi Trixie, How are you? I was reading your search for the surnames of your family, and I think we might be related.My great-great grandmother was a Mary DaSilva. She was born in Madeira, Portugal. She then moved to British Guiana. She married and man and had 7 childern. She lived in British Guiana all of her life. Are we related? Is anythis information like yours? Please reply back to me, I will be waiting for you response, Henry.

Elisheva B. Alphonso, (no address submitted)
Email: ciaobella_98@yahoo.com
Date submitted: Tue, 2 Oct 2001
Surnames: Alfonco, Perreira-Jardine, Rhymoon/Gonsalves, Joaquin
Village(s): Unknown
Island: Madeira
Comments: they emigrated to British Guiana in the 1800's to work on sugar and coffee plantations. thanks, elisheva b.

Annette Green, (no address submitted)
Email: annette.green@clear.net.nz
Date submitted: Sun, 21 Oct 2001
Comments: I don't speak any Portugese but my G/Grandfather has on his death and marriage certificates (Australia) that he was born in Madiera, and the name he went under and put on these certificates was: ALFRED CAESAR BERTHOLD born 1868, his mother: Caroline VENTEURY, his father: Joseph BERTHOLD. He supposedly came to NZ on 16 April 1894 on a ship called "OPAWA" that called in to Madiera on its way way here the UK. I have been searching for over 10 years and never found any information on him or his family, and I have no relatives left to question. I would dearly love any advice or info. I will never give up hope that I may get a lead from someone on eday. Annette

Ana Ramos Pereira Church, (no address submitted)
Email: MChurch522@aol.com
Date submitted: Tue, 25 Dec 2001
Comments: We are looking to find information on the VIEIRA and MARQUES VIEIRA family. They left ILHA DA MADEIRA around the beggining of the 1900's and went to BRAZIL. They died in Brazil, but some of the records got lost. And also the RAMOS PEREIRA family that probably has been in Brazil for many centuries. We appreciate any information you can email us. Muito obrigada as we say in Portuguese. Thank you very much.

Harrison, (no address submitted)
Email: harrisonfam@shaw.ca
Date : Thu, 7 Mar 2002
Surnames: Marquez and Marks.
Hello. I am helping my friend to research her ancestors in Portugal. She is having a family reunion in the summer and would like to provide a history. This is all we know of her Grandparents: Frank Leo Marquez born on Madeira 1880-1964, married Virginia Marks (don't know, but she may be from Spain). They immigrated to Sanrge Grande in Trinidad, and had three children there. He was in the business of import-export, but later had a cooa plantation in Caparo. Would like to know about Frank's parents, siblings, etc. Thank you.

Marcelo Gomes, (no address submitted)
Email: marcelogomes@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Sun, 31 Mar 2002
Comments: Seeking info on the Balla family name. A family from Madeira that eventually went to Cabo Verde and then to America. Sometimes spelled Bala.

Johanna Dopson, (no address submitted)
Email: lyntai@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Mon, 22 Apr 2002
Comments: Hello my name is Johanna Dopson....and I am looking for any connection to my family name D'Abreau. All I know is that my ancestors came to Trinidad (West Indies) via Maderia...apparently it was some brothers 2 settled in Trinidad (1 to marry) and the other settled in Grenada. My great grand father's name is George D'Abreau.

Tina Ferreira Reggler, 130 Knollwood Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492, USA
Email: tjreggler@earthlink.net
Date submitted: Sat, 29 Jun 2002
Comments: Grandfather, Reginald Lawrence Ferreira b. 11/25/1901 Georgetown, Demerara British Guiana. Only child, orphaned at 3yrs. Grandmother, Augustine (Ernestine)? Nunes Pereira b. 7/3/1905 Georgetown, Demerara British Guiana. Grandmother, Marie(Mary) Nunes Pereira b. 1868 in Madeira. Joseph Nunes Pereira b. 1899 married Doris DeSousa (za). They all came to America in Feb 1924 aboard Matura, departed from Demerara British Guiana, settling in Brooklyn, NY. Any info would be helpful.

