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If you're new to using the World Wide Web, and when looking at this page you don't know what to do next, just use your mouse and click on the "scroll bar" to the right in order to see the contents of this PORTUGAL page. Right after the instructions on how to submit your data, you will find the links to other areas of Portugal and her former colonies, and the Mainland Portugal Entries


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Please make your best effort to find out from which village do your ancestors come from. Finding the location is the most time-consuming part for these submissions. I will provide here a map of mainland Portugal with the regions identified. In each of the separate region pages, I provide maps for the districts, showing the "concelhos" and parishes to help in your search.

In order to have your entry posted most quickly, you MUST tell me these items:

  • Village/City name
  • Concelho (Municipality) in which your village/city is located
  • Region of the country to which that concelho belongs (such as Algarve region, Beira Alta region, etc.). And if you know it, tell me which Archival District your village belongs in.

I will not accept submissions until you have done the work needed to identify the concelho and district your village is located in. Every single village you send me must be fully identified by concelho and district. This does not apply to entries where you don't know the village name. You can use any of the existing map searching sites like Expedia.com to do preliminary search of places, and then use the maps provided here to help you refine the data

For comments, questions, or to submit your own surnames and locations, send e-mail to: . Make the subject "Masterlist" and include the same kind of information you see in the above entries: Your name & address, Telephone No., E-Mail address, Surnames in one village (in alphabetical order), Comments you wish to add. If you have more than one village, submit the same things for each and every village. If you have surnames from various lugares within the same parish, send one submission and group the names into the various lugares.

Religious "surnames" (like "de Jesus, da Conceição, do Espirito Santo, etc.") of women are usually not accepted since they're of no genealogical value, except in cases where these names are used by males. Refer to my series of articles on "Portuguese Naming Traditions" on this website.

This is from a photograph of the church called Nossa Senhora da Conceição in the city of Angra do Heroísmo, island of Terceira, Açores (Azores), Portugal.
It is an example of the typical look of Catholic churches in Portugal. 
You supply the picture and place an order for one where your ancestors were baptized, no matter what country.

Links to Other Areas


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Azores page (when the island is not known yet): [Azores]

Regions of Portugal

[Algarve] [Alto Alentejo] [Baixo Alentejo] [Beira Alta] [Beira Baixa]

[Beira Litoral] [Douro Litoral] [Estremadura] [Minho] [Ribatejo] [Trás-Os-Montes]

Districts of Portugal

[Aveiro] [Beja] [Braga] [Bragança] [Castelo Branco] [Coimbra] [Évora] [Faro]

[Guarda] [Leiria] [Lisbon] [Portalegre] [Porto] [Santarém] [Setúbal]

[Viana do Castelo] [Vila Real] [Viseu]

Other areas:

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Mainland Portugal Entries:

This page will contain only the entries where the location is unknown and can't be placed in the appropriate region. Once the region is discovered, please send me the updated information. You must tell me which entry you are updating. If I don't know where your entry is, I can't update it for you.



Genealogists who only know their ancestors came from somewhere in Portugal:

Victor M. Barocas, Atlanta, GA USA
E-mail: VBarocas@aol.com or VIC-B@msn.com
Date submitted: Thu, 2 Jul 1998
Comments: We have traced the name Barocas or Barrocas from Spain to Portugal. We note that a Tamar Barocas was burned at the stake in Lisbon about 1503. We believe that we were Spanish or Portuguese Jews who had converted, for a short time, to the Catholic Faith. We then went to Fez Morroco, then, we believe to Amsterdam and then to Turkey (Corlu - Tekirdag), and finally to America. If anyone can shed any light on the origin of the name or family history please contact me. Thank You

José Paulo Medeiros Sousa, 95 Kitimat, BC Canada
E-mail: jsousa@sbo.net
Date submitted: before 1998
Surnames: Sousa, Ferreira, Medeiros, Placido
Comments: My father was known as Manuel de Sousa de Santana.

Laércio Cruvinel Júnior, (no address submitted), Lisboa, Portugal
Email: lcruvinel@pobox.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Surnames: Cruvinel, Curvino
Português comentarios: O mais antigo membro meu conhecido da famíla Cruvinel no Brasil é Jerônimo Cruvinel, de Oliveira-MG (c. 18??). Quem foi este senhor? Quem veio antes e depois? De onde vieram e para onde foram? Parece haver relação com um alemão Matias Curvino citado e talvez radicado em Portugal no século 17. Qual é o nome original em alemão?
English comments: Earliest known family member - Jerônimo Cruvinel, from Oliveira-MG (c. 18??). Who was he? Who preceded and who followed him? From where and to where? The family name seems to be related with a Matias Curvino, German, who possibly settled himself in Portugal during the 17th century. I'm curious about the original German name.

Michael Price, PO Box 621894, Orangevale, CA 95662 USA
Email: none
Date submitted: before 1998
Surnames: Arvando, Borges, Brites, Calista, Cecisa, Brazil, Ferrerada (Ferreira?), Gomes, Junqueino, Morada, Nascimento, Retina, Sallaz, Santa Cruz, Terra-Boa.

Pete Evangel, 4668 Applewood Drive San Jose, CA.
Email: p.evangel@worldnet.att.nt
Date submitted: before 1998
Surnames: Morais Morris
Comments: The anglo version is Morris, the surname is suposed to be MORAIS. Looking for Antonio Faustino Morais(Morris). Born around 1870ish. Had at least one son Manuel Faustino Morais (Morris) born 1880-1890ish Bolinas, Calif.

Rubens Melres, Estrada de Jacarepagua 3145 bloco 8 - apto 807, Jacarepaguá, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Email: rubensmelres@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Sun, 27 Jul 2003
Surname : Melres
Comments: I would like to know more about my family tree.I know there is a district called Melres in the north of Portugal. The majority of my family live in Belém, State of Pará / Brazil. If you have some information please contact me.

Sandro Camarão, 21 Manchester Blvd., Wheatley Heights, New York, U.S.A., 11798.
Email: Syquester@msn.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Surname: Camarão
Comments: If anyone has information on this last name please contact me by email. My superficial research has lead me to an indian tribe that helped the Portuguese defeat the Dutch in the 15th or 16th century. The indian tribe was named after it's main resource, shrimp. After the help they provided the chief was baptized and given a Portuguese name: Camarão. His son moved to Portugal. Rumors state that the family was nobility (so my mother says) but I don't know if this is true. If you have any info, please email me.

