Portugal Project November 2019 News

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All Saints' Day is a feast celebrated in honor of all saints and martyrs , known or not. This feast is celebrated by the believers of many of the churches of the Christian religion. In Portugal this holiday is celebrated on the 1st of November.


As I start into the month of November, I’m amazed at how quickly the year went by. As usual, I think “where did it go?” The cold weather is finally showing its face as we have a high of 42 F/ 5.5 C for the weekend. My husband saw snow coming home from work the other day … brrr. I’m just not ready for that yet! As the temperatures drop, I spend even more time inside, warm and comfy with plenty of research to tackle. I’ve made progress with a Portuguese line that a cousin was working on previously and had a chance to add Maintenance categories to the rest of the Project profiles. How did your month go? If you don’t have a fireplace to make things even cozier consider making Pasteis de Nata. Not the quickest dessert to make but your kitchen will be toasty warm and very fragrant! The cinnamon and vanilla are optional but go for it!

New Members:

Our newest member is Maxx Martin with Azores ancestors. Also L Correia who has ancestors from Viseu and  Portugal. Stop by their profile if you get a chance and say hello.

Profile Bling:

Anyone that has stopped by my profile knows that I love WikiTree bling! I noticed a profile that said they were related to Afonso I (1st King of Portugal) and thought “what the heck, I’ll check my relationship. I have Portuguese ancestors.” Well what do ya’ know, I’m a descendant. But not from the side of the family that I thought. Instead of being related on my father’s Portuguese side I’m related on my mother’s side through a long chain of ancestors from England and Wales. To see your own relationships go to a profile, scroll down to the bottom, and look for “or find your genealogical relationship with [ancestor name].” For those very early ancestors you will need to click on “Search 30 generations.” 

So, my newest bling is a descendant sticker. I don’t usually use those but this one was too fun to pass up. For now it is in my ‘Current News’ on my profile.

Other Projects: 

Trending on WikiTree are profile improvements for our 5-star profiles. What gives them that honored rating? Those are the most viewed profiles on WikiTree whether improved or not. You don’t have to belong to a Project to improve them, but it isn’t a bad idea to work within a project you know so that you are using their guidelines. Check the G2G for various Project 5 star profiles, or  check out the 5-star thread in the forum. We want these profiles to shine and you can be a part of making that happen! 

WikiTree Community: 

I was speaking above on the 5-star profiles and wanted to share one that I worked on. Now, I only needed to put some basics (Are the facts supported by sources? Are the location fields empty? Are there duplicates? Is the bio clean and free of copyright infringements? Is there a basic bio? Does it have categories?), but I was having so much fun with the person I chose I just kept going. 

Morris Michtom and his wife were the creators of the first Teddy bear. As a mother of five children I had plenty of those in my household. I combined his family information with his business success and put everything I could into his profile. Then I got the bright idea to try and connect him to our global tree. I have to say I have an even greater respect for our Connectors than I did before after attempting this! Needless to say, I did not succeed in this task. I keep going back and working up, down and sideways in the hopes that eventually I’ll find that one lucky connection. If you are good at connecting I am happy for assistance in connecting him.

Also on my ‘To-do’ list from that one profile is the profile of Clifford Berryman (he drew the famous Teddy Roosevelt cartoon), the profile of John Walter Bratton (who wrote ‘The Teddy Bear Picnic’ song) and see if Seymour Eaton’s family (He wrote ‘The Roosevelt Bears’ series) needs more attention. I tell you what – I learned a lot and had a blast! 

Holidays for November: 

Friday 1 November 2019: All Saints’ Day (Todos os Santos

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

Portugal Project Leader

in The Tree House by Mindy Silva G2G6 Pilot (329k points)

4 Answers

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As usual, a superior newsletter, Mindy! yes

by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
Thanks Pip!
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Love seeing these newsletters! Those Portuguese custard tarts looks wholesome so I am going to try and bake them.
by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (720k points)

Thanks Maggie smiley Let us know how they turned out.

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Wonderful newsletter Mindy! Nice job on the Teddy Bear profile :D
by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (352k points)
Thanks Liz. I really had fun with that one!
+3 votes
Very nice Mindy.  Your newsletters just keep getting better.  Well written and interesting !  You might want t o consider a version in Portuguese.
by David Douglass G2G6 Mach 9 (93.8k points)
Thanks David - and good idea!

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