Patricia Caldeira de Almeida, Rua Mário Ancona, 414, Parque Ypê - São Paulo - SP, CEP 05572-100, Brasil
Email: cafabaza@aol.com
Date submitted: Sat, 24 Aug 2002
Surnames: Dia Caldeira (Madeira)
Rodrigues, Pereira, Cardoso, Araújo (Minho)
Comments: My name is Patricia Caldeira de Almeida and I am from São Paulo, Brazil. I am searching for relatives and ancestors in Portugal.
Ilha da Madeira, Portugal: Francisco Dias Caldeira, my maternal grand grand father, who emigrated around 1900 to Brasil (Santos/São Paulo), got married and never came back to Portugal.
Minho - Portugal: José Rodrigues Pereira, other maternal grand grand father, who emigrated from Portugal to Redenção, Ceará, Brasil to build a dam, got married and never came back to Portugal.

Lori Bugado Ornellas, (no address submitted)
Email: lorio@ilhawaii.net
Date submitted: Wed, 2 Oct 2002
Comments: Aloha. My grandfather migrated to Hawaii from Mederia. I would like to know who my relatives are in Portugal. His name was Manuel Rodrigues Bugado. This is my paternal side. In a book of Portugues Memories in Hawaii he was listed as Bogado. He was iliterate and the name may have been distorted. He came to Hawaii around 1878 in the ship Pricilla. Any information you could give me would be appreciated. Also, my great grandmother came from Sao Miguel (Azores). Her name was Mary Gloria Araujo Carreira. I think her married name was Carreira. This is on my maternal side. Any information you could give me would be most helpful. Also, I'm doing a research paper at the University on the Portugues culture. Any information on the culture would be appreciated. In my geography class I ahve to do a research on the population and migration of Portugal. I have the Portuguese who migrated to Hawaii, but now I need the population and migration of Portugal. Please help. Aloha, Lori Bugado Ornellas.

Bryan Teixeira, (no address submitted)
Email: bryanteixeira@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Thu, 24 Oct 2002
Comments: Hello. I am interested in tracking my family history but I don't know where to start. My grandarents were from Madeira and I grew up in Guyana. I will visit Madeira next month for the first time. Thanks.

Kenneth Fokké, (no address submitted)
Email: Kenneth.Fokke@hccnet.nl
Date submitted: Thu, 8 May 2003
Island: Madeira
Comments: Looking for information regarding my great-grandmother, Jibia Gomes Figuera. She was born approx. 30-may-1850 on Madeira. She had immigrated to Suriname (former Dutch colony) in South America. I have no other information, such as place of birth, father, mother, brothers, sisters etc. If anyone can help, please contact me by E-mail. Thank you.

Juanita Rogers, Lamberhurst, KENT TN3 8BH, UK
Tel: 01892 891020
Email: rhys.rogers@btopenworld.com
Date submitted: Fri, 23 May 2003
Comments: Juanita Rogers, nee de la Rosa, granddaughter of F A Corea. No idea where in Madeira my family comes from, but they were originally Correia, and I believe came out from Madeira in the 1840's. My great great or great great great grandfather was Joaquim Correia and I believe he came out to St Vincent already married. His son or grandson was George Corea of Sans Souci in St Vincent. George Corea, my great grandfather married Amelia Jardine from Grenada (would have been about 1880's, so any information about her family would also be useful. Thanks

Marli Ribeiro, (no address submitted)
Email: esot@ig.com.br
Date submitted: Wed, 4 Jun 2003
Comments: Minha amiga - que está sem computador - precisa encontrar o registro de nascimento de seu avô nascido na Madeira, chegado ao Brasil - mas sem registro também! - por volta de 1895. A única coisa que sabe é que seu nome é José Ladeira. Talvez as famílias Ladeira lá da Madeira possam ajudar, suponho. Governantes pensam que quando crianças os indivíduos têm interesse em saber nomes, Conselhos, Freguesias, ou datas de nascimento de seus antepassados. Quando isto acontece, suas famílias - não somos imortais! - ao contrário do que os pensam órgãos de imigração - já não podem responder. Estão ...mortos. Minha amiga precisa do documento porque trabalha em Portugal - com Contrato de Trabalho, inclusive - mas tem que "regularizar a sua situação" - para não ser deportada, como andam "exigindo" a Portugal os países do continente Europeu que se sentem "prejudicados" pela entrada de brasileiros e de africanos na Europa. Esquecem que sem estes, iam ter que pegar no "trabalho pesado" de suas moradias, porque europeus "não se sujeitam a ser "empregados domésticos". Julgam-se muito importantes, mas cospem no prato que comem, como se diz aqui pelo Brasil! Minha amiga agradece possível ajuda.