Suzane Brazoa, (no address submitted)
E-mail: Brazaos@cadvision.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Surnames: Lopes, Soares, De Freita, Dias, Crastos, Da Silva Francisco
Comments: John Lopes, Raoul Gilbert Soares, Julia De Feitas, Frances Dias, Maria Crastos, Manoel Da Silva, Mary Anna Francisco. Immigrated to British Guiana (Guyans) in the mid to late 1800's.

Shelley Uram, Jackson, CA. 95642
Tel.: 209-223-0909
Email: scwolin@goldrush.com
Date submitted: Thu, 19 Nov 1998
Village: UNKNOWN
Comments: Antone L. BRAZIL (b.11/1864) came to the U.S.A from somewhere in Portugal in 1884. He settled in Solano County, California and married Amelia SEQUERIA (b. 5/1873) in 1891 and lived as a farmer. There is a rumor that he changed his name from LEWIS to BRAZIL when he came to the U.S.A because there were to many people with the surname LEWIS. I would like to find the village he is from in Portugal and any other information about him. Thank you.

Robin Hammond, Armidale, NSW, Australia
Email: rhammond@northnet.com.au
Date submitted: Sat, 02 Jan 1999
Surname: Costa, Pereira Guimarães
Comments: My great grandfather was Thadeu Pereira Guimarães, born in Portugal 1844. By 1875 he was in Sydney, Australia, married to an Irish woman. His parents names were Jozé Pereira Guimarães and Joaquina Da Costa. There is a township near Braga very like their surname and I wonder if he originated from there.

Wagner Pereira Carvalhais, 6623 Montezuma Rd., apt #49, San Diego, CA 92115-2832
Tel: (619) 286-3736
Email: wcarvalhais@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Wed, 10 Mar 1999

Sheila Thompson, 58 Hudds Vale Road, St George, Bristol BS5 7HL UK
Email: sheila@thompsoncats.freeserve.co.uk (this email does not work)
Date submitted: Sat, 24 Apr 1999
Surname: Samuda
Comments: I am researching my family tree - the name is Samuda or da Samuda. Known to be Jewish and known to have left Spain/Portugal in the 16/17th century. I need to know more about the family before they left Portugal. I think they may come from Vigo. I know there was an Abraham de Samuda in Amsterdam, Holland in the 17th century and Isaac Sequeira Samuda a noted physician born in Lisbon in 1696. Later Samudas in London England. I have links with a Samuda in Australia who is a cousin of mine many times removed.

Phillip John de Souza, 12 N. Quebec Street, San Mateo, CA 94401
Email: souzaphoto@prodigy.net
Date submitted: Fri, 17 Sep 1999
Surname: Souza
Comments: I can trace my ancestry with a specific date, on my father's side, to a Manoel Francisco de Souza, who was born 3 September 1767. He died in Malacca in 1831. His father was Romulado (sic) de Souza, married to Sara Adão. Romulado sailed his own ship, the Maria Louisa, from somewhere in Portugal to Malacca, which obviously was a Dutch colony at the time since the Portuguese lost it in 1641. My ancestors on my father's line remained in Malacca and Singapore until my father left in 1948. I want to investigate from where in Portugal we come.

Ruy Pereira Furquim Werneck, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil
Email: rpfw.bh@zaz.com.br
Date submitted: Sat, 2 Oct 1999
Surnames: Eiras
Comments:Estou procurando meus ancestrais portugueses, da família Eiras. O mais antigo membro da família que conhecemos no Brasil é José (ou Jorge) Fernandes Eiras, casado com Silvana Maria d'Oliveira. Ele já moravam no Recife, Pernambuco em princípios do século 19.

Mrs C Y Christie, 25 Greta Terrace, High Barnes, Sunderland SR4 7RD, ENGLAND
Email: zax.1@cwcom.net
Date submitted: Wed, 13 Oct 1999
Region: Somewhere in Portugal (possibly Maderia)
Surname: DeCruz or DeCruse
Comments: I know my grandfather was born in Portugal on 3rd July 1894 his name was either Antonio Carlus or Anthony Carlus. I could be wrong about the spelling of Carlus. The only other information I have is that his family lived in a little fishing village and his father wanted him to go into the family buisness he didnt agree and apparently he ran away to sea where he joined a merchant navy ship at the age of 14 years. He then travelled the world before coming to England where he met my grandmother her name was Margaret McDonald. Her father was called William and he came from Saint Vincent in the West Indies. My grandparents had three children Essa, Carl and my father Edwin Leslie. I would be grateful of any information that might help me in my search.



John Nunes, (no address submitted)
Email: nunoids@erols.com
Date submitted: Sun, 24 Oct 1999
Surname: Nunes
Comments: I am looking for my family and I have only the following information. Any further information you may have would be greatly appreciated. Previously my attention has been primarily focused on my grandmother, Francis Tillou's wife and I have been fortunate to trace that family branch back to 1450 in Essex, England. So in advance thank you for any information you may have.
1)My g,g,grandfather: Joseph Leon Nunes m. Victoria Von Olsen. They lived in Portugal. They probably changed the family name to Nunes while living in Portugal. The family was originally French Huegonots that fled to Holland to escape persecution (no dates). They then immigrated to Portugal, probably in the first half of the 19th century.
2) My g,grandgather: Joseph Leon Nunes. Born Jan 10, 1843 in Portugal (city unknown). Immigrated to US through New Orleans, LA (date and ship unknown). Settled in New Iberia, LA. Died 1892 (murdered in New Orleans), m. Marie Martin b. Aug 31, 1850 in Louisiana, d. 1882, had one son.
3) My grandfather: Francis Tillou Nunes (changed name to Tillou Von Nunes. Thought it sounded better for a lawyer). B. Feb 7, 1872, New Iberia, LA d. 1939 Atlanta, GA m. Annie Bailey Marvin. They had 5 sons and 1 daughter.

