Portugal Project News October 2019

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October 4th is a municipal holiday in Camara de Lobos, Madeira and October 9th is one in Machico, Madeira.


This past month has been one of ‘finishing up’ for me. Coming to a close (or completed) is the translation side-project, adding maintenance categories to all project profiles, getting our team pages ready for the Source-a-Thon (GO! Team Virginia), turning to a new branch for a bit on a difficult family line, and some home renovation. I suppose (for most of that) I am tidying my genealogy paths in order to plan for the colder indoor weather. Mom and I will ‘switch tracks’ then and focus on documents online and save those courthouse visits for next Spring. Do you work on more genealogy in the winter? Or, about the same?

New Members:

Our newest member is Gilson Viana. His paternal ancestors are Portuguese. I’m excited to see his branches grow. Christina Garcia also recently joined us. She is the family detective/genealogist. Her ancestors come from Italy, Mexico, Spain and Portugal. She doesn’t know where in Portugal yet, but is excited to embark on that journey of discovery. 

Profile Showcase:

Instead of showcasing a recently finished profile I thought it would be nice to show a profile that has many sources added, but no narrative written. António Vieira was a diplomat, orator, preacher, philosopher, writer, and member of the Royal Council to the King of Portugal. Are you interested in improving his profile?

Other Projects:

Last month I mentioned a side project formed to create pages that help our members learn to extract data from Spanish records. It is so close to completion now and should be posted in the G2G forum any day now so watch for it! 

Research Tips:

 Sometimes those brick walls just won’t go anywhere. When you come across one that completely frustrates you walk away. Stroll through the other branches of your family for a few weeks and come back with a set of fresh eyes. Remember to use a whole family approach: were there siblings whose marriage records might provide clues? Did you look for all birth or baptisms for their children (instead of just your direct ancestor)? Sometimes this reveals a second marriage, or even a baptism loaded with information. You never know. Do a Google search. Amidst all the family charts with no sources you may find a bulletin board post or a blog posted by someone that listed their source. Take a chance and think outside of your normal ‘box.’

WikiTree Community:

 Psssst– are you a Thon-a-holic? It’s okay, I am too (wink). Yes, I’m still carrying on about the Source-a-Thon. This is my favorite Thon on WikiTree. We get together and have fun while increasing the health of our global tree – what more could you ask for? If you didn’t sign up for this Thon you can always catch the next one. Trust me, they are worth the lack of sleep and family time.

Holidays for October:

  • Saturday, 5 October: Republic Day (Implantação da República)  
  • Friday, 4 October: Municipal holiday, Camara de Lobos
  • Wednesday, 9 October: Municipal holiday, Machico 

Ways to Help:

 If you are looking to expand your research into a new area, consider joining us. You don't have to read Portuguese to participate. We have profile maintenance categories that can help you along, and several people in the project that are skilled in translations and finding record. Many of the older Portuguese ancestors can be found via a Google search performed in English. You can use your skills to:

  • Research a profile and take notes
  • Write a biography based on someone's research
  • Apply advanced styles to existing profiles
  • Help create profiles that aren't on WikiTree yet

Check us out:

~ Or join us by posting on our G2G Forum post!

Calorosos cumprimentos (Warmest regards)

Mindy Silva

in The Tree House by Mindy Silva G2G6 Pilot (350k points)

The post about Spanish Translations is out now! Take a minute and check it out!

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Very well done with this newsletter, Mindy!
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
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Thank you Pip!! laugh

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