Conceição de Freitas, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Email: c_de_freitas@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Tue, 22 Jul 2003
Comments: Hi there my name is Conceicao de Freitas, I was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada my nick name is Connie. My parents are from Madeira, Portugal my father's given name is Julio my mother, Maria Conceicao. I know I have a cousin name Bruno whom I've never met, if this information seems familiar to anyone who is searching their background feel free to email me. Thank you.

Heather Sugar, 11a Glyndebourne Avenue, Toorak, Victoria, Australia
Email: josephsugar@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Thu, 06 Nov 2003
Surname: Tachere or Teixeira
Where: Somewhere in Maderia
Comments: Seeking Lucia or Luzia Tachere or Teixeira de Nobriga, daughter of Antoinie Govet and Amer Tachere or Teixeira de Nobriga Conda, from Madeira. Lucia or Luzia married Jean Day, from Channel Islands, some time 1830-1840 in Madeira and had three daughers Corrinna, Eliza and Sophia born 1836 - 1842 in Madeira. About 1843 family moved to Channel Islands, from where they moved to Australia in 1853.

Lori Sousa, 321 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604, USA
Tel.: (585)232-1136, ext. 21
Email: Lsousa@bethelcf.com
Date submitted: Tue, 20 Jan 2004
Surnames In one Village: Santa Cruz - Sousa Volta
Unsure of village - Oliva
Comments: I am looking for information on information pertaining to the Francisco Sousa Volta and Augusta Volta family. They are from Madiera Island and had 7 Children - I know that one of their 7 children (Joseph Sousa Volta) was born in Santa Cruz, Madeira Island on May 28th, 1907 and their oldest son (John Sousa Volta) was born in 1892. Any information on this family line would be greatly appreciated. My grandmother was also from Mariera Island, But I am unsure of the exact location. Her name is Albina Oliva and she was born in 1897. Any information about the Oliva family would also be appreciate.

Thomas Freitas, 1886 Lynwood Drive / Concord, California 94519
Tel.: (925) 682-8261
Email: freitas@railsoft.com
Date submitted: Mon, 05 Apr 2004
Surnames: Freitas, Ferreira, Agrella
Comments: Looking for information on Antonio S. de Freitas; b 05/18/1857 married Julia Agrella; b 12/05/1861. Children: Manual b 04/01/1886, Maria b 04/30/1889, Carlos b 06/07/1891, Alfred J. b 01/20/1894, Alice Elizabeth b 03/13/1899. It is believed that Manual was born in Madeia, which is where Antonio and Julia came from in 1886. Mara and Carlos were born in Honolulu. Alfred and Alice were born in Oakland, California. Also, looking for Ferreira family from Hayward, California: Antonio b. 01/15/1879, Maria Jordine b. 08/11/1879. Children: Manual b 10/12/1901, Maria b 11/15/1902, Isabel b. 01/01/1904, Anthony b. abt 1906, Emily b 06/10/1909.

Angela Maria Telles, Brasil
Email: Angemarte@aol.com
Date submitted: Wed, 28 Apr 2004
Surnames: Borges de Pinho
Comments: Nasci no Brasil mas os pais de meu avós maternos vieram da Ilha da Madeira já com alguns filhos. Meu avô Anisio Borges Pinho, um dos filhos mais novos, nasceu já no Brasil, em Minas Gerais. O nome de meus bisavós: Joaquim Borges de Pinho e Francisca Borges de Pinho. Uma de minhas tias diz que o casal emigrou da Ilha da Madeira, deve ter sido por volta de 1840(?) pois minha mãe Emilia de Oliveira Telles nasceu em 1904 em Muriae, Minas Gerais. Gostaria de saber se ainda tenho parentes lá. Obrigada desde já, Angela

Dale Pewitt, 419 Perkins Dr., Franklin, TN 37064
Tel.: 615-790-6613
Email: dalepewitt@comcast.net
Date submitted: Mon, 26 Jul 2004
Surnames: Freitas, De Freitas, De Jesus, and Aguier
Comments: They left Madeira Sept. 23, 1886 on the SS AMANA, and St. Miguel (Azores) on the SS HANKOW on July 7, 1883. They settled in Hawaii on the Big Island.