Brandi Lee Walczak, 824 Dunwood ct., Toledo Ohio 43609-3210, USA
Tel.: 419-242-4661
Email: brandi_walczak@iname.com
Date submitted: Mon, 6 Dec 1999
Surnames: Silva, Gonsalves, Bettencourt, Katen
Comments: im doing research on my family from portugal not sure where but there. The surnames are silva, gonsalves, bettencourt, katen

Roosevelt W. Sant'Ana, Brasília, Brasil
Email: santana@abordo.com.br
Date submitted: Mon, 31 Jan 2000
Surname: Sant'Ana
Comments: Gostaria de incluir o nome da minha família na genealogia portuguesa. Meu bisavô, Augusto Henrique Sant'Ana veio de Portugal (não sei de que região) para o Brasil por volta de 1850. Gostaria de buscar a sua região de origem. Estou procurando documentos em Cuiabá (onde ele viveu no Brasil). Muito obrigado.

Geisa Maria Grijó Farani, (no address submitted)
E-mail: geisa@hu.ufjf.br
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000
Surname: Grijó (but I can't imagine from which village is)
Comments: I was born in Valença, in state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I'm 26 years old. Now I live in Juiz de Fora, in state of Minas Gerais. All I know about my ancestry is that the Grijó's family is from Portugal and Farani´s family is from Italy. My Italian family came to Brazil in the middle of the last century, I think that was my grandgrandgrandfather. But I don't know nothing about my Portuguese family. I really hope to contact with people that have the surname Grijó to know better about my ancestral line. Obviously we are in the same family, we are in the same ancestral line. I'm waiting for contacts!

Christine Evans, 284 Scotts Glen, GlenBurnie Maryland 21061, USA
Email: ctevans1112@comcast.net
Surname: Sanzone
Date updated: Fri, 10 Feb 2006
Comments: I know this is a long shot but I'm willing to try anything. My family knows nothing about there history. My great grandfather was a Portuguese merchant marine in the 1920's I think. Might have been the 30's as well. I am not sure of the spelling but I've been told his name was Manuel Sanzone or Sansone. He used to come to port in Baltimore City, Maryland, where he married my great grandmother. I have no idea what her name was. They had two children Angelina and Providenza. They only saw each other when he came to port. His wife died and when he came to see his girls he was told to leave and never come back. He did. I know I have family by him out there somewhere.

Stela Calio, P.O. Box 354 Waialua, HI 96791
Tel.: 808 637-8533
Email: stella.calio@hickam.af.mil
Date submitted: Fri, 21 Apr 2000
Comments: Hi! My name is Stella Dias-Calio, I am trying to locate any family from my grandmother side. She once mention that she left Portugal when she were 12 yrs old, her maiden name Raposa, 1st name Virginia, she came to Hawaii on a store-a-way and married a John Baker he was 40 something, I heard she was 12. I don't know where in Portugal to tell you, I would love to know, I think her family were fishermans. She was born on March 17, 1888, she has no birth certificate here. She die in 1966 age 82. I know she has family there I used to hear her talk about her sisters and mom, don't remember any names she once told me she would like to go back to see her mom and sisters.
Other Family: My father side from St Miguel Portugal, last name Dias the family arrived here on 26 Jan 1880, ships name "High Flyer", his name John Sousa Dias, DOB Nov 24, 1892. No one knows where the Sousa name came from, all his brothers and sister carried that middle name "Sousa" and my Aunties, Uncles and cousins. He married my grandmother here in Hawaii, who is from Portugual she was born on her way here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean her maidan name Oliveria her 1st name Mary and her mother's maiden name Minnie Oliveria, they arrived here in Honolulu on 4 Apr 1895 on the Braunfels. I would really appreciate any information you could hand out to me.

Marilda do Couto Benevides, 900 St. Charles Place# 607, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33026, USA
Tel: (954) 436 93 56
Email: marilda@bellsouth.net
Date submitted: Mon, 22 May 2000
Surnames: Bento de Freitas and Oliveira Benevides
Comments: Jose de Oliveira Benevides e Jose Bento de Freitas, nasceram entre 1870/80 - so sabemos que é Portugal. Imigraram para o Brasil, onde casaram. Precisamos das informações deles em Portugal. Informação deles no Brasil eu tenho. Se alguem estiver interessado entre em contato comigo. Via Email ou carta. Obrigada, Marilda

Eduardo Pateqo Mondarte, (no address submitted), Phillipines
Email: e.mondarte@eudoramail.com
Date submitted: Thu, 01 Jun 2000
Surname: Mondarte
Comments: I am submitting my family name Mondarte (if anybody in that country (Spain or Portugal) have the same family name. I am from the Philippines for colony of spain. And I suspect that I have some relative in that country. Thank you, buenas gracias and adios.

Jay Allen, Paseo del Descanso, Santa Barbara, Ca 93105, USA
Email: jallens@gte.net
Date submitted: Sun, 16 Jul 2000
Surname: Sousa
Comments: My grandfather, Manuel Joaguin Sousa was born May 7, 1896. He married Rita Lucy Costa on October 29, 1928. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil November 4 1903.They had 3 daughters Gloria, Rita and Rose. We are looking for any information about his family and birthplace.

Roberta Bratti, 94 Main St. Ext., Harwich, MA 02645
Tel: 508-432-8322
Email: r.bratti@comcast.net
Date updated: Thu, 28 Oct 2004
Comments: All I know is that Jose/Joseph DeSilver came from Portugal, no village added. His birth was 19 January 1829, died West Yarmouth, MA, 19 March 1898. He married Amanda Robinson 19 Oct 1854, in South Dennis, MA (All of these towns are on Cape Cod.) He was in the Civil War, but only Portugal on it for birthplace. His Civil War papers had information from affidafits from people that knew him (to get a pension). One said he knew him since "he was a boy of 15". He is listed as a Master Mariner. Perhaps he jumped ship. I cannot find anything about him. New Bedford records don't go back that far. Amanda and their son, Joseph, Jr. died within days of each other, and had a double funeral. My father's mother also died when he was 10 and he was adopted and name changed. Out of 5 children, my father was the only one adopted. I don't know who brought up the other children.

Jenie Durao (no address submitted)
Email: none
Date submitted: Sat, 9 Sep 2000
Surname: Durão
Comments: Hi i'm starting a family tree for my kids and i was hoping you might help me my husbands last name is Durao and i have been told that there is a village in Portugal with that same name i have looked and looked but my husbands grandfather says it is there my husbands great grandfathers name was Martinho Durao he was born 6-9-1896 he was supposed to have been born in that village and so was my husbands grandfather his Portuguese name is Joaquin Durao both men came to America the grandfather first and the great grandfather second any info on the village would be helpful. Thank you.