Ciara Lindsey, P.O. Box 463 Kamuela, Hawaii 96743
Email: Lahelz@aol.com
Date submitted: Tue, 21 Sep 2004
Surnames: Laguna, Nobriga, Ramos
Comments: Aloha my name is Ciara Lindsey and Im searching for information on my Great grandparent Minnie NOBRIGA daughter of Manuel NOBIGA and Antonio LAGUNA. Minnie married Alfred RAMOS they are my grandmothers parents. I am positive that there is a connection in Madeira. Please contact me with any information.

Zaneta Denny, 41 Wyld Way, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 6PP, UK
Email: zdennyuk@yahoo.co.uk or Britzan@aol.com
Date submitted: Sat, 27 Nov 2004
Comments: Hello, my name is Zaneta Denny and I am British. My great grandfather was from Madeira. His name was Manuela Comacho, he many have had two other brothers called George and Fred. I would like ANY INFORMATION on the COMACHO name. what part of Madeira? When did the Comacho's arrive etc etc. The names of the Comacho's are Manuel (my great-great grandfather), his brothers George and Fred. Manuel may have been born in the 1890s. When Manuel got to Guyana he married Marjorie Brumell, the daughter of the 'British Colonial Administrator/Shefiff of the County of Demerara'. I am 17 years old (soon to be 18 on Saturday) and I am finding it a little difficult to find out about my family because of the lack of information that was passed down through generations. This is largely due to that grandparents grew up in the Caribbean culture which dictated 'children must be seen and not heard'. Thank you.

Ian A. Teixeira, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Email: ian_tex@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Sun 12 Jun 2005
Paternal Surnames: Teixeira (Great grandfather), Nunes (grandmother), Ezoura, Moura, deMoura
Comments: Both my Paternal and Maternal great grandparents are presumed to have gone to British Guiana from the island of Madeira. I do not know the precise island, Concelho nor Parish. I do have a photo of him and his wife Mary/Marie Kaseira (sp?) that must date to the latter 1800’s. I do not know his first name though it may be Joseph. I lived in Guiana/Guyana for 28 yrs. Only knew my paternal grandmother - Claudia - of that generation. I am attempting to trace from my Great grandparents backwards. They had three sons:
Joseph: 1878~1948: all that is known is that he was born sometime in 1878, died 16.Apr.1948 and was married to TiTi Addie, probably Adelaide. No other record of this line.
Francis Borges: 10.Oct.1894~03.Jun.1949: Married Claudia Nunes on 29.Apr.1918 and had Frank, Doris, Claude - (my dad), Estella (Ontario), Lloyd, Asolita (Ontario), John (Ontario), Carl, Vera, Henry, and twins that died. Frank married Isobel and lived in Venezuela. It is not known if he is still alive. I am the Keeper of all the details on his downline in an Excel master file and while I should be able to locate all who are around now, my main focus is on the great grandparents and before, going back to Madeira and any other unknown parallel branches.
John Marcelinus: 16.Jan.18??~02.Jun.1972: Married Olidia Moura 16.Nov.1916 and had Dionesa Juliet (Ontario), Eustace, Compton, Bernard (Texas or Venezuela) and Carmen ‘Baby’. Locations in (brackets) after names denote persons still alive to this date 12.June.2005. Should anyone reading this have any information that would help, kindly email me. Francis' wife Claudia, kept a book of names and dates that has proven invaluable. I have created a viewable ‘Tree’ on Ancestry.com and visit the Message Boards there occasionally.

Jenna Carr, (no address submitted)
Email: jennanc_6@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Thu, 16 Jun 2005
Surnames: Gonzalves, Serrao
Comments: Hello, My name is Jenna Carr. My parents are from British Guyana. My mother is of Portuguese descent and my father is mixed. My grandfather's last name is Serrao, and my grandmother's maiden name is Gonzalves. I was informed by my grandmother that my great-great-grandfather emmigrated from Medeira to British Guyana. If anyone has any information about the Serrao family can you please contact me?

Alex Teimão, (no address submitted)
Email: spjdf@aol.com
Date submitted: Wed, 24 Aug 2005
Comments: Olá eu estou à procura da minha sobrinha que deve ter à volta de 16 a 19 anos. Ela é natural do Funchal-Madeira. Foi abandonada na ilha Terceira/Açores e mais tarde foi adoptada por uma familia de americanos que se encontravam nos Açores na base militar. O nome dela é Vanessa Pereira, não sei se mudou. Agradeço qualquer informação. Muito obrigado.

Lisa McGinness (no address submitted)
Email: lisamae_55@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Mon, 14 Nov 2005
Comments: Grandmother Belvera Farinha nee Ferreira. Her father is Jose Ferreira married Rosa Moniz both from Madeira emigrated to British Guiana. Four children born in BG. Belvera, Francis, Jose, and Antonio. Francis married Julia Roza, Jose married a Serrao and Belvera married Guilherme Farinha(mother is a Pestano). Looking for any family in Madeira. Not sure which part of Madeira they originated from. Still trying to track shipping records. If anyone can help it will be appreciated.

Gloria Thomas, 13 Martin St., Sayreville, NJ 08872 USA
Email: violet355@aol.com
Date submitted: Thu, 8 Dec 2005
Island: Madeira
Surnames: Jardine/Jardim, Ramalho
Comments: My great grandfather Querino Jardine (born Quirini Gomes Jardim) was born in British Guiana in 1874 and His grandfather Ramalho arrived from Madeira in BG on Feb. 4, 1840. My grandmother wrote that the Ramalho family may have been related to the Hapsburgs and possibly the Spanish royal family and I would love to have any information on the Ramalho's since i don't have anything beyond that my great grandfather's grandfather had the Ramalho last name and came from Madiera.

Bev, (no address submitted)
Email: Hisdogbo@aol.com
Date submitted: Thu, 29 Dec 2005
Comments: I am looking for information about DOMINGO MADERAS/MADARIS who was born in Portugal abt. 1620 and was in Virginia in the U.S. by 1640. He had a son Carlos ("Charles) MADERAS b. in VA. We were told his last name was probably because he was of Madeiros Island and that some first names were given of the days of the week (which Domingo is). We don't know his wife's name nor who his parents are? Hope someone can help or direct me to where I can get help. Thanks.

Marie Auld, Australia
EMail: marielauld@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Sun, 26 Feb 2006
Surnames: Day, Govet, Taxiera, Tachere de Nobriga, Taehere de Nobriga Conda
Comments: My great, great grandmother,Luziea, met my great great grandfather, Jean Day, in Madeira. Luziea's father was a wine merchant in Madeira, I think in Funchal. They had 3 children in Madeira before returning to Guernsey in the Channel Islands. The children were Corrinne ( spelt several ways) and twins Sophia Eliza and Eliza Sophia. After the birth of several more children the family together with Jean's brother, James and his family immigrated to Melbourne Australia.