Tina Paradela, 1023 Snowgoose Lane Manteca, Ca. 95337
Email: TinyPHall@aol.com
Date submitted: Tue, 12 Sep 2000
Surnames: Paradela

Hugo Lisboa, Rua Teixeira soares 885/806, 99010-901 Passo Fundo RS Brasil
Email: hlisboa@pro.via-rs.com.br
Date submitted: Tue, 28 Nov 2000
Surname: Lisboa
Region: North of Portugal
Comments: Estou procurando por meus ancestrais portugueses. Meu avô se chamava João Baptista Lisboa e era filho de portugueses que teriam vindo do "norte de Portugal" e se estabeleceram em Viamão, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Gostaria de saber se é possível descobrir meus ancestrais a partir destas parcas infomações? Muito agradecido

Denise Enos-Friedman, (no address submitted)
Email: dfriedman@cdpr.ca.gov
Date submitted: Thu, 7 Jun 2001
Comments: The only info I have is "Portugal" as a birthplace for John Enos.

Marlos Lopes Carapeto, Vitoria, Espírito Santo, Brasil
Tel: +55 27 3345 0089
Email: marloslc@uol.com.br, marloslc@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Sat, 15 Jan 2005
Surname: Carapeto
Comments: Portuguese: Atualmente vivo no Espírito Santo, mas minha família é do Rio de Janeiro, temos outros Carapetos, no Rio Grande do Sul, São Paulo e Rio Grande do Norte. Procuro informações sobre a família Carapeto em Portugal, na Espanha e no resto do mundo. Sei que existem muitas pessoas desta família em Portugal, na Espanha, no Brasil, na Austrália e nos EUA. Qualquer informação será muito útil!Obrigado
English: Now living in Espírito Santo, but my family is from Rio de Janeiro. We have other Carapetos in Rio Grande do Sul, São Paulo and Rio Grande do Norte. I seek information on the family Carapeto in Portugal, Spain and in the rest of the world. I know that a lot of people of this family exist in Portugal, in Spain, in Brazil, in Australia and in the USA. Any information will be very useful! Thank you

Amy Santos Brownstein Hyatt & Farber, P.C., 410 - 17th, Street, 22nd Floor, Denver, CO 80202 USA
Tel: (303) 223-1309 (direct phone)
Email: asantos@bhfs.com
Date submitted: Tue, 18 Sep 2001
Comments: I am looking for information about my great-grandparents, Marianna Ray and Domingo Santos. Domingo Santos (mother's maiden name was Olympia) emigrated from Portugal in late 1800's early 1900's and came to Hawaii with his new bride (maybe they married once in HI), who was Marianna Ray, and her whole family (brothers, sisters, mother, father). Domingo worked on the Panama Canal while it was being constructed. Marianna worked for United Fruit Company (now Dole Fruit). They saved enough money to come into California where they settled in Oakland. They had one child, Melvin Santos (my grandfather) and he had two children, Sandra and James (my father). I would love to learn more about Domingo and Marianna both. I don't know whereabouts in Hawaii they lived. Domingo was born in 1890 in Portugal and died in 1964 in California. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Liz Lacey, Ontario, Canada
Email: lizlacey2001@yahoo.ca
Date updated: Wed, 20 Jun 2007
Surname: Da Maia
Comments: Looking for family members of Manuel Celestino Da Maia. I have found new information that he came from portugal via ship on Fer 7, 1920 to New York ships name was the Mormugao, he is listed as 20yrs old. The ship sailed from the following ports in portugal Lisbon and Algiers Ports, he also could be from Terceira or the Azores. I believe he left either via the US or Canada and headed back to Portugal and then to England or went straight to England. Can anyone tell me where I could find ships lists leaving the US or Canada going either to Portugal or England between 1920 -1924. Also can anyone tell me where I could look up birth records in those areas? Is there anywhere online? My father in law remembers going to Lisbon at a very young age after his father died, so he very well be from Lisbon. Thank you. Liz Lacey

Lisa Porria, (no address submitted)
Email: l.porria@verizon.net
Date submitted: Sat, 8 Sep 2001
Surnames: Grecia and Silva
Comments: I am looking for birth information for Joseph Gracia. His son's death certificate indicates his father Joseph Gracia was born in Azores, Is. and his mother, Mary Silva born in Portugal. I'm guessing birth years could have been between 1850-1860.

Jaime Arenas Cohen, 750 s. 650 w, apt, 358 provo utah 84601 usa
Tel: 801 374 3386
Email: Jaime_Arenas@email.msn.com
Date submitted: Sat, 22 Dec 2001
Comments: my name is jaime arenas cohen,i am looking for my ancestor family who lives in portugal. my granfhather names is alberto cohen azayac. cohen, is the last name of my mother, her father is from portugal, she, my mother born in peru, sudamerica, on iquitos city, the name of the place is rocca fuerte. she told me that her father said her he has to go back from peru to portugal because he have another family and three daugthers. maybe de names are dina cohen, maria cohen y judith cohen. the name of my grant father is alberto i no sure. my mother is 75 older and i like to find some family from portugal for her and for me too. thank you very much. i need your help. jaime arenas cohen.

Rick Graham, 3021 36th Ave West, Seattle, WA 98199
Email: rick.graham@cmdg.com
Date submitted: 26 Feb 2002
Comments: My Great Grandfather's name was Manuel Skerry. He came to Boston or New York sometime in the late 1890s from Lisbon. My Mother told me the Skerry name was shortened from something like "Skerryasotoli" when my Great Grandfather got here.. (for obvious reasons!) My Mother has since died and she never did know the original spelling. My Great Grandfather married a Portuguese immigrant woman from Nova Scotia. I think her name was Katerina. They were my Grandmother's parents. They lived in Boston. He was a milk man. I spoke to my great aunt when she was in her late 90s (she was one of 3 or four daughters who included my Grandmother) and she insisted her parents did not come from Portugal. (She claimed to not know where they were from) My Mother told me the Skerry Family was sensitive about being of Portuguese ancestry because there was prejudice against people of Portuguese ancestry in the early part of the last century. My Mother said they WERE from Portugal though. I recently returned from a trip to Portugal and have a renewed interest in my Family history from that side of the family. There is no one left in the Skerry side of my Mother's family. I was hoping someone might have an idea how I could find out what Manuel Skerry's original name was.

Leza Salmon, London, England
Email: leza_e@yahoo.com
Date submitted: Sun, 10 Mar 2002
Comments: My name is Leza Salmon from London, England. I have taken up the task of trying to track down the blood lines throughout my family history. My father's surname is "Salmon" and my mother's name is "Codner". My mother recall's my great x4 grandmother's name as Sarah Anne Vestall who originated from Portugal in the 1970's. She was a missionary who came to work in Jamaica and subsequently married a Codner. Her daughter's name was Charlotte Codner. I am not having much luck on the Portuguese web sites I have tried so far. I would be most greatful for any information you code other me or direct me to.

Rosalia C. Almeida Cunha (no address submitted)
Email: soufina@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Sat, 29 Jun 2002
Comments: Hi, my name is Rosalia and I know my great grand parents came from Portugal to Brazil by the end of the 19th century or beginning of the 20th century, but I only know their names and their parents names. Would it be possible to find out something about them? My grand father's name was: Geraldo Correa de Almeida , son of Joaquim Coelho de Oliveira and Joaquina Umbelina de Almeida. My great grand father was: Joaquim Coelho de Oliveira, son of Manuel Luis Coelho and Maria Luiza Coelho. My great grand mother was: Joaquina Umbelina de Almeida and her parents were Jose Pedro Ribeiro and Maria Thereza de Almeida. My grandfather was born in Brazil in July 25, 1905 in a city called Lima Duarte (state of Minas Gerais) and the above mentioned information was taken from his birth certificate. I have nothing else about my great grand parents, I only know they died in Brazil between 1905 and 1942 in Lima Duarte, Juiz de Fora (Minas Gerais) or in Volta Redonda (state of Rio de Janeiro). If you have any idea to help me find out anything about this people, please let me know. thanks a lot.

Roella Alvares, Kuwait
Email: jrjkjalvares@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Sun 18 Aug 2002
Surname: Carvalho
Comments: Hi, my name is Roella Alvares. My maiden name is Carvalho. I am the 7th generation of Carvalhos hailing from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Through church records I found out that my grand dad 7 generations ago was a son of a Portugese merchant who sailed from Portugal and settled in Tellicherry (also know as Thalassery, Kerala). I would like to know more of any Carvalhos in Portugal. My grandfather (7 generations ago) name was Xaiver Carvalho. I would like to know where the Carvalhos originated. If anyone can help, please contact me.

Lori Bugado Ornellas, (no address submitted)
Email: lorio@ilhawaii.net
Date submitted: Wed, 2 Oct 2002
Comments: Aloha. 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

Nairi Miguel, 169 Abbott St., Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Email: fiestyknockers@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Tue, 15 Oct 2002
Surnames: Almada and Miguel
Comments: I have family in Portugal, and since my relatives here (Canada) do not have the immediate resources, I decided to ask for myself. I would very much appriciate if you would contact me as soon as possible, thank you.

Marta Kahn, (no address submitted)
Email: martakahn30@msn.com
Date submitted: Sun, 24 Nov 2002
Comments: my great/granperents came from portugal, and they made home in Araguari, MG.name :Jose Loureço dos Santos and Maria Jose Nunes Granfather: Alberto Lourenço Dos Santos. My father: Jose Lourenço Neto. My father uncles: Julio, Mariana, Eugenia. I would like to know more about but it is to hard to find out all away from Brasil thanks. Marta.

Hoover Americo Sampaio, Rua Alvarenga, 718, CEP - 05509-001, São Paulo - Brasil
Email: ha.s@ig.com.br
Date submitted: Tue, 3 Jun 2003
Comments: Tenho um casal de 4os avós - José Pedro Lopes de Andrade cc Margarida Cortona Aguiar - que devem ter vindo para o Rio de Janeiro por 1808 - 1812. Nâo sei se vieram casados ou se casaram no Rio. Depois moraram em São João Del Rei. Procuro saber de que lugar de Portugal vieram e o nome de seus pais.

Elsa Ribeiro, 17 Hopbush Avenue, Sunbury Vic 3429, Australia
Tel: 03 9740 5551,   celular: 0413 524 515
Email: elsabates@iprimus.com.au
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003
Name: Arlindo Rodrigues Mendes
Comments: My grandfather dissapeared along time ago to Coracao, Venezuela and then Aruba. I really want to know if he is still alive. If I have more Aunts and Uncles, cousins etc than what I thought. Also, my mother was only nine when he left. She is now 60. I would like very much to tell her what ever happened to her father all these years. She has talked about trying to find him for some time now as her mother has now passed and she is able to finally fulfil the dream of finding her father if possible

Esther McCord, Ph.D., 2804 Wren Rd., Manchaca, Tx 78652, USA
Email: clasiephd@austin.rr.com
Date submitted: Wed, 27 Aug 2003
Surname: Cabasso
Comments: I am searching for my ancestors who were Jewish and may have come from a village named Cabasso in Southern Portugal in 1730 or so. The main names I am trying to find birth records for are Jose Manuel Cabasso and Narciso Cabasso. They came to Texas with the deed to a very large Spanish Land Grant they purchased from King Carlos III. My ancestors my have decended from Rabbi Abraham Cabasso.

Rita Rhoads Maury, 369 Broad St., Waverly, NY, USA
Email: maury@cqservices.com
Date submitted: Sat, 17 Jan 2004
Surnames: Freitas, Fratis
Comments: My great grandmother Anna Agusta Dorothea De Fratis was born in Philadelphia, PA 1882 and died in Corning, Steuben County, NY 1944. Her husband was John E. Rhoads born 1884 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA and died in Corning, NY in 1936. Family lore has it that Anna was part Portuguese and part Native American. I cannot verify this. Her father was William b. 1848 and mother was b. 1851 Mary Price both born in PA. Possible that an Andrew (Andreas) was a sailor and jumped ship in Phila. John Rhoads and Ann Fratis married February 12, 1905 in Philadelphia. Anna had a brother named Sammy whose son is a navy man and made a career of it. My dad says that Sammy must be about 75 or so years old. Does anyone have connections with this family?