Ross Bosque, 7306 Bold Ln., Sacramento, CA. 95823
tel.: (916) 391-5587
Email: MauiSon69@Yahoo.com
Subject: Historical Lineage
Date Submitted: Mon, 11 Sept 2006
Surnames: da Costa/ de Vasconcellos/ Pedro Rodrigues/ de Souza Medeiros/ Jacintho de Souza/ Cordeiro de Medeiros
Comments: According to legend, and family heresay, I am to belive and understand my (family) lineage, came from the Madeira Islands of Portugal, so the story goes. Now, after being handed a piece of paper a year ago from my Aunt, (my mother's younger sister) I don't know what to belive at present. The paper is a list of my relatives going back as far as my Great-Great Grandparents, who were born in Portugal. John da Costa and Helena da Costa, are my maternal Great Grandparents. ( b. circa: Feb. 1869, d. 1958/ b. circa: Jan. 1877, d. 1962) Also, born in Portugal, presumably, according to this piece of paper in Bertanha, Sao Miguel, in the district of Ponta Delgado, the Azores, this is what astounds me. Why have I been told the Madeira Islands? The Portugese-Hawaiian historical book does not explain this that I know of. John and Helena had 20 children, (Catholics, you know!) all born in Hawaii. Affectionally, they were known to have the nicknames of, VO-VO, and VU-VU. My Grand-mother, (maternal, fifth in line of 20) Mary (Maria) Katherine da Costa-Walker, died before I was born, 1902-1955. And, as of just recently, my grand-Uncle, Justin(Justino) Costa passed away, the last of 20 living children ( 18th in line, b. 1917, died this year June 2006). Majority of all my relatives are buried in St. Joeseph's Catholic Cemetary in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii. Some are buried overseas, a few others', are buried across the U.S. Apparently, according to legend, my GGGrand-parents were exiled to the Madeira Islands, from a revolutionary Coup' on mainland Portugal, during the middle and/or 3rd quarter of the 19th century. (I'm still trying to comprehend the connection between the Madeira Isl. and that of the Azores.) This is what I know, what is said, is that we have (had) Royalty in our bloodline. My Ancestors are (said) to have been Cousins to the Queen; What Queen? What Court? What Monarchy/ and or Dynasty? And, through which bloodline? How did they end up on the Madeira Islands (Azores?), and what was the main reason to immigrate to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, to the little known kingdom, then known as Maui, Hawaii? What did they (my Ancestors) sacrafice over the Coup' de tat that caused them to relinquished major titles, huge land, and great fortune? This is my curiosity, not to mention, My Legacy that I want and need to learn. I have no claim, and I could care less. I need to prove or disprove my family ancestral lineage. After all, I need know , how my Great-Grandfather became a land Baron and Rancher in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii. I've always pictured him as this Mark Twain type of character. Any information regarding my heritage would be greatly appreciated in advance, therefore, please go ahead and email me with whatever stories and or facts you may have. Thank-you and Mahalo!

Marcia Bezuidenhout, 540 Lighthouse Road, Bluff, 4052, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Email: roland1@wol.co.za (h) or marcialb@law.co.za (w)
Date submitted: Sun, 17 Sep 2006
Surnames: Serena, Vieira, De’Abreu, Caldeira
Comments: My great-grandmother, Maria Calderia (Caldeira) was born circa 1905. My great-grandfather, Marceal/Marsial Vieira Serena was born October 1900. My great-grandmother came to South Africa from Madeira, Portugal and my great-grandfather from either Lisbon or Madeira, Portugal. I am not sure what years they came through to South Africa. They were not married at the time they left Portugal so I am not sure whether they met one another in Portugal or only met in South Africa. They were married in Benoni, Transvaal (now Gauteng), South Africa – I am not sure what year they were married. We think that my great-grandmother’s mother was named Mathilde but this is yet to be confirmed. We also think that my great-grandmother’s maiden name was De’Abreu but we are still trying to confirm this, hence the reason for me researching all the above surnames. My great-grandparents had 10 children, namely: Lourdes (I think she was deceased at the age of about 19 years – she was born with down-syndrome, date of birth unknown, date of death unknown), Adelino Serena (he was known to us by his nickname, Fatti – born ..., deceased 27 November 2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa), Luiz Jose Vieira Serena (born 8 November 1928, deceased 7 December 2003 in Durban, South Africa), Theresa Maria Serena (born 14 August 193?, deceased April 2005), Angelina Clara Serena (my maternal grandmother – born 6 August 1936, deceased 20 August 1990), Deloures Serena (born 9 February 1939, deceased 16 September 1994), Beatrice Serena (born 14 March 194?, still living) Cecilia Serena (born 194?, still living) Antonio (Tony) Vieira Serena (born 194?, still living), and Lourenco (Lawrence) Serena (deceased as an infant from consumption). Unfortunately this is the only information I have at this stage. If there is anyone out there who can help me find out more about my family, please contact me by e-mail. Thank You!!