Rozita F Leoni, 169 Carrington Road, MT Albert, Auckland, NZ
Tel.: (09) 846 0245, (0212) 663 3001
Email: Rozita_Leoni@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Mon, 31 May 2004
Surname: Sylva
First Names: Ellephon Darcy
Comments: B. in NZ approx 1909. Left NZ to live in Portugal as a young child with family of his grandfather Joseph Sylva. Why - unknown?? There are many many Joseph Silva etc in the name search but we want to link to just one please help!!

Eva Booher, 1425-11th St. #16, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel.: 310-451-3216
Email: EVABOOHER@aol.com
Date submitted: Sun, 15 Aug 2004
Comments: My ancestors came from the border of Spain and Portugal. I was told they came from Spain to Concepcion de Penco, Chile. My grandpa Juan Farias, was born in Culver City, Ca. his mother was a Talamantes and owned a land-grant there. His father was Jose Domingo Farias, his father Jose Maria Farias, his father was Sebastian Farias. I under stand they came from a village named after them? Thank you and I hope to hear from you? Eva

Laurimeri de Oliveira Amaral, Brasil
Email: thusley@ig.com.br
Date submitted: Tue, 22 Mar 2005
Comments: Moro no Brasil e preciso saber sobre os dados de nascimento do meu avô Laurentino para que possa dar andamento ao processo de dupla cidadania. Na verdade, preciso encontrar a certidão de nascimento dele aí em Portugal. Por favor, me ajude, pois as informações que tenho são as seguintes: Sou Neta de Laurentino Rodriguez de Oliveira, nascido em 1849 em Portugal. Sua mãe Mercedez Rodriguez de Oliveira era espanhola e nasceu em 1822 e seu pai era Antônio Coimbra de Oliveira era Portugues e nasceu em 1818. Casaram-se em Portugual e tiveram um filho chamado Laurentino Rodriguez de Oliveira, nascido em 1849 , e vieram para o Brasil de navio vindos da cidade do porto provavelmente entre 1850 a 1853 e foram morar no Norte do Espírito Santo. Você não tem alguma pesquisa nestas datas?? Vocês podem me ajudar neste sentido? Muito Obrigada.

Helen Connor, PO Box 222 Coorparoo 4151, Australia
Email: hconnor@gil.com.au
Date submitted: Sun, 24 Apr 2005
Comments: Researching Emmanuel VERO Born c 1843 Portugal. Married Dorothy Oswald in Newcastle Australia in June 1874. Died June 1905 Newcastle Australia. Is anyone researching this family name? He is a g grandfathr on my fathers side.

Pamela Lawrence, (no address submitted)
Email: Onehiding3@cs.com Date submitted: Sat, 23 Jul 2005
Comments: I am searching for the family history of my great grandfather, Serafine(sp?) Lawrence. He was born 1-6-1888 in Portugal. (Village & area unknown) He married Margaret Watts (of Tennesee) in 1908 in Bristol, Rhode Island and they had several children. He died in Rhode Island in 1930. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Dana Nadine Holt, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Email: dana_nadine@yahoo.com
Date submitted: Sat, 30 Jul 2005
Surname: John Jordan Sr born 1749
Comments: I have been doing research on my ancestors. I have come across the name John Jordan Sr. He was born in 1749 in Portugal. He died in 1855 in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. He had a son John Jordan JR born in 1812 in North Carolina, USA. I can not find who John SR was married to, or who his ancestors were in Portgual. If you have any info about this PLEASE!!!!!! email me. I would apperciate it more than you would ever know, or if you want a chronological list of his descendants I will be happy to provide. Thank you for taking the time to look into this. Dana N. Holt

Glenis Wise, (no address submitted)
Email: glenis.wise@xtra.co.nz
Date submitted: Sun, 07 May 2006
Surname: Cordello / Cordella
Comments: My G.father was John Cordello, we know almost nothing about him. It has been suggested that he came from Portugal. I have found a Joseph Cordella, who came from Cape Verde, born circa 1831, who was a fisherman. It is possible that these two men may be connected. Both came to New Zealand and died there. If any one has information about these people please email me. Thank-you

Melanie Luce, (no address submitted)
Email: grammysangel32@yahoo.com
Date suv=bmitted: Tue, 20 Sep 2005
Surname: Mello or de Mello?
Comments: We are searching for a great grandmother by the name of Jancintha Mello or de Mello, she was called Jessie. She was born in Portugal and we know that around 1906 she married John Borges who was born in Mass., and had four children. There names are George Borges born in Tiverton, RI in 1907, Eva Borges born in 1909 in either New Bedford, Mass. or Fall River Mass., Alfred Borges born in 1913 in Fall River, Mass., there was another child born named Helen Borges but she died when she was a child and we have not been able to find any information on her either. We have been told that "Jessie" died and we know that John Borges remarried a woman by the name of Ermalinda, she was called Emily, this was also her second marriage. Emily's first marriage was around 1900. If anyone has any information regarding Jacintha "Jessie" Borges (Mello) and Helen Borges please email me. Thank you.

Catherine Upton-Browning, (no address submitted)
Email: hoe-lodge@tiscali.co.uk
Date submitted: Thu, 27 Oct 2005
Comments: I am trying to find anyone with connections or information about the Galloway and West families in Mainland Portugal and the wine trade. Many relatives are buried in St Ubes near Lisbon. I am especially interested in the ancestors of John Watson Montague Galloway 1807-1856 ( His parents were John Galloway and Kate West) and Emma West. He married his cousin Emma Eliza West in 1842. After the death of her husband Emma married John William Perkins at the consulate in Lisbon in 1860. Any information is welcome. Catherine

Alexsandro Militão, São Paulo, Brasil
Tel.: + 55 11 3682 6336
Email: alexmilitao@bol.com.br
Date submitted: Fri, 13 Jan 2006
Comments: Saudações! Meu nome é Alexsandro Militão e sou do Brasil. Procuro informações referentes a genealogia da Familia Militão em Portugal. Como faço para obter essas informações? Obrigado

Evelyn Thomas, Saegertown, PA 16433
Email: lynnt7771949@yahoo.com
Date submitted: Sat, 11 Feb 2006
Surname: Armando Sousa Fidalgo
Comments: my grandfathers name was Armando Sousa Fidalgo. When he immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900's he came through Ellis Island. They changed his name to Armando Fidalgo Sousa. He married Ida Marie Smitti. He had a daughter Jean Marie and we believe a son, who died in infancy. We know he was originally from Portugal. Before he came to the United States, we think he traveled to South America. He was an avid fisherman. We know he passed away while living in a nursing home in Erie, Pa. If anyone knows anything about his past life in Portugal, or his family roots, we would love to hear from you.

Rosa Jardine, PO Box 240530, Ndola, Zambia
Email: RosaJardine@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Wed, 15 Feb 2006
Comments: I am interested in tracing my genealogy and finding out about my portuguease roots. My fathers name was Manuel Jardim - or Manuel Jardine...maybe even Manuel Gonsalves Jardim...he was born 18/10/1889 and he came from Portugal to South Africa, and he lived in Johannesburg in the late 50's, early 60's.... I believe that he had a 'large' family...I understand that he passed away in the early/mid 60's. I was fostered...and so, I did not grow up with my father, although I do have 'toddler' memories of him... I went to the Dept of home Affairs in Johannesburg when I was 23 and they told me of 3 other siblings (they may have been half siblings to me) their names are Antonio or Anthony) Elizabeth and Amelia Jardim. I have never met them, but have made countless enquiries in searching for them...but to no success. I was wondering if you could insert my enquiry into your site. Much appreciated.

Orietta Frame, 706 E. 56th Street, Savannah, GA 31405
Tel: (912)355-4969
Email: oriplans@bellsouth.net
Date submitted: Fri, 17 Feb 2006
Surnames: Martinez de Frade, Alencastre
Location: Unknown
Comments: I am trying to locate ANY information on Ana MARTINEZ de FRADE who married an individual whose name has appeared as all three of these in different documentation. I believe the name changes for the same individual may be accounted for in the differences in spanish and portuguese...Jose Antonio de Lancaster, Josef Antonio Alencastre and Joseph Antonio Alencaster. Ana Martinez de Frade (as stated in the mexican docuementation) had 11 children starting in 1777 in Cordoba, Veracruz, Mexico, but there are no records of her or him in Mexico and the Alencastre name as well as the Frade name are portuguese in origin. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Carmen Noboa and Luis Perez, 2512 N Spaulding Ave., Chicago, IL. 60647
Email: luismangui@sbcglobal.net
Date submitted: Tue, 7 Mar 2006
Comments: I am looking to trace an ancestor Rafael Fuentes Lisboa, born in Puerto Rico abt 1842 whose father was born in Portugal and spoke Portuguese according to the 1910 and 1920 US census. I am trying to find out how people from Portugal arrived in Puerto Rico in 1800's. Any information will be most appreciated.

Sharon Ireland, Notts
Email: sharonireland61@gmail.com
Date summited: Sat, 15 Apr 2006 (updated 29 Jan 2014)
Surname: Rodrigues - Portuguese mainland and India
Comment: I do not know the specific birthplace of my ancestors. I do know that my great grandfather was Ernest Antony Nuno Joseph Rodrigues, born around 1879. His father was Vincent Rodrigues and he was a Justice of the Peace in Bombay until around the 1920's. EANJ Rodrigues studied to be a doctor in England and Scotland before returning to India in 1910 with his English wife Martha Tonge in 1910 when my grandfather Vincent Ernest Antony Cheetham Rodrigues was born. EANJ Rodrigues had several siblings in India including Charles and Francis. EANJ Rodrigues returned to Stockport in England in 1920 and died in 1928. It is believed he was born in Portugal but I have no other info. I would like to know how to trace births, marriages an deaths in Portugal.

Orlando Oliveira Silva, India
Email: aldo@mtnl.net.in
Date submitted: Thu, 13 Apr 2006
Surnames: Oliveira Silva, Azavedo, Catulo, and Teles
Comments: My name is Orlando Octavio de Jesus Duarte de Oliveira Silva (quite a mouthful!) aka “Ollie”. My paternal grandparents were João Affonso d’Oliveira Silva and Maria Rosa d’Azavedo. My maternal grandparents were José Luis Duarte Catulo and Quiteria Leticia Teles (of Curtorim). All of them were residents and parishioners of Ponda, Goa. My parent’s names were Jose Joaquim d’Oliveira and Maria Ernestina Duarte Catulo. My father’s only brother João Theodoro Oliveira had 2 sons, Alfredo and Mario, last heard in Nairobi, Kenya and England. I’m trying to locate relatives in Africa, Brasil, England, Goa and Portugal. I would be happy to hear from them or anyone who can help me trace them. Thanks. Ollie

Suzanne Pereira Hollander, London, Ontario, Canada
Tel.: (519) 854-0181
Email: srimah@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Fri, 02 Jun 2006
Surnames: Pereira
Location: Mainland Portugal or East Timor
Comments: I am researching my Pereira lineage to find my relatives and cousins from my great great grandmother. My Oma did not leave me extensive information although i know my great great grandmothers name is Maria Meintje Pereira and she married Hendrick Bosch in Indonesia likely around 1760-1780 (she never provided a date) and they had Johanna Christina Pereira Bosch in Indonesia. I am not sure where Maria Menitje Pereira came from although likely East Timor (spice islands) with the first settlers from Portugal. I know Pereira means Pear Tree and i will be obtaining the book the Cross and the Pear Tree. I intend on doing extensive research until my relatives are found. I will be going to Portugal as the Pereira's (one site stated) started in galicia, spain, if that is correct and i know there are still many in Portugal. I would love to know more about the Pereira lineage as i am sure there are ties and information out there. Please contact me via email with whatever you know! Muchos gracius!

Catherine Britt (nee Naidu Anthony) Victoria, Australia
Email: cbr59268@nigpond.net.au
Date submitted: Mon, 12 Nov 2007
Comments: I am searching for information about my great grandad Drufarman. He is supposed to be a shipping merchant. Met my great grandma Kausalitha Naidu and married in India. Had 13 children and many of the kids returned to Portugal. Apparently some of the generation are in the portuguese Navy. Any information or help would be appreciated.