Paula Fernandes, Toronto, Canada
Tel: 416-261-6026
Email: paulamffernandes@gmail.com
Date submitted: Fri, 17 Aug 2007
Surnames: Abreu, Ferreira, Cardoza, Fernandes, De Freitas, Rodrigues, de Jesus(?)
Comments: Manuel D'Abreu, my maternal great grandfather, was born in Madeira 17 Dec 1860 died in Demerara, British Guiana 19 April 1928. On 7 September 1887, he married Mary Isabella Ferreira, born 2 July 1871 in Madeira; died 11 November 1946 in Demerara, British Guiana. Manuel's parents were Manuel D'Abreu and Mary Fernandes. Siblings were Mary D'Abreu who married Joseph Ferreira. And Ludivina D'Abreu who married John De Freitas. Mary Isabella Ferreira's parents were Wenceslaus Rodrigues Ferreira and Gregoria Fernandes. My paternal great father was George Fernandes of Madeira who married Julia Rodrigues also of Madeira. Parents of George Fernandes are unknown. Parents of Julia Rodrigues were Emmanuel Rodrigues and Phippa de Jesus both of Madeira. Other paternal great grand parents were Emmanuel Cardoza who married Ludivina de Jesus; both of Madeira. Anthony Cardoza and Thomasina Fernandes were the parents of Emmanuel Cardoza and Ludivina de Jesus father was Joseph Fernandes and mother unknown. Note: Offspring of George Fernandes was George Fernandes Jr. (my grandfather). He was born in Demerara, British Guiana on 17 September 1874, died 12 August 1932 in Demerara, British Guiana. He married Mary Matilda Cardoza (my grandmother) on 25 July 1896. She was born in Demerara, British Guiana on 9 September 1876 and died in Demerara, British Guiana on 3 February 1958.

Katherine Beltran, P.O. Box 1021, Pinedale Wyoming  82941
Tel: 307-537-3103
Email: beltrankatherine@yahoo.com
Date submitted: 3 Jun 2009
Island: Madeira (unknown village)
Comments: Searching for family information by the name of Fransisco, of Madeira. (  when immigrating to USA via Ellis Island, name was recorded/changed to Frank. Great Grandfathers name was Manuel Frank(Fransisco). Thank you for all you help.

Bill Miller, Bastrop, Texas
Email: bmiller64@austin.rr.com  
Date submitted: 9 Aug 2009
Surnames: Manuel de Aveiro, Bernaldo, Coehlo, Querido
Comments: My Grandfather (b. April 17, 1877) came to Hawaii from Madeira--his death certificate listed him as a Mechanical Engineer living in Paia, Maui, Hawaii when he died in an accident Feb 21, 1931. (He apparently spent time in California--he owned some land in the Los Angeles area.) My Grandmother Mary Querido/Coelho (Aug 16 1898-Sep 20, 1982) took the family to Honolulu--remarried to Frank Enos. I'm trying to trace his (and her) family back-her father was Manuel Coelho [b abt 1880] -- apparently he took this name from his cousins that he traveled to Hawaii with from Madeira--he later told his family his name was actually Querido.

Christina Slay (no address submitted), Phone 858-212-2851
Email: Ccurnow26@gmail.com
Date submitted: Friday, 3 Aug 2012
Surnames: Surnames: da Costa/ de Vasconcellos/ Pedro Rodrigues/ de Souza Medeiros/ Jacintho de Souza/ Cordeiro de Medeiros
Comments: I am in search of any and all family members.  John da Costa and Helena da Costa are my great grandparents.  I was told that they originally came from the Azores and their parents came from the Madeira Island.  This is a huge, huge family.  I have been told that they owned over 800 acres of Maui land and they owned a vast portion of Azores land. John's brother, Antone, had 18 kids and was located in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii with him.  I recently saw paperwork where each of John's surviving 20 kids were given an acre of Maui land.  From my knowledge, there are family members that still live in the original Makawao home.

I read an article above on this site from Ross Bosque, where we might have had a royal bloodline.  I'm now very interested in this because the information that I have heard might be true and is the reason why they have a record of traveling a lot in those times (to France) and owning a lot of land.

Some of the daughters from John and Helena da Costa moved from Hawaii to California.  Cecila is my grandmother.  She is the one of the youngest along with Justin.  Her other sisters that I was able to meet as a child before they passed were Justina, Rose, Helen and Theresa.  I have for many years asked questions about their heritage and where we come from, but my parents don't know much.  Most of what I know is from what my grandmother, Cecila, told me as a young child before she passed.

I have the valuable Portuguese/Hawaiian book along with the original family photo.  If anyone has any information they would like to share, I'd be more than happy to do so.  For years, I have dreamt of having a family reunion.  At times this seems impossible because of how large our family is and how everyone is spread out throughout the States.  Then I remind myself that nothing is impossible and maybe we can all make this family reunion happen.  
Please contact me by email or telephone, above. Thank you, Christina

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