Tina Duplessis (no address submitted)
Email: tinaduplessis@rogers.com
Date submitted: 6 Feb 2009
Surname: Ferreira
Comments: I'm looking for an ancestor I believe may have been born in Portugal. His name was Lewis (Louis) Sippley but it was changed to Sippley from Ferreira when he came to Canada. He was born about 1784-1787 according to the Canadian census records. He married Helene Martin in Canada and had their first child in 1824. The earliest record in which I can find him is the New Brunswick 1851 census. According to the census, he arrived in Canada in 1815. I would appreciate any info you can dig up. I also have another Portuguese ancestor named Manuel, but I'm still working on that line. Thank you

Kimberly Steuber, Wappingers Falls, NY
Email: stoob37@aol.com
Date submitted: 27 Apr 2009
Comments: Looking for my family background due to health reasons.  My grandmother and grandfather: Florinda and Robert Perry lived in provincetown ma 1950-60's had six children: Florinda(deceased my mom), Leo (deceased), Louise, Andrea (deceased), Robert Jr. and Timothy.  My great great grandmother's last name was Santos or possibly (Silva) and lived on Freeman St in provincetown.  Looking to find death records and grave site mainly for Andrea Perry who died very young at age sixteen.  If you know anything to help me locate this info it would be helpful.  Please email

Amanda Pina, (no address submitted)
Email: kalar23@yahoo.com
Date submitted: 15 Nov 2009
Surnames: Britto, Jabau
Comments: I am searching for information on my great grandmother Clara Britto. I know her parents names where Anna Maria Jabau-Britto and Manuel Britto. I know she came to the U.S. sometime before 1922. That is when my grandfather was born. Not sure where to start. If anyone has any information on her or if you are related or can tell me where to start my research, it will be greatly appreciated.

Mike Anthony, 16880 Canyon Drive, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Tel: 503.635.1232 (h) / 503.891.9883 (c)
Date submitted: 9 Dec 2009
Comments: I am seeking information about Manoel Antonio (also known as Emanuel, Emmanuel, Manuel, António, Antoine, Antonia, Anthonio, Anthoine) who was born in Portugal 1734-1739.  He arrived at Baltimore, Maryland, USA on 21 July 1759 from London, England.  He was married to Clemens Charlotte Cooper at Trinity Church, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.  They lived in Cap Français, Saint-Domingue, French West Indies from 1769 to 1789.  After that they lived in Charleston, South Carolina, USA where he died 12 August 1792.  He was buried in St. Michael's Churchyard in Charleston.  He was a mariner and captain of a brig. I would like to know where he was born and when, and who is parents were.

Lisa Rodrigues, 46-242 Kapea Place, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744, (808) 753-4317 (unlisted cell phone)
Email: rodrigues.lisa@hotmail.com
Date submitted: 23 Mar 2010
Village: unknown    
Surnames: Amaral, Carrera, de Souza, Moniz, Nobrega, Placido, Rodrigues
Comments: I've been tracking my genealogy through a combination of notes from my grandmother, the book "The Portuguese in Hawaii," by John Henry Felix, "My Mother's Family History," by Pete Mann, and ancestry.com. I can't really get past my Great Great grandparents with any certainty, because that is the generation that immigrated to Hawaii. Georgina married Manuel Placido and later Manuel Mello His cousin) after Placido's death.

I believe that Estavo de Cravalho and Maria dos Santos left Portugal from the Azores on board the SS Abergeldie and arrived in Hawaii on 4 May 1883. They were traveling with their daughters Georgiana and Consesan, their son Antonio. I am looking for more information about this family and their predecessors.

I know that Nativida dos Reis left Portugal from Madeira on board the Thomas Bell and arrived in Hawaii on 13 Apr 1988. Her memoir states that she traveled with her parents: Joao dos Reis and Maria do Rosario

I know that Manuel Amaral and his wife Jacintha (?) left Portugal from the Azores on board the SS Abergeldie and arrived in Hawaii on 4 May 1883. They were traveling with their children Maria and Jose. There is debate over wether their daughter Mariana was born in the Azores in 1882 or on board the ship in 1883.

I know almost nothing about the Rodrigues side of the family. It is possible that somewhere in his lineage, my grandfather Frank Carrera Rodrigues' family was actually Carerra Rodrigues. He was born in Hawaii, but his parents Joseph Rodrigues/Carerra and Emma (?) were born in Portugal and immigrated to Hawaii on an unknown ship.

Any information would be wonderful...

Eric B. Moquin, Spring, Texas USA
Email: ebmoquin@yahoo.com
Date submitted: 6 April 2010
Region: Alentejo (village unknown)
Comments: I am a relative of 3 family names that I know of, D'Oliveira, Gomes and Jacinto(Gecento). I live in the USA and the family came over sometime in the early 1920's. Here is a outline:

1 - My Great Grandmother (maiden name) Volanta Gomes married Leoniel D'Oliveira and moved to the USA in the early 1920's with three children at the time, (can not find the proper records of immigration). Childrens names were Joseph, Frank, and Mary. Later, born in USA were Fernanda and Carlos, in 1926 and 1933 respectively. Now since Mary, my grandmother was born in Portugal in 1919 and her younger sister Fernanda was born in Peabody, Massachusetts, I am confident they all mived here between 1919 and 1926. All but Carlos has passed away and Carlos is not talking. Leoniel, (also Lionel as seen on passenger lists to NYC in 1948 and 1952 from Portugal) is as far back as I can find on D'Oliveira, (later Changed by US Gov't to Oliveira)

2 - My Great grandmother Volanta, (changed to Violet by the US Gov't) Gomes was born to a Louis Gomes and Maria Jacinto or Gecenta, (I am not sure but my Great Aunt Fernandas Birth Certificate spells it Gecento but Volantas Death Certificate spells it Jacinto.

3- The story went from as far back as I can remember that we, (dont' know which "we" encopampasses which last name) owned a Cork Farm/Plantation in the Alentejo Area and I do not know which. But "we" sold it to the Army/Gov't to finance the move to the USA.

My Goal is to find out if in fact I still have family in Portugal, and where and somehow reconnect. Since these family members are all passed and their really is only one left from the following generation, (my father and he is not in good health) I want to find this information and psooibly even bring my ailing father back to the "homeland" as neither of us have ever been.

Please help if you can. If you can not, please let me know what else I would need to give you and I will try as hard as is possible. And if nothing, please point me in another direction if there is one.

Most Sincerely, Eric B. Moquin, Spring, Texas USA

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